Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluecatvt.com/
  • Phone: 8023633639
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday: 4:30 - 8:30pm
    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please consider us for your next private function. Our intimate space seats up to 40, and you can bring in your own caterer or let us entertain you with our exciting, tailored menus. And for a special treat, try one of our private wine tastings for 10 - 30 people!

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Blue Cat Cafe & Wine Bar is the only downtown restaurant with on site, free parking. Our customers can park in the lot on Saint Paul/College Street. However, take heed; the lot is monitored by a towing company, and our customers must use a permit. Simply send a member of your party into the restaurant, and we will give you a temporary permit which will allow you to park for the evening.
A word from Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar
Welcome to Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar. We are located in the center of downtown Burlington in a little alley called Lawson Lane. In our cozy corner of the town we serve all Certified Angus Beef (CAB) steaks and a variety of fresh seafood and vegetarian options. We use local produce whenever possible and feature a rotating selection of Vermont cheeses. Our wine list contains three-hundred labels from all over the world with an emphasis on big, bold, steak-friendly wines. The proprietors, Mariasha and Ozzy Giral are always on site to help you find the perfect wine for any occasion. We hope to see you soon. ...and please keep in mind that we are available for private events of all sorts 7 days a week; we'll do the catering or bring in your favorite caterer.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (58)special occasion (44)notable wine list (42)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (26)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best dinner out in 5+ years!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Cannot say enough about this place!! Simply blown away!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for fine dining
    Davidbroad
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Tucked away from the bustle, Blue Cat offers a haven if you want to have a dinner conversation, good food and great ambiance....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food! Folks at next table had a small child who was quite animated and talked loudly. Unfortunately parents were oblivious to the impact on others trying to have a romantic meal. Waitress did not know how to do a split transaction with a Gift Visa card (that had a $50 credit) and my personal Visa card to pay our bill of $82. She evidently brought up the entire bill ($82) and tried to swipe my Visa Gift card; so it was declined. She should have created a charge of $50 (via doing a split charge) then swiped my Visa Gift card; then put the rest on my personal Visa card.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot
    VTFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went for date with my wife sans kids. What a nice spot for that. The server was excellent and the food hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant.
    L4kids
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I love the ambience here. Very Intimate. We chose to go in a Tuesday night and for some reason there was only one hostess, waitress, and bartender all rolled into one person! The poor girl was doing it all and for that reason I give the service here only 2 stars as we had a very long wait just to get our drinks and appetizers. The place was fairly busy too so not sure why she was the only one working. She was very nice but she was overwhelmed. People at the bar seemed to get too priority for their orders. Not sure if we will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar is a small, quiet, intimate restaurant. Their specialty is steak and it is wonderful. I especially like the Steak Foie Gras. My husband had the lamb and said it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ANother excellent meal
    valentino
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My girlfriend and I ate at Blue Cat again and, as usual, it was a wonderful experience. SHe had braised lamb and I had duck confit. Both were delicious and filling, accompanied with mashed potatoes and asparagus. We started with the first-rate curried mussels. Many wines are available by the glass - and you can taste them first to decide. My girlfriend had pnot grigio with the mussels and I had a WIlliam HIll chardonnay, both good choices. Then I had a 2004 Spanish tempranillo with the duck, which was quite delicious, well-aged. Another memorable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Kirby
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We needed a late night dinner; The Blue Cat was perfect. Small, cozy, with excellent service. The wine selection was outstanding, and I highly recommend the cheese plate. The filet mignon melted in my mouth. The only reason I did not give five stars was because I had to send back my sweet potato, way too salty. They very graciously brought me a new one cooked to perfection. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The best steak I have had in thirty years. Make sure you make a reservation. I am glad we did as they were full on a Tuesday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3rd visit
    dhdvt
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Another rewarding visit. Food was fresh and different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    Foodiebyheart
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The kebob was supposed to be meatball type patty with spices. What I received were cubes of beef and vegetables which were not grilled and just barely warmed through. Presentation of it was lacking. My husband steak in his Caesar salad was tough and a very meager portion for $21 dollars. I thought the hummus with pita bread was a nice touch in lieu of bread. Overall I think the food was mediocre and overpriced.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    BTVNiteout
