Vine Street Cafe
Vine Street Cafe

Vine Street Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinestreetcafe.com/
  • Phone: 6317493210x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun: 5pm - 9pm
    Mon: 5pm - 9pm
    Fri: 5pm - 10pm
    Sat: 5pm - 11pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Terry Harwood<br><br><b>Executive Pastry Chef:</b> Lisa Murphy Harwood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Vine Street Cafe
Chef/Owners Lisa & Terry Harwood opened Vine Street Cafe in 2003. Located on South Ferry Road, just 1.5 miles from the South Ferry. Chef Terry works with area farmers, fishermen & vineyards and features their natural bounty on his seasonal menus. We make everything in house and Lisa's desserts, ice creams and fruit crisps are no exception. Recently, we opened a small market behind the restaurant. This is where you pick up take-out orders while stocking your home pantry. Specialty catering is available along with ready fresh meals such as meatballs, chicken salad, bread, smoked ribs, BBQ Sauce and a selection of artisan pastas. Reservations are highly recommended year round.
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Vine Street Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (34)romantic (28)great for outdoor dining (28)hot spot (22)good for groups (15)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good. Not great.
    drinkcabVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A pretty good meal. Service was friendly but very slow, even considering that the place was busy. Worth going if you're on Shelter Island but not really worth taking the ferry over just for dinner.
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  • way overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    restaurant was fine; waiter friendly but overly stretched (he had the entire room). Your held a bit hostage and there aren't a lot of options on the island for a celebratory meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food great service a little spotty.
    Aquaman363
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Overall the the meal we ordered was great. The salads were a good size and the ingredients were fresh. Both my wife and I ordered the NY Strip and they were cooked to perfection. The servings were large and could have been shared. The wine choices were average and the server could have been more knowledgeable about the wine list. I also had to remind him a couple of times that we had requested water at the table after we had finished the sparkling water we had finished earlier. We also had to refill our own glasses, while not a problem we are used to servers being a little more attentive if we are going to be spending a decent amount of money on a meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar Dining Experience
    HighExpectationsFoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My sister and her 4 children were visiting. We had dinner to celebrate a special occasion. Everyone was very pleased with their meal, and I appreciated that the hostess was in a position to move our reservation back 30 minutes, due to a later than anticipated ferry arrival. Our waiter was excellent as he was pleasant as well as helpful with regard to questions concerning the menu. The service was a little slow which I attributed to one or more issues in the kitchen as our waiter was attentive through out the evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Uninspired use of " local foods" Come on for the price ? Get over it. Typical of all east end of Long Island eating where you want to sit in a restaurant and enjoy a good meal. Why is that we wonder . Wine selection is good you can't go wrong there with LI wines offered. You don't serve a cheese plate at the end if a mediocre meal with a big slab of blue duck bread!
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  • At the Bar
    17mikes
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Met my cousin for dinner and as we were waiting for out table we decided to have dinner at the bar. Bartender gave us some suggestions, calamari salad and striped bass were off the chart. I have dined at Vine Street many times and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Another great experience at Vine St
    dumboVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We are only able to go to Vine Street about once a year, but it never disappoints. Once again the food was superb, the ambiance great and the service perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great night
    IslanderVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had dinner last Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary. Not our first visit. Food is always great and service is friendly and professional. One of our favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Terribly overpriced for so-so food
    DiscoveringnyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was ok..not great (breaded veal? "Fried" chicken?), servings too large and prices ridiculous. Had to ask for lemon for the water 3 times before we got it. The bread was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lily1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was excellent and the bolognese pasta was amazing as well as the duck confit. Although the portions were large we did share a dessert which was amazing as well. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend and planning to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful setting + fresh foods
    DebbaxVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved the setting.....hope to return soon. All dishes were flavor able,well prepared,beautiful presentation- and not pretentious . Honest dining worth experiencing. As we were a party of 5, we sampled many dishes -none disappointed at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Charming
    TM14
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food, good service and a friendly place, Vine St hit the mark on a number of levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Speedy service
    Barry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was good except for the service which was really rushed, even with the restaurant half full. My mussels were terrific my fries wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always a wonderful time. Food was fantastic and service perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disapointed
    disapointedVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been going to vine street once a summer since the year it open in 2003 (i think). every year i look foward to having dinner there and this Summer was no different. The place is still beautiful and the service was wonderful but i sadly must admit that the food was disapointing - i had the miso salmon which i get every year & it was overdrenched in miso paste & the spinach i ordered, was soggy and over cooked - my wife had the curry chicken and it was the same situation, slopped on sauce. the homemade organic ice cream was like ices and not creamy and the pinot noir by the glass was just average. The prices went up significantly as well. I am still going back in 2015, maybe in off season when the chef is relaxed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but needed more staff
    HeathcliffVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Usually it's a seamless experience but perhaps because it's a busy holiday/ vacation week and college kids have returned to school, they were clearly understaffed and we waited a long time for drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Will
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Previously, The food, atmosphere, and service were excellent. This time, the service was bad. We waited for water after we were seated, our dinner sides were not brought out until we were almost done with the entree. Way too expensive for mediocre
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  • Somewhat overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined here while on Shelter Island- we were told we "had to!" it was "the best!". Overrated. Might be the fault of all the hype raising our expectations, and the waiter's insistence that "everything is so good here, you can't go wrong" which encouraged us to not ask too many questions and to order "interesting" things instead of standards. The appetizers/salads were either uninspired (tomato/feta salad) or bad (scallop ceviche- scallops were tiny and "soapy"). The mains were very good - duck confit and funghi pasta - but not at the price. Would have preferred an understated gem to this overrated "hot spot".
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  • Shelter island gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Vine street is great and we have been coming here for years - this past visit I felt like I was in the kids section - just because families come we all don't need to put together - at the prices we would enjoy other parts of the restaurant -
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot for an excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We frequent Vine Street and always enjoy the experience. It is very "Shelter Island". Low key but fun with great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Price Fix issue
    CarlM
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My group of 4 was visiting shelter Island and we wanted to return to Vine St. Cafe. I checked their web site and saw they offered a $39 price fix option from 5-6pm. I made a reservation for 6pm. When we were seated we were not given the Price Fix menus. When I asked for it I was told it ended at 5:45pm. I wondered if I read it wrong on their web site. As I was checking it on my phone the hostess came to our table with the Price Fix menu and with an attitude told us we had to be seated by 5:45 for Price fix but she would make a one time exception for us. Printed on the price Fix menu it states it is available 5 to 6pm. All the food and service was great. Even with Price Fix our check for 4 was $280. May not return due to snooty attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Bouillabaisse
    Sesher
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Every year when I plan our summer vacation to Shelter Island, we always make sure we are here over a Monday. We so enjoy the Bouillabaisse. The other meals at the table were equally delicious. Steak and chicken. The house salad is a bit weak, especially for $11. Otherwise, Kevin our server was very attentive. The drinks were excellent too. We will always stop by on a Monday whenever we are on the Island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday bouillabaisse is a treat.
