Still a great spot in Hampton Roads for quality cooking. Price has gone up a bit and service has gone down; still quite friendly, but execution amount the younger staff just isn’t as on point as I’d expect for the price.
We first went to the Vintage Tavern a few times in 2007 or ‘08 and then moved away from the area for several years. We always enjoyed the place back then and I am very happy to see that nothing has changed! Took the wife for a dinner without the kids and we had another great dinner here. We had wine, nice suggestion by the waitress, then moved on to appetizers where we got the Southern Taste board as well as some pimento cheese. The ham, ham spread, deviled eggs, and the pimento cheese were all excellent. For main courses my wife had the Rockfish which was a special that night. It was excellent, great flavor and there wasn’t a bit left on the plate. I am a big steak fan, but wanted to try something a little different this time so I went with the Elk (warning, most expensive thing on the menu at $59) and it was one of the best pieces of meat I have had in a long time. I was warned that elk may have a bit of an “earthy” flavor when trying to decide and on all honesty I didn’t taste anything other than “amazing” when I cleaned my plate.
For dessert my wife had a scoop of guiness ice cream which was fantastic and I had the Pecan tart. The tart was probably my least favorite thing of the evening. The pecan filling and ice cream scoop with it were both excellent, but the crust was extremely hot and just felt like it was a little dry for what the dessert calls for. It is a tart though, so the crust matches the description.
Overall this place is fantastic and I am happy to see that it is still as good 10 years after our first visit!
Food was delicious, looking forward to our return. Great staff.
Elegant but relaxed atmosphere. A great place to impress. Very attentive wait staff.
First time in. The bottle of wine we ordered took FOREVER. No one apologized, never saw the manager, nothing. French fries were soggy, just awful. Decor was faded and dated. They should call this place the dingy tavern. One star.
Excellent meal from start to finish! Superb quality of food from appetizers to dessert!! Presentation professional and server attentive and extremely personable! Highly recommend for any occasion!!!
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Vintage Tavern. I mentioned the occasion in my reservation and they really took the effort to make us feel special. Thank you for a wonderful evening. We'll definitely be back!
Our experience was wonderful. My husband and I chose Vintage for a date night dinner. Our server was excellent. She had great advice on wines with personal knowledge of several on the list. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
This was a great meal. I came alone. Decided not to eat at bar and took a table. Red carpet service. All service staff was nice and accommodating. I had 1 cocktail from signature menu. Fried oysters which were done perfectly and sous vide duck breast. Perfect for 1. Only negative, bread tasting was petite but definitely not a negative for me because the portion taste good and I dont like a lot of bread wasted.
I enjoyed the food. Our server was fantastic. Bartender made a great cocktail. My only negative was that it was slightly noisy. I definitely would go back and I would recommend Vintage Tavern.
Had dinner in the bar with 3 other people and were disappointed. The food was just ok. The only person who liked their food got the burger so I guess they got that going on. The bar tender was a pretty young lady but needed an attitude adjustment. We never saw a manager either even though we told the bartender that we didn’t enjoy dinner. She just shrugged us off. Maybe it was an off night I don’t know. Not a good experience.
The Vintage Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants and we visit often for special occasions The food is great, the ambience is wonderful and we never walk away disappointed!
Vintage Tavern was such an awesome experience. We visited the restaurant as a belated Valentine's dinner celebrations. We started the night off with drinks at the bar. Then we had awesome appetizer. For dinner, i had rockfish with rice and warm relish. My husband had lamb shanks with greens and beans. The food was so delicious! Definitely 5 stars!
Very romantic and very quaint!!
We will definitely be back again!
This was our second time in and we’re disappointed to see that the bar tender who was so rude to us was still, shockingly, employed there. Catie was yet again short with us and just looked miserable. She was so curt that it ruined the whole experience for us yet again. There will NOT be a third visit.
We went to Vintage Tavern for Valentine's Day. As always, the staff was friendly and courteous. Little things always make this a 4 instead of 5. Regardless of reservation, you will always wait 10-15 mins for your table. But we did receive a nice location and table. The servers were friendly but the arrival of food was slow. We asked for a status in order as a gentle sign of impatience. The entree's were excellent but the complimentary bread was so awful the server apologized for it. Still we will go back because the basic food, wine, and ambiance keeps drawing us back.
Unless you like seafood, their menu is very limited and pricey. Had the tenderloin. It was good, but for the price I expected better. The ambiance was excellent. Service was adequate, but again, for the price I expected better.
