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About Bluebird Barbecue

Thank you for checking out Bluebird Barbecue where we celebrate American Regional Barbecue with a Vermont twist! Our all natural meats are slow smoked on premises in our 1.5 ton Souther Pride Smoker and are paired with traditional barbecue sauces and sides made from scratch. Relax, unwind, and enjoy southern style barbecue in one of our many dining rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our menu offers large "family style" platters perfect for group gatherings. During the summer months dine out on our screened, enclosed porch with Winooski River views. Our entire barbecue menu is also available for take-out.

317 Riverside Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday 4:30pm-9:30pm or 11:30 if it's a game day!
Tuesday 4:30pm-9:30pm
Wednesday 4:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday 4:30pm-9:30 or 11:30pm if it's a game day!
Friday 4:30pm-10:00pm
Satruday 12:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-9:30 or 11:30pm if it's a game day!

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 448-3070

Website:
http://bluebirdbbq.com/

Entertainment:
With 24 beers and ciders on tap, wine on draft, and a full bar featuring a wide selection of tequila and bourbon Bluebird Barbecue is a great spot for a fun night out. Our large bar and "Rec Room' areas have been outfitted with a projector and flat screen TV's, making Bluebird Barbecue the perfect spot to catch the game.

Catering:
We happily take Bluebird Barbecue on the road for your special event or corporate catering needs! For our catered events we bring our mobile smoker, creating that authentic smoked meat feel in any location. For more information regarding our catering program please connect with our event coordinator.

Parking Details:
Bluebird Barbecue is flanked by two large parking lots located directly off of Riverside Avenue in Burlington.

Public Transit:
Bluebird Barbecue is serviced by bus by Burlington's CCTA transit system using the Riverside/Winooski route.

Executive Chef:
Michael Clauss

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

Bluebird Barbecue Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (464)
Fit for Foodies (393)
Kid-friendly (289)
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Neighborhood Gem (279)
Special Occasion (171)
Great for Lunch (119)
Hot Spot (108)
Great for Outdoor Dining (104)
Vibrant Bar Scene (85)
Scenic View (72)
Romantic (43)
Comfort Food (37)
Great Beer (35)
Late-night Find (32)
Casual (31)
Good for a Date (27)
Fun (23)
Authentic (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Great for Brunch (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Outstanding Value (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Great food and good service. Always a great meal. Ramen Tuesday!

Tags: Live Sports, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 26, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our meals. My spare ribs were charred on the outside and drop-off-the-bone, tender inside! D----------M!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

great food - best bbq that I have had, also have had take out and it was great as well - wonderful friendly staff

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great food and servcie. First time eating there. Very cozy atmosphere. Waitress was extremely courteous.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Thank to the Bluebird staff for helping to make a Birthday dinner privately special. The way we like it. The fried chicken is still the best around and the deep fried brussel sprouts were an excellent appetizer.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2017

We were quite disappointed with out server from the minute we sat down. We were not offered the specials which is why we didn't know that on that Tuesday they were offering Ramen, which by the way looked amazing and we probably would have ordered it.

We ran out of water at our table before our food was served and were never offered a refill until we were halfway through our meal. The ribs were cold on one of the meals but by the time our server came back to check on us the food had mostly been eaten and our patience had waned.

The food was amazing, as it always is here. We will be back but hope for better service in the future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Too noisy. Room very uninteresting. Waiter friendly. Recommended for good barbque. But very expensive and no atmosphere.

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food3
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The food was great! I came here with my family on a Friday night (3 of us total). We did a couple appetizers (onion rings and cheddar ale dip) and the dinner for two (3 smoked meats and 4 sides). The pulled pork was delicious. Margaritas were okay. Server wasn't that great but the bbq was so good I didn't mind as much.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2017

I came with a group of friends hoping to enjoy some good BBQ and good company-I was very disappointed with my ribs-they were way over cooked, dry and had very little meat. They had good flavor but too dry. My friends had the beef rib which looked much better. I have been here before and enjoyed my food. The service is very slow but friendly. 15 minutes to get my drink is a little much..For what I paid it was overpriced and simply not worth it. I will try again maybe in a long awhile..I cant afford a hit or miss dining experience when it cost so much. I would recommend people to try it..just order cafefully.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food & atmosphere, terrific waitstaff and reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant. We had been at another event that ended early and showed up an hour ahead of our reservation. They were very accommodating and got us in anyway ( without any attitude). Food was amazing and service was great. Definitely will be returning with the rest of our family.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

First experience was great. Can't wait to go again!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Great time, great food. The one damper was our server asking us 7 times (I starting counting after 3) if we were finished our meal...we were grazing and felt like we were being rushed. It didn't ruin our night, just influenced their tip, unfortunately for them.
I was with a friend I hardly ever see, so we took our time (we were only there 6:50-8:30pm).
Will definitely be back for the fantastic food.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Visited for Ribfest, the ribs were absolutely fantastic. Wild Boar and Beef ribs were delicious! The service was great as always. Impressive beer list, but disappointed the Citizen Cider Unified Press was the only hard cider option available since I can't drink beer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Upon arrival, our table was not ready so rather than an indeterminate wait, we were seated in an ambiance-free back room at a high top table, not cozy.

