Windjammer Restaurant
Windjammer Restaurant

Windjammer Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.windjammerrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8028626585
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: JJ Vezina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are hosting a business luncheon, birthday celebration or rehearsal dinner, the Windjammer is the perfect choice for all occasions. We have a large private dining room that can accommodate up to 60 guests and another smaller room that can fit up to 20. We offer lunch and dinner menu packages but can easily customize a menu to suit your needs. Whatever the event, our excellent hospitality, incredible menu and professional staff will make your experience one to remember.
  • Private Party Contact: Carrie Paquette 8026510643

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dorset
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Windjammer Restaurant
My father Walt opened the Windjammer Restaurant in 1977 with a commitment to offering the best steaks, prime rib and seafood in Burlington, Vermont. Tom and I are proud to continue the Windjammer tradition of simple, classic food in a fun and inviting atmosphere. The Windjammer and Upper Deck Pub are two unique dining experiences in one location. We invite you to enjoy great food in a warm and friendly environment with some of the best local hospitality around. Laura and Tom O'Connell
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Windjammer Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)good for groups (34)romantic (23)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (18)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (10)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • anniversary dinner
    lgenie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    good food, good table. wonderful waitress. pushy clientelle at the foodbar. foodbar was fully loaded. good choices. we will be back again and recommend to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What more can I say...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We go to the Wind Jammer several times a year and we have never been disappointed. The food is always wonderful and the salad bar is clean and always fresh veggies and bread.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place; basic service limited
    Phlips
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is a great place for a small group. Food was good to excellent: St. Louis Ribs, Seafood platter, vegetarian option, salmon. Salad bar top notch as usual with small side dishes, fruit, bread and cheese as well. Can be a little awkward getting around for elderly or infirm: your needs can be accommodated with notice. Great atmosphere for evening dining. Best get there earlier to avoid the crowds as it is always a popular place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovetotravel
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    First time I was here thought it was fantastic, this second time I was a bit disappointed. Food was great, waiter was efficient, but felt I was rushed somewhat and was not as relaxed. Seafood was just okay, roast beef excellent
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  • Unexpectedly intriguing
    GaPeachAimee
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    What a great night and lovely dinner. I was staying at a nearby hotel and was told to try the Windjammer. I ordered the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It came with the salad "boat". That's right, not salad bar-salad boat. The salad bar was set up in the front of a boat, cute. The menu had a lot of seafood and steak choices but I went for something less pricey. The meatloaf was $18.99. The salad, homemade bread, Vermont cheese all were delicious! The meatloaf was round and had a dark red Bordelaise Sauce over it. It was so soft, not at all like grandma used to make but was amazingly delicious! Mashed potatoes didn't need any butter! It was a great meal, I only wish I had had room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    KCookman
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I almost always go to the windjammer for special occasions or date nights. Since it is our favorite, we held our rehearsal dinner there and our guests loved the prime rib. The salad bar is reason enough to go. It is nice to not feel like you are breaking the bank, have a delicious meal, and feel a little more fancy than hitting up a chain restaurant where they are singing happy birthday every 5 minutes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What Happened
    Malonediners
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our reservation was for 5:00, arrived early for cocktails and given a monitor. 6:00 and no alert. Were told it was broken, even though she checked it upon arrival to make sure it was functioning properly. Shouldn't she have taken a few seconds to come upstairs to get us personally? Finally got seated were told by a shorter, female Manager that our desserts would be comped. They weren't. Dinner came before we were done salads. No crab meat on the Oscar. Served coffees but no sugar. Took ten minutes to flag down waiter. Sticking with the Upper Deck for now on.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LEKinDC
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We took my son who is a freshman at University of Vermont there for dinner and found the food quite good and the waitress very pleasant and helpful. It is not a "fancy" place, but certainly a very good place to get a good meal (especially the beef).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    appreciatefinedining
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is our go-to place for special occasions. Just took my mom there for her 90th birthday. As always, our meals were cooked to perfection, the salad boat was to die for and the service was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great!
    rjoseph
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Always a great time here...if we didn't live in Boston I would be there 3 x per week!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Salad bar...ok steaks
    VermontFoodie1948
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Never had been to Windjammer before....saw it gets great reviews. Reminded me of my local steak house that I went to for 30 years and closed. The salad bar was good...tasty house dill dressing....steaks were supposedly grass fed Vermont prime....didn't strike me as such. Warm brownie sundae was FANTASTIC!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best restaurant around
    Donna
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been going to the windjammer for over 30 years. The food and service are always great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good solid restaurant.
    collegemom
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had an 8 pm reservation and they took us at about 8:10 because of so many people. Not really their fault - just lots of families because of the college move-in weekend and it was a little noisier than past visits. But they've got very good food and the restaurant is close to several hotels. Excellent steak - cooked just right, and my daughter loves the golden mashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Anniversary7
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent seafood dinner for our anniversary. Requested a nice booth and we were given a nice big booth. Salad bar is the best in all of Burlington.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    For a request as simple yet complicated as a single rose on the table ,it made the entire night.thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Good Service, but Loud
    Bill
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food at the Windjammer was surprisingly good, with sauces and glazes you wouldn't expect at a family-friendly restaurant. Drinks were generous, portions more than adequate. The salad bar was excellent, and my prime rib was very good - tender, and cooked at the rare to medium-rare that I requested. The décor was interesting - very Vermont-ish - but with nothing to absorb the noise, it was beyond 'bistro'. Still, our waitress was great and the food was good. Not a special occasion place, but worth the price, and very much worth a return visit if we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not fine dining
    ggg32
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Some of the reviews described the food as fine dining. It is not fine dining. I ordered the fisherman's platter and got a shrunked piece of white fish, three scallops and two small shrimp floating in water, butter and a hint of garlic. What a disappointment! Especially after traveling from the outer Montreal area. The clam chowder was decent but the appetizer was over cooked (scallops wrapped in bacon). The waitress was very attentive but not intrusive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last-Minute Plan
    habinvt
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The Windjammer should be an obvious choice for people living locally! When my wife and I decided to eat out at the last minute, we were thinking of different restaurants until the Windjammer came to mind. We both agreed that the Windjammer was our first choice! We were not disappointed. Both the food and the service were excellent- as was the price!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food around
    2datenightersVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Everytime we are in Burlington, we have to eat at Windjammers. They have the best steaks! The waitstaff are pleasant and their salad bar is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Pengels
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The most amazing thing about the Windjammer is how consistently good it is. It seems like it has been around forever but the salad bar and the menu stay the same and it is always good. We both ordered the 16oz ribeye and they were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The service was very accomodating. We had reservations and were seated right on time. I had read great things about their salad bar and wow, it did not disappointing! So many fresh and delicious options that I could have easily made a meal out of that alone! In fact, that's what my mom and grandmother did. I had the St. Louis ribs which were cooked to perfection and fall off-the-bone tender. So good my mouth is watering just thinking about them! For desert we all got the peanut butter pie which was also super delicious. Definitely had a great first experience at The Windjammer and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Butterfly
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Was greeted in a friendly manner,my waitress was very pleasant ,neat and had a beautiful smile,was able to answer questions since I was new to the place and restaurant.In essence great service with a beautiful smile. Great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • romantic dinner
    cardguy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    made reservation on line requested romantic setting with a view we were seated in the garden area which was perfect enjoyed seeing the tress and plants and the bunny rabbits running around the garden food and service were great we will be back
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a special occasion more special
    HappyDaughter
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I booked a dinner date for my parents 25 the anniversary. Needed to give them a give away while I was planning a surprise for the next day. The service and food made their night perfect! Greeted them with a " happy anniversary " and when they arrived at the table had a special printout just for them on their special day. This was followed by complimentary champagne . Then a lovely dinner and a dessert on she house while they were relaxing in the bar. Far exceeded my expectations and theirs!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we expected
    Scott
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    No wait for our table. The waiter gave us plenty if time. The meals were excellent as always. Too full for desert. This was our first time sitting in the first floor area but the salad bar was just as great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant. Excellent food.
