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About Leunig's Bistro
Leunigs Bistro has been a Burlington institution since it opened in 1980. Located on the corner of Church and College Streets on the Marketplace, it invites all passers by to visit Burlington's own little Parisian Cafe. The decor and ambiance will make you think you're in Paris, and the food will make you think you've died and gone to heaven. A member of the Vermont Fresh Network, Leunigs chefs prepare the best of local ingredients with a worldly accent. Live jazz with dinner Tuesday, Wednesday. Lunch served Monday-Saturday, Dinner every night, and Brunch on Sunday. Great wines by the glass or bottle, full liquor service. Best people watching in town. Reservations accepted, but not necessary. Every meal served with the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of town.
Burlington, VT 05401
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 1:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm ; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz with dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. During Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival, live jazz opening until closing on the sidewalk cafe.
Leunigs is in the center of the Church Street Pedestrian Marketplace. Parking is available at metered spots on city streets or in any of 3 public garages within a short walk.
The Free Downtown College Street Shuttle stops across the street from Leunigs
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Leunig's Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely a trip to Paris! What an amazing
incarnation of the charming atmosphere,
culinary passion, classic dishes and regional
creativity of the best bistros in France. We do
not live in Vermont, but find many excuses to cross
Lake Champlain in order to feast at Leunig's Bistro.
Had the best meal of my life last weekend at Leunig's! I ordered their seasonal dish of seared scallops with pumpkin risotto. The whole dish was to die for! We also ordered 2 desserts, the coconut cream pie and the pumpkin cheesecake. Both were so delicious! I wish I came back and ate here every night I was in town.
Our second or third meal here in the past couple years. All meals have been good to very good. We had 6PM reservations , and we trying to get in and out for a 7:30 Flynn show. They accommodated us nicely for that. We had drinks and entrees only. A couple of us had the filet with a white seafood sauce over the top (supposedly containing crab and lobster - but very tiny pieces if true), asparagus and mashed potatoes. The filet was not perfect, it had some small gristle strands through it (meat cutter?) but it was cooked perfectly and you could eat it all. A bit pricey at $35. They should put a good sized piece of lobster and crab meat ontop to dress it up . Two of us had the scallop dish - outstanding. Two of us had steak frittes, also very good. Eating quarters are tight in the dining room, but the food is always very very good and the wait staff is attentive, and food comes out promptly. Presentation was good, esp. the scallops. We all felt good about our meals and the experience.
NEVER disappoints. Special request from my daughter for her birthday: got the table we requested. Exc. service. Great menu selection, well prepared - delicious. Steak & frites, 3 pates, cheese, pork chop special (with delicious sweet corn shoots garnish), house made shrubs, wonderful maple creme brûlée and coconut oreo cream pie. nuff said
Great ambiance, wonderful service . It was an authentic bistro dining experience. Reminded me of dining at a bistro in Paris. The server was friendly and very knowledgeable/helpful about wines. She was also very accomadating about food allergies in our party as well. The steak frites and beef bourgenoin were both excellent.
I had guests from out of town visiting Burlington for the first time. I thought making reservations at Leuning's would offer them the nicest ambiance on a nice summer evening because the restaurant offers open-air dining. First the hostess tried to seat us upstairs in a closed-in room with little ambiance compared to the downstairs. I asked if we could sit downstairs instead and explained the above. She then took us to the back of the restaurant away from any windows, when there was plenty of seating in the bar area, which offers the most ambiance. I was too embarrassed to asked to be seated in yet a third place, so we reluctantly sat down. Once we ordered our food, it came within five to ten minutes--giving us no time to enjoy conversation before our meal. We were in and out just under a half an hour! Both of my guests told me they "felt the seating stunk, the meal was overpriced and that the whole experience was wham, bam, thank you mam". Not the experience I was hoping for. Leuning's will not come to mind again when I want to go out to dinner.
Cocktails were creative and delicious. There were no specials that evening, but there were several appealing menu choices . The Nicoise Salad was especially amazing! While we were seated in a comfortable corner, for two, we specifically chose that evening knowing there was live jazz at 7pm. I asked the hostess, "will we be able to hear the live music ?", and she assured me - yes. However, we were disappointed that we couldn't hear the music at all, only as we walked out after dinner. That was the only drawback -- overall a very nice experience. Our server was excellent - courteous, helpful, and just the right amount of attentiveness.
A good meal including a beet salad, chicken pasta and scallops. The scallop plate was somewhat disappointing as there were 3 small scallops decorating a salad plate. Disappointment due to the price at $31. We were expecting twice that number shellfish for the cost of the dinner.
The service is horrific. Aside from lack of attention, the servers have close to little experience when it comes to taking orders, clearing tables, placing utensils, and interacting with guests. The servers weren't even that busy, they had plenty of time to stroll through the dining room, while rolling their eyes every time we try to catch their attention.
Leunig's menu charges NYC pricings, and their food does not match up to the price they've set. Green gazpacho wasn't even green; i've never seen such tiny mussels with a sad 'curry' sauce; the "1/2 whole roasted duck" was literally 2 duck confit legs, rather than a breast and a thigh; my beef bourgignon was over-braised strings of beef that didn't even come with a bourgignon reduction sauce-- it was a brown tomato sauce with no red wine.
Leunig's never fails to satisfy, good food, attentive and pleasant staff! Our only complaint was the neighboring table with a toddler that was out of control shrieking. Our waitress tried to find another available table but everything was committed.........not Leunig's fault, bad parenting :)
We recommend this dining destination as often as we can!
All was great at Leunig's as usual, but their pricing of wine by the glass is very expensive and I also don't appreciate the measured glasses by ounces ... Everyone who is a wine drinker appreciates a "good pour" at a good price. I patronize Leunigs much less that I use to because of its high cost for wine.
My wife and I came here for our fourth wedding anniversary - the food was amazing and the ambiance was perfect. We had the escargot which was not the best we've had but quite good, and the duck frites (basically little strips of fried duck with graham cracker crust) which were delicious. The staff was attentive and the food came out at appropriate intervals. Would highly recommend for a nice but still casual meal.
We have been to Leunigs a few times, but this time it did not live up to the hype. Our service was ok, not overly friendly and not very prompt. Our filets were ordered to medium temperature and my husband and I could not finish several portions because they were rare. Being a server myself, it is hard for me to give this review. We were not given the opportunity to express our issues with the food as too much time had passed and we were hungry. We will be back, but hopefully with a better experience.
We have a tradition of picking our friend up at the airport and having lunch at luenig's. We are never disappointed. The food is delicious and the service is friendly and efficient. We especially enjoy sitting outdoors taking in the Church Street scene. They had heaters on a recent chilly day. Nice touch.
Great bistro find as a visitor 3 years ago. Loved the food and ambiance. So happy it didn't disappoint when returning with friends this weekend. Fantastic food and great service, a little disappointed in wine selection is only reason not five stars. Worth every penny!
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