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Vera Mae's Bistro

4.5
633 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Located in the revitalized historic district of downtown Muncie Indiana, Vera Mae's offers upscale fusion cuisine borrowing from the rich traditions of Europe, Asia and the new world. Our goal is to offer the highest quality and freshest fare available presented with impeccable service with attention to detail. Warm and inviting, the atmosphere reflects the love of the historic features inherent to the space and is filled with art work predominantly from local artisans.Our banquet facility, private dining area and seasonal outside seating allows for a wide range of accommodations.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(765) 747-4941
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Kirkpatrick
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Private party facilities
Located in the lower level of the restaurant, overlooking the wine cellar, the Boardroom offers a completely private dining atmosphere for up to 40 guests. This intimate space is well suited for business presentations and small conferences as well as warm gatherings of friends and family.
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Private party contact
David Franklin: (765) 747-4941
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Catering
Vera Mae's Bistro is a full service caterer offering only the finest food and drink with elegant accommodations and outstanding service. Vera Mae's offers both on site and off premise catering as well as delivery and pick up. We offer a wide variety of hors d'oeuvres intended for both large and small gatherings; as well as, entrées designed to hold up to the demands of off premise service--all with a concentration on presentation and flavor.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jackson Street
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Entertainment
Vera Mae's hosts special events such as musical and theatrical presentations, community and educational programs, wine tastings and much more. We have enjoyed acts such as Jazz greats Diane Reeves, Carole King, and Jackie Allen, New York Voices and Ball State University Theatre and Dance students. We proudly offer live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights featuring the talents of pianists Jim Burcaw and Phil Cooley.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 633 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Definitely the best restaurant in Muncie and probably the best in East Central Indiana. Kent and Steve (the owners) make every individual or group feel like they are special.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Quality of the meal was excellent (as always). Service was outstanding. Charming atmosphere (great artwork adorns the walls). A bit pricey, but the quality makes up for that.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had an excellent Mother's Day meal at Vera Maes. Two of us had the pasta with shrimp and the other diner had pan seared scallops. All of our meals were excellent and the service was impeccable. We dine here often for special occasions as well as for just a evening in town. I highly recommend Vera Maes.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Amazing as usual! We decided to take our mother's for a pre-mother's day dinner. Service (Marko) was amazing. Although I have been to Vera Mae's MANY times, he suggested some excellent options. Love the ambiance and the energy with Vera Mae's, the owners are amazing, they always make my experience special! The food is delicious and the Lemon Drop Basil infused martini's were AMAZING!!!

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Poor Vera Mae's the world of two different restaurants. Yes this was for Ball State graduation evening. I never imagined that the restaurant would be totally in the weeds and do a reprehensible job on their food and service. A month before, we spent a lovely evening for a lte night dinner, and figured this would be a great place for 6 people at 6PM on graduation day. Oh how wrong we were.

Our waiter - probably the worst I've ever experienced. When the kitchen goes belly up and can't get food out, it is his job to keep the table happy. Drinks, small appetizers, fun stories, anything to keep us entertained. Instead, we got, "more water?" Actually at the end, comp a portion of the meal almost fixes the problem.

Drinks and appetizers took 20 minutes to arrive. And then the loooooong wait happened. It was an hour and a half for our food to arrive. The medium steak was well done (ruined piece of lovely beef) and the fish was bone dry. The diver scallops were good, except they were on a bed of blah plain white rice. On a normal night, the food is good - some of the best in Muncie. On graduation day, McDonald's is a better, tastier option.

When it was time to leave, the waiter tried to apologize, but it was hollow. No offer of a free dessert, drinks, wine, anything. Just brought the check. If I was that guy, 5% would have been the tip. I'm not, so he did get exactly to the penny 15%. And that was a total gift.

The only bright spot, one of the managers or owners stopped by and told nice stories and apologized off and on.

To put salt in the wound - we had a reservation made months before the evening - they put us at a table exactly on the path to the bathroom. Guess who got to sit on a nearly broken chair and got run into constantly by people going to the bathroom? Yeah the guy who paid the bill.

Don't ever use this restaurant for graduation day or evening.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We picked up our daughter from BSU after her first year and at the same time we met for the first time her boyfriend, so I wanted to make the event special.
The accommodations were as we requested and ambiance is always friendly elegant.
All our meals were absolutely fantastic, as always. High end preparation and impeccable service.
We try to go every occasion we have when in Muncie.
Definitely I recommend it.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This was our second time here and we enjoyed it just as much as the first time. We took my college age daughter and her boyfriend here after her freshman year at Ball State was over. The host greeted us warmly and sat us right away ( we had a reservation). My wife and I had cocktails. My vodka martini was quite dirty but I didn't ask for that way and that would be my only complaint about the evening. Two of us had the soup special for a starter (chick gumbo) and one had a salad. Both were delicious. Our entrees were excellent too. Two pasta dishes and two chick entrees. The service was attentive and our waitress was very pleasant. We did not have desert but we saw several go by and they looked yummy. If you are in Muncie Indiana and have a chance, visit this little gem right downtown. You won't be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I asked for a quiet location for a meeting. We were given a very nice location with a great view of the patio. The food was excellent. Our meeting was very successful.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We enjoyed the meal very much. Also the decorations are very interesting and the feel of the place is a lot of fun. It is always a treat to be able to take business clients to this place to conduct interviews or have other conversations.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very good! I highly recommend this. I went here for my prom, great food, great atmosphere, and good for big groups. I would not hesitate to come here again for a special occasion. Left full and with a big smile on everyone’s face!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and experience with great service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and wine. Our waiter was great. Not a huge fan of the ambiance of the place

