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About Permanently Closed - Church & Main

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Church & Main is located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, at the corner of Church and Main Streets across from historic City Hall. Locally owned and operated, the restaurant offers a sophisticated yet comfortable dining experience in a relaxed, cosmopolitan atmosphere. As a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, we locally source as many ingredients and products as possible, and the creative Contemporary American menu will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Church & Main stands out among the best and most coveted reservations within the Burlington area by adhering to uncompromising standards, ensuring that you feel welcome upon your arrival and always leave smiling. A creative kitchen, elegant atmosphere, sophisticated wine list, well-equipped bar, and a welcoming and responsive staff promise to make Church & Main a unique dining experience you will be eager to return to time and again.

156B Church St.
Burlington, VT 05401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Bar Menu Available Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday 4pm -11pm
Friday and Saturday 4pm- 12pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 540-3040

Website:
http://www.churchandmainvt.com/

Private Party Facilities:
Locally owned and operated, Church & Main boasts a dynamic dining experience in a relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere. Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Church & Main can accommodate all you needs.

Private Party Contact:
Daniel Caudle: (855) 639-3326

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Church & Main - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

service

4.1

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4.1

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3.7

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (277)
Neighborhood Gem (241)
Great for Outdoor Dining (184)
Good for Groups (165)
Vibrant Bar Scene (160)
Hot Spot (127)
Great for Lunch (70)
Late-night Find (60)
Scenic View (25)
Great for Brunch (20)
Good for a Date (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Kid-friendly (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2016

This is an attractive and well-appointed bar & restaurant. Next time, we'll ask to eat at the bar. The dining room is small and even though we were there early (6p) many of the tables were reserved for later times leaving less than desirable tables still available. Not a great way to start out. The draught beer selection is good as well as the list of rosé by-the-glass choices. The flatbread's sauce fell flat. The octopus salad was outstanding. Truly. Delicious. AND the octopus was oh-so-tender. Wonderful. Our waiter was good, hovered a little. Other wait/hospitality staff hovered to clear plates before we were finished. So, feeling rushed is not a good way to end the visit. Front-of-the-house staff ... PLEASE do not clear plates until Everyone at the table is finished. THANKS.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Great food in a comfortable atmosphere. Excellent service! The portions; however, are on the (very) small side for the price - we definitely enjoyed every single bite, but everyone at the table agreed there should have been more for the price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Church & Main is one of our favorite places to visit when we're in Burlington visiting. Great food, awesome drinks, and a good atmosphere especially when sitting outside on a nice summer night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

My only complaint is that the portion size on the special was really small. The other guests with me ordered off the menu and had very generous portions. Although very good, I would have liked more. I will take that into consideration next time we dine with you! Everything was fabulous from the appetizers, drinks through to dessert! Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We reserved a 12 top for 4:30 for my post wedding dinner on OpenTable. They were set up and ready when we walked in. The drinks were great, the food was excellent. Everyone got their food at around the same time. They politely answered questions that our special snowflakes had about allergies. All in all, I would say a success!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Very good food at a reasonable price. The outside seating is great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Very pleasant all around .... Would definitely go again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2016

The service was great and very friendly, but the food was mediocre.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2016

The atmosphere is lovely, the cocktails are good. The whipped butter and bread a yummy touch. The caesar salad dressing is scrumptious. The other dishes we had were over sauced and did not have a freshly prepared vibe.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

The decor is beautiful. The front has a nice bar section and the back has larger tables with darker lighting. Our meal:

Lamb lollipops: they were okay. Not enough flavor. Meat tasted weird like it has been frozen for a long time.

Burrata: also a weird texture. It wasn't like other burrata's I've had. Some parts were still soft and creamy, other parts were very hard. The salad that came with it was dressed with oil and vinegar(?) it was very bland. Mushrooms left an odd after taste. They were more like pickles. The tomatoes were not ripe.

Rabbit gnocchi: really delicious. Hint of sweetness and heat. Best part of the meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Food was highly over spiced with pepper and hot spices. Many of our dishes were returned.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Bar staff were a bit inconsistent this visit, but still a great place to gather before a show. We are return happy customers.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2016

While visiting UVM with our daughter, we returned for a 2nd time to Church & Main because the 1st visit (in March) was so good! Our server was helpful, knowledgeable, and efficient. Our meals were outstanding. The calamari appetizer was especially tasty! When we next visit UVM, a visit to Church & Main will be in order. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2016

This was my first visit to this restaurant. We were visiting Vermont for a wedding and stayed overnight in Burlington. The restaurant has nice outdoor seating and we had a nice experience on a very pleasant evening. The menu was very good - most in our party had seafood and the reviews were very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 22, 2016

The food was excellent and Mike who was the bartender and our server was very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2016

We were in town for the marathon, so I expected town to be packed. Because we had a dog with us, we requested seating outside, as close to the edge of the seating area if possible. They were VERY accommodating and even gave the dog a few pets hello. The food was solidly good and everyone seemed happy. I'd certainly go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2016

Had dinner here after my sons graduation at UVM. Great food and service, smaller dining area but tables are spaced well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2016

