Lafayette Village Grill
Lafayette Village Grill

Lafayette Village Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.villagegrillraleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9198905340x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Scarangella
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: acoustic guitar. Wed and Fri
  • Special Events: By reservation only, served in our 40 seat Private Dining Room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Falls of Neuse and Honeycutt Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking surrounds Lafayette Village and there is ample underground parking, entrance to the right of the village.
A word from Lafayette Village Grill
The Village Grill, nestled in the courtyard of the gorgeous Lafayette Village, boasts seven 60" HDTV's and one monstrous 120" model for game nights. But beyond the spectacular sports viewing, it offers top notch food and well crafted cocktails. We apologize, however, we do not accept reservations for outdoor seating.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Lafayette Village Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.5
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (9)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)special occasion (5)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • good menu
    CARLY
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    They have a great menu for those who need to be gluten free... many of entrees can be prepared gluten free, as my guest needed. But delicious food and the Autumn Salad special was fantastic!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely loud and mediocre
    thepaulatics
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is just alright. The combination of a loud, boisterous bar with TVs blaring plus screaming, out-of-control children is unbearable.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food but no music
    DarrellVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We invited friends to dinner with the expectation of enjoying live music as advertised. Upon arriving, we were told the music was cancelled.....with no mention of it on their website. Food was good, but a little disappointed and embarrassed for the lack of music as promised. Management of the restaurants and/or the village should keep their site updated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love this place! It's the perfect place for a family dinner, quick lunch with friends or a longer business lunch. The outdoor seating is great and the service is always friendly. The food isn't gourmet but it's always delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Village Grill
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Moderate beer selection; good food, but chicken cordon bleu was dry; restaurant was very noisy and conversation was difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Burgers
    JDinRaleigh
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a party of four on Saturday night. Three of us ordered the BBQ burger and the other ordered the avacado chicken. The burgers were very average. The chicken was a success and was well received. Total bill was $70 for the entrees and one beer. Service was average.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Lafayette Village Grill reviews archive.
  • Very disappointing experience
    NETraveler52
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our 4th trip to the Village Grill and by far, the worst. Unfortunately, things seem to be going downhill at this restaurant in both food quality and service. Service was absolutely terrible. We had to wait 10 minutes for drinks, food did not come out together, we had to ask for silverware, had to ask for sweetener twice and ended up going up to the bar to get our own, had to ask for drink refills, etc. All servers seemed young/ inexperienced- perhaps more training would eliminate some of these issues. As for the food, it was fair, at best. Fries were cold, s were "warm: sandwiches and there was a constant battle to keep the flies away. Not a great dinner for Father's Day.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow and not customer oriented
    carolinadinerVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It took 30 minutes to get our appetizer after the order was placed. Large electric fan next to our table was very loud and didn't provide any cool air. It did prevent flies on the patio for which we were grateful. The waitress was good but the kitchen was horrible. The food was mediocre at best and it was served extremely late. We requested al fresco so we could watch the US Open and they said they had to have the soccer match on both outdoor tvs. We specifically requested golf when making our reservation. This was not a pleasant experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for Father's Day Lunch
    glutenfreeveggie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We enjoyed the patio dining for Father's Day. There were lots of kids and dogs playing in the courtyard. The food was good and the noise level was not too high.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and beer
    shughes
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been to Village Grill twice now and both times have had a great experience. We had a reservation for 10 people on a Saturday and the table was ready when we got there, no extra waiting. That staff was attentive and helpful, food was delicious and they have a great local beer list. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Okay service
    matter
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was my third meal in eight days here. With wife, with friends, and then with family. Food has always been above average, and these latest three visits continue the trend. But over the course of each meal, something didn't happen correctly: A mistaken order, a forgotten appetizer, and a soup appearing with the meal instead the before. Little things but annoying. All three were outside at dinner time with kids (not ours) and dogs (not ours) and lots of people (some were us) so confusion occurs. The food was still good when it arrived.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place but
    zap1k
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This location was very nice but a bit noisy..... food was good once it got to us --- Service was very very slow.... Kitchen must have gone to sleep It took almost 2 hrs for lunch for 6 of us
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    OneMorechance
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Waited 45 minutes for our dinner with no comment from our server. Had to seek out the manager to check on our order. Then waited another 15 minutes for the food. This was not our first time here and was very disappointed in this visit. They were not that busy for this to happen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the best for Mothers Day brunch
    kathygkc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I wasn't expecting all the TVs. They gave the place a sports-bar feel. We sat inside at a table for four and could only just hear the person sitting opposite. The black bean hummus and friends appetizer was wonderful and portended great things. As it turned out, two of our meals were very good (seafood shepherd's pie & Chilean sea bass kebabs), but the other two were disappointing. (The Village Grill omelette was more like a crepe folded over a thin slice of roast. The ham and brie quiche was more like a souffle lightly flavoured with ham and brie.) Our server was pleasant and very helpful, and earned a healthy tip. I'd go again to try their sandwiches and their more standard dishes, but never again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere... Great location.. Problem is that the food is just OK and the service is fair. Combine that with a higher than expected price, it was disappointing. On top of that the kids menu for brunch was very small and did not have much variety
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Rauer
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First time here and food was undesirable. We will not be back after first impression.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inattentive service
    Margie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our table for 6 was poorly placed near the door and was bar height. Bad for knees. Service was inattentive at best. Burgers not cooked to order. Rib sandwich and fries were good and beer selection was good. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed Feelings
    Chawley
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were really excited to come here and try the new brunch menu. We were seated quickly and then ignored for a really long time. Ultimately, I think our server was really busy with a complicated table next to us because we didn't see her initially. That being said, we were passed by a hostess, other servers, and (we think) a female manager multiple times without asking us what we wanted to drink, or bringing us silverware. When we did get the chance to order, our food was really great. The Berry Good Waffles were very tasty and I loved the honeyed ricotta (really nice touch!) Service wasn't awesome, (and never improved), but I'm willing to come again and give Village Grill another chance, judging by the quality and options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inexperienced & ineffective waiteru
    LoveThePitVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We've visited here several times and usually enjoy ourselves. That wasn't the case on this visit. Our waiter seemed to be new. He had to read verbatim the few specials, couldn't describe them, and didn't seem to have any "rhythm" to the way he took care of us. Sometimes he checked back too frequently, other times he ignored is for way too long. Above all, I think he forgot to submit our food order to the kitchen. It took forever, when the restaurant was half full, and no explanation was provided - only repeated apologies. Despite all that, the food was good. Though, the menu is som
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KIDS, DOGS, SMOKING AND TVS
    denapVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    On a beautiful Saturday evening, all local neighborhood families with their kids and dogs descended upon The Lafayette Village Grill to enjoy hamburgers, salads, wings, and typical bar fare - nothing outstanding or SPECIAL to recommend - just a real friendly neighborhood get-together grill open to families and their pets and anyone who wants to smoke outside while dining - UGH!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Proposal. ....
    Murf
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The restaurant was ready and waiting for my big night. The food was incredible and the wine list was robust. Thank You Village Grill for helping to make the night perfect. Oh by the way she said "Yes"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extended Family brunch celebration
    busymom70
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We took a group of 9 to brunch after a special event. The back room works well for large groups, but can be a little noisy with multiple large tables. However, this is fine if you have kids in your party and aren't expecting something more sedate or formal. Food was good and service was good. Prices are average. Not blown away, but no complaints either. Overall, we had a good experience that met all our needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Second Visit
    Speedracer
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This was our second visit to Village Grille in Lafayette Village. We had the Memphis Burger this visit, which was enjoyable overall; however, the BBQ sauce was a little too sweet for our tastes. We also had tres leches cake for dessert. We enjoyed it on our first visit as well. It is delicious, but the piece this time was half the size of the one we had last time and had very little whipped cream on top. Don't know if this was a slip up or if this is the way they are serving it these days.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a sports bar and not
    Glory
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a sports bar and not much more. I ordered the pork chop with roasted brussel sprouts and cheese grits. The grits were horrible, very dry. When I asked if they had some that were freshly made, I got some swimming in butter and orangish grease - which what I believe was the seasoning from the shrimp and grits with chorizo - still the grits were tasteless. The Tres Leche cake was two squares of dry cake with whipped cream plated in a tasty vanilla sauce. The grill was very crowded following a St. Pat's day event and March Madness - this place may be good for a burger and a beer, but not dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just right for a weekend night
    eatdrinkandfriend
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    great place to meet up with friends, have a few drinks and a bite to eat
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    NoFo
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We dine here frequently as it is one of our favorites. It is close to our home and in goof weather, fun to eat outside. They have great barbecue and hamburgers. My grandson thinks they have the best French fries. The service is always good and on weekends it can be crowded and noisy with lots of TVs and cheering spectators/diners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bar design...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good for watching a game by yourself or with friends. Plenty of space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night with family
    Rawleygirl
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We dined at Lafayette Village Grill Friday night and had a great time and a great meal. The food was delicious - 4 of us had burgers. Everything was great including the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again....
