Vanillamore

4.8
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331 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
‘Vanillamore®’ was inspired by chef Risa’s passion for vanilla and the way that it can be used to enhance other flavors in desserts, just as salt is used in savory food.

Vanillamore’s fresh take on a night out seeks to be at the intersection of elevated but casual – meeting all the needs of guests looking to find a friendly neighborhood place that allows them to explore desserts that evoke memories from their childhood (SWEET), share small plates and experience a range of flavors, textures, colors (SAVORY), and read through conversation starter cards that lead to storytelling and connection. Chef Risa prides herself on creating a restaurant where foodies, families, friends and the local community can experience exceptional service, an open kitchen, and a virtual art gallery in an immersive, approachable way (SOCIAL).
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous! We eat out very regularly and my husband said it was the best meal he'd had in a year....high praise!

LG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was really a great dining experience! The food was not only delicious but the entire time we were there we felt like welcome guests at a new friend’s house!

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and dessert. Small plates and entrees that were excellent. The presentation of everything including the dessert was great.

LB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is *so good* - the only thing I wish is that there were smaller "a la carte" options for dessert. (My son was with us and wanted a cookie. My sister and I wanted the s'mores. But because it was my son's birthday, we went with the milk and cookies platter. I wish it had been possible to just get him one cookie!)

AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Display and creativity of food pairings is excellent. Preparation took care and time by the staff. Overall cheeryness or friendliness of the staff could have been uped a few notches, however it was a Sunday afternoon after a Valentine's Weekend. Much of my dining experiences that I love come from service, so if that got stepped up I would have enjoyed celebrating our Valentine's Day more. However, we will be back anyways!

CR
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and serving and staff are amazing! I will definitely go again and bring more friends along to spread the word of this place.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vanillamore has such great food and dessert! The service was amazing and helpful! Will definitely come back again!

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. My wife and I got an assortment of tapas, all of which were incredibly flavorful. We got the chocolate charcuterie board for dessert (highly recommend) and it was amazing. We expected a delicious meal but this definitely exceeded expectations!!! We’ll be back!!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun to have a game on the table while we wait for our food!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for dessert and they do amazing and innovative chocolates and drinks. It was our second time there and everyone was warm and welcoming. Definitely would come back! Sydney was great.

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavorful, fulfilling and simply OUTSTANDING! Highly recommend Vanillamore for a quick bite, a wonderful dinner or just dessert. You won't be disappointed. Also, the team always delivers extraordinary service. I'll be back!

f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dessert and coffee. Nothing like it in Northern NJ.
Service is excellent. Only downside is that seating is limited and most of it is at the dessert bar. But still worth the visit!

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very creative, fun way to enjoy good food. Only constructive critic would be that dishes could be served warmer, when applicable. Will definitely be going back soon!

L
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Vanillamore has great atmosphere, service, and food!

JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitstaff was friendly and informative. Service and food excellent. Will be back to explore menu further.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service , Great dessert

TF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and menu options. Love the staff and atmosphere. Comfortable and relaxed - we had a great time! One of the employees also came over and did a few magic card tricks for us which was a lot of fun. Thank you!

MI
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time for the night. Get the gnocchi - so tasty, especially the butternut squash bits in it!! Get the hot chocolate flight! Our server, Veneri, WAS AMAZING. And speaking with Rizzi’s dad was so nice. Such good people ... everyone. We’re excited to return and get the short ribs!!

JP
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Even better deserts!! Highly recommend! Friendly and helpful staff.

MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place and it's BYOB.

SG
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a cute and cozy restaurant! I met up with some friends for brunch and we enjoyed it. Our server was very personable and bubbly, and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. We started out with an array of small pastries and then we ordered the galette and the frittata. They each came with a small salad and either potatoes or berries. The coffee is a French press and while pretty good, is pretty small. I got a refill and I'm not sure if I was charged for it or not. If not, it's a good value, but if so, it's overpriced. Overall brunch was tasty and pleasant and I would return if in the area again.

RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and some of the best service I’ve had in a while. Brian, our server, was amazing.