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I Brought my wife out to Blue Cat for date night. The food and wine menu had some great choices and left me wanting to try a few of the dishes. The portion sizes were perfect and everything was cooked to perfection. The service was great, our waitress had great instinct for when we needed her. We will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it's alright
    Nickname
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was pretty good. The service was alright. Only about eight tables inside. Nothing blew me away, but nothing was lacking either.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit - still top of my list
    wfc999
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Second time visiting and was not disappointed - food was very good and presentation was excellent - extensive wine list -service was very good. There was a large party present (bachelor dinner) so was a bit more noisy than last time - but still well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very impressed
    vivavermont
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and the service were excellent. It's an intimate, affordable spot with a great wine list. The foie gras is amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing meal
    simplepleasuresVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We went to this restaurant because it was highly rated. We all ordered steaks, which came out together. One of us ordered a hangar steak medium. However, it was brought to the table well done and all the items on the plate were room temperature at best. The steak was returned to the kitchen. But it was obviously not a priority as it took 20 minutes to arrive. Of course, the three other diners had already finished their meal. There was no visit from the manager, only a "sorry about the wait" from the waitress and, of course no adjustment on the bill. While I know that mistakes can happen any time, I do not believe this restaurant is on top of their game and they have serious issues that they need to address.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful all around!
    Sween6
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Small, but very inviting. Waitress was the best - very attentive and accomodating. Food was delicious. Excellent wine. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Food2
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Excellent service, the food was outstanding, and it was a nice quiet setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Jimo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The best restaurant in Burlington Vermont. I highly recommend
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak and Wine Great, Space Small
    EvergreenFoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Blue Cat Steak and Wine Bar offered great steak entrees and a fine wine list. The restaurant is tucked away down a short alley off College Street. The only shortcoming of the restaurant is that it literally is nearly all bar: the building space for the restaurant is small and the bar takes most of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem In The Heart of Burlington
    Meredith
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Blue Cat restaurant is such a special place to dine in the heart of Burlington. Situated in a short alley's walk from the City Hall Park it is quiet and very intimate. Just the place to relax and talk and share great food with a friend, spouse, or partner. The menu had a wide variety of offerings. I enjoyed the salmon dinner (salmon from the Farrow Islands off Scotland) with fresh asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes. And the service was very friendly and accommodating. I've already recommended the Blue Cat to friends who are looking for someplace to dine that is unique and excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious romantic dinner
    DinerUno
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband and I came here for dinner after eloping in Burlington earlier in the day. The meal was fantastic! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hav2eat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    They've never disappointed me and I tell everyone. Service is always attentive and the food presentation is thoughtful
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overwhelmed waitress
    Kris
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The meal was good enough, we had the filet mignon and the tornado. The filet was done correctly but the tornado was only three little pieces of filet, hardly enough for a petite woman to eat. The service was another thing. This was no fault of the waitress it's because she had 10, I said 10 tables on Saturday June 14th 2014 all by herself! The bartender Oz was of no help to her as he watched her do it all. At one point during our meal I looked for her and there she was now pouring her own drinks for her tables too! Who would work under those conditions? Not returning until the service improves. It's not a cheap place to have to wait like you do, sad, good food just bad service. Wake up Oz before it's all gone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just wonderful
    Kingdomdiners
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were delighted dining at Blue Cat cafe. The food was superb, the cocktails perfect, and the wine list, just left us wanting to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • constable1
    Constable1
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    After an initial misunderstanding over the parking permit (they had neglected to print them) we parked at a meter a block away. Our server was great, she knew we had an issue with another employee, empathized, and kept the evening on an even keel. She was super, the food was good, the wine list above average. We had a special which is available to customers who dine before 5:00 p.m. All in all a good experience and we will return. We have two parking permits in hand.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    DishesandDrinksVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Looked for something last minute on Open Table. This was the perfect quiet spot on a busy Jazz Festival weekend in Burlington, VT. Small, intimate, excellent food. Fresh grilled pita and homemade humus- delicious. Foie gras was so good, but 1 and 1/2 oz. is not enough. :( Beef tornados and flat iron steak were both excellent. No room for dessert, but we had a great dining experience at about 1/2 California prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zendiner
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    loved the intimate ambience....so few places with tablecloths and I like that. Will return for the mussels broth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greatness
    RL99
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktails were FABULOUS!!!! Service was excellent, a nice quiet time, perfect for a 48th. The Tornados were also excellent. The parking was a big plus.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Impressed
    MontrealFoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Being from Montreal and self-pronounced foodies, we decided to try a restaurant we'd never been to in Burlington. The Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar did not disappoint. We skipped appetizers and my sister had the filet mignon with dirty roasted garlic potatoes and I had the steak fois gras with dirty roasted garlic potatoes. We also ordered a California Cabernet Sauvignon and their wine list was impressive with several affordable bottles. We had a great time and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Appitizers very good. Steak disappointing. Very right and in weird building.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice little place
    Njeats
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    There are only a handful of tables and the atmosphere is subdued. The food was very good and the portion sizes were generous. My only gripe is that if I'm paying $30+ for a steak I don't want to be nickle-and-dimed for dressing it...ie: $3 for caramelized onions. Extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak!
    Yum3
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This was our first visit to the Blue Cat. We were looking for a great steak, and we found it!!! The filet mignon was excellent! The service was second to none, and the intimate setting was a nice surprise. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy & Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    As soon as I walked in I was happy with my choice of restaurants from the Open Table listing. The lighting accentuated the warm look of of the wood and decor of the bar and the small tables. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful and even offered to plug in my dying phone behind the bar. The food was excellent and especially loved the curried mussels appetizer. Excellent atmosphere and ambiance. The small Tuesday crowd seemed to all know each other as their conversations occasionally crossed tables and new arrivals were greeted familiarly. I told the proprietor that if I lived in the area, I would be a frequent visitor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Cat is Red Hot Awesome
    2foodies
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Everything at this restaurant was perfect. This was the first time we were here and not one of us in our party of 8 had 1 negative comment. The appetizers were different and tasty. The steaks were perfectly cooked which is hard to do with a big party like ours. My husband's duck was outstanding. The waitress was friendly and helpful, and best of all, we were not rushed. The fully stocked bar accommodated everyone's request. We will all definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had an amazing meal! Steak was fantastic ~ and the fresh veggies were delicious and cooked to perfection! Filet, mashed potatoes, and fresh steamed carrots! Delicious shrimp cocktail and my beet salad was fantastic! Absolutely delicious meal !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were expecting a better meal. The atmosphere was nice, but we were unaware of the setting. We were expecting a slightly more casual dress, the website did not fully address this. Also, with the prices we were disappointed in the quality of food. Two of us got the duck, which was very well cooked, but drenched in sauce. The menu I think said a cherry sauce with smokey flavors, we did not taste anything smokey. The wine choices however, were very nice. Overall I would not return in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    Marty
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Outstanding all the way through. Great food, not rushed, pleasant staff
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burlington's Best Steak
    Gourmande
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Blue Cat is Burlington's best kept secret! We enjoyed a fabulous steak with foie gras both times we have eaten there. We are looking forward to exploring more of the menu on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    JoeB
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Went to the Blue Cat Steak and Wine Bar for the first time. Food was good, atmosphere is quiet and enjoyable, great place for a quiet dinner with someone you would like to have a conversation with during your meal vs. having to shout or have people eves drop on your conversation. Really like the fact that they provide a place to park and give you a parking pass which is a very nice benefit if you are dressed up a bit and would prefer not to have to walk blocks from your car to where you might be dining. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.