Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill House

Vinegar Hill House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinegarhillhouse.com/
  • Phone: 7185221018x
  • 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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Vinegar Hill House reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (56)romantic (41)great for outdoor dining (38)special occasion (27)great for brunch (27)hot spot (12)good for groups (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood eats
    edEdVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    thoughtful menu, very well prepared food, nice people. great spot.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Nice find
    Theaterdog
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Adorable
    Radish
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandy
    awful
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 77 reviews are from the Vinegar Hill House reviews archive.
  • HIGHLY OVERRATED - NOT WORTH HASSLE
    Scout
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night!
    catymogo
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun evening
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had a great Easter Brunch with friends, Yummy bloody marys & eggs benedict. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lucky to find this...
    JimD
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Miss
    TedJ
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This little tucked-away restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting and intimate
    dc72
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So delicious
    Ericabk
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • original and delicious brunch
    82muchVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    original and delicious brunch items. very nice staff
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    Gabi
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vinegar hill. old house, new hat!!
    surfnuts195
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.