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.
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.
The food was not as good as in the past—more filler in the crab cakes,etc. still a lovely setting with great service.
We celebrated a birthday and everything was great. Thanks.
Unfortunately - Our first 'experience' with Vintage Tavern was not what one would have expected - for a $170.00 dollar meal for two. First, we did have a very pleasant server - no faults there.... but service was painfully slow. It was over 30 minuted for the appetizer to arrive with well over one hour for dinner - there was one other couple there when we arrived, an at it's peak there were only 20 other people in the restaurant - not busy.... However, the most disappointing element was the cold (literally - at room temperature) yet slightly overcooked, $60.00 bison steak... the other portions (considering the premium prices being paid) were basically OK, but quite small.... No, we didn't complain or express any concerns at the time. It's is my contention that if you are going into a very highly rated restaurant, and are prepared to pay top-shelf, premium prices, the service and quality received should be the best possible - sadly, short of the friendly waitress - and a tasty meat and cheese appetizer, their is not much else positive to say.... As a footnote, when visiting a "high end" establishment, one might also expect a degree of 'decorum' to be able to enjoy the meal - this was not the case. A party of about 16 came in, celebrating a graduation, but were quite loud (yelling from one end of the long table to the other) and singing songs.... If we had gone to Golden Coral, we would expect the patrons to be a bit 'rowdy'... but to enjoy (what we had hoped to be a nice meal) in this setting was something less than desirable..... It was not my intention to write a negative review, however, this is an accurate depiction of our experience.
Been here many times. Just a great restaurant with great service. Our waitress Laura was outstanding!
My wife and I go to Vintage Tavern every year for our anniversary and a couple other times for a nice dinner. We had reservations for 645 and arrived early. There were two couples in the dining room at the time and a bridal party having drinks outside. We were asked to sit at the bar and wait. We then were taken to our table followed by another couple.
We placed our order and proceeded to wait nearly an hour for our dishes. We were seated prior to the bridal party yet were told “sorry for the delay but the kitchen is behind due to the large party.
I have a allergy to pork and asked to substitute mashed potatoes for the beans as they contained pork.
We were disappointed in the delay. When we received our bill for over $160 we saw a substitution charge. We found this as a little rude especially since it was a food allergy and the substitution did not require any special work. When paying more than $80 per person we would have expected better service. The management should not have booked more than the staff could attend to.
I would not have written this poor review if the email my wife sent to the restaurant manager had been responded to. The lack of response from a high end restaurant in our area shows me that they were not concerned about individual parties satisfaction when there is a large party and the revenue associated with it present.
My husband and I frequently dine here and really enjoy the atmosphere and back patio to relax, have cocktails, and dinner. If the weather is nice then the back patio is the place to hang out. The staff is always friendly and very accommodating. Good place to visit for any occasion.
Worst meal and service I could have ever had. Took 30 min + to get my drink each time, ribs were so tough couldn't cut them with a knife! Will never go back!!!!
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary. Everything about the experience was amazing. The food was out standing (we had the tuna and elk). I would recommend this place to anyone.
We both loved the beet salad over fresh local greens with goat cheese. The soft shell crabs were amazing! My husband loved his ribeye. Creme brule for me and lemon chesse pie for him. It was a perfect meal with outstanding service.
I was impressed with the décor of the restaurant inside and also the landscaping outside. The food was excellent and the prices were reasonable. Our best experience was the waiter that served us Johnny Degroff. He was very knowledgeable and courteous though out the evening. It was my wife and I's 22nd anniversary and also my daughter's 20th birthday. Johnny, (Dr. J.) made it a very memorable night.
I visited the Tavern with my family to celebrate my retirement from work. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We appreciated all the special touches that went into making tonight special. The Tavern never misses an opportunity to impress. Thank you, Vintage Tavern!
Food was amazing and the staff was just as good. Very pleased.
Amazing! Greatest food my husband and I have had in Virginia! Just wish we would have found it sooner! Wish we were stationed here longer so we could spend every anniversary with the vintage tavern! Staff was amazing kind and had great suggestions. And they use local produce....come on where has this place been all my life.
