Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern
Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern

Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinniessteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: (919) 847-7319
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Tom Armstrong
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sawmill / Mourning Dove
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered, drive-through portico for convenient drop-offs and pickups during bad weather. Plenty of parking in front and on side.
A word from Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern
Welcome to Vinnie’s Steak House & Tavern, the premiere destination for fine dining in the Triangle since 1987. Independently owned and operated, Vinnie's proudly serves Certified Angus Beef in a variety of cuts and sizes, including Prime New York Strips, Dry Aged Ribeyes and a Bone-In Filet Mignon exclusive to Vinnie's. Vinnie's also offers the freshest seafood available, including Jumbo Cold Water Lobster Tails, Classic Italian Fare, Farmer's Market Vegetables and Homemade Desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (66)neighborhood gem (43)notable wine list (41)fit for foodies (38)romantic (37)good for groups (29)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (9)hot spot (8)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • The best food in raleigh
    BdayVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Vinnie continues to provide the best food in raleigh across all the menu items (steak, Italian, seafood). Appetizers are also very good with the oysters with collards and baked Brie off the hook.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mandy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We've been there several times and have thourghly enjoyed it every time. One of the best steaks in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Have not been to Vinnie's in awhile. We were very pleased with the updated interior and revised menu along with a superb wine list! Our meal was excellent and the service impeccable. We will be back and it will be on our most frequented list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good steak house
    itsnotaspecialnight
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Everything done well. Good food and service that beats most Raleigh steakhouses. Local north Raleigh establishment that does away with the hype of most steak places. I've had better; in New York, Las Vegas etc., but this is hard to beat for the steakhouse basics in Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    nccane
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We pulled up Trip Advisor restaurants in Raleigh and found this great place for anniversary dinner. The waitress made good recommendations and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steaks
    Emptynesters
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Vinnie's is a classic steakhouse with great steaks and an excellent wine list. It turns into a super value on Monday nights with their two for $70 dinner that includes a bottle of wine. You will likely not be able to finish it and be bringing home Tuesday night's dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining
    candi
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is regarding your server Taylor; It was a special nite because it was my wife's B-Day & to my opinon she was superb. She was knowledgeable, very efficient, coorinated your stafft making our dining experience a "Great Dining Experience.". If Taylor is representative of all of your staff, your resturant is going to be one of my favorites. Nice job to Taylor and nice job for Vinnies Steakhouse. My name is Tim Holland & We were at Vinnies Thurs 10/30 @6:15pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good steak
    VaTech71
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Felt like an upscale steakhouse and the food delivered. Impressive number of toppings and sauces for the meat. Steak didn't need them. Sides were very good. Special dessert of the night was very good. For someone who likes steak houses across the country this was great. We did not tell them this was our anniversary, they treated us like we were special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always outstanding
    outnabout
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service and food (oysters, salads, meats) were outstanding. Waiter made excellent food / value recommendations and the food was very flavorful. Ambiance is quiet, warm, and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • N Raleigh Niche for Steak
    madeline
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Vinnie's is our go to place for any special occasion in North Raleigh or if we just need a good piece of red meat. Always consistently superior in cut, taste, and flavor, Vinnie's never lets us down. And, if you ask for a pasta dish off the menu, they will typically prepare it for you. The French wine selection is pretty good. The bar is always lively with a great attentive bar keep staff, reminiscent of NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school chop house
    FineDiner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Dark paneled walls. Waiters in ties. Classic oak bar. Private room in the back. Elegant menu. Very accommodating chef for those with food allergies. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    FavoritePM
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Enjoyed another great meal at Vinnie's. I had the PRIME DRY AGED DELMONICO again and just don't how I will be able to try anything else here. Quite, great service. Wife's steak was slightly over done and the manager replaced it with a perfectly cooked steak and gave us a free desert. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BdayVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food as always. Service was ok. New owners need to implement a dress code (tee shirt and basketball shorts). Really?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but....
    BonniegalVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Let me preface by saying the service was phenomenal. Caesar salad was big enough to split, which the kitchen expertly did so. Our entrees were a mixed bag. I ordered the queen cut prime rib with horseradish sauce, medium rare. It was prepared as asked, and quite good. My husband had the ribeye, and while flavorful, it was grissly and tough. My only other complaint is that they don't have a drink list and I really enjoy a creative cocktail.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite!
    Sweetteaforme
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    As always, we loved our trip to Vinnie's. We can count on the best food and service every time that we walk through the door. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Anniversary
    dAVE
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was our first visit for our wedding anniversary. It was a great experience with tasty food and attentive service. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent
    Al1957
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great restaurant they have the best steak in Raleigh! They bar is absolutely the best in north Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Every time I eat at Vinnie's I describe it as my "death row meal"; meaning, if I only had one meal left in the world to eat, it would be from there. BEST food ever!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Night
    DandT
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    When you want to celebrate a special occasion - Vinnie's Steakhouse is the place to go. The steaks are second to none and the atmosphere, music and service enhance the experience. This should be everybody's Go-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steaks
    Emptynesters
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went to Vinnie's to celebrate our anniversary. They have a great Monday night deal. For $70, two salads, two entrees, app or dessert to share, and house bottle of wine. We brought food home. Delicious steaks and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert?
    fjb0501
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great birthday dinner except our waiter failed to mention the dessert special. We saw it on the chalk bd in the bar upon leaving.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    Iloverestaurants
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    After reading about Vinnie's for a couple years, finally went there. It was as promoted: great food, unique selections, good staff, attention from Manager and fair price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    OldRaleighnowexurban
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We come to Vinnies for great drinks, excellent steaks, sides, appetizers and desserts, and very good wine list. Consistently excellent through 3 owners (Dusty, Craig and new owners) over 20+ years. Excellent bartender, waitstaff thoroughly professional, and superb food. What else could we possibly want in a New York -style steakhouse nestled in North Raleigh?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, atmosphere, & waitstaff
    mmmmx2
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Vinnie's has delicious food and it is always presented beautifully. They have fine wines, incredible wait staff, and the ambiance is romantic. What more could you ask for? You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We often go to Vinnie's for our anniversary. It is close to our home and we like the ambience. The service is generally attentive and cheerful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner to celebrate new jobs
    7724
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My fiancé and I live less than a mile from Vinnie's, and we have been wanting to try it for some time. The experience was pricy, but worth it for a special occasion. We definitely recommend adding mushrooms to the New York Strip, choosing mashed potatoes as a side, and trying the Tiramisu cheesecake dessert. The steak was cooked perfectly; the salad was cold and diced; and the mashed potatoes were so flavorful! As a bonus, a server offered us a deviled egg and the chef sent over a little dish. Great evening and experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    cookie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We chose Vinnie's to celebrate our 25th Anniversary because we wanted it special. We were disappointed. Months ago we ate there and had great service and food. This time we had to wait 15 min after our reservation time - and the worst part was that we had to wait over 10 min. before a waiter came over(or even acknowledged us)- and we were at a table where the waiters and Manager walked passed several times! He was cut and dry - no extra to him. And we expected so much more from a nice, expensive restaurant. The Filet and twice baked potato was very good. Caesar salad- not very good. I ordered the apple dessert- it was not very good. The waiter took it away and saw obviously that it wasn't eaten- didn't bother him! We will not be revisiting.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great For Fine Dining
    Billy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary and the food (particularly the steaks) were excellent. Our waiter, Laura, were just as good. We are hoping to come back soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    rbm85VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great for a special occasion, food and service were fabulous, impressed with the diverse menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    NY2NC
