Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill House

Vinegar Hill House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinegarhillhouse.com/
  • Phone: (718) 522-1018
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mike Poiarkoff
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Water & Front
  • Public Transit: York Street off of the F train
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill House is a Contemporary American restaurant in Brooklyn's Vinegar Hill neighborhood, serving seasonal fare.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Vinegar Hill House reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (39)special occasion (29)great for brunch (24)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (13)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Pre-Theatre Haunt
    FoodwomanVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Our usual and much loved drop-in for when we go to St. Ann's . The food is solid, if is not quite as brilliant as it was in the past. The produce is delicious and one--from time to time-- can find a gem or two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One not to be missed
    AEBakerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Vinegar Hill House never disappoints! Their seasonal menus capture perfectly the tastes and ingredients of the season. No matter the time of year, the staff is convivial and quick to lend a recommendation. Don't think, just go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming evening at VHH
    Madison
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    A refreshingly unique menu and really thoughtfully curated wine list. We had such a lovely meal and we were able to try a huge array of menu items - all were incredible! Some dishes were a little over salted, but each dish was as equally inventive yet homey. The atmosphere is really sweet, like a little neighborhood bistro. Each of the waitstaff were lovelier than the last, which can be hard to find in Brooklyn. I would visit VHH again and again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gabiannie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great inventive food, relaxed friendly ambiance. Fun cocktails and reasonable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal and atmosphere!
    MamaZ
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We went to Vinegar Hill House with a chef from India who wanted to try it! He was so impressed with the warm environment, the gracious staff and, of course, the food! The dishes were plentiful and delicious, and the staff and atmosphere were warm, friendly and incredibly welcoming. The chef came to our table, and we enjoyed every bite! My particular favorites were the corn bread (a must), the Brussels sprouts and the steak! A wonderful night...and a really special memory.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Visit.....Still amazing
    CeeandJT
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Had to come back again but this time we came for brunch. The food here is just amazing. Small menu but so much to choose from because everything is delicious. We had Shrimp and grits and the goat hash. Yummy! We made our reservation the night before which was a great idea cause otherwise we would have waited a while for a table. It's worth the wait though. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gatsby Like Ambiance w Amazing Food
    ladylovestodine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If you're looking for simple, yet delicious food, in a special type of place... dine here. It's like walking into a fabulous neighborhood affair, where it's lively enough to make you feel like you want to go inside, but you're still able to have a conversation without shouting across the table to your guests. I came here after finding my wedding dress. My fiance had called ahead and surprised my entire party with champagne. I also had a friend that was vegetarian and she found more than enough to fill up on. The host and staff were so lovely and kind and the food came out hot and perfectly cooked. Everything was delicious and everyone raved about the meal. It was definitely extremely memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebratory Meal
    selectogusto
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Despite adding two to our party at the last minute, the staff at VHH took it all in stride, and took tremendous care of us! All the food was fabulous and we had a great sharing tastes and comparing. We never felt rushed despite the late hour. Can't recommend the VHH and the staff highly enough. Thanks to Open Table for helping us find another gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Robjet
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great place at the far reaches of Vinegar Hill - near DUMBO. I had the baby carrots, Cast Iron Chicken and the cornbread. The cornbread is absolutely the best I've ever had. Excellent service and they shift the menu around so it's always something good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mike1
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Service was excellent, could not asked for more. Good list of imported beers and ample wine list. Food was excellent but main course list was limited. could use wider selection. The atmosphere was a bit noisy but acceptable. I would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bmcc
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Even though I ordered one of the best wines by the glass offered on the list, the wine was extremely sour and did not taste at all. While the food was fresh, it was very salty- especially the brussel sprouts and mushrooms. The service was initially very slow in coming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Civics74
