The Rittergut Wine Bar Restaurant and Social Club

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This Loop restaurant and wine bar is housed in the Mercantile Exchange and serves as a prime after-work spot for drinks and nibbles. With about 30 small-batch wines by the glass and close to 60 bottles of French, Italian and Spanish vinos, the spot lives up to its name. (Which, by the way, is a nod to the owner’s family property in Germany taken from the Nazis during World War II.) There's also a full bar with craft beers and fine spirits. In terms of food, there’s soups, salads and entrees like ahi tuna and organic chicken for lunch, and a selection of small plates options for dinner. Go for the lamb burger with Moroccan spices and mint aioli, wild striped bass, or the aracini risotto sphere filled with cheese and set on an Italian tomato salad. The spot's interior has clean lines and dark wood tones, but if dining al fresco’s your thing there’s a 40-seat patio overlooking the river.