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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

Need some more reviews in 22, everyone was a critic with covid in 21. I have worked in and around restaurants for over 40 years. Were referred by a friend to this place. Ambience is beyond cool with art, antiques, owners input, buildings that they...rehabilitated in an old downtown. FOOD WAS FREAKING AWESOME, some of the best I have seen in years and all three of us tried something different! Top place to eat in Muncie or even worth a drive from an hour away. Don’t miss out on this place, especially the scissors for the french onion soup.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2022

You are so kind! Thank you!!!

Reviewed October 2, 2021 via mobile

I really, really wanted to love this restaurant. Unfortunately the food didn't live up to the ambiance. The building is gorgeous but the food was blah. Rice looked like Uncle Ben's. Pork was tough and overcooked. Veggie was three asparagus.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 7, 2021

We have dined here many times and wanted to reconnect since COVID is mostly behind us. I had lasagna, which is usudd add ky their mainstay, but it was dry and tasteless, perhaps reheated, but not savory. Waiter delivered sharp knives with the chicken; unusual...until we found that the chicken was rubbery. In short, they need to buck up the quality of food. The wait staff was great. Darrell made that part of our evening very good. I don’t think we will drive from Indy for a while, to eat at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 2, 2021 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! From the service to the ambiance, it was a night made special! We enjoyed our meals and loved the full bar. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2021
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2021

Thank you so very much, Lisa!!!! Cheers!!!!

Reviewed May 11, 2021

First time eating here. The appetizer and French onion soup were fabulous! Then waited longer than expected for the entree, and it lacked flavor!! The vegetable was cold and tasteless! My butter noodles had no butter! Had fish and chicken that was bland, cook needed...to kick it up a notch. Never offered any rolls, which was on the menu. I would go back for the soup but not a meal, sorry.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 6, 2021 via mobile

We were celebrating our anniversary and looked forward to a good meal after months of quarantine. Four adults and one child were in our party. Unfortunately, two out of four adult meals did not live up to our expectations. The Walleye Ponchetrain was ok, the...sauce was disappointing because the shrimp and crawfish were so overcooked they were hard. I think they may have been reheated, to the point that they lost their original texture. My husband's steak was only 1/3 edible since it had large deposits of fat around the ends and a thick streak of gristle in the middle. The waitress was aware of the problem by the amount of waste but avoided inquiring if he was satisfied with the meal. Being advertised as an upscale restaurant, I expect quality, this was not an upscale experience.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2021

Did the server check the status of your meal(s). I myself was here that evening and absolutely nothing was brought to my attention; either by your server or any observation/contact as I constantly check with each and every table. I am sincerely sorry if we...More

Reviewed September 6, 2020

Having been there for lunch, twice, (in pre-COVID times), we were expecting great food, but on this occasion that was not what we received. The night we went, they were already out of peach baby-back ribs at 6:30, so my second choice was the pork...medallions. These were two slabs (not medallions), albeit they were a generous portion, but they were tough. The were extremely salty and the amount of black pepper cancelled out any other taste sensation. The corn and black bean relish that the pork was on, had the texture of "old", and could have passed as re-heated leftovers. The corn was actually hard and if I had been at home, I would have easily scraped it into the trashcan. My husband's order of dill-crusted cod did not fare any better. The cod was over-cooked, with the VERY thick outside breading, dark brown and crunchy. I tried it, too, and neither of us could discern any dill. Our salads were fine, as was the bread (my bread was warm, the other piece was cold) and zucchini appetizer, but that was not enough to make us happy with the dining experience. We skipped dessert. The restaurant is beautiful as always, and the service was excellent. There was a nice crowd - completely distanced, both outside and inside. We left wondering if Vera Mae's had a new chef since they reopened. The meal we looked forward to - dining in - sadly, was not the dinner of our expectations. Would not recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2020

I am sincerely sorry for your experience and must emphasize that this is not the norm. Did you mention your displeasure to your server? I, myself am on the floor 100% of the time and I was unaware of any issue and we would have...More

