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
235 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (159)special occasion (138)neighborhood gem (116)romantic (114)notable wine list (109)great for outdoor dining (108)great for brunch (60)good for groups (28)hot spot (21)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Very cool place!
    GO7D
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good food and environment, and service is always good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LibbyO
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I came here for an anniversary dinner before a DPAC show. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance and service!
    funWfriends
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Love the 3 course meals for two and the gentle explanations of the french words in the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DjdtVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Good food and wine list. We enjoyed salmon and a cod special. Save room for the chocolate mousse, enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Johnnyluvsfood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We treated this visit as a tapas sort of dining experiences. It worked out wonderfully. We can't wait to go again and try out everything we missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, delicious food
    JLo1121
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went on Wednesday and took advantage of special 3 courses for $25. Menu had exactly what I wanted. Loved the butternut squash soup and hangar steak. The apple bread pudding was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding, as usual
    berthagator
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My husband and I love this place for unwinding, sharing some amazing food, and sampling some great wines. Our last visit was no different - arriving for a 7pm reservation finds the place pretty busy and energetic, but by the time we left 2 hours later, it was clearing out and perfectly cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, okay service
    1215VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have been to Vin Rouge several times, and have always enjoyed my experience. The ambience is great; the food is authentic and tastes similar to food I have had in France. However, this most recent time, our hostess was incredibly rude to us - making snappy comments about how we showed up 6 minutes early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, pitiful service
    Aaronh
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Salad was very large portion which was nice. Was tasty. Steak frites with ribeye was unique and tasty. The wine we ordered before dinner from the by-the-glass selection was just terrible. My Cab Sauv was so bland. My wife's glass of some white was the same. Maybe the bottles were recycled from the day before. Our waitress had a poor attitude, sloughed her shoulders when we asked for a refill of olive oil. She asked about the wine and they we said it was okay but not great she looked down and walked away without saying a word. Maybe she was just having a bad day. But her behavior and poor service really detracted from our enjoyment. We felt bad to ask her for anything. She never smiled and was downright grumpy with us the entire time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and would recommend
    enjoyfinefood
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food was very good. Something is wrong with the service on Sunday night. Served soup without a spoon before appetizer. Discovered later that the soup (retrieved by the waiter before oysters arrived) was meant for another table. Did not receive side dish until after I had finished my main course. Had to ask for the side dish while eating main dish. Had to ask twice for a condiment to go with oysters. Did not ask if another bottle of wine was needed until after main course was finished. Service was not organized or consistent. Also, I ask to hostess to tell our waiter it was a special occasion (birthday) and did not want to share this at the table in front of the group, she refused by saying again just tell your waiter!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food tastes great; I got the seafood stew and was very impressed. The noise level was a bit high, but the service was attentive. Certainly a five star experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food variable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Duck confit salad was perfect, but the chicken was way too salty and the hanger steak ordered medium was so charred on the outside that it did not taste good at all. We were headed for a show, so no time to complain and reorder.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great food and service
    CLion
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Vin Rouge is my go to spot when I want real food cooked in interesting ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    drnc03VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great first experience for brunch, will definitely be back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding...
    jmaggionc
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is wonderful!!! The service is impeccable... Be sure to allow time to enjoy all Vin Rouge has to offer...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-Around Excellence
    naenate
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her 30th birthday. I had flowers delivered to be put on our table. I made note of the occasion and requested two glasses of bubbly accompany us to our table on the reservation. The bubbles came out without having to ask. As the manager presented the bubbles to us he made note to wish my gf a happy birthday. The manager, hostess, and our server, Ryan, all worked to find the flowers. Ryan was top-notch in service. He too made a point to wish my gf a happy birthday. I think all of the staff did!. We shared several plates of which the sweetbreads were my favorite. Creme Brulee is not a forced formality here. The food and wine are great enough to bring us back, but the service is what I'll emphasize to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lackluster service
    luvDurhamluv
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.