We go to the pub side for more relaxed pub-like dining. Great food but tends to be crowded, so we try to go on off times to get a table. Waiters are mostly great. Food is great. Love the pulled pork sandwich. The fried chicken is fair.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Very good food, ok ambience offset by disinterested service. Acceptable but not outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Service was somewhat slow. Food was fair, at best. Waiter understated salad sizes so we didn't share one, as we generally do. Wife ordered scallops on a bed of polenta. The scallops were OK but the polenta was overly seasoned. The quantity of the scallops was quite small even though the dish was one of the most expensive on the menu. Accompanying the dish were 2 bacon-wrapped dates. The bacon on both pieces was burned beyond edible on one side; the side served face down as though being purposely hidden. They were replaced. I wanted cioppino but they only had it in a small plate serving. I asked if they could make up a large plate. The waiter checked with the kitchen and was told OK. I asked about pricing and he glibly said "Maybe $40" (vs $20 for the small plate). I said OK not really imaging that the price would double, making it the most expensive dish, by far, on the menu. To my surprise, that's exactly what they did (my bad and lesson learned). The dish had lots of seafood nicely cooked but the flavor was unlike any other cioppino I've ever had (and not in a good way). In short, it was overly hot and spicy. Not unbearable, but unpleasant. We won't be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Their menu was filled with various options. My husband opted to share 4 small plates and a Waldorf Salad. Then we had desserts - the pecan tart and the flourless chocolate cake. Everything was delicious! As for service, it was fantastic. Our waitress was just a couple minutes late bringing my drink to me and she ended up giving it to me on the house. I actually forgot I even ordered it! Overall, our experience was wonderful and would done there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We dined at Church & Main to celebrate mother's day, a birthday and a retirement all at once! We were greeted with champagne, shared a number of wonderful appetizers and we were all very impressed with our entrees. We will definitely be back to Church & Main!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

The food was delicious. We ate outside. The waitress was not very friendly with her customers more like she was annoyed on being there, she did with reluctance ask the Chef to see if he could change the heat of the meal as it was suppose to be cook from scratch. The restaurant did make the adjustments necessary and the food was delicious. The downside is that they charge $28 for a pasta plate. Being on Church street there are at least 6 or 7 other Restaurants that will give you a better bang for you money. I would go back but hopefully the pricing will be adjusted not my first pick.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2016

Really nice ambiance but the food just doesn't wow and the service was only mediocre. They did immediately replace a dish we sent back (something I have only done once before in my life) with some else and just charged us for the one. The foraged mushrooms were almost inedible they were so overwhelmed with seasonings. You couldn't even taste the mushrooms. The lobster and crab cake we substituted was really good and the best thing we ate that night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2016

We had a fine dinner before a show at the theatre across the street, so the location couldn't have been more convenient. It happened to be restaurant week and a 4-course meal was only $40; a great bargain. We asked for a quieter table and it was provided and remained quiet even once the bar was packed. The staff made a number of serving mistakes (bringing the plates out of order, wrong dish), but that was quickly corrected. The wine list isn't very deep (you could call it shallow), and they were out of the wine we selected; another boo-boo. Still, I recommend it. We had no problem getting a reservation, despite only 4 days notice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Very friendly, lots of good vibes and the locals approved of our choice!

Greeting, food, wine, all friendly and delicious and well presented.

We will be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2016

A night at the Flynn should begin with pleasant and relaxing dinner closer to the event. Church and Main delivers exactly that. It is all there; a welcoming setting, attentive staff with helpful personality and some friendly chatting, excellent food, and service. Pre-7:30pm showtime is accommodated and if necesssary, includes a gentle reminder that if you want a delicious dessert, you should think about it before it is too late. Hats off to Manager Daniel for offering such a gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Great restaurant and place to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 9, 2016

great food, good wine/beer selection... honestly biggest shortfall was how small the place is... not its fault but tables are tight next to each other and you almost feel like you are sitting with someone else at times...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2016

The food and service were great. something was up with the ventilation system and the room was really smoky. We found it strange that no one mentioned it but we couldn't wait to leave. I would give it another try as the food and drinks were very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 25, 2016

About half our dishes were great (Burrata appetizer, waldorf salad), the others were very mediocre (scallops, seasonal ravioli), which is concerning for the price you're paying here. The service was ok, with a few hiccups--they were out of the wine we ordered, and they brought the wrong dish and then had to rush order the correct one which came out overcooked. I'd maybe go back for a cocktail or happy hour appetizer, but not an entire meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Great food with great flavor and interesting combinations. Very clever chef. Expensive. Not great value but worth trying.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2016

A great find, small but cozy and the food was great. Fried foods use rice flour so it's a great gluten free option to visit. I had the calamari and it was delicious! Service was beyond expectation, timing was great as we did not wait long. I recommend reservations!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2016

My husband raved about the oysters' sauce and I was equally happy with my standard ... green salad. I had the pork which I enjoyed but did not love, while he had the stacked ravioli. He raved about the sauce for this dish, too. Great bread and wonderfully tasty butter (Vermont?). Service was superior.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Our server gave us our bill before dessert was served to our table. Super tacky.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Excellent, excellent food, superb service - friendly and helpful, nice atmosphere. There were four of us, and the drapes around two sides of our table gave us a real sense of privacy and intimacy. A real treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We took our family here on recommendations from friends this past Saturday night.
I am a huge fan of NY strip so ordered this from the menu. It was the worse piece of
NY strip I have ever had!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Again, a terrific time!
Absolutely superb dishes, including the green curry mussels, the lobster and crab cake, and grilled octopus salad.
Great opportunity to try several small plates, or mix with the large plates. The scallop dish is also wonderful.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 20, 2016

The rabbit gnocchi was incredible. The scallop dish my boyfriend got was beautifully plated, but very difficult to eat.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 14, 2016

My boyfriend and I are not from the area and went for Valentine's Day. We received great service from both the management and our server, especially regarding my food allergy concerns. Some of the food was really good, like the calamari. However, some of it was just okay. Although we enjoyed ourselves overall, we felt it was a little overpriced when we factored in how we felt about the food.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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