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Vin Rouge


2010 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 416-0466
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Photo of Diana Rice Diana Rice
Jun 29, 2019 5

French food and the atmosphere at this spot is great. Staff is always nice even when they have a full house. It has a cool atmosphere.

Photo of Priscilla Miller Priscilla Miller
Jun 30, 2019 5

french food here - super tasty. Food with real quality ingredients. The staff was very kind and attentive. Feels like a place in Los Angeles I loved.

Photo of Adam Schoenfeld Adam Schoenfeld
May 12, 2019 3

Had a Mother's day brunch. Our 4 meals weren't served at the same time. Salmon was good, but had no starch on the plate. A few other small, but surprising issues. Wanted to like it, but probably won't go back.

Photo of Harald Ade Harald Ade
May 21, 2019 4

Very nice atmosphere. Indeed gives you a feeling once inside of being transported to some place in France. Oysters were great. Sweetbread appetizer was great (particularly the greens on the side). Main dish also very solid with suprisingly large portions. Almost 5 stars. Will go back to double check on it.

Photo of h1rambab3 h1rambab3
May 27, 2019 5

My friends and I had a family style meal. As someone who has been to Paris, this restaurant is as close as you will get to exquisite French cuisine. They have a beautiful French wine selection and the main courses are cooked to perfection (unless you cannot handle the French rare steak. That's how the French do steak ). My favorite course is dessert and the dark chocolate mousse is decadent. Vin Rouge is a must if you're in the area!

Photo of Jonah Orr Jonah Orr
Jun 15, 2019 5

The most consistent french food in Durham. This is an absolute favorite place for date nights, particularly with the prix fixe menu and dollar oysters on Tuesdays. The cocktails have some nice creativity and the wine menu is extensive and well curated. Very reasonably priced for the quality and the ambiance feels authentic.

Photo of Isasc Pipkin Isasc Pipkin
Jun 16, 2019 5

Nearby parking. Attentive staff. Fresh food. Nice bistro atmosphere. Prices high so ho yo early prefix menu. Wine selection very good.

Photo of David Phillips David Phillips
Nov 6, 2019 5

Parisian dining in Decatur. We stop here every time we are near. If you like french cooking you will love this place. Warning - they are closed Mondays.

Photo of Ryan Burch Ryan Burch
Nov 10, 2019 5

We came to celebrate a friend visiting from out of town, but the staff treated us all like family! The waiter was excellent, and the food was fantastic! We went for brunch and everyone cleaned their plates. I ordered the flank steak and it was cooked to perfection. Everyone's dish looked well prepared and yummy. I would highly recommend this restaurant, but will say that there is no 'kid's menu'. Even with that, our excellent waiter was able to pull some strings to accommodate our younger patrons. We had a large group that stayed for a while and we felt no pressure at all. Wonderful experience all around!

Photo of Erick von Schulz Erick von Schulz
Nov 5, 2019 5

I love everything here and the service is always amazing. The steak tar tar, pate's, steaks and other meals I have had here are always awesome. If I still lived closer I would go more often. But definitely a great French restaurant to visit.

Photo of Jessica Goldblum Jessica Goldblum
Sep 28, 2019 5

The NY Strip was honestly one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Perfectly seasoned, crusted, and topped with herbs and butter- I am still dreaming about it. And they give you a mountain of fries so you don’t have to share. Round off your meal with a scoop of the dark chocolate mousse- dreamy 😍

Photo of Hans Rumble Hans Rumble
Sep 11, 2019 5

There are so many little delightful things about Vin Rouge that shot it to the top of my ratings chart - its ambiance is cozy and charming; with a reservation, you're seated immediately upon arrival; window tables face out on the adorable patio and herb planters. The service is as attentive and skilled as you'd expect from a highly-rated French restaurant. I love it here.

Photo of Steve Wells Steve Wells
Sep 9, 2019 5

Excellent restaurant with high standards and good food. Bartender was especially good. He checked glasses before pouring a drink to ensure they met his standard. It's that kind of place. High standards, great food and good service.