The BBQ here is delicious but a bit pricey for the quantity. We paid $23-25 for a half rack of ribs, which seemed high considering there was not much meat on them. I've paid the same for a full rack of extraordinarily juicy ribs down in Nyc. However, the maple glaze and dry rub are delicious and the ribs were cooked well. Good sides, though my salad was a bit ordinary. Great mashed sweet potatoes. Disappointed that cornbread and biscuits warrant an extra charge.

Will go back in hopes of a better table sometime, but not in a rush.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

A lot of pricey items on the menu, but eat smart and it didn't break the bank too bad.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We have wanted to try your restaurant for a long time, but each time we tried you had a full house. Well I love fish and it was my birthday, but I decided to try one more time and you had an opening! The food was excellent, the atmosphere was great and all the wait staff was friendly and efficient. We have already recommended your place to people an d we look forward to going back.
One question - my husband wanted a drink with flavored vodka. Our waiter told us you aren't allowed to serve flavored vodkas. Is this true??? Why??? We found it odd, but my husband was very happy with the beer he had instead.
Thank you for a wonderful dinner experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We had the best waiter, Ben was there right when we needed him for another drink and answered all of the question we had

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Awesome food, 10 out of 10 would recommend to anyone who like BBQ!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2017

It's noisy and sometimes difficult to park, but the barbecue is excellent - great variety and several delicious sides. Yes, it's noisy but it's from people having a good time. It's all well worth it, very rewarding.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Great BBQ in Vermont. The fall off the bone ribs are to die for and the pulled pork is super.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great Beer, Outstanding Value
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2017

The free half rack of ribs were the best and the 15 hour brisket melted in our mouths. Highly recommend adding the pulled pork when ordering the poutine; the gravy of which was delicious without being salty. Service was prompt, helpful and cheerful. This was our third visit in six months and we are never disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Great food it was a bit loud in the side room but I know had we had ask to move they would have. The service was excellent!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Took a big crew from out of town - everyone really enjoyed what they ordered from drinks to dinner. The only very slight disappointment is that the mac & cheese recipe seems to have changed :(
Besides that one side, food was very good, service was excellent - friendly & attentive, and beer & cocktail menu impressive as always

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2017

The food was outstanding, the waitstaff was amazing. Great night.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Great food and fun with the family. Been here a few times now.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Straight up great food

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Just the best every time! Never bad always great. . .

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Any time friends or family are in town I go here. This is also my go to for grabbing a beer or specialty cocktail with an appetizer. They also have some options to mix and match the menu by selling sides separately, the option to buy one sausage, get a taste of meat (small portion), and their wings appetizer is amazing. All dinners are phenomenal and there's even a vegetarian option. Great news at a BBQ joint.

The part I gave not even touched on yet is that this is the best service staff I have come across in one place. They are all super attentive and genuine. The bartenders and bar manager do an excellent job with recommending items per your taste buds. This lead to me finding my favorite beer.

My only recommendation is having the sweet Italian sausage and jack cheese sausage more often - they are out of this world.

Thanks.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Live Sports, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Best BBQ north of the Mason-Dixon. Simply great BBQ ribs, pulled pork, chicken and very good sides, with amazing beer list. A must do if in the Burlington area. Bonus - one of the few places that takes reservations. Only downside is tiny parking lot.

Details: We always get the meal for two @ $40. You get three meats (1/2 size but you could have fooled me) and four sides. The baby back ribs have a thick glaze and a deep smoke ring, not an ounce of fat. I like the ends which was extra heavy on the glaze - yum. The pulled pork is good close to what'd you'd get in North Carolina. They use a mustard sauce on the pork. The Chicken has a crispy skin that I'm sure is healthy since the fat has been rendered off it and the meat is tender and very moist. The Alabama white sauce should be bottled so you can take it home.

The sides are all good, even a mixed greens if you have to eat something that technically is good for you.

The tap list is killer, close to but smaller in number than the Farm House. Always a couple of Hill Farmsteads and Heady in cans. They do have a very good non-New England beer list for the locals who want something beyond the VT beers.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great spot for a relaxed meal! We were pretty close to the next table but noise was not overwhelming. Very good BBQ! Would return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2016

We always enjoy the food and beer! The waitstaff is always very personable!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Went for the ELECTION NIGHT BBQ SPECIAL. Excellent 4-RIB FREE Special! Thank you Bluebird BBQ !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Friendly vibe, excellent food and service. Highly recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We love going to Bluebird every time we come to Burlington area. Service can be a bit slow at times, but always friendly. Craft beer list is great and they always seem to have a Hill Farmstead on tap. Get the burnt ends if available. Avoid the bloody mary.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Great place to get together with a group and we loved the Barbecue for 2 special offered this past Saturday night! Perfect way to share an evening with family or friends and enjoy some great-tasting food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Excellent! Very good food with a nice selection. Very friendly service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

This was the best time ever. BB improved their cornbread. It was moist and tasty. The new brussel sprouts and fried rice were dandy. Nice to come back to a favorite and increase your love for the place.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The service was poor. Waited too long for server to come asking for drinks. The food was ok. Meat was tender but BBQ wasn't anything exciting. The sides were all very boring. Over priced. BBQ place no cornbread???

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Very nice friendly staff and the waitor was excellent .

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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