Vine Street Cafe

4.6
865 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Chef/Owners Lisa & Terry Harwood opened Vine Street Cafe in 2003. Located on South Ferry Road, just 1.5 miles from the South Ferry. Chef Terry works with area farmers, fishermen & vineyards and features their natural bounty on his seasonal menus. We make everything in house and Lisa's desserts, ice creams and fruit crisps are no exception. Recently, we opened a small market behind the restaurant. This is where you pick up take-out orders while stocking your home pantry. Specialty catering is available along with ready fresh meals such as meatballs, chicken salad, bread, smoked ribs, BBQ Sauce and a selection of artisan pastas. Reservations are highly recommended year round.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Sun: 5pm - 9pm
Mon: 5pm - 9pm
Tues: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thur: 5pm - 9pm
Fri: 5pm - 10pm
Sat: 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(631) 749-3210
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Terry Harwood
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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K
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had the chateaubriand with side dishes and they were cooked to perfection.
I have to give a '3' to service. It might have been the waiter's first day, but he could not answer most questions. The most depressing was when we asked the waiter to describe the dish, he read off the the side accompaniment of the main dish on the menu rather than describing what the dish actually is! He knew very little about the menu including the desserts, and no suggestions on wine.

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DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have stopped ordering scallops at Restaurants because they are usually overcooked or just not that flavorful. The scallops here were presented in the shell in a light but delicious sauce with spinach and bacon but were perfectly cooked. The other dishes (filet and tuna tartare) were also perfectly cooked and were accompanied with tasty sauces that complemented but did not overpower the main dish.

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g
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Vine street is still a pleasant experience but their new prices put it at a level comparable to celebrity chef restaurants in Manhattan and it is not where they started or where they are now... unfortunate. I will only eat there rarely from now on as there is better value elsewhere.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I had to send back my risotto as it lacked any flavor, but was promptly served a salad instead. Waitress was very apologetic and sweet.

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EA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, very good service, and very good food. I found it to be a bit pricey (and I live in NYC, so that's saying something), but I'd go back for sure.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food! Lovely ambiance. Pleasant service.

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UE
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we arrived early (5:30) because our schedule changed on a Sunday night so we were fortunate that the restaurant was not very crowded then. Service was excellent, but food magnificent. Must be the best restaurant in the greater Hamptons area. Ambiance very cozy, esp in autumn.

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GM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always good food, but not so good as to justify the $$.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have been twenty times. The service and ambiance are very pleasant but the food doesn’t stand out as anything special and regular dining value is lackluster. I can recommend the 3 course Prix Fixe menu at $35, served daily when open except holiday weekends (which recently included Columbus Day, Monday, Oct 8). Unfortunately the on-isle restaurant pickings are slim on weekdays out of summer season.

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DS
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This has to be one of the best restaurants on Shelter Island. Our first visit last weekend and glad we made it. The food choices were interesting and seasonal - everything tasted fresh and fantastic. Would love to go again but this was a weekend away from NYC and not too many reasons to go to SI in the Winter (it's more of a summer treat).
Would gladly return in a NY minute - hope to make it back some day soon!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Like this place

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CK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food is always excellent but the service has been very poor this year. Pleasant but inattentive.

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BU
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Loud ,overpriced, amateurish waitstaff,stack dirty plates, tables crowded together. Second rate place tourist trap.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Vine delivers a consistent experience at every visit. Best choice in the island!

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DH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food that is consistently top notch. Wait staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Really worth the ferry ride from Sag Harbor

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and a warm welcome staff
Had dinner at the bar. Josh the bartender could not have been friendlier. Amazing ribs and roasted fish!

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Vine Street Cafe was superb. The food was very well prepared and tasty. The service was impeccable and efficient. We loved the unique cocktails and the delicious warm bread!

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c
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service; daily specials always a great choice

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We haven’t had dinner at Vine Street for two years. A lot has changed since then...higher prices, poorer service and an uninspired menu. Too bad.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The hostess gave me a great table for my 40th birthday celebration. The entrees were great but someone PLEASE ask the chef to taste the mixed green salad. Honestly... for $15 it was a very small pile of mixed greens (nothing else) with”0” flavor. I’ve been going to vine street for years and this same disappointing salad has remained on the menu.

