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Vera Mae's Bistro

209 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305-2803
+1 765-747-4941
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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209 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305-2803
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to this eclectic bistro on a Friday night. Made a reservation and were seated immediately. We were very impressed with the interior and the very nice and very eclectic art on the wall. We shared an appetizer, each had a...More

Thank EspanaTraveler
KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're so happy to hear of your experience. We will certainly look forward to your next visit! :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Vera Mae's is a beautiful restaurant that offers outdoor seating. I enjoyed the rack of lamb and my husband liked his portibello quinoa. Vera Mae's is a must stop in Muncie

Thank Susan B
KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so very much, Susan! Your feedback is much appreciated. Have a lovely day. :)

Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing. The food is incredible, fresh and made to order. Service is great. The decor of the restaurant is very old and ornate, it is a beautiful building. Very nice outdoor eating area on the patio.

Thank michellelewis1428
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Recommended by a former Ball St grad, this place is well worth a visit---Hoosiers have no problem driving many miles to find a good restaurant. Ambiance is classic bare brick walls and high ceilings: restored 1920s perhaps? Service is welcoming and efficient. The food? Very...More

Thank Jim W
KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again, soon. :)

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I've been a vegetarian for about 6 weeks and was searching for a place that catered to those requests and found Vera Mae. What a wonderful discovery. The hospitality and service was delightful, the owners were visible and helpful, the outdoor seating area perfect on...More

Thank PhilQuinn1
KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

How kind of you to take the time to report on your experience. We hope to see you again soon! :)

Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We chose to dine outside and it was lovely. The traffic was a little louder than we expected but can certainly be overlooked. We chose the crab and artichoke dip as an appetizer. The cheese was toasted nicely on the top and the dip was...More

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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again, soon! :)

Reviewed 27 July 2017

I dined here with some friends for dinner. I would rate this as fine dining along the recently rebuilt Walnut Street area in downtown Muncie. The dining area has several bizarre paintings hanging on the wall, but the food is relatively normal. I had the...More

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KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you so very much. We hope to see you again soon! :)

Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Server at hose was very friendly everyone is down-to-earth and fun loving makes you feel like you're one of the family the food was very tasteful and put together plated very well the atmosphere is real quaint and quiet very clean the pictures on the...More

Thank Joshua D
KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

It was wonderful meeting you and I'm in hopes that you'll visit again soon!! :)

Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Great food, great staff. Little eclectic fine dining restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown. If you are looking for something special for dinner in a wonderful old artistic setting, Vera Mae's is the place. Enjoy

Thank chomp2k
KentShuff, Owner at Vera Mae's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

You are so kind! Please join us again, soon. :)

Reviewed 28 May 2017

We walked away from dinner utterly appalled at our experience. I ordered the $35 Scallops and was shocked that 1 of the 4 scallops was burned completely black. I tried eating the other scallops that weren’t burned, but they were chewy and overcooked. The asparagus...More

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Response from katsusanna | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it would be a lovely place to take a prom date! :)
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Response from DaBaronVH | Reviewed this property |
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305-2803
    (Jackson Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Muncie
  • Phone Number: +1 765-747-4941
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Opening its doors in 1999, Vera Mae’s began its story as a lunch delivery and catering business through its South Walnut street storefront in downtown Muncie. Owner Kent Shuff pioneered the revitalization of Muncie’s historical district and later expanded the restaurant in 2002. Formerly Ballard Hardware, Kent and co-owner and partner, Steve Fennimore created the Ballaird Hall, increasing the original Bistro from 54 seats to 210 seats. Come explore the living history of a Midwestern staple. On our walls you will find part namesake, Vera Yates (Kent's Grandmother) at her restaurant and gas station, along with David Letterman on an evening out. Everything has a story as the modern local art and historic architectural elements combine for an intoxicating evening of hand-crafted cuisine and delectable drinks.
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