Vellum - Ann Arbor
Vellum - Ann Arbor

Vellum - Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vellumrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (734) 929-4929
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Mon.-Sat. 5:30-10:30, Sun. 5:30-9:30
    Happy Hour: Daily 4-7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Sartor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Caroline Dunbar 7349294929x
  • Special Events: Happy Hour 4-7pm, daily

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vellum - Ann Arbor
An American restaurant in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, we strive to provide a sense of craftsmanship and harmony for our patrons that will emanate throughout the entire dining experience. We serve contemporary and seasonal American fare in a setting that combines striking Italianate architecture with timeless furnishings. In addition, the bar & lounge make for a perfect spot for drinks and late-night desserts.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Vellum - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (24)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (16)romantic (14)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Slow
    RealFood
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We waited an hour for our food (soup, grilled cheese, cheeseburger -- not a complex order). The good news: even the restaurant acknowledged that this was unacceptable, and did not charge us. That -- and the truly excellent pea soup -- is pretty much the only reason we'll give this place another shot.
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  • Excellent neighborhood gem
    JRAMVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Vellum has an awesome seasonal menu. Their handmade pasta is amazing. Their wine list is great too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinner here last Saturday night...the food selection is both well-considered and wide-ranging, the ambiance of the restaurant is great, the beer and cocktail menu is locally focused and excellent, and the staff was knowledgable and friendly. We highly recommend the beet appetizer and the chicken roulade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal as always!
    Ndwff
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We enjoyed our meal here. Pasta was great, cocktails fun. The cheese plate was pretty standard fare though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • football weekend but just right
    AmyininVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    What a great experience in a place we'd never been. Arrived early on a football Saturday and our table was ready to go! Not the usual happening in Ann Arbor for sure. Service was terrific, food was wonderful and eclectic.... would definitely return to try out some of their unique offerings. Right on Main Street, but the ambiance was cozy and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Laf3913
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The hostess was less than welcoming but the food and service generously made up for it. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After the game
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Seven of us got together after a UM game. Food was good, drinks were delicious and the atmosphere perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    M husband and I absolutely loved Vellum. We had the tasting menu with the wine tasting as well. Every course was innovative and delicious. Definitely worth the drive from Detroit ! We will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we liked the food and the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    nice atmosphere, great decor, elegant and cozy at the same time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, but sparse
    jvankirkVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Overall, the quality of the food was excellent, but for the price, the portions were very small!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busterboy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We went there for dinner for the first time. WOW, everything was excellent and the server was friendly and knowledgeable. The variety of food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    Steve
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We made a reservation for a group of 8 after a home game. Table was ready on time. Hostess was friendly, and the bar fun. Our server was knowledgable about the menu, ingredients, and the wine. Food was tasty. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deterioration of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    the food used to be so much better, thought th menu is the same the quality of the food has deteriorated
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A top peer on the A2 scene
    A2fanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In an increasingly outstanding and competitive restaurant scene in Ann Arbor, Vellum continues to keep apace. This was another return visit to Vellum and the food and service remain excellent. Tuna lovers should NOT pass on the starter and the risotto was top notch. I love the flexibility Vellum provides like corkage fee if you want to bring your own wine for special occasions (as we did) and splitting entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service, poor execution
    A2foodlover
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had high hopes for Vellum, but having been three times now and experienced the reality we won't be back. Service was, at best, indifferent. We were consistently hurried along, with our main course being served well before we had even finished our salads. We had to send back a water glass and a bread plate for being dirty - then had to remind the server to bring replacements. Worst of all was the food: the kale salad was nothing more than poorly chopped kale leaves drenched in chili oil. Over spiced and bland at the same time - not a winning combination! With so many good places to eat in Ann Arbor there is no reason to settle for over priced and mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    CindyDF
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great night. Excellent food. Great selection!!! Delicious cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • come back, peter
    Trina
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    after several months of fudging -- "Peter is in Greece! Peter is traveling the world for even lovelier foods!" -- Vellum finally admits that he's left. Sadly, it shows. The food is a bit worse, the fabulous deserts are gone altogether, and the place is emptying out.... it's a shame, I loved Vellum.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vellum
    Neigh
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was really excited to dine at Vellum. I heard great things and decided to go for a special occasion. Unfortunately things were not what we expected. The service was incredibly slow. The waitress didn't take our entree order until after we got our appetizers, and it took a very long time for the entrees to come. There was a hair on the appetizer and they gave cold bread on butcher paper after the appetizers were eaten as well. The poor service kind of hung over the whole meal. The food was cooked well with generous portions, but nothing special or unique. We were ready to run out before dessert, feeling pretty bummed out about the whole experience. There was nothing that made us excited about our experience there. Live and learn!