Photo of Robert Joines Robert Joines
Oct 1, 2019 5

We have never had a bad meal here. Perfect for any special occasion or just a quick bite on the way home. You won't forget the meal and prepare to be indulged. Escargot, fresh oysters, amazing mussels, sweet breads, and phenomenal dishes that shift with the seasons. You'll love it!

Photo of Troy Toney Troy Toney
Jan 13, 2022 5

Looking from the outside you would never expect to find such a romantic, intimate, cozy inside. Much more seating than I would have thought as well. We started with some wine for wife and beer for me. Various options in water. All great. Appetizers was a goat cheese and onion quiche with side salad and escargot with butter for dipping. Both was delicious. Entrees was the steak and fries cooked perfectly and pork served with a gravy and mashed potatoes with red cabbage. For dessert the mousse was perfection!

Photo of Kayla Kayla
Nov 7, 2021 5

This is one of my favorite places in town. Definitely a go to for date night. The food is so good and the overall experience is unique and special. I do recommend getting a little familiar with the menu. The menu is French, the server would be happy to explain everything to you and make awesome suggestions but I like to have some familiarity. They are always so accommodating when I ask to order the vegetables that accompany the special as my side order. And by all means get the chocolate mousse every time !

Photo of Brendan Selly Brendan Selly
Feb 20, 2022 5

High quality french cuisine with a superb wine list. My fiancee and I got a half dozen oysters (they had 4 different varieties available), a cheese board, the brown butter almond trout, and the chocolate tort and lemon tart for dessert. It was hard to choose a favorite, everything was wonderful. We had wine with dinner, which the server was very helpful in helping us navigate (neither of us are very well versed in wines) and found both glasses delightful. I had their take on an old fashioned and was pleased to find that their mixed drinks were just as satisfying as the rest of the fare. The service was impeccable and the interior was comfortable, intimate and classy. Our visit was one that we'll remember.

Photo of Christine Dixon Christine Dixon
Mar 28, 2022 4

Great place for brunch on Sunday. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was wonderful. Loved sitting at the bar. The bartender was friendly and attentive on a busy morning.

Photo of Paul Cray Paul Cray
Jan 1, 2022 5

The ambience was fantastic. The service was very good - we had great help from our server. We had oysters which were absolutely delicious. The goat was perfectly portioned but the beef tenderloin had almost too many fries. A little less would help balance the dish. The creme brulee was very light and tasty! This is a great place if you want some great french eatery vibes!

Photo of Lisa & Wes Williams Lisa & Wes Williams
Feb 25, 2022 5

Having spent significant time in France and enjoying lots of truly quality restaurants I can say that Vin Rouge is right up there with the best of French restaurants. Please give them a try. the food, service, atmosphere ware all 13/10. Aden was our server and she was knowledgeable, attentive, and a joy to have. Please ask for her!

Photo of Yusif Al-yemeni Yusif Al-yemeni
Jan 23, 2021 5

It's been a couple years since I went last. It was our go to date night place. It is still as great as we remember it. Food is consistently good. Your not going to get anything frilly or dainty. Just good classic French food.

Photo of Ziyun Huang Ziyun Huang
Jan 11, 2021 4

Vin Rouge offers a great French cuisine experience for a date night or special occasions. Their food is good but every time I go there is something that is just not great...But still overall a lovely little place

Photo of Isa delva Isa delva
Jan 11, 2021 4

First time here. Food was good, but nothing memorable. I would think that they had some signature dish or something special but it's about all you can get anywhere else. Now when it comes to decor, I really like this place. 95/100.

Photo of Stephanie Stephanie
Jan 10, 2021 5

I loved dining here. We enjoyed a Romantic and relaxing Outdoor covered garden area, and got to feel the warmth of heaters on a raining night. The food portions and flavors are excellent, being familiar yet unique. It was our first time dining and it happened to be prefixe which is a great offering. We look forward to going back and will tell our friends :)

Photo of ToNy FuNtAzTiKo ToNy FuNtAzTiKo
Jan 13, 2021 5

Simply AMAZING!! The staff....the service was exceptional, felt like we were the only people in the restaurant. Nice atmosphere, the decor is eye catching.The dishes were exquisite. Executive Chef Steven has a vast array of choices on the menu and has yet to disappoint. This place is a MUST for any occasion, date night, business dinner.

Photo of Tim Becker Tim Becker
Nov 16, 2020 5

Great outdoor seating. The mac n cheese is OUT OF THIS WORLD good. HUGE portion too. I had it for lunch the day after and it reheated well, but obviously not as good as it was fresh.

Photo of Jasmine Pflepsen Jasmine Pflepsen
Oct 17, 2020 4

The staff were very friendly, and the food was very nice. A few dishes were a bit salty for my taste, but my friend said they tasted fine. It was very cold inside because the patio doors were open.

Photo of Jillian Jillian
Nov 1, 2020 5

This was our first time at Vin Rouge and it was a truly exceptional experience! Brett took incredible care of us and was not only friendly but really professional. The ambience was relaxing yet upscale and the food was A.Mazing. Appetizers to deserts and all the wine in between was great. Best meal and service in Durham we've had. Thanks for a delightful and delicious experience!

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

Great authentic atmosphere with helpful servers. The grouper was good but could have been better. I enjoyed the polenta side dish and my daughters frites! The Mac and cheese was good but could have been creamier. Cheese plate excellent and great wine/champagne list.

Photo of Laura D Laura D
Sep 3, 2020 5

Had a wonderful first time experience at Vin Rouge last night. All the staff were extremely polite and accommodating. We sat on the outdoor patio. The atmosphere is very reminiscent of garden patios in the old towns of France. I ordered the Crôt de Porc, and it was probably one of the best meals I've ever had. I can't wait to return!

Photo of Natalie Jordan Natalie Jordan
Sep 10, 2020 5

Beautiful ambiance and delicious food!

Photo of Daniel Fwu Daniel Fwu
Sep 25, 2020 5

Very nice restaurant with outdoor seating and they followed the social distancing rule pretty well. I ordered the burger medium well and it was one of the best burger I've ever had!! I highly recommend it if you like burgers. Service was great too. The waiter made a mistake on the bill but he was very apologetic and quickly corrected it. I recommend this place!

Photo of Bobby McFarland Bobby McFarland
Sep 12, 2020 5

Best mac and cheese in the triangle!!! It was a great overall experience with wonderful ambiance and atmosphere.

Photo of Cathy Murphy Cathy Murphy
Aug 30, 2020 5

Delicious brunch in a lovely patio surrounded by greenery & flowers. We all had the scrambled eggs with salmon & capers and we all loved it.

Photo of Charles Vinueza Charles Vinueza
Aug 31, 2020 5

Probably the best restaurant in Durham. The manager will accommodate for any mistakes with your food. Everything you order is tasty. Wine/cocktails are great

Photo of Calvin Morris Calvin Morris
Aug 2, 2020 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Outdoor seating area is quiet, clean, and has a nice breeze. Plenty of parking. Loved my lamb omelette and will 100% be returning here.

Photo of Hunter Levinsohn Hunter Levinsohn
Jul 28, 2020 4

Good food with good friends. First time eating out at a restaurant since February! The wait staff was well prepared and had thought of good solutions to a lot of potential problems (For instance instead of individual menus, there was a chalk board with all the evening's selections.) This was just one example. We felt comfortable and unworried!

Photo of Pat Ryan Pat Ryan
Jul 26, 2020 5

WOW! What an amazing experience. Our Server Nikki did an amazing job. The food was spectacular and this was only brunch. We are so excited to visit here for dinner. They did a great job social distancing. The brunch selection was wonderful. I had the Salad Nicoise which is in the picture. Not only was it delicious but it was also huge. Thank you Vin Rouge for a great brunch experience.

Photo of Rachel Zamorski Rachel Zamorski
Jul 17, 2020 5

Fantastic staff and service. The oysters on the half shell were excellent. FULL BAR, they can make any cocktail. I have a new fav in Durham.

Photo of Anselmo Lastra Anselmo Lastra
Jun 14, 2020 5

They're back open for brunch and it was better than ever. The eggs, hollandaise, and frites were superb.

