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Pauline's

4.5
4.5
1086 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
For over four decades, Pauline's has been a staple in local cuisine, having been recognized as one of the Burlington area's highest-rated restaurants. A hidden gem tucked away off Shelburne Rd., the restaurant offers imaginative, seasonally-inspired menus with an extensive wine selection and craft cocktail list. Chef/Owner David Hoene masterfully crafts award-winning Contemporary European Cuisine that transforms local and in-season ingredients into sophisticated, yet unpretentious culinary experiences. The atmosphere is cozy and approachable, embodying that signature Vermont charm. Dining areas include the main restaurant, upstairs seating, seasonal patio, and private party rooms.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, French American, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (802) 862-1081
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef/Owner David Hoene
  • Catering
    We offer a variety of different catering packages depending on your needs. Please contact management for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Pauline's offers a variety of accommodations for private gatherings and group functions. There are two private dining rooms on the 2nd floor, the Plum Room, which can seat up to 12 people, and the Gold Room, which can seat up to 14 people at one table. The whole upstairs is also available for private use and can accommodate a maximum of 45 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Frances Gawitt: (802) 862-1081
  • Neighborhood
    Burlington
  • Cross street
    Allen Road
  • Parking details
    The private lighted parking lot has spaces in front, along the side and behind the building. The lot has handicap marked spaces and clear access to entrances. Entrance to the lot and the restaurant is from Shelburne Road (Rt.7) north bound. South bound travelers have easy access by means of a left turn lane on Rt 7.
  • Public transit
    The restaurant is serviced by the local public bus line which stops at the intersection of Allen and Shelburne Roads.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,086 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vermont

    Good for business meals

  • Vermont

    Healthy

  • Vermont

    Neighborhood gem

1,086 Reviews
  1. KimM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Pear Gorgonzola salad is just the best! I appreciate the wonderful gluten free options.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Most everything was excellent Timing of courses could have been better A bit noisy with two large parties nearby Food as always was superb and pricey

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  3. Patrick

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the drinks excellent. Gaby was our waiter and the service was superb! Great restaurant!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Demoland (US)

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always good and the service is always fanastic. Take advantage of the specials, but the seafood broil and steak medallions are well above average staples. Great drinks too.

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  6. Makesha

    Vermont

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! Our escargot did not come out with our salads, but the waitress did bring it out after being asked. We loved the ambience and cozy feel. We would love to return at least one more time before they close their doors.

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  7. DavidS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kathryn's table ser vice was excellent!!! Pleasing personality and attention to detail was an excellent topper to our meal. Apps, entres and desserts were outstanding.

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  8. JohnnyT

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great apps and tasty entrees. Portions size are perfect. Friendly and prompt service. Quaint and tasteful dining area. Worth the drive.

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  9. PaulE

    Vermont

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I hate to say this about Pauline’s because we love the place but last night was brutal. We waited and waited for our appetizers. My mussels were great but my wife’s Waldorf salad was more like Coleslaw. We waited and waited and waited again for our entrees without ever even getting a refill of water. Again my sea bass was good but my wife’s beef medallion salad had one of the four medallions absolutely charred and inedible. After two hours of waiting we were promptly given the check.

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  10. DaveK

    Vermont

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meal arrival was slow due to one cook being late. Staff was very cordial and helpful.

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  11. Larp

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. Service was good not personable but OK.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been going to Pauline’s for decades and can ALWAYS count on a delicious meal. The rack of lamb special I had tonight was one of the best I have EVER had. The service is consistently professional

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  13. Karen

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely Valentine’s dinner at Pauline’s! Service was super-slow (25 minutes for some bread) causing the food to be warm instead of hot (except the escargot!). This will not deter us from returning though, as this is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The food is always spectacular.

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  14. Jewels

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentine’s Day: - ordered and after 45 min told waitress if the French onion soup wasn’t coming soon and our meals would be out to skip the soup. She told us the soup was already being made and could not be cancelled. -20 min pass and the waitress says there will be no soup. Oh, and Beef Wellington take a long time since it is wrapped in pastry (as described and I completely understand is normal) -waitress lectures on how it is the busiest night. Yes, we know, and you took reservations so you knew exactly how many patrons you’d have. - another 15 min pass. The beef Wellington isn’t wrapped in pastry. It is a steak sandwiched between two puff pastry “buns”. Not as described and why so long? Steak had gristle. - got bill. Soup still on bill which when she heard us discussing it finally took it off. Left and didn’t stay for dessert. Beyond disappointing because I used to frequent Pauline’s when I first lived here many years ago. With fond memories, brought my husband… so underwhelming.

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  15. KimR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The waitress kept overlooking us. It took a very long time for appetizer to come and when our dinner came the steak tips were barley etible so tough. Did not send baxk due to waiting over an hour to get our dinner.

