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Crop Vermont Bistro & Brewery

3.8
254 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

Crop Vermont Bistro & Brewery was built in 1830 as a blacksmith shop and has transformed into a cider mill then a youth hostel and finally into the restaurant it is today. Chefs Michael Kloeti and Jason Bissell are experts at producing delicious comfort food that everyone will enjoy. Quality beer is brewed on site, and the brewmaster, Will Gilson, is in charge of all the beer offerings. To make sure that the vegetables in its dishes are fresh, Crop Vermont Bistro & Brewery uses an onsite vegetable garden. Popular dishes and appetizers include fried pickles, pulled pork, brisket Reuben and cheese fritters.

With the family-friendly atmosphere, anyone from locals to tourists can relax, share stories and take in all the history of Crop Vermont Bistro & Brewery. Diners can also order takeout here.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm-CLOSE
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Phone number
(802) 253-4765
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tom Bivins, 2011 Vermont Chef of the Year
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Barrow Road
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Parking details
On the local Mountain Road Shuttle Bus Line.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
3.8
ambience
Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 12, 2014

food was great, was seated quickly and items came out of kitchen in a timely manner

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2014

We loved this place, loved the beer and the food was good. Service however was rough :( We will go back someday I'm sure!

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2014

I'm not sure what the details are all about, but the Stowe locals do not like Crop! We were deterred from dining here recently, but went anyway - and greatly enjoyed it! I very much enjoyed the scallops and my friends liked their dinners as well. They brew their own beer. I had the Oktoberfest and was delighted. We were seated exactly at our reservation time. Service was friendly and fast. No complaints!

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1.0Dined on September 21, 2014

I should have taken the online reviews to heart. Poor and slow service, including the Manager. Very disappointing food. Cold fish & chips. Overdone flat iron. Bad swordfish.

There are too many good restaurants in Stowe. This one will not survive.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2014

We had no idea what to expect and here it is, our discovery of a gem at a walking distance from our usual motel when visiting Stowe.
The fireplace and cozy atmosphere were so soothing on such an unusually cold September night.
The food was amazing, the beer sampler was very good, the waiter gave impeccable service and the hostess, Maria, was so welcoming and professional !
We will definitely go back next time we are in the area, and of course recommend this place !

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2014

We had the Pork shoulder egg roll that you definitely want to go back for more. The kale salad was good, I liked that the kale was finely chopped. For entrees we had the gnocchis and the braised pork shank. Both were delicious and unique. Will make this a regular stop on our next trip to VT.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2014

Reservation for 6 changed to 8, but they were very accommodating. When we got there we decided to eat outside, the 10 minute wait was more like a half hour, but our group was happy to enjoy the beautiful fresh air and scenery. It was the end of the season so the y were a little under staffed. Server was friendly and helpful. There was no bread but the server knew we were hungry, so she brought hot pretzels for us to sample while we waited. Once it got dark we decided to move inside and they were again helpful and accommodating. There were two vegetarian items on the menu. The Gnochi was more like breakfast potatoes - not what we expected. The quinoa was a much better and filling option. Salads were great and muscles were good too!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2014

Although the flavor of the steak was good it was very unfortunate that it was not hot, not even very warm actually. We felt like it sat for quite a while on the counter before the server delivered it. It's a nice restaurant and I'd give it another try if we were in the area.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Even through a little chill, this was a good choice for a group of 6. Big table - outside - excellent beer - great food. From mussels to flat-iron steaks to gnocchi; something for everyone and cooked to peoples desires. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2014

Just keeps getting better. Excellent beer also! Always go when I'm in the area.

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2014

Fish was fresh and quite tasty, Scollops were good but the the veggies that they came with were a two thumbs down --under cooked, couldn't eat them. The beers were delightful. The server (Stephanie, I believe) was quite good, very pleasant! Prices were acceptable BUT, and this was huge . . . they added on a 20% ("Service Fee") tip, a meal tax a 10% Liquor tax and then a town tax. This brought our bill (my wife and I) from $67 to 86 and change. To be fair the fine print did state parties of 6 or more will automatically pay 20% more and we were with friends but paying separately but the taxes . . . Holy mackerel! I thought Massachusetts was bad!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2014

This was my second visit because the first was such a pleasant experience. I particularly enjoyed the various cheeses and local beers. The chopped salad was sensational.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2014

We started outside but got cold and our waiter moved us inside. We wished they would have had some heat lamps, as outside was great.

