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Vine Brook Tavern
Vine Brook Tavern

Vine Brook Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinebrooktavern.com
  • Phone: (781) 863-2012
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Private Lot
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A modern take on a colonial classic: the American Tavern
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Diner Reviews
  • "took a group of work colleagues out for dinner- food was marginal and service was unimpressive. rare seared tuna was tasteless with a yellow sauce that looked and tasted like french's mustard with a touch of mayo. I was hoping for much more. very pricey menu with disappointing dishes- I've heard that they have good burgers- perhaps I should have stuck with the lunch menu."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was very good, but they'll try to trick you into buying expensive dishes without telling you the price at every turn. One of our party ordered quinoa meatballs with spaghetti squash and a full size side of mac 'n cheese. The waitress asked whether he wanted the house sausage or the regular sausage with it. She didn't ask if he wanted sausage, she asked which one. Turns out she tricked him into ordering the "special" mac for $20 instead of the regular for $6! On a previous visit, someone in our party was encouraged to buy a special glass of wine, and to order a second glass. When we got the bill, it turned out to be $17 per glass, well more than anything on the menu. We definitely won't be returning."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Excellent food. Service not so good. Not particularly friendly. Was also disappointed to learn that the menu I reviewed online was NOT the menu that was actually used."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Took customer here for lunch a few weeks ago and knew I had to come back for dinner. We were not disappointed! They have the best calamari, thin tender pieces served spicy on a great slaw bed. Phenomenal Tomato and Burrata with pesto cream to die for. Then there was dinner, we did the Bolognese and Sea Bass. Both were great. Looking forward to our return visit!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everything from the drinks, to the starters to the main meals were excellent. The overall experience was an A+. The chicken and steaks were especially fantastic."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been to Vine Brook Tavern four times and have enjoyed it each time. The food is consistently good and varied, service is excellent and all the staff friendly. I really like the casual but well appointed decor. Can't go wrong here..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Upstairs was very dark, couldn't read the menu, server was very nice but slow and forgetful. Burgers were good but buns so small contents were all over the place. Pork shank was so salty it was inedible."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food, definitely recommend the small plates. Their calamari, steak & cheese sliders were amazing! Great ambiance for a post work hang out spot"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went for our 19th wedding anniversary celebration dinner and were not disappointed with the food. I had the tuna which was exceptional, probably the best I've ever had..... The last time I ate there was for a Christmas celebration and again the food was exquisite. I had a paella that was delicious, great chorizo and rice, perfect spicing."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Poor combination of upscale food in the center of expensive town and a sports bar. The food was good and pricey and worth it, but the place was full of fans, noise level very high, staff too busy to pay attention to us."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We've been here for-- dinner for two -- as well as dinner for eight. We've had nothing but great service, excellent food, comfortable setting and cozy bar. One Saturday we didn't feel like going out for a full meal, but chose the Tavern for bar bites and a glass of wine. Very relaxing. One of the best places to eat in town."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was a bit nervous about what I'd find at the Vine Brook Tavern having never been there before and I was very pleased. We took my husband for Father's Day and I was concerned because there was no kids menu on their website, however, a kids menu was presented to us upon arrival which set me at ease immediately. It is rare that you get a kid-friendly and grown up atmosphere in the same place but that's what we found at Vine Brook. Our waiter was excellent. It was too loud and was just right for our Father's Day celebration. I recommend this for any meal and a special occasion. If I lived in the area I know I would return for any of those reasons."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband and I sat at the bar and had a nice leisurely night enjoying cocktails and appetizers. Joe at the bar was great, the ginger margarita was refreshing and delicious. The tuna tartar was the highlight, and the shaved beef sliders were also very good. We did not eat any dinner but all the food we tried was fresh, well prepared and flavorful. