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

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluecatvt.com
  • Email: bluecatcafewinebar@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (802) 363-3639
  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Blue Cat for a wine tasting dinner. It was great! We had 4 lamb courses and 4 delicious wines. FIrst was lamb tartare with a sauvignon blanc - not an obvious pairing (white with red) but worked great. THen an Australian cabernet with lamb ribs, Bergerac with lamb stew, and Fronsac with Lamb chops. All excellent. Finally a prosecco-cava cocktail with manchego cheese for dessert. Perfect! It was a small, informal tasting so lots of good conversation. And it was only $50, tax included. They do this every month. My only complaint is that they did not give us a list of the wines we drank."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had never dined @ Blue Cat before, and wouldn't hesitate to return there. Our meal was very good, service very prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Being not from the area and new to this type of restaurant, i loved every bit of experience. The staff was very helpful in helping us choose a perfect wine that my girlfriend and myself mutually loved. The server was very pleasant, and the scene was very romantic. Food was incredible. The space was a little tight. But i will defiantly be making my way back to the place."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was spectacular. The place is somewhat noisy and cramped. However the food and service made up for the noise. Somehow if they were able to rearrange the space it might not be so cramped. But as I said before, the food is worth it. The cloudless chocolate cake is to die for!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The meal was just OK for the price. I ordered the $14 burger. The burger itself was good, but was small and was served with what looked and tasted like a grocery store cheap bun. I had expected more. The atmosphere was nice, service OK, but the food did not match the prices and upper scale atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Blue Cat could step it up a bit. Food & wine stained menus? Just print new ones. Drink list in a 2nd grade binder? Our server was sweet, but has had no training. She served a 22oz beer with no way to keep it chill, men were served before both women, coffee cup taken to refill while saucer and dirty napkin were left... lots of little things but it left a lot to be desired. Disappointing as this used to be a go to recommendation for our hotel guests."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a terrrific dinner celebrating our anniversary. Great food, great service, and great ambiance!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Tables are a little to close together to the extent that your personal space seems infringed upon by neighboring diners. Food was very good and the service appropriately attentive."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Blue Cat maybe 10 times over 2 years. We love the wet aged steaks and the close, personal, atmosphere. On every trip except this most recent trip, we were waited on by Ria. We look forward to seeing her and love how she remembers not only our last trip but the conversations we had. Great place, great people"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Easily moved onto my "Best restos in BTV" list - really great food (the lamb was superb), wine (good French selection), service (attentive but not hovering), ambiance (quiet and not overlighted) - and all this on a Friday night!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was good, for the price...If you a traveling foodie, you won't think this is exceptional, but you will like the ambiance and the pricing. its small and cozy....good food, good price, great service. just keep a realistic expectation...for the record...this was my 1st experience here..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed our delicious dinner at Blue Cat. The braised lamb was excellent. Our waitress was aware of our show time and all of our food arrived with time to spare. As a final note the cheesecake was fabulous! Once again this is why we consider The Blue Cat one of our favorite restaurants in Burlington."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This was our first visit. We found our entire visit to be extremely enjoyable. We were greeted promptly at the door by whom I presume to be the owner and shown to our table even though we were about 15 minutes early for our reservation. I had read online that there was parking very close in a corner lot and that it was free all I had to do was to ask for a parking permit and I could stay there until midnight. After going back out to the lot to place my permit we were shown the wine list and explained the nights specials. The steak was done to perfection and the lamb was also. The atmosphere was very friendly and romantic. The place is very small though so reservations are a must. We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Lovely little hideaway with good food and quiet atmosphere. Nothing much to complain of here, particularly if you have a preference for beef and lamb. If you can, check out the menu before you go. Recommend the Blue Cheese Salad!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for dinner and it was the best Valentine's Day experience I have ever had. This is not an easy place to find, and I don't know if I would have if I hadn't read the other reviews. They have off street parking which is a HUGE plus, just grab a parking pass from the hostess. A set of stairs take you into an alley across which we found the entrance to the building marked with a sandwich board sign. Dinner was not cheap, it was almost $100 just for food, but the experience was well worth it. The restaurant had only 12 tables for two and even so moving around was tight, but the filet mignon was incredible, the service was great and un-rushed and the ambiance was perfect for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "In order to avoid the major Valentine's Day dining riff-raff, we booked a table at this elegant establishment the day after Valentine's Day. The variety in wine selection was across multiple countries, and easily found a bottle to enjoy. The steak options are robust as well, from Filet to Hanger (which was actually very delicious!). Overall a pleasant experience, and in a convenient location near Church and Main, so a post-dinner night cap was easy to find."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I am quite upset by our experience here last night. We purchased a deal, $20 for $40 and were told that we couldn't use it when we paid because it was a holiday. No problem, if that was clearly outlined in the deal... but, the deal makes no mentions of restrictions on dates it could be used other than the expiration date. We chose to go here on Valentines Day because we enjoy the atmosphere and are willing to pay inflated prices for average food because we enjoy the space so much. But denying the deal really put a damper on our evening. If there are restrictions, be clear about them, that isn't too much to ask."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The duck was excellent but it was a very small portion, particularly for that kind of price. It came with nothing but a large helping of sweet potatoes, they were great but it would have been nice to have something else to balance out the meal. They shouldn't try to grill the pita bread, it just made it taste scorched. The raspberry pie had a tough crust and a jam filling, something I'd expect from a grocery story bakery, not a local bakery. The wine list was excellent and the service was very good."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was O.K., but I ordered the duck and it was a bit rare, no sauce? The mashed potatoes were watery and yucky. We sat directly in front of the door--awful...too much money for too little! My friend ordered the lamb ragout, which I tasted. It just tasted salty to me...Disappointed. Maybe we should have ordered steak? We only ordered one appetizer, and I'm glad because it was not very good to me, the ribs...Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone...."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was fantastic but the grill is immediately behind the bar in the center of this very intimate/ tiny restaurant and the fume hood wasn't working. We literally were driven out by the fumes-"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This is our go to restaurant. It is quaint, quiet, has professional waitstaff, and a delicious menu."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a latish night burger here and it was excellent. Nice quiet atmosphere. And parking!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Relaxed dining. Great ambience with a romantic feel to it. A little on the cramped side. The wine was exquisite and our server was outstanding. Very pricey for what you pay for. Portions were average and we had to wait quite a long time for our food to arrive. I would recommend the Salmon dish. Outstanding! The restaurant was difficult to locate."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here the other night for his birthday and it was wonderful from start to finish. Neither of has had ever been to the restaurant before so it was a bit of a risk, in the end it was a risk worth taking. Our waitress was super knowledgable and friendly, the food was unreal, and the atmosphere was quiet and intimate (keep in mind it was a Tuesday, no idea what this place is like on weekends). I would definitely come again for dinner or maybe even to sample some wine from their extensive wine list. Yum!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Lovely evening out in a hidden gem of a restaurant. Great local products in a delightful meal."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had a great evening here - good for a romantic date but a little noisy. We were lucky to get a table in the corner rather than in the middle of the room. Small space but great ambience and decorating. The food was very good."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We ate with a group of six and therefore sampled many of the menu choices: Streak, fois gras, salmon, ravioli, etc. All the food was thoughtfully and excellently prepared. HIghly recommended. This restaurant is a real gem!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We visited this restaurant for an anniversary meal. There was one waitress for the entire restaurant and getting her attention was impossible."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The food here was excellent. I ordered the Duck Breast with mashed sweet potato. The duck was very moist and cooked medium well. The flavor was complex and paired well with the sweet potato. We also ordered a cheese plate and Caesar salads. The anchovies on the salad were a bit salty, but the cheese plate had a variety of fresh cheeses and fresh toasted pita bread to help balance the salty. My only complaint was that the tables were squeezed into the space with very little room to navigate around them, and our table was situated near the door, so when guests came in and waited to be seated, it felt like they were standing over our table."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Huge wine list, from very expensive to affordable. They have a small menu of entrées, but they are all outstanding, and unique. There is limited romantic seating, so make reservations. We going back next year for our anniversary!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Small intimate place, actually a bit hard to find in an office buidling. But once in, loved the ambiance and music. Both of us had steak (their specialty?). My husband ordered filet and really like it. I ordered the special, flat iron steak and was not excited about it. I was told there was no rub on it or sauce, but it tasted like some sort of chili powder or something maybe. Only real complaint was that it took an extremely long time to get our food. There are only 12 tables in the restaurant but the chef seemed to be doing lots of other things, like going on line and chatting up a couple at the bar. It seemed strange to wait so long. Only 3 choices for dessert, none of which enticed us. Coffee was very good though."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Great food all around the board. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "You go downstairs and down a quiet hall to the little, dark, Blue Cat Cafe. The wine list is gigantic and the menu is not so you know they are cooking the dishes to perfection. It has a European feel in its coziness and simplicity. The servers are incredibly attentive and part of the experience. We come for the perfect filet..can't make that at home. While there are mostly parties of 2, I've seen larger families with children accomodated. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience in a beautiful spot off of the beaten path. Food was delicious, affordable, and the restaurant was set up in such a way that my wife and i were able to communicate easily. They even have onsite parking, and the reservations were easily made and moved due to weather"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Wonderfully prepared food with wonderful service! My mother and I came here for our Christmas Eve dinner and were extremely happy with the quality of service and food. I tried foie gras and roast duck for the first time and they were both prepared perfectly. The waitress was friendly, knowledgable, and made good recommendations of food and wine to try. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Food is always great here! We picked a wine that they didn't have and they upgraded us which was awesome!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Small dining area but worth making the reservation. Rather large bar however for three spur of the moment dining or after work cocktails. Food is outstanding."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We regularly visit Burlington from Boston. A real and significant reason is another fine meal att the Blue Cat, which we think of as "our place" The "specialties" are WINE and steak(s). I note the wine first because the wines by the glass are better than any I've encountered. As for the steak, steak is (largely) steak, but these are thick and cooked just as you ordered them (many restaurants overcook due to sloppiness). My simple suggestion: GO!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Problem 1 was finding the restaurant in the alley. Very small dining room w/ 2 ornate pillars that force you to lean over any diner sitting in the adjacent seating. The food was good but not remarkably good. The shrimp cocktail was average. The steaks were well cooked but seasoned poorly. They had smoky flavor but lacked in salt and pepper. The wait staff were courteous but became less attentive as the dining room filled with patrons. The two took care of the dining area and the bar. Therefore there was no offer of more wine and while desert was mentioned as the plates were removed we didn't get an opportunity to try any as our waitress thanked us and presented the check several minutes later. Expect more when spending $100 before tip."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Will definitely return. Excellent food. Excellent wine. Excellent server. Small & intimate."
    Dined on 11/26/2013