Simply Stunning Food
There are a few restaurants in the Burlington area that are attempting to skillfully assemble pure & wholesome ingredients into menus that create sophisticated culinary experiences. A few do it well, but none in my experience have mastered it the way this chef has. My wife and I went for the first time and loved absolutely everything we ordered from the appetizers to dessert, every dish & element of what we ordered was even better than we thought it could be. It is a diservice to even try to put into words how much I appreciate the food at Church and Main. The menu and the ingredients all reflect a mindful intent- a sensitivity and respect for cuisine. Each dish is consistently composed akin to nothing short of culinary master work.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time at Church & Main,
First time at Church & Main, came highly recommended by several locals. Everything about this place is amazing. The only thing was when the back door (not the entrance) opened it's became cold and I had to keep my jacket on.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
really good food - very creative
really good food - very creative -good wine - attentive service
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was outstanding this
Food was outstanding this time. We had the beef appetizer special,the cod special and the fillet. All excellent.
It's pretty noisy place, ruins the ambiance, and doesn't fit with the fine food they're serving. Owners should try to quiet the place down a little.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you're looking for a place to meet before a show at the Flynn like we didp his was an ideal pick
We shared several appetizers and especially found the calamari had the best blend of flavored
Paired with a delicious vintage from S Africa the wine was the perfect complement
Service prompt but not overbearing well done
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very Nicely Done!
This was a pleasant surprise in that we were visiting from out-of-state and took a shot in the dark based on past reviews. The menu was small, which is great. Do a few things well, consistently, is a great way to run a restaurant. The service was pitch perfect, 100%, no complaints. The prices were quite reasonable. Everyone working there seemed to be well-trained and extremely professional. If we lived in the Burlington area, we would go back there for sure.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a marvelous experience.
We had a marvelous experience. When the serve learned that our thirteen year old grand daughter was there for her birthday, she arranged a special dessert plate for the table. We were very pleased. The service was excellent with attention to detail without hovering. The food was superb and prepared as we requested. This was our first visit, but we plan to return and to tell our friends. It was a memorable and unrushed evening. Thank you
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Definitely worth a try!
I was very happy with the meal and service that was provided. The great friendly staff were very knowledgeable about the menu. The "butter" that comes with the bread was amazing! Definitely coming back!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The bread pudding was cold.
The bread pudding was cold. Other than that, a fine dining experience.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good bistro, serving upscale
A good bistro, serving upscale bistro fare in a pleasant dining room, while having some inventive entrees and cocktails.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Probably one of the best places
Probably one of the best places I've eaten at in Burlington and Vermont, the food was amazing!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went here for restaurant
We went here for restaurant week and had an amazing time! The deals were awesome (3 courses- $35!!!) and the cocktails were a perfect mix if interesting and refreshing. For drinks, I really liked the Budding Romance. They were extremely accommodating to gluten free patrons as well!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere, good food
Very nice decoration and ambience. The presentation on the food was great. Make sure to get a reservation, as it's a small place, and was full almost the entire time we were there.
The maitre d' and wait staff were very courteous, though it seemed like the waiters had too many tables to cover at times.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the Restaurant week menu, which included (for two people:
Cremont Goat Cheese (with an apple tart, apple jam and cranberry crackers)
Salmon (with a potato pancake and arugula)
Duck Breast (with brussel sprouts, squash and chard)
Strawberries, strawberry ice cream, shortbread and whipped cream
Chocolate Brownie (with homemade whipped cream and ice cream)
Everything was amazing and cooked perfectly. I can't remember the last time I had duck cooked that well. It's easily the best meal we've had in Burlington.
We also had some cocktails, which were creative and delicious.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
They really put something special together for restaurant week this year. I'm inspired to come back sometime to check-out the rest of their menu.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not a bad thing to say!
Ordered two apps (clam chowder, calamari), two entrees (steak & frites, tagliatelli), two desserts (flan, key lime pie), two beers and martini and the bill was just over a $100. For the quality and freshness of the food, I would have paid twice as much. Each bite was delicious, and if I could, I would have snuck the left over garlic aeoli from the french fries home in my purse.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful evening
We had a wonderful evening there during Restaurant Week--my husband took advantage of the 3-part special--clam chowder soup, zuchinni gnocchi and key lime pie--all three of which I tried and they were delicious. I had a yummy, tangy ceasar salad and the tagliatelle which was good but a little bland. The place was hopping--one of the first beautiful summer nights on a college graduation weekend--a little loud for our taste. The service was attentive and friendly.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Five Star Burlington spot
excellent all around. Steak, scallops, salads, all A+. Swevice for 6 a tad slow, but meals more than up for it. Great downtown location.
Would highly recommend.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food / Service was excellent
The food and service was excellent. The waiter was awesome He was knowledgeable in what was gluten free and was able to accommodate the special food requests that were made.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been many times. Always had great service - this time, with Carrie. Food was great, as usual, but portion sizes seem to have gotten smaller.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellant dining experience
I was here for the Jazz Festival. We split a 1/2 dozen oysters served with a cider vinegar dressing I did not use. They were good but strangely lacked that briny taste i enjoy. My scallop dish was excellent and my friend who ordered steak and fried said it was cooked just right.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a really good find.
This was a really good find. Their special gin & tonic with a handful of juniper berries is awesome! Our server was very attentive but never hovered and coursed everything perfectly. Started with oysters, shared a salad, entrees, shared dessert. They were out of the wine we picked, but the server knew his wine list and helped us pick out another (it had been our second choice).
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
As we were not sure which one to choose, the waitress let us test 3 different wines and this allowed us to drink the matching one!
I ended up picking my wife's choice and she picked up mine...
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great staff and drinks
I admit i can be somewhat of a pain with my seating arragements as well as how my drinks are made , the staff will go out of there way to make sure you enjoy every aspect of this really fun and lively restaurant !
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superior Food and Service
Big city sophistication in the center of Burlington combined with the friendly service and locally sourced ingredients that define Vermont. Sam, our bartender from London, made some fabulous choices and provided a guided tour of their too spirits. We'll be back.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, wonderful service
I took a group of 7 for a bridal shower dinner and Church and Main took excellent care of us! The food was perfectly on time. Perfect timing between courses. The music was a little bit too loud for our group and when asked, our waitress turned it right down with no questions. Our waitress was great- very knowledgeable about the food.
The restaurant was lovely inside- each table had a fresh beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Overall the experience was excellent. I'm glad we chose church and main.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have enjoyed dining at Church and Main for a number of years, and the restaurant continues to provide a top notch experience each time. The food is delicious, the staff is knowledgeable and efficient and the dining space is very comfortable. The outdoor tables are a great place for an evening meal, though the location next to main street means that there sometimes is more traffic noise than one would like.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Spot For upscale casuadining
Ben there twice now. Food is consistently well prepared and plated. Wine selection is great. Service both times was outstanding.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the overall ambience here. It was a great place to enjoy a good meal and conversation. My meal of scallops was excellent. My husband and son had steak. They were somewhat disappointed as although it was tender there was so much fat on the outside it was difficult to eat. Neither could finish it as the portion was quite large. The "perfect gin and tonics" were a little odd as they contained so much mint that it overpowered the taste of the gin.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & ambience
Steak was great, fries were alright, service was excellent. Price per entree ranges from $20-25.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a nice little spot on church street if you are looking for that sort of a place. The presentations are creative. Service was great.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Picked this one based on diner
Picked this one based on diner reviews and it did not disappoint. I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner while visiting our two daughters in Burlington. It is on the smaller side but with lots of atmosphere and attractive bar. Our food selections were awesome.Our waiter Tyler was very attentive. We will definitely return on our next visit.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have enjoyed two excellent dinners here. Service is particularly good, but we really went back for the steak.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was blessed to enjoy a birthday celebration at Church & Main. There were four of us in our party. Service was impeccable; the server was informed, discreet and friendly. The food was outstanding. I had THE best beef tenderloin I've ever enjoyed in my life, hands down! I especially appreciated the atmosphere; the noise leve was quite low, something that's very important to me. Thank you for making my birthday extra special!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a party of 6, and we
We had a party of 6, and we all enjoyed every dish. The swiss chard side with the ribs was great, though the ribs were not that spectacular. The calamari was excellent. The cheese board quite good, though the size of the serving could be a bit more generous. Rabbit stew was very nice as well.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service is great. Meals are about 25 dollars a plate on average but the food makes up for the price. Will go again
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Easy to find, great place and ambience, great food and service.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with interesting offerings. Local ingredients, always the best. Very good, friendly and knowledgeable service.
Regarding reservations, you might want to call the restaurant directly. I was looking for 6:15-6:30, as we had tickets for an 8:00 show at the Flynn. Open Table only offered 5:45 or 7:15. I took the early one, but there were many tables still available at 6:45. Not sure what happened here, but you should definitely get a table whenever you can. You'll love it.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, good choices
Right at the center of things in Burlington, across the street from the Flynn Theater and you can walk to almost anything else happening in town. I had the seafood special, ciopinno & my wife had cornish hen.off the menu. Nice atmosphere. Service was prompt & friendly
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were excellent, but it is bit pricey
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice to find something unique
I always really enjoy food and generally just love food and am not a picky eater, but this place had a delicious flavor I hadn't had before that really blew me away!! It was expensive but expected, and the cocktails are amazing!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fit for Foodies
My husband and I decided on Church & Main as a prelude to our evening at the Flynn Theater. The calamari starter made with a light rice flour was excellent; not the typical deep-fried staple at most restaurants. For dinner I had the scallops. My husband had the stuffed portobello mushroom. We shared our meals. They were fantastic. For dessert I had the cheesecake. My husband, the salted-caramel ice cream. Cheesecake was so so. Ice cream was excellent (I had to have some of his). My husband had a tawny port with his ice creamto finish. Frankly, I was surprised that it was so good, as I had read some not-so-nice reviews along with those giving high praise. I highly recommend this place. We will be back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had been to Church and Main many years ago. I don't remember it as a great place - just ok.
So I was very pleasantly surprised to find the food much better than expected. I ordered the wilted spinach salad and the steak tartar and they were both very good. The spinach in the salad was not as wilted as I thought it should be but the salad was very good despite that. The other members of my party both had the salmon special which was reported to be very good.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
More Hits than Misses
I've had some very good meals at Church and Main, and the waitstaff is friendly and efficient. When I've not been totally satisfied with a dish, they've been quick to offer me a replacement, or just quietly remove that item from my bill (which I've never asked them to do). There have been quite a few restaurants at this location, but Church and Main is the one I like best: the menu is varied and interesting (without being outlandish); the preparation is first rate; the interior is handsome--well designed, nice lighting--and comfortable; and the waitstaff, as I mentioned, is attentive.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Very Good Place to Eat!!!
All of us enjoyed our meal and service at Church and Main. The ambiance of the room was very inviting - black and exposed brick walls. Our waiter Tyler was very good - attentive without being obtrusive, recommended items and was overall very nice.
We also enjoyed everything we ate. The bread they bring you was very good. I can always tell what the rest of a meal will be by the quality of the bread and it did not disappoint. Our appetizers were great - calamari and the spanish influence - worth ordering.
All enjoyed the entrees, esp. the sauces on the pork chop and the fish stew. The prices were also very reasonable for the quality of the food and the service.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM