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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "love this restaurant. our favorite.... it has a wonderful ambiance, really great food and wonderful service. you can never go wrong here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Four nights a week Vin Rouge offers a three course prix fixe menu for $25. With a choice of three starters, six main courses, and three deserts it is nice way to enjoy very good food at a reasonable price, e.g., the salmon by itself is $20. We sat in the bar area, which definitely not my first choice but my wife enjoyed watching the workings of the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Vin Rouge has been one of my favorite restaurants in the mid-North Carolina region since they opened. I live in Raleigh and the restaurant is in Durham and I'm always up for the trip. Probably the best pommes frites in the area, and I have never ordered anything that wasn't superb. It's a great place for 2 or 10 to dine together. I think next time I'll take my daughter and we'll get the tower of oysters, lobster, and crab on ice. Eating at Vin Rouge takes care of any entertainment desired for an evening."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I can always count on a great meal in a quaint and yet vibrant restaurant. Chef does a fantastic job with specials, consistency of food and overall creativity. The Chocolate Mousse must be enjoyed by all at end of meal."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I found Vin Rouge an exceptional restaurant. Great care clearly went into the food, wine choice and service, with outstanding results. Would love to know the secret of the bouillabaisse."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Exactly what we were looking for. Great food, friendly and good service in a beautiful setting."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My dinner of trout almondine was fabulous! It came with potatoes and I asked not to have them, and the waitress suggested I could have another vegetable. I had the spinach with garlic with tasted delicious. The only problem with this restaurant is the parking. I circled several times, and ended up parking across a major road in the grocery store parking lot."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "There were four of us, and even though we were squeezed into a rather uncomfortable corner table, that lent some European ambience to our experience. All of our meals were outstanding. Not one morsel was left on anyone's plate. I had the bouillabaisse, which I've had there before, and it's always terrific, tasty, hearty, fresh seafood. We shared four different desserts, and not one of them was below what we women would call the "orgasm factor." Again, not a speck was left on anyone's plate. Truly spectacular food. And our waitress was attentive, funny, informative, and even helped us out by taking a great photo of the occasion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We have now celebrated our last three anniversaries (51-53) dining at Vin Rouge and will be doing so again next year. We love the food and Durham's choose of eclectic restaurants."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I live in Houston and dine at Vin Rouge once a month. It is always fantastic."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "First visit. Overall food very good. Kitchen accommodated special requests. Some might consider seating a little cramped but suited us fine. Will return soon."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "What a find! Friends had told us to expect excellence and that's what we found."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I've eaten at Vin Rouge before and enjoyed it immensely. This time was no different with an excellent mix of classic dishes well prepared. The carmelized onion/goat cheese tart was outstanding. I had the classic liver and onions and it was positively delicious; particularly the sauce! A wonderful evening complemented by very attentive and polite service. Wine selection was impressive with some special (albeit pricy) selections, along with their normal mix of solid choices. My only "reservation" on giving 5 stars for food was my wife's fish (special of the day; flounder) was a bit overcooked and she wasn't blown away by the preparation. Nonetheless, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys bistro style French food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere in Vin Rouge. My husband was happy having calves liver - he can't get that many places. I had the salmon over lentils and it was excellent. And don't forget to try the pommes frites!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We enjoy dining here and have done so on multilple occasions. Food is well planned and executed. Ther service is fantastic. The wine list, service, adn the food make dining at Vin Rouge like dining at a nice restaurant in France."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of my favorites, especially for the "oysters on the half shell". It's a little pricey, but worth every penny. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the service is promptly delivered."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We try often to get up to Durham for brunch at Vin Rouge. It is always up to expectations on all counts with good menu selections, pleasant, unobtrusive service, and delicious food. Not to be omitted, is the wonderful fresh bread and rich, full bodied coffee. We shall return!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went their for Fathers' Day at 1:00. Most of our party found something they liked on the brunch menu. I was disappointed because I do not like eggs and they did not have many healthy alternatives."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Vin Rouge is our favorite Durham restaurant, and there are plenty of other excellent ones. Excellent food at reasonable prices, very nice French wine list, and great service. We especially like going there when weather is good for outdoor dining - they have a great patio area."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had brunch. The menu was varied and the food very good. The french onion soup was superb!Staff did an excellent job and we were not rushed. An excellent father's day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My three children and I took my husband here for Father's Day. He really enjoyed himself, as did all of us. The food was as good as I remembered, as it's been a very long time since I've been to Vin Rouge. This, however, was my first time going for Brunch, when my husband and I went years ago, it was for dinner, and it too was delicious. All of our dishes looked and tasted great, but my daughter had the mussels, and they were out of this world."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "and it was nice enough for us to be able to sit outside. Delightful!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Saturday night - appeared to have bigger crowd than anticipated. Waitperson was working hard, but had too many tables on the patio. The food also was less impressive than prior visits. Moules "classic" was disappointing...not sure it was the right version...milky, bland broth. Pate' and steak frites was fine."
    Dined on 6/14/2014