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Vin Rouge

4.5
2805 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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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
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Phone number
(919) 416-0406
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Kelly
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Private party contact
Michael Maller: (919) 416-0406
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th St.
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Parking details
They have a small private lot with plenty of street parking nearby.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2805 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Awesome $1 oysters and flounder was perfect

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food once again. Onion soup is to die for.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We hadn't been to Vin Rouge in a few years and we just moved back to the area. They still deliver a great experience. The cocktails are excellent. GET THE CHICKEN LIVER PATE. GET IT.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious, the table a little small but I will come back.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We always look forward to dining at Vin Rouge and were very impressed when the manager called to let us know that the table I had requested was not available and suggested another table. We were seated at a table for four in the main part of the bistro. I was a little worried that it may be too noisy but the noise level was moderate that evening. I ordered the hanger steak from the prix fixe as I have sometimes in the past. This time the size of the steak was ridiculously small. However, it was served with a mountain of french fries. When I complained to our waiter, the manager came to our table and explained that this is the size for the prix fixe. But why was it a larger size previously? He assured me that I would be getting another portion as well. I hope that the management realizes their mistake in serving such a small portion. We will go back to Vin Rouge as it still is one of our favorite places but I do hope that this mistake will be corrected.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Not sure how it took us this long to get ourselves to Vin Rouge, but we were certainly missing out for all this time. It was a horrible rainy night and the warmth of the cafe room was a perfect antidote to the weather. We started with wine at the bar. Not knowing what we wanted, the bartender was generous with advice and samples.
We then proceeded to our table (cafe 5 - highly recommend), delicious wine in hand. We started with the special appetizer - blue crab claws with aioli dip and pickled watermelon. It was to die for. The snails were also fantastic. For entrees we went with the trout almandine, beet salad and country pate. I'm not a pate eater but my husband raved. The beet salad had plenty of beets (I hate when you get a big pile of greens and only a few beets scattered over the top), walnuts and cheese with a nicely acidic vinaigrette. The trout was so so good. There trout was cooked just enough (no dry fish hiding in a butter sauce here) and there were tons of perfectly toasted almond slices in that butter sauce. Crisp-tender haricot verts and a light potato puree were worthy plate partners.
Can't wait to return. The outdoor seating looks like a lovely spot when it's not monsoon weather.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went for a birthday dinner. The food was authentically French. Especially recommend the onion soup gratinee. The service was attentive and personable. The entire staff contributed to making us feel comfortable and cozy in the main bar area. Can’t wait to go again.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I think Vin Rouge is very good for dinner, but I've been pretty disappointed with their brunch. My steak was good, but other members of our party got one of the dishes with poached eggs, and the eggs were completely overdone. Their French toast is soggy and overly sweet...I expect a lot more from a restaurant with such a good dinner menu.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Clair and Kevin were awesome. We celebrated our anniversary here tonight and both of us agreed it was the perfect choice.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I’ve been ordering hanger steak at this restaurant for years. for the first time it was very tough—maybe because it was overdone? three of us at a table for six ordered it and we all had the same experience. very disappointing.I hope they fix it because it was one of my favorites. The muscles in the classic sauce did not disappoint and sweet breads wwre also very good.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

When we arrived restaurant not full, but time to serve dinner after ordering was long. Error on bill was corrected by manager
Noisy

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have to go to Vin Rouge a few times a year because the food and service is so wonderful. My husband wanted to spend his birthday dinner there and it was everything we had hoped for - the service was amazing and the food was delicious. We will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

By the time we finished our meal at Vin Rouge, all four of us felt we were in a butter-induced coma. What a wonderful way to go! For apps we had escargots in garlic butter (of course), littleneck clams in a lemon butter and a caramelized onion and goat cheese tart. Our mains included the duck confit salad, rotisserie chicken, salmon Dijon and trout almandine. All were done to perfection. Our server, Kevin, brought us seemingly endless buckets of French bread to sop up the various sauces with. Dessert consisted of crepe brûlée and chocolate mousse, with four spoons. This is the third of the restaurants owned and operated by Matt Kelley that we’ve visited. The others include Mothers and Sons (Northern Italian) and Mateo (tapas). Vin Rouge rates right up with them as one of our very favorite dining spots when we happen to be in the Raleigh/Durham area.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The food was absolutely wonderful as always! The service was fantastic! Vin Rouge is always a must when we visit Durham.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Wonderful food and excellent service. My only complaint is the hard wooden seat chairs that
become very uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

always good service here and great authentic french bistro food.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My only concern about this visit was we were left completely unattended at our table for what must have been 20 minutes. This created time pressure in getting to our concert that night, and so was not pleasant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We absolutely love this place! We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservation but didin't have to wait, and without asking we were seated at our favorite table. The food is always impeccable, as is the service. Spencer was there when we needed him, timed our entrees to arrive not too soon after the appetizers, and made great suggestions. Our entire experience celebrating our anniversary was exemplary and we will keep coming back. The Kalamata Olive dip for the bread is outstanding; just wish the bread had still been warm. That was our only issue!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Two of us had a pre-show brunch on a Sunday. It was so delicious! Both of us had the crepe of the day and it was so good.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent food, beverage and service as always! The food is consistent and delicious. Reservations recommended if you're doing brunch!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great restaurant! Lively atmosphere, steak was prepared very well. Great wine selection.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic food, great service. Tables are close together

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Excellent French cuisine. Wonderful atmosphere. If you're looking for a memorable dining experience, Vin Rouge is the perfect destination.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food. Everything was very nice

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Tables are a bit tight for those of us 6’1” and over. My 6’4” son was particularly cramped. But great food and dining experience!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food is good, but kind of overpriced

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service and good food. The interior design was not my taste as it looked quite dated.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch with Mom

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had a party of 6. It was my wife’s birthday. We had a 7:30 reservation and were promptly seated. Drinks took a while to receive. My Bloody Mary was served in a wine glass full of crushed ice. It was not very good. The place was not full but busy. I had 6 oysters that were very small and not that great. For $3.95 a oyster they had better be spectacular. Meals came after quite a long wait. Every meal was heavily salted. We all could not believe it so tasted each other’s meal and it was true. I was able to scrape the heavily salted coating off my steak as did others. Both liver dishes were sent back and they redid them with no salt and it was acceptable but not great. Now these meals were not cheap either. Average $130 dollars a couple. That is a $400 dollar table. So why was service lacking too. My wife and I have been here many times and this was the worst ever. It was first the first time for our friends. We were so embarrassed. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Good food with decent sized portions. Nice ambience and good service. The only fault was that the men’s toilets were not well maintained and there was always a queue

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great meal with my Duke daughter, sitting outside on a lovely spring night. Wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fabulous French Bistro fare. Very good service. Good for 6-8 celebrations

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Vin Rouge is our favorite restaurant in Durham. We relocated here for my husband to receive a transplant. One of his doctors told us about Vin Rouge two years ago and we've been visiting it whenever we were in town. Now that we are here for awhile, we take friends there when they visit and all who've gone with us also agree it is an outstanding restaurant. If you are a vegetarian, ask for the chef to make you a veggie plate. They are heavenly.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Brunch food is alway wonderful! Service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Son performing at Reynolds Theater. Good food good service but not obtrusive. Would definitely have dinner there again

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

As always, delicious food and superlative service!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had not been to Vin Rouge in a couple of years. Although the food was good, the prices were a bit high for the value. More noticeable was the service, which was mediocre at best and the courses we're sloooow. To compound the inadequate service, due to the size of our party (only 6), a 20% service charge was added to the check-far more than the quality of service warranted. Finally, the lighting in our dining area was so poor, we had to use our cell phone flashlight to read the menu. Still good, but Vin Rouge has come down a few notches since our last visit.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food and service was spectacular. Little disappointed where our table was located. It was in a very busy area.

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I have been to VR several times, but i have to say I will not be going back after the experience my party had last Thursday evening. The service was HORRIBLE!!! Our waitress was not only rude, impatient, an attitude, but was also terrible in the actual service:
1) did not serve food to everyone at the same time, one couple didn’t get their salad until the rest of us received our entree
2) waitress did not ask us how we liked our food or if it was prepared properly
3) waitress did not serve a plate of food properly, but rather slid it onto the table b
4) waitress said “oh Jesus” under her breath when one of our party asked her to go to the next person to order food.
5) do I really need to go on?

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food is excellent. Had the strip steak. Perfectly seared on the outside and very tender inside. The frites are very crispy and tasty. I had the classic mussels also and they are excellent. Great sauce for sopping with the french bread. I also like the chocolate torte. Excellent meal.
The service was great. He was always there at the right. The water glass was always full. This is a great place for a special occasion.

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