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Staff was extraordinarily attentive, especially hostess. We recommend for business meals especially as the staff carefully attends to your needs without being obtrusive.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service is superb, the food is outstanding, there is no other place in Muncie, Indiana with an atmosphere that compares to Vera’s. Very good value time after time.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We are always very pleased with our experience at Vera Mae’s. By far the best place to dine.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This restaurant is a GEM! It is decorated with unusual artwork, adding to the ambience and its charm! The owners were very attentive to our needs and when we asked, explained the history of the amazing building! Cocktails, followed by delicious appetizers, delectable entrees, and decadent desserts, all served on mismatched china which added to our very unique experience! Live music began promptly at 6:30 with a pianist that was simply amazing. A great find for sure, looking forward to going back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We felt like family! Great food, warm welcoming staff. Thanks for a memorable evening!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Stumbled upon Vera Mae's tonight for an impromptu dinner and was pleasantly surprised! Amazing food, we left stuffed and had food to take home. The crab artichoke dip was amazing, I didn't want to share. The service was awesome, every time we turned around our water glasses were filled and we were being tended to. Recommend this to anyone for a nice quiet dinner with excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This is an excellent place to dine, the owners are out of this world, you will want for nothing when you dine there. The Tuna Steak is great and the New York Strip was perfect, and don't forget the bread pudding super.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Everything was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Loved the Fetta spinach wontons. Had the bet pork chop ever. Service was great as well!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Food & service were great, as always. The bourbon signature cocktail was on-point, and the special (seafood dish) was tasty & well-priced.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

First time visiting. Excellent food and attentive service by Hannah!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Fun décor, lots of antiques, unmatched chairs, interesting and eclectic artwork. Live piano music in one of the rooms (the cozier one in which we sat the first time we ate here). We were not that hungry, so decided on sharing some appetizers. French onion soup was very good, but overwhelmed by cheese. Salad nothing more than some greens, a couple red onion slices and cherry tomatoes -- salad dressing good but salad underwhelming. Cajun crabcakes very spicy. Nice place to have dinner if you happen to be in Muncie.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was our first time at Vera Mae’s. The Pasta was great, crab dip was excellent, pecan pie was really good as well, but the chicken was over cooked and dry. The decor was dark but relaxed. Overall it was a good visit.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Our most favorite dinner in Muncie. It’s always a treat and everything we always want.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentine's day so while the service was a little slow that was understandable as they were very busy. However, at 60 dollars a person the food was very underwhelming. My date and I both felt indifferent about most courses and negatively about some. Definitely not worth the price although the live music was cool.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This was the first time my husband and I went to Vera Mae’s. It was delicious and a great atmosphere! The couple that owns the restaurant were wonderful with guests. They were kind and it was nice to watch them hug and call the regulars by name. The food was great and the portion size was perfect. We went home stuffed and just had a little bit of leftovers. Will definitely be coming back to try the cream brûlée!! :)

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

👍. Excellent food and decor

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful dining experience, excellent food. Best beef filet we have ever had! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We ate at Vera Mae’s for my grandma’s 75th Birthday. The staff was all very nice and our waitress was especially friendly. She was very helpful with picking out cocktails and answering any questions we had about our food. The food was delicious, especially the French onion soup. I would highly recommend coming here if you’re looking for a nicer place to eat.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Vera Mae’s is always a treat...they greet everyone like their best old buddy!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

A wonderful dining experience. Terrific food and great service. This is our go-to place for special events when we are visiting Muncie. Thank you for another great evening!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent overall traditional experience and atmosphere....filet was undercooked but decided to take home...no issue. New contemporary artworks will enhance experience see 21C Louisville....mobile petit performances/musicians, light mood shifts, guest chefs, group tables with strangers, aromatic fragrances, variety of seating options will entice new visitors...eric

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We needed to discuss committee business and decided to combine that with lunch. The good fun and wonderful sunshine combined to make our meeting very successful.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent, the atmosphere was very nice and I especially like the live piano music!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

We were a party of 10 and the staff was great. I had the special, Blackened Scallops and they were outstanding

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

This was an ideal location for a business meeting. An issue needed to be discussed and resolved. Good food and pleasant surroundings facilitated the purpose of the lunch.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoy what the owners have done with the "experienced" location. The dining room is pleasant, the food is great, and the service is well done. The cost is very much in line with the value received.

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