61 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05401Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.pistou-vt.com/
- Phone: 8025401783
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Phone reservations taken 2-9pm Tuesday-Saturday.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
A word from Pistou
Pistou features contemporary American cuisine prepared with both classic and modern French technique. We strive to serve the best possible food made with high quality, seasonal ingredients.Continued
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Pistou reviews from OpenTable diners
- Locked Doors Thwart Review2vtfoodiesDined on 3/8/2014Was really looking forward to our special evening at Pistou for a special birthday, but I can't tell you about the food, the ambience nor the service since the doors were locked, the lights were out and nobody even bothered to put a sign on the door when we showed up for our reservation booked on the Pistou website via Open Table. I'd still love to try this restaurant, but only after what would need to be an awfully good explanation for literally shutting us out in the cold. I gave single stars only because this form required that area to be completed.
- Really annoyed with PistouChrisVIPDined on 2/18/2014This was out second reservation in 6 weeks. Loved this place the first time, even though the bartender completely ignored us while we were waiting for our table. Made reservations for President's week, they took my credit card info to secure the reservation and we showed up as scheduled...only to find out they're closed for business. Not even so much as a phone call to tell us. We have to find out when we showed up. That's bush league. Probably won't ever go back even if they do reopen. Poor business people.
- Great food - more and faster pleaseMcFunkDined on 1/24/2014We got the 4-course tasting menu. Everything was delicious and interesting, especially the impeccably cooked strip steak with a light truffle sauce. I was a bit surprised, however, at how long we spent waiting between courses...the overall experience took about two hours - not crazy, but longer than I like to spend at dinner. The portions were also rather modest...I wouldn't say I left hungry,, but I definitely could have used another serving of that tasty steak. I'll go back when I have some time to kill and a smaller appetite (and the $ 50 for the tasting menu).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- menu limitedJVBVTDined on 1/24/2014If you have dietary restrictions this is perhaps not the best restaurant for you. The menu is limited and much of the food is prepped in advance. However, the menu is creative and interesting, portions are small though. The steak was good, the fish less spectacular. The wine list is ambitious with many high priced obscure bottles. The music was Hendrix and too loud, but overall the atmosphere was very nice and comfortable. The service was good, although our check arrived just as we were served coffee even though there was nobody waiting for a table.Special Features:
- Last Saturday was our firstgood2goDined on 1/18/2014Last Saturday was our first time at Pistou. We'd heard wonderful comments about the restaurant and were not disappointed. The wine list is very sophisticated, the food fresh and creative , the service very attentive. I chose two of the small plates, one was a carrot dish followed by a fantastick home made pasta . They offered a delicious bubbly called Cremont. I love smaller restaurants which include a bar. This restaurant has it all .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Return trip with familybillybobDined on 1/18/2014(Please see my review dated 12/21/13.) Our visit this time included an additional family of 4 with two children under the age of 12. The restaurant & staff where very accomodating with the dining needs of the children. Each of them enjoyed their meals, while the adults were able to enjoy another excellent tasting menu experience with wines.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pistou - SO OVERATED!!KrissyKrowDined on 1/14/2014Not sure if first complaint is with Pistou or Open Table, but when I tried to book for 7 PM, my only choices were 6:30 and 7:30 (it was blacked out for 6:45, 7, 7:15). 7:30 was too late as we had plans to see a show and I knew 6:30 would be tough. So I rushed really hard to make the 6:30 reservation and called from the car when we were 5-10 minutes late to ensure our table was still avail. So you can imagine our surprise when we arrived at 6:40 and only one other table had people at it. In fact from the time we got there til we left at 8:30 only ours and two other tables were occupied. MUSIC: REALLY CHEESY-80'S SOFT ROCK. Did not match attempted ambiance at all. WINE LIST ABSURDLY OVERPRICED. FOOD - MEDIOCRE AT BEST, TOO MUCH BUTTER.Special Features:
- Garnishes?OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/28/2013The folks at Pistou are clearly trying hard and producing beautiful food. But, our dinner was more a series of lovely garnishes than a meal. It was more like spending a (very expensive) evening in a food art gallery than a restaurant. Unfortunately, we will not return nor recommend to friends.
- BreadClaudineDined on 12/26/2013Bread . Bread is life, anywhere you go bread is included ( or included in your price ) I was shocked to find out you would charged for bread. Do you know for sure Charlie Trotter would charge for bread ? Did he ? Just offer bread, it will give people a sense of belonging to the human race.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Second visit even better!billybobDined on 12/21/2013I would highly recommend the tasting menu with wine pairings, as it is one of the best deals in town. ($70/person) Our meal included two small plates: peekytoe crab with sunchoke ice cream (amazing blend of warm & cold) and squash gnocchi (very savory). The main was two huge scallops, seared to perfection with crispy prosciutto & a celeriac puree. (My wife called it a little slice of heaven...). Dessert was a very nice apple, cream cheese tart. The wine pairings were fun & spot on. The staff are friendly & knowledgeable. If you are in Burlington, please go, you will not be disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- French foodTilemanDined on 12/17/2013It was cold when we arrived, but the staff turned up the heat and it became comfortable. We weren't the only ones keeping our coats on. The food was good. It is a romantic setting. A little expensive though.Special Features:
- Creative menuOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 12/13/2013It is not often that one can try a squash gnocchi appetizer, a main dish of octopus tentacle or an eggplant with chocolate dessert and for this type of risk taking and creativity the chef must be complimented. The food is excellent and lovingly prepared though portions are small and choices (changes daily) are limited. Somewhat annoying is the fact that one is asked to order bread and butter for a $4 charge (albeit for the home churned butter) and a disquieting incident over wine took a bit away from the overall dining experience. Yet this is a neighborhood restaurant that should be supported for trying new approaches and unusual combinations and deserves to succeed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dinner Before Flynn TheaterVTCatDined on 12/13/2013My wife and I ate here prior to a Flynn show. It is convenient to the theater and we had excellent food, wine and service. We will make this a regular spot for dining. It was our first visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wines over priced,waiter hadOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/9/2013Wines over priced,waiter had no idea about them, and given price and selection he should haveSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Most pleasantly surprisedsmiroDined on 11/7/2013Heads Pistou; Tails <another restaurant>. We were lucky it fell on Heads. We had one of the most pleasant and delicious meals in quite a while… and we're from Montreal. Food was simply outstanding; the wine list is quite impressive for Burlington. The portions were adequate; not huge, but what a reasonable person should eat. The desert was creative, and also of the finest ingredients. Decidedly, a place we recommend to anyone going through Burlington.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing food, wondefully delighted~k2u2Dined on 11/2/2013We had tried to get into Pistou in May of 2013 after reading a wondeful review in Vermont magazine. Due to the number in our party and the fact that it was graduation weekend we were unsuccesful. On our recent trip we were more succesful, and we were very pleased. It was a little rough start but by the time we ordered a drink things seemed to flow better. When we walked in we were greeted but told someone would be right with us, it ws not crazy busy, but we were fine with it. We waited for a few minutes before the waitress came back to seat us. She walked us to our table and walked away, strange. We sat, and sat and sat, finally after 5 minutes our waiter appeared. The waitstaff seemed to struggle all night but the food was amazing!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Uniquely special and deliciousJentheHenDined on 11/2/2013I'd heard raves about Pistou for years and finally got there for a pre-Flynn Theatre concert dinner with a friend. The ambience was quiet, intimate and warm. The evening's menu had a wide range of delicious-sounding options. We decided to share two of the small plates and one entrée and weren't disappointed. The scallops and leeks, as well as the roasted cauliflower were wonderful and the duck with black rice, beets and Brussels sprouts was divine! In addition, the server's wine suggestion was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food...but needs tweakingLocavoreDined on 11/2/2013We had a wonderful dinner...but the restaurant needs a few tweaks to make it perfect. The food is excellent; very well prepared and met every expectation. On the downside, the restaurant appears to have a no bread policy. This might be a new trend -- but it would have been nice as the food is cooked to order which (expectedly) takes a little time. The other negative point is the wine list; it's a great selection but there are only 2-3 (so-so) wine choices for less than $100 bottle; the list has very good choices but all priced well above $125. They have a limited selection of wines by the glass in the $10 range that are decent but not exceptional. Other than that, a good experience -- and again, the food was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/1/2013Everything was fresh and local, prepared with a great attention to detail. Lots of vegetarian options. Loved the options for wines by the glass. Highlights were the octopus and scallops. Dessert was also really good (baked apple).Special Features:
- The Best Food in BurlingtonFletcherVIPDined on 11/1/2013Our trip to Pistou was outstanding. Every dish was delightful. We have eaten in numerous Michelin Star restaurants in Europe and the US and the food at Pistou compares well to any of these. The food stacks up to the best New York has to offer. The delicate flavors of vegetables are always enhanced by how they are prepared and what is served with them. The fish is perfectly cooked to keep it moist. While I don't like octopus, people rave about it. I prefer the homemade pasta -- on this occasion the cavatelli served with a lamb ragout. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone. Also, the wines are well selected and not expensive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great experience!KateDined on 10/26/2013Amazing food, modern comfortable ambience,quiet safe location off of the beaten path. You should definitely visit this place of you haven't yet. The white fish is always delicious!Special Features:
- Best of BurlingtonKristyDined on 10/25/2013A friend who is a terrific chef in NYC worked with Max, the owner/head chef of Pistou, and she highly recommended his restaurant on our recent visit. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. It was a freezing night and the restaurant was warm and welcoming before food came out. The set chef's menu was stellar, particularly the grilled octopus and kale caesar (don't yawn, this one's special!) salads and a stunning, buttery cacio e pepe. My salmon with fennel broth was hearty and a generous portion. The wine list is truly special, with rare, well-priced finds from Sicily and renegades from the Loire. Service is friendly and unpretentious, and the open kitchen, big windows, and dark den make it perfect for a comforting treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A must for any FoodietimdrakeDined on 10/15/2013This place is a gem. We all ordered the Chef's Choice.. I highly recommend that . The wines were different ( very little California) but out standing and reasonably priced.Special Features:
- Great foodEric2Dined on 10/10/2013Just an example: the Cod. Why order such a fish in the heart of Vermont? But il was so fresh: perfect. But the surprise was the cooking 'À l'unilatérale' which means only 'on one side' So you get a crispy side and a full thickness of bright, moist and delicate flesh rather than 2 crispy sides with a dry centre! In entree the grilled octopus was terrific! Both with special seasoning... This restaurant must retains his chef for a long time to go: the cooking of sea gems is not so easy...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful DinnerKathieDined on 10/9/2013My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Pistou. We found the restaurant to have a wonderful ambience -- intimate and romantic. The food was sensational and the service was attentive and professional. All in all, a very special dining experience.Special Features:
- good food, bad wine choicequilterDined on 10/9/2013We like to share a bottle of wine with our meal, but almost every bottle on the list was more than $100, with the cheapest being $50! So we opted for a glass each at $22 for the two glasses - the stingiest serving of wine I've ever been served. So if you like your meal without wine or if you don't mind paying more for your wine than your food, by all means go to Pistou. Otherwise, avoid it.Special Features:
- Food outstandingUVMparentDined on 10/4/2013Fresh and very well prepared. Service knowledgeable, pleasant, prompt. Ambiance pleasant and straightforward; a little dark for 60 year old eye, but not distracting as much as a detriment to an otherwise wonderful dinner. Very nice french wines.Special Features:
- Fantastic for the FoodieHowe2Dined on 9/28/2013I loved everything I tried. The menu was local, fresh, and adventurous. My college age daughter and her friends were forced to be a little braver in ordering than they might have been elsewhere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Intimate setting with greatEpidineVIPDined on 9/25/2013Intimate setting with great food. Mackerel with beets was delicious as were the cod brandade and cavatelli. Nice wine list.Special Features:
