Vintage Tavern

4.5
1624 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Southern
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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.
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Phone number
(757) 238-8808
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Jacinto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bridge Road / Route 17
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Check out our website or Facebook for more information regarding events!


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
What 1624 People Are Saying
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CS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. Always exceptional service, delicious food and nice ambiance. Look forward to our next visit when they reopen in October after renovations.

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GF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Temporarily closed now for remodeling. Look forward to going back after reopening next month.

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DA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dining experience. Food was tremendous and our waitress was simply the best! Truly a gem of a restaurant in Isle of Wight County.

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l
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as always. Superb food, lovely service, beautiful location. It’s a special place. Went there for 58th anniversary and were treated like the special event it was

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G
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was cooked to perfection. This included soup, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. The service was attentive without being overbearing. We had a good time and an excellent meal. It is a place we enjoy going to for special occasions.

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CO
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dr. J was our server. Very knowledgeable with the menu and courteous. Forgot to let them know in advance it was our anniversary however, Dr. J made a special champagne tray with grapes for us.
Food was excellent, I had the filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly. Melt in your mouth butter knife steak.

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I
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. The service and staff were outstanding. The food was amazing as well. Finished with a complementary champagne toast. Thanks you so much for a special evening.

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DJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, even provide a special menu for the occasion, Parents 59Th wedding anniversary.
Food was wonderful. One of my favorite restaurants for special occasions.

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very good. Wine list large but outdated, “according to the server” my wife and I were looking for mascato. They had none. Price a little high but maybe after they refurbish the business they will have more items available to include their wine list.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive and had a nice personalized menu for my birthday and much appreciated

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RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and Laura's service was above and beyond.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and service was great for our anniversary

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RW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the fifth year in a row we have celebrated at Vintage Tavern and it never disappoints! Wonderful food, wonderful service, a wonderful evening.

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary at the Vintage Tavern after having such an amazing experience from our first year anniversary visit. We personally requested Dr. J as our waiter again for this evening. We both still enjoyed the environment, food, and wine also received complimentary champagne for our celebration. Excellent service. Great staff. Very attentive. Very flavorful food. We still recommend the Brian's Favorite Ice Cream for dessert. Can't wait to go back again and we plan on having our third anniversary here again.

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R
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Comfortable, friendly service and superior food. Bar night - wonderful juicy burger with pimento cheese, and beer steamed mussels so tasty that we ordered a second round!

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food, and service were incredible although we had to wait 30 minutes for our reserved table. We enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar during the wait time. Overall, it was a wonderful evening!

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R
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have chosen a more perfect place for our anniversary dinner. Our server, Laura, was prompt, efficient and friendly, and we were presented with a customized menu commemorating our anniversary. Such a nice touch. The food was perfectly prepared, and very tasty, from the bison ribeye, beef tenderloin, crab cake, and appetizers that included the biggest, best tasting mussels my husband had ever had. We had a wonderful evening in this wonderful spot, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a special evening out.

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DW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Flounder was bland and oddly paired with spoonbread - which it sat on top of and reduced it to mush; rice, lentils and/or vegetables would have been a much better choice. Bread provided was cracker size- is it too much to ask for a decent portion? Nice setting, and it would have been prettier out back on the patio had it not been raining.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday / Great service !! Also had the menu personalized with Happy Birthday Theresa ( wife’s name). Everything was done to make the night special

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Food and service were outstanding as always. We had someone in our party with several special dietary concerns that were well-accommodated. Everyone raved about their food. It's pricey, but you get what you pay for. Save room for dessert.

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TC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Our second visit to Vintage Tavern. Our first was also a special occasion, as, for us at least, it is too expensive for frequent meals. We were eager to return, as our first experience was excellent.

The atmosphere is rustic but charming, nicely decorated, with a decidedly upscale vibe. Based on our prior experience, we decided to share appetizer, entree, and dessert. The appetizer was a special of the day, and was superb. It was fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and a blackberry sauce for $12.

For our entree we chose another special, rockfish, and as we had done on our prior visit, when the waiter suggest it, we added a crabcake. Both were excellent, but we were astonished at the tiny portions of rockfish. Had we not ordered the crabcake there would not have been enough to share. We were served a tiny(!) portion of rockfish, with sauce decoratively applied on the plate, but even that couldn't conceal how small the portion actually was. On our prior occasion a shared entree had been quite adequate, as we are not big eaters. What's more, with the charge for sharing a meal ($5) and the charge for the single crabcake ($14) combined, we could have ordered a second entree and paid less!

The server was decidedly colder after learning we planned to share a meal. That is always unfortunate.

For us, at least, the good food did not justify the high prices.

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K
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was not as good as in the past—more filler in the crab cakes,etc. still a lovely setting with great service.

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PR
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and everything was great. Thanks.

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RP
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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PW
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. Just a great restaurant with great service. Our waitress Laura was outstanding!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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AH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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!!!!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the staff was just as good. Very pleased.

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GB
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to vintage Tavern to have dinner. The bartenders, were excellent (Shane and Catie). Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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DL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like going here food is great and always good service

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i
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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A
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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