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The Daily Planet
The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dailyplanet15.com
  • Phone: (802) 862-9647
  • 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: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Soup was luke-warm and very salty. Entree (fish, rice) was bland and served at room temperature."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Loved it! Took my boyfriend for his birthday and we had a blast . Live music on Thursday night was great :)"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • " 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. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "has a neighborhood feel - good drinks, reasonably price food - without long long wait times... Our go to place for Friday/Saturday evening dinner's -"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "the food was good, not excellent and overpriced for the portion, the service was very good."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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""
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "very good food and service: excellent menu selections - goods size portion choices (small and adequate); good beer and wine choices and very good service"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We dined on New Year's eve. We were glad the regular menu was served. My wife's salad was very good but her duck breast over grilled romaine wasn't anything special. I had the snapper Vera Cruz which was tasty and well seasoned. Our waitress appeared to wish she were elsewhere. She was hard to find and wasn't friendly. When I ordered a second plate of oysters, the server bought them out with our entrées. When I said I'd like my oysters first, they kept the entrées warm in the kitchen for ten minutes resulting in dry entrées."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Planet is always decent but they could use a little creativity in their menu. Maura's salad sounds great and has been around for a long time, but consistently lacks the blue cheese and nuts advertised on the menu, you really have to dig for them, and the greens were over-doused in balsamic. We had a scallop special that was fine but kind of boring, white scallops on white turnip puree with over-salted arugula. I would recommend the Planet more for pub food (their nachos are great!) than a full dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Granted, we arrived on time for a 5:30 reservation and the place was relatively quiet at's the time,but it was still nice to see they were ready for us. Food was well prepared, although the duck could have been a bit more rare. It's easy to overcook duck so a bit more care in the kitchen would be helpful. It was still good, just could have been better. Prices were reasonable and ambience was cozy and funky. Will be back for a return visit."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Went with a group of five and we had a variety of entrees between us, including two light entrees for appetizers. Everyone was happy with their choices. I had the Curried Vegetable dish and it was delicious and nice and spicy. I would definitely order it again. Others had the Spaghetti Squash entrée, the House Burger and a Special of the day. No one was disappointed. Service was a bit to swift for my liking, but she had nothing to do with the flavors of the food."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Great food from local farms, all brought together in clever combinations, decent prices"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Every time my girlfriend and I have been to the Daily Planet our experiences have been great (minus the cold soup I gto one night). They always seem to cook the food perfect to our liking. The vinilla bean creme brule is also very good. I will be going back for sure."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Went with 3 girlfriends for a quiet night out. After we ordered, our waitress took the drink menu despite our requesting to keep it. Could have been an honest mistake, but we hardly saw her after that. Our appetizer came out, which looked thrown on the plate and was completely flavorless. Then our dinner came, and it was also horribly bland. We waited forever for our waitress to return, and when she did, we had to request dessert menus; they were not offered. Dessert was actually delicious. When our check came, we were irritated that there was an 18% gratuity added-we were never told there would be one for separate checks, and we were only 4 people. It certainly was more than the 15% I would have rather left for poor service."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "This is my fourth time eating at Daily Planet, and I've yet to be disappointed. The menu offers your "standard" fare, but with local options and other touches that make it exceptional. The staff have been timely and friendly, and it has a nice bar scene; not too seedy, not too fancy. It's just a perfect casual place to get a good meal and hang out with friends. The price is reasonable too."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Definitely worth checking out if you want some great food in downtown Burlington. We had a group of 12, which our server had trouble dealing with, but overall we had a really fun time. The food is solid, drinks are great, and the scene definitely worth seeing."
    Dined on 8/31/2013