Bluebird Tavern
Bluebird Tavern

Bluebird Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bluebirdvermont.com/
  • Phone: (802) 540-1786
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30-4:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Corrente
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bluebird Parties! is our catering division that handles small to large events. For more information please contact events@bluebirdvermont.com
  • Entertainment: The Bluebird Tavern open kitchen and chef's table brings culinary excitement to the center stage. A tasteful flat-screen television is available at the bar making it a great place to catch a game or for solo diners. The Bluebird Tavern house music is a hand selection of "hot club" jazz of 1920s Paris.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bank St, Burlington, VT
  • Public Transit: Located in the heart of downtown Burlington Bluebird Tavern can be accessed by CCTA bus services.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The St Paul St Parking garage is directly attached to Bluebird Tavern. Two City of Burlington Municipal lots are within a three block walking distance. Street parking is also available.
A word from Bluebird Tavern
At Bluebird Tavern our inventive New England Style cuisine is centered on farm fresh Vermont ingredients in a casual but elegant setting. Founded in 2009, Bluebird Tavern has been recognized by Bon Appetit Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, and by the James Beard Foundation. Located in the heart of downtown Burlington, one block off of the Church St Marketplace, Bluebird Tavern offers a large bar area, open kitchen, chef's table, and an intimate dining room. Our cuisine is centered New England classics with a French and Italian influence. Fresh seafood straight from the docks in Boston, hand made pastas, and traditional tavern offerings such as our double burger are anchors of the Bluebird Tavern menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bluebird Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (18)special occasion (17)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (10)great for lunch (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Noisy
    PickyPete
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    So loud, i had to shout. Quality food but somehow it doesn't hang together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For explorers
    BigtravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The menu is not for picky people. If you're looking for "normal" choices - you're not going to be happy. If you're looking to discover new things then this place is for you. Nice ambience. Attentive, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donna
    DonnaNY
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had Dinner and it was delicious. The brussel sprout appetizer was so good it sold out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night dinner
    MattVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had a great dinner. It was parent's weekend at UVM.. so everything was packed. This was a GREAT find for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dining experience!
    VtFoodies
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Unknown to us until now, the Bluebird Tavern was an absolute delight. The food, starting with a complimentary taste of a delicious parsnip soup, was fantastic. Our main course and dessert were also very good, and the presentation of each was lovely. As well, our server was well informed about the menu as well as the wine list, and her timing for checking in and delivering our main course and dessert were spot on. We would definitely recommend Bluebird Tavern to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Saltysweetsour
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My first time at Bluebird. It was very good. My son and I were visiting to look at UVM and made a reservation after a tour. The food is local, farm to table style, very carefully and lovingly prepared. The smalls we had were tasty, the burger and duck entrees were very good. My sons food was gone in a minute so I think it was a hit. The decor is calming. Minimalist and efficient. The wait service we had was warm and knowledgeable. I loved it and would go again. Better than an overly populated and commercial choice for us. Find it. Eat There. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    greenmountainyumyum
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was a wonderful restaurant for my birthday celebration. I went with my boyfriend. We started with oysters, which were delightful. The small plates and large plates were very creative and tasty. The portions were perfect, (they don't overflow your plate with food), likely based on recommended serving sizes. Our waitress was outstanding. The entire experience was wonderful. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Farm to Table
    mjrstf
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Fresh locally sourced and seasonlly adjusted menu. Friendly staff, unique wine list. Food is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lionesslovevt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had excellent service and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still room for improvement.
    Adrian
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This restaurant still appears to be struggling to find the right balance between 'haute cuisine' for foodies, and acceptable to those a little less fussy - who help pay those bills. Unfortunately the foodies may be a little disappointed - duck overcooked, dishes a little dry in that the sauces, when present were minimal - as were the vegetables. (One little squished fingerling potato we had trouble identifying and minuscule cauliflowerettes etc) The desert menu was a little sad - new pastry chef will really have to work on this. (Lose the choc pudding 'canning' jar!) Ambience - stark - no wall decorations, black partitions and a lot of empty tables. (Few plates to cook so why weren't they cooked well?) I hope they get better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Even Brunch is Better at Bluebird
    amyc
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I absolutely love Bluebird Tavern for dinner, and when my aunt and uncle were in town for a Sunday brunch (!), my thoughts leaped to Bluebird. The service is always lovely, the dishes unique twists on classics (belgian waffle with candied bacon and topped with poached egg/hollandaise? Yes please!), the cocktails stellar and the decor tasteful. I would go back in a heartbeat for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, whatever!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food!
