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About Dorset Inn

Dinner at The Dorset Inn…always a treat! All of us here love food and enjoy sharing that with you. The warm and welcoming ambiance of the historic red dining room, cozy New England tavern and al fresco dining on the front porch allows guests to relax and enjoy the food, the wine and the friendly hospitality. As a member of Vermont Fresh Network, we support as many local farms and businesses as possible. Our cuisine is an uncomplicated, bistro-style that demonstrates classic culinary techniques and traditions with regional influences and reflects the freshest ingredients available. To showcase Vermont’s four unique seasons, the menu changes frequently.

8 Church St
Dorset, VT 05251
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday Serving daily 8:00 - 9:30am
Saturday & Sunday 8:00 - 10:00am
Brunch: Serving Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Serving nightly 5:30 - 9:00pm.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 867-5500

Website:
http://www.dorsetinn.com/

Executive Chef:
Jon Gatewood

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2016

This is a wonderful inn. The food was good, the atmosphere lovely and the staff a delight. I would highly recommend dining at the Dorset Inn.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2016

There is no better restaurant in the southern Vermont area than The Dorset Inn. We have eaten in the area (Dorset, Manchester, Bennington, Rutland) for many years and have never had anything but wonderful food and service. On this particular night, my wife and I had liver (the only place we eat it) and our guest had the duck. Empty plates all around.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2016

The food wasn't up to our expectations. The duck was chewy and the scallops were over cooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2016

The dining room had a lovely relaxed, elegant feel to it , and the food was delicious. The buttermilk chicken was tender and tasty. Fish was beautifully cooked. Service was friendly, although we were there on a quiet night. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Wonderful, as usual. Friendly warm welcome, great food in a beautiful setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2016

The Dorset Inn is a local favorite. Great to dine there before seeing a show at the Dorset Theatre Festival. They are friendly and food is really good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Great dining. Always wonderful.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Great location. I enjoyed the trout, my wife the pork tenderloin. Both were excellent.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2016

My favorite in Dorset/Manchester. Consistently excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Had a lovely lunch in the bar with my family. Excellent bar menu ... Grilled cheese with bacon and apple was delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2016

The food at th Dorset inn is excellent. From the roasted garlic bulb and melted cheese to the siracha fried chicken to the carrot and corn sides every thing on the plate was delicious. My father said that his salmon was the best he had ever had in his whole life. They have unique and creative recipes with the freshest ingredients!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Our umpteenth visit. Our favorite dining location which never disappoints.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 10, 2016

We have had outstanding dining experiences at The Dorset Inn for many years. This visit was no exception. The food and service were outstanding and the environment as warm and inviting as usual.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2016

I really, really want to like this place more...the location, ambience, etc. are great. But ive eaten lunch on porch, dinner in bar twice, and dinner in formal dining room once. I keep coming away an initial impression that is somewhere between ok and good...and a feeling it could be so much more (price/reviews also drive higher expectation). The details just arent there...with food and front work. Its good.. but doesnt make my top 5 in 45 min radius...could/should be #1...

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2016

We visited the Dorset Inn for our anniversary at the recommendation of a local resident..This was a weekend trip as we are from out of town .. A local resident recommended this facility.. We loved the romantic ambiance.. The food and the service were excellent ..We would gladly
return if we should visit Vermont again..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2016

We had a wonderful brunch before a show at the playhouse! Beautiful day for eating outside! Food was delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Celebration lunch with a bottle of champagne, what could go wrong? Well nothing did, the service was prompt and courteous, food very good and a relaxed and enjoyable time was had by all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Food was absolutely outstanding. I have very little to constructively criticize. Only one minor suggestion. Wait staff could appear more presentable. Shirts were un tucked and wrinkled. Hostess was a bit too casual for the atmosphere of the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2016

My spouse and I spent a few days in Vt. This was our first visit to the Dorest. Enjoyed every minute there. I can not recommend it enough. We certainly would return. The chef made a small change for my dinner. It was deeply appreciated. Our server was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Always delicious! We loved our meal and wonderful locally brewed beer, but the best part of all is to be served cheerfully and competently by Nuni, a local or perhaps national treasure. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Have to say that I got more than I expected. My dinner was top notch- every bite- and I eat out a lot. The service was great, drinks were excellent and the wine list was remarkable for a small inn in Dorset, Vermont. I liked being around the locals in The Tavern, the less formal side of the restaurant. Rustic, warm, friendly and great lighting. I would go back in a heart beat. The prices were not as bad as I would have thought either.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2016

It was a quaint setting. True inn. Service was great. Employees were very pleasant and friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Went for a family Easter dinner - menu options were plentiful - service was timely - waitress was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2016

Always a delightful dining experience. Food and service wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 20, 2016

