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Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill House

Vinegar Hill House Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, 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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I glad I get the opportunity to experience the restaurant. My waiter was excellent, thank you."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a romantic date in this excellent establishment. The menu was creative and the food outstanding. You'll love it!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "thoughtful menu, very well prepared food, nice people. great spot."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Service was friendly and efficient. Food was very good but note that sides have to be ordered separately."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I can count on one hand the restaurants in the world that know how to cook pork. This is one of them. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in one of the old Brooklyn storefronts that used to cater to the Domino's factory and the Navy Yards. The rustic charm added to the ambiance. The menu is French and everything we had was delicious from homemade pastas, velvety and buttery, to the pork chops, which were tender and plentiful. The cucumber soup was bright and tangy and the mushroom appetizer is a must order. The outdoor patio was beautiful and quiet. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food was simple, beautiful, unique and delicious: great colors, textures, presentations. Especially liked the cucumber soup and bass in a ginger broth. The fish was silky and soft with very crisp skin on top. The chicken was also very good and simply prepared; another couple said it is sometimes sublime, other times passable. House cocktails very cute, but not as exciting as the food. Charming setting. Staff was attentive but, it seemed, inexperienced. Interesting dessert choices, bordering on savory. Why no large spoons? "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This place was a major disappointment. The green saladwas minimal with not enough dressing. I asked for my chicken to be crisp...it was just the opposite. Servings are small with a large price tag. The cheese plate is hysterical....a piece of Cheddar maybe two inches square. Will certainly not return. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When I booked our reservation on Open Table, well in advance, there were only two options 6:30PM and 9:30PM. I chose the early slot. When we arrived at the restaurant we were the ONLY patrons there. The hostess laughed when we asked about the emptiness and guessed that we'd reserved thru Open Table. She told us not to book online and only phone for reservations. I asked her to check us in so I could be credited the points and she laughed again and strolled over to chat with the bartender. The service was the same ALL evening, everyone acted as if they were doing us a huge favor actually doing their job. When the place filled up the noise was astounding. The menu is sadly lacking in variety, the food was meh. We'll never return. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I made reservations a few weeks back on a recommendation from a friend of ours. Great choice! Everything we had was delicious. The charred beets and wild mushrooms especially. The service was prompt and polite, and the ambiance was great. We had a great experience. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Vinegar Hill House. We had an early reservation (6:30) so it started out quiet, but as the evening progressed the restaurant became crowded and the bar scene was energetic. The food was unusual and very well prepared. The pastrami and the pork chop were really special. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Had a great Easter Brunch with friends, Yummy bloody marys & eggs benedict. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "There can be few less likely locations for a first-rate dining experience than the "back streets" of Brooklyn, well off the beaten paths of Dumbo. Yet there is Vinegar Hill House, where my friend and I enjoyed a delicious meal in a charming old building. With so many interesting food combinations, it was hard to decide what to order--we split our appetizers so we could share them, and got a cornbread (served in its own cast-iron skillet) to share as well. I couldn't afford to eat there on a regular basis, but I'm looking for another special occasion!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Wanted to love it, and my companions loved their food. The service was a bit I attentive, and I seem to have ordered wrong. The house made pastrami was tough and not particularly interesting, and my desert - the pannacotta - was an odd mix of flavored that didn't compliment each other. I feel as if I need to try again, though."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Is a culinary delight. The flavored were unique and unforgettable. This was my second visit, and it was just as good as the first. The menu is small and changes often, I think. That's a good thing. Freshest ingredients and the presentation was superb!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Very good dining option for pre or post St. Ann's Warehouse theater. Limited but interesting menu of carefully prepared food. Responsive to diner's needs both in terms of dietary requirements and time constraints. Recommend making a reservation as the restaurant is small."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and i went here for our 2 yr anniversary. I'd been here a few years ago but never had. I remember the food being pretty good nut i just love the decor and romantic lighting. Its pretty quiet so its a nice setting for a date. The food was even better than my first time. We both enjoyed it so much."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "original and delicious brunch items. very nice staff"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "delicious brunch. I had the cheddar sausage on a muffin and it was yummy. Their apricot jam was great. My husband had a slab of bacon on the side. the service started a little weird because the server was annoyed, but then it was fine."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had an excellent time at Vinegar Hill Restaurant. The food was very well prepared, the service staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant itself is sheltered in a very old building and the decor is appropriate for it's age. A very beautiful restaurant with an incredible ambiance and seasonably delicious array of foods to try out. Definitely worth the trip to return again and again to see what all the other incredible dishes must taste like. All in all, a great experience and feels like a memory from a trip far away from the city, right across the river from manhattan, a world away in an old town of cobble stones and small 2-3 story buildings. A mini trip indeed."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We loved everything about our second visit to Vinegar Hill House except for the fact that we had a 6:30 reservation and the staff clearly had other diners booked for 7:30. We were sitting adjacent to the winter alcove space and while we were still eating our main courses one head after another popped over to see if we were finished. No, this was not just very attentive service because, our waiter actually came table side to communicate with us. This was one host after another popping in and checking our progress. I know this doesn't sound like that big a deal, the food was wonderful, but it was distracting and off-putting and detracted from the second half of the meal. I felt practically defiant when we ordered dessert! We were out by 7:30."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We ordered 2 mimosas as soon as we sat down, and were still waiting for them 30 minutes later. We asked for them twice, and the answer was "someone is working on them." The bartender didn't seem very busy. And there were hosts / servers standing around in the back. Also my friend ordered one of the specials, which he wasn't warned was tiny, more of an appetizer."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Great food, friendly, knowledgeable staff, and pleasant ambiance."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful, surpassing expectations - especially for an occasion that is usually known for mass produced fare in overbooked spots. Everything was perfect"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We came back to Vinegar Hill House after not having been here for a while. It was a good as ever - flavorful and fresh. It was a cold night and the roasting oven was warm and redolent with smells. Wine list continues to be inventive and unusual; it complements the food is a very special way. Roasted beets, grilled octopus, roast chicken, a simple but exquisite sphagetti..WOW!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I love Vinegar Hill for a couple reasons. The country chop is one of the best meat dishes I've ever had, and I'm not even usually a big fan of pork chops. The atmosphere is exactly what I want. The room has a rustic, comfortable ambiance that just feels like home. Great lighting, wooden furniture, cozy layout. The street outside is cobble stone, near the scenic parts of DUMBO. The wines they recommend are always interesting and delicious. And the whole menu is fantastic, from start to finish."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I think I expected a bit more on the food end. What we had: Bibb lettuce: big hit. Beet salad: yum. Rabbit pasta: Anything with bunny in it is a delicious no brainer. Spaghetti with mint and walnuts: OK. Red Wattle Pork Chop: Meh. It was good but it didnt transport me in any way. Have had better....I think it needed more of a crust on it. A bit of burn to offset the blueberry mustarda. Chicken in a skillet: Talk about lacking! OY. Isnt the point of this dish a wicked crispy skin?? Sadly it was flaccid and underwhelming at best...if not a wee bit under cooked. On the positive side: Great waitress. Loved the atmosphere (classic Brooklyn- how do you guys do this so well?!) Weird and wonderful wine list."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had yet again another delicious dinner at Vinegar hill. I've been many times, this time bringing along my father and a friend in from London. Service was stellar, the space is warm and cozy yet not too squished. The food was amazing. The menu changes seasonally, but the beet appetizer was out of this world, and the skillet chicken was fantastic. The chicken liver mousse appetizer is also incredible. Loved it!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I've been twice, and both dishes were absolutely the best meals I've ever had. Took my partner for a romantic birthday dinner."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "When this restaurant first opened we tried on two separate occasions to eat, and each time it was packed to the gills and we were told that they couldn't guarantee we would even get seated. I would normally never return, but my wife wanted to eat there, so... service was good - in fact it was too good. I hadn't taken my jacket off or Sat down before the waiter placed the menus and a server brought water. The food was great, though I thought the portions were small, particularly the appetizers. Very friendly and good food, but I felt like they wanted us out of there (and it wasn't particularly late). We'll go back."
    Dined on 1/28/2014