    superliciousx10
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    See note above. My review stated that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed your restaurant. Very high quality. We thought our steaks were done to perfection. Your staff was very friendly and could not do enough for us. We are gluten free and everything was explained to us in detail, including the salad bar. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    we had two consecutive very good diners.The petite filet mignon on the first night and the seafood platters on the second one sas well as the salad bar were top expériences.Your wine list is another reason why we recommend this restaurant .The selection and the prices are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    Experience
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good service, good food - found it to be a bit pricey for the portion sizes
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous steak!
    Teacle
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My boyfriend and I vacation in Burlington, VT, every year. This year, we wanted to find a really good steak, and we did! The steaks we had at Windjammer were very tasty and exceptional! We would recommend this restaurant to friends.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service & Salad was Great!
    EJVTDiner
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The service was outstanding, I was very impressed by the host's good tidings and server's friendliness as well as promptness, my water glass was never more than half empty before it was immediately filled. The salad bar is great, it has two sides with the same items, less waiting for the slow patrons who debate each item they're adding to their plate, and they have fresh bread under heat lamps, which mean's warm enough for the butter. I ordered a filet mignon which was supposed to be very rare but came out close to med, not a big issue. I was slightly disappointed with the presentation, maybe a little parsley to improve presentation?
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    For the first time ever, we were really disappointed in our dinner. Everything was very salty, even the rice.
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  • MMMMM Steak
    BrghtEyes84
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My guy and I love to come for the salad bar and we usually split a steak entree. We leave full and happy. If you're up for dessert, try the cheesecake or their Kahlua mousse. Nomnomnom
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I took my daughter here to celebrate her Kindergarten Graduation on a Friday night. I was nervous about taking her on a Friday night, but the staff was welcoming to my whole family! Food was excellent and she ate more than she has ever eaten out! Great place for kids and date nights! And family special occasions!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    When we visit Burlington, we usually go here at least for one dinner. The food is great--we love the salad bar. The service is excellent. No matter what questions we have about the menu or how something is prepared, the servers have the answer, or go get the answer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Try Date Night Place
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Windjammer has been my husband and my favorite go to date night restaurant for years. Always great service, and delicious food. I like how it is different than other restaurants around town. The quality of the salad bar is beyond any other in Vermont. The Upper Deck Pub Upstairs is a great place to have a drink before you head downstairs for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    Patty
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    When we want a good salad bar along with steak or fish, this is the place to go. Great for families & friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprising find!
    IMHO
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    During a visit to family in VT, we decided to take a night out for dinner, as is our habit. Our family from VT had never been to the Windjammer, but had heard good things. After a quick view of the comprehensive and quite informative website, I was please to see that they even had a nice gluten free menu! From the moment we walked in the door to handling our check, the service was impeccable and the food just wonderful. We would definitely recommend (and already have) this restaurant to anyone looking for a pleasant atmosphere and excellently prepared, presented and served food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    Loveit
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We come to Burlington several times a year. We always eat at the Windjammer at least once and are never disappointed. The food is excellent and the service warm, efficient and attentive. We know that we can count on the consistency of this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 257 reviews are from the Windjammer Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Food was plain
    Travelsalot
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, but bland food. Steak was unseasoned and under cooked. Baked potato was huge but once again, very plain, no salted skin or seasoning. Barbecue sauce on the ribs was very sweet which some may prefer but for us was way over the top. All in all not a bad experience, but for the price I would have expected better food.
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a fantastic meal, even though it was only appetizers and deserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic