Saluté Wine Bar

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The Enomatic wine dispensers—insert a house credit card and choose your pour—and the small-plates, small-tables formula signal wine bar. But the kitchen holds its own, offering well-executed, complex dishes alongside the requisite artisanal salumi and farmstead cheeses. Fresh oysters, preserved lemon-spiked white bean spread on toast rounds, fragrant poached figs with goat cheese, or one of the delicate pizzas will take care of noshers. If a full dinner’s required, an arugula and watercress salad with fennel, halibut with red wine risotto, or crispy duck leg with taleggio polenta might be the ticket. The affogato—which should be a foolproof dessert—is disappointing. » 2435 Main St., 310-450-3434 or D Mon.-Sat. Beer and wine. Wine Bar   $$ 

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