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Made a point to go for this special on Monday night. Restaurant was packed...always a good sign. Worth the trip... Bouillabaisse was fantastic. Hubby had stripped bass which is his favorite fish, he thought it was just ok.great wine list. Pretty place that we have seen grow from a one room cafe to a full fledged indoor outdoor elegant destination. Worth the yearly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation Fun
    memnight
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    They took care of us here. Great experience. We had a 9pm reservation, so it wasn't such a crazy time for the staff. Winding down of the end of the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Vine Street Cafe! After booking our reservation online, we promptly received a call from the hostess to confirm. Upon arrival, we were welcomed warmly, and then decided to sit at the bar for a drink before dinner. Cocktails at the bar were great - perfectly shaken. Our server made some fantastic recommendations, highlighting the outstanding local produce. We tried the squash blossoms stuffed with a local goat cheese - incredible. For our entrees, we shared the seared prawns and a grilled strip steak - both were really delicious. We both enjoyed fantastic local wines with dinner. For dessert, we tried the chef's cheese plate, which was simply outstanding - a really nice alternative to a conventional dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Pupster
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was good, but too expensive for what we had. Servicers very knowledgeable and patient. Limited menu. Looked pretty at night, but not during daylight. Rustic outside not inviting in daylight. Crowded and noisy after 7pm Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Marsy83
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I heard wonderful things about Vine Street and we just had the opportunity to make it to Shelter Island last week. Everything we heard it's true! The food is great, they have options for everyone (if you are a picky eater) The place is so beautiful and cozy. And the Service is good. Definitely coming back, I can't wait to try everything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    As residents of Shelter Island, Vine Street has been our "go to" spot for a special evening. Despite the high prices both food and service were disappointing. If you are going to charge $50 for a filet, you should have the ability to prepare it. I requested medium rare and it was raw in the center. After going back for a second cooking the center was still very rare. The pasta was overcooked. Patron Silver tequila was not available and the suggested replacement was positively undrinkable. This despite another very good tequila available that we actually enjoyed. And no apologies from the management. Sadly, we, the entire clan have crossed this one off of our list.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food.Nice place.Bad service.
    lik2etout
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I usually do not complain about restaurants, but since it was my anniversary and I had heard great things about the Vine Street Café, I had high expectations. While the food and ambience lived up to its reputation, the service didn't and I was disappointed. At least 4-5 wait staff were moving around our outside seating area and yet none of them could coordinate simple service. I'm not sure if regulars and recognizable people received good service and people not falling into either of those characters did not, but that should never happen in a restaurant, especially a seasonal hot spot like this which can as quickly fall out of favor, as in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Find on Shelter Island
    GlobalphileVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had a great dinner on Shelter with a perfect 3 course prix fixe menu. The service was great and the decor is really perfect for the setting. I highly recommend it!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rustic chic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The menu and food are excellent. Atmosphere is rustic chic. It is just a delight to be there on wonderful Shelter Island. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A go to restaurant
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I have never ever been disappointed by this restaurant, it is first class. I go year after year and never in any way do I ever feel as if they enjoyed their success and were now living off that-service, food, location and I must say the cleanliness of the place is so ATTRACTIVE.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great as always
    Gordon
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Reliably great food and service. Possibly the best restaurant on the island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • superb
    rlange2499
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Expensive but worth every penny. The steaks are served precisely as ordered. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The dishes was soo Amazing
    Gigi
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I got the seafood pasta .. Best if I Had so far .. Best east coast oysters .. Calamari salad omg Amazing..Oh wait till you get your bread.. Homemade hot crispy French bread.. The wine was divine..loved the decor .. Kinda contemp rustic .. Must go too place
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails!
    LIteacherVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Another delicious meal with wonderful service! The Saturday night duck confit special is something to write home about. The staff is uniformly friendly and attentive, and sundown over Shelter Island makes the location even more beautiful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Unwelcome to Vine St
    CivilityCountsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We arrived 1/2 early for a recent Saturday night 8 pm reservation, expecting to have to wait. We did. At 8, I approached the front desk and asked how it was coming with our table. The hostess sneered "Mr. x, it's 8:02". We were seated 10 mns later. The food was good, but not great. I have eaten there many times - not many choices on Shelter Island. Overall, Vine St remains a restaurant undone by the front of the house. It's about as gracious a welcome as a pig at a wedding.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot for dinner
    NofoFoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Popular dinner choice for summer groups and couples. Very nice menu, all local ingredients, friendly service. Perfect place to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Limuloid
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I had heard very good things about this resturaunt and was disappointed by my experience. The food was good. My steak tasty. My fries were cold. Service was friendly when they got to you, but for the price level I expected more basic service - no water, we wanted a second round of drinks and no one came by until basically we were done with ou meal. We had gone to 18 Bay resturaunt the night before - food was great, perfect service - I would go back there, but not vine st.
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  • I'm the exception
    PickVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Most of my friends think this place is great. I find it a very limited menu and very expensive... but guess that's just me.
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