Vine Street Cafe

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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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c
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
66 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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
29 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
31 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great wine but the chicken was over cooked and rubbery.

A
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really good food!

DL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

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
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

w
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

we had a lovely ferry ride over & were anticipating a nice evening. it was our anniversary. i stated that in our reservation as well as our table preferences. the hostess attempted to seat us a 2 tables that were not acceptable. i suggested 2 other options, which she had to check with someone, which resulted in "no". she then brought us to the back room & offered an end table next to the bar. i asked for the table next to that one. she again had to 'check', returning only to tell us "no" again!! we dine out ALOT & i was extremely taken back by this. if it had not been our anniversary, i absolutely would have left. mgmt apparently has no interest in accommodating their diners. we did sit at that table next to the bar...like we had a choice! about 15 minutes later the hostess brought a single in & sat them at the next table-the table i had requested & was told "NO"!!!really?!?! our waitress was pleasant & attentive & our salads were good. i had the seared day boat scallops & my husband had the pork chop &warm bean salad. the bean salad was not warm & the pork chop had a very mushy texture. my scallops were cooked perfectly & were flavorful, however, there were a few sandy/gritty bits in the dish. we then ordered an espresso, coffee & a raspberry/peach croustade. desert took quite awhile to arrive &the pastry was very overcooked in spots. they did write "happy anniversary" on the plate ...hmm...what if we didn't order desert, since no one had acknowledged our anniversary? most nicer restaurants offer a complimentary glass of champagne or desert, as a nice gesture, for a special occasion. we were very disappointed with their customer service, or lack thereof, especially on our special evening!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, best duck i have ever had. Pricey but worth it. Service was a bit scattered and it was hard locate our server at times long after water and plates had been finished. The manager Chris sent us a great dessert and was wonderful to meet! We will be back. Thank you! Jeremy Romine

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Bad slow service

IA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining outside. Delicious food, wonderful ambience and excellent service makes this a favorite choice. The tuna tartar and The Salmon entree are our favorites. What a surprise to find chocolate chip mint ice cream in the profiteroles!
A definite MUST or us in Shelter Island.

VP
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

As long as they are very rich an happen to be on Shelter Island.

SV
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It’s always a special evening at Vine St.; excellent table and ambiance, expert bartender and superb meal. Service was very good however it feels like the resto needs 1-2 more servers on-staff. Everyone is racing-around covering their tables but staffing seems light for the Summer.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went here on vacation. Large group-10 adults and 2 kids. The food was very good-I enjoyed it. However, it is definitely overpriced (even for Shelter Island-bought the same bottle of wine I ordered out 3 nights ago and it was $18 more expensive here). The service was slow, but it was my first time here, so I know you can’t necessarily judge it by that. Overall, I liked what I had and I would try it again.

E
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed dining . Food delicious. Look forward to our next dining experience there

s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and evening, as usual.

R
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food Great wine selections
Warm and welcoming atmosphere

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends of ours met us on shelter island for a Sunday evening.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was clearly overbooked. We waited over 20 minutes to be seated and 40 minutes for our entrees. We had the tuna tartare and market salad to start and the scallops for our main course. The food was average at best. Our waitress was excellent, apologizing more than once for the delay, explaining that the kitchen was backed up. We asked to see the manager who echoed her claiming that everyone arrived at the same time and that the kitchen was overwhelmed. After speaking to the manager, we appreciated that he took 50% off our check.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous meal, good service, pleasant place!

N
New England
69 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Vine St Cafe many times over the last 5+ years and have always enjoyed great food and a great experience. This past Saturday was quite disappointing. It took more than 45 minutes to receive our entrees. Clearly there was an issue with an overburdened kitchen as the food not only arrived slowly but was not well prepared. Calamari salad - which in the past was great - had rubbery calamari which had likely been sitting for a while. The pasta entree tasted like it was made in a big pot cafeteria style and then doled out in a bowl (and $33!). I understand the need to be financially successful but the product suffers when it is overcrowded.

By the way - I will give it another try but not on a weekend!

Sorry!!

V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. Food was excellent. A little pricey, but worth it. Staff was amazing too. Very attentive and helpful with any questions. Will definitely go back next trip to Shelter Island.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and exceptional service.

SB
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is excellent, food choices and execution very good. Delicious bread. Wine a bit pricey without much choice in the more reasonable price point. Noise level can get high. Overall, great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming for years. Eating outside was lovely. Food terrific .

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal
Great service
A pleasure to dive there
Very special

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

WE HAVE BEEN COMING TO SHELTER ISLAND BY BOAT FOR YEARS AND WE JUST DISCOVERED VINE STREET CAFE. WE ANCHOR IN COECLES HARBOR IT WORTH TAKING THE DINGHY TO COECLES HARBOR MARINA AND WALK FROM THERE TO VINE STREET CAFE. GREAT PLACE.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Amazing birthday celebration! Food and service was excellent! Thank you!

F
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place whenever we visit Shelter Island

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Vine Street Cafe and everything about it, my reason for four stars instead of 5 was that it was simply too hot inside the restaurant, the AC Was not adequate and the ceiling duct work kept dripping on my husband.

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