Restaurants in Vermont
A significant portion of Vermont's economy is tied into food. The state is the leading exporter of maple syrup and a major manufacturer of cheese—including the famous Cabot cheddar—and chocolate. Vermont is a beer lover's paradise, as well—there are more craft breweries opening up every day. And every town has a wonderful coffee shop, with freshly-roasted beans and fresh-baked goods.
Vermont restaurants offer a delicious selection drawn from the local cuisine. Hungry travelers can choose from bar settings to fine dining, all within easy distance of your accommodations (Vermont towns are very walkable). One thing all the best restaurants in Vermont have in common is the use of fresh, local ingredients.
No matter where you stay, Guild & Company is one Vermont restaurant that every visitor should try. This great steakhouse in Burlington gets all of its beef from the nearby farms. Afterward, if you have a sweet tooth, take a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, where you'll learn, among other things, how the company was started from a tiny gas station. Sample the flavor of the day and then head on over to the Scoop Shop to indulge in the many flavors that the ice cream giant is known for. It's not technically a restaurant in Vermont, but you won't want to pass it up!
The restaurant, known for its house-made pastries, is locavore in its approach.
Part of Jake's Hotel in Treasure Beach, Jack Sprat is a casual waterfront eatery with its own private beach on Calabash Bay.
At Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup, located just off downtown Burlington's Church Street Marketplace, customers start at the hot food and salad bar and proceed past platters of baked goods and pizza to the cashier (cash only).
Order an apricot- almond scone and a cup of Indonesian coffee at this neighborhood eatery.
Dine on local delicacies at the Green Room, which offers locavore favorites like Vermont lamb braised with green peppercorns.
Made almost entirely of driftwood, the thatched-roof Pelican Bar is set on stilts on a small sandbar about half a mile offshore in Parotee Bay. Part bar and part restaurant, the circular structure is accessible only by boat and is furnished with low wooden benches and windmill-powered lights.
Chow down on pub grub, including burgers and wood-grilled pizza, served amid ski memorabilia at extreme skier John Eagan’s restaurant.
Perched alongside the Ottauquechee River in eastern Vermont, this restaurant in Quechee serves globally accented American comfort food like horseradish crusted cod, pomegranate glazed Atlantic salmon, and sesame-seared chicken with spicy apricot dipping sauce.
Inside a classic white clapboard New England house with a wide, covered porch, the tiny, bright green, second-floor dining room of Pane e Salute seats around 20 snuggly at long, wooden farm tables or at poured concrete bar.
Pizza has always been the carb of choice for the Burton board set, and this groovy branch of a Sicilian family pizzeria chain earns black diamond status for its righteous pies. The young pie masters here can toss a round of dough as expertly as they carve runs on Mount Mansfield.
One of Vermont’s most dramatic views belongs to Stowe’s Cliff House.
The menu that features seasonal, locally grown ingredients—dishes like pork loin with rhubarb and maple.