- Great for Flynn eventswamuDined on 9/20/2013My wife and I had dinner before a show, overall very good. French style portions, prix fixe 2-course dinner, my entree was not quite hot enough, but absolutely delicious. Panna Cotta desert was amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Limited prix fix menu - butOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/19/2013Limited prix fix menu - but the food was outstanding, Would like to have had a vegetarian option for the main course choices.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Personal Service, Unique Food!travitudeVIPDined on 9/12/2013The small space of Pistou creates an intimate environment, not only for diners looking for a romantic or familial experience, but also for those who love the personal experience of great food served with care and attention. My group of 3 was smart enough to try the chef's tasting menu; what followed was a detailed journey into the chef's love of food; for days we recommended the restaurant to everyone who would listen. What a great find in northern Vermont. We will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- hmm. not as good as I was expectingLSB1Dined on 9/12/2013My husband and I each had a starter and main. Neither starter made us say 'yum' I can't get enought of this, and of the two mains, only one was memorable. The second main was a very tough steak. when you only do 3 starters and 3 mains each night, they each should really shine, so we were a bit let down.
- Creative Menu, Excellently PreparedOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/12/2013Fine service, unique entrees & intimate yet energetic ambience. Especially enjoyed the grilled octopus appetizer and blueberry pane cotta dessert = Outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExceptionalLndychefDined on 9/11/2013This was my first time here. The concept described on their webpage sounded interesting, and I was intrigued to try it for myself. First of all, the price for what you are getting, is a deal. Second, the food was amazing. Everything looked beautiful, and tasted even better. Even though I opted to have beer, their wine list is extensive. Pistou is the best place I have had a meal in the state of Vermont. Tasting this food reminded me why I cook.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Chefs tasting menuJess1213Dined on 8/31/2013We thought the food was very good, however it was very overpriced for a 4 course tasting menu that included relatively small plates. For Burlington Vermont, the price of the meal exceeded the quality of the food. Coming from manhattan we have had other chef tasting menus for $40 that include 9-11 small courses and were each extremely delicious. Specifically we were not blown away by the steak but we really enjoyed the pasta and potatoes with anchovies. Overall if the meal had cost us $150 (with a bottle of wine and tip) instead of $180 I would have felt that the experience was worth the price.Special Features:
- Unique spotOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/3/2013Pistou was a fun and enjoyable dinner. You really get the sense of a true "farm-to-table" concept here. Between the two of us we had 7 different dishes (prix fixe menu, an appetizer from the bar menu, and two desserts), and 5 of them were great. Appetizers were all fantastic. Our entrees were unimaginative; they consisted of a protein (cooked perfectly in both cases) and a mix of sauteed or roasted vegetables, which were clearly fresh and well prepared but didn't really come together as a dish that made sense. The plates needed something else to pull it all together. We had an outstanding dessert, which we didn't really expect and was a nice surprise. I would go back since the menu is always changing and most of the dinner was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New Hope for Vermont FoodiesHungryRichardVIPDined on 7/30/2013Pistou is a small and relatively new restaurant in Burlington. The classically trained chef, Max, presented some refreshing takes on old favorites: a lighter and more refined brandade, a delicious gazpacho with cucumber and burrata, and a maple-flavored panna-cotta. The restaurant scene in western Vermont is gaining momentum and Pistou will be among the leaders.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Local, fresh and deliciousBtownepicureDined on 7/27/2013I took my wife to Pistou for a birthday dinner. Our meal was delicious, the service was attentive, but not overbearing, the ambience was friendly and relaxing, and we had a great time. This is definitely a place to seek for those who are willing to go beyond the Church Street drag.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- awesome!beautifulansuzDined on 7/25/2013the food was amazing, the service was the best we've had in a long time. wish it weren't so pricey...but it was definitely worth it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.