Vin Rouge
Vin Rouge

Vin Rouge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9194160406
  • 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 9194160406

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Vin Rouge reviews from OpenTable diners
259 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (166)special occasion (144)neighborhood gem (129)romantic (120)great for outdoor dining (117)notable wine list (115)great for brunch (76)good for groups (32)hot spot (18)late-night find (13)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • A Hiiden Gem
    drwjwelsh
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I recently visited Raleigh for business. Unfortunately, my restaurant of choice was closed on Sunday. I searched for establishments that were open on Sunday (easier said than done). Vin Rouge was the first to meet my criteria. While I wasn't excited with where they sat us (in the bar, next to the kitchen)...especially since I had a reservation...my concern was quickly erased by Natalie, an efficient and helpful wait-person. We followed her advice on every course...the Shrimp Provençal was sublime, the trout almandine delicious, and the creme brûlée was one of the best I've had in years. The next time I am in Durham, I will return to Vin Rouge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lackluster service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food great as always. Service from beginning to end was not of the caliber expected at any restaurant. In Durham restaurants, we almost always get top notch service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food has potential
    Sharon
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The menu offers a fair variety and for the most part, the food is very good. Atmosphere is a bit rustic and the service quality is fair. Our server had 4 tables when we arrived at 9:00pm and he sparingly reviewed items with us. He recommended the hanger steak over a filet or ribeye, and while it was very flavorful, it was also tough to chew. He also was given a table of 16 before we had ordered the wine to go with out dinner so we didn't see him again until our dinner arrived. Manager comped our oysters grautine because we bit on two pieces of shells in it, but they were amazingly delicious. It was our second time there and we may not go back for a third time..
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely garden; food good
    BethE
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a lovely evening. We sat in the garden and the wait staff was pretty attentive, answering questions and allowing us to taste the wine before we committed to a bottle. We shared an oysters au gratin -- but found only 3 or 4 oysters hiding in an ocean of au gratin. It was tasty but we would have preferred more oyster and less cheese. Two of our party ordered the hanger steaks -- an excellent cut but both steaks were overcooked. The wait staff did not check on us until we were half way into our meal; when we noted the overcooked steak they offered immediately to have the steaks redone. We declined since we were already so far into our entrées, and they comped part of the meal. Salads, escargot, wine, and fries were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    ekp425
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great romantic dinner at Vin Rouge. The steak frites are great and a very hefty portion, although it's cooked more on the rare-side so be aware. Waitress was very helpful with all of our needs, although we were at a "bistro" table that was very loud since the open kitchen is right there. Also although they have an extensive wine list, their wine by the glass is limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Htaylor
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great dinner at Vin Rouge! The food was great, our waitperson helped us with excellent wine choices and we enjoyed a leisurely meal with good friends. We look forward to dinner there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time experience
    sasdqm
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My first time dining at Vin Rouge was a treat. Very good food and excellent service! It was a hectic drive from Raleigh but was so worth it. Parking was a problem, however. I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vin Rouge
    jeff
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food, service, and ambiance at Vin Rouge was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best I Ever Ate
    NurseAnniePVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We decided to come here after watching "The Best I Ever Ate" on the Food Network and saw that celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli adored the gratin de macaroni. The place is beautiful and has a lovely outdoor seating area- very French! Very romantic date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    dakini1969
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food. Charming environment. Needs better ventilation. Came home smelling of food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food. Attentive service.
    DurhamDiner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Meals at Vin Rouge are always a delight. I only wish that (a) the noise level inside were not so high and (b) the chairs outside were more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vin Rouge - always a pleasure
    dsl6826
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Each visit to Vin Rouge is pleasure! Whether with a group or for a "small" dinner the experience is always excellent. After every visit I remind myself I need to go more often! The menu and special choices are varied and consistently well presented and, most important, delicious. Friends and colleagues that have not been to Vin Rouge always tell me I made an excellent suggestion/choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always wonderful!