    NEUM6
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Scheduled a business dinner with clients here and it was a perfect pick. The food was fresh and the open kitchen I love. The menu has some great unique plates, fresh pasta, fab oysters...nothing to disappont here. If you like innovative and delishious dishes paired with great wine, this is the place to go in Burlington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    PedroJ
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tasty but portions were quite small and not very satisfying for the price. Menu descriptions didn't really describe the meals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt Like Vacation
    rachthequeenVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were treated so well it felt like we were on vacation. Great wine recommendations by our server and the bar and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 97 reviews are from the Bluebird Tavern reviews archive.
  • Can always count on Bluebird
    thortsmagorts
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Came for my birthday dinner, great drinks, nice wine selection, the food was wonderful. Bluebird is always consistent and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Both our visits have been most enjoyable. Appetizers and main courses all were excellent. The only exception was the dessert we shared, maple custard, which was just average.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect bday brunch in Burlington
    EmilyandSeanVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We came a few years ago for dinner but this time we were camping + hiking so I wanted a nice Sunday brunch for my hubby's bday to end the weekend. Bluebird was perfect. The hostess and our waiter were both AWESOME and even let us tie up our little pup and brought him water and gave us our choice of seats out on the deck. The bloody mary (second one on the menu, can't remember the name) literally has reignited my love for Bloody's (I had almost lost faith after two HORRIBLE ones) and hub got the citrus gimlet and we both thought it was delicious. The cider donut holes are to die for - they were the reason I picked this since they are my husband's fave and these were the best we've had. I had the special crab eggs benny and loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice place to dine....
    NewJerseyMikes
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We chose Bluebird Tavern for the positive reviews and were pleasantly surprised. While it wasn't busy when we arrived for cocktails, the place filled up as the night went on. We had a reservation, but were having a really good time at the bar. The staff was helpful and knew everything about their menu. Cocktails were good. The bartender (Ian) was knowledgeable of the bourbon/rye (we had Manhattans) and had recommendations for our drinks. We decided have the Steak Tartare as an appetizer. The flavor was amazing and we'd recommend this to anybody. For dinner we had Pork Shoulder Bucatini (excellent) and the lobster tail (average). We had a great dining experience and would recommend the Bluebird Tavern and would come here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluebird Still Building Nest
    RIvisitorLovingBurlington
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Loved the feeling/ambiance of the place, clean, simple but warm feeling. Good for conversations. Limited menu, not clear what comes with and what must be ordered separate. Menu does change periodically, as we were told. Food was delicious! Kudos to chef. Pork and Boscatini tender and fragrant. Portions were perfect no leftovers. Not sure they have found their identity yet. Would like to revisit in a few months time to see how they have progressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Tuesday Burgers
    patti
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Tuesday burger special brought us there. Will be back for other meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice brunch spot, a bit pricy
    Voyager9270
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We went to Bluebird for brunch and sat outside on a lovely day. The menu for brunch had 7-8 different options for mains, covering traditional breakfast foods (eggs benedict, hash and eggs, waffle, etc.) along with lunch foods (cobb salad, burger). Our only complaint was the price, which seemed a bit high for brunch (mains were between $12 and $16). If you check in on Facebook (or tell the waiter that you did), you will get free chocolate chip mini muffins as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generous and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I was looking for a fun, filling meal to cap off the week and Bluebird didn't disappoint. There are a few adventurous offerings on the menu - I had never tried octopus before - and was still able to hit my steak and potatoes. My braised flatiron was so tender that I didn't use my knife once. More than the food, my waitress was awesome. She indulged all of my questions and, when I showed interest in talking about the menu, gave more than just small talk. I'm only visiting Burlington, but I'll definitely head back here if I'm back in town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pelebuster
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Both service and food was fabulous. Very special and unique dishes, e.g., the brussel sprouts were the best I've ever had. The fish choices are unusual and out of this world.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • citymarketeer
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I come here whenever I can...the food is fantastic, great service, a well oiled machine. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as we hoped
    MeganVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We are locals in Burlington and the Bluebird Tavern in the old days was one of the best in town. It's Farm to Plate menu was cutting edge. (that is about 3 years ago in Burlington's rapid history of foodie evolution) Now there are better options in Burlington. We find the menu to be too expensive and the food to be good but not great. We had problems with the service. My husband ordered Fish, with no place to put all the bones. No bone plate offered. The servers just laughed at the mess and did not clean it after the plates were cleared. He also needed salt. He thought of it, waited too long and then got a shaker that had sea salt which did not come out of the shaker. The servers laughed it off again.
