Vine Street Cafe

4.6
975 reviews
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
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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SR
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

w
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
6 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
7 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.

JS
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Among the best food in the Hamptons. Charming ambiance in the seclusion of Shelter Island. Skirt Steak & Fries, scallops, are both winners. Killer Manhattan cocktail.
Wait staff was very friendly and professional.
Dined on a VERY busy Saturday night with temperature pushing high 90s. Only suggestion for improvement is the A/C and / or ducting should be adjusted.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Seafood Fra Diavlo was undercooked. The muscles, clams and scallops were all fishy tasting. Terrible. I sent the meal back and instead ordered the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly and was delicious. However, I had to wait an additional few minutes for the side of fries to arrive. My wife had the grilled lamb chops which initially were over cooked. She reordered them and they were cooked perfectly. Her sweet potato mash was thick and bland. The sautéed kale was too spicy. All in all I was underwhelmed with Vine Street. For the high prices paid, i expect only the best and do not expect to need to reorder. I will not be back. I strongly advise the chef to make sure he samples all the seafood that comes into the restaurant. It’s not enough to assume that your supplier no matter how reputable wil consistently deliver fresh seafood. As they say, trust but verify! Thank you to the owner for applying a discount to our meal to compensate for the inconvenience. That was greatly appreciated. Service was very good and attentive. Our waitress was accommodating and polite.

MS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and recognition of my wife’s birthday, which I checked off on my Opentable reservation.
Never disappoints!

u
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would go for the bread alone. Everything you order, whether appetizer, entree, or cocktail, is perfectly done. It's expensive. Very expensive. It's a treat worth the money.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was out of this world

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Reliably good food. Service was a little slow compared to other visits to Vine Street. Prices creeping up towards special occasion visit level.

JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated at a table overlooking the back parking lot and empty cans of some sort. The salad and ice cream were very good. My mussels were plentiful but I couldn't really discern the seasoning basil saffron flavor that they were supposed to be. My husband's sworfish was fine, but on the small side. We would still recommend to others

FH
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful dining experience!! The early bird special is always a great option and offers many excellent choices.
Love to BYOB of my favorite wine for just a nominal corking fee.
Danielle is our favorite server and we request her each time we dine at Vine Street!
Wishing Vine Street many more years of success!!!

S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always have been many times and never disappointed!

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Good food, service and ambiance.

P
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vine street is a reliably first rate restaurant.
Everyone agrees they have the best salmon anywhere

LD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, atmosphere and service-always a pleasure

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family trip

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoyed our first dining experience on Shelter island, looking forward to our next visit.
Everything was wonderful!

r
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great as always but their bus service especially is very subpar Left slop on table didnt clear plates Served while app plates still in front of us basically clueless summer help

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is spectacular. The setting is wonderful. One of my favorite restaurants. The pricing is starting to really get high though. The drink prices are through the roof and nothing really special about them. Still love the place but watch your drinks!

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