We have enjoyed eating at the Dorset Inn many times and this time did not disappoint. We ate in the very bright, airy Garden Room and, once again, had a wonderful meal and fine service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Have dined here many times and always look forward to dining here when we're in the area. The food and service are consistently good. We're especially fond of the tavern room.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We were also guests at the Inn and our stay was perfect in every way. All of the folks there were wonderful, from greetings to service to the restaurants. The menu had a nice variety of choices, all reasonably priced, and every part of the meal was scrumptious. It was -35 degrees out, but the rummed-up apple cider and apple crisp capped a wonderful meal of short ribs and cod dishes. The staff was so wonderful, each personifying the cozy and quaint (but modern!) style we're very happy to have experienced. And we stayed with our pooch! What a great weekend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2016

We have enjoyed the Dorset Inn for at least a decade. It is our go- to place for an outstanding dining experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2016

The filet was a bit over cooked for medium rare but it was tasty. The rib eye was very good.
The table we were seated at had two high back cushion chairs which had my partner sitting below normal table height. The table was also not a table for two it was a table for four. We were seated across from each other at an uncomfortable distance. Not a good seating experience. The service was very good but the experience of the table was not pleasurable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2016

We have dined at the Dorset Inn for both lunch and dinner in the past and have always enjoyed the experience. The dining room has a working fireplace and is nicely appointed for fine dining, while the Tavern has a rustic ambiance that is dominated by an L shaped bar.

When we arrived for dinner on 1/26/16 the hostess informed us that the main dining room was not open that evening and that we would have to have our meal in the Tavern; the main dining room menu was available, however. This was a great disappointment to us especially since we had to walk through the dining room, which was completely set up for dinner and aglow with lights, on our way to the Tavern room. The dining atmosphere that we had anticipated when we booked our reservation was out of bounds for some reason...unfortunately, the Dorset Inn did not meet our expectations last Tuesday. In the past we have always recommended the Inn to people...we're not sure that we'd do so in the future.

When we expressed our disappointment about the dining room to the hostess she indicated that our Open Table reservation said that only Tavern dining was available. This proved to be inaccurate since when we returned to our car after dinner we checked our copy of the OT reservation confirmation and there was NO mention of the Tavern room being the sole choice that evening. Had we known before we arrived that we would be relegated to the very LOUD bar room we would have gone elsewhere for dinner.

Our server, Linda, was very pleasant, the food was well prepared and enjoyable. Not sure if we would recommend the Dorset Inn in the future.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Service was slow. Front hostess was rude. Once we settled in, the food was decent enough. I would say, for the experience, that it was overpriced. I wish I had just gone to the SIlver Fork in Manchester. They have a tavern though. Looks like it is fun in there, although I didn't partake.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2016

We have eaten here yearly for a number of times and it's always excellent and never disappoints. Classic American fare in an elegant setting. Looking forward to returning next year.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 15, 2016

We were visiting a long-time friend in Southern Vermont and wanted a special place for dinner. A bit of research turn up the Dorset Inn and I had fond memories of riding my bike through the beautiful town. It was perfect, just as an inn should be. Understated elegance with a good menu well prepared. Overall, the price was quite reasonable. It will clearly be a destination for us in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2016

You cannot ask for a more pleasant welcome that at the Dorset Inn. We were an 45 minutes early for our reservation, and were still able to get a great table in our favorite room. The food is always delicious and beautifully presented, the service just right, and our new (to us anyway) server was given a heads up as to our favorite white wine! Now that really makes for a special night out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2015

One of our favorite spots in Vermont. Worth the drive from Stratton

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2015

Always a delightful dining experience. Food and service wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2015

A warm reception; a table by the fireplace in the tavern; a server who remembers everything; beautifully "plated" delicious food (how can a traditional lettuce wedge seem special? but it does!). The world is just better after a visit to the Dorset Inn.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2015

If you are staying in the Manchester area of Vermont, be sure to dine at the Dorset Inn dining room or tavern. Chef dishes are specific for the season and daily items reflect local market finds. The classic menu holds plenty of options for whatever mood you are in. We had the Turkey Croquets, Dorset Inn Burger, Kale Salad and Hand Cut Fries. Take time to ask the server about the inn and property. We were given a history to read and a told some legends of the inn from the revolutionary war days. Arrive early enough to stop across the street and visit the amazing variety store with bakery and deli. Be sure to get some of their outstanding cookies. This town has an amazing history including it's founding, the quarry, town square, Dorset Inn and Variety Store to name a few. Spend some time and finish your day at the Dorset Inn Dining Room or Tavern.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2015

The Dorset Inn in beautiful, tiny Dorset, Vermont has been the place to dine for generations, and it's good to report that the tradition continues. The room's decor is quintessential New England, and the service pleasant and polished. The menu offers a full range of options including seafood, pastas, steaks, calf's liver, and chicken. All are nicely done. Reservations are a must, especially during peak seasons.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 2, 2015

The duck dinner was superb.

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