The Daily Planet
The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dailyplanet15.com/
  • Phone: 8028629647
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar open 4pm - 2am daily. Dinner served until 9pm Sun-Thurs, 10pm Fri & Sat. Late-night menu available in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Doug Groendyke
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 4-story parking garage on the corner of Center and Bank St. On-street parking downtown.
A word from The Daily Planet
The Daily Planet — a relaxed eatery, funky bar, and vibrant solarium. We give you the choice: let orb lamps and celestial surroundings illuminate your house-infused cocktail, share dessert under the stars in our indoor solarium, or enjoy the dining room for a more private evening.

Local artists' exhibits adorn the walls, while our eclectic seasonal menu sends you spinning the globe. Come for a visit - we think our colorful alleyway eatery is, well, out of this world!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Daily Planet reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)romantic (11)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (9)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Ok Food, nothing special
    ChilmarkGirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The décor is out dated, service was friendly. The food was average at best. My husband and son both ordered the Cubano sandwich. It was pretty good, the accompanying fries where limp, undercooked and pretty tasteless. I had the Linguine with mushrooms. The dish had an over abundance of garlic, to the point of barely being able to taste the mushrooms. The dish was also very dry, no real sauce to speak of. I was only able to eat a few bites. My husband and I both had 2 glasses of a nice Italian white wine at $9 a glass. Our entire bill came to over $80 before tip, quite pricey for 2 sandwiches and a plate of inedible pasta.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old favorite
    Oldschoolfan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been eating at the Planet for 30 years. It may be the only restaurant in Burlington that has not only survived, but thrived through at least three owners, and still reaches old and new markets successfully. The Planet is always the place we go when lines are too long at new restaurants that we get duped into trying, which are typically over-priced compared to the quality, which is never the case at the Planet. The menu variety at the Planet is unusual - regular, affordable items appear side by side with specials and new entrees so you can always be sure that you get the chance to try something new or order the items that you know you can depend on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Selection
    MissSoleil
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Over priced food. Really dark inside. I have never in my life seen such disgusting green curry that completely lacked flavor. The fried calamari tasted like frozen rubbery grissle. I would not recommend this place to anyone or ever go back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    DineDandE
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything from the romantic feel to the amazing food was amazing. This restaurant holds a dear place in my heart. Me and my boyfriend have celebrated many special occasions here and we always keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Kathie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Daily Planet is a hidden gem in downtown Burlington. The menu is terrific, the serviced is great. The ambiance is romantic and special. And the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It has been awhile since I last ate at the Daily Planet and the quality of food has declined significantly. The portions were very small for the price and the presentation was not very appealing. I would not eat at the Daily Planet again unless I hear from others that the quality has improved.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar, relaxed vibe
    SipandSup
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    In town on business and found the Daily Planet to be a nice surprise. Struck me as more of a local place versus tourist spot. Original cocktails and fresh menu choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will never return
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Over price everything, barely food on the plate, drinks 8-10bucks. The food had little or no flavor, my green curry with chicken, what chicken. Terrible, we had to get food after we left, and we spent 70 dollars.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty food
    Corky
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    First time eating at this restaurant and was very satisfied. Food was fresh and very tasty. Portion sizes were good and service was very attentive . I would go back to the Daily Planet and recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Return
    ConcertGoer
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Whenever we find ourselves in Burlington (about once a year) we always have one or two meals at the Daily Planet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced bland food
    Foodiefiend1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Four of us dined and all agreed the food was very bland, and overpriced. I was served 5 scallops the size of pennies. Silverware was dirty, service slow. This place always hit or miss but now a consistent miss. I would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attention to service
    patti
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very satisfied with the service and respectful attention to food allergy issue. Very careful and made good recommendations. Will surely return. Waitstaff very attentive and made good recommendations. While I knew The Daily Planet existed for years, I never gave it a second thought before using Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jazz Fest dining
    6friends
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Our group of 6 met for dinner during Jazz Fest. We enjoyed our seating; it was a place where we could visit without having to raise our voices. Drinks and dinner were very good. And our waitress was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    Kmwvt
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    we enjoyed ourselves very much. great house wine, we had nachos, the bistro steak, which was cooked to perfection, along with fresh beans and red potatoes. Also had the cubano sandwich, which was excellent. we shared the mousse for dessert-to die for. our server was attentive but not hovering. we would return and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • janaluvartVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a bit of confusion regarding my reservation. I booked it through open table but open table thought I had another reservation and would not let me book it. I called the restaurant to get the table and they said they could seat us in the bar. We ate in the bar. I did not realize the restaurant was holding the reservation for me. All turned out great, and we enjoyed our meal and it was a fun place to go.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 262 reviews are from the The Daily Planet reviews archive.
  • Wonderful food and service
    Chio
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    My date and I came for the $6 Planet Burgers, they were fantastic. I've dined here on many occasions, but my friend is an out of state first time diner here and he thought it was amazing. Wonderful food and service as always!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boo.
    SaintMartha
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Soup was luke-warm and very salty. Entree (fish, rice) was bland and served at room temperature.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice way to start the weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is a nice place to start the weekend. Good food, friendly service, a nice wine list and some interesting cocktails make it the perfect way to unwind after the work week.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Loved it! Took my boyfriend for his birthday and we had a blast . Live music on Thursday night was great :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection and delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Had not been to the Daily Planet in years after moving away. I met friends here and had a great dinner before going out to the Roxy for a fundraiser movie of Girls Rising. Wonderful food, wine, service and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is my Kryptonite
    DCcomics
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Everything on the menu, from the delicate salads to the umami bursts in the entrees to the gelid glass of a martini, is spectacular. This restaurant is nestled in what appears to once been a house; it feels homely, a bit rustic with a shot of modernity in its heavy-handed silverware, steampunk pipe decor, and cast-ironed railing which vines around the walls. I will come here again, and again, and again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Pasta, Mediocre Burger
    Karen5672
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This place has been around for a long time and for good reason. The atmosphere is fun and the energy good. The price is also good. I asked the waiter for a recommendation and he suggested a mushroom pasta dish. I don't usually order pasta as it's heavy but he assured me it was a moderate portion and super delicious. He was right on - it was outstanding and the perfect size as advertised, "Light portions". My husband got a burger which you'd think they would have nailed but it was not great. I don't know if it was the night or they need to work on their burger. We've been here before over the years and always had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Monday Night Find
    jtb748
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    It's not often that I go out on a Monday evening, but time with friends is always a needed respite for a hectic day. The Daily Planet was inviting from the time I stepped in, and the ambiance and food were just what was needed. Who knew Monday night was also Burger night...$6.00 for juicy perfection. My friend ordered the chickpea burger, neither of us were disappointed. It had been a while since I had been to the Daily Planet, but it was hopping, not overly crowded, but enough to let you know you picked a great spot in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere!
    Dailyplanet
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Love this place! Food is always delicious and they always have new and interesting options. The atmosphere is always nice and the service is always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Daily Planet is my default good restaurant. I have never had a bad meal and every time I have taken someone there, it has been a memorable experience. Thanks Daily Planet!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find!
    winxVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I was visiting from out of town and had no idea where to eat. We selected the Daily Planet after seeing it online. We were so happy with our choice. We will definitely go back whenever we return to VT.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and feel
    Foodsgreat
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The steak was great and cooked right to order. Everything on my plate was delicious and the glass of Malbec that I got along with my dinner was awesome. The restaurant was quiet enough to hold a conversation, but with enough background noise to keep you comfortable. Also, the ambiance was very pleasing. I will definitely recommend this place to many people and plan on coming back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant needs improvement
    planetseveryday
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Good food, good bar, cooling looking place, but the service needs to be a little more attentive. Also, the music selection is awful. The cooks were clearly having fun in the kitchen playing some Miley Cyrus, but it was too loud and leaked into the dining area too much. "Wrecking Ball" is really a great way to ruin an otherwise good dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was good, not excellent
    burlfood
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    the food was good, not excellent and overpriced for the portion, the service was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great way to kick off the weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We love the Daily Planet for Friday night dinner. The great food, good service and fun atmosphere help us relax and leave the work week behind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Size may not matter but temp does!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The DP is a frequent stop for my family. We return because it's convenient & good. This time, we were disappointed. Our server, while attentive, had an indifferent attitude. One soup was cool. The restaurant is kept very cold and maybe the soup is at a good temperature but when served into a cold bowl it cools below an acceptable serving level. My grilled chicken BLT was pathetic. Again the fries were not hot enough. The bread on the BLT must have been from yesterday. It was warmed slightly to make it more "pliable" but when it cooled by the time it reached my table it couldn't be compressed as one would due to get one's maw around it to take a bite. So, a bit of a bummer this time. I may go back, but it'll be awhile.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Valentine's day meal!
    Delly
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My partner and I celebrated our 2nd Valentine's day together by dining at the DP this year. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. From the ambiance to the food itself, I'd recommend this spot over and over again! Thanks for making it such a special night for us! "Delly"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I have gone to this restaurant several times over the past 10 years and it is consistently great. Simple but elegant food with a French influence. Low lighting and noise makes it perfect for.a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh.
    BTVfam
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    It had been a long time since we'd been at the Daily Planet, so when a group of friends were headed out for dinner, I decided to make a reservation here, since in the past we loved it. This time, really not so much. I ordered the PEI mussels, which were extremely sweet (not in a good way). My husband had the mahi mahi, which was unevenly cooked, parts of which were pretty raw (not rare), and the fish was so watery that the crust on the top was mushy. His beer was great, though, and so were my truffle fries. Overall, the quality was not at all worth the price. I used to think this was a reasonably priced great place to eat for locals, but I've gone cold on it after this mediocre dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appreciated the service
    winooski
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Our group arrived one by one, some late, but had to meet a time limit. Our server knew we had that time limit and was terrific about tactfully encouraging us to start putting in orders in time to enjoy the food. When we had some disorganized moments he was equally tactful and timed his return to the table as well. We had several out-of-town visitors with us, all of whom enjoyed the place, the menu, and its convenience to the Church St. area as well as their hotels, all within easy walking distance of the Daily Planet. They left raving about how much they love Burlington and want to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fan of the Daily Planet
    Lawrence
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    has a neighborhood feel - good drinks, reasonably price food - without long long wait times... Our go to place for Friday/Saturday evening dinner's -
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    rrachlin
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food and service were OK, but not exceptional. The duck breast, priced as $22, consisted of a few small tough pieces on a large solid boat of lettuce. My wife and I both felt rushed. With so many first-rate dining choices in Burlington, this should not rank near the top. The cocktails, however, were very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed in Panini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Was very surprised and disappointed with the 1/24 panini. Hardly any chicken--just lots of bread. Mahi Mahi dinner was very good. Salad was delicious. Service was wonderful, but it will be awhile before we are back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out with kids
    Luvburgernight
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner out at the daily planet, the food was great, our server Molly was wonderful and burger night made it very affordable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick. Ordered lighter fare
    BBVT
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Quick. Ordered lighter fare and it was on the table very quickly. Very nice for a pre-show meal. Food was solid--quality ingredients prepared very well decent quantity. The bar was hopping at 6pm, but dining area was nicely separated from the noise.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.