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About Vera Mae's Bistro

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.

209 S. Walnut Street
Muncie, IN 47305
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Jackson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(765) 747-4941

Website:
http://www.veramaes.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Nick Kirkpatrick

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.

Private Party Contact:
David Franklin: (765) 747-4941

Additional:
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

Vera Mae's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (26)
Cozy (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Business Meals (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Romantic (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Authentic (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Live Music (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic as always. Kent & Steve do a wonderful job. Sea Bass was great, they should have it more often. Pork Chop can’t be beat.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Live Music
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Vera Mae's was recommended to us and they did not disappoint! We are not from Muncie and wanted to treat our daughter and friends that are attending Ball State to a nice meal someplace they had not been. We were very impressed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food, great service, great seating. The French onion soup is a must try. Wish I would have found it sooner. It's an hour drive from my house and well worth it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in an upscale dining experience. Great date destination, but also I think it would be great for a group.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The chairs need some type of padding, they at all old and the pad are all thin. Made for a very uncomfortable visit. The food was good but with one exception the strip steak was big gristly piece of meat the you couldn’t even cut. We tried three knifes and all had problems cut what they called strip steak. The banana fosters we ordered had very green bananas and this made them hard and like rubber. After telling the server that the bananas were to green they did nothing about it but to acknowledge that they thought the same. So why serve them if you know they going to be to hard. Overall most of the meals were good but probably will not come back for a average meal and way to pricey for green bananas and a gristly strip steak.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We live there s restaurant

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My son and I visited early evening, and wss greeted, and seated by the owner. I had rack of lamb, and my son selected filet of beef. Both entrees were prepared as requested, and delicous. Our entrees were served with asparagus spears, and the rich and tasty, mashed potato's. It was a delightful dining experience. You will not be disappointed, with your visit to Vera Mae's.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely loved this place. I did think that the noise level of all the talking was a bit distracting. I wish the live music was a bit louder to be heard easier.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We really enjoyed our outing

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Vera Maes is always a class experience, food, service, atmosphere and they genuinely make you feel welcome.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food is consistently outstanding and service is excellent as well. Best dining in Muncie.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We've been to Vera Mae's several times and never had a bad experience. The restaurant provides such a great atmosphere and the food is incredible.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great night out. Delicious food and good service. Great for a date night or just a ladies night out. Vera Mae's is a Muncie treasure.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We were on our way to lecture. The food was delicious, and the service was efficient and caring. We made our event in plenty of time.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our reunion lunch was outstanding. My pals from Texas really enjoyed the killer Bloody Mary's, French onion soup and club sandwiches.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fabulous food and service!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The atmosphere was too noisy. The food was just okay, not great. The service was good, but the meal was way overpriced. I would not return. It was a major disappointment. I'd sooner go to Outback or Red Lobster. They have much better food and are more reasonable. Vera Mae's is highly overrated. My wife's steak had no flavor. My lamb was also not very good. Scallops were like eating lard. The pecan pie was not good. Bread pudding was just okay. Sad to say, it felt like a major waste.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We came because of a nostalgic connection to the name of the restaurant. We'll come back for the fabulous food and excellent service!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent Good! Great service! Thank you for giving Muncie a nice place for dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Casual, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My wife and I had another wonderful meal at Vera Mae Bistro Friday night. We started with the spinach and feta wontons which were very good. We had the French onion soup and it was perfection in a bowl. My wife and I decided to order the filet and they both came out done perfectly. Service was excellent and we always have a great time.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing! I wanted to try everything. The crawfish nachos was a great starter. The French onion soup was great....who uses scissors for soup? I did. I also loved the twist on the scallops. The spiciness of the sausage was perfect touch to not have any "fishy" taste.

I can not wait until I am able to go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always great food and ambiance. I enjoy the seasonal decorating and professional staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We were in town for Homecoming weekend at Taylor University. We wanted to take our daughter to a restaurant she wouldn't normally be able to afford as a college student. We were pleased with our food, and the service was great. We were there right when they opened for the evening so there weren't many other tables filled, but we saw the band coming in and wished we could have stayed to hear them. A bit on the pricey side, but nice for a special occasion or date. We would definitely come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Everything at Vera Mae's is fantastic. The atmosphere is amazing. The staff is always fabulous and friendly. The food is awe-inspiring, especially the spinach & feta wontons and the hot crab dip. It is easily the best crab dip we have ever had, from a restaurant not located on the coast.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful people and place! Excellent food and atmosphere! A gem in the heart of the city! Recommended it to everyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, goo food excellent service!! A little pricey, but it was s special occasion!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Another great experience at Vera Mae's. There for BSU Family Weekend with our daughter.
Food, service, ambience all spot on. Nice wine list. AMAZING Bourbon Pecan Pie not to be missed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Had an excellent meal here with excellent service. Their french onion soup is not to be missed, and all of our entrees were first rate. If you're in Munice, looking for a big-city dining experience, here's your place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

WAY TOO MUCH cheese on the french onion soup - no wonder they serve it with scissors, need to cut that cheese portion in half. Food was good but not outstanding, even though I did enjoy the creamed corn - it was nice and spicy. AND sitting us in the bar was not pleasant - too many REALLY loud talkers and our table was too close to the bar - perhaps that back area should be opened for diners and the front reserved for the bar patrons. Will not go back - it was nothing to rave about.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Vera Mae's was incredibly beautiful. The staff was friendly and the food was very good. I ordered the scallops. They would have been better if there was no rum butter. The rum butter overpowered everything on the dish. However, the soup, bread, appetizer, and my boyfriend's meal. I will DEFINITELY go again, but not order the scallops, or at least order it without the rum butter. Other than that, everything was amazing!

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Vera Mae's was an absolutely incredible experience! Impeccable atmosphere and the dining was spectacular! The steak was cooked beautifully and the escargot was perfect. Overall an absolutely wonderful experience!

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We both had excellent meals. I had the special which was swordfish with tomato jelly. The cocktails were perfect. The ambiance is warm and friendly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was amazing, the server was very efficient, great atmosphere,

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Vera Mae's never disappoints. It is, without question, the best restaurant in Muncie and one of the best in Central Indiana (including the Indianapolis area). The salmon, which four in our party of six ordered, was truly outstanding. Our server, Tyler, provided attentive, efficient, personable service. A most enjoyable evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Vera Mae's is wonderfully appointed bistro and probably one of the nicest restaurants in Muncie. The interior and exterior are smartly appointed. Various sized tables and a banquet room allow for a variety of venues. My only quirk is that the food was "so-so." I expected something better. Dill encrusted cod had hardly any dill, garden salad was straight out of a bag. Potato salad had a great consistency, but alas was pretty lackluster in flavor. Perhaps dinner offerings are better?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Wonderful ambience, drinks, food, music, and service. Had a wonderful time. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Vera Mae's is a gem. The service is good, the menu has enough variety to suit many different tastes and if you are in Muncie, IN you are not 'settling' by staying downtown for dinner - you are making a wise choice with a solid independent restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 23, 2017

One of my favorite places. Service is excellent, food is delicious. Owners mingle with the guests and are very much a part of the heart of the restaurant. We brought someone who had never been and he loved it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Authentic, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The Filet was wonderful and cooked perfectly. Fabulous wine list and the Chocolate Tort was out of this world!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Always happy with everything at Vera Mae's...every detail is attended to.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Live Music, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 12, 2017

This was Fantastic!! The food was wonderful, the service was fantastic! It is always nice when the owners take the time to come speak with you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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