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Dorset Inn
Dorset Inn

Dorset Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dorsetinn.com
  • Phone: (802) 867-5500
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Serving nightly 5:30pm - 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
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Diner Reviews
  • "The village of Dorset is charming and quaint. The restaurant at the Inn is also. Good food. Pretty dining room. Good service"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Hope it never changes!! The staff, the building, the kitchen are perfect"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Nice selection of items, including something appropriate for my gluten-free, dairy free husband."
    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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "this is a charming space. they obviously care about the quality of the food and the service was impeccable."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Beautiful restaurant for authentic Vermont atmosphere, food and service. Perfect location if you are going to the Dorset Theater - within walking distance."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Very enjoyable pre- Dorset Theatre dinner. We parked our car at the theatre and walked to and from the Dorset Inn."
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "The meal and service was wonderful. Would definitely go back. A special place."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2013
  • "Lovely spot and excellent food. Looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 1/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/17/2012
  • "always enjoy coming to the Dorset Inn, especially at holiday time."
    Dined on 12/1/2012
  • "We loved our meal and the experience of the Dorset Inn. We plan on going back and staying at the Inn next time!"
    Dined on 10/8/2012
  • "Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, a must when visiting the area. If you're from NYC like myself you won't fall out of your chair when you see the prices for food and drink. It is quite expensive but well worth the money. Service is promptly and friendly. Most of the food items are fantastic."
    Dined on 10/5/2012
  • "A fine reputation and well deserved! Dinner was a pure culinary delight and an absolute gem to celebrate our anniversary. A charming historic inn that is busy with locals and tourists alike.We started off the with the mussels....delicious and tasted just like we were on the coast of Maine. I had the duck breast and my husband had swordfish with a tomato & dill fresco.For dessert we shared an amazing berry crisp with a local ice cream.Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and the menu.We will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 7/28/2012
  • "This was our first visit to the Inn. The staff was welcoming and the food was good. Unfortunately there was a group of a dozen friends celebrating a birthday or some other event in the same room. The noise distracted from our experience. I noticed a private dining room that was all set-up with plates etc, that was empty? Great folks , good food but too noisy. It would have been a wonderful experience, but the noise spoiled it"
    Dined on 9/24/2012
  • "Only ate here for lunch. The food was good overall. Very good mac and cheese and good desserts. Friendly and efficient service. Very cute Vermont small town ambiance."
    Dined on 9/15/2012
  • "A very nice meal. Not a large or varied menu but they do those items well. Good service."
    Dined on 8/1/2012
  • "perfect as always. we visit Dorset every year and if there is only one night out to eat, this is the place we wont miss"
    Dined on 7/31/2012
  • "The Dorset Inn is getting by on its past reputation. Our dinner was unremarkable at best especially for the price. My wife's duck was overcooked, my pasta special was something I could easily have cooked at home. On the positive side, our server was friendly and attentive and we were able to sit outside which is an idyllic setting for a meal."
    Dined on 7/21/2012
  • "We were late for our reservation and had to make a show after dinner. The staff was very helpful, getting us served quickly. Food was outstanding. A wonderful restaurant with great staff!"
    Dined on 6/23/2012
  • "Lovely setting. Typically representative of a Vermont Inn. Service was perfect and very accommodating. We enjoyed our meal and the ambience. The fresh vegetables were perfect. We were two of eight. We asked for a round table and it was set for us upon arrival."
    Dined on 6/14/2012
  • "Great place for a special night to celebrate! My husband loved the turkey croquettes. A birthday cake I ordered in advance was beautifully decorated and so delicious!"
    Dined on 5/24/2012