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The service was excruciatingly slow. Then the power went out and we had to wait for the computers to reboot before they could process a bill for the evening. In the end, we had to leave our credit card info, which they said they would process later that night. We told them the percentage to add for service — all on trust. It is two days later and we have not seen the bill processed yet.

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DT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always visit Shelter Island at the end of summer to celebrate my birthday. It’s our tradition to stay at The Chequit and have dinner at Vine Street Cafe. This was the first year we had new addition join us, our 10 month old son (Note: VSC did not have any high chairs). We had an early reservation at 5:45 PM and they accommodated us in a semi-private area, which was great. The food never disappoints. Great wine selection. Always such an enjoyable experience! (Even with a semi-behaved infant)

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DH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ferry ride to the island is charming; parking at the restaurant is easy and plentiful; wait staff service was wonderful; wine selection was great; food was delicious. This is a real gem

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit pricey but don’t mind paying for good fresh food prepared well. Vine street cafe does not disappoint!!! Good service, good food and an overall pleasurable dining experience!!! Well done!!

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R
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful early dinner on a Thursday evening albeit a bit on the pricey side service ambiance and food all good can't wait to go back but unfortunately too expensive to be our weekly "go to" place
Price fix possibly the way to go next time vs ordering ala carte

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality good, however, expensive for what it is. We dined at 6pm and it was quite kid friendly. Physical soace was nice. Only real criticism was cost

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully prepared. Plus excellent service and a lovely room. We highly recommend Vine Street Cafe.

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x
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost all the food was fantastic. And it is a really nice restaurant. But the strawberry shortcake, which looked gorgeous, just wasn’t up to expectations created by its beautiful look. We did in fact order it because we saw it at the next table and it looked so wonderful. The strawberries themselves weren’t very good and the sauce which wasn’t especially good didn’t do much to cover that up. For a place as expensive as this one ALL the food should be great. Not just most of it.

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DW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner here last week. Our experience here was mixed. While the food was very good to excellent overall, znd the ambiance at Vine Street was excellent, our service experience was mixed. Initially our waitress was very attentive. However when our dinner came, my wife's steak was undercooked, and she didn't come back to check on how our meals were for 25 minutes or more (Vine Street was reasonably busy that night, but not unduly so). By that time the steak was half eaten (outside more done than inside). She offered to cook it some more, but by that time we were done with dinner. We ordered after dinner drinks and one desert. The drinks came quickly, but we waited another 20 minutes or so for the desert to come. When the bill came, the steak was taken off the bill which we appreciated (and was appropriate), but after we paid by credit card, my card was not intially returned with the bill. In summary, great ambiance, very good food, and mixed service.

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IA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A perfect experience. Reservation was honored, service was excellent & our meals were delicious. Our favorite Sancerre was on the wine list. Highly recommend!

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MF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably best restaurant in the Hamptons

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NJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Vine St., Café is well prepared and tasty food, albeit, a bit overpriced. The outdoor seating area is very nice; and much more conducive to conversation then the inside rooms. The waitress, while nice, could not answer our questions about some dishes or beers. Oddly, no local / Long Is. is on the menu when there are several excellent breweries in the area. Overall, the food was good; yet there are other local restaurants which are equally as good or better.

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NC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really delicious food - a little on the loud side for us, but we were lucky enough to have a corner table so that helped. No view - my husband was at a window that looked over dumpsters - they should clean that up!

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k
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come every year and it never disappoints. Highly recommend the Calamari Salad! Steak is always great too.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food served by well trained staff. I had clams and seafood Diavolo. Well-heeled sophisticated clientele.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The vine cafe just has really tasty food! The service was great and everyone was nice. The food was delicious - meat and fish!

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious with fresh local ingredients. Very flavorful meal. Highly recommend.

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I
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was my second visit within 2 weeks and it was not as good as my first experience.
The service was off ...it was lobster roll night and the roll was burnt...it took quite a while for the entrees to be served so we did without the roll.
However the bread is the best around. But I won’t be going back this season.
In all fairness I will give a try again next year.

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DS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Monday night. The restaurant was almost full but not too noisy. We ordered the bouillabaisse and the salmon and both were delicious. We will definitely be back.

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VI
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. Delicious food. Helpful service. Sitting in the garden was perfect.

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