Dorset Inn
Dorset Inn

Dorset Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dorsetinn.com/
  • Phone: 8028675500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Serving daily 8:00 - 10:00am
    Lunch: Serving Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Serving nightly 5:30 - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jon Gatewood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Dorset Inn
Dinner at The Dorset Inn…always a treat! All of us here love food and enjoy sharing that with you. The warm and welcoming ambiance of the historic red dining room, cozy New England tavern and al fresco dining on the front porch allows guests to relax and enjoy the food, the wine and the friendly hospitality. As a member of Vermont Fresh Network, we support as many local farms and businesses as possible. Our cuisine is an uncomplicated, bistro-style that demonstrates classic culinary techniques and traditions with regional influences and reflects the freshest ingredients available. To showcase Vermont’s four unique seasons, the menu changes frequently.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Dorset Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (15)special occasion (14)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (9)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Enjoyable
    Hikers4
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We loved everything. Our meals were excellent from appetizers to desserts and the surroundings were elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food were great!
    Mike
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had the privalege of staying at the inn so we sample breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was some of the best we've ever had and diner was equally impressive. Nice selections, with well prepared locally sourced ingredients. We sat in the tavern/bar side with the locals and it was a little bit darker and cozy. Can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Attractive restaurant with friendly, professional service in a historic building.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GuestVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Always warm, welcoming and wonderful! Nuni is the best waitress in the state, perhaps, or maybe the universe, and the reason we all keep returning - a true treasure. Of course the great food plays a part as well. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a gem in Dorset
    Barb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    the Dorset Inn offerers a sophisticated menu in an odd the beaten path location. Historic and charming, the village of Dorset is lovely and unbelievably picturesque. It is noted for its beautiful bucolic settings and in the summer, flowers abound wherever you turn. The Inn offers gracious dining as well as a vibrant bar scene.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    Ruperteer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Celebrated my wife's birthday in a charming setting. Began with cocktails in the bar, followed by a wholesome dinner -- nothing fancy but well prepared and served. Accepted the waiter's wine recommendation - spot on!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Masha
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Strongly recommend this place. Love the atmosphere. Food made with local ingredients. Very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dorset Inn is special
    cjbenjVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Choose between the informal tavern setting at a table or at the bar, or the lovely more formal dining rooms. You can order anything from a burger to a fine, delicately prepared fresh fish or a delicious grilled steak. The service is lovely and the restaurant is located on the picture perfect Dorset green in a centuries old inn. It does get pricey since everything is a la carte - but it's very special so we bring our out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GuestVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A warm welcome, a delicious dinner and prompt and friendly service. A wonderful spot!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great VT Breakfast
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The Dorset Inn is a wonderful place for a relaxing breakfast. The Garden Room is an especially nice place to start the day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Dorset Inn reviews archive.
  • Charming Dorset inn
    Localgem
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The village of Dorset is charming and quaint. The restaurant at the Inn is also. Good food. Pretty dining room. Good service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Hope it never changes!! The staff, the building, the kitchen are perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GuestVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The Dorset Inn is a wonderful, welcoming place with really delicious food. The service makes you feel like one of the family, and the menu offers everything from a hamburger to sophisticated seafood entrees. All this in an authentic Vermont country inn set in a picture perfect town - a great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dorset Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    A very nice and relaxing brunch . The service was excellent and the food , just perfect , in a typical New England environment on a cool Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and True
    FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Dorset Inn has never failed us. This visit was for Easter dinner, and even though they surely had been working like made for the Easter brunch crowd, the welcome and the food was as wonderful as we could have wished.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Lucille
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food and ambience at the Dorset Inn never disappoint. From the martinis to the dessert, everything is top notch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    AzulaLaMer
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Nice selection of items, including something appropriate for my gluten-free, dairy free husband.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    this might be the best southern vermont restaurant out there. Food is to die for- all fresh, well prepared, well presented, great drink list. Could not recommend more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dorset Inn
    Duncan
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    this is a charming space. they obviously care about the quality of the food and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Dorset Inn
    Lucille
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    My husband and i as well as our very close friends all celebrated out anniversary at the Dorset Inn. The food was delicious, the service outstanding and the Inn is just beautiful! We loved it so much, we reserved it for Thanksgiving dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DarleneR
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    The Dorset Inn was highly recommended by friends and it had taken us some time before we were able to get to Vermont. We had thought it would be comparable to the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, New York but it fell short of our expectations, as did the food. We found the food to be quite pricey, considering the quality.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vermont classic
    DiDi
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Beautiful restaurant for authentic Vermont atmosphere, food and service. Perfect location if you are going to the Dorset Theater - within walking distance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    From the moment you are greeted until the moment you say good-bye, it's a great dining experience. Wonderful locally sourced food is prepared and presented beautifully. I wouldn't change a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was overall a bad experience.
