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“good beer, food only fair” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Vinery
Cuisines: American
Restaurant details
Brooklin, Maine
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“good beer, food only fair”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2011

The Vinery is a great concept and they brew decent beer, but they need to work on their food based on my experience. The fish and chips was a generous portion, but the steak fries were under-cooked and the fish was too dry. Also it was served in a paper lined wire basket which made it very difficult to eat when the paper disintegrated. A friend had the mussels in an oriental sauce. The mussels were good but the sauce was too heavy. Service was helpful and friendly. If they can get these teething problems sorted out then it will be a good addition to the Blue Hill eating scene.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank brooklintraveller
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Blue Hill
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95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“First Brew Pub on the Blue Hill Peninsula”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

Over the past winter the Vinery transformed into the peninsula's first brew pub. The son of the owners of Arborvine Restaurant and his partner brew craft beer in Brooklin at their Deep Water Brewing Company and serve it at the restaurant along side of an affordable menu with selections that are more sophisticated than usual pub fare. Blue Hill's readiness for a brew pub was confirmed when they ran out of beer within the first few weeks! They are now brewing frantically and should be restocked by the time you arrive...but you could call ahead to make sure.
The menu offers good sized appetizers from $4-10. Selections include salads, calamari with chutney, baked pretzel, steak fries roasted in duck fat, wings and mussels. Entrees range from $8-15. There are burgers, tacos, ribs, ravioli, hanger steak and nightly specials. We tried the calamari and a side salad and the pub burger on our first visit and a pulled pork sandwich and chicken tacos on our second. All the meals were made from fresh ingredients, well-prepared, and accented with culinary surprises. For example, the calamari appetizer was not fried. It was expertly cooked and served with a delicious chef-made mango/mint chutney.
The wait staff are efficient and understand the menu and beer/wine options. The atmosphere is bright and casual. There is seating in the bar and on the enclosed patio. The Vinery is located behind the Arborvine [a much more elegant and expensive option] on upper Main Street in the village of Blue Hill.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank judi h
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