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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MarkPyron
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service that night. Thanks for hosting our visitors!

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vipRalphA
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diver scallops and the bucatini were to die for. A couple of glasses of The Big Easy and life is good. Stacy is a super server.

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RobertD
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the servers were very attentive. We sat in the bar and the music was great.

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KathyC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love the atmosphere , the service is good , all of us had different dinners and they were all excellent , my husband loves the French onion soup !! we used the open table seating and everything worked out great :)

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AndrewP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The Ahi Tuna appetizer was overcooked, tasted strange, and the presentation was sloppy. Those who ordered cod had uneven portion sizes and the fish was dried out and the breading overdone. The chicken dishes were all dried out. There was live music, which was too loud to have a conversation with others at the table. We usually enjoy Vera Mae’s, but this experience was miserable.

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vipdebdirection
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vera Mae's is where we ALWAYS take out of town guests for fine dining in Muncie. The food is consistent, high quality and the service is bar none - the BEST in the area.
Owners are present and always stop by the table to thank us for dining and meet our guests.
Our favorite thing to do is have a guest order the French Onion Soup and be so surprised when they get SCISSORS to cut with:)
Our favorite bartender in the area is also on staff and practically has our drink waiting for us when we arrive.
We are very fortunate to have this gem of a restaurant in our town.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was excellent but the food ordering process was rather slow. We were all really hungry and the waiter was taking his good old sweet time.

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MelodyM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate! Food, service, and atmosphere were awesome!

MO
vipMichaelO
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The sea bass was perfect, a golden brown crust with incredibly juicy and tender meat inside. The pork chop was equally lovely, bright cider tones with tender, juicy (not over cooked) meat. The evening was enlivened by a nearby table for whom nothing was good. They split a salad, chicken, and a creme brulee. The gentleman finished everything set before him while the woman complained at every course, then demanded their check be comped. If they've written a review anywhere else, it's not accurate.

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MuncieB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to Vera Mae's. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, great food, really good wine! It will remain our go-to "fancy" place in Muncie. :)

HJ
HoosierJoe
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our top choice for gourmet dining in the Muncie area.

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BDRF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All the courses were very tasty! Staff was friendly and prompt on courses and drink orders. Only complaint was checking in. Stood at the door for at least five minutes, finally had to tell an employee we had a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I realize it was a limited menu for Valentine’s Day but it would’ve nice to have an option for those that don’t like sweet potatoes

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KathieO
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best place to eat and meet!! Kent and Steve are the best!!

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Itsmyjam
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Friendly staff. Table was ready. Water glass was always full. Food was a ten.

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JeffreyG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual,
Celebrated our wedding anniversary with french onion soup, spinach and feta wontons. Delicious

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MarkD
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our go-to places for special occasions. The setting is cozy and romantic, but still fun and not fussy.

The service team is absolutely first-class: friendly, attentive, not never overly so.

The menu is not overly large but features a great mix of simple, comfort-oriented dishes as well as artfully composed high-end entrees. The wine list is extensive.

It would be easy to make a meal of drinks, small plates, and dessert, but a full four-course meal is quite the experience!

Highly recommended!

RM
RobertM
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Muncie for relaxing weekend. Had checked trip advisor prior to arrival . So glad we did it was a wonderful experience.
Extremely helpful staff - great suggestions from appetizers to dessert.
Try Cajun nacho’s very tasty.
The French Onion soup is a must - absolutely the best I’ve ever had.
Raspberry chicken was fantastic the Brussels sprouts were awesome.
Too full to eat dessert but they looked fabulous.
You won’t go wrong having dinner here.

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siris
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Arrived in time. My profile states my gluten sensitivity. Many of the side dishes that accompanied the protein selection contained gluten an d the waiter knew that. . I asked if I could substitute to mashed potatoes. I was told NO, they would not have enough for the other customers. Really? They are freaking potatoes. Buy an extra bag, boll them, mash with butter and milk. What’s the problem?? So I paid $40 for 5 scallops and a slice of butternut squash. Terribly disappointed. Do not think I shall be returning.

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CathyH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vera Mae's is my absolute favorite restaurant in Muncie. The food, staff, and atmosphere are all incredible. Every time I dine here I wonder why I don't eat there every weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Also, the music was great!

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vipChawdog
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend.

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MattM
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.

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BarbH
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CJ
CristinaJ
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!

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Krsmith105
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff, wonderful experience!

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vipRalphA
Indiana
34 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.

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SteveM
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.

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vipdebdirection
Indiana
31 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
vipJaradC
Las Vegas
17 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!

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NanB
Columbus
29 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
36 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.

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vipShannonH
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!

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SarahW
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.

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DOROTHY
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!

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RLC1935
Indiana
5 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.

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vipsudiegal
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!

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JulieA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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KathieO
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating nephews scholarship

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Beefsteak
Raleigh
21 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!

FAQs

Vera Mae's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (765) 747-4941.

Vera Mae's Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 830 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.