About Vin Rouge

2010 Hillsborough Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
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Vin rouge is a French Bistro. We focus on classic preparations served in a true bistro atmosphere. We have beautiful patio and garden areas for those who prefer to dine outside. Please indicate your preference for dining inside or out. We look forward to serving you at Vin Rouge.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
9th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 416-0406

Website:
http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
They have a small private lot with plenty of street parking nearby.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Kelly

Private Party Contact:
Michael Maller: 9194160406

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Vin Rouge will be offering their full brunch menu as well as a line-up of exquisite holiday specials to share with Mom. Table are filling fast so reserve today!

Vin Rouge Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Overpriced and undercooked

Dined on April 24, 2016

We went for Sunday brunch and were glad we had reservations because it was packed. Very noisy inside so we ate outside, which was very pleasant and quieter. My french toast was not cooked at all inside and the outside was much darker than I would like. The bacon was undercooked as well. One of my friends had the mussels and said they were fabulous. Another had an omelet and really liked it. Yet another had the crepe du jour and was disappointed. Our server was fairly attentive but had a lot of tables to handle.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This is my favorite place for Sunday brunch!!

Dined on April 24, 2016

The eggs Benedict can't be beat...the best in town!!! I love to share this dish and the french toast with crispy bacon with my sister.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Wonderful food! Our waiter was pleasant ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

Wonderful food! Our waiter was pleasant and offered good recommendations.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Always a wonderful experience! Good foo ...

Dined on April 19, 2016

Always a wonderful experience! Good food, friendly service, consistent and definitely one of Durham's best! Try the hangar steak and of course, the chocolate mousse for dessert ! Recommend this one for sure!!! Enjoy!!!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Consistent, high-quality, French Bistro

Dined on April 17, 2016

Ten years ago I took a beautiful and intelligent woman to Vin Rouge for a first date because I wanted to make a good impression. Last week, I returned to Vin Rouge with the same woman (now my wife), where we were once again met with the same classic french fare and great service. This restaurant is a beacon of consistency with regard to delicious food and ambiance. I hope to return again, with my wife, in the future.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service2
value1

Service was spotty

Dined on April 10, 2016

The food was excellent however the service was inconsistent and the restaurant became unbearably loud at the end of the meal.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding Food

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

We had brunch at Vin Rouge and it was perfect. Eggs benedictine, french onion were spot on. Excellent! Will head back for dinner very soon.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

What can I say it's the best in the tria ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

What can I say it's the best in the triangle.. Always great oysters ... Great waiter Brian .... Owner is a gem... Thanks so much...

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Every time we go, it's excellent

Dined on April 2, 2016

Always very good, great service and delicious cocktails. Sometimes a little noisy and crowded, but still very well organized.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful and thoughtful server--great f ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Wonderful and thoughtful server--great food and drink. The only suggestion is to make the foodess salty --several dishes recently have been very salty. But the dinner and the place is great!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

We had almost a good time, good food but ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

We had almost a good time, good food but slow service, even really slow a times for a week night .

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Really incredible

Dined on March 27, 2016

The wait staff was so attentive and the food was to die for. Amazing experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent 3 course fix priced $25

Dined on March 24, 2016

Wonderful 3 course fixed price menu offered certain days and times during the week. We went 5:30 on a Thursday. First course options were soup of the day, several salads and a delicious cold chicken liver pate with carmelized onion jam. Entree choices were bacon Mac and cheese, a salmon dish, and what I chose Hanger steak with pomme frites. Delicious. Dessert options were a lemon tart, Apple bread pudding or chocolate mousse. I chose the mousse and it was too rich and chocolate to even finish eating.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Romantic French Bistro

Dined on March 20, 2016

Vin Rouge is an excellent establishment with a solid menu that been prepared well for years. Bacon confiture is a staple, as well as the chicken pate. I also tend to get the duck confit salad every visit, if only to share. I highly recommend getting multiple dishes to share. IMO the appetizers, small plates and salads all outshine the entrees.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent Food

Dined on March 16, 2016

Really good food and pleasure to dine there. Especially love the calves liver which is not something I would trust to almost any other place

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Top 3 meals we've ever had

Dined on March 14, 2016

My wife and I loved it! Food was some of the best ever had in our lives. Pommes Frites were cooked perfectly and the mac n' cheese was phenomenal! I had the hangar steak which was cooked perfectly and my wife had the mussels with chorizo. Both excellent choices. Oysters gratin was enough for two people to share or even be a meal in itself. Service was excellent as our waiter was very knowledgeable with the food and a great wine pairing of what we were asking for our meal. Would go back in a heartbeat and recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

I had liver which was marginal at best. ...

