Raleigh >Food & Dining > Vinnie's Steakhouse
Expectations set high yet not a great ending. New to the town and heard that Vinnie's was all the rage. Went in open minded sat down at the bar with my lady friend and had a great drink and the bartender was extrememly personable and friendly I believe his name was Steve. After about 45 minutes we decided to go have a seat at a table the atmosphere and the wine cellar in the middle of the room is a great touch if it was cleaned and taken care of. The server came to our table and got us drink refills went over the specials and our decisions were made. My lady friend had a filet and I had a ribeye. Pretty basic but the basics are the best in my eyes even went with baked potatoes. Well both steaks were overcooked and to the potatoes were brown on the inside like they had been reused from the night before. I brought this to the attention of the manager whom I believe his name was Tom and he basically said I was wrong. His attitude was mind blowing and to see him storm off into the kitchen and here slamming and yelling was just a wow factor for myself and my friend. After the recooks came back we quickly ate and left. Great Drinks food was good after it was recooked but management needs some time off. Remember without the customer your doors will not stay open long.
Our Personal Favorite Since '92.
My wife and I quickly discovered Vinnie's when we moved to Raleigh in 1992.
Many fantastic restaurants have populated the Triangle since then, several of which we also enjoy very much, but Vinnie's remains our hands-down favorite place for dining out.
We've never had anything less than flawless service, love the bar and the warm, Old World ambiance.
Whether in the mood for steak, seafood or Italian we have never had less than an exceptional dining experience. Vinnie's also has an excellent wine menu with quality offerings ranging from very good, yet affordable to amazing, but at reserved-for-special-occasion prices.
Yes, you can easily run up a large tab at Vinnie's because you'll be enticed by their specials and higher-priced menu items, but if you're on a bit of a budget you can choose something like their Veal Saltimbocca which is not only very affordable, but also the best I've had anywhere.
Don't miss their Spinach Salad and definitely try the Veal Chop special when on offer......oh and the Blue Point Oysters.....and their..........you get the idea! Even their table bread is fantastic!
Great Steaks. We went there for the first time on my birthday. We originally had wanted to go to Angus Barn as we have never been and have heard great things. However, they were booked up a week in advance so I looked for other nice steakhouses in Raleigh and just happened on this. I had never heard of Vinnie's. Glad we found found it. A very good restaurant. I had the smaller portion of ribeye and my wife had the smaller portion of prime rib. Both were generous portions and very tasty, probably one of the better steaks I have ever had. We got salads and baked potatoes and both were huges and delicious. One of the best side salads I have ever tasted at a restaurant. The prices are not inexpensive but it is a nice steakhouse so you do have to pay. While we won't be regulars, we plan on coming back for special occassions.
Great place for a work party!. From the moment I walked in the door at Vinnie's, I felt like I was at my own house but with better food and a bigger kitchen :) I recently reserved a private room (no fee) for a work party and it worked out perfectly. It was a great space, great service, and amazing food. I can't wait to reserve a room again for next year!
Amazing Wine Flight. My wife and I recently had the opportunity to dine at Vinnie's for our anniversary. I decided on Vinnie’s for the "Best Place for Special Occasions" award it received from Metro Bravo magazine. I am so surprised that I haven't heard more about this hidden gem in North Raleigh! We were more than impressed. We were seated immediately at a table that had already been reserved for us, per our reservation. It was an incredibly quiet table by a fireplace and my wife assumed that I had requested something romantic for her! (Thanks management) Our incredibly friendly and knowledgeable waitress then informed us that there was a three course wine tasting flight being offered that evening, as it was a Wednesday. Each course was expertly prepared and the wine pairings were perfect! Each course was described in detail as it was being delivered and our waitress new EVERYTHING about the wines... the vintage, viticultural area, and varietal compositions! We felt like we were the only diners in the restaurant and that the meal had been prepared specifically for us. The blue point oysters that began our dinner were delicious, and each course of our meal was mouthwatering. Our favorite dish was the second course; a duck confit and gorgonzola ravioli that was served over butter-melted leeks! If our meal was this amazing with dishes that are original each week, I can't wait to try the steaks that they are known for! We recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an incredible dining experience.
Best Steak in Town. It has been some time since I last went to Vinnie's. More often than not when I am out for steaks I find my way to the Angus Barn. But I had a client in from out of town that was staying nearby so I decided to head back to Vinnie's. My mistake for being gone so long. I must have forgotten how great the food is here. Our server convinced us to have the Dry Aged Ribeye. This is possibly the best steak I have EVER had. At the very least it is the best steak I have had in quite some time. Prepared perfectly. The sides were not so large that my client and I could only split one which was a nice change from most other steakhouses that only have massive sides large enough for four people. Great atmosphere with an excellent wine list. I will definitely be back.
Favorite restaurant in Raleigh. My wife & I frequent Vinnie's. Absolutely love this place. Best food around, prepared perfectly and the best service you could ask for.
What a fantastic restaurant!. While visiting friends, they recomended Vinnies and we were not disappointed. The steaks were cooked to perfection. The asparagus was wonderfully fresh. I can't say enough. We had a wonderful waitress. I think her name was Anna. The wine she recomended was a perfect match to our dinner. Her service was outstanding. When in Raleigh again, we will surely be back to Vinnies.
BEST STEAKS WE'VE EVER HAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We entered Vinnie's one Saturday evening not knowing what to expect. My husband and I have known of it's location off of Six Forks for sometime and we felt we owed ourselves after a hard day of remodeling the house. We were greeted by a sweet young hostess who sat us immediately without a reservation. I think we came in at the right time because the place was packed!! Our server, Carlie (I think), came right up to our table and in a very elegant voice, asked us if we would like to start the evening with a glass a wine, cocktail or cold beer. My husband got a few beers (of course), and I had drank the Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, which Carlie recommended when I mentioned I liked chards. After giving us a moment to get settled and letting us have a few sips of our drinks, Carlie came back and mentioned that every Friday and Saturday, Vinnie's has PRIME RIB! WE LOVE PRIME RIB! Both my husband and I ordered it. Him the larger cut and I the smaller cut. It was perfect!!!! Both of us got it Medium Rare!!!!!!! Because the server seem to know what she was doing, we took her advice on choosing our sides and we're glad she did. Vinnie's was featuring a Homemade Gruyere Mac and Cheese. THE BEST MAC N CHZ I've ever had, hands down! The end of the night was topped off with a Godiva Chocolate Cake and two Cappuccinos. We're not much of a Cappuccino crowd but our server mentioned they had recently acquired a new Capp Machine and that you're not gonna get a better Italian Style Cappuccino in any other fine dining Restuarant in Raleigh. We are not the type of people to leave reviews online but my husband and I were just blown away!!! My napkin was folded when I came back from the restroom, the manager came by while eating our entrees and greeted us with a very warm smile and it seemed that everyone was enjoying themselves, customers and staff! I could go on about all the little things that impressed me but then this review would be pages long. Thank you Vinnie's!
Best Restaurant in Raleigh!.
Last weekend was my first experience at Vinnie's. As soon as I walked through the door I was greeted with friendly smile and a warm "hello."
When our server came to our table, I was excited about all the Dinner features including: Prime Rib, Surf and Turf and a Veal Chop. I decided to go all out and and order their 32oz Rib-eye! Their wine menu was diverse and the server was extremely knowledgeable of wines and made a great recommendation!
The food was amazing, the service was awesome, and overall was well worth the price. We had an eventful night that I will never forget. I highly recommend eating at this restaurant and will definitely return!
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