141 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-2772
Chef-owner Matt Birong melds international flavors with local ingredients in his bean-to-bar chocolate and “creative-casual” food. Look out for eggs Benedict specials on Sunday.
51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-388-8209
Not your usual college bar, this lively lounge offers pub fare, pastas and tapas. There’s live music Friday and Saturday.
29 Stone Rd., Brookfield, 802-276-3939
Sophisticated, healthy food reigns at this 16-year-old destination restaurant. Many ingredients come from the Brookfield area.
400 Pine St., Burlington, 802-540-0406
Dine on market-driven, inspired Vermont fare (the menu changes nightly) at this performing arts space and community gathering place.
35 C Green St., Vergennes, 802-877-2555
The eclectic fare at this speakeasy can be super-local — as in, from pigs raised by the chef himself. Pair it with a local brew or specialty cocktail.
21 Merchants Row, Randolph, 802-728-6776
The menu changes weekly to accommodate local and imported ingredients. Specials might include sweet-chile tofu or goat-cashew curry.
25 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-864-8600
Inside the Courtyard Marriott, chef Douglas Paine serves fresh food harvested from New England waters and farms. The cocktail bar offers inventive cocktails and acoustic music on the weekend. Sunday brunch.
316 US Route 2, South Hero, 802-372-4814
Artsy décor here includes a wooden canoe suspended over the bar. Inventive, unpretentious cuisine — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin — is on offer.
5 Main St., Bristol, 802-453-3311
Contemporary comfort food — think lamb kebabs and smoked-tofu banh mi — is on offer with beers brewed in-house and throughout Vermont.
258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-495-0716
Bangkok native Narin Phanthakhot’s fusion cooking connects the Pacific Rim to Middle America at this neighborhood spot serving mac-and-cheese pancakes, kimchi dogs and homemade ramen. Sunday brunch.
11 Center Street, Brandon, 802-247-9997
Inside this airy restaurant, chef Robert Barral crafts French-inspired comfort food. Try his famous seafood stew of scallops, shrimp and mussels served over saffron risotto, then doused in lobster broth.
1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-7355
This destination for deck dining, après-ski and live music offers more than 50 wines by the glass, 10 draft beers, upscale pub fare and farm-fresh cuisine.
154B Church St., Burlington, 802-540-3040
The chef here puts an electric spin on local ingredients — think foraged mushrooms, cheese plates and farm-fresh greens. A DJ plays after hours on Friday and Saturday. Seasonal lunch.
388 Pine St., Burlington, 802-865-2368
A warehouse-size space stocks charcuterie, imported specialty goods, cheeses and breads. The glass-enclosed bar and restaurant — serving small plates to complement the extensive wine list — is fronted by a James Beard Award-nominated chef.
100 Main St., Montpelier, 802-225-6665
Southern comfort comes to the capital every day starting at 8 a.m. Breakfast includes biscuits and gravy and fried catfish. At lunch, there’s fried chicken with waffles, shrimp and grits, and meat-and-twos.
136 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-4141
This locavore restaurant comes on the heels of an award-winning Denver location. Enjoy an indulgent brunch on the weekend, or come in for Meatless Monday.
192 Boxwood St., Williston, 802-857-5829
Burgers — with beef, turkey, lamb, pork or veggie — are the stars of this menu. Specialty milkshakes and vodka martinis are also popular.
1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 802-497-1207
The wood-fired grill here cooks dry-aged steaks and other local meats. Don’t miss the exquisite cocktails.
55 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-540-0534
The Queen City counterpart to Waterbury’s beloved restaurant brings rustic charm, locavore cuisine and a legendary wine list to the table. The bar is open for cocktails and craft brews until midnight.
92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 802-244-7300
Upscale dining takes a rustic turn in this former grist mill. Creative use of ultra-local meats, greens and cheeses has earned the chef-owner seven James Beard Award nominations.
35 Green St., Vergennes, 802-870-7191
Chef-owner Ian Huizenga opened Hired Hand directly above Bar Antidote, his popular neighborhood speakeasy. Pints brewed with locally grown grains and malts pair well with wood-fired pizzas and steamed pork-belly buns alike. Save room for a stout ice cream float.
1428 Route 17, Waitsfield, 802-496-2322
Classic comfort food gets a boost from local ingredients — think bacon-wrapped meatloaf and cider-braised pork osso bucco.
70 Essex Way, Essex, 802-764-1489
Dining is intimate at an upscale, forward-thinking restaurant. The chef tailors small and large plates to individual palates, cooking in plain view. Extensive and diverse wine selection.
41 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-651-5027
Head inside Hotel Vermont for food and drink inspired by fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy cocktails on the outdoor terrace.
397 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 802-424-1355
This beer bar pours pints of Hill Farmstead and other rare brews. Try them with charcuterie plates, sandwiches and flatbreads.
52 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-8646
Freshly farmed ingredients, innovative cocktails, and artisan wines and beers bring big flavors to a globe-trotting menu at Montpelier’s first organic restaurant.
4182 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center, 802-244-7476
Elegant, ever-changing dishes highlight Vermont ingredients and the chef-owner’s European roots. Closed Tuesday.
46 Main St., Winooski, 802-497-3989
From an open kitchen, the chef-owners dish out imaginative food — think scallop crudo and house-cured meat and fish — that nabbed them James Beard nominations in 2013 and 2016. Lunch Tuesday through Friday; dinner Tuesday through Saturday; weekend brunch. Closed Monday.
