Creative and excellent French Bistro in the middle of a college town. Great Food, Great Wine, Great Services, and even better reasonable prices. Can't wait to go back.
Past visits have been memorably good. This visit a BIG disappointment. I ordered my favorite dish, the cotes du porc. The chop was over 1/2 gristle and fat. Had I not been there on business I would have sent it back. The sauce was barely flavorful. The red cabbage, which has always been outstanding, was ordinary this time, like you would expect from a can. The creamed spinach, which also has been delicious, was almost tasteless this time. I was amazed that the restaurant could 'fall off the cliff' so badly on EVERY dish! We have always liked Vin Rouge but are now reluctant to return. If we do, I will take a few bites of what I order and, if it is of no better quality than what I had on this experience, I will get up and leave...never to return.
My husband and I were in town for a concert and went to Vin Rouge for brunch. Everything was fantastic! My eggs with smoked salmon was delicious and I could not stop eating the frites. Bloody Mary and French 75 drinks were made to perfection. Finally, the staff were super! Friendly, helpful and efficient. Smiles all around!
Had a great Sunday brunch here. The food was excellent and very well prepared. I wouldn't hesitate to do dinner next time we are in Durham. We opted to move to the back "red" room for a little less clamour. The front also got fairly smoky while we were eating. The hostess was on point in explaining these quirks to us before we were seated and was happy to accommodate.
Ate dinner here before show at Carolina Theater. The French Onion soup is fantastic and great cocktails!
Again our Valentine's Day +1 at Vin Rouge was wonderful. As always the food is superb and what we like is the perfect pacing of the meal. Fast food it is NOT :).
The valentines day meal was absolutely amazing, a very nice menu and the options were fantastic, they really covered all the bases for a wonderful valentines day meal. The staff was very friendly and quick, we got seated almost immediately and our food was out in no time. You only saw smiles from the fellow restaurant goers, and you left with a sense of joy and fulfillment from the wonderful flavors you just had. I will be returning as much as I can.
Great food. Knowledgeable server. Always a delight
Amazing food and dessert, thought the tables were a little too close together though
Very good meal. Good basic salad, but not special. Salmon and steak fritte were very good. Dessert was excellent. Excellent service.
Once again, our meal at Vin Rouge was great. We've been going there for special occasions for many years, and are alway astounded that without fail their food is so consistently excellent. We love the place not only because of its food, but also because it is so much like an authentic French bistro. An important part of our beloved Durham.
I ordered Eggs Benedict Florintine -- the eggs were not warm and were more like hard boiled eggs. The person I was with also ordered Eggs Benedict -- his were over-cooked as well.
The fries & salad were good, but we wouldn't order Eggs Benedict there again.
The restaurant was crowded, seating was so close that you can basically participate in conversation of the people next to you. The service was sub optimal. It was her first time at a French restaurant, and the waitress had no concept of how to guide us through the menu. Overall disappointing. Seem like a place that should’ve been better than I was. Will not return oh by the way food was overpriced and poorly prepared.
Excellent food as usual and exceptional service. I do need to not wear black next time as the white napkins annoyingly covered me in lint. Offer black napkins next time? A bowl of lemon water for mussel eaters would also be good. Will definitely go back again and again, though!!
My husband had eaten his first escargot in Paris this summer and was hesitant about eating it any where out of France. Vin Rouge did not disappoint. We also enjoyed oysters on the half shell and a wonderful bouillabaisse . Service was great. We will certainly return again. Wow that was a great dining experience.
Entering Vin Rouge your senses are awakened to a complex array of wonderful aromas. Spend a moment to savor it. The dining area next to the open kitchen is charming, small table French style and well lit. The side room where we ate was so dim it was impossible to read the menu or see the food clearly without a flashlight. Romantic, yes, if you’re not really going there for the food. The Bibb salad was simple, fresh and pure, you might say, with just a sprinkle of venegret and water, it appeared.. The liver and onion entree was covered in a sauce so thick it was hard to taste the liver. Parts of the meat were tough. They get points though for putting this on the menu. On the other hand, the Snapper whole fish special was delicious, flaky inside with a light crust outside and dabs of a flavorful cream sauce, neatly apportioned. The wines were excellent. Service was sufficient.
All in all, the experience was a mixed bag
I requested a special table in the small red dining room and I got it! We invited friends and it was important to have more quiet conversation as it can get pretty noisy in the other rooms.
The trout and salmon that we ordered were excellent but the swordfish that my husband ordered was good but quite small for the price on the menu. He will not order it again.
As always a very nice evening.
This restaurant used to be excellent, not now. Steaks were tough, strange flavors, management acted like we were iust difficult to please. Had gone several times in the past and the food was wonderful, won't return.
I took my cousin to Vin Rouge on the recommendation of a friend who used to work there and loved it. It's not typical French food - very creative - and the atmosphere is cozy and unassuming / unpretentious. Loved it and would definitely recommend. The only downside is that there are very few vegetarian options. Luckily I am pescatarian which opened up many menu options.
A Durham classic. The liver pate is one of the best in town. The mussels were delicious, though under seasoned. All the more reason to pair w fries. The hanger steak is heavy on the salt, but one of my favorites.