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Welcome to The Library!


A Unique Dining Experience
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We've combined the essence of historic downtown Wallingford with the old-world traditions of Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine, along with a worldwide wine selection, to bring you Wallingford's newest and most unique dining experience.

The Library Wine Bar and Bistro is literally Wallingford's old town library. Built in 1899, it was passionately and lovingly restored back to its classic, architectural beauty by the Gouveia family of Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT.

Come and dive into a new chapter of an old Wallingford landmark. Savour the comforts of traditional cuisine, wine and spirits while nestled at a comfortable table near our cozy fire...and let the story begin!


Events

CALENDAR

Calendar of Events


Banquets

Reading Room

  The Reading Room

The Library has three beautiful rooms to hold special occasions.

The Reading Room holds up to 80 seated & 100 cocktail style. It is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance of the building. It boasts a bar, fireplace, historic period chandeliers that adorn the expansive, tall ceilings and bookcases reminiscent of the old children's library where Joe Gouveia's daughter Amanda helped him clean.


The Avery Madison Room, which is named after Amanda's daughter, is on the second floor of the building and has a stage for performing arts, corporate functions and community events. This room can accomodate 60 seated & 80 cocktail style and has hardwood floors throughout. The center skylight fills the room with warm, natural light. The ceiling and walls have historic period chandeliers. This room is not handicapped accessible.


We also have our second dining room on the main level which can accomodate up to 45 people. This room is not available as private Thursday through Saturday nights.


Upstairs Stage Room

  Avery Madison Room

Please see our banquet menus.$300 deposit to secure booking taken off at final event.

Email
E-mail: info@thelibrarywinebar.com

Banquet Menus
- LUNCH BANQUET MENUS
- DINNER BANQUET MENUS

60 North Main St.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 678-4656

Lunch Banquet Menus

- Lunch Buffet -


Select One Salad

Classic Caesar Salad with focaccia croutons
Garden Greens - with choice of balsamic or sherry vinaigrette


Additional Salad Options

Baby Arugula- with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and shaved Parmesan cheese. $3
Baby Spinach- with sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and mango vinaigrette. $3
Field Greens- gorgonzola, sliced apples, caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. $5
Mediterranean- romaine, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Greek- romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Antipasto- mesclun greens and seasonal vegetables with sliced charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, herbed cured olives, marinates artichoke hearts and roasted sweet peppers with herbed vinaigrette. $7


Select One Pasta

Penne Marinara
Penne Alla Vodka
Penne with seasoned vegetables and olive oil


Additional Pasta Options

Baked Macaroni & Cheese $2
Cheese Tortellini Marinara $2
Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Cream $3
Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream $4
Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Tomato $7
Penne Carbonara $2


Select One Starch

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Herbed Rice Pilaf


Additional Starch Options

Saffron Rice $2
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes $2
Au Gratin Potatoes $3
Delmonico Potatoes $3
Veggie Paelha $


Select One Vegetable

Tarragon Green Beans
Roasted Summer Squash Medley
Sautéed Carrots with Sea Salt & Dill
Steamed Broccoli Florets


Additional Vegetable Options

Thyme Roasted Beets $1
Grilled Asparagus $3


Select Two Entrees

Breast of Chicken Francaise - with lemon, white wine butter sauce
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Breast - with sun-dried tomatoes, capers
Kalamata olives and balsamic glaze
Chicken Marsala- chicken cutlets sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine
Crispy Panko Tilapia - with basil, lemon sauce
Braised Cod - in a herb tomato and fennel broth
Shrimp Stuffed Sole- with sherry cream
Seafood encrusted salmon with a pomegranate glaze
Roasted Pork Loin- with artichoke and sundried tomato white wine sauce
Marinated Flank Steak- with mushroom burgundy demi glace
Crispy Eggplant Roulade- with ricotta and roasted tomato sauce


Additional Entree Options

Paelha Carne $ market
Paelha Valencia $ market
Add an Additional Entrée for $7


Select Two Desserts

Pudim Flan
Arroz Doce
Chocolate Mousse


Additional Dessert Options

Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle $3


$30 Per Person

Served with rolls and butter, tea, coffee and dessert

Entrée selections must be ordered in advance with a guaranteed count 1 week prior to your function
20% service charge and applicable state sales tax added to your total
Minimum of 25 people
Prices subject to change



Brunch Buffet

- Library Breakfast Display -


- Assorted seasonal fresh fruits
- Freshly baked pastries, muffins, and bagels with whipped butter, preserves and cream cheese
- Farm fresh scrambled eggs


