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About – Vin 909 Winecafé


Vin 909 Winecafé is built on family history, and passion for food, wine and beer. The name “Vin” means wine in French and also defines the vintage feel of our inviting setting in the eclectic neighborhood of Eastport, an enclave located in Annapolis, Maryland. Our restaurant is approachable, local and a reminder of the comfortable, inviting dining experiences we have loved. Whether you are enjoying the culinary artistry with a view into our exhibition kitchen, a glass of wine or craft beer, or sharing a hand-formed brick oven fired pizza on the patio in the spring; 909 Bay Ridge Avenue is a place where you can come home again, and again. Just like we did.
After 18 years away from the East Coast, Alex; Owner and General Manager, and Justin; Executive Chef came home again bringing their combined experience in California’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and their family roots in Italy and New England. Having acquired lifelong restaurant experience; Alex and Justin both draw from their extensive knowledge to fuel their passion for culinary creativity, and hospitality. Alex and Justin both strive to provide more than just a place to eat. Rather they present a personal, distinctive experience to the local community, and travelers alike.
Our food is American, with many ingredients sourced from local, organic purveyors. Our influences and roots include Mediterranean, coastal Californian, and New England cuisines. All combined to create the seasonally fresh, American cuisine that is unique to Vin 909. Our approach is the European ideal of smaller, more frequent meals. Whether simple or delicious; at Vin 909, meals are meant to be shared. Please join us and experience the culinary flavors, and warm hospitality that awaits you at Vin 909 Winecafé.

Alex and Justin

Our Philosophy

…on Being Environmentally Responsible.
We encourage all staff to reduce their carbon footprint, utilize sustainable practices, recycle, and conserve energy. All of our employees are encouraged to carpool, bike, or walk to work. Not only does Vin 909 recycle over ¾ of our trash, we also recycle our oyster shells through the Oyster Recovery Partnership. As a result, Vin 909 earned the Annapolis Environmental Stewardship Certifications and a Certificate of Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Program.
…on Food.
Here at VIN 909, Executive Chef Justin Moore has developed a menu structured around a few simple values. Use organic products when available. Source as many products locally. Acquire sustainable products as much as possible. This means we buy mushrooms from Pennsylvania. We get our fish and clams from Captains who fish in the morning, using sustainable practices in approved watersheds, and deliver their fresh catches regularly.  We are committed to certified organic ingredients so the food you eat is made from foods you know.  Dining at Vin 909 is not just about having fun and enjoying good food, but it’s also about being responsible and healthy. Eating sustainable food from small, family-owned businesses is a responsible choice that insures your money is recycled into the local economy.  Give yourself and your family the goodness that comes with smart, healthy living.  By ordering from us, you‘re helping to reduce your carbon footprint and make positive change with food you can be proud of– it’s a win-win decision.

Our Friends

Groundworks Farm
Vin 909 has a long standing partnership with Groundworks Farm, located in Pittsville, Maryland. They have exclusively been growing sustainable, organic, local, heirloom produce and meats for Vin 909 since we opened. They also provide a Community Supported Agriculture or “CSA” pickup in the Vin 909 parking lot every Thursday.
Annapolis Underground
Annapolis B & B Association
Cherrystone Aqua Farms
Chapel Country Creamery