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A gem in historic Lexington. Great food selection and service. Every type of foodie will be happy. Wine and beer list more than necessary. Would absolutely go back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Tavern is great for either drinks and apps or a sit down meal. Food was well prepared and all of our dishes had a nice presentation. We went for a birthday celebration so we tried the desserts but definitely worth avoiding. Stick with the apps, entrees and beer list "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "When you have the time for a leisurely dinner this is the place to go. Knowledgeable service and unique fresh food and drink."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Really nice place... Kind of sophisticated rustic, but very comfortable. Great food... Very unique flavors. it was a little noisy for my taste, but I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is the third time I've gone to Vine Brook. I like its New England décor, very casual but excellent and different food choices. The wait staff is always attentive and does a great job. I really like it and I usually go there with a colleague when I'm here on company business."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "First visit was great so we. Went back At 10:30 for bAr menu sign said open till Midnight but it was closed.but the food when it's open was great. Ask for the bar Menu also for some great items"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was my first time to the Vine Brook Tavern. I came because I had a restaurant.com gift certificate. We chose this place because it was close to the concert we were attending that night AND it was open late. We were NOT disappointed! The food was AMAZING! And their wine list was good. I would not only come back to the VB Tavern - I would highly recommend it to friends. :)"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our party of food was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food preparation. Each of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable and helpful. His service was excellent. Sadly, the loud nature of the restaurant causes me doubt that we will return. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was tasty, the wine list was good, and our server was pleasant. But it was so very loud, we couldn't talk to each other! The music was cranked up like it was a college bar instead of a restaurant in the suburbs. I don't think we will be back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly. They brought my son a special complimentary bowl of ice cream, decorated sweetly with chocolate and caramel, for his birthday. It made him feel very special. Everyone was very attentive. And the food is just too yummy - their Shepard's Pie is topped with SWEET potato, rather than the usual mashed potatoes, and it seemed like they used a whole sweet potato just for my dish! :-)"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We entered early - about 5:30. The bar was crowded and noisy on the first floor. But we were seated at a quiet table in the mostly empty upstairs area. The place started to pick up and by the time we left at 6:30, it was too noisy to stay for dessert or another drink. It was too loud, once the place reached 3/4 full. Food and wine and beer choices were good, much better than most. Prices were fairly good for the quality and quantity of food. Like it a lot but too much noise"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Went to Vine Brook Tavern for Mother's Day brunch. The buffet selection was great. Table service left a bit to be desired. Not terrible, wait staff was nice enough. But waited a long time for our check (didn't even see our server for quite some time, so we flagged down another waitress), and when it was brought out it wasn't even the right one (cost about double of what we had!). So an even longer wait to flag down a server (again, ours was MIA) to get the right check. Also odd (for buffet style) that the table staff kept taking our silverware every time they cleared plates, and not bringing new ones. Had to wait a long time to ask for clean silverware. All in all, an otherwise delightful brunch was marred by subpar table service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Table for 2,6p.m. Friday night. Downstairs was full and noisy but we were seated upstairs in a quiet corner. Music was loud and the room too dark. Food - arugula salad, sticky pork shanks. Both to die for. Chicken and steak for the mains - again delicious. The side of asparagus weren't great neither was the creme brûlée. Cost - pretty high considering to by the sides to go with your meal and I don't really consider this a high end eatery. The staff were a little too attentive and not subtle about it. We barley had time for a conversation between people coming and going. Our main server was a little arrogant and patronizing when describing the food and wine. All a little pretentious and overdone. We felt we were being talked down to."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Brought my wife, two kids and another couple for Mother's Day brunch. Great spread and wonderful atmosphere in the middle of Lexington Center. Great experience!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went there for Mother's Day Brunch. The food was not worth the money. It was disappointing to say the least. The server seemed like she wanted to be somewhere else. There was just no special attention given at all. I got prime rib that was flat out, raw. Literally it was a piece of meat that was virtually uncooked. My mother had the same experience. The server she said she'd get me a better piece. No apology or concern of any kind. I told her not to bother, but that I just wanted her to know that the cook was sending out raw meat. She just didn't seem to care. I also got ribs and they too were undercooked. For the amount of money we paid, it should have been an outstanding meal, yet it was nowhere close. