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Vera Mae's Bistro
Vera Mae's Bistro

Vera Mae's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.veramaes.com
  • Phone: (765) 747-4941
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Nick Kirkpatrick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Vera Mae's Bistro is a full service caterer offering only the finest food and drink with elegant accommodations and outstanding service. Vera Mae's offers both on site and off premise catering as well as delivery and pick up. We offer a wide variety of hors d'oeuvres intended for both large and small gatherings; as well as, entrées designed to hold up to the demands of off premise service--all with a concentration on presentation and flavor.
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in the lower level of the restaurant, overlooking the wine cellar, the Boardroom offers a completely private dining atmosphere for up to 40 guests. This intimate space is well suited for business presentations and small conferences as well as warm gatherings of friends and family.
  • Private Party Contact: David Franklin (765) 747-4941
  • Entertainment: Vera Mae's hosts special events such as musical and theatrical presentations, community and educational programs, wine tastings and much more. We have enjoyed acts such as Jazz greats Diane Reeves, Carole King, and Jackie Allen, New York Voices and Ball State University Theatre and Dance students. We proudly offer live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights featuring the talents of pianists Jim Burcaw and Phil Cooley.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Vera Mae's Bistro
Located in the revitalized historic district of downtown Muncie Indiana, Vera Mae's offers upscale fusion cuisine borrowing from the rich traditions of Europe, Asia and the new world. Our goal is to offer the highest quality and freshest fare available presented with impeccable service with attention to detail. Warm and inviting, the atmosphere reflects the love of the historic features inherent to the space and is filled with art work predominantly from local artisans.Our banquet facility, private dining area and seasonal outside seating allows for a wide range of accommodations.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "My fiancé and I went here for an anniversary dinner. The wonton appetizers were very good and out waiter was very nice. When my salad was brought out it had a long black hair in the side dressing. I nicely asked for a different salad due to the hair. I didn't make a big fuss about it, but was surprised there was no apologies from the management or atleast a refund of the salad. At such an "upscale" restaraunt you pay higher prices expecting better food and service. I have to say I was very disappointed and will most likely not be returning."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here. We found a plentiful wine list, numerous appetizers offered and various entrees to please our appetites. I would try this restaurant again, as the Cajun Crabcakes and Onion soup was excellent and the service impecable. However, the tables are too close together, and there were several noisy groups around us. Some sound barriers are needed."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We found ourselves kid free on Saturday evening 8-9 and wanted to do something special! We had always wanted to try VM and SO glad we made that choice! Our waiter was awesome......I believe his name was Skip??? Our fettuccine and chicken cordon bleu was phenomenal!! Thank you so very much for keeping such a wonderful gem in downtown Muncie alive and kickin!! We WILL return! Oh and I also got to say hello and speak with my old physician, Dr. Cooley!! How awesome was that!!?? Many wishes for your continued success and look forward to dining again!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great food, great staff. Not inexpensive, but worth it. Best Fine Dining experience in Muncie and surrounding areas."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was excellent but is a bit pricey. Definately a place for special occasions."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waiter had a group of 12 downstairs which made it difficult for him to be attentive to our group. He did a great job with banana foster. Eclectic decor."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "People in Muncie consider this "fine dining"...it truly is not. The owners are personable and very gracious, but the food quality has disappointed us the last 3-4 times we have dined there. The last time (last week) was probably the last time we will go there. Ordered my filet rare to med. rare. The server ASSURED me med. rare was always perfectly medium rare. Mine was medium. My husband's NY strip had a piece of gristle running completely through it and was tough. Featured "starch" ( that is what they call it...very inelegant, tacky term BTW) was mashed potatoes. They were the WORST mashed potatoes of all time... dry ( mine had a crusty film on top), absolutely flavorless with no drizzle, au jus or gravy. Our tab for 2 was $108 ( no bar)."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We met another couple who we hadn't seen in several years. Had an excellent experience. Wait staff was friendly, efficient and on top of everything. I would definitely recommend Vera Mae's Bistro."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I was taken here for dinner by the group I was visiting in town for work. It is a fantastic find. The service was great, the wine list had eclectic selections and the food and service was top notch. Two of us had the trout that was grown locally. Just happened to have the owners of the trout farm dining next to our table. She came over and talked about her aquaculture farm to us during dinner - an added treat. It was prepared very well and we liked it very much. Wish we were staying longer and we would try more of the options. Recommend highly to anyone in Muncie."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I both had great dinners, and the service was very good. I would love to have the recipe for the Crema di Parmigiano sauce. Probably, not going to happen. Thanks for a nice time!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our group of four would have enjoyed the experience more if the noise level had allowed conversation. I would like to have enjoyed the piano music!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The crawfish nachos were one of the best appetizers I've ever had! I definitely recommend ordering them. The chicken with brie and a raspberry reduction was also an excellent choice. Great food!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great as usual! If you are looking for a restaurant in Muncie, this is it!