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Bluebird Tavern
Bluebird Tavern

Bluebird Tavern Details

  • 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: American, Seafood
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Tuesday burger special brought us there. Will be back for other meals."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I come here whenever I can...the food is fantastic, great service, a well oiled machine. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything was fine with the exception of the high prices. Everything was 20% too high for the value."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very good food, good variety on the menu, great atmosphere, and excellent service. It's one of our go-to restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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............."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Tavern Tuesdays are great for the family or for a date night. We had burgers and mussels - both were on special. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Every dish was fabulous, ESPECIALLY the amuse bouche. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed the Bluebird Tavern very much. Small menu but some unique tasty preparations. Bar area and ambiance cozy casual. Very good!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The scene was pretty quiet when we went but the service was attentive and the food was good. They served a delightful amuse-bouche to start which was appreciated."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "When I looked in over a year ago during the day I was underwhelmed by the ambiance and menu. I recently checked out their menu on line and decided to give them a try. Wow! . Had a fantastic meal with great service and good wine. Will return soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We dined at Bluebird for the first time the other evening, and had a very positive and tasty experience. We had a perfect table location, and our waitress was very sweet and accommodating, and quite efficient. Her wine recommendation was excellent. The overall restaurant staff was friendly and did well."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Every dine I dine at the tavern I talk about it for days. Great food, wonderful attention from the staff and chef."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The new menu is extremely impressive. My table kept remarking how intriguing the dishes looked, and when we ordered, everyone was delighted by their food. Highlights were the rabbit, artichoke, steak, and clams. We also really liked the french fries and the cheese plate. The desserts also deserve special mention. Simultaneously creative and delicious. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I saw an add for Bluebird brunch and after having their delicious BBQ had to give it a try. It was definitely worth it! The food was fantastic. I had the candied-bacon waffle and couldn't have been happier; it was the perfect combo of flavors! It was quiet and great for a nice brunch time conversation. The brunch cocktail that my roommate got was really tasty too."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "After I made my reservation, I read some rather mixed reviews. Actually, they all seemed to be 5 or 1. Not sure what the difference was in the kitchen that would cause such variation. However, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The food was good (I had the lemon sole stuffed with oyster stuffing and my husband had a house special of pulled pork and dry-aged beef). The sides were very good (I love parsnips!). The chef sent a free small tuna and fennel on fingerling potato starter, with a loaf of bread that was salty and very tasty without any butter on it! We had great beer from Hilltop Farm in Greensboro, and they carry Heady Topper for IPA fans! Our bill was under $100 before the tip."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our dinner started roughly with tough, spiny leaves in the artichoke risotto appetizer. However, our waitress was appropriately apologetic and readily offered to remove it from our bill or replace with a different appetizer. The replacement squid was fantastic. The chef also sent out tasting bites of a special appetizer for us. The manager later came to our table and was very gracious. We felt Bluebird Tavern had recovered quite well from the initial misstep already. All main courses were fantastic, especially the char! To top it off, we weren't charged for any appetizers. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The main courses were excellent. The chicken cooked under a brick was excellent, moist and flavorful and the bed of heirloom beans and winter greens was savory. Scallops were seared perfectly and everyone enjoyed their various entrees and the lagniappe from the chef was special....the chef also came out to say hello and since he knew a member of our party treated us to a sampling of the yummy desserts...We loved it and will definitely go back. We had stayed away for a bit because the previous chef had gobs of butter and fat in everything and we just didn't enjoy the overall approach but we are glad to rediscover the bluebird."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I am moving away and have decided that I MUST return to Bluebird every time I visit Burlington. This place is incredible - I've had brunch (twice), lunch (once), and dinner (5-6 times, old & new locations) and I've honestly never been disappointed with any part of my experience. This is my first review ever (Yelp, Google+, OpenTable) and I'm overjoyed to be helping others find this wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Ambience a little too cold - all black and white and bare walls and tiles. Hostess didn't try sticking us middle aged folk in a corner where we can't be seen. Always a good sign - noting the baby boomers have the bucks these days! Some dishes excellent and others almost inedible - all a matter of luck. Not sure why they got certain dishes so perfect and others so wrong. Manager may wish to sample all menu items and see for him/herself. The restaurant is fairly new in this location. They may want to improve the menu before the restaurant gets a bad reputation. Judging from the few excellent dishes the chef is very capable of making this a great place. Let's see!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've been here twice now. Once for Mothers Day brunch and once for dinner. On both visits the food was great. Service was great. On my most recent visit I had the fresh made pasta with lamb. It was delicious. My son had the scallops, looked great and he finished it so I assume it was good. Definitely more food in the pasta dish than the scallop dish. We received a gift from the Chef that was some sort of duck on bite size piece of bread. It was very good. We also got a free appetizer for checking in that consisted of bread, local cheese and candied walnuts. Also very good. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Bluebird has great martinis and oysters, if you are a fan. The scallop dish was excellent."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. I recommend it to anyone going to Berlingthon. Thank you very much."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I found this restaurant after looking for a place that served the local craft beers. Big on interesting food dishes as well, I was interested in finding local craft and great food in a tavern atmosphere. And that is exactly what it is. Super service as well as attendant general manager checking on everything in a subtle way. I had the appetizer Mussels, piled high in a light creamy white sauce (not heavy) with crusty chunks of bread. Just fine as a dinner entree. My dining partner had the Lamb Bolognese which came to the table piping hot, not overladen with sauce, just a perfect balance of interesting nuances. We shared a Cesear Salad that was nicely paired with a sweet olive oil cake. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Visiting Burlington for a mid-winter get-away and went to Bluebird for first night's dinner. The food was excellent, especially the Artic Char, which was perfectly done. The only disappointment was the panna cotta, which was thick like overcooked pudding instead of silky and was covered with granola, which didn't work for me. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "the food was very over priced for the quality. The place was nice but just seemed to 'miss'. the spaghetti was flavorful but over priced at $22. The 2 types of pork - the pork cheeks were great but the rest of the dish was below average (over $30). The fish was not flavorful. The flat iron steak was just average (also over $30). For the cost, I would expect much more. We spent $184 for dinner for 4 and left hungry"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Reading the menu, got my foodie taste buds going. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to it. The lamb boulognese was satisfactory, though the pasty was chewy. The Atlantic char was rather pedestrian, with not much flavor. I had two appetizers for dinner, or rather three. I ordered the rutabaga chowder on the recommendation of the waitress, but what came was a rather weak minestrone-like soup, with no rutabaga or cumin flavors. This was replaced by the fall greens salad, which was fantastic, with the dressing being light, tasty and interesting, perhaps the best dish of the night. The grilled octopus came as a fairly large portion, but unfortunately, it had a mushy texture and not much flavor. Good coffee. Overall, fair."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food had no taste what's so ever , the server gave me my desert before my dinner , it was a very uncomfortable dining experience , and to top it off very expensive ."
    Dined on 12/31/2013