Photo of Martin Walston Martin Walston
Jun 20, 2020 5

We had an amazing time at Vin Rouge, celebrating our anniversary. All staff were wearing masks, and the tables were spaces fast apart to accommodate social distancing. The food was incredible!

Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Dec 18, 2019 5

Why haven't I been back in so long?! Vin Rouge is everything you expect in a French bistro. Unassuming, small tables that are close together with a nice bar. Great seafood and French specialties at this restaurant with escargots, oyster gratinee, beautifully tender octopus salad eaten with a wonderful Cotes de Rhone red and finished with an amazing apple bread pudding. Service was good South a little slow at times. Love the bread service where they slice their bread as they put it out so you know they're not recycling bread. Fabulous experience! Very limited parking out front with a much larger parking lot on the side. Will definitely be going back!

Photo of John Scott Major John Scott Major
Jun 4, 2020 5

Very good. French style with local fresh ingredients (which is, of course, a very French way to cook).

Photo of Hans Rasmussen Hans Rasmussen
May 15, 2019 5

Fresh bread, olive infused oil and tap water. The oil makes up for the water. Followed by escargot cooked to perfection and bouillabaisse. Fantastic meal!!!

Photo of Sharon Campbell Sharon Campbell
Aug 6, 2019 4

Good Experience...service great and food was tasty. I was surprised at the portion sizes, much larger than anticipated. The fresh heirloom tomato salad was awesome and almost a meal into itself.

Photo of Cat Gotti Cat Gotti
Mar 10, 2020 4

Great ambience and service was outstanding. Unfortunately both meat dishes were not tender but rather chewy. Creme brulee was delicious

Photo of Aakash Gupta Aakash Gupta
Jan 25, 2020 5

Amazing french! Favorites: mussels, bread pudding, trout. The wines were impeccable. Probably our favorite french in the triangle. Makes sense given the restaurant group it’s a part of. Come!

Photo of Mike Xenos Mike Xenos
Jan 3, 2020 5

The restaurant vibe was amazing also! Jazzy music and extremely nice and patient staff. He ordered the cheese grits and barbecue shrimp (he got the shrimps grilled without the bbq), and I had chicken strips and SWEET POTATO cornbread!!! Yes, sweet potato cornbread.I even got a side of HOT pancake syrup to put on top! It was SO good!

Photo of Alina Barnett Alina Barnett
Dec 14, 2019 5

I had the eggs Benedict and it was spectacular. They also gave a very good wine suggestion that was tailored to my personal tastes. Great service, fantastic food, great wine.

Photo of Robert Stitzer Robert Stitzer
Dec 27, 2019 4

Weird place but I loved it. Really good food, quirky atmosphere, good beer, and good experience all around. A little pricey but that's to be expected when you pick this place. First time having escargot and that was pretty good.

Photo of Billy Shepherd Billy Shepherd
Dec 9, 2019 5

Well....If you are seeking a PERFECT brunch spot....run, do not walk to Vin Rouge! I just had that treat today. I have looked forward to my annual brunch with a great friend and her equally fantastic aunt every year when my friend is drawn out of Florida to attend the Duke production of the Messiah. To borrow a short text from that production to describe how our annual encounter to dine and catch up in the brilliant Vin Rouge....HALLELUJAH!!! We had one little hiccup when I arrived first and the hostess couldn't find our reservation. She was brilliant..my dining partners were parking their car and when they came in the one who had made the reservation admitted that she had not received the confirmation. Thank goodness it wasn't of my doing. Our brilliant hostess very calmly assessed what I'm SURE is a packed booking and pulled what we decided was the best table in the place out of her magical hat and happily seated us without missing a beat! To add to the magic...we had the brilliant Peter to wait on us! Well...all I can say is that even if the food and beverages we had hadn't been beyond delicious...we would still have had a magical experience because of the incredible staff that make perfect and personal attention seem rediculously effortless! If I'm gushing...its due to the truth that Vin Rouge was it's usual perfect entity. HALLELUJAH! billy shepherd

Photo of Christopher Woods Christopher Woods
Dec 9, 2019 5

We enjoyed our evening with friends. We liked everything in the menu, and had a tough time selecting. Our server, Chris, was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. He helped us select cocktails, our entrees, and wine for our 3 course dinner. We love the warm and vibrant atmosphere of Vin Rouge. Our dinner was spectacular, and Chris enhanced our experience on this busy Sunday evening.