All the food was good, but the fish and chips were great. A must order.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2014

Great microbrewery for beer with many styles. Flight of 6 beers allows you to try many of them. Food was excellent as well. Bourbon braised pork shank was very flavorful. Fish and chips had a great crunchy batter. Sat at the bistro side this time where it is kid friendly and more causal. Last time we were in the dining room where it is more formal. Most people were at the outside dining area in the back which was also very nice. This is probably now our go to spot in Stowe.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2014

2AM fries were excellent, burger was only fair, brews were good. A few more lower alcohol/english style brews would be nice.

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1.0Dined on July 18, 2014

Everything that could go wrong did. Making a reservation with opentable did not help, they had no record of it, fortunately it did not matter as they had open tables. Limited menu 10 Dinner items (not a complaint but you should know). Menu wording is so limited it does not describe the meal accurately. Service was slow, by the end we were taking the over under on how long it would take her to do things, like bring the check. We had a question about our bill and just skipped asking it because we did not want to wait another 20 minutes to get it answered. Many other things wrong with food and service, but after a while it was just so bad that there was little they could do to turn it around.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2014

The place wasn't slammed yet, but it took a long time for each item to come out of the kitchen. The wait staff seem good, so I think it was the kitchen that was the problem. Good thing we weren't in a hurry.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2014

Great Brewery and menu. Would come back time and time again

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2.0Dined on July 3, 2014

Much better & enjoyable this past winter. Food was good this summer but service was terrible. Frustrating evening.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2014

The food was great and the beers excellent. If our waitress had been more attentive, we probably would have had a few more drinks before leaving to see a show. It wasn't a very busy night and we felt a little forgotten. But I'll give it another try because the food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2014

Food and drinks were great. Outdoor seating was wonderful for lunch on a warm June day. Our waitress was terrible.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2014

We made reservations and expected to be sitting in the restaurant. Instead showed up to a seat yourself, pub only situation. Disappointing as we were in the area only for the night and had been wanting to try the Bistro for some time. Food was delicious though!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2014

Vermont has many wonderful restaurants. The farm to table dining experiences puts the VT restaurant community above the competition. We had high hopes for The Crop, but overall were disappointed by a mediocre meal. Our appetizers were decent, not great, but good enough that I'd go back to sit at the bar for a local beer and order an app. The main meal was unimpressive with overcooked beef and a hair (hey, it happens to the best of them) in a side and a salad so bitter it was inedible. Go for the atmosphere, I expect the bar experience is much better. Order an appetizer, they're quite large so you may find that to be enough, but I wouldn't go expecting the same caliber meal you will find in the area.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

We were here with a very large group on a Saturday evening and everything was excellent: the food, the wine, and the service. Our waitress was very helpful and accomodating, and no one had to wait for a long time for their food, which in this situation was a big accomplishment.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2014

I think my title says it all. Not terrible, but not worth the price.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2014

Beer is great, dinner great, dessert great. Atmosphere was modern and clean. Food came out a little slow but in the end I think it was well worth the wait. A real jewel of Stowe!

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2014

Shoddy inattentive service, inconsistent food, unauthentic atmosphere. Wait staff needs training and is clueless. Waited 20 min after being seated before we even saw our waiter. Then another 10 minutes to get a drink. Never got bread. Dirty dishes piled up on our table as we moved through courses. Water galsses sat empty. Other wait staff walked by our table repeatedly, looked straight at the used plates and empty water glasses, and kept walking - even though one actually had A WATER PITCHER IN HER HAND! My salmon was pretty solid, but my son's fries were raw (cold and hard in the middle) and my wife had the Thai Chicken dish - total disaster...bland, watery...is it soup??? Who knows? MUCH better options in Stowe. Or just stick to the Pub.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Decent food, however came out cold ( about 1/2 of the entrees in a party of ten). Comped us 2 meals. Not returning any time soon.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2014

The menu needs more vegetarian on both the lunch and dinner menus. There should also be a few more lower priced options $10-15 on the dinner menu. Our main reason for going to Crop (this was our second time) is for the beer. Given that motivation, we don't want to pay $20+ for an entree. As locals, when we think casually about going to out to dinner it is not in that price range. If Crop is only after the vacation crowd, they may not care.

