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“I Really Liked This Place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vin Rouge

Vin Rouge
2010 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 416-0406
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Ranked #12 of 614 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 9th St.
Description: Vin rouge is a French Bistro. We focus on classic preparations served in a true bistro atmosphere. We have beautiful patio and garden areas for those who prefer to dine outside. Please indicate your preference for dining inside or out. We look forward to serving you at Vin Rouge.
Raleigh, North Carolina
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95 reviews 95 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“I Really Liked This Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This restaurant turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Wednesday night, 7:00 PM with reservations, the restaurant was fairly full, but not packed. The food was excellent. I started with escargot. The best I have ever eaten, anywhere, anytime, including Paris. The major difference being that these were not overwhelmed by the taste of garlic. Next was a wonderful dish that one does not associate with French bistro cooking, but I couldn't resist ordering it - the gratin of macaroni with bacon and gruyere. Fancy name for a mac and cheese, and it was heavily heavenly. The wife had the shrimp Provençal to start with and the sautéed salmon with lentils as a main course. She was very pleased with both. We split an apple bread pudding for dessert. Delicious.

The wine list is entirely French and is very inclusive. The only complaint is that the by-the-glass selection is limited. I had a decent but not wonderful Bordeaux.

The service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is cozy, an old house with lots of photos of French actors, etc on the wall.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
RDU North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Bistro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The atmosphere and food are wonderful. I highly recommend the charcuterie plate, mussels and beet salad. Delicious!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cary, North Carolina
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Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Outdoor dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had an enjoyable dinner on the garden patio outside--it was a beautiful night. Server was attentive and knowledgeable--able to readily recommend foods for a special diet. Bibb lettuce salad was mostly just lettuce (boring),and seemed to lack freshness. Fish of the day was flounder and overpriced for the portion and its accoutrements. My friends liked the bouillabaisse. The restaurant (inside) is pretty noisy and the open kitchen overwhelms the air inside.

Visited August 2013
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41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Superior Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is a top notch restaurant. The food is amazing, atmosphere charming, service wonderful and overall as good as a 5star NYC restaurant .highly recommend .

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

From start to finish our meal was excellent last night at Vin Rouge. The service was also spot on. The classic mussels were delicious. The NY strip steak was cooked perfectly. Love having this restaurant so close to home. Crowded on weekends, be sure to make a reservation.

Visited August 2013
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