Reviewed August 7, 2020

After having intentions to try this dining establishment for literally years, my sister and I finally made a reservation for outdoor seating this evening. My only regret is not going sooner! We arrived a bit early, but were promptly greeted and seated on the patio....The service was truly impeccable, from beginning to end. Overall, the food was excellent. We both agreed that the crawfish nachos could use a bit more seasoning, but everything else was cooked perfectly and well seasoned. Prices were very reasonable for the food quality and caliber of service. Our water glasses were never less than half full. Courses were served at a perfect pace. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such great service. The owners clearly understand how to serve their customers and they deliver. We will be back and highly recommend that others not wait to give this establishment a try.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2020

How very kind of you to take the time to write this review. We hope to see you again soon. And in the mean time.....stay safe and happy!! Cheers!

Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I wanted a unique place to take an out of town friend. We were served very well. Food was delicious n prepared/presented well. Ample amounts. Beautiful Unique setting n interesting. Only thing is we would have liked low background dinner music instead...of noisy,echoed chatter from other tables, but that's just usMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2020

Thank you so much, Jo. We will be looking forward to your next visit. Cheers!

Reviewed January 1, 2020

My cousins and I went here late December for a girl's night out on a weeknight (it was right between Christmas and New Year's, but not on any holiday). The place was very empty, but the atmosphere was great. The holiday decorations were up, the...fireplace was lit, they have lots of awesome old polished wood accents and a super high ceiling with those decorative tiles you find in some older buildings in places like Muncie. The atmosphere gets a five from me: it is cozy but not at all cluttered, warm and friendly while still looking very put-together. Our meal started with a great bottle of Riesling that the waitress recommended. We then had the baked brie and the artichoke crab appetizer, and both of those were great. For an entree I got the duck, and that is where the experience was a bit marred for me. First of all, presentation was very good, at least a 7 out of 10. The sides just didn't have much flavor: the cauliflower puree with horse radish only had the vaguest horse-radish flavor, just enough to be off-putting without having any heat. It also came with roasted Brussels sprouts and there were only three of them! I know it's about pretty plating etc etc but if I only get three Brussels sprouts I want them to be the three most flavorful Brussels sprouts I have had in my life, or at least this month: they weren't either. But the sides weren't what bothered me about the dish. I felt like the fat of the duck breast could have been rendered a bit more. I will readily admit that I do not know how to adequately render the fat off of a duck breast myself, and perhaps there is no way to get the layer thinner or more appealing than what they served. It was extremely crispy on the top and the sauce that went with it was great. Also, I will say, the cook on the breast was a beautiful medium (the waitress advised me to get medium since I generally get steak medium rare, and she was exactly right). We split bread pudding for dessert and that was awesome. It tasted like the most delicious cinnamon roll all diced up and baked in a ramekin. And I *love* that Vera Mae's brings in some sweets from Ghyslain, a wonderful local chocolatier that makes some of the most beautiful desserts I've ever seen anywhere. Our night and our experience were beautiful overall but not flawless: I would recommend appetizers, drinks, and dessert without hesitation. I would have to try more of the entrees before I know how I feel about the rest of the menu.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2019

Our waiter was Josh. He was great about leaving us to our conversation and wine selection until we were ready to make our choices for the meal. The place was a buzz as there was a private party in an adjacent room. The party did...not detract from the service we received. The staff was ready to fill our wine glasses and attend to our needs. Everyone was terrific. I made a comment about Creme Brule' even though I had eaten enough for dinner, dessert was not to be ordered. The manager brought me his that he had planned on eating himself. No Charge. So thoughtful. A very fine evening indeed.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2019

I’d share my Creme Brûlée with you any day of the week, my dear! So happy that you enjoyed your evening. 😄

Reviewed November 17, 2019 via mobile

Had dinner at Vera Mae’s last night with family. My dinner was absolutely fantastic. I had the special: Chilean Sea Bass, potatoes, asparagus, and squash purée. Also, the fish chowder was amazing. My 7 y/o great granddaughter loved the chowder! This was the best meal...I’ve received in Muncie, Indiana thus far. My son in law ordered the same meal and is in agreement with my review. Andrew was our server and gave impeccable service. Vera Mae’s gave us an evening to remember.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2019