Specifically, I had the bourbon shrimp of the 'pub fare' section. I would not have or recommend that again. We went for lunch the other time. I don't recall what we each had but we did both enjoy it.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2014

This is a fun spot with great food. Our favorite in Stowe. Pace your ordering because they do rush things a little.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

We had a great meal at Crop. Their beer sampler was superb and their food was equally tasty. Easily the best dinner we had over the course of our few days in Stowe.

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2014

My friends and I spent the weekend in Stowe. Someone recommended CROP and we were excited to try it. They told us it was farm to table and really good. I made a res on open table, which was unnecessary as the place was almost completely empty on a Friday night during busy ski season. We ordered some less than impressive overpriced cocktails and some apps that were also pretty unimpressi. I hoped that my local burger would be up to par, but alas the burger was a disaster. After talking about our experience with some locals, we were informed that the original chef had left and the place had gone downhill since. There are so many good places to eat in Stowe, so don't waste your time here. They clearly dont care about the food anymore.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2014

We were unable to get the time slot we wanted when making a reservation on-line so had to go earlier. The restaurant was still pretty empty even when we left so not sure why we couldn't have come later. The food was pretty mediocre and a bit on the pricey side for what we got. One order had to be sent back due to allergies to beets... who would expect beets to be served with a pricey steak. The order never came till the end of the meal so we had to take it to go. Would not come back here again.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2014

This was a very disappointing meal for us. The majority of items seemed to have been precooked, including the brussel sprouts appetizer and my chicken entree. The special was very good put not worth putting up with the other bad elements of the meal. The service was fine but they are clearly understaffed. The highlight of the meal was the beer which you can get if you just go to the pub. It is a pretty expensive place for how disappointing the food was. There are much better places in Stowe to go.

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2014

the food was tasteless and they did not have any of the drinks we requested that were on the menu. We had had a bad prior experience but decided to give it a second chance. The first time we went my husband had ordered a hamburger no cheese. They brought it out with cheese and when he explained he can't eat cheese they simply went in the kitchen and scraped the cheese off bringing out a burger I wouldn't serve to anyone.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Made reservations months prior on Opentable. Got to restaurant at 6:15 for 6:30 to get good table, and majority of large front room was open. Hostess tried to sit us by table by entrance and close to hostess stand. I asked to be moved to one of 4 other four tops available in this room, and got serious attitude. Don't want to speculate on why she would not give my family a nice table, but she was not nice. Almost left. Food was good, pretty gourmet, restaurant nicely decorated, and waiter service was good. Although, would not go back due to hostess. Worse attitude than a trendy NYC restaurant. Maybe we did not look like regulars. Spoke to manager on why we got such a hard time.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2014

After reading the reviews we went with mixed feelings, but our friends assured us the food is great. And so it was. The salads were fresh and the dishes creative and very tasty.
The service was attentive and the atmosphere pleasant and relaxing.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2014

We've enjoyed many meals at Crop since they first opened, however, our most recent visit was unfortunately forgettable. The food was promptly and cheerily delivered but subpar. Our kids normally look forward to the pasta dish but they were unpressed this evening as the meal lacked both flavor and heart. My duck salad was simply dreadful and very under seasoned. The highlight were the lentils accompanying the main salmon dish. Food aside, the music was too loud and the choice is station very child unfriendly. We used to recommend Crop to all Stowe visitors but will now have to reconsider their lace on our must visit list.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2014

I recently made a reservation for my birthday at Crop Bistro. I received an email confirmation. When we arrived, the manager/host told me I had not made a reservation. When I showed him my confirmation email, he then blamed it on Open Table's system or the wires getting crossed. He did not apologize. They then looked panicked and told me to wait where I was while they tried to sort out the mess.

Once we were finally sat, the table was perfect and the food was delicious. Our server, Steve, was fantastic! They also had several tables open around us -- not sure what all the panicking was about. The only drawback was that we were surrounded on three sides by large (over 15 people) parties making it almost impossible to hear.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2014

The food was delicious and has some healthy options such as winter primavera which is based on spaghetti squash instead of pasta. The stout was like dessert as it has a strong chocolate taste.

The wait service was good as well - not overly enthusiastic but quite competent.

Just make sure when you make your reservation that you request if you would prefer not to sit by the windows in the greenhouse area on a cold evening. We asked to move to the center of the room after finding the seating too cool, but were told that the restaurant was completely booked so it was impossible. At 8:30 p.m. the center section of the restaurant (10-12 tables) was still empty except for one table of 4 people. Stowe must have a very late dining crowd!

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