Additional Omelet Options

Mediterranean Scramble - with herbed roasted tomato, baby spinach and creamy fontina cheese $3
The Works - mushrooms, baby spinach, roasted red peppers, asparagus, ham and sharp cheese $5
Individual Quiche - Choose one: bacon & caramelized onion, vegetarian, ham & Swiss or spinach, artichoke heart and feta cheese $6
French Toast- thick cut and cinnamon batter dipped
Crispy apple wood smoked bacon
Breakfast sausage links



- Library Lunch Display -


Select One Salad

Classic Caesar Salad with focaccia croutons
Garden Greens - with choice of balsamic or sherry vinaigrette


Additional Salad Options

Baby Arugula- with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and shaved Parmesan cheese. $3
Baby Spinach- with sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and mango vinaigrette. $3
Field Greens- gorgonzola, sliced apples, caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. $5
Mediterranean- romaine, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Greek- romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Antipasto- mesclun greens and seasonal vegetables with sliced charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, herbed cured olives, marinates artichoke hearts and roasted sweet peppers with herbed vinaigrette. $7


Select One Pasta

Penne Marinara
Penne Alla Vodka
Penne with seasoned vegetables and olive oil


Additional Pasta Options

Baked Macaroni & Cheese $2
Cheese Tortellini Marinara $2
Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Cream $3
Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream $4
Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Tomato $7
Penne Carbonara $2


Select One Starch

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Herbed Rice Pilaf


Additional Starch Options

Saffron Rice $2
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes $2
Au Gratin Potatoes $3
Delmonico Potatoes $3
Veggie Paelha $


Select One Vegetable

Tarragon Green Beans
Roasted Summer Squash Medley
Sautéed Carrots with Sea Salt & Dill
Steamed Broccoli Florets


Additional Vegetable Options

Thyme Roasted Beets $1
Grilled Asparagus $3


Select One Entree

Breast of Chicken Francaise - with lemon, white wine butter sauce
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Breast - with sun-dried tomatoes, capers
Kalamata olives and balsamic glaze
Chicken Marsala- chicken cutlets sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine
Crispy Panko Tilapia - with basil, lemon sauce
Braised Cod - in a herb tomato and fennel broth
Shrimp Stuffed Sole- with sherry cream
Roasted Pork Loin- with artichoke and sundried tomato white wine sauce
Marinated Flank Steak- with mushroom burgundy demi glace
Crispy Eggplant Roulade- with ricotta and roasted tomato sauce


Additional Entree Options

Paelha Carne $ market
Paelha Valencia $ market
Add an Additional Entrée for $7


Select Two Desserts

Pudim Flan
Arroz Doce
Chocolate Mousse


Additional Dessert Options

Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle $3


$38 Per Person

Served with rolls and butter, tea, coffee and dessert

Entrée selections must be ordered in advance with a guaranteed count 1 week prior to your function
20% service charge and applicable state sales tax added to your total
Minimum of 25 people
Prices subject to change




- Plated Lunch -


Select One Salad

Classic Caesar Salad with focaccia croutons
Garden Greens - with choice of balsamic or sherry vinaigrette


Additional Salad Options

Baby Arugula- with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and shaved Parmesan cheese. $3
Baby Spinach- with sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and mango vinaigrette. $3
Field Greens- gorgonzola, sliced apples, caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. $5
Mediterranean- romaine, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Greek- romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Antipasto- mesclun greens and seasonal vegetables with sliced charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, herbed cured olives, marinates artichoke hearts and roasted sweet peppers with herbed vinaigrette. $7


Select One Pasta

Penne Marinara
Penne Alla Vodka
Penne with seasoned vegetables and olive oil


Additional Pasta Options

Baked Macaroni & Cheese $2
Cheese Tortellini Marinara $2
Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Cream $3
Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream $4
Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Tomato $7
Penne Carbonara $2


Select One Starch

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Herbed Rice Pilaf


Additional Starch Options

Saffron Rice $2
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes $2
Au Gratin Potatoes $3
Delmonico Potatoes $3
Veggie Paelha $


Select One Vegetable

Tarragon Green Beans
Roasted Summer Squash Medley
Sautéed Carrots with Sea Salt & Dill
Steamed Broccoli Florets


