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Leunig's Bistro

4.4
1224 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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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
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Phone number
(802) 863-3759
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donnell Collins
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Cross street
College Street
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
The Free Downtown College Street Shuttle stops across the street from Leunigs
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Entertainment
Live Jazz with dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. During Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival, live jazz opening until closing on the sidewalk cafe.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Great place to eat and enjoy local color. Our food was great and the waitress couldn't be better.

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5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Perfect meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

The food as always was very good but the waitress was never around and we had to wait a long time to order drinks, our food and dessert.

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Suzanne (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

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Doctor (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance upstairs. Great meal! Service was attentive without being intrusive. Would love to go again!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

This was my second time at Leunig's. I enjoyed the shrimp po'boy, my husband enjoyed his lunch, but adult kids didn't care for kolrabi dish they ordered.

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vipExcellent (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

My boyfriend and I had a very romantic dinner date here! We sat along the wall. The service was great, as well as the food and the wine!

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vipcpolom18 (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

You can always count on a good meal and experience. Food is consistently good. Great Ambience, good service, friendly and Convenient.

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Scout (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Everything was fantastic but the duck really stood out. Wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Marvelous place to celebrate a special occasion. The onion soup is delightful, and you can't go wrong with garlic mashed potatoes

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Consistent great food and consistent great service!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

I love dining at this restaurant! The food is always delicious and the staff is always courteous and professional. Definitely a winner!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

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.

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vipflavorseeker (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

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.

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vippukanachee (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

Leunigs is always good. My favorite downtown place

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