Pauline's

4.3
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618 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
One of the Burlington area's most renowned restaurants. Pauline's Cafe & Restaurant is located on Shelburne Road (Rt. 7) in South Burlington Vermont. The restaurant services the surrounding communities of Shelburne, Burlington and Charlotte and is considerate one of the best places to celebrate events with fine food and wines. Our Contemporary American Cuisine features wild and cultivated edibles from the Lake Champlain Region. Pauline’s offers imaginative seasonally inspired menus, local products and a carefully selected wine list. Dining options include our café, upstairs restaurant, seasonal patio and private rooms.
Chef/Owner, David Hoene is known for his use of local products and for the outstanding quality of his cuisine. Pauline's is a great place to meet friends and company for delicious foods,fine wines and a wonderful time.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

RH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

We found Pauline's on OpenTable. We'd just arrived after a drive from Boston.

- Everyone was super-nice and super-polite. Can't fault them for that.

- We had to request nearly everything several times. I asked for hot tea with honey 3x before it arrived.

- There were four parties in our section. We were the first of them to order, and the last to be served. When I complained (for the 2nd time) about our entries, the bartender (seemingly the only one in charge) said there was a large party upstairs. So...their money is better or more important than ours? Or the Mgt didn't plan to serve regular customers while ignoring everyone downstairs?

- I would NOT have left a tip - but it was not the server's fault.

- The Waldorf salad was, well, strange: apple slices instead of chunks, and cabbage slaw instead of lettuce?

- The pork schnitzel was very flavorful - except that it was room temperature as well as late.

I WOULD NOT go back. And Pauline: I want my money back!

d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We picked Pauline's based on Open Table reviews and we were not disappointed. We had a good meal at a reasonable price.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The front room is a bit close, which makes it a little noisier. Everything else was great!!

BH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I selected this establishment from Trip Advisor. Food was all excellent especially the pear salad. Server was very friendly but could not serve alcohol so we had a bit of a wait. Once the beer and wine were served all was good.

N
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great food, a go to place for a rewarding dinner with friends family or clients. Offers not your everyday options with local produce! Using on line reservations is super helpful.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Must have been understaffed. It took 45 minutes to get our drinks. We were sitting next to the bar. No one behind bar for half hour...?

P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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AL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious dinner and professional, courteous service from the very personable Sidney. All three of us loved our entrees (and each other's; we're a sharing family): very "crabby" crab cakes, salmon with tender sauteed greens atop, and succulent steak done precisely to order.

SQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I had been once before and loved it. Wasn't quite as enamored the second time. Had to send my salmon back to be cooked more and was sort of glared at by the bartender. I'll probably look for another place to try next time I'm in the area for my work.

AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant meal. Very attentive wait staff. Menu options for everyone in our party.

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed my dinner at Pauline's very much. The service was incredibly good, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. I especially enjoyed dessert, which was the flourless chocolate cake with the raspberry sauce.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good menu selection including gluten-free items. Cozy atmosphere.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Pauline's based on online reviews and ratings, and it lived up to the billing. It was a quiet night at the restaurant. Cocktails were excellent and unique, including local spirits. The French Onion soup was incredible, and the special Spicy Tomato Soup with Bacon was a big hit. We had three different entrees and they were all delicious, delivered hot, and with great presentation. The Bananas Foster with locally-produced vanilla ice cream was amazing. This place has the look and feel of a local landmark, with comfortable seating and a friendly atmosphere. Staff were all knowledgeable about the menu items and cocktails, and were prompt and attentive in service. Loved it and would recommend for special occasions or while vacationing in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy atmosphere and excellent food.

MB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Good food and timely service. Thank you.

FR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pauline's is a very favorite restaurant of ours but not just for the great food. The Hostess and servers are top notch, friendly, remembering our favorites and just plain old good people. Dave and his crew are artists in the kitchen. Just an overall great place to be!!!

D
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We’ve usually had a nice experience at Pauline’s and were a little disappointed at this last visit. The salad was very small and overpriced. Jeezum, lettuce isn’t that expensive- why skimp? The main dishes were well prepared and tasty. In all, an average dining experience

K
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the food and service at Pauline’s and it is an absolute blessing not to have music blaring as it allows us to actually hear what our friends have to say, which is why we have gone out to dinner with them in the first place.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service as always

p
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A creative and eclectic menu with something for everybody. Try the crab cakes, they were out of this world. And the veal meatloaf was DIVINE.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old world charm...wonderful food and top notch service...we love Pauline's!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Pauline’s! Why? Excellent food, great service, food is creatively delish.

VT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb

Love the food, atmosphere and staff

KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We wanted a quick and quality dinner near our hotel (Smart Suites), and Pauline's fit the bill. We had their salmon, which we shared and which was very fine. Only quibble: the vegetables were only lukewarm. We didn't say anything about it. But service and attention was fine, and they split our dinner and wine without issue.

DS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Service was top-notch.

WF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When dining with my mother who is mobility impaired, I always add a comment about access and the wheeled walker on the reservation. Staff did an excellent job meeting our needs.

LM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food. Crab cakes were just OK. Was expecting more lump crab meat. Mostly breading. Cramped seating. Too close to table next to us. Felt like we were part of their conversation. Overall though I would go back.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pauline's was a pleasant surprise. A bit of a drive out of Burlington but not bad. Food was delicious and fresh. A quiet place for easy conversation and catch up with friends and family. We will go again when we are back in area!

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great. Schnitzel was perfect.

EP
Acapulco
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was average quality, but higher priced so would have expected better. Some strange combinations of flavors that didn’t work together. The schnitzel had mustard in it, who would have expected that. Salad was nothing special. We won’t go back.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Clean, basic interior. Waze whiffed on routing to restaurant, but once we found it, the evening went well and we were pleased with this choice.

LW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent way to end our visit to Shelburne. Highly recommend!

TD
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

In a nut shell, the food was well prepared and delicious. I felt that salt was the primary seasoning ie. the escargots could use more fresh garlic, white pepper and parsley...Nonetheless our foods were good. The space is lovely and our waitress was very good. Some of the staff was a bit rough around the edges ie. the hostess told another diner when she said they’d almost lost her en route to the table “sorry, I have too many other things to do...”. I gather there had been a “rush” before our 8:00 reservation which was understandable since more than 1 of the local colleges/universities had their Parents Weekend/Homecoming...something local establishments should know and plan for!

LA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband proposed to me here in 1981; this has always been our favorite restaurant in Burlington. It may have been the best meal of our lives. It was the beef medallions special with porcini mushrooms and gnocchi. Thanks and kudos to David! The host also made us feel welcomed and cared about.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

One guy said the n-word

MS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pauline’s was just OK. The food was not worth the money they charge. We will not return.

CS
Raleigh
53 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I tried Pauline’s in spite of the mixed reviews. It was just ok but not a place I would return while I visit an area with so many great restaurants. The mixed seafood grill was ok with 3 shrimp and a couple of small slices of salmon. It was filling just not overly generous. My waitress was young and could probably use some training. The restaurant manager talked so loudly to the staff that by the time I left I knew all about the incoming reservations, their appetizer choices, and her poor uber experiences. All that could be over looked but when she made fun of the party who just called for a last minute reservation, it made me hope she didn’t do the same to me after I left!

MR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Pauline's seemed like a local restaurant and the food was delicious and fresh. The waiter (Jonah) was excellent and worked hard to accommodate us. I would eat here again and recommend it!

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