1 Washington St., Middlebury, 802-458-8134
Farm-to-table American fusion plates — including mussels Provençal and wraps stuffed with chipotle-rubbed shrimp, avocado and herbed aioli — draw a diverse college-town crowd.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 11 p.m.
7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, 802-253-3560
Breakfasts such as cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal fuel mountain fun. At dinner, there’s lobster-and-truffle risotto and all-day braised short ribs in the elegant 110-seat dining room.
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.
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 School St., Stowe, 802-760-6143
Home to one of Vermont’s largest natural wine collections, this market, bar and dinner spot pours more than 15 varietals — and several local beers — by the glass. Snack on curated cheese and salumi plates, and larger plates that change with the seasons.
7 Bakery Lane, Middlebury, 802-989-7463
In the heart of downtown, overlooking Otter Creek, diners choose from handmade pastas, dressed-up pub fare and creative cocktails. Weekend brunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 serves small plates to complement the extensive wine list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.