Vintage Tavern
Vintage Tavern

Vintage Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vintagetavernvirginia.com/
  • Phone: (757) 238-8808
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - until
    (we open at 4:30pm on Sundays for supper to 8:00)
    2nd Sunday of Each Month Brunch
    Closed on Mondays

    Full service is also available in the Tavern Bar at 5:00

    The whole restaurant is non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside.


    We are Closed Mondays- please visit our sister restaurant River Stone Chophouse.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Joe Steinert, Kenny Reynolds
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Vintage Tavern offers an intimate setting in an upstairs private room that will host up to 50 guests seated or standing for your special event.
    Great for business dinners and presentations as well as festive dining.

    Vintage Tavern offers during weather conducive months our Garden Terrace for Cocktail Events and Wedding Ceremonies for groups up to 50 guests.

    Vintage Tavern's Veranda offers Outside Dining and Cocktail for groups up to 30 guests.

    For Larger Groups please inquire about our sister restaurant River Stone Chophouse located 10 minutes from Vintage Tavern.

    Please contact Kati Newman to help with all the details in planning your event. riverstone8032@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Kati Newman 757-724-9888x
  • Special Events: ~Happy Hour in the Tavern from 5pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday.

    ~Co-Hosting Passion for Paws Picnic and Whisker's Wine Tasting for the Suffolk Human Society at our sister restaurant River Stone Chophouse. Call for details- Tickets sold at Vintage Tavern.

    ~Date Night- Last Wed of Each Month- Three Course Pre-Fixe Menu with a Select Bottle of Wine- $99 per couple.

    ~Prime Rib Night Every Thursday

    ~Sunday Cellar-bration - Discount Select Wine List.

    "'Taste of the Tavern Beer Dinner" Sept. 20th Reservations required.


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bridge Road / Route 17
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking in front of the restaurant and overflow parking across from the restaurant at The Shoppes on the Village Green.
A word from Vintage Tavern
Now open since April, 2006, Vintage Tavern at Governor's Point.. Located in the hunting and fishing community of Northern Suffolk, Virginia the restaurant features 'Seasonally Southern' fare. The menu highlights the best of local and regional Southern dishes and recreates them with authenticity and passion. We are committed to maintaining the food history and culture that makes our community so special. Other features include a dramatic open kitchen, two dining areas both with fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit, outdoor dining on the covered veranda and a 400 plus selection wine list. The perfect place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or any special occasion.
Voted #1 by Hampton Roads magazine 2013 Platinum Plate Awards. Recognized by Open Table as one of America's Top 50 Restaurants in 2009 and 2010, and by Sante magazine for Wine Hospitality in 2010.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Vintage Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (67)notable wine list (46)fit for foodies (44)romantic (41)neighborhood gem (27)great for outdoor dining (20)scenic view (16)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Favorite Special Dinning Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Excellent service, fabulous atmosphere and tasty wonderful meals with an interesting variety of choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Excellent customer service. I highly recommend this restaurant especially as a destination place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I've never had a bad meal at Vintage Tavern, and this was no exception. The food was very good as always, but there are several places where the food and ambiance are just as good for far less.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat Here.
    JNof23
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Do yourself a favor and take a little drive to Suffolk for some amazing food, courteous and knowledgeable wait staff (See Craig) and a dining experience that other restaurants should emulate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    JWZDAN
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our favorite restaurant for very special occasions and when we want to splurge. Food is always great and the service is the best!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    cgray
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Vintage Tavern has a great atmosphere and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Ptown47
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Excellent as always. Fried oysters and pimento cheese for appetizers. Rock fish and scallops for entrée. Pumpkin cheesecake and homage butter pecan ice cream for dessert. Wonderful place for a nice evening out for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VABeachVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Good Restaurant Week menu. Great Service at the Bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining on 7 Nov 14
    smokedoctor73
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    First time at the Vintage Tavern. Atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. Tom, our waiter was polite and attentive. Will surely dine again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    Maureeninvirginia1VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Vintage Tavern is a favorite of mine. The food is great and atmosphere and location are some of Virginia's finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Dinner
    Cookie
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Perfect setting for entertaining and discussions... food was impressive. Did not take advantage of the patio area for an after dinner cigar, but the cigar selection, and the ability to partake if so desired, only enhances the overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dave
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Never disappoints! Great service. Delicious food. This chef rocks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would highly recommend this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If one is looking for "Over-The-Top" service and great food prepared from local sources this is the place to go...The ambience is quiet and comfortable. Given the time of year having a cocktail on the back patio is the place to start your dining experience then taking the time to return back to the patio for your after dinner cocktail or desert. Would also recommend asking to dine in one of two booths located in the main dining room...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner and service
    JK19
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We recently dined at Vintage Tavern for our wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed! The food was flavorful and we enjoyed every bite. The pork belly appetizer stood out and is worth a try. We were most impressed with the service. Our server, Amanda, was attentive and knowledgeable. Her service definitely elevated our experience. Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 55th anniversary
    Bill59
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been celebrating our anniversary at this restaurant for at least the last 6 years and on other special occasions. As always the food was outstanding, but the service was NOT up to their usual standards and was DISAPPOINTING. The servers who assisted our primary waitress Amanda were polite friendly and efficient. Our primary waitress did not ask if we wanted a cocktail, ask if we would like coffee and several times was no where in sight-they were not that crowded. On previous occasions, besides anniversaries, we have always had outstanding service. On previous occasions the staff has always made us feel special. Amada's availability, lack of attention, dampened our anniversary celebration.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Outstanding
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We always look forward to visiting Vintage Tavern. We both tried dishes that we had not eaten before because we knew Vintage would deliver! Worth the drive from Virginia Beach every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable for special occasions
    ItalianTraveller
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Very reliable as we have never been disappointed. Fare centers on local seasonal favorites, with a local flavor. Menu range is broad enough that it will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Merker
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This has been my favorite restaurant since you opened. I love the fact that you can use your backyard, bar, side area or dining room. We have enjoyed all of them and hope to continue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    luvgdfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Friends and I were not looking for a heavy meal. We tried the Southern Sampler, a kale and vegetable soup, the bread pudding and a few drinks. All were outstanding and if we'd had a bigger appetite there were many choices on the menu that we would have chosen. Will go back on a much emptier stomach to try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The only reason I did not give the highest rating to the evaluation, is the Long wait for our food. Every effort was made by your exceptional staff to make our evening so memorable and yet the food took forever to arrive. It was Delicious when it got to us, but the long wait influenced all of our party of eight. Amanda was our waitress and she was excellent! The entire staff was professional and added to the overall positive experience. I will highly recommend to friends.....Thank you for all the things you did right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Vintage Tavern
    jlp1980
