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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.