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We celebrated our 8th anniversary but couldn't find a babysitter so we went anyway knowing that our son might be a little loud for a romantic dinner. They made our son feel right at home and we had a great dinner and great service and the chef prepared something special for us which was very nice. I would definitely go there again and recommend this place to anyone who enjoys a great steak place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Steakhouse
    gemlady
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had the steak Oscar-terrific. Also had the Oyster Rockefeller-very good. Had a tuna roll appetizer-rare-lovely flavor. My husband had a filet and said it was tender and juicy. Wine list just so so. I liked the food but think the place could use an interior update. Rather dark and drab. Good server. We spent about $250.00 (including tip) for two people. The wine was about $50.00. If I would have gone to Ruth Chris I'd have probably spent the same but I like helping local business. I don't think you'd be disappointed. Thanks PS I rarely give it outstanding-it has to be outstanding. This was very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chateaubriand is amazing
    raleighjohn
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Shared the Chateaubriand with my wife. The steak was cooked to perfection and the Bearnaise Sauce was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    babycakes
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Vinnie's is always one of our favorites. We look the food, atmosphere and the service. We love to celebrate all our special occasions there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    EICrabb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was delicious and very fresh. Service was excellent and it was quiet and relaxing. The food is a bit pricey though. We will only visit for very special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience
    wkrbee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It was my husband's birthday. Since it's close to our office, we called Angus Barn for a 6pm reservation (on a Wednesday) and were told they were booked. My husband was furious, stating they were simply trying to "boost their image". We decided to drive across town to Vinnie's. It was VERY worth a trip! The steaks are FAR better than Angus Barn and well worth the price. The service is stellar. We went with my mother-in-law. We each selected an entree from a different section of the menu. My husband had a bone-in filet mignon; I had a crab stuffed flounder, and my mother-in-law had veal Parmesan. All were DELICIOUS. Salads were fresh. If you get a chance to go in late May, get the honeysuckle ice cream for dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Vinnie's
    easydiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had dinner there two nights out of four last week when visiting family in town. It's old-school, comfortable: great bartender, excellent food & wine list and knowledgeable servers. One thing: the Ahi tuna (which is fantastic) naturally calls for chopsticks; they're included. However, elsewhere, such as The Palm in Tysons Corner, VA, same dish, but no chopsticks. Small point, OK, but telling to me as a frequent traveller and diner. They speak fluent steakhouse, too. Order Pittsburgh-style steaks and nobody bats an eye. And they come out perfectly, every time. A person can always complain, but let's be honest: nobody eats out to lose weight, save money or stay completely sober. Vinnie's hits all the right notes, for this diner at least.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long time favorite
    NeuroMitchVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Steak places come and go but none of them really surpass Vinnie's, a Raleigh favorite for decades. The food is consistently good and the service is outstanding. I always feel like I am in a time warp when I go there but am never disappointed. There is none of the pretentiousness you get at Sullivan's and Ruth's Chris, there is just good food. Angus Barn is good but you always feel like you are in a mill when you are there. Vinnies has quality food served personally.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but needs an update
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I went to Vinnies to celebrate his birthday. We loved that the chef offers a complimentary opening bite, the service was great, very healthy portions as expected at a steakhouse. My NY strips was delicious but my husband had the prime rib which need not have much flavor. We would be delighted to go back, however the atmosphere is very dated and closed in so it was not somewhere I would like to spend a lot of time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious as usual!
    Sweetteaforme
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband and I love Vinnies and have been going regularly for years. We took a couple of friends recently and just as we anticipated, they Loved it. We all had different cuts of steak and all were cooked perfectly. All the sides were delicious and large enough for everyone to share. The smoked gouda scalloped potatoes and macaroni and cheese are so, so, scrumptious. We also ordered a couple of the featured blueberry crostatas for dessert. I have not stopped talking or thinking about it since we left. Imagine a big flaky pillow overflowing with the freshest seasonal blueberries that literally explode in your mouth, just warm enough to soften the gigantic scoop of the creamiest, dreamiest homemade peach ice cream. Oh so much YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be better
    chabcollard
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The steak was very good but the sides left a lot. The atmosphere could be much better if the noise from the bar could be reduced. Waiter was very attentive and thoughtful. Vinnie's is a good place but with a little effort it could be great!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 221 reviews are from the Vinnie's Steakhouse and Tavern reviews archive.