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  3. Distance: 5.75mi
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About Vintage Tavern

Now open since April, 2006, Vintage Tavern at Governor's Point. Located in the hunting and fishing community of Northern Suffolk, Virginia the restaurant features 'Seasonally Southern' fare. The menu highlights the best of local and regional Southern dishes and recreates them with authenticity and passion. We are committed to maintaining the food history and culture that makes our community so special. Other features include a dramatic open kitchen, two dining areas both with fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit, outdoor dining on the covered veranda and a 400 plus selection wine list. The perfect place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or any special occasion.
Voted #1 by Hampton Roads magazine 2006-2014 Platinum Plate Awards. Recognized by Open Table as one of America's Top 50 Restaurants in 2009-2016, and by Sante magazine for Wine Hospitality in 2010. We have held Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2006 and 2015-2016 The Two Stem Award of Excellence.

1900 Governor's Pointe Drive
Suffolk, VA 23436
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - until
(we open at 4:30pm on Sundays for supper to 8:00)
Closed on Mondays

Full service is also available in the Tavern Bar at 5:00

The whole restaurant is non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside.


We are Closed Mondays- please visit our sister restaurant River Stone Chophouse.

Cross Street:
Bridge Road / Route 17

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 238-8808

Website:
http://www.vintagetavernvirginia.com/

Parking Details:
There is ample parking in front of the restaurant and overflow parking across from the restaurant at The Shoppes on the Village Green.

Executive Chef:
Michael Jacinto

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check out our website or Facebook for more information regarding events!


Vintage Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
Romantic (30)
Good for a Date (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Cozy (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fun (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Waterfront (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had not been to Vintage Tavern in a couple of years and we totally enjoyed our evening. Great service, atmosphere and delicious food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

highly recommend. Service and food were wonderful

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Sherri was amazing, the food was outstanding. Thank you!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Been here many times! Always great!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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!

Bonnie

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!!!!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Samantha was terrific!!!!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely amazing. Brought my best friend from Northern VA for her birthday and it was exquisite!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely fabulous experience! Delicious!
We drove an hour and a half to the restaurant! We will be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great. Please consider vegetarian dishes for your menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our second time, but never again. Their signature flounder was mushy and too many capers. Waiter brought us bread plates, but what we received were two tiny pieces of pre-cut roll from a lady walking around with a basket and thongs. Kind of funny for such an upscale establishment. Wine by the glass was okay, but not at $11.00. Our bill before tax for two was $147.00...and we were not satisfied nor pleased. We suggest to save your aggravation and money!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Service was excellent and the course options were great. Meal was perfect!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

we have been to Vintage Tavern three Christmas eves in a row, and other times as well. While the food and service are typically very good, there is usually one thing that isn't quite up to snuff. This time we sat by the fireplace, which was lovely, but in a very dark corner so we all had to break out our cellphone flashlights just to read the menu. We've let them know several times that it's too dark in there, but still not change. The one "off" thing this trip was the side of mushrooms, which were overcooked and completely bland. The staff, however, is open to constructive criticism so we let them know. Still, it is too minor an issue for us not to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Vintage Tavern was a hit with my in-laws. Thanks again for the special meal! We loved the local rockfish and the filet mignon was fantastic as always.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Highly recommended! Everything about Vintage Tavern is OUTSTANDING!

Tags: Seasonal, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 19, 2017

A disappointing experience with friends at Vintage. The food was not not up to the standards we have come to expect after many visits. The oyster stew was served with lukewarm broth along with cold oysters and a dap of cold sweat potato. This was followed by a very over cooked monk fish with charred skin and dried out flesh. Hope the main team was gone for the holidays and they get back on track next year.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was superior. Our server, Laura, was outstanding and made a special night even better. I tried the elk chops highly recommend them. They even did the little things for our anniversary dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our server was Samantha, who was wonderful. Give her a raise!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Celebrated our 29th Wedding Anniversary and so glad we dined at Vintage Tavern. The whole evening from the moment we arrived was perfect and a wonderful experience. Arrived early to make sure we were able to take part in the whole experience. Went to the bar for a pre-dinner drink and met Katie who was charming and provided great conversation as well as drink options. She even made sure we were set for dinner and who would be taking care of us throughout the rest of the evening. Made reservations in advance via OpenTable which was a smooth process and ensure the time and date we wanted was confirmed. We were seated by the fire place by the host who welcomed us and said congratulations on our 29th Wedding Anniversary. Once seated we were greeted by Dr. J who is fantastic, provided great options from the menu and personal experience. The food was well prepared to perfection, the ambiance was over the top and the service second to none and I have visited a lot of very good restaurants in my travels around the world! By the end of the evening the Manager, Tom stopped by to check on us. The entire staff felt like Family by the end of the night and we will definitely return. The menu even had a congratulations message at the top which almost brought my wife to tears. Wonderful location for a special occasion or if you just want a really great dining experience you will remember for a while!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our foodie friends joined us recently on a Saturday night as they had never been to Vintage Tavern and had always wanted to go. Our server Samantha was excellent, and truly knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu . In addition she was quite a student of the art of wine. Not only was the food excellent, it was matched by the overall level of service from every staff member we encountered. We have visited vintage Tavern many times over the years and continue to find it a place we and our friends want to go back to time after time. We highly recommend it; ask for Samantha.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This was my husbands and my first time here. Even though we missed our reservation, we were still able to find a table In the bar despite how busy they were, which was very nice. The atmosphere was lively and the decor fabulous. Our drinks took a while but considering how busy they were we totally understood. The food was excellent, however the server was not what we would have expected for the caliber restaurant we were in. She was very cold and border-lined on rude. Being first timers we had some questions about the menu, but we got the strong impression that we were a huge bother to her so we didn’t even ask. She was clearly forcing a smile because each time she walked away from our table the smile immediately turned into a scowl. Watching the staff walk around sulking is more than off putting to say the very least. If we do go back, it will be because of the excellent food. I do not want to discount an entire restaurant over one disgruntled employee. Maybe the dining room is better. Very disappointed to say the least.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Best in area for ambiance and unique local game and veggies in gourmet style.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Restaurant provided a personalized menu to mark the occasion. Hostess and waitress congratulated us on our anniversary upon arrival. Tasting menu had a starter, a salad, entree and dessert, each one paired with a hefty half pour of a particular wine. Good size portions. Great service. Awesome night. The marinatef bison ribeye is spectacular

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love this place - excellent food, great service, friendly staff, and just an overall outstanding restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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