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great service, attentive to food preferences. Hostess (Becca) was the BEST! Felt welcome and at home at this little corner in bk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and cozy
    FeedMeSeymour
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I took friends from out of town to Vinegar Hill, knowing they would love the Red Wattle Chop (they did!) and the skillet chicken (yup!) and I got my chicken liver mousse fix (so good). But we made a new food discovery at VHH -- the blue cornbread with honey butter. We fought over it with our friends (Alabama natives, who know good cornbread), and ultimately ordered another. Completely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best new find in Brooklyn
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    From the moment you walk into this turn of the century building, you are struck by the vintage atmosphere. We were seated and immediately attended to by a very endearing server. His recommendation on each dish was perfect. I had the arctic char that was cooked to perfection with side vegetables that burst with flavor and texture. My husband had the pork which was the server's recommendation. He went back to the kitchen to give his compliments to the chef that it was the best pork dish he had ever had. The appetizers were also creative and delicious. Desert just topped the night. The key lime pie and brownie were sublime. The wine for the price was nice. I can't wait to go back again and bring some foodie friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    BestVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    simply the best brunch in Brooklyn. great food, ambiance, and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    NeighborhoodAdvocate
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    "we" had been to Vinegar Hill House since before it officially opened and had enjoyed dinner there regularly. Had a less than stellar experience 2 years ago and hadn't really been back. Decided to try it recently for a special occasion and was flat out disappointed when they didn't take the time to put a nice crisp on skillet chicken; also had brisket and watermelon - interesting combo but the brisket prepared just like St. Patrick's day - very odd. Sides were nice, but entrees a let down.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Both special and a neighborhood gem
    ConorMcAVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Just moved to the neighborhood from W village; limited # of options for post-9pm mid-week dining has taken some adjusting to. VHH is the first place I've found that combines good food, design, ambiance & service. Feels like a place that works both as a destination spot from manhattan/elsewhere and as a regular place for locals. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    PickyVegy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    VHH never ceases to amaze me. Always fresh, local, heirloom foods make it worth the trek to the off-beat location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and excellent ambience
    kristen
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We sat outdoors, and it was so beautiful. Not only was the food delicious (I had the eggs bene, and my friends had the pancakes), but sitting in the silence of the outdoors was so nice. The coffee is also good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lucky to have it so close
    Lizzie1123
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Thank goodness for VHH. Not only is it delicious and interesting every time we go, it's one of the only real options in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Brunch
    EpicEB
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very delicious. I ordered eggs Benedict which were cooked perfectly. Also the mimosas was very strong.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyEater
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This overpriced, very noisy but chicly decorated restaurant doesn't live up to it's reputation. Our drinks took nearly 15 minutes to arrive and were not made as we'd requested. The martinis were VERY dirty, and we'd requested them very dry. The food service was better, but the only notable item was the cornbread. I'd love to find the recipe as I don't intend to go back. The elements of our meals were bizarre. The heirloom tomato salad was mealy and mushy. The leg of lamb was 3 small slices, served with 3 paper thin shavings of what may have been a raw beet(?) and about 5 radishes (why?) over a dollop of mustard. Very strange & NOT worth $32. The chicken was a tiny li'l thing in a skillet w one small onion. Weird. VHH is a bit of a rip off.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice.... not wowed
    zachssister
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had a perfectly nice dinner here for a party of three. Things started off uncertain when there was no cranberry juice for my usual cocktail at the bar.. (Really? Not hipster enough?) But the specialty cocktail was fine instead, although most seemed to have one-too-many ingredients. The wine list is decent, but nothing reasonably-priced & sparkling for our celebration. The menu is short with lots of seasonal elements. Do expect some more unusual options, beef tongue, rabbit, and some other accessory ingredients that weren't immediately recognizable -- good for conversation at the table. Summer salad & Arctic char = very good. Service allowed for conversation. It was quite loud in the small space for a Monday night. Mint ice cream = a dream!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Chicken liver mousse and charcuterie plate were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Vinegar Hill House reviews archive.