Additional Vegetable Options

Thyme Roasted Beets $1
Grilled Asparagus $3


Select Three Entrees

Breast of Chicken Francaise - with lemon, white wine butter sauce
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Breast - with sun-dried tomatoes, capers
Kalamata olives and balsamic glaze
Chicken Marsala- chicken cutlets sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine
Crispy Panko Tilapia - with basil, lemon sauce
Braised Cod - in a herb tomato and fennel broth
Shrimp Stuffed Sole- with sherry cream
Seafood encrusted salmon with a pomegranate glaze
Roasted Pork Loin- with artichoke and sundried tomato white wine sauce
Marinated Flank Steak- with mushroom burgundy demi glace
Crispy Eggplant Roulade- with ricotta and roasted tomato sauce


Upgrade your Entrees for:

Paelha Carne $ market
Paelha Valencia $ market
Add an Additional Entrée for $7


Select One Dessert

Pudim Flan
Arroz Doce
Chocolate Mousse


Additional Dessert Options

Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle $3


$35 Per Person

Served with rolls and butter, tea, coffee and dessert

Entrée selections must be ordered in advance with a guaranteed count 1 week prior to your function
20% service charge and applicable state sales tax added to your total
Minimum of 25 people
Prices subject to change


Dinner Banquet Menus

- Dinner Buffet -

Select One Salad

Classic Caesar - Salad with focaccia croutons
Garden Greens - with choice of balsamic or sherry vinaigrette


Additional Salad Options

Baby Arugula- with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and shaved Parmesan cheese. $3
Baby Spinach- with sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and mango vinaigrette. $3
Field Greens- gorgonzola, sliced apples, caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. $5
Mediterranean- romaine, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Greek- romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Antipasto- mesclun greens and seasonal vegetables with sliced charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, herbed cured olives, marinates artichoke hearts and roasted sweet peppers with herbed vinaigrette. $7


Select One Pasta

Penne Marinara
Penne Alla Vodka
Penne with seasoned vegetables and olive oil


Additional Pasta Options

Baked Macaroni & Cheese $
Cheese Tortellini Marinara $2
Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Cream $3
Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream $4
Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Tomato $7
Penne Carbonara $2


Select One Starch

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Herbed Rice Pilaf


Additional Starch Options

Saffron Rice $2
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes $2
Au Gratin Potatoes $3
Delmonico Potatoes $3
Veggie Paelha $


Select One Vegetable

Tarragon Green Beans
Roasted Summer Squash Medley
Sautéed Carrots with Sea Salt & Dill
Steamed Broccoli Florets


Additional Vegetable Options

Thyme Roasted Beets $1
Grilled Asparagus $3


Select Two Entrees

Breast of Chicken Francaise - with lemon, white wine butter sauce
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Breast - with sun-dried tomatoes, capers
Kalamata olives and balsamic glaze
Chicken Marsala- chicken cutlets sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine
Crispy Panko Tilapia - with basil, lemon sauce
Braised Cod - in a herb tomato and fennel broth
Shrimp Stuffed Sole- with sherry cream
Seafood encrusted salmon with a pomegranate glaze
Roasted Pork Loin- with artichoke and sundried tomato white wine sauce
Marinated Flank Steak- with mushroom burgundy demi glace
Crispy Eggplant Roulade- with ricotta and roasted tomato sauce


Additional Entree Options

Paelha Carne $ market
Paelha Valencia $ market
Add an Additional Entrée for $7


Select Two Desserts

Pudim Flan
Arroz Doce
Chocolate Mousse


Additional Dessert Options

Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle $3


$40 Per Person

Served with rolls and butter, tea, coffee and dessert

Entrée selections must be ordered in advance with a guaranteed count one week prior to your function
20% service charge and applicable state sales added to your total
Minimum of 25 people. Prices subject to change





- Plated Dinner -

Select One Salad

Classic Caesar - Salad with focaccia croutons
Garden Greens - with choice of balsamic or sherry vinaigrette


Additional Salad Options

Baby Arugula- with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and shaved Parmesan cheese. $3
Baby Spinach- with sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, feta cheese and mango vinaigrette. $3
Field Greens- gorgonzola, sliced apples, caramelized walnuts, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette. $5
Mediterranean- romaine, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Greek- romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red peppers, pepperoncini, red onion and lemon vinaigrette. $4
Antipasto- mesclun greens and seasonal vegetables with sliced charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, herbed cured olives, marinates artichoke hearts and roasted sweet peppers with herbed vinaigrette. $7


Select One Pasta

Penne Marinara
Penne Alla Vodka
Penne with seasoned vegetables and olive oil


Additional Pasta Options

Baked Macaroni & Cheese $
Cheese Tortellini Marinara $2
Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Cream $3
Mushroom Ravioli with Porcini Cream $4
Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Tomato $7
Penne Carbonara $2