Dined on March 10, 2016

I had liver which was marginal at best. My wife had the flounder special which she loved. I guess it is what you order. Used to like this place but now not sure.

food5
ambience2
service1
value2

Saturday anniversary dinner

Dined on March 6, 2016

I have been Vin Rouge many times, it usually is a 4-5 star experience, last Saturday was a big disappointment , starting from the 2 top table we were seated at to the server, I usually never give bad reviews, but this server was terrible, she had no feelings for us and I got the feeling she could care less, I brought a special bottle of wine with me and had to ask her to decant it , no big deal , we ordered some drinks to wait on the wine to open and asked about an appetizer and thats where things went ok to bad....after we order the appetizer, we finish our orders for salads and then main course, 15 mins later salads show up, waited on our server to come over and ask where the appetizer was ? she was clueless and then realize she never put the order in. all she offered was to bring it with our meals ! or take Salads back and wait on the order, really ? after we finished Salads , our meals came and were as expected, the Food is always very good at Vin Rouge. she asked if we wanted desert, even though i put on my reservation we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and told her when we stay down, we order the creme brûlée and 3 mins later she brings the check ! were like what happen to desert ? she says my bad let me put it in , 6 -7 mins later in shows up with a burnt Carmel coating! at this point , i was done with the night , paid my bill and walk out very disappointed ! To the management: Maybe you should circle around and ask your guest how there meals and nights our going , maybe you should train your servers to make sure when they make multiple mistakes to involved you to make it right, I'm not in the food service business , but i do reconized bad training / policy and bad help!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Vin Rouge never disappoints.

Dined on March 5, 2016

Vin Rouge is always a great pick. I love the sweet breads, the duck confit salad, hanger steak, pork chop, and salmon. The specials are generally excellent. Great food at a reasonable price.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic!

Dined on March 3, 2016

My mother and I went prior to seeing the Lion King and it was fantastic! I had the Croque-Madame and my mom had the Gratin De Macaroni and a bowl of French Onion soup. Everything was wonderful...and the pomme frites that came with my sandwich were the best fries I've ever had. I am already planning another visit, this time with my husband. I want to try everything! Also, our server asked if we were going to a show and made sure our food was prepared timely so we wouldn't be late. That was greatly appreciated!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience5
service5
value4

Disappointing French Toast

Dined on February 28, 2016

I have had brunch and Vin Rouge once before and remember it being crowded (ie, popular) and delicious. On this visit I decided to try the french toast and bacon and was so disappointed! The outside was burnt and the middle mushy. I assume the overcooked outer part was to ensure the thick toast was cooked through but it was bad enough for the lady at the next table to remark on my burnt toast. I ate it because I was hungry and there was good flavor under the char but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This is a true gem

Dined on February 28, 2016

This place is very cozy and romantic, a true gem. The wine list is very large and the curry muscles were delicious. I give it two thumbs up

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We were celebrating my moms retirement a ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

We were celebrating my moms retirement and the experience could not have been better. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. We were never left wanting for anything, but it never felt like they were hovering.

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Red Wine. French Accent.

Dined on February 27, 2016

We had a very enjoyable dinner with friends at Vin Rouge. All of us had been there before. And all of us seemed to order what we'd eaten before, because it's so good. Great restaurant for date night or dinner with another couple.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food2
ambience1
service5
value3

Disappointed

Dined on February 27, 2016

We drove an hour and a half because of an episode on Food Network featuring Vin Rouge. The décor is lack luster and the lighting is poor. You need a flash light in order to see the menu. The salmon and macaroni was average. Definitely not something I would order again. However, our server was excellent. She knew her wine list and what went good with each entrée. She continually checked on our table and made sure that our needs were met.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

What a great find!

Dined on February 27, 2016

I was in town with a friend for a couple of days and we made a reservation before leaving home since we wanted to dine on a Friday night. Vin Rouge reminds me of a bistro in Paris in so many ways! We were a bit early so we had drinks at the bar. The food was excellent and the service very accomplished. To top it all off, they have a very complete wine list of only French wines!! I would definitely ho back it I were in Durham again.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Excellent food

Dined on February 21, 2016

We were promptly seated. Our waiter was friendly and was well versed in the specials as well as the rest of the menu. He brought me two wines to taste to help me select. The food was fresh, and interesting. We loved our selections of fish.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service2
value3

I had to hand the waitress for a drink a ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

I had to hand the waitress for a drink and then she never asked if I wanted another drink I had the chicken sausage and found it to be flavorless

food3
ambience4
service4

Still one of my favorite restaurants in ...

