Leunig's Bistro
Leunig's Bistro

Leunig's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leunigsbistro.com/
  • Phone: (802) 863-3759
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Donnell Collins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz with dinner Wednesday through Thursday evenings. During Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival, live jazz opening until closing on the sidewalk cafe.
  • Special Events: For UVM Graduation weekend, Lunch and Brunch seating is first come first served. At Dinner, every reservation is for a two-hour dinner. Everyone is celebrating a very special event, and if we've learned anything in college it's to be respectful of others. Another family has reserved your table two hours after your reservation. A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 towards your dinner will be charged to your credit card when the reservation is made. If you do not honor the reservation, a charge of $30 per seat reserved will be charged to your credit card. You can avoid the $30 charge by canceling your reservation by calling 802-863-3759 at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival. The smallest party for which we can reserve is 3 people, and the largest is 10 people. We have 44 seats on our covered, heated patio that are available first come first served each evening. Booking a reservation is acceptance of the stated term

Getting there

  • Cross Street: College Street
  • Public Transit: The Free Downtown College Street Shuttle stops across the street from Leunigs
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Leunigs is in the center of the Church Street Pedestrian Marketplace. Parking is available at metered spots on city streets or in any of 3 public garages within a short walk.
A word from Leunig's Bistro
Leunigs Bistro has been a Burlington institution since it opened in 1980. Located on the corner of Church and College Streets on the Marketplace, it invites all passers by to visit Burlington's own little Parisian Cafe. The decor and ambiance will make you think you're in Paris, and the food will make you think you've died and gone to heaven. A member of the Vermont Fresh Network, Leunigs chefs prepare the best of local ingredients with a worldly accent. Live jazz with dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lunch served Monday-Friday, Dinner every night, and Brunch on the weekend. Great wines by the glass or bottle, full liquor service. Best people watching in town. Reservations accepted, but not necessary. Every meal served with the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of town.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Leunig's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (50)great for outdoor dining (48)special occasion (47)romantic (32)great for lunch (32)hot spot (30)notable wine list (29)great for brunch (24)good for groups (23)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (17)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Amazing food and a romantic setting for a great dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Had dinner with another couple on an day the restaurant was supporting a cancer program. Got the corner table away from the noise. All four meals were great. Gluten-free menu was a plus.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coconut & Cashew encrusted Salmon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Salmon was tasty, cooked well but I did not have any cocoanut and cashew crust but instead sauté onions!!!😁😁😱 Certainly would have preferred the coconut and cashews as ordered and presented on the menu
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!
    TDP5
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wonderful and creative menu, absolutely delicious food. Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Leunig's never disappoints, it's always a great experience. The food is top notch, wait staff incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    lovetodine
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have been coming to Leunig's for years and will continue to dine there whenever we can. Everything about the restaurant is impeccable. It is an incredible value you can't beat it. It is hard for us to go anywhere else to eat because we will miss a meal at Leunig's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Halloween with a twist!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We no longer live in a home that is visited by trick-or-treaters so we decided to head to downtown Burlington instead. We wanted a real dinner, not just drinks and apps. and Leunigs was the perfect place for people watching and having a great meal. Always tasty and reliable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We were a group of 8, our waitress was AMAZING. She went above and beyond!! A true asset to the restaurant. The food was amazing. There were members of the party who commented it was the best meal they have had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Feel
    TonyMichaels23VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Best French bistro feel across the board: ambience, decor, wine list and deliciously innovative menu. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    FineDiner
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We dine a Leunigs often and have never been disappointed. I had duck with a cherry glaze accompanied by a mac and cheese spaetzle with pistachios, red beets and spinach with cheery sauce. An amazing combination of flavors. Our other entree was coconut crusted salmon cooked as desired. The wine list offers a good selection of affordable as well as higher priced fine wines. Maple creme brulee completed the evening. Our server was informative, efficient and courteous.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely people, splendid food
    EricEXiT
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Warm welcome at the door, directly to our reserved table, instant friendly service, quick and delightful gourmet treats, fine wine.... what more could we want?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legend of Leunig's
    ClassyCuisineVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I started goiing to breakfast at Leunig's when I was in college, mostly for the great coffee. I couldn't afford to go for dinner. Now I get to return when visiting my son and never miss booking for dinner! The beef bourguignon is incredible, the filet perfect and the truffle fries delicious. Start with the baby kale salad, it doesn't disappoint. Go back for the banana cream pie or pumpkin cheesecake if you have the room. It continues to be a popular location, on Church where all the action is, so make a reservation. Sunday bruch is a winner too. Like most excellent restaurants in Burlington, they use local produce. Bring your family and enjoy this continued favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    Sedan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Made reservations on Open Table that afternoon. Arrived around 6:00 PM and told the 2 guys at the door that we had reservations. Response was a sullen non response. Ushered upstairs to a table for 2 next to the service station. Noisy and confining. Waitress was a bit loud but OK, food was quite good (mussels in broth, salad and 4 glasses of wine for the 2 of us). I suspect there is more here than our first impressions would suggest. At least I hope so. We will see.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good business lunch
    Voyager9270
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was tasty and service was relatively prompt. We were not offered, nor did we receive rolls, prior to our meal. Restaurant was rather loud on a Friday lunch hour, making conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    pukanacheeVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    One of my most favorite places. Excellent service and food. Very much like a French bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    Alibear
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We went here for our anniversary. The server seemed bored with her job. The food was overcooked and loaded with sauce. Our server never asked us how our meals were but simply cleared our plates that remained half eaten. We agreed to look at the dessert menu and she brought us the check instead. We left and went to another restaurant for dessert and after dinner drinks. We had a much better experience after we left.
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  • wonderful band!
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    what made th evening very pleasant is a 3 person band with a young women singing french songs.... made the place feel less stuffy than it usually is :)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mini vacation...via lunch
    CinCinVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I come here because while lunching I feel as though I am sitting in a French bistro in Paris! The colorful bar is just beautiful, and the packed dining areas exude an energy so invigorating. The best folks run the door here...showing me kindness when I arrived a little late for my res. I can always depend on the food-flavorful and really pretty to see. Tiny onions, shreds of beets, rich stocks of flavor intertwine on my plate to bring so much I want in lunch. We didn't have any bread served this time, and I did regret that omission, but I've never had a bad meal here, and I think you will feel happy about walking in when you walk out later.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food destroyed by service
    Sarah205VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food is fantastic! Everything was served to perfection, and it was one of the memorable food experiences I have had in Burlington. It was completely ruined by HORRIBLE service. It took 40 minutes to get our dinner order placed. The waiter ignored us in very possible way. Not water, no checking on our drink orders, etc. He even rushed through my order so quickly I literally had to stop him to say I am one of those weird people who doesn't like tuna raw, but closer to medium. I will never go back, despite the fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic dining experience
    uvmvisit
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Just as I remembered, dinner was great, service was everything I could ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parents weekend UVM
    bliv
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had lunch with my wife and daughter who's a sophomore at UVM. We were greeted nicely, seated promptly. Nice selection of wines and good food. Try the salmon. I had steak frites. Marinated shoulder cut of beef. Excellent. One of the best spots in Burlington.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great restaurant for a college town. More upscale.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed and friendly evening
    Out2eat
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We dined with friends on a Wednesday and experienced great food and service. We were able to spend extra time without being rushed to enjoy dessert and conversation. Thanks for helping to make it a great evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance
    Rick
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    excellent service, the thing i liked the most was the lighting its was nice and dim great atmosphere , food was cooked at perfection i had the filet mignon of course the wine list has great names but hard to choose and my server was able to help me choose .On this note i would recommend this restaurant to everybody i know .
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    DebF
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It couldn't be much better. Tickets to Pink Martini at the Flynn, warm and sunny September day, drinks at the bar with good looking bartenders, outdoor dining, tables full of cheery diners, delicious food, unrushed service. Leunig's never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great lunch spot!
    CatherineB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Even thought it was chilly out, we ate outside and the food was fabulous! Our favorite spot in Burlinton!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Go Next Time in Burlington!
    eatdessert1st
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent food, drink, atmosphere and service. Had a window seat and enjoyed all the evening activity of downtown Burlington. Will definitely return and highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reliable choice for lunch
    sheldon
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Leunig's remains the restaurant of choice for lunch when in Burlington.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to reputation!
    Sunshine
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Five of us enjoyed great service and great food. The maple crusted salmon was a great hit as was the oyster trio appetizer. The beer and wine choices were more than adequate. Loved the desserts. They were just the right size and a varied selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The only complaint I have was that my steak was cooked well instead of medium well. Nice atmosphere. Arrived early for my reservation and was seated immediately. Nice staff. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    Skyman
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We have been going to Leunigs for years. The food is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay....
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Probably the busiest & most sought out restaurant in Burlington. After dining here, cannot figure out why. It was good, but not great. My husband & I started with escargots for appetizer. Then he had filet mignon for his entree, and I must say it looked delicious. I ordered glazed scallop...there was no umph to this meal. 3 scallops for $29!! Could they have spared 1 or 2 more? The best thing about this dish was the chorizo risotto cake that came with it. Service was also okay, but not spectacular....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Enjoyed very much our evening, great food, great service and were pleasantly pleased to hear some live jazz music! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    DollarBillVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Loved the meal and overall ambiance of the restaurant. We sat inside by the bar and there was nice energy in the place. The filet mignon and the cheese plate were both terrific. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dinner
    PaulQ
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was delicious (steak for me, fish for her) and the atmosphere excellent. Service was friendly and efficient. We sat by an open window and enjoyed the activity on Church St. as well as the restaurant's own ambience. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slightly disappointed
    abbareed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good, not great. Lambchops were uninspired. Service was less than attentive. There are many other alternatives in Burlington I'd go back to first
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't believe the hype
    foodiesaredorksVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Not sure why this restaurant gets such good reviews. Waited in the rain for a half hour for our reservation. The restaurant kept telling us they were waiting for a table to leave but the table was enjoying the dinner/music. We ended up being seated in a half-empty room upstairs. Sadly, the best item was the cheese plate. Duck was dry, scallops sloppy and kids' meals were awful - I think they just serve children their poor/old cuts of meat. One was a medium steak served completely brown & dry, one completely inedible - fish that was so fishy it just stayed on the plate. Waitress did nothing about them. Location is great and music is cool but other than that, I just don't get it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    One of my 2 favorite restaurants in the area Leunig's truffle fries are unique, crispy, and delicious! The crab stuffed squash blossoms appetizer was to die for. My lamb chops were done to perfection. It was a little cool that evening and the windows were open and the wine I wanted was not available but otherwise the experience made my birthday celebration a memorable one. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, food, setting
    Skippersrs
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had not been to Leunig's for several years but very much enjoyed lunch with a visiting friend there this week. The ambiance is very European, which we like, the service is friendly and efficient, and the food options are excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice restaurant with issues
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food and service great until we saw the condition of the restrooms which had not been kept clean. we chose not to finish our meals fearing the unsanitary conditions might extend to the kitchen and tue food. staff appeared to know about the issue and indicated they were trying to get management or the building owner to address.
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