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  • Dinner before the show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We popped in expecting nothing and were very pleasantly surprised. The food was outstanding and very reasonable for the quality of the food. Wine and beer menu tight but very soecial. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything was fine with the exception of the high prices. Everything was 20% too high for the value.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to dine
    Janine
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very good food, good variety on the menu, great atmosphere, and excellent service. It's one of our go-to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Bird is Good Bird
    Mikior
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wow - what a nice dining experience this was! We had a group of four and every aspect of our dining experience was just great. Our server was the best, and the food was really outstanding. I had the Cod, my wife had the Lobster, and we all had raw oysters on the half-shell, which were almost as good as Maine or the New Hampshire sea coast. This is a gem of a restaurant, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.............
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Nina12
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This was our first time at Bluebird Tavern and it was great. The appetizers we had were yummy and our entree's were outstanding. The only bad thing about this place if I thought it was a bit expensive for the amount of food and quality you get, with that said. I would definitely go back for a special occasion. If you are looking to treat yourself Bluebird Tavern is the place to go.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great appetizers and entres
    802Bob
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    All of the appetizers were a nice mix of flavors - the asparagus salad was exceptional. The flat iron steak was so tender, it really melted in your mouth. Also The Bluebird Tavern has a very nice beer selection. We have been here several times and have always had a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    JulesofWilmington
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Every dish was fabulous, ESPECIALLY the amuse bouche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tavern Tuesdays
    maddogvt
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Tavern Tuesdays are great for the family or for a date night. We had burgers and mussels - both were on special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made to Feel Special
    Betbo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The staff is attentive and will see to your every need. They go above and beyond to ensure that every customer is a satisfied customer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lpeteVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Went for brunch during restaurant week. Although the starter said "choose 1," a runner delivered the wrong dish. Then my server came by to say it was on the house & I would get both. I appreciate the additional value, but the runners & servers should let customers know. The eggs benedict was OK, not outstanding.
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  • Poor service. Eclectic food
    LennykravVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Came here during my daughters graduation weekend. Didnt seem that busy but service was awful. Had get up a few times myself to go to the bar for drinks. Also, they ran out of bread they said which is why we didnt get bread, butnthen brought us a different bread toward end if dinner. Food was pretty good, but hard to find standard fare.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food! Great cocktails!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    My husband and I had an excellent experience at the BlueBird Tavern. It is one of our favorite Burlington restaurants and never disappoints! The Hemingway is a delightful cocktail not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluebird of happiness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Enjoyed the Bluebird Tavern very much. Small menu but some unique tasty preparations. Bar area and ambiance cozy casual. Very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates, big prices.
    Rachel
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The wait at farmhouse was too long, so we decided to try bluebird for the first time. Silly us for not looking at a menu ahead of time, but it was definitely pricier than we'd hoped. The food was awesome, but the portions were really small, especially for the price. Excellent, really friendly & attentive service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved our waitress with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    loved our waitress with the short hair who called us "Friends" and helped us select the low carb option on the menu. Sorry don't know her name but she was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.