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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (66)
Fit for Foodies (55)
Romantic (54)
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Good for a Date (54)
Good for Anniversaries (45)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Cozy (33)
Notable Wine List (33)
Worth the Drive (32)
Authentic (30)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Great for Brunch (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Casual (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Fun (18)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always a great place for dining, especially the oyster selection. Great ambience.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had separate dinners due to my wife’s entree arriving 20 minutes after mine. No excuse except the kitchen made a mistake. They thought they rectified the unpleasant experience by offering to comp my wife’s small entree. Too little too late and we probably won’t be going back and it’s been a favorite restaurant since moving to North Carolina two years ago.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Vin Rouge is where we take special friends, for special occasions. Excellent food, knowledgeable and attentive service. Expensive, but worthwhile. It was a little louder than usual, and we could have done without the background music making it harder to converse. However, we will continue to take our special visitors there, and go for anniversaries and birthdays. Delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Visited New Years Eve. Restaurant busy, but not totally full. Dining room sparsely decorated evoking a French theme. Open kitchen and there was a substantial amount of smoke drifting into the dining room. The outside temp being cold and their being busy could be contributing factors, but regardless it seems this should be a fixable problem. The lingering smoke made for an uncomfortable evening in the restaurant. Waitress was not particularly apologetic. The food we tried was well prepared. Not an inexpensive place to eat-would not risk dining there again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

As usual, Vin Rouge did not disappoint! We have dined here many times over the years and it is one of our absolute favorite spots in Durham. Trendy new restaurants come and go, but Vin Rouge remains a solid choice and an oasis of classic fine dining in a very saturated market. Interesting wine list (but they also allow you to bring your own wine for a corkage fee), beautiful preparation and presentation, nice balance of favorite menu items with specials. Wait staff is attentive without being overbearing. As with most restaurants with high ceilings and exposed brick, it's rather noisy (which may not bother the young folks but it's a sad consideration for those of us in the senior set), and the parking can be problematic. But you'll never have a bad meal and you will feel well taken care of when you visit Vin Rouge.

Favorite menu items: Liver & Onions, Pork & Red Cabbage, Mussels, Sweetbreads, and the Cassoulet is fantastic! Absolutely authentic--savory, and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful, as always. It's the only restaurant in the universe, as far as I know, that has a daily special on sweetbreads. They were particularly good this time. What a lovely feature!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent meal from delicious cream of celery soup, to gooey apple bread pudding with carmel sauce and real whipped cream!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our first visit to Vin Rouge was New Years' Eve - 2017. The food was great! We've eaten at lots of restaurants in France. Some of the best French onion soup was Alsace restaurant in Paris. Vin Rouge matches the same as in Paris.
I wish they had lunch hours. We'll return many times!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brunch was relaxing and delicious!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Waitress was not friendly.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have eaten at Vin Rouge several times before for brunch ( wonderful) and decided to meet friends for dinner. We LOVE the quaint ambience,the intimate feel and warm quirky decor. The service was wonderful and we all commented on it. Our waiter was a young man who was engaging,not overwhelming and very helpful with dish selection. Are we going back.....that’s a YES indeed!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As always, Vin Rouge delivered on amazing food. Our family went to celebrate a birthday and we were not disappointed. Delicious and lovely.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Beth was a terrific waiter and we were well cared for!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a delicious dinner and our server, Melinda, was fantastic. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The server said we would be housing the butter from the shrimp appetizer. He was right. The food here is great and the staff is awesome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always, an absolute delight. First time eating there on a major holiday(Christmas Eve) and it was superb! Service is always great and this time we loved the bartender, Al.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

At Vin Rouge food is consistently great, but the menu is stuck in its “greatness”. There is very little innovation/variation. However, the execution of the classics is impeccable. For traditionalists - who always want familiar fare - that’s a place to go. The wine list is impressive, the spelling on the wine list we got has been not. Cremant has been featured as cramant, and referred to as champagne by the staff - a big NO NO for anyone slightly familiar with French wines. And the NOISE level at the back room - decorated around Christmas time with kitschy red lights - prevents any conversation during meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and service. We’ve always had good experiences at Vin Rouge.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 21, 2017

As always, Vin Rouge was delicious. The food is great, and the place is genuinely reminiscent of a Paris Bistro, but is is unpretentious and comfortable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Went for the Wednesday night burger special- high expectations exceeded . Best burger in Durham. Wednesday is my new favorite day!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Kevin our server was tremendous! Great birthday celebration!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was amazing as always. OMG the pate. They were hosting several 6-8 top Christmas parties in our room so our 2 top got a little lost. Overall yummy though and will of course go back. Amazing bottle list, but went with a non drinker and wasn’t too impressed with their by the glass list. Though do love a good muscadet. Yay Jo Landron... wish the Amphibolite was BTG.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious food in a cozy, rustic atmosphere! Fabulous local dining!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very good bistro food, excellent service

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Salad was the best part of the meal. Dining room too dark to enjoy the food.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always back for our wedding anniversary dinners. Great place.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Harter's Island oysters were the best. Great server and wonderful food. We will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I visit VinRouge often. One thing u can say is that I wish the menu would change sometimes. It’s fettng boring. The Mgr was snarky. I was surprised with his demeanor!!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a very good restaurant, our food was cooked to perfection, and the waitress was great. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and anything on the menu. The onion soup is outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Vin Rouge is a tradition in our family for special brunches. The egg dishes are superb! The service is friendly and efficient. Worth the drive!
Bon appetit!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great oysters, great bread and drinks, nice service with quiet ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've been to Vin Rouge several times and am typically very satisfied with my experience, both for dinner and brunch. Sadly, this brunch experience was unlike others. We were seated in a timely way in accordance with our reservation, which was appreciated. The tables in the front room seemed unusually crowded, which may have been due to an event in the back room. From there, service was so quick and concise, that it felt very rushed and detracted from the experience. Further, I LOVE their French toast and have had it many times. On this particular Sunday, it was not the usual French toast--it was overdone and overly sweet.
Becuase Vin Rouge has rocked it so many times, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and will try them again some day, and at the same time, I won't be rushing back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Vin Rouge is an excellent restaurant. Great food, attentive service and friendly people. It is as close to a country French bistro that you can get without traveling to France.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

So lovely. The wait staff really took care of us, and the managers even stopped by to check in. Wonderful food, wonderful place. Birthday candle on the cake was a wonderful surprise!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our go to date place in Durham. One dollar oysters on Tuesday nights make this place a perfect, reasonably priced place for dates. Prompt service and tasty food are always a given.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service was slow but pleasant. Swordfish was dry as a bone and we complained and they took the charge off the bill and gave us a desert. Muscles were incredible as was beet salad, bread and chocolate mousse.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Birthday celbration

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is my home base for comforting, excellent food. My date and I had a fantastic time and were surprised only by the size of the portions for what we thought would be more like appetizers. (Oysters Gratinee, for example.) The chocolate mousse is the greatest dessert in the triangle. The service and ambience are impeccable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent brunch! Enjoyed the Crete dunjour tremendously

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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