Vera Mae's Bistro

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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C
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a ladies group down from where we were sitting. They were very loud, but were having a good time. We just weren't used to this. The times we have been there it has been very quiet which we love.

BH
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Muncie. Always a good time with good food and service.

CJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vera Mae’s is such a wonderful restaurant! The owners, Kent and Steve, always make you feel like a family member. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the restaurant was decorated beautifully! We never felt rushed, and we enjoyed our get together with friends for Christmas. We definitely recommend this restaurant!

K
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff, wonderful experience!

RA
Indiana
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. 1st time with the new menu. Sea bass was great and the bucatini pepper sauce was superb. Lisa was great.

SM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reviews need to be in perspective. If I were from Italy I would not criticize a small town bistro for not being spot on with the Italian preparation. For Muncie Indiana, we are blessed to have such a fine establishment. The dining experience for me is always tops! I take my team here every Christmas. I use them for catering and they do a great job.

d
Indiana
27 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this gem of a restaurant in downtown MUNCIE.
Owners Kent & Steve personally see to every detail and treat customers like family.
Food from Chef is outstanding.
You’ll
Be glad you did.

JC
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful surprise in Muncie, Indiana. The restaurant located in an old building downtown has done a great job at creating ambiance and atmosphere. Enjoyed the menu selections as well as the professional wait staff. And, to top it off, the owner who serves as host and guest relations was appropriately attentive not only to our table but to others int he restaurant. You have to try this restaurant. It was our first time, it won't be our last!

NB
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was poor. This was a college graduation weekend and they seemed understaffed. My food was overcooked. DIL’s sea bass was undercooked. Cocktails were slow and below average. A couple of meals were not plated as described in the menu. Decor is Victorian bordello. Would not revisit—and we normally give every restaurant a second chance.

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tried the new dinner menu and loved the items we ordered. The Chilean sea bass was beautifully prepared and the cassoulet was terrific. The cranberry and pecan entree was delicious especially because of the dressing. We will be back soon.

SH
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I grew up in Muncie and come back at least once a year to visit. Vera Mae's is always at the top of my restaurant list. World class food and cocktails priced well, kind staff, and the owners always make you feel like they have been waiting all day to see you. This is the place to go in Muncie for fine dining at its best!

SW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gilbert and I were extremely pleased with our experience at Vera Mae's on Tuesday. The food was delicious, our server was attentive, the soup was hot and the cost was reasonable. We look forward to a return visit.

DO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks
Friendly staff
Felt like we were at “Cheers”, where everybody knows your name. Relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend!

RL
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a Filet of Beef Dinner, with smashed small potato's, and asparagus. The meal was accompanied by a small house salad. Our server, was excellent, and was there when we needed her, but did not "hover." The restaurant had a welcome feel to it, and was nicely decorated...I liked it. My steak was "Rare" as requested, and very tasty. The only suggestion I could make, would be for the restaurant to add a baked potato to the menu, which is not available now. I enjoyed my visit.

s
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Made a reservation here at 5:30 on a Saturday, well in advance, as we were in town for a concert. We arrived and were offered the worst table available even though there were several for a party of our size, 2 people. The greeter, seater seemed quite miffed that we would request a different table.
We were greeted by our server about 10 minutes later and received 1/2 our beverage order 10 mins later. The other 1/2 trailed by another 5 minutes. We received our soup an salad starter 30 minutes after our reservation time.
At this point it was obvious the servers were frantic and a man with a ponytail arrived to assist the team. All this was forgivable until...our main courses arrived 45 minutes later, $30+ meals that were cold, dry and tasteless. We’d traveled all day and were starving and so ate our meals...weird gremolata that somehow turned into neon green sauce with a vinegary flavor and “smashed” potatoes that never made it to a smashed state. No one really noticed, or asked, how the food tasted.
Very disappointing! It seems like the restaurant was not prepared for a busy Saturday night...but really, it’s all in how you handle it. No real apologies or gestures apart from a comp glass of wine which was delivered just prior to receiving our check...nearly 2 hours after we were seated!

JA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding!!! Special dishes included an Italian truffle risotto that was delicious!

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating nephews scholarship

B
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience! Great ambiance! Food was excellent and service was outstanding! From the crab & artichoke dip appetizer to the entrees to the bread pudding, the food was served hot & with care! I would definitely dine there again!

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for dinner before a show at Emens Theatre

SH
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best dining experience in Muncie. Get the French Onion soup for sure.

MW
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was fantastic, greated & seated right on time.

O
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had a great celebration. The chef seems to have taken to making spicy soups so given our ages, we all had to pass and settle for salads. The brie chicken was very good as usual although there were no raspberries in sight. The scallops were quite wonderful although grits were not selected as the accompaniment even though that is what is always offered. The Ghyslain desserts were outstanding and an appropriate choice for a celebration.

BW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and treated like friends with helpful and delicious recommendations!

EV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit and first for my husband and student daughter.
We reserved our table using Open Table and it was seamless. I reserved patio seating and our table was ready for us when we arrived on a very busy Sat. evening. Cocktails were fabulous and expedited quickly. Our server did a wonderful job explaining the specials and taking our order. We all ordered the same entree (chicken with Brie & raspberry coulis) but each had different side items. The soup was wonderful and hot and our dinners served correctly. We enjoyed the creme brûlée for dessert!!
This will be our go to spot for the next 4 years!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The tagliatelle bolognese had a speckle of meat appearance . This was not worth $22.00 and was not cooked correctly. I’m Italian and know what it should have been. If you cannot afford to serve the meat then don’t offer it.

Vera Mae's Bistro
Responded on September 16, 2019

We always get rave reviews about this dish and have never gotten a complaint. I am baffled. Did you bring this to the attention of your server? I was here and knew nothing about this situation. Please contact me if you'd like to speak further. Best regards, Kent Shuff-Owner

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L
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vera Mae's Bistro
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you so much!!!! :)

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d
Toledo
153 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting place with all the right moves from chef to server.

Vera Mae's Bistro
Responded on September 16, 2019

Thank you!!! :)

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P
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners are exceptional hosts...making everyone feel welcome. Varied menu of delicious and well presented food. A must not miss place to dine.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely the place to be.

Vera Mae's Bistro
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you so much!!!! :)

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IT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Four of the five of us were completely satisfied and happy with our drinks, appetizers and entrees. One guest told us the next day that her chicken was BURNED and she could not eat it. She was too shy to make an issue of it since the rest of us were obviously enjoying our meals. Our guests, from Europe, thought that our server, Helen, was brusque and openly resentful of the tip they paid, so much so that we encouraged our guest to add more money to the tip, which she did.

Vera Mae's Bistro
Responded on September 9, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of this situation, Ingrid. I do wish that your guest would have mentioned something to Helen about the chicken, because we would have quickly and discreetly corrected the problem. We cannot correct what we don't know needs attention. I will absolutely have the conversation with Helen about your concerns about the gratuity or how it was handled. I'm unsure as to how this actually played out, but I certainly will investigate. Thank you for your comments. :)

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Appetizer of crab cakes was delicious. Both of our entrees were very bland and didn’t taste very good regardless of price, but disappointing especially because of the cost.

MO
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Though it was a slow night, neither the food nor the service suffered (as it can when a restaurant is not very busy). The spinach basil puree was amazing and complimented the steak perfectly. The Shrimp Remoulade is beyond good ... just delicious and savory and refreshing.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food, service and atmosphere were all excellent at Vera Mae's. It's always an exceptional dining experience and we recommend it to everyone.

M
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Scallops served cold. Noisy street traffic on patio. Could use some bargain bottle wines.

O
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A working lunch is always nicer at Vera Mae's. A delicious focaccia sandwich and very nice crab cake facilitated a very successful meeting.

IM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Cosmopolitan
Wonderful Brie blueberry appetizer
Deep flavored lentil beef soup
Perfectly cooked and dressed Sea Bass
..and the Bourbon Pecan Pie OMG!
The meal was outstanding, but the highlight of the night was meeting the owners Kent and Steve, so much fun! Thank you for a birthday to remember. We can't wait ti return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Have been many times with great experience . Love the quirky decor. The bar is beautiful. This visit was a special occasion. My sons 21st bday. He is vegitarian and his girlfriend is vegan. I was disappointed because I called and asked if vegan options were available and was told of course and the chef can adapt most meals. When we got there that was not the case:( a few appetizers could be made without cheese and of course a salad but they wanted something hearty. I understand vegan is speciality and do not expect to have options at most places but would like to have been told when I called that vegan options were minimal instead of making it sound like it was no big deal and that we would have plenty of options.

JG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad experience, food is high quality and perfectly cooked. Servers are very informed and attentive

MK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal, with perfect service at Vera Mae’s Bistro. The cocktails were generous and well-made, the food was divine, and the service was cheerful, welcoming, and attentive. While a little pricey (compared to similar fine dining spots in cities like Columbus, Indy, or Cincinnati), I left knowing we’ll be back! This is a perfect celebration spot, and the perfect place to indulge yourself and splurge on a great meal.