2018 Restaurants (113)

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.

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Positive Pie (Montpelier)

22 State St., Montpelier, 802-229-0453

Step into a hip bar-trattoria for hand-tossed pizzas, Italian entrées, local beers and creative martinis. Live music on the weekend.

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Positive Pie (Barre)

219 N. Main St., Barre, 802-622-8051

An ingredient-driven pizza joint offers creative pies, seasonal burgers and a Barre take on brick chicken — the bird is pressed beneath a block of granite.

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.

The Spot

210 Shelburne Road, Burlington, 802-540-1778

The colorful menu features breakfast faves such as huevos rancheros, while fish tacos brighten up lunch.

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.

Mad Taco

The Mad Taco (Waitsfield)

2 Village Sq., Waitsfield, 802-496-3832

This lucha-themed eatery specializes in Mexican dishes made with local, farm-fresh ingredients. Have a margarita with your tacos, or opt for one of 11 craft beers on tap.

Three Penny Taproom

108 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-8277

Twenty-three taps supply hard-to-find craft brews for every palate. Sip happily in between bites of imaginative pub fare. Brunch only on Sunday.


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.

Vermont Pub and Brewery

Vermont Pub & Brewery

144 College St., Burlington, 802-865-0500

Burlington’s first brewpub deals in classic dishes such as country meatloaf and fish and chips, best paired with one of 10 ever-changing beers made on-site.

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Dave’s Cosmic Subs

150 Dorset St., Suite 215, South Burlington, 802-489-7827

Serving up sandwiches and local craft beer with a side of rock and roll, the “far-out” sub shop’s zany creations are informed by 1960s and ’70s cultural references. The Grateful Dave is layered with turkey, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, “cosmic sauce” and hot pepper juice.

Duino! (Duende)

10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-660-9346

A theatrical theme pervades this international street-food spot — open ’til 1 a.m. on weekends. Dishes range from fish tacos to chicken and waffles to poutine. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday only.

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 (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.

Prohibition Pig

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.

Park Squeeze

Park Squeeze

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.


Esperanza Restaurante

180 Battery St., Burlington, 802-657-3377

A Salvadoran man and Filipino woman teamed up to open this casual restaurant, where the fare includes pupusas, tamales, egg rolls and fried-chicken lollipops.

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.

Zen Barn (JWB)


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.

The Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant and Lounge

1 Federal St., St. Albans, 802-524-0330

Plates at the family-friendly spot include loaded potato skins, roasted-beet salad and coconut curried mussels.

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.

Tavern at the Essex: Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

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.

Hired Hand Brewing

Hired Hand Brewing Co.

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.

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.

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.

Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar

Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar

86 Main St., Middlebury, 802-989-7351

Two Brothers Tavern chef Matt Corriente puts out blistery Neapolitan pies, along with traditional Italian antipasti and salads.

Fire & Ice Restaurant

26 Seymour St., Middlebury, 802-388-7166

Known for its historic décor and huge salad bar, this steakhouse is popular with adults and kids alike. There’s a separate room with books and movies for little ones. Lunch Friday through Sunday.

Sotto Enoteca

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

Head to this subterranean spot for a cocktail or glass of Italian wine; stay for cured meats, calamari and other selections from the Trattoria Delia kitchen. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Idletyme Brewing Company

, 802-253-4765

Specializing in seasonal comfort food and small-batch craft beer, this dog- and family-friendly brewpub comes with perks: an outdoor biergarten, lawn games and a fireside lounge.

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La Casa Burrito

30 S. Main St. St. Albans, 802-528-5944

The burrito bar fills tortillas, salads and bowls with meats, veggies, cheeses, and a variety of housemade salsas and sauces. Dinner service is sit-down.

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Positive Pie (Plainfield)

, 802-454-0133

The locally sourced pub fare includes hand-tossed New York-style pizzas, complemented by a long list of draft beers, specialty cocktails and wines.

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.

The Skinny Pancake (Burlington)

60 Lake St., Burlington, 802-540-0188

At this crêperie, try the Lovemaker, which combines strawberries and Nutella. Locavore salads, soups, fondue and espresso drinks are also on the menu.

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Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage

1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-253-6245

The Mexican fare includes hibiscus-glazed chicken and ancho-rubbed steak, along with tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Find dozens of tequilas at the bar. Local, regional and national bands hit the historic Rusty Nail club stage several nights a week.


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.

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.

Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar

3 Main St., Montpelier, 802-223-0229

A custom-built wood-burning oven cranks out pizza, salmon cucina and other authentic dishes. Check out the gluten-free menu. No lunch on Sunday.

Rí Rá Irish Pub

123 Church St., Burlington, 802-860-9401

Find a friendly Irish pub experience with a full menu, local craft brews and single-malt Scotches. Live music and brunch on weekends.

New Moon Café

150 Cherry St., Burlington, 802-383-1505

A warm interior and awesome chandelier lend this spot a funky elegance. Choose from a wide array of fresh ingredients to create your own salad or sandwich. Save room for a cupcake. Closed Saturday.

Morgan's Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

Morgan’s Tavern at the Middlebury Inn

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.

Michael’s on the Hill

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.


City Market/Onion River Co-op (Burlington South End)

207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 802-540-6400

The much-anticipated South End location of Burlington’s grocery cooperative offers a robust selection of marinated meats and spit-roasted birds in addition to groceries and hot and cold prepared foods.

The Bench

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.


75 Elliot St., Brattleboro, 802-579-1092

Pair smoked wings, ribs or an indulgent pie — topped with everything from house-smoked pork to fresh pineapple — with a beer or cocktail special.

NECI on Main

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.

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The Marina

28 Spring Tree Rd., Brattleboro, 802-257-7563

At the edge of an estuary, soak in sunset views over fried whole-belly clams and a burger, or relax with popcorn and a cold brewski.

Joyce’s Noodle House

5 Carmichael St., Essex Junction, 802-288-9828

The cuisine here can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty. Try the mustard greens with smoked tofu.


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.

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.

Pizzeria Verità

156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 802-489-5644

The oven here quickly blisters thin-crust pies topped with San Marzano tomatoes, housemade mozzarella, local veggies and meats.

The Daily Planet

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.

Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant at Stoweflake

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.


City Market/Onion River Co-op (Downtown Burlington)

82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-861-9700

Choose from grab-and-go meals, side dishes, sushi, baked goods, signature sandwiches and salads — or make your own meal from the hot and cold bars.

El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina

189 Bank St., Burlington, 802-497-1668

This taqueria from the team behind the Farmhouse Tap & Grill serves locally inspired tacos, burritos and entrées, along with “wicked fly” margaritas.

Hyde Away Inn

Hyde Away Inn and Restaurant

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.

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Green Goddess Café

618 S. Main St., Stowe, 802-253-5255

The veggie options at this omnivorous café are so good that locals voted it one of Vermont’s best vegetarian restaurants. Chow down on a breakfast scramble or the ever-popular carnitas wrap.

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.

Junction at the Essex: Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa

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.

Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery

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.

Stowe Bowl

1613 Mountain Rd., 802-253-2494

This retro-style bowling alley offers shareable plates — such as popcorn with Asiago, truffle oil and sea salt — as well as burgers, salads and flatbreads.

Citizen Cider

316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 802-448-3278

A lively tasting room has 10 ciders on draft, plus local beer, spirits and nonalcoholic concoctions. Taco Tuesday draws a crowd.

Barkeaters Restaurant

97 Falls Road, Shelburne, 802-985-2830

There’s a “little bit of everything” on the menu at this Adirondack-themed Shelburne eatery. Meat lovers can nosh on espresso-crusted pork, while vegetarians can choose from hearty salads and pastas. Closed Monday.

Sherpa Kitchen

Sherpa Kitchen

119 College St., Burlington, 802-881-0550

Classic Himalayan dishes include momos, curries, thukpa and stews, best enjoyed with mango chutney and mixed pickles.

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.

Our House Bistro

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.

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The Old Post

733 Queen City Park Rd., South Burlington, 802-497-0202

Locals come for the beer and Old Post Burger — topped with bacon and blue cheese and drizzled with barbecue or Buffalo sauce — and stay for the live music. Two TVs flank a shimmering bronze horse sculpture.

Mule Bar

38 Main St., Winooski, 802-399-2020

Pub fare takes a gourmet turn at this popular hangout known for seasonal dishes and a rotating selection of local and regional brews.

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Rough Cut

51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-458-8972

Friends and family meet at a neighborhood bar for ribs, pulled pork, and shrimp and grits alongside local beers and specialty cocktails. Stick around to watch the game or ride the mechanical bull.

Storm Café

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.

Table 24 Restaurant

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.

Waterworks Food + Drink

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.