LW
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is SO GOOD! And they were very accommodating with my rambunctious 5 year-old.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very interesting brunch. The menu is eclectic, great choices. If you don't arrive at opening be prepared to wait for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere is vibrant and casual. The waitstaff strive to provide great service. The only downside is the noise. It's difficult to hear your dining companions speak.

RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, reasonable prices. Had to flag down server a few times to get attention. They take your order and stop coming to your table while kitchen staff bring out food and take your dishes.

VR
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

L
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food and service.

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at counter corner, seats 32,33 and loved it! Family owned and operated, supporting daughter, a creative Culinary Institute Grad. Food was gourmet, prepared, plated and presented extremely well. Great atmosphere!

T
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way!

CO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vanillamore is always solid and has excellent, creative, upscale food. The ambience is great and the people are friendly and helpful. I've found service to be slower than ideal regularly but otherwise, five stars all around for this great place I frequent often. Reservations are a must, as it's often packed.

SK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here for dessert, there specialty! My wife and I each ordered a dessert flight which had three mini desserts. They were amazing and the portion sizes were just right. Highly recommend this place for date night or with friends. Decadent desserts and high energy atmosphere!

AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff Vereen was the best

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my best friend out for her birthday and we loved Vanillamore from the atmosphere to the food and presentation. We will definitely come back.

MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends over good food and great desserts!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Brought my family to have the afternoon Tea Menu and it was great! Lots of variety and they allotted for an upgrade. We had plenty of leftovers. The price is perfect!

V
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I were celebrating one of our friend’s engagement & Vanillamore did not disappoint. I made the reservation a few weeks out and last minute had to bring my infant daughter. When I let the restaurant know, they right away assured me it would not be an issue. When we arrived, they had us seated in a corner location to best suit having the baby and accommodated me even further by flipping over a high chair so I could put her carrier there. Food and service were incredible as always & just the relief and support of not worrying about my child made the day even better. Our friend was then even surprised with sorbet at the end of the meal (which by the way our server was amazing at answering questions and knew so much about the menu)! I am never disappointed and cannot wait to go back now with my husband and two kids, knowing that the kids won’t be an issue there either!

W
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the first time I've been here to eat dinner and have dessert. This is my third or fourth visit and all I've ever gotten was dessert. This time we went the whole nine yards.
From the get go, as usual, the woman I spoke with on the phone was as nice as could be. She asked me if we were celebrating a special occasion and then asked if anyone in our group had any food allergies.
When we arrived we were greeted warmly and seated right away. Our server, Kaitlin was a sweetheart. She again asked us if anyone had any food allergies which fortunately we don't. She explained the dinner menu since it was out first time eating dinner there. We decided to order a bunch of things and the three of us would share.
For starters we ordered a salad with crispy bits of pancetta and a thick slice of mozzerella. Also some cheeses, meats, and a trio of humus cups with pita triangles for dipping. Everything was outstanding. We just regretted not bringing a bottle of wine with us.
Then we shared a bunch of small plates. We ordered the turkey meatballs, the slider trio, the lamb ribs, and the sweet potato gnocchi. Again, everything was incredible.
The manager stopped by our table several times to check on us. They all really make you feel special. An excellently run business. I hope they are here for many, many years to come! Be sure to make reservations because by the time we were leaving there was a line out the door and as soon as a table was free it was filled.
We had room for dessert because the portions aren't huge. Quality over quantity is how they do it. As always I ordered the French press coffee and the Crazy for Caramel. My girls both got the seasons special. An incredible mint tartlet with marshmallow on it. It had a chocolate minty flavor. Also a small sample of caramel hot chocolate and one other item made with salted caramel. It's not really my thing but my wife loves it. We found out how much longer they'll be serving the special so we can get back at least once more

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here before a show with my dad to celebrate his birthday. Everything we had was delicious! We had the dips & spreads, pretzel bites, Brussel sprouts with pancetta, chicken satay and sweet potato gnocchi. I’m not even sure I can pick a favorite because everything was spectacular. I hadn’t told our server it was my dads bday until we received the check, she still brought out a small dessert with candle for him, it was very thoughtful. The restaurant is BYOB and I felt the prices were incredibly reasonable. I will definitely be back and am excited to try more of the menu.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu with something for everyone. Delicious food - tuna tartare was delicious and desserts were out of this world!