    Enjoygoodrestaurants
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Enjoyed escargot - yum! Calves liver cooked to perfection with a delicious sauce. Beautiful, professional service. Would highly recommend it. Just one negative. We were seated in the "Cave room", which was a first for me. We had a noisy group of ten enjoying themselves - I would recommend seating in their smaller room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Come for mussels, stay for mousse
    Susan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Vin Rouge is solidly stellar. The food is outstanding, and the staff is thoroughly professional -- prompt yet discreet, anticipating every need without hovering. The key here is to avoid over-ordering, or you will stuff yourself. If you want entrees, then split one order of mussels between the two of you as an appetizer; they give you plenty. You must, must, add the frites and the spinach. Only if you pace yourself can you then reward yourself with that glorious mousse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DjdtVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Salmon with lentils is wonderful. Salads are dressed perfectly. $25 for three courses some night is an excellent choice. Great food and servers are very personable. Warm friendly place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NoRaDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Love this place. Live in Raleigh and is our favorite restaurant in the triangle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    SurprisedGuy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had not been here before but we enjoyed it very much . I had the fish special( cod) which was OK but not great and a little costly . I thought a French restaurant would use a sauce but not the case . On the other hand my wife had the oysters which were baked in an incredible bacon cheese sauce plus the apple bread pudding dessert was outstanding. In summary we will go back but stay with the items on there regular menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal
    camera05
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our fourth visit and like the previous three we were not disappointed. The service was excellent and the food was memorable. Parking space can be challenging during busy times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent but not amazing
    Thebigbird
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This Durham icon was a bit disappointing. The food isn't cheap and so I expected something a little more inspired. Cucumber soup was good, but there was too much of it, and it was a bit much after a huge bowl of it. Baguettes were OK, but not up to a good French restaurant. Not crispy enough and far too dense a crumb. The cod special again was decent, but not incredible. The sauce was a little muddy. Better French food can be had elsewhere. Service was very good. Ambiance was good. Lots of people with young kids...with Elmo's next door, not sure why!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant
    Azooz
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We are never dissapointed when we dine at Vin Rouge. Wonderful food and great service. We'll be coming here again for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShabsVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Vin Rouge used to be a go to for us. However our last 3 visits the quality has declined. We have noticed a decline in their staples such as the onion soup, the moules and the steak frites. Since we had been regular previously, we will give Vin Rouge another chance to redeem itself as we really hope they can redeem their poor track record of late and return to their outstanding quality of food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan
    Vegan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The chef is always quite "vegan friendly" and invariably creates a memorable entre. This is increasingly the norm in better restaurants but has consistently been the case at Vin Rouge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    Henry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Vin Rouge has been one of our favorite restaurants since our first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful outdoor dining
    FrequentDurhamDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had an early reservation and were one of only two occupied tables on the patio at the start. We had a leisurely meal, ordering a little at a time. Our server ably recommended both wines and oysters (of which there were maybe 6 types on offer). As the evening progressed, the patio filled up, and were it not for everyone speaking English, you might forget you were in the States. All in all, a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration elevated!
    HPandRP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were celebrating a fabulous job offer and decided to try Vin Rouge. Our server, Jessica, was a bright spot in an already glowing atmosphere of tantalizing aromas and spot on professionalism. She was bright, friendly, gave great recommendations and was the ultimate server. Courses were timed perfectly, giving us enough time to savor each properly. The Oyster Gratinée & Escargot were divine, as were the North Atlantic Cod, Steak Tartare, Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse & Assiette D'Olives. We are already planning to come back soon with friends to share this outrageously wonderful experience and have another unforgettable evening. We highly recommend Vin Rouge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best brunch in town!
    moxie1406
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Vin Rouge has been one of my favorite places for brunch for many years. The poached eggs are always cooked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experince
    Dick
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    a great eclectic French dining experience. Service and food exceptional
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service. Too loud
    sk821
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, even better service
    hoyamom
    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!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Phil
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A must try
    Joey211VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious!
    betseye
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not consistant
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ItalianbyBirth
    ItalianbyBirth
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent as always! You are given large portions and the food is delicious. Service was very attentive and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing and delicious.
    GO7D
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Atmosphere was amazing and good was delicous. Our server was excellent, and i would highly be recommending this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French treat in Durham
    Popocolori
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    aleeb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Delicious food, great wine pairings. The mousse was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    Melncrg
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate