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Leunig's Bistro
Leunig's Bistro

Leunig's Bistro Details

  • 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 American, Contemporary French
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Leunig's is a favorite in Burlington for it's menu, service, ambiance, and overall enjoyment."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted to dine somewhere special for our anniversary...somewhere that we wouldn't normally go with our young kids. We had both dined at Leunig's once before. We go there on the later side and enjoyed the ambiance at that time. It was very relaxing and enjoyable. (Although I did see a young child there, I wouldn't consider this a kid restaurant, and wouldn't dream of bringing my rowdy, picky eaters here). The food was great and the portion size was appropriate - not too big, and not too small. I also liked the selection. Some times at more upscale restaurants, I find that there are fewer selections. There were enough here that I couldn't decide what to have! I would most certainly visit Leunig's again."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "When we saw how touristy Church Street was, we were worried that the food at Leunig's wouldn't be very good. But we were delighted with every bite! We had the duck confit salad, escargots, watermelon and feta salad, and steak frites, and every single dish was terrific. The service was friendly and attentive, and we will definitely return next time we are in Burlington!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We l e Leunig's as one is guaranteed a quality meal & environment. Always at the top of our list!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Leunig's is a treasure. I've never been disappointed. It is always bustling but somehow you feel welcomed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "When we reserved at this French inspired restaurant we expected something a bit more formal so were a little taken aback by the casual atmosphere. But the food was nothing casual. It was excellent in every way. My husband enjoyed the escargots which were served with a cheddar cheese - a nod towards the Vermont influence. I loved the gazpacho. Our steaks were perfectly prepared, the asparagus crisp but tender and the sauce was delicious. A wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food and service are always very good to excellent. The menu is creative for both meat eaters and vegetarians. A great place to watch Church Street go by. The early bird dinner is a great bargain. At other times I would put their prices in the expensive category. A great meal for a special occasion. I look forward to trying the upstairs lounge in the future for drinks and hors d'oeuvres later in the evening."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is the place I always take friends from out of town. The food can be excellent. The ambience and place on Church St can't be beat. Great options for full entrees or appetizers and salads."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time dining at Luenig's. Would highly recommend and come back to."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our party of four selected small plates having had much food while in travel mode. Each plate was distinct and nicely presented. The polenta and risotto sides were tasty as was the Vermont cheese/fruit sampler. Good wines, too. Our waitress SAM was a total delight. The young trio of musicians were terrific (rare that "youngins" are so into jazz). My only less-than-negative comment would be "add another restroom or two in the back of the restaurant! Leunig's Bistro is one of our fave places in Burlington for many reasons. Great way to celebrate our anniversaries."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Ordered before-dinner drinks, which arrived quickly. A few minutes after that, the server took our order. Within 5 minutes, our meal arrived. We weren't even half-way though our cocktails! We were going to order some wine with dinner, but in the end we shared a glass for dessert. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We went here for our 21st anniversary dinner after seeing the chef tasting option on their website. The food was all outstanding and perfectly prepared. The waitress charming and prepared. My only complaint was they somewhat rushed us by serving the ten courses over four servings so the second and third courses each had four plates of food. Too much food at one time to allow digestion and appreciation"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We took ten people to Leunig's after my son's graduation from the University of Vermont. My husband and I have been to Leunig's a number of times. The staff is always friendly and very attentive to the smallest detail. The food has been excellent every time we have been there. Great place for a few glasses of wine and appetizers. Our Valentine's dinner was lovely. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Excellent meal with interesting choices. Great location and wonderful service"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was amazing! We had the Crab cakes and the Shrimp and Beef kabobs. as apps..so different! We savored every bite! The Grilled Portabella Melt was a delicious."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Our son graduated and had to put a $100.00 deposit down to get a reservation. Deposit was supposed to be added to our bill. Never was. Trying to get this resolved. Still owes us $100."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food and service were both amazing. Completely satisfying in every way. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "sons graduation night reservation for 830 was not seated until 910pm out of 4 dinner items on menu not professional at all the busiest night of the year this place should have more than enough regular dinner items on the menu! it was a special night for my son n family so I did not want to cause a scene We were 9 adults who were very unhappy"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My daughter wanted to go here for her graduation dinner. There was 7 of us, and it was a little tight, but very cozy in the restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner, great service, and a terrific time in a lovely atmosphere. It was a great night!