About Vin Rouge

Vin rouge is a French Bistro. We focus on classic preparations served in a true bistro atmosphere. We have beautiful patio and garden areas for those who prefer to dine outside. Please indicate your preference for dining inside or out. We look forward to serving you at Vin Rouge.

2010 Hillsborough Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
9th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 416-0406

Website:
http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
They have a small private lot with plenty of street parking nearby.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Kelly

Private Party Contact:
Michael Maller: (919) 416-0406

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Vin Rouge Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (76)
Special Occasion (70)
Romantic (67)
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Fit for Foodies (64)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Cozy (41)
Worth the Drive (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Authentic (39)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Notable Wine List (37)
Great for Brunch (30)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Fun (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Casual (21)
Comfort Food (16)
Business Meals (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
People Watching (8)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Seasonal (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent brunch! Enjoyed the Crete dunjour tremendously

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

I usually pick the standards: Escargots or sweetbreads, Sole Almandine with haricot verts and whipped potatoes and caramel apple bread pudding. What’s not to love about that! It’s cozy bistro food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

We always enjoy our visits to Vin Rouge! Especially nice in warm weather when we can sit outside and it's less noisy. Staff is always engaged, and the manager, Michael, usually comes by to welcome us and to chat.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

We tell people that this is the best French restaurant in the Triangle and it never disappoints. Food is spectacular, whether you want exquisite French (e.g. Trout Amandine) or comfort food (e.g. Mac and Cheese with Gruyere). Great oysters, too! Authentically French in decor but American in service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great, friendly, super helpful service! Quite tasty food that came out quickly. Definitely a nice meal for a special occasion for us that wasn’t prohibitively expensive.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent, as usual. The Texas son and daughter-in-law were impressed!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent Food plus Excellent Service... whether you live in Durham or just visiting, Vin Rouge is a must!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The hanger steak and frites were terrific, and the wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Vin Rouge was good as usual. The service was very good and the food was tasty. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will return in the future.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love this place@

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Thanks so much for holding my spot tho I was a little late. Vin rouge was top of my list to go and eat on a 2 day Vaycay from WY. I had a shorter meal and half glass bc by myself, but it was savory and worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful time there for an anniversary dinner! You really feel like you're in a French Bistro, and the food was terrific and not overpriced! One of the best dinners we've had thus far in Durham.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have been here several times, and never been disappointed. The food is always prepared with care and is delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We loved the early bird fixed price special on Sunday - three delicious courses, great wait staff and a wonderful ambiance.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Vin Rouge is by far the best Sunday brunch spot in the triangle! Worth the drive over from Raleigh.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I made the reservation well in advance.
We were given a table next to the kitchen
We had no tablecloth
There was yelling over our heads to the wait staff . Very unprofessional. Very noisy.
The entrance door was opened to let out excess kitchen smoke
Cigarette smoke then came in and hit our table and others
I had to ask twice to get the door closed
We did not have a good experience and would not return to the restaurant.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Vin Rouge is a gem in Durham. A truly authentic French cuisine greets you, with many surprises. Escargot is amazing btw.
The service is top notch as well. Staff know the dishes and make recommendations. Took our server's recommendation for the hangar steak and was glad I did. One of the best steaks I have ever had. My daughter is part vegan and the chef prepared her a special vegetarian dish not on the menu.
Awesome place....

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As always, a great dining experience. Would highly recommend for any occasion. Remember to try the deserts!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We really enjoyed dining at Vin Rouge to celebrate our anniversary. We had an excellent waitress and the food was very good. Ambience was excellent and the selection of wines was good. Will definitely try again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fun bistro ambience with authentic French food and a good wine selection. Recommend outside seating in temperate conditions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and service, really enjoyed the rear dining room.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great service and superb food

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had friends visiting from Pittsburgh and we took them to Vin Rouge ....even though we were worried about the noise level ......the last 2 times we were there it was so noisy we had to shout over the music . However on Tuesday night we had a quiet corner table and there were several empty tables so it was quieter than last time and we were able to catch up with our good friends who we had not seen in a while . Food was excellent and our server , Roy, was great .

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Service was less than satisfactory. On two occasions waitress took unfinished dish without asking if we are done and later she did the same with wine glass with wine still in it. Almost looked like they were trying to rush us out.
It was my wife birthday, which I specified in reservation. And they did not acknowledge it. Over the years in many restaurants there was always some sort of "surprise" which was very nice. But not this time.
George

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I had our anniversary dinner here. We were sat promptly. We were taken care of throughout the entire meal. There are several options for seating. We sat in main area. A bit busy and a little loud but we like the hustle and bustle. There was also patio seating and more romantic out of the way tables for those who want something more quiet. Our oysters were perfect. Chef gave us a couple extra for our anniversary. Our food was delicious, my husband had the hanger steak and I had the trout. Felt that for the value we would definitely return and recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Waited over an hour for my food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A little bit of France in the Piedmont.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Took my daughter and her friends out for Brunch. It is located close to Dukes East Campus so a convenient eating spot to take college kids. Love the look of the restaurant, nice interior but also has outdoor seating. Enjoyed brunch. Will definitely on our next visit try it for dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Restaurant was very smoky - had to move table outside

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went with friends to celebrate friend’s achievements. The restaurant was a wonderful choice. Excellent food, good variety, good wine list. We shared the classic mussels, then had fish special, salmon, calves liver, good desserts too. Would recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was just ok! They ran out of some items on the regular menu - so annoying when the see their reservations in advance! Way too dark!! If you feed guests in the dark I always wondered if you're trying to hide something also if you insist on such incredibly dim lighting it would be really nice to offer a menu that is either back lit or has some sort of lighting attached. The entire restaurant was filled with people pulling out their iPhones to use the flashlights - I was blinded three times during dinner. Incredibly unpleasant definitely will not be heading back to this restaurant

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Some of the best fish (trout) I have ever tasted. It was served with chopped almonds on top. Heavenly!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fabulous as usual!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were greeted by the host right away and seated outside in the garden area. We thought the garden area would be a good idea because it was a nice evening, but our earlier experiences in the dining room were far better. The ambience is much better inside and our experience with service inside has always been better. The table was on a slope, it was too dark to see the menu or wine list and we had to use a cell phone flashlight to read the menu, the staff was constantly dumping water or other liquids in the planted area behind our table, a door to the restaurant that was opened every minute or so squeaked loudly and in general the ambience outside was not good. The service was okay -- not bad -- we just expected more based on prior visits. The baked clams were delicious, as was the tapenade -- but the bread was average at best. My wife had monk fish that was cooked perfectly. I had a steak that, while cooked well, lacked flavor. Vin Rouge is a very good restaurant and certainly we will go back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We absolutely loved Vin Rouge! My husband and I went for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. The staff was so sweet and attentive, which really took the experience to the next level. Do yourself a favor and be sure to order the frites!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food and service!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was great (moules especially) even if the specials weren’t completely successful ( fried sweetbreads were overdone, “crunchy” throughout). The service was fine until we were served our bill (without asking) along with our desserts. We hadn’t overstayed our visit and after spending $100 per person for the meal this was a decidedly un-French-bistro like practice. I appreciate the desire to turn tables quickly but do not expect such treatment at the high end of dining options.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing food, service, experience. This place is a must go!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a lovely and relaxed dinner on the patio. I felt as if I were somewhere in France. The food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great place for dinner food and service were great

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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