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About Vine Street Cafe
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.
Shelter Island, NY 11964
American, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Sun: 5pm - 9pm
Mon: 5pm - 9pm
Thur: 5pm - 9pm
Fri: 5pm - 10pm
Sat: 5pm - 10pm
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Vine Street Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Party of 4. Service was eh. Asked for a side of ice with my mimosa, never got it. Had to ask for butter twice. I ordered the smoked tuna sesame. It was not smoked and had little flavor. The others did enjoy their apps. I ordered the special, lobster pot pie. The lobster and seafood filling was delicious but only had a tiny circle of pastry on top. So more of a bouillabaisse than a pie. To be fair, the others enjoyed their meal. Dessert choices were kind of mediocre. One or two interesting items and ice cream. And they couldn’t make a Baily’s coffee. Had to serve liquor on the side with coffee and I had to pour it in myself. No whipped cream. The topper? Prices were ridiculous, even for a quality place.
No need to go again.
One of the two best restaurants on Shelter Island. 18 Bay is the other, but has a very limited schedule off season. We were very pleasantly surprised to discover upon our arrival that Vine Street offers a $29 early bird prix fixe menu from 5 to 6 p.m. with just a few supplements. The salmon is a must.
The staff was very warm, attentive, and accommodating. When our 11-week-old son fussed, they didn't bat an eye, just continued to treat us very warmly at the same time that they took excellent care of the other patrons. Thank you, Vine Street, for a delightful evening! We will certainly be back.
I hadn't been to Vine Street Cafe in a few years, as the ferry ride to the island has increased in price. However, a friend gave me a gift card to this spot and I was thrilled, as it made me make the trip. The food is always excellent. Our waiter got a bit confused during our dinner. He had cleared our dinner plates and we were ready for the dessert menu and he returned with knives and spoons for a first or second course. If he had been a good waiter, he should have remembered our table and known that we were on the third course. Menu choices are always good and the food preparation and presentation is outstanding. I highly recommend Vine Street Cafe.
I have eaten at vine street many times and the food is always fantastic.
I brought friends from out of town and raved about it being the best restaurant on shelter island.
The food was very good. The service was very disappointing. The server apologized about the service but did nothing to improve it. At the price point of vine street , a diner deserves excellent service every time
Unfortunately Friday night we did not get that and were embarrassed to have brought our friends there paying a lot of money for Mediocre service at best
We dined on Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend. This was our third time at the restaurant and we had a 6:00 reservation. The restaurant was fairly empty. We ordered an appetizer then two entrees. The minute the appetizer was cleared our entrees appeared. We had two fish entrees, one was piping hot, the other ice cold and had to be sent back. The minute the protein was eaten of our entrees (read: we still had food on our plate), the first of four different people wanted to clear our plates. We politely declined. They politely disappeared only to have three more people attempt the same. In the meantime, the round table in the corner for 8 was seated with two couples with infants in strollers. They were two of the four infants (under the age of 1 year) seated around us. We finally left our table and retired to the bar since we were not quite ready to end our evening (this was about 7:15). Low and behold, one mother from the table for eight was pushing her fussy infant IN THE BAR AREA IN A STROLLER! .
For a $200+ dinner I do not expect to be rushed, I do not expect cold fish, and I do not expect to navigate strollers. This is not a restaurant for infants.
We left at 7:30 and every table inside and out was full.
We learned our lesson. As wonderful a restaurant as Vine Street Cafe is, holiday weekends is not when it shines. Service, food, ambiance sadly declines in the final push of the season.
Vine Street Cafe is an absolute Shelter Island MUST! My wife and I recently dined here for the 2nd time. We sat outside on a cool summer night surrounded by lit torches. The atmosphere can feel surreal at times. Each dish we ordered was perfect. (TIP: they currently have a Thursday evening special for ribs. Order this as an appetizer. The flavors are strong yet balanced. Amazing.) They have a great cocktail menu, as well as select wines and beers. Any time we come back to Shelter Island, we'll be dining here.
Vine Street has been very popular on Shelter Island for many years. Our waiter was very nice, all service was very nice. We (our family) have had many dinners out over many urban venues over the years; VS is a nice restaurant but the prices are high for the value.
We've been to Vine Street many times over the years and always enjoy the ambiance and food. Our last visit was very disappointing however. It took forever to get our food although the restaurant was not particularly busy. Tables around us that arrived when we did were on dessert when our entrees arrived. My son ordered the filet mignon (the most expensive entree) medium and when the entrees finally came it was raw in the middle. The rest of us had the salmon, which we always love and even crave, but it felt flat this time. The waiter took the meat back to the kitchen and we were all done with our entrees when it finally returned. Further, the white plate had a single piece of filet on it - not a garnish - not a small side vegetable of any kind. For $52 they can at the very least include a side. The waiter did not make any effort to make up for the fact that our very expensive dinner was very poorly executed. A drink on the house or extra dessert would have gone a long way to have us leave satisfied. Instead we left thinking that perhaps Vine Street is not what it once was.
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