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My youngest was set to graduate from UVM on Sunday, and we were looking for a place to get a nice meal to send her off in style on good old Church Street. Interestingly, in the 4 years we have been coming to UVM we have never made it here. It was very nice, not too fussy, and a nice vibe. My only compliant is that with the wonderful weather and the windows open you could actually smell smoke from folks who were smoking as they walked by...you would think a city as progressive as Burlington would have banned smoking in public places like the open-air area of Church street. Other than that, it was wonderful"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner experience, Our waitress Kathy was very helpfull. The ambiance was exciting , and we look forward to a return trip with our grandchildren. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Leunigs is a place I never tire of. I was there at the opening in 1980, and I still go in weekly. It is simply the ideal Burlington restaurant. It fits the personality of the city perfectly. Great food creatively prepared, nice staff, excellent service. Other restaurants come and go, but Leunigs will always be there."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Always go here before a show at the Flynn. Staff is great at understanding and provides prompt service in time to make a show."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Leunigs is always excellent. Great food service and ambience "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent. I got the duck and my husband got the salmon. The decor is dated which made me a little hesitant but the food was really fantastic. I would definitely recommend it. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Leunig's Bistro is absolutely one of downtown Burlington's best restaurant locations. They offer fine food, excellent service and a wonderful eclectic and romantic atmosphere - this restaurant has been one of my favorite Burlington dining "picks" for many, many years!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Visiting from NJ, Leunigs was recommended by friends. Incredible food; highly recommend the maple walnut crusted salmon. Good beer selection. Dimly lit romance with a lively feel. Great place!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Lunch with 3 old friends. Two great bottles of wine, crab stuffed squash blossoms, filet with mixed greens, salmon and great VT goat cheese for dessert. Catherine, our waitress was charming, friendly and very efficient. She let us take our time and catch up. Full dining room at 2PM on Friday afternoon. Obviously we are not the only people who like Leunigs"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We never fail to have dinner at Leunig's when we visit Burlington, Vermont. Unbelievablly delicious fare, excellent service, and a wonderful physical setting all decribe the diing experience at this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "While I take myself to Leunig's regularly, I make sure to take my house guests to this local institution. It never disappoints!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The ambiance was very nice; comfortable, relaxing and unhurried. Service was very good. I find their prices a bit steep for the area, but the food was good."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "this was my second visit to L. It won;t be my last. Both the food and service memorable."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Good service, good food and we had a great window table overlooking Church St. Tables were very close together, but had nice people next to us that we chatted with, so made the experience enjoyable. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Love Leunigs. Hard to get a resie sometimes but worth the wait."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I come to Burlington at least twice a year. Leunig is an absolute must for my friends and I. The food and service are always impeccable and I just love the decor and French ambiance. The music backround is always subtle and well selected. The $10 daily special is worth a try. Very good by the glass wine selection."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Just before I left Vermont to move to Michigan18 months ago, my daughter and I enjoyed a bottle of pinot grigio and the charcuterie plate. I can't say how many times over the past 16 years I'd eaten at Leunig's. But, it's always been my favorite restauarant; either to dine alone or with family and friends. Just this week, I was able to fly back to Burlington and the one place I wanted to go was Leunig's. I actually made reservations from my home in Michigan for myself and a friend. It was as if I never left Burlington once I opened the door and was led inside to my favorite little table. My friend ordered the salmon which was sweet and moist. I had to have a taste. And, of course, I ordered the charcuterie which I kept all to myself."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We are from Canada and every single time we visit Burlington, we eat at least once at Leunigs. Thank you for delicious food away from home and fantastic service. See you soon!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is a good lunch and brunch spot, especially in the summer when you are seated outside. The location on Church Street is spectacular. Although the dinner menu prices may lead you to believe so, this is not a "fine dining" restaurant. Service is friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Never disappoints. Service with a smile, delicious food, wonderful cocktails and great wine menu. Perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two or having a meal with friends."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My son will be graduating in May from UVM, so we've been coming to Burlington for 4 years now, Leunig's quickly became our favorite restaurant, and has never disappointed, whether dining outside in the warmer weather, or inside in one of their cozy rooms or at the bar. The food never disappoints, from traditional French favorites, to the wonderful cheese platter (the cherry compote and homemade crackers are my favorite!), and the perfect creme brulee. Service has always been excellent; these folks are professional bartenders/waiters/waitresses/ and hosts/hostesses, and never disappoint."
    Dined on 3/15/2014