We had not been to Vintage Tavern in a couple of years and we totally enjoyed our evening. Great service, atmosphere and delicious food.
We loved everything about this restaurant! The service and the food were flawless. The cocktails were perfect. The casually elegant decor is very inviting. We loved that the menu was personalized with anniversary wishes, and several of the staff wished us a happy anniversary. The chef came out to pour the sauce on my lamb shank, and then came by again later to ask if I had enjoyed it - it was superb! A perfect place for a special night out.
This place was as good or better then Ruth Chris. The music. The setting. The atmosphere, it was all wonderful. The food was AMAZING. I am definitely going again. This place is awesome
highly recommend. Service and food were wonderful
Sherri was amazing, the food was outstanding. Thank you!
We had a wonderful experience at the Vintage Tavern - service was outstanding - restaurant is beautiful with fireplace and open kitchen. It was very warm and inviting- not stuffy - not noisy. Food was fantastic , we had the Taste of Southern Goodness for an appetizer- very nice selection of entrees - everything we had tasted wonderful. My new favorite place to eat!
Been here many times! Always great!
I have never been disappointed with anything at Vintage Tavern! I love their menus. They always have some seasonal offerings that are terrific. I always like to impress my clients by entertaining there. The service is always top notch too! You can't go wrong with this excellent restaurant!
Very tasteless! Bartender looked up recipe for a Rusty Nail which is a classic cocktail and served a martini without garnish. Food was pricey for poor quality and preparation. ie, Fatty tenderloin for $40. Way too much “hype” over this place. Those who give it a 5 star rating must not be exposed to true 5 star quality restaurants.
And the restaurant never contacted us about the review!!!! That says a lot!!!!!
Samantha was terrific!!!!!
Vintage Tavern offers you something different from the typical restaurant. It is very upscale and offers a quiet romantic feel. Would recommend for special occasions.
The pimento cheese appetizer was great! Our entrees were just ok. Desserts were horrible. The chocholate cake was beyond dry but the creme brulee was even worse. It barely covered the bottom of the dish, there was this random ginger snap cookie glued oddly to the top. The texture was just gelatinous mush. Service was excellent.
We have dined here several times and have always been delighted with the meal and service. The food properly prepared and the menus offer an excellent selection. The Taste of Southern Goodness is a great way to start a meal - add pimento cheese. Order this for the table, there is plenty to go around.
Absolutely amazing. Brought my best friend from Northern VA for her birthday and it was exquisite!
The food was delicious; my husband had the elk chops and I had the beef tenderloin. Their Guinness ice cream with Baileys and wafers was also quite tasty. Our server was friendly and super helpful when we realized we were running short on time but still wanted to order dessert.
Absolutely fabulous experience! Delicious!
We drove an hour and a half to the restaurant! We will be back!
One of the folks we brought here ordered the elk. Said it was one of the best meals he ever had. It was great that the menu was explained in detail and we all enjoyed the background story on the bottle of wine we ordered.
As a regular customer, I’m already a fan. There is a new bartender named Shane. Fabulous. Knowledgeable. Shining star. Stop be. Say hello and as for CLASSIC cocktails.
Great. Please consider vegetarian dishes for your menu.
The duck was fantastic, very tender, with delicious stuffing. The sausage appetizer was also very good, particularly the homemade kimchi it was served with. And always the bread pudding is worth eating even if you are gluten intolerant.
The service was friendly. My only complaint was it took way too long to get our wine
Came for our anniversary. The restaurant ambiance was very inviting and cozy. We sat next to the fireplace on a very cold night. Food was delicious. Must try pimento cheese! Highly recommend! Will have to
Come back during warmer weather and enjoy the back patio seating.
I have dined at Vintage Tavern many times and the experience was fantastic. This time, however, not the case. My family and I were seated upstairs in a very outdated area. Unlike the main dining room that is cozy and has great ambiance especially in the winter time. To get to the restrooms you had to walk through the makeshift service area for the servers. All of this and the meal for 4 of us was over $200. I am not sure I will recommend or return to what was once a favorite of mine.
One of the best dinners we’ve ever had. The food was amazing and the service we even better. We had the pleasure of being served by Dr J, who is a true master of his craft. We especially appreciate the extra mile they went to help celebrate my wife’s birthday. Definitely recommend making a reservation. Make sure you try the housemade pimento.