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very glad to have found this great restaurant and look forward to my next meal there!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Always good. The best place in Muncie. Love that they always have new specials every week."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "You will find time after time the food and service here is awesome. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "There is nothing else like it in Muncie. The food is amazing. The service is second to none. I love everything about it!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Vera Mae's has a warm, romantic atmosphere. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. It's super convenient to make a reservation online, though you really don't need one if you are going on a weekday. I will definitely be back to try more of their menu items. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Interesting décor, great service and terrific food. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Had a great time with family at the restaurant. Food was outstanding and service was very good. I have no complaints. It was perfect for my sons graduation party. It was really nice that they also took reservations. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I had dinner at Vera Mae's for my birthday and I was not disappointed. The food was absolutely amazing. I had the chicken breast with Brie and raspberry sauce, my date had the dill crusted cod. Both entrees were worth the money spent."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Vera Mae's is very nice looking and the service was great. However, the risotto wasn't made correctly, I wasn't told that the sweet potato hash was served with sausage and it was a bit too spicy. My boyfriend enjoyed the spinach and feta wantons, though he thought they were a bit greasy and he liked the french onion soup, but was confused as to why it was served with safety scissors. I loved the filet, the broccolini was a little raw though. My dessert was excellent though, I had the lemon curd cheesecake, and I did love the Shirley temple I drank. At the end of the night though we just felt it was a bit overpriced for the food we got. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere, excellent food, excellent evening!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Everything was lovely. We were celebrating with our daughter who will be graduating from BSU in a few weeks, on the completion of her thesis project. The food was excellent as was the service and overall appearance of the restaurant. Thank you for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions (rehearsal dinner, graduations and 80th birthday party) Service is excellent, food is always great and the ambience lends to a relaxing evening. They always have specials and they never disappoint. Happy we discovered this gem when we moved to Muncie."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "For fresh food with an interesting menu it is the ONLY place in Muncie. Thursday night busy with familiar faces in the house. Always where to go for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This restaurant was fabulous. Their waitstaff was phenomenal. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The special menu and Irish music & talk, with really fine musicians, made our table feel lucky to be able to enjoy this in Muncie. The very good meal (bangers & mash) was wonderfully different - wish it was available all year!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful birthday celebration at Vera Mae's! The food was very good, the filet mignons were excellent, and the Bananas Foster was a fun dessert!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "service was great...nice birthday celebration meal for 2."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were served raw snapper that was tough as leather. After another tough leather snapper was brought we ordered a NY Steak cooked medium. It was served rare (took it home to cook it). We thought we would be accommodated in some way - at least a discount - since we only were served one meal that was edible. We were charged full price and offered a desert for our trouble. The staff was polite, but food wasn't - We won't be back!!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We took our son out to celebrate his birthday -- steaks were excellent! My fish was nice too."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Vera Mae's is a treasure! If you have not been there, go."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was great, the setting was nice. Probably not for a young crowd, or at least my party was treated that way. We were set off in a corner and were ignored most of the time. But the food is great and well worth the money, service is not tip-worthy."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We dined here for our anniversary and loved it! The food was great and the service was outstanding. We enjoyed the casual atmosphere yet with an upscale experience. This was our first visit here as a couple and we will definetely return again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were attending an event in Muncie Indiana and looked at several sites for recommendations on a nice/great place to Eat and Vera Mae's came up tops in Muncie. We dine at many very nice resturants and Vera Mae's stood up to any and all. Great speciality cocktails, great menu and food, atmosphere didnt disappoint. Serve was excellent also. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great place to dine in Muncie."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Unique atmosphere with dozens of paintings and photographs on the wall, including a Jim Davis showing the Garfield crew dining at Vera Mae's Bistro. Service was great, good wine list, delicious fish specials on the night we were there. Owner stopped by our table and answered our questions about the wall art, and talked about the history of his restaurant. We were in town for an art show at Minnestrista. Vera Mae's was an unexpected, great find!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "How did I not know about this gem? I love the big city but Vers Mae's is an instant hometown favorite. My husband and I are already planning date nights here."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great atmosphere -- old building, lots of artwork. Friendly staff and good service. It's where we take all our candidates applying for a position in our company."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We wanted a nice place to take our Ball State student and a friend out to dinner. The menu had something that each of us could enjoy. Our waitress was thoughtful and attentive. We enjoyed the jazz piano during dinner and our conversation with one of the owners."
    Dined on 2/20/2014