14 Court Sq., Middlebury, 802-388-4961
Classic New England cuisine incorporates local ingredients — think French onion soup made with stout from Otter Creek Brewing Co. Afternoon tea is served daily.
118 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-3188
The chefs at New England Culinary Institute’s flagship restaurant include two French master chefs, as well as a farmer and board members of Slow Food Vermont and Vermont Fresh Network. Catch a taste of their collective expertise, as expressed by student-cooks using fresh, local ingredients. Closed Sunday and Monday.
36 Main St., Winooski, 802-497-1884
“Twisted comfort food” here includes frickles, fish tacos, and mac and cheese with add-ons such as lobster and pulled pork. End the meal with a deep-fried PB&J.
161 Main St., Vergennes, 802-877-9962
This hip neighborhood restaurant has exposed brick walls, metal sculptures, and dishes such as steak frites and St. Louis-style ribs.
1834 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 802-862-1081
A longtime local fixture, this café-restaurant serves up Maine crab cakes, racks of lamb, Vermont meats and seasonal specialties.
433 Mountain Rd., Field Guide, Stowe, 802-221-4947
Cozy up around a backyard firepit for elevated picnic-inspired fare such as spicy cider wings and s’mores. In summer, craft cocktails meet games of cornhole. Weekend brunch.
23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-4120
Locals come for the barbecue and “proper” cocktails, as well as one of the largest craft-beer selections in New England. In the adjacent brewery, pair a pint with tacos and small bites.
51 Wales Street, Rutland, 802-747-7414
Fresh, healthy, local food is the focus here. Try the maple-and-molasses-braised pork or a noodle bowl featuring Vermont Soy tofu. Closed Monday.
5371 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, 802-877-6316
The handcrafted décor is as distinctive as chef Josh Krechel’s use of local ingredients in international dishes. Sit fireside in the octagonal dining room or on the stone patio in summer.
3 Mill St., Middlebury, 802-388-1063
The seasons dictate the hearty breakfast dishes, specialty sandwiches, steaks and seafoods offered at this inviting eatery on Otter Creek. Dine on the deck in summer. Closed Monday.
733 Queen City Park Rd., South Burlington, 802-863-2909
Nachos, wings and overstuffed sandwiches nourish drinkers day and night at this roadside spot boasting 24 taps. Pair your maple breakfast stout with a pulled-pork stacker.
30 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1751
Health food gets creative at this vegan café. Think raw Brazil nut-turmeric cupcakes, sunseed-guac nachos, and smoothies made with hemp milk, cacao nibs or ashwagandha. Closed Tuesday.
120 Church Street, Burlington, 802-864-9800
A Church Street cornerstone for more than 30 years, the bistro serves tried-and-true fare. Try its Shirt Sleeve, a wrap stuffed with almond-crusted chicken, local bacon and Swiss cheese.
24 Wales St., Rutland, 802-775-2424
Classic comfort food goes gourmet at this upscale eatery, thanks to a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. Save room for the banana cream pie.
70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 802-764-1489
Reimagined tavern fare meets local ingredients here. Pair your meal with a brew from an extensive draft list, or a glass of wine or specialty cocktail.
5247 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 802-985-9877
Chef Mark LaRiviere offers eclectic fare in an upscale setting. In winter, warm up by the two-sided fireplace; patio seating is available in summer.
492 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-5101
Wood-fired pizzas, roasted meats and burgers accompany thoughtful cocktails and 25 beers on tap. Lunch on weekends only.
15 Center St., Burlington, 802-862-9647
Since 1982 this downtown standby has been a hip place to eat and enjoy local art and music. The menu ranges from sandwiches to pan-roasted lamb.
131 Main St., Burlington, 802-489-5699
An elegant space houses southern-inflected farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails. Weekend brunch.
1840 W. Main St., Richmond, 802-434-8686
Haute cuisine and bistro dishes have earned locals’ hearts and the attention of national awards. Inside this historic brick home is an ever-changing seasonal menu; don’t miss the decadent desserts.
7 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 802-989-7463
Choose from an eclectic mix of handmade pastas and unique burgers in the heart of downtown, overlooking Otter Creek. Sunday brunch.
1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-1470
Elegant cuisine meets local produce in this old mill along the Ottauquechee River. Sample the famous cheddar soup or the San Daniele prosciutto with fresh fig compote, Bayley Hazen blue and grissini. Voted one of the most romantic restaurants by Travel & Leisure magazine. Brunch Sundays.
1792 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-6077
This chef-owner has been dishing out imaginative food for the past 13 years at this local, unpretentious icon of the Upper Valley. Creative selections from the best the local farms have to offer — blended with French, Mediterranean and Spanish influences or sometimes just the chef’s whim!
1119 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 802-295-3133
At this romantic country inn, try the grilled salmon fillet topped with orange zest and ginger-infused honey, buttered leeks and toasted spiced pumpkin seeds. A supper menu offers more casual fare.
20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 802-497-3525
Window seats are in high demand at this former textile mill overlooking the Winooski River. The wood-fired oven turns out flatbreads; pair them with inspired cocktails. Lunch Monday to Saturday; Sunday brunch.
36 Bridge St., Brattleboro, 802-490-2354
Take in views of the Connecticut River over craft beers and plates of fish tacos or spiced-cider ribs. The Whetstoner session IPA is always on tap.
179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury, 802-244-8134
Items such as charred broccolini mingle with juicy half-pound burgers — topped with kimchi or onions braised in Heady Topper — at this “soil-to-soul” facility, which also houses a yoga studio and cultural center. Live bands on the weekend.