    AshP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Too crowded, too loud, terrible service. If you can sit in the main dining area, it would be fine, but if they offer you the back room - don't do it! We were packed in so tight that a waitress hit me in the back of the head several times while serving the table next to us. My water glass was empty when my entree arrived and wasn't filled until after I had finished eating. The noise level was completely intolerable and we were unable to have a conversation. Might be OK if you don't get stuck in the back room, but we will not be back to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great little place
    Roxtone
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Service was outstanding because the waiter knew the menu, made helpful suggestions, and had an upbeat personality. The food was better than expected. We had the shrimp and grits and fried chicken sandwich, highly recommend both. Flavorful and creative and the quality of products was evident with each bite. It may have been our first visit, but definitely not the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prefer patio to indoor seating.....
    DiKenn
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Made reservations although on a Monday night none were needed, We normally go here in the warmer months and enjoy the outdoor seating. Good selections on the menu. It is more a burger/sandwich restaurant to me. We opted for the special which was Mai Mai and it was quite good but pricey for this restaurant you just do not expect to pay $17 for an entree. We definitely will go back but much prefer outside seating here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not A Great Experience
    DaveFam
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I took my wife here to eat for her birthday on a Sunday afternoon. We were impressed with the decor and feel of The Village Grill right away. There are several large screen televisions that are situated around the large bar area that can be seen from nearly anywhere in the restaurant. However, our waitress - though nice - was not attentive AT ALL (we had to wave her down for refills from across the restaurant - she never came around to check on us once we got our food) and the food was subpar (for example: I requested my steak medium rare but it was well done and tasted slightly overcooked). I would like to think that this was just an off-night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The Village Grill is right in my neighborhood. Have been there multiple times for lunch and dinner. Service is good and the food has been great every time. Have taken several friends and now it is their suggestion when we are picking out a place to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    NoFo
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We live close to Lafayette Grill and love to eat there for lunch or dinner. It is our grandson's favorite, too. He thinks they have the best French fries and their cheeseburgers are an 11 on a scale of 1-10. It is a bit noisy with all the TVs on different channels, but I suppose that is what most folks like. We are not a big fan of the noise because it keeps conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I actually sent a dish back
    BabsVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I actually sent a dish back because it didn't taste good. I was not charged for it. The rest of food was mediocre. The service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food has gone downhill
    karenVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    This restaurant has a great atmosphere- comfortable seating, and good service. When they first opened- they had a much better menu and better qualilty food. However, the food has really gone down hill. We are very disappointed- as we used to love this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Setting and ambience was great.
    PDRgreatbutloud
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Setting and ambience was great. The service was very good and we enjoyed our selves. There are two main dining areas - an open bar and individual table area, as well as a PDR (Private Dining Room) which is open if there is no reserved/large party. The PDR has a gas fire place which adds a nice touch, however, beware that there appear to be some loud small groups on the room - they should have stayed in bar area......Otherwise, fun, reasonably prices, nice neighborhood area to attend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable Lafayette Village Staple
    northraleighliferVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The Lafayette Village Grill is a staple of Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. The outdoor seating offers a VERY comfortable dining experience.... Innside however is an altogether different scenario. The atmosphere is noisy (too many hard surfaces) and the layout just doesn't feel comfortable. The staff is well trained, attentive, and professional. The food is consistently above average... not great, not awesome, but above average. The food is fresh and tasty, but not what you would call "foodie" quality. For our family, when weather permits, the outdoor dining is great But if you're relegated to indoor dining, there are much better choices in nearby North raleigh (Winstons being the true bellwether restaurant for example).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great up-scale Sports Bar
    OutwithCompany
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Very nice place for sports minded groups, huge televisions, good food & excellent beer selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite Nice
    Pedaler
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Went for a dinner date, and it suited the occasion nicely. Booth tables are wide, and not conductive to date-night mood due to speaking loudly over noise. Problem solved when we moved to the bar after dinner. There are a lot of TV's here a-la sports bar, so if you seek a quiet, romantic candlelight atmosphere you will be disappointed. Good specialty drink selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.