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  16. RosalynG

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are so fortunate to have Pauline’s in our community! Great food, friendly atmosphere, excellent service.

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  17. GSRS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are regulars to Pauline's Cafe and have always had a positive experience! The food is delicious, there is a wide variety of drinks, the ambiance inviting and intimate, and the staff attentive and pleasant! Highly recommend!

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  18. MaineEater

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal. Outstanding warm pear and Gorgonzola salad, fork-tender filet mignon, well-made shrimp risotto and terrific desserts! Excellent, balanced menu and wine list.

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  19. gailp

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was to die for. I have not enjoyed a meal out in a long time. The chefs do a nice presentation and tastes delicious. The bartender made great drinks

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  20. Vince

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service! Would love more vegan options on the menu.

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  21. Darci

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another excellent meal and delightful time. The staff was wonderful! Great team of people and great food. Pauline’s is our favorite restaurant in Chittenden County.

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  22. MTM1019

    Vermont

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pauline's is that place you pass a thousand times and promise yourself you are going to go (back) there. GO! The food at Pauline's is consistently very good. I've yet to have a meal that was sub-par. The staff is wonderful and attentive-but not intrusive. It's the perfect place for friends to gather or even an adult date night. Comfortable and unpretentious.

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  23. BradJ

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I love Pauline’s but it would be awesome if they could fix the cold draft next to the five person table.

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  24. SusanJ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful meal at Pauline's! We are longtime fans and will be back to enjoy another fabulous meal!

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  25. Fran

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, traditional, tasty seafood, fine drinks, lovely service, cozy atmoshere.

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  26. LindaB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately we hit Pauline's on a bad evening. Our dinner took over 2 hours to receive. I have been a patron of Pauline's for decades and never had a bad experience before . Apparently one chef couldn't make it it. The two service women were great and worked so hard, kept their cool and were professional at all times. There were four in our group and Pauline's comped a round of drinks and took a percentage off our bill. I appreciate all they did to do the best they could under the situation. Although it was a very disappointing evening, I will go back because of their history of being a great restaurant. The ratings would have been much higher if the situation had been different.

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  27. LaurenAlex

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best waitress ever, Ari! Great food! Fast! Loved it

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  28. HayleyC

    Vermont

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was wonderful and while it took a little while for our main meals to come out it was not an uncomfortably long wait. The food itself was spectacular and we quickly realized we have a new favorite spot!

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  29. LynnK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and a very helpful waitress. We love Pauline’s!

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  30. LeeR

    Vermont

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every meal was cooked to perfection. Party of 4. Two pepper crusted filet mignons and two tenderloin medallions. Thank you, Pauline’s!

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  31. JamesW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service. Meal was quite good. Really didn’t know what to expect from a “cafe” but were pleasantly surprised

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  32. habinvt

    Vermont

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food excellent! Waitress excellent! Value excellent!

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  33. amyS

    Vermont

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Paulines is consistent! The food is always dependable. They always offer fresh pop up rolls that are AMAZING. The dinners always have a balanced plate with veggies, protein and a yummy carb. You can't go wrong. We have been dining there for 30 years - what can I say!! Awesome

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  34. CharlesA

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great meal. Usually professional service. The upstairs seating sometimes has longer waits for drink and food service.

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  35. NaomiF

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    consistently good food and ambience for more than 2 decades. hats off to the chef-owner!

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  36. BrittanyC

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classically great! This restaurant is a go to for date night or special occasion.

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  37. ForrestC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pauline's is always one of our go to favorite places - great food, drinks, and a warm atmosphere.

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  38. CHRISC

    Vermont

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent . Service was excellent . Everything was excellent.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined at Pauline’s on many occasions and have always had a wonderful experience.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Kendal, was friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive. The food was plentiful and delicious. We look forward to having another meal at Pauline's.

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FAQs

Pauline's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 862-1081.

Pauline's is rated 4.5 stars by 1086 OpenTable diners.

Pauline's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Pauline's

1834 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Allen Road
  • Neighborhood
    Burlington
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, French American, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    The private lighted parking lot has spaces in front, along the side and behind the building. The lot has handicap marked spaces and clear access to entrances. Entrance to the lot and the restaurant is from Shelburne Road (Rt.7) north bound. South bound travelers have easy access by means of a left turn lane on Rt 7.
  • Public transit
    The restaurant is serviced by the local public bus line which stops at the intersection of Allen and Shelburne Roads.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef/Owner David Hoene
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (802) 862-1081
  • Catering
    We offer a variety of different catering packages depending on your needs. Please contact management for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Pauline's offers a variety of accommodations for private gatherings and group functions. There are two private dining rooms on the 2nd floor, the Plum Room, which can seat up to 12 people, and the Gold Room, which can seat up to 14 people at one table. The whole upstairs is also available for private use and can accommodate a maximum of 45 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Frances Gawitt: (802) 862-1081
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