I went to vintage Tavern to have dinner. The bartenders, were excellent (Shane and Catie). Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Like going here food is great and always good service
We dined here for our 30th anniversary, and everyone wished us happy anniversary and was very attentive. It is a calm and quiet place for a nice meal. We enjoyed the meat and cheese tray, and our entrees were good too. I had flounder, my wife had shrimp and grits. We will definitely come back again.
Vintage Tavern is by far our go to choice of date night locations. The friendly staff and chef's menus is unmatched! Very personable wait staff and manager. We enjoy the cuisine as much as we enjoy the experiences!
The waiter was great but the food was plain, under seasoned and overpriced for what it was. I don’t mind paying $200 for three people to eat when the food is good. I ordered the Sous Vide Duck. It had no flavor whatsoever. The skin also wasn’t left on the duck, which is the point in ordering this meal. Some of the skin was mixed in the lemon risotto but the risotto was mushy and underdone in the center. My husband ordered the Elk. It smelled like seafood and tasted like fish. Elk should never taste like fish. My mom ordered the shrimp and grits and it also was very bland. Nothing special about the dessert either. The creme brûlée was small, and made earlier in the day. The sugar wasn’t even heated to order, so it just tasted like a custard. Only giving 2 stars for the waiter and ambiance.
Always enjoy this place. Great atmosphere, drinks, wine, and menu selections. Service was, as always, personal and professional. We were celebrating our anniversary; so we really enjoyed the personalized menus. It is so nice to be able to sit and talk in a quiet, pleasant atmosphere.
The only downside this time was the shrimp and grits option. We had this before there and loved it. This time it was very different with lots of vegetables. This was the first time for this combination. Recommendation: Return to the original version you served. This one item won't in any way deter us from returning - just stating a preference.
It was the tail end of Restaurant Week of Suffolk. We couldn’t get a better deal for a 3-course meal for $40. Wonderful dining experience! Love Vintage Tavern!!
Really enjoyed our visit during Restaurant Week. Will certainly return. Great food and exceptional service!
The restaurant & grounds are very nice! The service was as good as it gets. We had a Very professional and knowledgeable server. The appetizers - fried oysters and tuna tartar- were good, but unfortunately it went downhill from there :(. And let me say I am not picky But this was the worst meal I’ve had in a while. I ordered the lamb shank. It was luke warm, and not especially tasty. It was very fatty. The dish came with black eyed peas and collards. Again it was all barely warm. Black eyed peas were uninspired and seemed like they could be cooked longer. Collard greens were pretty good and had much promise, but again not hot. All in all the lamb shank was not a good choice. I brought 90% of it home & fed it to my dogs over several days. My date ordered the beef tenderloin. It was again uninspired and her food was not hot. It was almost as if the food was prepared much earlier & then not heated enough when we ordered. The beef tenderloin was essentially tasteless. Very plain! Her dish came with mashed potatoes and spinach. They were both pretty good but I all could have been warmer. And the sides had such small portions! Frustrating because The only chance at redemption would be to take leftovers home and warm them up, but the best things were the collard greens and the spinach and there wasn’t much there. So.... Next came desert. I got a variation of cheese cake. Plain and simple the worst cheesecake I have ever had. And what’s crazy is I never had a cheesecake I didn’t like till this! So sad! It did not taste like cheesecake. It was essentially a tasteless slice of a light and fluffy whipped concoction that was missing sweetness and flavor. Not sure how you can make cheesecake taste like something that doesn’t resemble any kind of desert, but they did. My date ordered a chocolate pate which, compared to everything else was not bad, but something was still missing in The chocolate. All Food was a 4/10.
The compassion towards our inability to consume certain foods was refreshing, the food was phenomenal, and the service was impeccable (we were served by Amanda). We are always exstatically impressed with our food when visiting.
Outstanding as always.
Food was great. Service was excellent. Restaurant week special had very good choices. Hard to choose. Great seating with the corner table, but dining area was a little dark. Superb wine selection for the aficionado.
Lovely pleasant dinner.
Went to Vintage Tavern for restaurant week with my partner, my father, and his girlfriend. We had wonderful appetizers I recommend the Tenderloin Tartar for anyone that has not had it, it is delicious. Sherri was our server and was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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!