  • Down home fancy
    jbnyc
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great brunch here! It's tucked away in a far corner of DUMBO, so it was a bit of a hike from the subway. Worth it. I had pork with grits, a poached egg and squash. The pork was tender and the texture of the grits was perfect. My 10 year old found the menu a little challenging, but they accomodated her with plain scrambled eggs and toast. Totally fine. We also split a strawberry pancake - German style with more of a custard texture. Delicious. The interior is well worn nostalgia with a modern sensibility. There's garden seating in the back. The service was friendly, but not overly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I glad I get the opportunity to experience the restaurant. My waiter was excellent, thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a romantic date in this excellent establishment. The menu was creative and the food outstanding. You'll love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood eats
    edEdVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    thoughtful menu, very well prepared food, nice people. great spot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine and Dinne
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Not on the best train line to get to, but it's worth it. Food was great! The plasters aren't too big bout the quantity is sufficient. I enjoyed every bite like it was my last.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a lovely restaurant
    JenMa3
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had an amazing time outside in the terrace. Food was good too. Nothing to say, we will come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    kgilsonVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and used to love this place. But on Thursday evening the food was just okay and the service was awful. The restaurant was not busy and drinks took too long, all dishes got brought to the wrong person and we had to remind her about a bottle of wine we ordered. We weren't expecting four star service, just the basics of someone that is somewhat interested in making sure everything was handled correctly. And the food was just okay. Atrium down in Dumbo is a much better option (better food, service, ambience) for the same price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    TheHoneymooners
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I went there for brunch before heading to the market. Her pancake was fantatsci and the side of roasted potatoes was incredible. We sat in the back patio and it was beautiful. Definitely worth a brunch visit
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good dinner
    Zapapinias
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A bit expensive but worth it for a special occasion. We were two people and we had two starters (cold cucumber soup and bass croquettes), two entrees (pastrami and country chop), a side (wild mushrooms with moustard sauce), two desserts (pannacotta and frozen yogourt) and a bottle of wine. It was $200 including tip. Everything was very good and every dish had a special touch on its flavour. Starters were quite small, but entrees were very generous.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CHOWTIME O CLOCK
    SnackTownPartyManYes
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I dragged my out of town relatives who RARELY come to Brooklyn and think it's a combo of Jurassic Park/Home Alone 2 and they were FLOORED: delicious food, wonderful ambience, extremely helpful staff, YOU NAME IT IT WAS GREAT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charlie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Service was friendly and efficient. Food was very good but note that sides have to be ordered separately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vinegar hill awesome
    thing
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We showed up 3 hours early for our reservation hoping they might have a table for us, and they didn't bat an eyelash. For starters we had the bass croquettes with lemony greens and melon and a fascinating grassy aeoli, and the chilled cucumber soup with house made gravlox was also delicious. Entree's were house pastrami which is an ample piece braised after roasting for a delicate texture with yellow beets and smoky kale. My wife had seared then poached fish in a wonderful broth with mandolined vegetables and greens, also delicious, deserts were pane cotta and short bread utilizing fruit preserves and foamed dairy to set up a multi-fascited and exciting palate. yay! ambiance, a little loud they should add some absorbency to the walls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Bernd
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great spot, but we had the feeling that we have to rush. We came at 6.30, and left about 1 hour later.. The wine was sour, the food mediocre. The restaurant was fully occupied around 7pm, the athmosphere was great. Good for a beer or a snack, but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed Results
    criticVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Dishes here fluctuated wildly between inspired success and sloppy failure. For example, house pastrami was brilliant---original and perfectly executed. But a simple cast iron chicken was so oversalted it was close to inedible. Chocolate sorbet was one of the best renditions ever, but a cucumber soup was thin and undistinguished. Cornbread was great. Bass and sweet potato fritters were too heavy on the sweet potato and too light on the bass, acceptable for a sports bar, not a hipster temple of gastronomy. Servers were warm, professional, and appropriately tattooed. Possible to have a great meal here, if you really know the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Symbolformerlyknownas2din
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I can count on one hand the restaurants in the world that know how to cook pork. This is one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic meal
    jkbrooklyneats
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Wy wife & I took another couple to Vinegar Hill House for dinner this week and the meal was exceptional. The room is beautiful, homey, romantic, quaint, rustic. It is lively but not so loud as to drown out conversation. The cocktails were excellent. The wine list is not overwhelmingly long, but is very thoughtfully curated, featuring an excellent and interesting assortment (albeit not too many affordable options). And the food was outstanding. The relatively short menu had plenty to offer even though we had two vegetarians at the table, and everything we ordered was lovely. We ordered a second round of sides, they were so good. In all it was a memorable dinner, and we will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.