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went to Vine Brook Tavern with 4 other mom friends for a Mother's Day dinner out. We all had many choices from the menu and were happy with our final selections. The food is overall very healthy but also offers a range of choices, from steak to fish to spaghetti squash and quinoa "meatballs". We had a great time!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I ate dinner at Vinebrook Tavern last Friday. The hostess made us wait even though we had a reservation and there were plenty of open tables. The bar was busy, yet our drinks came quickly. The table service was mediocre. The quality of the food did not justify the high prices. Ordering the farro and arugula salad was a mistake; it was disproportionately grains. We were not able to eat it. The chicken al mattone was a good sized main course but the meat was rubbery. The lobster gnocchi was tasty but pricey for the portion size. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife and I went on Friday for the first time. We really enjoyed the atmosphere, waitstaff, bartender. Waiter was really informative and very good at his job. I highly recommend dining at Vinebrook Tavern. The beer selection is great and we sampled a few. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was my first time trying this restaurant and I took my mother there for dinner. I had a reservation, although it probably was not needed. (went on a Wednesday evening) The service was beyond exceptional! My water glass was always filled to the brim and the courses arrived perfectly on time. The ambience was low lighting but quiet; sat in the upstairs section. The food had some interesting selections with classic favorites. Even the brown bread was delicious. I would highly recommend checking this place out."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Vine Brook is a nice addition to Lexington Center. I think the element of Tavern has been pulled away and it's more like a regular upscale restaurant with a vibrant bar, the noise, excitement, and dark lighting. I feel that the prices have gone up since our first visit or actually more expensive selections have been placed on the menu. The wine choices are also expensive. One or two selections below $10 in each category and then the price jumps to $13/14 per glass. It's worth a visit and I promise you will enjoy, but you'll leave and feel the expense. Serving sizes are fine and food is fresh. It also feels like less and less pub items. Enjoy! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "With few options in Lexington, we were delighted when Vine Brook Tavern opened. Our experience has been inconsistent - in terms of food and service, although the staff has been very responsive to feedback. My two main reservations are the noise level and the prices, both of which are way too high. On our most recent visit, my daughter's pasta was undercooked. We asked for a quiet booth, and we were seated toward the back in the "wine room" but there was a large and very loud party in the back room. The food is often very good, but not good enough justify the high prices. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy our dinner very much. The only negative thing was that it seemed like everyone around us got served before we and we had sat down before them. Beside that my ribeye was awesome and my wife loves there quinoa meatballs."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • " I must preface this review by stating that the sea bass dish was wonderful! That being said; it was by far the smallest portion of fish I have ever received at a restaurant. For the price of the dish, they are lacking quantity. I am not a big eater and typically always take my leftovers home or leave it plated. Service was good, but I did feel we were rushed through our meal. Given that we were one of 3 parties on the whole top floor I found this annoying. Sorry, the quality was great but I walked away hungry."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Our dinner at Vine brook Tavern was one of the best meals I have had in the area in quite some time. Our server (Jay) was a wealth of knowledge and made excellent recommendations on both drinks and meals. The quality, presentation and taste was impeccable. We will be returning as soon as possible!! "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Situated in historic Lexington MA the tavern is an awesome find. We had dinner when many were gathered at the bar after work, but we were quickly escorted upstairs. As a special birthday occasion we were situated in a corner with a nice view of the place. Wonderful wait staff greeted us with specials of the day. My wife selected an awesome home made gnocchi with shrimp in a mild red sauce. My 9oz salmon steak was wonderfully presented on a bed of spinach with a potato large enough for a meal in itself. Two out of this world, beautifully presented and tasty entrees. The noise level increases as guests arrive with nothing but American flags adorning the windows."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I have been to vinebrook before, and the food is hit or miss. My steak-frites was excellent, but unfortunately the food took almost one hour to come out of the kitchen. No one addressed this or apologized. I won't be going back."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "All our meals were hot, delicious, and attractive. Good variety, nice specials , and great salads. Go"
    Dined on 4/11/2014