How kind of you to take the time to tell of your experience. We very much appreciate that and hope that you’ll join us again soon! Cheers!! 😁

Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

Party of 2 Saturday night. They read the RSVP and gave us a great table up front. Service was perfect. Not too fast not too slow. We highly enjoyed evelrything from the crab dip, salads, French onion soup was crazy good, both dishes excellent, sides...very tasty, and the caramel cheesecake.....forget about it folks.....like a dream just came true. One awesome thing was having the 2 owners all around the restaurant, even bussing tables at one point, that's cool to see. Solid drink menu. Could be longer poured but not bad since they were mostly around $8. No real complaint except possibly slightly undercooked scallops but wow were they good! Definitely have a new place to visit here. Extremely pleased.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2019

It is so meaningful that you’ve taken the time to share your experience! We strive for excellence and to hear that we’ve a accomplished that is music to our ears. Thank you!! Cheers!! :)

Reviewed October 23, 2019

Lunching with out of town guests who are considering relocation to Muncie- their choice was Vera Mae's. I remarked about the difficulty most vegetarians had with a very limited menu selection for vegetarians, let alone vegan, diets. This review is not about that menu limitation....It's about just plain average quality fare and questionable service regarding a regular beef hamburger order. Three of us were dining at nearly 11 am- we were the first guests in that week day. The server was quick to get our drink orders and that's where it ended. Our 3 side salads truly looked like a recipe for wilted lettuce! They had been lovely mixed greens but seriously had been, at the very least, yesterday's pre-made side salads refrigerated successfully until the plates were flat with dried up spring mix. I would have commented at that point but I do hate starting a meal with negative feedback. We chatted and waited a bit to order. After confirming there was no lard in the pie crust, I requested the vegetarian quiche, one guest had a crab cake sandwich and the other had very specifically ordered a well-done hamburger with lettuce, mustard and catsup- and nothing else but the fries. even declining the sauteed onion and mushrooms that the server indicated “came with” this burger. Remember - we were the first guests-- apparently the "well-done" burger causes delays, and honestly I felt the server was a tad dismissive of the request for "well-done" as if it wasn't in vogue. Meals came- the quiche was tasty but was literally a 2 1/2" slice of quiche- the size you might see on an appetizer tray passed around a cocktail party! ( I regret not taking a photograph of the salads and the meals.) The crabcake was eaten without remark and the burger returned as it was smothered in cheese of some type and the guest said “I didn’t order a cheeseburger, I didn’t request cheese and didn’t know I needed to decline it on a HAMBURGER.” The server said it would take a long time to prepare again since "it is after all well-done..." and she held it there for a moment… I think hoping the guest would say "oh well okay.." but she didn't. We proceeded to eat as slowly as possible- but at least another 20 minutes passed and when we had finished the other meals and the fries and a second beer for the crab-cake lover. So she asked the server to take the burger off the order as we were already done with lunch. Another long delay and the server returned with the remark that she "had to get the OWNER to comp the burger!" I had not seen either owner out and about in the dining areas when we entered or since we arrived. There are times when the food at Vera Mae's is delicious and well above average in it's presentation and taste. But too often it has been like this experience. Here's what one of their ads says they hope for: "Our goal is to offer the highest quality and freshest fare available presented with impeccable service with attention to detail." Sorry to say, but not this time.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2019

If you would like to discuss further, please contact me, the owner. Kent Shuff: kent@veramaes.com

Reviewed October 12, 2019 via mobile

I visited this place twice and every time I enjoyed it so much. The food is delicious! And service was good as well. Their desserts are awesome!

Date of visit: October 2019
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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know of your experience. Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again soon! :)

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We do indeed! We have the quinoa stuffed Portobello mushroom that is quite popular and the chef can prepare most anything to order. You can also take a peak at our menu at online. Cheers!!
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Doesn't appear to be a dress code per se... I wouldn't go any less than business casual however. It's classier than jeans and a t-shirt or shorts let's keep it that way
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5