Vine Street Cafe

4.7
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1014 reviews
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Chef/Owners Lisa & Terry Harwood opened Vine Street Cafe in 2003. Located on South Ferry Road, just 1.5 miles from the South Ferry. Chef Terry works with area farmers, fishermen & vineyards and features their natural bounty on his seasonal menus. We make everything in house and Lisa's desserts, ice creams and fruit crisps are no exception. Recently, we opened a small market behind the restaurant. This is where you pick up take-out orders while stocking your home pantry. Specialty catering is available along with ready fresh meals such as meatballs, chicken salad, bread, smoked ribs, BBQ Sauce and a selection of artisan pastas. Reservations are highly recommended year round.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
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s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Top notch food and service

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Meat was too fatty we had the New York strip but overall everything else wS good and we have eaten there many times before and will return just not get that steak

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I have been going to the Vine Street Cafe since it opened on Shelter Island. The food, ambiance and service have always been consistently top-notch except for my recent visit. The only negative was the quality of the steak and the au poivre sauce. The relatively pricey filet mignon was probably a choice cut at best, and the sauce was poorly executed. My weekend place is 5 minutes away from the restaurant so I will return as I have for years. If the food quality remains lackluster, I'll take it as a sign that the traditional attention to the plates has waned and will seek a new higher-end restaurant for the peak season and winter.

D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect dinner...Absolutely PERFECT!! Cozy corner table was just what we hoped for! Beet salad and lobster bisque were out of this world! Followed by Miso Glzed Salmon and Moules Frites...we felt like we WON THE DINNER GAME!!! Apple tart for dessert unbelievable! Best dinner in quite some time! Serious YUM.!!

LG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've heard about the restaurant for years but had not had a chance to get there yet. So glad we finally did as we loved everything about it and look forward to going back.

TE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant in the Hampton’s

W
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it!
Great service and food!
Expensive

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Always a pleasure
Chris from Cincinnati names after Christopher Columbus is our favorite. He always makes us smile

f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

Booked an early reservation for a Saturday night as we know this spot gets a bit noisy. We were first couple seated in an empty restaurant, 10 minutes later they seat a couple with a baby directly next to us. Restaurant was still largely empty.

Spent dinner listening to occassional squeals and the father making ‘baby talk’.

What was the maitre’d thinking?

W
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So warm and cozy with a great fall menu. Food delicious and service excellent. Love it

1
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always good. - should consider some different menu items. How about a great hamburger- give it your Vine Street ‘twist’!

Vine Street Cafe
Responded on 9 November 2019

We sell an amazing Half Pound Burger at our Sister restaurant Cove Hollow Tavern. They also have a Half Pound Lamb Burger. Cove Hollow Tavern is in East Hampton and is on Opentable as well.

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f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great fall dinner. Pasta & zoodles with seafood and Salmon with bok choy. Everything was delicious. Service was gracious and efficient. Great meal. Leftovers were great the next day!

n
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good ona cold fall evening. Food , service all tops !

KT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Honestly we were pretty disappointed all around. Table was great, quieter side of restaurant. Waitress didn’t know what was in the spicy tuna tartar that made it spicy. Lobster bisque was tasty but no chunks of lobster. Halibut was over cooked and dry. Duck pate was lovely. Asked 4 times for limes. Waitress never came back to check on us once she opened our bottle of wine - until it came to presenting us with the check. No cooler for chilled wine; sat on the table and we served ourselves. Entrees arrived before we were done with our appetizers. Prices really high for quality - and we’re from NYC. Have been coming to the island for 20 years and it was our first time at Vine. Had heard great things; guess we’ll have to try it again next year, maybe earlier in the season.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service! Pretty busy night for the “off” season! Delicious lamp chops and halibut! Always a night well spent!

T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great vibe, great food and fun comfortable time...but not a fan of customers bringing pets there!! FYI...not appropriately cool etc

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

While the restaurant had a cool look, it was WAY too expensive for what they served. Not that impressed.

KA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So super yummy! If you visit Shelter Island, definitely add this place to you list.

