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Vin Rouge
Vin Rouge

Vin Rouge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (919) 416-0406
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Kelly
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Maller (919) 416-0406

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: They have a small private lot with plenty of street parking nearby.
A word from Vin Rouge
Vin rouge is a French Bistro. We focus on classic preparations served in a true bistro atmosphere. We have beautiful patio and garden areas for those who prefer to dine outside. Please indicate your preference for dining inside or out. We look forward to serving you at Vin Rouge.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Vin Rouge has been one of my favorite places for brunch for many years. The poached eggs are always cooked perfectly!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "a great eclectic French dining experience. Service and food exceptional"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Restaurant was excellent. Unfortunately the people it attracts make it not a great place for a quiet romantic dinner. Wouldn't hesitate to go back, just not for a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner with your son and his girlfriend. The staff was wonderfully accomodating. Our only problem was translating the menu! (although the staff was very helpful!)"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We had made a reservation for Thurs night, asking for a quiet table for 2 to celebrate my husbands birthday. The sound in that room was as if there were 50 loud people instead of the 15 that were seated across 4-5 tables, we had to shout across the table to each other. Our server was new and didn't know the menu, the steak came out rare instead of medium , I became desperate w the loudness, we packed up our food after it came back out and left without dessert or coffee. Great place but not this night, I left disappointed. Overpaid for a mediocre experience on a night that was special."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Consistently terrific food. We always look forward to our visits there and often take out of town guests for what we can count on as fabulous meal. It's difficult to choose delights and we find that we often order way more than we can eat (take home containers are cheerfully prepared). The charcuterie plate is almost a meal in itself with wonderful pate's and assorted fresh vegetables. The beet salad is a must try and the trout almandine is superb. If you don't like close spaces this place is not for you since it is generally very small, the tables are close together and it does get a little noisy as the evening goes on, but it only ads to the charm. It is the top of our list when French is absolutely what we are in the mood for."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My wife and I eat out a lot. We love food. This gets an A+ in our book. Super nice people the manager (Kenny?) did a great job helping wri our wine But the food....outstanding....the mussels in a Dijon sauce were excellent. The trout...the hanger steak...my wife still sighs and whispers"when can we go back to durham and see our daughter...and eat at Vin Rouge". If I had to pick on it....the service was a little ...relaxed ...but they were trying so hard and the food was so good...didn't matter"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My daughter is a college student in NC and we often go here when we are in town. The food is well prepared with a quaint atmosphere. When my daughter wants a home cooked delicious meal, this is the place she goes to for a splurge."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "My wife and i have been to Vin Rouge many times, but most often for Sunday brunch. Their classic bistro menu for brunch is a great option. This past visit was for dinner. Their in-house made charcuterie is always spot on, as it was this time. I had ordered a rib-eye au Poivre cooked medium rare and found the cut riddled with tough, uneatable fat...the sinew sort which you can't chew. My wife's chilled fruits de mar (chilled crab, lobster, clams and oysters) were good however."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent as always! You are given large portions and the food is delicious. Service was very attentive and polite."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Atmosphere was amazing and good was delicous. Our server was excellent, and i would highly be recommending this restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the mussels (moules). One had a choice of sauce added to the traditional white wine sauce. I chose dijon which was tasty; my colleague chose chorizo which even better. Excellent wine list at reasonable prices. We had the Sancerre."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Must you do anything special to eat in the first room you enter or the one to the right? We usually end up in the big room in the back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Delicious food, great wine pairings. The mousse was excellent."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This delightful restaurant has never disappointed me. On my most recent visit, I began my meal with the charcuterie plate. It was DIVINE. It's my new obsession."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Vin Rouge is not only a West Durham neighborhood gem, it is a gem for the whole of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle. Great food, excellent wines, really friendly service and a true French bistro atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The Gratinee de Macaroni is just fantastic and cheesy and delicious! The husband had the steak frites, and his dish was amazing as well. Definitely will be be back for special occasions. Very happy with my experience there."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Have been here a couple times before for brunch and dinner. Never fails to exceed expectations. Service was wonderful. The food was amazing. I had scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and shallots. Insane. Comes with french fries and a salad. Love the french fries and the dressing on the salad is very light and yummy. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "One of our favorite places! As usual ... food and ambiance great ... But waitress was very sub par vs the norm!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Once again Vin Rouge demonstrates why it's out favorite restaurant in the area. I rarely order steak out, especially at a place like VR, but got the NY strip w/bearnaise - superb."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The wait was wonderful. her suggestions for food and wine were spot on and she couldn't been more pleasant. The fish was excellent and the deserts were delectable. We were surprised at the reasonable prices and we would come again for any special occasion."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very nice meal at this restaurant on a Tuesday night. There were three of us celebrating my mother's 87th birthday. The Pate with the caremlized onions was wonderful. We all thought a particular favorite. Onion soup was very tasty and very very delicious. The liver was very good but the sauce with it, not great but average good with mashed potatoes. The clams in sauce would have been really good but was over salted. We all had the Creme Brullee for dessert and it was perfect. We will go back again, the service was superb and the food was presented beautifully and very good on a whole. Only disappointment is that the staff did nothing special for my mother's birthday. Not even a complimentary drink or cookie."