16 Best Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont

By Kelley Boymer
12 Sep 2022

Burlington, Vermont is the home of cobblestone streets, church street marketplace, shops, restaurants and the University of Vermont. Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, in northwestern Vermont, the city of Burlington is well known for being one of the top destinations for foodies in the area. The Green Mountain State of Vermont is known for its covered bridges, farms and delicious local food. Burlington is a mecca for the best dining in the state. There are a plethora of restaurants in Burlington that use the freshest produce from local farmers for an authentic farm to table dining experience.

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16 Best Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont

Best Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont
Honey Road in Burlington

What Food Is Vermont Known For

  • Farm to table dining
  • Local ingredients
  • Seasonal offerings
  • Local cheeses
  • Maple Creemees
  • Maple Syrup
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Signature cocktails
  • Craft beers
  • Intimate dining experiences
  • Warm, cozy atmosphere
  • Fireplaces
  • Live music
  • Dining al fresco
  • Apres ski beers and snacks

Honey Road

Honey Road located on Church Street Marketplace is a sophisticated eastern Mediterranean mezze serving small plates of all your favorite Mediterranean dishes, creative desserts and unique cocktails. Their cozy tavern brings warmth and a welcoming atmosphere with candles, chandeliers and lamps. Due to limited seating, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. Their dining room is open Tuesday-Saturday 5-9:30pm and bar and patio open 4:30-9:30pm. Stay tuned for their brunch joint coming soon, The Grey Jay!

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Hen of the Wood

Hen of the Wood showcases what Vermont is all about– farm to table dining in a gorgeous “woodsy chic” atmosphere. Located next to Hotel Vermont, Hen of the Wood features daily menu changes, with excellent wines, cocktails, local food and thoughtfully sourced meals. Open Wednesday-Monday from 5-10pm.

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Bistro De Margo

If French Cuisine is what you are after, Bistro De Margo is just for you! Bistro De Margo offers seasonally inspired classic French fare with a modern twist. Reservations are highly recommended. Open Tuesday-Saturday 5-8pm.

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Istanbul Kebab House

Istanbul Kebab House is a family run business that serves up authentic Turkish-Mediterranean fare. Importing most of their ingredients from Turkey, at Istanbul Kebab House you know what the chef owner is serving up is the real deal. Open Sunday 11am-8pm and Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm.

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Trattoria Delia

If you’re looking for an intimate dining experience, try Trattoria Delia. This Italian restaurant will provide a romantic evening, hidden away in a basement space with a cozy stone fireplace. The food and drink are delicious and the space creates an intimate, cozy setting for a romantic date night. Open Wednesday-Saturday 5-9pm, reservations are recommended!

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Best Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont
American Flatbread in Burlington

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American Flatbread is a local favorite for all ages. Whether you are taking the family out for pizza or bringing a date on a fun evening out, you can’t go wrong with Flatbread. With everything from Vermont craft beer to delicious wood-fired artisanal flatbread pizza with seasonal farm fresh local ingredients, Flatbread is always a good choice! Featuring live music on select nights check out their website for more details. Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily (open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday).

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Pho Hong

For traditional Vietnamese fare try Pho Hong. With a down to earth, homey vibe, Pho Hong is a great spot to grab a light, fresh and flavorful meal. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm and 5-9pm.

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The Gryphon

The Gryphon is a staple in Burlington serving up eclectic American fare in a hip, laid back and classy atmosphere. Open Monday-Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm and Sunday 10am-2pm (Brunch) and 4-8pm dinner.

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Penny Cluse

Penny Cluse has long been a favorite breakfast joint in Burlington, walking by on a Saturday or Sunday morning it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see lines out the door and down the sidewalk. There is reason why so many flock to Penny Cluse– whether it’s for the gingerbread pancakes or Huevos Rancheros. Open Thursday-Sunday 8am-3pm for breakfast and lunch.

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Handy’s Lunch

Handy’s Lunch is a no-nonsense, no-frills, old-school 40’s diner serving up a hearty homestyle breakfast and lunch. Open Monday-Friday 8am-1:30pm and Saturday/Sunday 8:30-1pm.

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Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup

Stone Soup is a true gem. This buffet style nook features vegetarian, vegan and omnivore options. With a rotating menu, creative recipes and comfy seating it’s the perfect place to cozy up with a book or hang out with friends. This is a favorite for UVM students. Open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday & Saturday 9am-8pm.

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill is a farm to table gastropub and seasonal beer garden with some of the best burgers and brews in town. This locally sourced and award-winning restaurant is great for any occasion. Open daily 11am-10pm (extended hours until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday).

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Juniper Bar and Restaurant

This eatery within Hotel Vermont features modern American comfort foods and craft cocktails utilizing fresh, local ingredients. Juniper Bar and Restaurant is open daily 7am-11am and 5-9:30pm.

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Pascolo Ristorante

Pascolo Ristorante is another Italian nook on Church Street. This rustic chic restaurant features wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, Northeast seafood and regional wines. Open Friday-Wednesday 4-9:30pm (10pm on Friday & Saturday).

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Leunig’s Bistro

Leunig’s Bistro is known as the “panache of Paris in Center of downtown Burlington” and cannot be missed while walking down Church Street. This French Bistro and Bar serves lunch and dinner and is one of the longest operating restaurants in Burlington. Leunig’s is a great spot to enjoy good food, people watching along the cobblestone streets and live music.

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Misery Loves Co.

If you are traveling outside of Burlington, Try Misery Loves Co. in Winooski for a fun, innovative dining experience! American comfort food and craft cocktails make this hot spot a great destination. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm.

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Restaurant Poco

This farm to street to table restaurant is one you won’t want to miss. At this small plate restaurant and bar, everything from the food, to the service, to the ambiance and drinks is divine. Restaurant Poco does not take reservations so get there early to guarantee a seat. Open Wednesday-Saturday 5:30pm-9pm (10pm on Friday & Saturday).

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May Day

May Day is supports local farms and features innovative and delicious snacks and plates to share as well as creative cocktails and unique and fun beer and wines selections. Open Friday-Monday 5-10pm.

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Sherpa Kitchen

Sherpa Kitchen serves classic Nepalese & Himalayan Sherpa cuisine within a warm atmosphere. The friendly staff and speedy service make it a true gem. Open 11am-2pm and 5-9pm Monday-Saturday.

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Pizzeria Verità

Arguably the best pizza in town, Pizzeria Verità serves wood-fired Neapolitan pizza in a warm, lively setting. Don’t miss out on their farm fresh Italian dishes and craft cocktails. Open Wednesday-Sunday 5-8:30pm (9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

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What are your favorite restaurants in Burlington, Vermont? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Kristen Vincent wrote:

    https://www.restaurantpoco.com/ is amazing!

    https://www.maydayvt.com/ Is in the North End and is a great new restaurant.

    Love all of the choices above too!

    9.23.22 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Oh thank you this looks amazing!

      10.5.22 | Reply

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