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  • Exceptional!
    WalkerGirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From presentation to the satisfaction your taste buds thank you for! Vellum is a one of a kind gem. The food is exceptional and thoughtfully prepared for a very enjoyable dining experience. When you can take a bite of food and your eyes pop open and your jaw about drops and you get this "Wow" affect, you know you are being blessed with an uncomparable treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it was
    a2bcd
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Originally this was the destination place for that special occasion. Extra-ordinary and creative menu and outstanding classy service. Menu is now much more informal and pedestrian. Very nice place, but not what I would recommend to people looking for a place to celebrate .
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hijack
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We sat in the front, taking advantage of the happy hour. Beautiful windows with streeet scene. Great happy hour wines. Food was outstanding, especially the beets, brussel sprouts and spicy sausage pasta. Blue berry pie was nice though we found the crust a bit dense, not flaky enough. Service was extremely attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible, Never Again
    JohnZ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was hoping for a great experience after reading a lot of reviews. Unfortunately, the overall experience was horrible, and I will not be going back. Notes from my evening: 1. It took the waitress nearly 20 minutes to serve a glass of wine. When the pour came back, it was a ridiculously small amount. 2. We ordered a cheese plate, a slim selection of only two cheeses. 3. After waiting nearly 30 mintues for my food, it came out cold. The chef reheated it for me , but likely in the microwave, since it very quickly lost its heat again. 4. The original bill was apparently not correct. The waitress "corrected" the amount for me, adding another $15 to my bill without first telling me. She ran my card and did not bring back a new itemized receipt.
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  • keithandrebecca
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Incredibly mediocre food. Pork in the pork confit tacos was so SALTY.The crab cakes so forgettable.The bartender had the most idiotic answer for an ingredient in a cocktail but then they have an interesting cocktail menu trying to keep up with the current interest in mixologist-type cocktails. The answer to "what is fenugreek glom me syrup like" was "sweet." It's like she didn't even KNOW what it's like. And the cocktail was overwhelming lemony-I couldn't finish it. And they were out of three of five beers on tap. The two white wines I tried were awful. Sauvignon Blanc is usually a safe wine to order. It was AWFUL. It must be bottle that would go for $8, and they are selling it for 11/glass. They have no local or any kind of food claims.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Continue to go back and glad to continue to be a patron!
