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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://reluctantpanther.com/dining
  • Email: stay@reluctantpanther.com
  • Phone: (802) 362-2568
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm year round
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Delauri
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Panther Pub is a lighter fare dining venue at The Reluctant Panther. Warmly lit and comfortably furnished, the Pub is used for special events and private party bookings. Business dinners, wedding rehearsal dinners, and "after parties" (the ideal thing to do after a rehearsal or wedding reception) are particularly effective in The Panther Pub.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Sloan (802) 362-2568
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Restaurant at the Reluctant Panther is a fantastic, elegant site for special dining events. Ancillary event spaces include our outdoor patio and gardens and a two-room, tuscan style pub space with full bar. Please call the front desk for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seminary Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our private lot or in public spaces nearby. We have handicap access parking both in the front and rear of our buildings.
A word from The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features locally sourced American cuisine in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. CIA trained Executive Chef Nick DeLauri prepares accessible, inspired plates for both a prix fixe and a la carte menu. Menus are complemented by a multiple year Wine Spectator award winning wine list. With excellent service and outstanding ambiance, the Panther dining room boasts the highest Zagat rating in northern New England. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The dining room is beautiful as well as the inn itself. Very upscale. Two fire places were burning throughout the chilly evening. We had the 7 course special for 65 dollars and felt it was a deal. We had the opportunity to taste soup, entrees, a cheese plate and two samples of dessert. All were excellent. Service was superior. Overall, a truly wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I were staying at the Inn and decided to dine at the restaurant. We enjoyed a nice cozy dinner right near one of the restaurants beautiful fireplaces. The service was excellent throughout the entire meal and the food was great. We will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants. Worth a trip from Long Island to Vermont. Food is imaginative a delicious. Service is excellent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Overall very romantic dinner-- great service and the food was on par for what we were looking for."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food was pretty good. Ambiance tired feeling. Has neither coziness of a VT Inn nor the upbeat. energy of a fun restaurant Service was pleasant but not overly professional considering prices being charged for food. Wasn't bad overall but would not go back."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The wait staff was wonderful, congenial, and efficient. The appetizers were wonderful. The main courses were not exciting and the voices were not extensive."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We were staying at the Inn, as we have many times, and had the New Year's Eve dinner. Ambience (as always) was great. Menu and food very good. Service was very attentive, but uneven at times with some small errors that did not affect an otherwise wonderful evening."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Lovely location. Small dining space, but not crowded. Cozy separate bar area and fireplace spot while you wait. Lots of windows. Two fireplaces in the dining room. Beautiful Inn. Great service. Easy to talk with each other as it is not noisy. Intimate. Great wine choices. Food good, but not great. Bread was very good. Great coffee choices, like espresso...to finish things off, nice selection of single malt scotches."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Went the week between Christmas and New Year. Pretty setting with fireplace, white lights, Christmas tree. Great food, too!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We always enjoy The Reluctant Panther. The setting is lovely, the food and wine are excellent, and the service is personal and attentive. At the top of our list of Manchester restaurants."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Outstanding food. Super-friendly service. I highly recommend this restaurant next time you are in Manchester!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We stayed at this lovely Inn many years ago and wanted to visit it this past October while in Manchester. We heard it had a terrible fire and the whole inn was rebuilt. As soon as we entered we saw a whole new look. The restaurant was decorated beautifully. Very elegant but with that Manchester charm. The food was amazing and the service was also. Everything we had was terrific and a top of the list visit while in Manchester. Check out the lodgings too. A very memorable evening."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "i love eating out! in restaurants both fancy or casual, expensive or cheap. Unfortunately i was disappointed with my experience at the reluctant panther. while its known up in manchester as one of the nicest/fanciest meals, the food size, and ambience were really only average. The beet appetizer, had 5 pieces of beet and cost $14. it was so small it was like a farce on what you'd find when fine dining. and there is just no ambiance. while its quiet. its really just a bunch of tables in a room with white table clothes. could use a bit of character, even if minimalism is what its going for. there are so many great places to eat up there, skip this place and enjoy somewhere with a bit more character, and a bit smaller price tag."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Food, service, atmosphere, all were terrific! As special spot for a special night for us. Next time, we'll stay overnight!"
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "We stayed at the Reluctant Panther Inn and were looking forward to our dinner there, and were not disappointed. The food was delicious and creative and the service was outstanding. We were told this was the first day for the fall menu, but noticed that most of the items were ones I had seen on the online menu example. The restaurant is beautiful and the ambiance great for a romantic dinner. Would certainly recommend and return."
    Dined on 10/4/2013