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

Still one of my favorite restaurants in Durham even though prices are slowly going up while quality is slowly going down. May be a new menu, after ten years. Would be nice...

food5
ambience3
service4
value4

This was our second visit, and the food ...

Dined on February 18, 2016

This was our second visit, and the food was even better the second time. Everything was prepared to perfection.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Food is terrific but overpriced.

Dined on February 15, 2016

The food is wonderful, but you can get the same quality for a better price at other great Durham restaurants.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

We had the Valentines Day menu. It was f ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

We had the Valentines Day menu. It was fast and tasty. Oysters and caviar were delicious and fresh. Scallop entre was perfect. Excellent wine selections and wait staff was very knowledgable. Can't wait for a return trip.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Food. Great Service

Dined on February 14, 2016

Took the girlfriend to Vin Rouge for Valentines day. Staff and service were excellent. Attentive but not to pushy or in your face. Our waiter Kenny really took the time to explain a few things we questioned and help us find a wine based on our order and preferences. Food was delicious and the portion sizes were filling yet not too big.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Nice traditional French cuisine with sma ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Nice traditional French cuisine with smaller but interesting wine list.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Brunch

Dined on February 14, 2016

Too small a menu. Out of key brunch items like French toast and crepes.

food5
ambience3
service3
value3

Table was't ready at the time of reservation

Dined on February 14, 2016

The table wasn't ready for us at the time of the reservation, they do not have a waiting area and we had to wait close to where they prepare the meals which caused us to smell like grease.They did not give us a table with appropriate sitting for 6 people and there was missing chairs when we finally got to the table. The food is always good there, no complains about it!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Durham's Best

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

This restaurant is my "go-to" for any special occasion where perfection is required! I have always had excellent service, fabulous food and enjoy the interesting wine selections. A warm and comfortable environment for get- togethers with friends, dates, special nights or celebrations - this restaurant will always suit! It's our top choice for gift certificates as well. Vin Rouge always delivers!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

Not worth the price

Dined on February 13, 2016

My husband and I ate here on a Friday night. We had heard good things about Vin Rouge and the place was packed which we typically view as a good sign. However after sitting down we couldn't figure out why this place was such a "hot spot." The place was quite loud which we don't mind but we had a difficult time hearing our server. We ordered drinks (glass of wine and a beer). It took 15 minutes to get them, although my husband liked his beer my wine was a little under poured and not from a fresh bottle (~$14/glass). We also had to wait quite a while for our oysters (~30 minutes). They were good but not necessarily worth the wait. The price for them was quite high. We both ordered the beef special that night (beef filet with fries and a small salad). This took over an hour to receive. Mine was good but not great. My husband's was very overcooked but he ate it anyway since we had to wait so long to receive our order. I think if he had realized that the special would be $40 then he may have had it recooked since it was overcooked. We both ordered dessert, creme brûlée and a lemon tart. They were good but not great. All in all everything was ok but not what I would expect for what we paid. For close to a $200 meal we had poor/slow service, good/ok food and we smelled like a fryer. We won't return simply because Vin Rouge is not worth anywhere close to the prices charged and there are numerous restaurants in Durham that are much tastier than Vin Rouge and at more reasonable prices.

food4
ambience2
service2
value3

Very good food, snobbish annoying service, loud

Dined on February 13, 2016

The food is very good. The past few times we've been there however, the small rooms were VERY loud. Hard to enjoy conversation. We've unfortunately had the same obnoxious waiter over and over again. Speaks to us as though we were children who don't know red from white wine, or when I asked him to describe the type/taste of fish the Skate special was, he quickly said oh that's not a fish. It's a ray. Dude, we looked it up. It's a kind of fish. Why be obnoxious to your guests? Would not recommend UNLESS you have a large party and will be noisy yourself, or take pleasure in having a waiter be RUDE to you.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

excellent evening

Dined on February 11, 2016

While we do not drink, the wine list seems ample and we have made this place our favorite. The food, especially the salmon and pork roasted lentils is top drawer and very reasonable. We have never been disappointed from calves liver to pork chops to seafood. We especially enjoy the escargot. Our first choice in Durham, Raleigh and Cary area.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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