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My boyfriend and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on 10/4/14 at the Vintage Tavern. The restaurant is beautiful inside and out. We had a view of the outside patio and waterfall. Our server was Amanda J. She had to of been the best server we have ever had at a restaurant. We eat out at least twice a week so that is a huge compliment to her. We started with the pimento cheese appetizer. It was highly recommended and I can see why. It was delicious. My dinner was the shrimp and grits. They add cooked tomatoes and scallions to it. It was good. My boyfriend ordered the pork plate. It had pork ribs, pork tenderloin, shredded pork bbq, and another kind of pork. We both agree it was delicious. We tried their pumpkin cheesecake but didn't like it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We've visited Vintage Tavern several times in the past for special occasions. It's a 30 min drive from our house, otherwise, we would go more often. When the weather is nice, as it was this week, we love to sit on their balcony overlooking creek and lovely gardens. Definitely recommend to adults who enjoy good food, wine and a intimate atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our spot for serious occasions.
    Epicurean
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent for serious dinning for two, or a large group + mtgs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love it
    food4jackpine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've eaten lots of places around the world and our country. Vintage Tavern food, ambiance and service are right up there with the best New York City restaurants, except easier parking and more room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was great. The service was good but our server was to busy with other guests and we were forgotten for a while. We have been here several times and every time was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    usmc123
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A bit pricey, but worth it. Reserve for your special occasions. I took my wife there for our anniversery and she was very happy with the choice. A very good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great
    asperjack
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everyone in Hampton Roads should try this place at least once for a special occasion, and our outstanding server Thomas told us they do have very reasonable happy hour specials as well. Highly recommend the boxed-in appetizer at the top of the menu (something like southern plate), and add the pimento cheese for $3. I was not excited about the pimento cheese until I tried it - it's so good; I recommend trying it with the fruit preserves. Also my wife and I had the best dirty martini ever - the Tavern Tini. Comes nice and dirty with olives stuffed with bleu cheese AND bacon (this beat out our previous favorite dirty martini at Shula's in Norfolk). My bison ribeye (a special) was cooked perfectly medium rare. Corn ice cream too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening at the Vintage Tavern
    GoHoos
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I met a friend and his girl friend from Richmond at the restaurant. He was my best friend in high school ( which was a long time ago) so we spent time catching up and swapping lies. Fortunately, the wait staff was patient with us. When we finally got around to ordering our server made some good recommendations. Overall, our meals were outstanding. We particular appreciated the excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Start, Bit of a Stumble
    ServiceIsKey
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We usually go here once in a while for special occasions and this was no exception. Waiter started out great, but he faded away as the night went on and he picked up some large tables. All the food and wine was great, and the manager (I'm guessing) Elisabeth, did a table check in with us, and I let her know that our waiter was nowhere to be found. Anyway, she was terrific and basically took over our service at that point. Excellent work. Food was outstanding. My wife had the flounder special and was probably one of the better pieces of fish we have either had in years. I had the rib eye and it had rich flavor as well. Great place. Would go their more often if closer. Worth the trip for certain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Charlieee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had a wonderful time with my family... Everyone's food was exceptional and the ambiance was perfect. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • muddle
    muddled
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the seafood muddle and was not totally impressed with the taste of this entree. With exception of the soft shelled crab the dish was somewhat bland and salty tasting. Others in my party had flounder and tenderloin and those we very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aquadaddy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our table was ready and available at the time we arrived. Tosha our waitress greeted us and paced us evenly and accurately through our dinner and wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30th birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My family and I have dining at the tavern for a few years now and it was choice for special occasions. However this last visit has changed our minds. We spent $700 and received below par service. The bar was very slow and after we were finished with our meal it took our sever almost 50 minutes to bring us our check! I am aware this is slow meal, enjoy each course type of restaurant however that amount of time was just plan rude. On top of that we waited so long that we forgot the server never brought back our leftovers boxed up. Our food was wonderful as always but next time we plan on celebrating our money will probably spent else where.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Came from a friend's recommendation. Excellent service all round. The server and the owner really knew their menu, wine list etc...very, very impressive. The food arrived on time and was delicious...our party of 4 where all delighted. A very good evening in a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great evening
    JK19
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have enjoyed coming to the Vintage Tavern for years and they continue to impress. We always plan a trip during August as it is "crab month" and a personal favorite. The chef special of chile crab was fantastic and the service was great (attentive but not intrusive). It is a nice touch that the manager always finds time to stop by to introduce herself and check on us. If you haven't tried the back patio for dinner you are missing out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Dining
    Southernbelle1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Wonderful high end restaurant. Great food with a romantic atmosphere. Also great for special events such as weddings and receptions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tad bit snooty...
    Blanch815VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went here for a late Friday night dinner. The place was pretty empty and had a very intriguing limited menu. Unfortunately most items currently available didn't mesh well with my lactose intolerant diet, so I ordered a fried crab sandwich — which was a featured special appetizer. When I ordered, the waitress looked at me like I was crazy, ordering an appetizer for dinner. She expected me to continue ordering and I had to clarify that I wanted the sandwiches for dinner. She looked shocked and disgusted. She then asked if I wanted my meal to come out with my friend's soup or with her entree. Really? In the end I even had leftovers and still managed to spend nearly $30 on my one-person "appetizer" meal (i just had iced tea to drink, too).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Service was outstanding and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Mix up with reservations started the evening off poorly. Service this time around was pretty bad. Not the waiter's fault, but the kitchen was extremely slow. We had to wait 20-25 minutes for dessert- ice cream and creme brulee. Main course wait was as long if not longer. Manager did come by and apologize for the delay and offered us a gift card to use whenever we wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous Service
    lickrynn
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our second time visiting and we had a wonderful experience. Service was excellent, even when we had to return a fish dish which was not quite up the Vintage's normal standing. Everyone apologized profusely and handled the situation very professionally, bringing a new dish, wonderfully prepared and even providing a cup of delightful She-Crab Soup while we waited for the replacement. Excellent conversations with wait staff, manager and chef all dropping by our table for chats and checking on our satisfaction. Vintage Tavern deserves its reputation and we will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1033 reviews are from the Vintage Tavern reviews archive.