Doc Ponds

294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 802-760-6066

At this pub from the team behind Hen of the Wood, pair a burger or smoked chicken with one of 24 beers on draft, or linger over a craft cocktail and pie.


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.


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.

The Gryphon

131 Main St., Burlington, 802-489-5699

An elegant space houses southern-inflected farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails. Weekend brunch.



44 Main St., upstairs, Montpelier, 802-613-3172

Dishes such as caramelized avocado salad, coconut gazpacho and a chorizo burger liven up a Latin-inspired menu. Sip a craft cocktail on the deck, or salsa dance in the upstairs lounge.

East West Café

2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 802-540-8145

Thailand native Samran Kaewkoet prepares authentic Isaan cuisine to go. Try a noodle soup, chicken satay or traditional sticky rice dish.

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.


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.

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Positive Pie (Hardwick)

87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 802-472-7126

Toppings for these handmade, thin-crust pizzas are sourced from area farms — try the Bruschetta pie, with white garlic sauce, a pesto swirl and balsamic reduction. At the bar, find 18 beers on tap and imaginative cocktails.

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.

August First Bakery & Café

149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 802-540-0060

Grab breakfast, lunch, freshly baked pastries or locally roasted coffee in a bright and friendly setting. Closed Sunday.

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.

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Stone Corral Brewery

83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, 802-434-5787

An award-winning brewhouse riffs on German, Belgian and British styles. The kitchen puts out kale Caesars, pulled-chicken sandwiches, and cheddar-ale mac and cheese. There’s live music nearly every night.


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.

duo Restaurant

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.

Superfresh! Organic Café

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.

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.

Agave Taco and Tequila Casa

Agave Taco and Tequila Casa

28 Walnut St., Williston, 802-876-7129

Traditional Tex-Mex dishes such as queso dip and carnitas burritos commingle with modern American plates of avocado toast and fried green tomatoes at this shopping-center taqueria. Check out the selection of fine tequilas.

Black Krim Tavern

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.

Wicked Wings

Wicked Wings (Essex Junction)

1 Market Place #25, Essex Junction, 802-879-7111

Chicken — wickedly hot and otherwise — is the main attraction. Choose from 16 sauces, three levels of heat and seven types of dry seasoning on your wings. You’ll find burgers, falafel, salads and craft beer, too. Seasonal hours.

Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

973 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, 802-655-5550

Owned by a Lebanese family, this pizzeria emphasizes local products. During Vermont Restaurant Week, dine from a special menu of Middle Eastern specialties.

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.

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.

Butch + Babe's

Butch + Babe’s

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.



1 Washington St., Middlebury, 802-458-8134

Named for the sometimes-controversial culinary herb, the restaurant seeks common ground with plates including mussels Provencal and wraps stuffed with chipotle-rubbed shrimp, avocado and herbed aioli.

Bluebird Barbecue

317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, 802-448-3070

Down-home regional barbecue includes smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs and traditional sides — plus 24 beers on tap. Daily specials include ramen and Tex-Mex nights; lunch Sunday.

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Magic Hat Artifactory

5 Bartlett Bay Rd., South Burlington, 802-658-2739

Visit the funky tasting room at one of Vermont’s original craft breweries for whimsically named brews such as the Circus Boy hefeweizen — plus grilled sandwiches, soups and salads.

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Cork Wine Bar & Market of Stowe

35 School St., Stowe, 802-760-6143

The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room

1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-7827

Dive into Vermont’s culinary culture here: There are 38 beers on tap — some of them brewed on-site — and locavore pub fare such as fried chicken and big-time burgers. Lunch on weekends only.

Roots the Restaurant

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.

Revolution Kitchen

9 Center St., Burlington, 802-448-3657

Pastas, tacos and curries anchor a menu of international dishes. Take note of the homemade desserts and rotating selection of local craft brews. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Cafe Provence

Café Provence

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.


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.

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Echo Restaurant & Lounge

73 Main St., Brattleboro, 802-254-2073

Start with a craft cocktail, then sink your teeth into bold Italian American flavors. Plates from the kitchen include fried chicken sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas and pan-seared duck.

Pauline’s Café

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.

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.

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.

3 Squares Café

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.

Picnic Social

Picnic Social

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.

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.

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!

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The Great Northern

716 Pine St., Burlington, 802-233-8148

The kitchen here takes its cues from global cuisines of the north. Slurp shellfish from the raw bar, or snack on fries with smoked pork and Korean pepper aioli. Weekend brunch.

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