Photo of Barbara Psillos Barbara Psillos
May 13, 2022 5

The staff was gracious and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious! I had the liver which was great and my husband really enjoyed the fish he had. Wine was perfect. The atmosphere and total experience was more than memorable. It was awesome. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Photo of Justin Coury Justin Coury
May 5, 2022 5

One of the best restaurant experiences I've had recently. Great food, great services, great aesthetic. The whole thing was a good experience. Highly recommend.

Photo of Mark Weinress Mark Weinress
Jun 15, 2022 5

Great restaurant. Had the goat cheese tart and the Trout Almondine. Both were wonderful. Classic French bistro atmosphere with an authentic feel. Very comfortable dining. I'll definitely be back.

Photo of Francine Torok-Williams Francine Torok-Williams
Jul 26, 2022 4

Very popular and from what our waitress told us, there are lines waiting to get in when the school year starts. Our server was super friendly, and the kitchen staff is a well tuned machine. Outstanding fries with a large portion of lightly dressed greens come with all brunch dishes. My omelette was a little too wet for my taste however my husband's salad nicoise looked good. Eggs Benedict and the French toast looked very good as it was delivered to the customers.

Photo of Andrew F Andrew F
Aug 5, 2022 5

Absolutely incredible food!! Really enjoyed sitting at the bar for dinner. Tasty drinks and the food was so good! The mac n cheese is a must try - it’s a meal!! Finished off with some dessert that really hit the spot. Cool atmosphere, friendly service, and outstanding food makes this a must try in Durham!

Photo of Krista W Krista W
Aug 5, 2022 5

A truly excellent experience every time we visit! I've never had a bad meal. Their servers are very well educated on the menu and wine list. The service is attentive without being intrusive. We have been with just a party of two up to a party of 12 and it is a 5 star visit without fail.

Photo of Sandy V Sandy V
Jun 21, 2022 5

I love to cook so we don't eat out a lot. But it was our wedding anniversary and my husband surprised me with reservations to Vin Rouge. It was fabulous...the service, the setting, the food...we loved it all. Because I enjoy cooking a wide variety cuisines, we are often disappointed on the infrequent occasions when we do eat out. Frankly, I believe most people don't cook and therefore over-rate mediocre food to the point where it seems online reviews are not necessarily reliable. But Vin Rouge is the real deal and everything you'd want in a special night out. We had eaten here in the past and enjoyed it, but it had been several years. So glad we returned and it was just as wonderful as I remembered. Highly recommend.

Photo of y s y s
Jul 18, 2022 3

Came for a meeting to Durham. Selected this French restaurant based on google reviews - some of them were greatest ever i read.However my experience did not turn out to be the same as theirs. I have had great flavors at French restaurants in San Francisco, Portland and Atlanta. Sat at bar for drink--5 Stars. Dinner review: 1. Service- 3 stars/ average. 2. Halibut fish- very very average. no flavors at all. I had to ask for extra pepper and table salt. 3. Green salad- 3 stars-the taste and presentation made me feel i was eating at some national chain restaurant- so casual and average and so unlike a great French restaurant. 4. Bread- hard and nothing great. 5. Olives and oil --5 stars. Nothing to come back here for.

Photo of Heather Wade Heather Wade
Aug 15, 2022 3

Had dinner at the bar here on Saturday night. The Mac and cheese seemed more thin and watery compared to what I remember. Most of the cheese on top. Wondering if it was a bad night. Came just for that. Have been getting the Mac and cheese on and off for years. Just didn't seem the same.

Photo of Artemis Witry Artemis Witry
Aug 21, 2022 5

I never write reviews but I had to this time. We ate brunch there today and my god, this is a hidden gem in downtown Durham. We were just walking by and decided to go in and we are so glad that we did! 5 stars isn’t enough. The food and service was immaculate!