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was delicious but don't bother to order a drink from the bar. It's watered down and they wanted to charge us for a double shot in addition to the price of the drink. I wish the waiter would have interpreted the menu so we would know the dishes better such as which has chicken. I don't speak French. We sat inside by the window and there were 2 flies I kept hitting to get away from my table."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We arrived at 6:30 and were seated a little after. Unfortunately they are really strict with their 5:30 to 6:30 timings on the prix fix menu. We were seated outside. They have a table right smack in the middle of the courtyard which they use to store silverware, glasses, water jugs, etc. Very bad placement, especially when you are trying to have a romantic dinner. That table should be somewhere on the side, far away from the guest tables. Ordered the hanger steak medium well. It was charred on the outside and pink on the inside. The poulet roti was delicious. Service from our server was good, although some of the staff appeared disinterested. All in all it was a mixed experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "One of the nice things about our visit with friends to Vin Rouge was that we could actually talk during dinner! The Escargots I shared with my husband were very good, though we would have liked a bit more garlic and some soft, fresh bread to absorb all the garlic butter. My husband enjoyed the Trout Almondine with Haricots Vert and Pommel Purees. I chose two appetizers and a side, which worked well. The Shrimp Provencal was excellent. The Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart was not as successful. There was an overpowering taste I could not quite identify that became unpleasant. The Pommes Frites were excellent. Our friends enjoyed the salmon, especially with the lentils. The chocolate cake & lemon tart were great."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "VR was recommended to us by friends. We moved from DC where brunch is treated like a religion, and there are a million places that serve brunch. When VR was recommended so highly, I wondered if it was because it was so good or because there are fewer options here. Unfortunately, I would now say the latter is the case. Our food was good, but it wasn't anything more than that (e.g., great or wonderful). All of that said, it would have been a fine experience if our waiter hadn't seemed burdened to be serving us. He was unsmiling, unfriendly, and short with us. I try to assume that the server is having a frustrating day when this is the case, but, rightly or wrongly, we still walked away with the impression that the restaurant was snooty."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Beginning with a delicious drink at the bar, we moved to our table and proceeded to enjoy the petit plateau of seafood. It was outstanding, as was the cod special, the duck confit, the frisée salad with house lardons, and the pommes frites ( so good your eyes may roll back in your head). My father enjoyed his calf liver immensely. We finished this feast with 2 creme brulees, which were deliciously sugar crusted without being overheated. In a word, yum. Don't miss this place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The selections we ordered were uniformly outstanding, and their service was well timed; all aspects of our service were excellent. The only impediment to a truly lovely dining experience was the noise level -- it's too high to converse normally, which is beyond "energetic". Incorporating a few sound-absorbing materials in the dining areas would help this a lot! Otherwise, we enjoyed our time at Vin Rouge greatly."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Every time I go there, I am again amazed at how delicious was everything I ate. What a joy!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding,service great,outdoor dining lovely . We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We went on a weeknight. Cozy dining rooms with enough personal space. The waiter was fantastic; best we've had anywhere lately. Mussells and frites: Extremely good; frites a tiny bit too soft but still delicious. Bacon Confit: UNBELIEVABLE. Escargot: Decent but average. Duck Confit: Very Good. Will definitely go here next time we're in town."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I often eat at Vin Rouge and it never disappoints. Great food, excellent wine list"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The food is good and the service was very professional and friendly. The menu was a bit complicated to read, assuming you're not fluent in French. Most of the names and some descriptions were in French, a fact that made it a bit a game of guessing. Nevertheless, the service given to us by Danny was superb and the food was delicious!! Will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I took my husband there for his birthday brunch specifically for the crepes and he was not disappointed. We also had a very delicious French toast. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special brunch."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "While not in the hip, downtown area of Durham, Vin Rouge is a little side tracked, in between favorite my vendors (Frazee Carpets and Don Hill locksmith). The strip steak & frites were done perfectly. My husband's sauteed cod in a tomato vinagrette was delightful and creative. For a Saturday night the ambiance was bustling, but not frenetic. The tables are a tad close, so you may not want to have the most intimate or drama-filled conversation while dining. Why is it when there are many available tables, are we are given the least desirable (noisy, in front of the kitchen, where all the wait staff is hovering, waiting for orders). I thought you were supposed to give the best available, not the worst. I always get an upgrade!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend for her bday (called ahead to inform them), we're in our mid-20s so this is considered a nice dinner. Ordered lobster risotto appetizer, came with 3 bites of lobster for $15, ripoff. She ordered the fish, server 1st told her it was halibut, afterwards waiter began to yell "86 the halibut", we assumed she got the last one. He told another table the fish WAS the halibut but is NOW the cod, after talking to them about the fish options, he told my girlfriend they were out of halibut and "you're getting cod", very rude (her fish was $28, another ripoff). I ordered a chicken meal which was good but served at room temp, not hot. He dropped off dessert and said nothing... like "happy birthday" perhaps... and walked away."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place to come with friends or on a special date. Beautiful inside or outdoor seating. The food is amazing and fresh. Great prices for fine dining."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you haven't tried the muscles with perfect french fries, you're missing out. And don't forget the lemon pie. Heavenly. Always a wonderful experience. My New York guests were impressed. Thank you to the chef and staff."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had a great evening on the patio with consistently good food, nice wine and great service."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Vin Rouge takes classic bistro fare (steak fritted; chocolate mousse; etc.) and elevates them to great (culinary) popular art. It's the sort of place I wish was (a LOT)closer to my home (I live in Ohio and only visit Durham once a year). If it were, I'd be a weekly guest. Also love the ambiance--think Old World romantic--and the service is dependably stellar. (Our waitress was pretty much faultless and made several outstanding recommendations.) Keep doing what you're doing, Vin Rouge. P.S.= Please leave mayonnaise off the sweetbreads, though. Sunday's preparation du jour prevented me from ordering it even though it's usually one of my V.R. staples."
    Dined on 7/13/2014