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Vintage Tavern
Vintage Tavern

Vintage Tavern Details

  • 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) 724-9888
  • Special Events & Promotions: ~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 WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Bison steak cooked perfectly medium rare, chef-prepared-hand-made-custom menu, outstanding flavors and timely service. I have gone back numerous times and the seasonal menu is spot on."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have always had good meals at Vintage. Not being a seafood eater it is refreshing to see meat selections on the menu. The pork chop should be an entree of its own."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the meal and service. Very good rib eye steak!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed a date night dinner and everything was fantastic. My fiancé had the crab cakes and they were full of big lump crab meat and delicious. We particularly enjoyed the way the staff worked together. From the manager to the hostess, we had multiple people stopping by the table to see how we were and if we needed anything throughout the night. The service and food can't be beat!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have dined at Vintage Tavern many times and Saturday's dinner did not disappoint as the food and dining experience were stellar once again as we returned with out-of-town friends. Crab bisque, crab cakes, duck and chicken/shrimp pasta dishes were scrumptious and the service impeccable, as always. This is our "very special" dining-out experience location - from the moment you walk in the door to exit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first time at Vintage Tavern. The waitress was excellent, the chef came out to converse a it, the food was awesome, the ambience on the patio was perfect, and the weather was cooperative. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I really enjoyed our time at the Vintage Tavern restaurant . It was our first time going and the food and services was outstanding . I highly recommend for everyone to experience the great atmosphere ."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had dinner here on a Sat night, it was pretty busy. Would recommend reservations. The service was excellent, not a huge menu but a good selection, southern influenced. The salmon special and the pig plate were both delicious. Nice atmosphere, outdoor patio too. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been going there every year for 4 years now as our anniversary dinner date! Never once have we had a bad meal or service. The waitress and waiters are all awesome and very attentive. The manager walks by all the time to check on the tables. I would love go more often but I love keeping this place as our anniversary spot. Don't change a thing!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our family, totaling seven people, came here to celebrate a dual graduation/retirement. I'd heard good things about Vintage Tavern and I knew I had to try it before our impending move out of the Hampton Roads area. The restaurant itself is beautiful and has tremendous character, inside and out, and our whole experience, from beginning to end was excellent, from greeting at the door until we finished dessert and departed. The service was spot on, and the food…oh my…it was wonderful! Several of us had the crab cakes. Almost pure crab meat! Delicious! My daughter had the seared tuna. I tried a bite -- perfection!!! If I come back, and I hope I get the chance, I'll probably have to order tuna, but I doubt you can go wrong with any dish."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our family members have been regulars at Vintage Tavern over the past 4 years. Virtually once every other month, a few of us are there. This past dinner was, as usual, outstanding. The weather was perfect for outside dining. We were seated on the back patio which has very nice landscaping and a water feature. Highly recommended if the weather cooperates. Our server was polite and thorough. Three of us had the Rt 17 Pig Plate (again) and it was excellent. We almost never make it to the dessert round, so I can't comment on that. If you are looking for a upscale, quite dining experience-give the Tavern a try. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was great! My family and I all had seafood. It was so fresh and tasted amazing!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We go to Vintage Tavern very often and always nice. This time, the waiter was ok but not very friendly and felt he needed to remind my boyfriend that we were in a "fine dining establishment" and needed to remove his hat...never had to remove before...it's fine, but the way he said it made it sound like we were not "worthy" to be in the restaurant when, in fact, we go all the time...the other servers, hostess, etc. have always been great so we will just ask not to have him wait in us next time. I believe that Management would want all of their guests to be comfortable and keep our patronage...guys that wear hats are friendly, spend money and leave nice tips (at least mine anyway)..."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great and the server was attentive without being intrusive. The food was good but it was expensive. However, the dessert was only mediocre and the portions were small. We had the Creme Brulee, the Brownie and the Banana Pudding. They were definitely not worth the price."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food with a southern flavor. The Route 17 Pig Plate is the best. A boneless pork chop, pulled pork, 4 ribs with their most excellent BBQ slaw and awesome Mac n Cheese. A fine dining restaurant with a very casual feel. The menu is seasonal yet always awesome. It's so good, we're planning our wedding there."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was very good. The duck and ribeye were prepared well. Ribeye was a little overdone for medium rare, but still very good. Soft shell crab appetizer was excellent. The service was great and we loved the fact that they use local farms and food sources."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Better than expected. Food and ambience were outstanding. One of best restaurants in the Tidewater area."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a great time and the food was absolutely delicious. No disappointments at all from the beginning to the end. You have to try the ginger martini. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I first came to the Tavern looking to try to get an externship spot to finish out my culinary school program, decided to stay and eat at the bar. I was amazed at how knowledgeable the bartender was about the menu, spoke highly of the chef and the food was phenomenal! I was so happy to take my husband to celebrate his 20 year anniversary in the U.S. Navy. After five years of talking up the food, atmosphere and service, the Tavern did not disappoint! We had Bison Ribeye, it was just melt in your mouth amazing! All the food was!! Excellent service as well, made for such a great night! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I would have like the choice of ordering from the regular menu as well as the special menu. The choices on the special menu were very limited."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've dined here previously and truly enjoyed it! The food was not up to it's usual standard on Sunday, maybe because of a very busy time (Mother's Day). We will visit the place again in the future at a less busy time possibly. My wife did not eat her food, but did not complain."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Vintage Tavern yearly for our "special event". Anniversary this time. We loved the food, service and ambiance. The whole experience reminds me of going out in New Orleans or DC for the special occasions where the food is to die for and you feel like a king."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "As usual, our experience at Vintage Tavern was very enjoyable. The menu changes seasonally and both my husband and I chose things that we had not tried previously. I had the duck breast which comes with a pea puree and potatoes and mushrooms. The kitchen had no problem holding the puree as I do not care for peas. The dinner was outstanding! My husband tried the Route 17 pig platter which comes with ribs, pulled pork and pork loin. His favorite was the pork loin although he said they were all very good. Also as usual, the service was attentive without being intrusive."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The ribeye was some of the best I have ever had. Well worth the extra few dimes. Lots of great food, as well as a professional and knowledgable staff. Excellent experience. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I love the food and service here. Top-notch! But we were seated upstairs and the entire floor vibrated for the duration our meal so bad that the liquids in our glasses on our table were sloshing around. This only got worse halfway through our meal when a family of 8 was seated next to use with a children who liked to throw tantrums by pounding his feet on the floor. We spent most of our Easter brunch holding on to the table to try and reduce the movement of our table."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I took my wife to Vintage Tavern for Easter brunch. Great menu, excellent food, service was attentive with a take your time approach. Menu is foody gourmet with a Southern flair. Totally enjoyed the experience and recommend for all. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "After reading many reviews, I decided to give VT a try for Easter 2014. The experience was delightful. Scenery, interior design, wait staff, extensive wine list, great selection of craft beers and food was exactly what most people rave about. I will be going back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was pretty good. Service was awful. Took 10 minutes to get water. Then it took another 5-10 minutes to order cocktails. Once we basically finished our first round of drinks, we got the specials and then weren't given time to look at rest of the menu. When I spent $100+ per person on a meal, I expect a good server who knows how to take customer through a meal. Also, at one point I was almost finished with a cocktail and he actually noticed it before it sat empty for 5-10 minutes. Unfortunately he picked up a half-full cocktail to refill it? Very disappointed in the service. The food was pretty good but not anything out of the ordinary. Cooked well but plain. Also, restaurant seems too bright and seating placement was awkward."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have been there many times and will return again"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had our Birthday Dinner at Vintage Tavern with our children and their spouses. We all love the excellent food. The server was exceptional. He looked after our every need. The food was outstanding. We will dine there again. I have already recommended it to friends. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I couldn't have asked for anything better. Made reservations online, flowers were waiting at the table. Service was great, food was excellent and atmosphere was wonderful. Overall great experience. Highly recommended for any occasion."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We brought another couple with us to share with them our love for the Vintage Tavern. It was a nice quiet evening and the service was excellent. The menu this night was nice, but my wife and I both agreed the food was not on par with our previous visits. All combined it was still an wonderful evening."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our server was great but feel the restaurant was understaffed during our visit. The food was absolutely delicious....but the Creme Brulee portion was a little on the scant side for the charge. All in all was a relaxing evening."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant---the Southern Sampler appetizer is a must have, extensive drink list, terrific entrees, and homemade ice cream to die for!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Vintage Tavern was well worth the trip! We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The service was great and the food was delicious. It was well-prepared. Kudos to the chef!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This place was snuggled in at the entrance of a nice quiet neighborhood. From the moment we walked in to the time we left, we were impressed with the decor(even all of the trophies in the bar area) The food was very delicious. The monkfish was awesome and the pork chop was one of the best I ever had. The only possible down side I could think of was the drive. We had to drive 45 minutes to get there, but trust me, I have driven further for much worse."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Thank you for everything! The food & ambience was outstanding! Can't wait to come back again soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "While the entrees aren't numerous, each is a chef's special preparation."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Dined with a party of 8 on 21 March 2014 for Suffolk Restaurant Week. I've heard a ton about Vintage Tavern and I was not disappointed. Vintage Tavern's service is impeccable. Request to sit in Deanna's section. She anticipated all of our needs and was wonderfully attentive. I loved the dishes most of course! I recommend the seared rare tuna to start and the rockfish for your primary plate. Homemade ice cream is a treat! I hope to dine again soon. Thank you Vintage Tavern!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I tried this restaurant b/c it was Suffolk's Restaurant Week. We were very pleased with the entire experience. The hostesses were very friendly and greeted us immediately upon walking in the door. Our table wasn't quite ready (we were a little early for our reservation), so she told us we could go into the Tavern, have a drink and she'd come get us. We did just that and the bartender was very nice as well. Our waiter was awesome as well. The food was great and plentiful. Overall, this was a great restaurant and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014