Select One Starch

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Herbed Rice Pilaf


Additional Starch Options

Saffron Rice $2
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes $2
Au Gratin Potatoes $3
Delmonico Potatoes $3
Veggie Paelha $


Select One Vegetable

Tarragon Green Beans
Roasted Summer Squash Medley
Sautéed Carrots with Sea Salt & Dill
Steamed Broccoli Florets


Additional Vegetable Options

Thyme Roasted Beets $1
Grilled Asparagus $3


Select Three Entrees

Breast of Chicken Francaise - with lemon, white wine butter sauce
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Breast - with sun-dried tomatoes, capers
Kalamata olives and balsamic glaze
Chicken Marsala- chicken cutlets sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine
Crispy Panko Tilapia - with basil, lemon sauce
Braised Cod - in a herb tomato and fennel broth
Shrimp Stuffed Sole- with sherry cream
Seafood encrusted salmon with a pomegranate glaze
Roasted Pork Loin- with artichoke and sundried tomato white wine sauce
Marinated Flank Steak- with mushroom burgundy demi glace
Crispy Eggplant Roulade- with ricotta and roasted tomato sauce


Additional Entree Options

Paelha Carne $ market
Paelha Valencia $ market
Add an Additional Entrée for $7


Select One Dessert

Pudim Flan
Arroz Doce
Chocolate Mousse


Additional Dessert Options

Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle $3


$45 Per Person

Served with rolls and butter, tea, coffee and dessert

Entrée selections must be ordered in advance with a guaranteed count one week prior to your function
20% service charge and applicable state sales added to your total
Minimum of 25 people. Prices subject to change


Story

Old Library

Samuel Simpson was a successful silver industrialist and a strong political figure in Wallingford and one of his greatest historic contributions to this town was providing the funds to buy the land and build the first public library. His passion for this project was due to his daughter. She was instrumental in renting a place on Main Street for women to gather, collect books, and raise money for causes. In 1882 a special act of legislation was passed known as The Ladies Library and Reading Room Association.

Unfortunately, his daughter passed away at the age of 41 and Mr. Simpson wanted to memorialize his daughter by building the library in her honor (1894-1899). As you enter the foyer of the building and climb the grand staircase you will see the beautiful stain glass windows with the dates of 1882-1899. There is also a plaque as you enter the front double wooden doors dedicating the library to his daughter.

The Library closed its doors in 1982 and moved up the street to a larger location. The old library building was purchased and turned into office space. The owners of the building and their handyman were regulars at Joe Gouveia's coffee shop, and when the handyman became ill, Joe helped clean and take care of the old library. Joe would bring his 4 year old daughter Amanda with him where she would set up books and empty book shelves and practice her reading. Today, Amanda is a school librarian.

Joe bought the cleaning service from the handyman and cleaned Wallingford's schools and businesses for over 25 years. In that time, he would bring his younger daughter Allison to a piece of farm land to have picnics under two large maple trees. He would tell her his dream of buying farm land to plant a vineyard like his family had in Portugal. Ten years after the opening of Gouveia Vineyards, the Gouveia family was inspired to bring the vacant old library back to life.

After many months of gruelling restoration, the building has skillfully been restored to its natural glory. Modern conveniences have been hidden in the woodwork and details meticulously crafted to highlight the historic architecture from the turn of the century.

The Gouveia Family hopes you will enjoy fresh local ingredients and Mediterranean cuisine while dining in one of Wallingford's most beautiful landmarks.


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Parking
parking


There are 4 public parking lots nearby.

(1)
Behind the Library Bldg
(2)
Simpson Court (limited)
(3)
The Wooding-Caplan Lot
(Between Police &
St Pauls Church)
(4)
The Town Hall Lot

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Reservations
203 678-4656 203 678-4656

Reservations are recommended for dinner in our dining rooms but not required. We have a beautiful loft in the bar area for lounging with a drink or for ordering tapas. There is seating at the bar as well.

We are handicapped accessible with a ramp located to the left of the front entrance of the building which leads into the bar area. The Library staff will gladly help make you and your guests comfortable.



60 North Main St.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 678-4656 (203) 678-4656




Hours
Closed On Mondays

- Tuesday -
11:30am - 9:00pm
- Wednesday -
11:30am - 9:00pm
- Thursday -
11:30am - 10:00pm
- Friday -
11:30am - 10:00pm
- Saturday -
11:30am - 10:00pm
- Sunday -
10:00am - 9:00pm

Kitchen Closes
Per Hours Above


Bar Stays Open Late