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  • Great
    MJCASRoma
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service was great. I requested the chefs table or a table upstairs looking out to State Street. Since we went on a Tuesday, the upstairs was closed, and there was no chefs table. The FOH manager greeted us (as well as a hostess) at the front door and addressed the issue for us immediately. Service was pretty good and the food was excellent. I have no issue with the pricing at all, it was great. The Sea Bass was the best thing on the menu that I had, and we had a bunch. The carrot cake for dessert was very good as well. We drank and ate pretty heavily and walked out with a tab under $300.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ann Arbor Ambience
    kerncamp
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lovely exposed brick restaurant with good continental menu options and outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellum has changed
    sujuVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The last two times we ate at Vellum the changes were noticeable and not an improvement. It appears that Vellum has become more of a bar with food than the wonderful restaurant that we enjoyed before. We always took our out-of-town guests to Vellum, but not anymore. It has become just another local restaurant, nothing special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vellum - Ann Arbor
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the risotto and my husband had the pork sandwich with triple cooked fries...the couple sitting next to us recommended them both. We weren't disappointed. Delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    Ami22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had an excellent meal, the menu has a nice variety of small plates as well as entrees. Our cocktails were absolutely delicious with wonderful presentation. Our service was also outstanding with very nice suggestions from our waiter as well as being very attentive. Highly recommend Vellum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a fabulous meal. This was our second visit. I love the Brussels Sprouts. They are delicious!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never better ahi tuna
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The ahi tuna was like butter. It was amazing. I loved the kale salad and the Brussels sprouts. The silverware thing is a little wierd along with the bread on the paper. But I would definitely go back agsin!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre service, mediocre food
    Oakheart
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I generally avoid eating on Main since they tend to be overpriced. Vellum came with a good rec, so I made a reservation on OpenTable. When we got there, it was slammed and guess what... they lost our reservation. Although I had the confirmation email, hostess told us it would be a 1 Hr wait. After making a fuss the hostess begrudgingly sat us. Ok, these things happen, but your first response should be to seat a customer who had a reservation. Our waiter was polite, but not very helpful. Clearly knew nothing about wine and just offered that we could taste whatever glass we wanted before getting a pour. The small plates we ordered were quite good, but the entrees were meh. And the bill was 10% more than far better restaurants in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 238 reviews are from the Vellum - Ann Arbor reviews archive.
  • Best burger in Ann Arbor
    LondonycVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Do not miss the bacon jam!!!!! Brussels sprouts are divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good service&ambiance, okay value
    goinout
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant is great. We had a group of seven and Vellum accommodated this well, including very attentive service. Overall everyone seemed pleased with the drinks but disappointed in the food. The prices were steep for what you get and it wasn't anything spectacular. The fried brussel sprouts were tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to sit and chat.
    new2A2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Many places in A2 are too noisy to have a reasonable conversation. Not Vellum. Wonderful atmosphere and not too loud. Food was very good and service was quite attentive (maybe slightly too attentive but it's hard to complain about great service). One person in our party of 3 thought the prices were high but the other two thought they were as expected for downtown A2. It would be nice to see food deals included in the happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but...
    Roberto
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was quite tasty and well portioned. The service was a bit odd…apparently they don't give out silverware until the dishes arrive. But if not everyone ordered salad or appetizer and we wanted to share, there were no forks, etc. Bread and butter delivered but again no knives, and a sparse portion of butter. The wine was poured for me (male) to taste, and it was quite good but the server poured me a glass and set the bottle down without pouring any for the remaining guests (two women).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously prepared food
    A2Diner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Positives: The food. Mac 'n cheese with good balance of cheeses and just enough to be delicious without overwhelming. Best salmon I have tried in this town--crusty on the outside, perfectly (but not overly!) done on the inside. Interesting twist on the Risotto without deadly bland seasoning that sometimes characterizes it. The dessert I'd skip in the future--strawberry shortcake--just okay which was a disappointment given the quality of the other menu items. Negatives: The presentation. Examples: the bread comes in a tiny paper that looks cheap, the Mac 'n Cheese came in a ramekin with no plate under it so if something toppled, it went directly onto the table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried it!
    de45n
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had never heard of this restaurant until I looked on Open Table. All of the reviews looked good and so we booked a table. The décor was charming and staff was friendly. They had a good size wine and beer list, which was nice. We tried a few of the small plates and were not disappointed. I will definitely dine here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellum - excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    First time Vellum diner - the restaurant was excellent in every way. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, service and ambiance. The food was fantastic and the short rib to die for. There was a nice selection of wines and great beer selection. The menu was varied and we both liked the small plate selection which would be great for late night dining and drinks. Being on Main Street adds to the energetic atmosphere and we both are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meals, but lackluster dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have dined here 3 times now - first meal was blah, 2nd meal was AMAZING, 3rd meal was really good. But for all 3, the desserts were so-so, to downright inedible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate