Vine Street Cafe

4.6
897 reviews
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Chef/Owners Lisa & Terry Harwood opened Vine Street Cafe in 2003. Located on South Ferry Road, just 1.5 miles from the South Ferry. Chef Terry works with area farmers, fishermen & vineyards and features their natural bounty on his seasonal menus. We make everything in house and Lisa's desserts, ice creams and fruit crisps are no exception. Recently, we opened a small market behind the restaurant. This is where you pick up take-out orders while stocking your home pantry. Specialty catering is available along with ready fresh meals such as meatballs, chicken salad, bread, smoked ribs, BBQ Sauce and a selection of artisan pastas. Reservations are highly recommended year round.
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New England
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience from start to finish.
Great round table for six
Excellent service
Wonderful food
One of the best East End!

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

hands down, our favorite dining experience out on eastern long island.

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LL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delight to find a spot on Shelter Island that had an all-year-round feel. Sophisticated and service orientated with very very good food. Beautiful dining room and bar. Formal but with a very relaxed and comfortable vibe.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

This restaurant does lovely food, and the decor is beautiful, but the service and ambiance need a lot of work. We were barely greeted and we felt rushed and unwelcome. The staff appeared hassled and the overall feeling was not friendly. It felt more like a NYC restaurant trying hard to be cool, and we were on Shelter Island to relax and get away from that kind of vibe. Also, we felt it was a bit overpriced. Some things were priced fairly, but others were way off. We don't mind paying for quality food, which this obviously is, but our bill was too expensive for what we had, especially when the island offers other very good dining options, even in the off season.

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R
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great fixed price dinner 3 courses very reasonable wonderful desserts included incredible service warm and inviting atmosphere a really nice Saturday evening out

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is very consistent, well flavored and a good variety with nighty specials that are excellent. We especially love the Bouillabaisse and Miso Glazed Salmon.

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TC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and ambiance were very good! The crispy calamari salad was delicious. The New York strip steak was surprisingly a bit fatty and quite a thin cut for a $52 price tag. It was nicely cooked, but for a portion like that, I think they should lower their price a bit, or get a purveyor who offers a higher quality piece of meat. The fries and grilled onion sides were very tasty.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Took over an hour to get our food. Our waitress was awful. We asked for the check. She came back 2 minutes later asking us if we asked for the check or if we asked for more time to eat. She just was not very attentive and I believe she forgot to place our food order.

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PB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always ! A little loud when it’s busy but food is awesome as usual

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c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant was expensive compared to others near this location. Drinks were at nyc prices and very sparing—martini glass brought to table 3/4 full. Chicken was dry and fries greasy. Cost of a single entree started in mid 30s and most eee in 40&50s—even pot pie. Was not impressed.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beet salad with pea tendrils was possibly the best beet salad I've had! The mussels were great! And the desserts were wonderful! All in all, a lovely dining experience on a cool, gray, rainy day. Nice and warm inside!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

we used to really like it here. it has always been pricey but was top quality food and now the food isn't what it was. Maybe there is a new chef. disappointing.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful… The dinner, the wine, the service.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food always good, service great. Menu is getting a bit tired, hasn’t changed much in a very long time. Still a great meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a pleasant experience, but it’s very pricey.

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D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Matt greeted us, sat us and waited on us. Though we had not been to Vine St Cafe in well over a year, he could not have been more welcoming. He was warm, knowledgeable and so helpful. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience! We will be back very soon. Beet salad is a MUST!!! Fries are the best on the planet.

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TC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff. Cozy table. Excellent calamari salad and chateaubriand!

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious if a bit pricey. Great service and menu.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place and great food just deceivingly casual for the very expensive prices....

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly and great food. I like the ambience.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not Fancy. But finished.

Just wish they wouldn’t serve beer in cans. Get a tap or pour it into a beer glass. Cans make it feel low brow

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FW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, excellent service from the entry to departure.
We loved the food and the experience.

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DL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were really outstanding, the place was packed on New Year's Eve but that didn't hinder quality of food or service at all. Loved our waitress, she was a gem. She answered every question, (and we had a few), with humor and patience and she was very gracious and helpful all evening. Considering the place was so busy, I was impressed at how quickly we received our meals.
The only complaint I have is that the tables are still so close together in the first dining area. I thought that would change somewhat over the years as you have expanded. I don't like being on top of other diners and being privy to their conversations. Seriously, it's the only thing keeping Vine St. from being absolutely perfect. Still the food and menu are AMAZING... everything from apps to dessert. I love that the menu is NOT run of the mill,...wonderful...so thank you for a very enjoyable New Year's Eve dining experience.

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GM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Eat here several times a year and usually it's good, not great and expensive. This time was very disappointing, my wife had halibut that was over cooked and dry. For a $43 entree that's unacceptable. I had duck and it was way too greasy (even for duck).

If you spend $250 for two at dinner it should be much better than this was. Talk about poor value...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Holiday dinner

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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants. The food is outstanding and never disappoints, the wine list is good and the staff are friendly and attentive. Well worth the drive!

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F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this place for it's consistency and ambiance. Much nicer in the off season so you don't have to fight for a table. Winter time is cozy at Vine Street, relaxing and super discrete.

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NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Hadn't been here in awhile and was looking forward to it. Love the ambiance this time of year. Food was so-so to disappointing.

Usually we order meat and we didn't this time. Next time will stick to steak or lamb.

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c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are fortunate to go here for dinner be sure to try the crispy calamari salad. It's amazing, frisee lightly tossed with a carrot ginger dressing and very light and crispy calamari. A favorite of many diners. All of our meals were fantastic! We had the filet mignon au poivre, the classic bolognese, the bay scallop gratin and the potato crusted halibut. Not our first time there and definitely not our last.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but pricey

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K
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had the chateaubriand with side dishes and they were cooked to perfection.
I have to give a '3' to service. It might have been the waiter's first day, but he could not answer most questions. The most depressing was when we asked the waiter to describe the dish, he read off the the side accompaniment of the main dish on the menu rather than describing what the dish actually is! He knew very little about the menu including the desserts, and no suggestions on wine.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have stopped ordering scallops at Restaurants because they are usually overcooked or just not that flavorful. The scallops here were presented in the shell in a light but delicious sauce with spinach and bacon but were perfectly cooked. The other dishes (filet and tuna tartare) were also perfectly cooked and were accompanied with tasty sauces that complemented but did not overpower the main dish.

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g
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Vine street is still a pleasant experience but their new prices put it at a level comparable to celebrity chef restaurants in Manhattan and it is not where they started or where they are now... unfortunate. I will only eat there rarely from now on as there is better value elsewhere.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and fresh. Highly recommend!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I had to send back my risotto as it lacked any flavor, but was promptly served a salad instead. Waitress was very apologetic and sweet.

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EA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, very good service, and very good food. I found it to be a bit pricey (and I live in NYC, so that's saying something), but I'd go back for sure.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food! Lovely ambiance. Pleasant service.

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UE
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we arrived early (5:30) because our schedule changed on a Sunday night so we were fortunate that the restaurant was not very crowded then. Service was excellent, but food magnificent. Must be the best restaurant in the greater Hamptons area. Ambiance very cozy, esp in autumn.

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GM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always good food, but not so good as to justify the $$.

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Y
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have been twenty times. The service and ambiance are very pleasant but the food doesn’t stand out as anything special and regular dining value is lackluster. I can recommend the 3 course Prix Fixe menu at $35, served daily when open except holiday weekends (which recently included Columbus Day, Monday, Oct 8). Unfortunately the on-isle restaurant pickings are slim on weekdays out of summer season.

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