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!
Of the four restaurants at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in southeastern Vermont, Red Rooster garners the most attention. Its menu, which draws from the culinary heritage of the state, emphasizes fresh, local ingredients.
Popular with the locals, Alfred’s Ocean Palace is a casual restaurant, entertainment venue, and hotel situated on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. The simple, concrete restaurant provides both dining room seating and outdoor tables, which are illuminated by candlelight after dark.
In a town known for chalets and wealthy tourists, McCarthy’s Restaurant in remains decidedly laid-back.
Enjoy a fancy meal (think Australian rack of lamb) in a comfortable setting.
As one of Vermont’s most-loved businesses, it’s fitting that Ben and Jerry’s flagship Scoop Shop resides in the heart of the Burlington’s commercial and entertainment district.
Excellent coffee and fresh-baked goods.
Country Peppa restaurant is just steps from the water on Seven Mile Beach in Negril. The soft pink tropical hut has a grass-thatched roof, a shaded veranda, and pastel lounge chairs, while inside are bamboo walls and simple bar area.
Editor's note: Sorry, we've just been told this venue has closed.
The lunch menu here includes excellent burritos and crab cake sandwiches.
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).
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.
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.