32 Elliot St., Brattleboro, 802-257-3333
Locals return again and again to the tiny, elegant eatery for smart cocktails, wild Maine mussels and pan-roasted duck breast.
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.
3629 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, 802-453-6309
Classic French cuisine merges with Vermont ingredients on a seasonally driven menu. Try the signature red-curry bouillabaisse with saffron aioli.
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!
3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-8973
A Euro-style café tucked between beer bars serves up daily specials, including $5 wine on Wednesday and $20 steak frites with a pint of beer on Thursday.
70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 877-684-1123
During Restaurant Week, the Cook Academy will flip the usual dining model by inviting guests into the kitchen for two courses in continental cuisine.
126 College St., Burlington, 802-863-5200
Chef-owner Herve Mahe channels the spirit of fine dining into this modern French restaurant, pairing seasonal bistro classics — escargots, pan-roasted quail, savory tarts — with fine French wines.