Vera Mae's Bistro
Vera Mae's Bistro

Vera Mae's Bistro

  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 7657474941x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Vera Mae's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (33)romantic (28)fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (19)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (12)hot spot (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • perfect business lunch location
    JSD41
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    A colleague and I took an out of town speaker to lunch at Vera's after her presentation. The food variety, price, waiter attention, and location were all top notch at Vera Mae's. Being more upscale for dinner, I hadn't thought of them for lunch, but the menu was appropriate in portion, variety and price. I would definitely recommend and reserve Vera's for a future lunch venue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pamela
    Umma
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Love this place, great for late night dinner and drinks with friends or just drop by to have a glass of wine on the way home from work. The service is great and personable. The owners are on site and on top of the food, presentation and around to say hello. Great evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up to Par/not enough space belo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    High prices kept me away, but boss took myself and coworker to lunch. For half hour we waited for appetizer to arrive, I looked around at the decor and wondered what the owner is going for. I decided it had to be an old-timey saloon, but for an upscale restaurant with a $20-40 dinner menu, I felt they would go for more upscale. I personally ate the spinach and feta wontons, the french onion soup, and the bistro burger. The wontons tasted good, but very similar to crab Rangoon at the Chinese restaurants, so not good enough for the cost. The french onion soup was brought to me with kid scissors to cut through the cheese. The egg on the burger had a runny white, too much cheddar,burnt burger with pink middle. Would've complained if I paid
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint Bistro
    jwelhwel
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We met friends here for lunch. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The atmosphere is quaint and picturesque.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    chefs special was exceptional...outstanding place for any special occasion. a bit pricey but worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to par
    Laura
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The appetizer and soup courses were excellent but the entrees were disappointing. While the descriptions were quite appealing the actual product was disappointing particularly the described Creole sauce which tasted all the world like Frank's Red Hot. The services was less than attentive and for the price and the lack of other patrons particularly disappointing. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • daughter
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wonderful evening, food good, company great. The owners of the restaurant great hosts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical night out
    Roza
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I love this place, they prepare everything from top quality products, everything tastes great. The service is kind and efficient yet discreet, which is hard to find in the USA overall. A very classy experience! Beautiful for romantic dinners or family occasions or business meetings, they have adapted seating in different rooms for different needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good for Muncie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This place is cocky and overpriced but really good. If you want to eat unusual piece of meat or poultry and are looking for cooking creativity, this is the only place to go in Muncie. Good wine selection too. However, prices are too high for what you are getting. Nice place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time!!
    JohnnyMathisNight
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was our first dining experience at Vera Mae's. Enjoyed our time. Food was great, waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place, let down
    Tommyp
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I stopped for lunch and ordered French onion soup and crab cake sandwich. The onion soup was one of the best I've ever had. The crab cake was more of a wRm seafood salad. The bun was saturated and the whole thing fell apart. I tried eating with a fork but found the taste to be bland and very greasy. I never had a chance to tell the waitress as she never came back to my table. No one even question why I didn't eat my entree which was disintegrated ob my plate. Very cool atmosphere and it looked like other dishes were good, but the service was very slow...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AWESOME Grouper!
    CindyDQ
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Oh my goodness! The grouper, quinoa, kale dish I had on Saturday night should be on the menu every day. The piece of fish was huge and the butternut squash puree was just the right touch to finish off the dish. This entrée gets a perfect 10 in my book. Combine that with a wonderful environment and FABULOUS hosts, Kent and Steve, and you have a winning combination. Totally awesome! Totally YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great gem
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and cool decor. The best restaurant in Muncie! Something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    jeck0653
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had our wedding reception here 4 years ago. The experience was awesome. Very good waiter!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time for old-timers
    Locals
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Staff are attentive and owners are interested in diners' experiences.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion lunch
    Jeanie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Flew in to indiana to take my 90 yr old mother to vera maes since we both love this restaurant. My flight was late but still made it for lunch at 1:30... Lunch closes at 2. We both had the quiche and it was heavenly. The french onion soup is unbeatable. The coffee is ok for my taste but my mother liked it. I had my heart set on bananas foster for desert but the waitress said they were out of bananas. ...? When i had called to doublecheck if they received my reservation the day before asked if they serve banana foster for lunch desert and was told they did. Its hard to find a restaurant that serves this desert so was really looking forward to it. Oh well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Cajun specials.
    Tami
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    On the first Thursday of each month, Vera Mae's features a special Cajun menu. I tried the fried oysters served with roasted Brussel sprouts and dirty rice. My spouse had the seafood étouffée. Both meals were delicious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same Time Next Year !
    Resay
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I always love seeing the owners,they are always very welcoming. My friend order the rack of lamb this year and had ordered lamb the previous year. It was delicious, So plentiful that I had a chop and there was enough for him to take some home. I tried one of the Italian offerings for the first time Very tasty.Wonderful music from the "American Song Book" Service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner
    CindyDQ
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you are seeking a restaurant where everything clicks, visit Vera Mae's. The food is fabulous, the service attentive and the atmosphere is comfortable. Kent and Steve, the owners are always present to ensure a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, except the hair
    Aaricmun
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will try again!
    Muncie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Ungers
    thekidfreecouple
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ray57
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, great staff. Not inexpensive, but worth it. Best Fine Dining experience in Muncie and surrounding areas.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gracie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was excellent but is a bit pricey. Definately a place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 314 reviews are from the Vera Mae's Bistro reviews archive.
  • The A Group
    gisdiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-rated
    MuncieFoodies
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Muncie
    EatMeatVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvS52
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    LesSny
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    KSwynfordVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great as usual! If you are looking for a restaurant in Muncie, this is it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining in the heart of Muncie
    Eric
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very glad to have found this great restaurant and look forward to my next meal there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    4ColtsFansVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Always good. The best place in Muncie. Love that they always have new specials every week.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just awesome
    Smee
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    You will find time after time the food and service here is awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in town‼️
    KABOOM
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    There is nothing else like it in Muncie. The food is amazing. The service is second to none. I love everything about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    NewToBallState
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Terrific Restaurant
    MB52
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Interesting décor, great service and terrific food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place for special occassions
    graduation2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday
    Rachellynn
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.