M
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We’ve been coming to Vine Street regularly on Monday nights for their bou

JC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food is consistently very good. Service is attentive and the atmosphere is charming and quaint. Worth the trip to Shelter Island.

W
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here. Cozy space. Lively crowd. Great service. Delicious food.

FH
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is consistently good and the presentation is always a joy!
Restaurant gives lots of choices and they are very accommodating regarding special requests!
Danielle is our absolute favorite server!!

c
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

My husband thought his duck was dry but the pickled beet salad is terrific. Tuna tartare a bit too spicy. Service very slow.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The vegan options are outstanding! Everything else also.Great bread!

SP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Planned the trip to Vine Street Cafe for a birthday dinner, we have gone to the owner's Manhattan restaurant many times so expected the same quality. Food was very average at best, the soup was extremely watered down. The biggest blunder was the birthday part, shortly after arriving I went up to the woman at the front to make sure that candles would be put on one of the desserts we ordered. She said yes was already aware of the birthday and said it would be taken care of. Desserts come and no candles, I went up to speak with her and she blandly apologized for the mistake and then brought out a terrible scoop of ice cream with a candle and stale biscotti. It was an absolutely terrible response for their terrible mistake.

II
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was fabulous food was magic love love love love so much

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was great, the staff was always polite, knowledgeable and always came with a smile. The food was excellent, including its presentation which showed the attention to detail with which it was prepared. We will be back.

DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

A very crowded Saturday night but our reserved table was kept for us. Service was efficient, food good although a little above average in price. The room was extremely noisy, and car parking was a bit of a challenge. It's probably much quiet on other days of the week.

m
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was good to very good. My skirt steak was not tender. Good skirt steak can almost be cut with a fork. My piece needed sawing with a steak knife! Everything else I ate was quite good. I was sharing the steak with a friend. I asked my waitperson to have them split it in the kitchen. I was told that they don’t do that. I replied that restaurants of this caliber should be doing that without even asking. She came back later to tell me that the kitchen agreed to split it as if this was an accomplishment. More importantly the bathrooms were a disgusting mess. Again, a restaurant of this caliber should have someone checking them periodically and cleaning them if required. When I mentioned this on my way out to the 2 young women at the front I could tell that they could not have cared less even though they gave me lip service when I told them that they seemed not to care. That is not how a high end dining experience should be even if
It is Sunday night of Labor Day weekend.

LD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is one of the nicest, most delicious restaurants I have been to. I was very happy with our meal on Sunday night- I had some concerns because my brother took a party of 4 there are on Saturday night and it was a disaster!!!!! Slow inattentive service. Then to make up for the problem they offered dessert on the house and took so long to come out with the dessert-he wasn't happy and I was concerned. Our experience was quite different.

W
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The menu is wonderful and the food is delicious. It's rustic chic and executed beautifully. I could eat there every night and go through the entire menu and be happy. It's casual and fun and yummy. Great vibe.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Long Island!!!! magical ambiance, with great service and most importantly delicious food!

PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had knowledgeable wait staff (we inquired about the yummy bread) who were extremely attentive. The place is homey yet sophisticated. The food is good, very good but not commensurate with the outrageous prices. We eat out, and well, a lot but haven’t spent that much in a long while.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was really incredible and the service was some of the best we have had since being in the Hamptons. Really lovely place! Can’t wait to go back next year.

SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Great wine but the chicken was over cooked and rubbery.

A
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Really good food!

DL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

We love vine street and go on and off season for many years. We booked a table a month ahead to take friends visiting from Europe because we love it so much. We asked to be outside and where seated in a new area which is between the side of the restaurant and the road (unpleasant as we where sitting there several people where shown a table that side and left) , unlike where we usually sit overlooking the woods. The table on the nicer side was available as we where the second table in the restaurant to arrive at 5:30 but the hostess told us she could not seat us there because it’s for a table of 10. She was very unpleasant and rude. When we left there was a table of 8 seated at the table we requested. Nice to be lied to maybe she thought we couldn’t count. We will not be going back anytime soon. That was very insulting.

SR
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Vine Street. Everything is consistently delicious.

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