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The Bearded Frog

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.

Hen of the Wood (Burlington)

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.

J. Morgan’s Steakhouse

100 State St., Montpelier, 802-223-5222

Inside the Capital Plaza Hotel, meat and seafood lovers can find made-to-order dishes and model trains chugging around the dining room. Sunday brunch buffet.

Dedalus

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar

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.

Ariel’s Restaurant

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.

The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge

38 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 802-448-3361

A trip to the 60-item salad bar comes with every entrée at this steak and seafood restaurant. The tuna tartare is excellent. Sunday brunch.

Toscano

Toscano Café and Bistro

27 Bridge Street, Richmond, 802-434-3148

At this chef-owned bistro, try the crispy artichoke hearts with lemon aioli or housemade ricotta gnocchi with Vermont goat cheese.

Bleu Northeast Seafood

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.

A Single Pebble

133 Bank St., Burlington, 802-865-5200

Traditional preparation and presentation influence dishes such as the nationally recognized mock eel. Try the tasting menu. Dim sum on Sunday.

Leunig’s Bistro & Café

115 Church St., Burlington, 802-863-3759

French-inflected fare and great views of Church Street make for a memorable meal. The upstairs lounge has made-to-order tapas and inventive cocktails. Brunch on Sunday.

Starry Night Cafe

Starry Night Café

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.

Blue Paddle Bistro

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.

Kismet

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.

Juniper

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.

Trattoria Delia

152 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-864-5253

A firelit setting and award-winning wine list distinguish this authentic Italian spot. Try the housemade pasta or osso bucco.

The Kitchen Table Bistro

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.

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

1 Lawson Lane, Burlington, 802-363-3639

Hearty steaks come with locally sourced side dishes, and more than 300 wines are available by the bottle. It’s open late Friday and Saturday.

The Mill at Simon Pearce

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.

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

160 Bank St., Burlington, 802-859-0888

Burgers, charcuterie and farm-to-table comfort food draw daily crowds, as do rare brews from Vermont and beyond. Sip them fireside or in the seasonal beer garden.

Bar Antidote

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.

The Lobby

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.

Bistro de Margot

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.

Pascolo Ristorante

83 Church St., Burlington, 802-497-1613

Family-friendly dining here means fresh pasta, sausages, antipasti and wood-fired pizza, all made in-house. Complete the meal with a fine Italian wine.

Hen of the Wood (Waterbury)

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.

Parker House

The Parker House Inn & Bistro

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!

Guild Tavern

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.

Cook Academy at the Essex Resort

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.

Blue Moose Italian Bistro

39 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-6245

Chef Ken Flutie interprets traditional Italian recipes in a cozy Italian bistro. Diners can enjoy homemade pastas with a glass of wine or local spirits.

Misery Loves Co.

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.

Tourterelle

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.

The Windjammer Restaurant

1076 Williston Road, South Burlington, 802-862-6585

Aged beef, hand-cut steaks, prime rib, fresh seafood and a 150-bottle wine list keep ‘em coming back. Check out the unique, boat-shaped salad bar that comes with an entrée order.

Church & Main

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.

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