    Hoover
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    It was overall a bad experience. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Cold mashed potatoes. My wives entree was basically a $24.00 house salad with 3 falafal balls. the Inn cliamed all of the listed items were on the dish. They were wrong! Save money go to anther restaurant that is better operated.When we expressed our disatisfaction through a comment card. The Inn emailed us back telling us that we were wrong that all of the menu items were on the plate. They were not and as a chef of 25 years a know what feta cheese and olives look like.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost missed the show
    4gettheservice
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The food wasn't bad at all. But our waitress almost made us miss the show. I explained that we had a 7 o'clock show. But at 6:55 we still didn't have our bill. And we arrived at 5:30. And we did not have time for coffee or Desert. The food was very good. But the service gave Me indigestion! So what I ended up with was a very High priced stomach ache.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Recently a group of us dined at the restaurant prior to going to the theater. The dining room had the warm feel of a country inn. The greeting and the service was friendly and efficient. The food was excellent...lick your plate good. Can't say enough good things. Too bad it is four hours from where I live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Pre-Dorset Theatre Restaurant
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Very enjoyable pre- Dorset Theatre dinner. We parked our car at the theatre and walked to and from the Dorset Inn.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to Dorset Playhouse
    LadyFromRye
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Had dinner there before a play. Although the curtain was at 8pm the restaurant recommended we dine at 6 instead of 6:30 as we preferred. Since the service was on the slow side it was bettter that we allowed more time. I had the lobster mac and cheese -- just ok, not terrific. Had room for dessert and tried a spice cake that the waitress recommended. It was very good although there was no taste of the fruit that was supposed to be in it based on its name. The room was very crowded. I will try somewhere else for dinner next time I go to the Dorset playhouse. The play was excellent, by the way :)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of a kind server
    localdiner
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    Being waited on by our server would have made the experience worthwhile all by itself. A long term employee with a Vermont charm that cannot be described, simply has to be experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful
    Libbby
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The meal and service was wonderful. Would definitely go back. A special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed a delicious Easter
    FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Enjoyed a delicious Easter dinner here. The special Easter brunch buffet had ended but there were dinner specials and the ever wonderful regular menu. We usually enjoy eating in the Tavern Room, but it was full so we ate in the simple elegance of the main dining room. There was a fire burning in the fireplace and wonderful service. We've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My daughter & I come to VT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    My daughter & I come to VT every year for our spring break 'chick trip!' This year is our 9th. We always have at least one meal at the Dorset Inn. A few years ago, the quality dropped dramatically. I found out they had a new chef and the transition was rough. We were disappointed for two years. We thought the Dorset Inn had lost its magic but decided to give it one more try this year. We're so glad we did! Our meal was delicious and the menu looked really good! Our server was lovely and the kitchen split our dishes for us (we said we were going to share two entrees). Everyone was really nice and accommodating. The ambience has always been wonderful and that hasn't changed! Now they just need to bring back some of their classic dishes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect spot for a cold
    FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    A perfect spot for a cold Vermont night. Fire was blazing; the service was welcoming and warm; the food was very good. We are never disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Vermont. Unfortunately we don't get to come here too often because we live in New Jersey. The last time we were here was 5 years ago. The food was still excellent, the service great, and the atmosphere was wonderful! The host was so accommodating; He made us feel instantly welcomed and at home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The temperature was 2 degrees
    FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    The temperature was 2 degrees F. However, there was nothing cold about the atmosphere inside the Dorset Inn. We were given a very warm greeting from the receptionist, who led us into the Tavern Room (which we had requested) where a warm fire was blazing. (There was also one in the dining room) The food was delicious and the service friendly. The only thing to complain about was not being able to simply leave the table and climb into bed upstairs. It is worth the 30 minute drive to enjoy such hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My daughters and I recently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    My daughters and I recently celebrated a birthday in this picture-perfect Vermont inn. The restaurant's ambiance was quaint and charming. The food was delicious, great wine selection and the service top notch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely spot and excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Lovely spot and excellent food. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New England Treat
    MrBlzVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Dinner at this 1796 new england inn was just extrodinary. The flavor and presentation were outstanding. A wonderful treat. The pub is also very lovely - warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always enjoy coming to the
    Nancy
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    always enjoy coming to the Dorset Inn, especially at holiday time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved our meal and the
    helen
    Dined on 10/8/2012
    We loved our meal and the experience of the Dorset Inn. We plan on going back and staying at the Inn next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet