Pauline's

4.7
714 Reviews
$30 and under
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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VTFood
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and great food. Always a nice spot after a long week.

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LorettaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance but local, organically cooked meals with presentation

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vipPeterG
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just an average experience. Service was a little slow considering not many patrons. Started off with a good signature cocktail. Had escargot for an app and it was really lacking in flavor. It really could have used a good dose of garlic with the butter. And it was sizzling hot...tried to give it some time to cool off but still burned my tongue and roof of my mouth. Filled was a very nice cut and cooked perfectly but again...a lack of flavor. It was supposed the be pepper crusted but looked like it was only seared. And oddly, the seasoned butter daub didn't deliver. I was hoping for more for my money, especially given the high trip advisor rating.

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VTMaineiacs
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love our neighborhood favorite, Pauline’s.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Only food remark would be that the oysters in the oysters Rockefeller dish were on the larger side. Would have preferred them to be smaller.

Lighting was a little too direct with spotlight-type fixtures (upstairs). Would be better if dimmed. Missing the white tablecloths that always added some romance to the silver service.

Would definitely recommend to others.

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KenM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The food and service was great. I would recommend Pauline’s to everyone.

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Diggyjeanne
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at Pauline’s is amazing and we are never disappointed! Great date night ❤️

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Foodie
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our time there. Food was good, staff receptive.

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Jeremiah
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early Valentine's dinner. Staff was very friendly, service was quick and efficient. Food was delicious. Prices were reasonable.

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vipDiningEnthusiast
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Meh. It started off badly when we they seated us too close to another table, obstructing the server's path to other tables. We had to move the take ourselves not to be in the way, but our conversation was still affected, as we were too near the other table, and heard every word they were saying. You'd think the restaurant could figure this out better considering available space and covid. The food was barely average. We were hoping for so much better considering how rarely we go out anymore.

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LauraB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great little restaurant with a unique menu, lovely staff, and nice atmosphere. The food was delicious! I will definitely go again next time I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A+ on everything.
Great service, wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, a nice special for the evening, undercooked a bit.
Jay was our service person, he did a great job, very friendly and had great timing for checking on us. I highly recommend the restaurant.

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chris
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always look forward to a lovely dining experience; we are never disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had not been to Paulines in awhile and decided it would be nice since we know the food is usually great. It did not disappoint. From my specialty cocktail to our appetizer and main entree of Pork schnitzel it was delicious! The service was excellent. We will be going again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Risotto and Filet. Drinks were great too. Cozy atmosphere.

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vippeterj
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovey - they are doing a great job during this slamdemic.

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KenM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we will return. Everything was wonderful

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vipCbraun
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, decadent menu! The escargot is divine and the Key Lime Pie dreamy. My new favorite Burlington area restaurant!

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at Pauline’s. The food is always exceptional & very carefully prepared & presented. I consider it a step above for the area as a dining experience.

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JayM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was for our 50th wedding anniversary on that day. It was a wonderful day and such a joy for us to enjoy it at such a wonderful place with such delightful food and with such a pleasant staff. Thank you all for the beautiful memories.

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Susan
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Pauline’s for my husband’s birthday, because it has always been very good in every way. Dennis loved his seafood selection and I really enjoyed the only vegan item on the list of entrees: an “Impossible Burger”, with a gluten free bun I had brought from home. Dennis loved the creme brûlée. The waitstaff were delightful!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything tasted amazing. It is my third year living in the area and this is one of the best places around I’ve experienced.

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MalcolmG
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pauline's is always a great experience: excellent food with a wide variety, very attentive service, nice quiet ambiance.

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TinaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Server was awesome. They were so nice and friendly.

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Margaret
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner at Pauline’s. Our waiter did a great job, I think his name was Jay. The portions are really big and they’re plated beautifully.

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Gabi
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great adherence to Covid procedures - would recommend!

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether it’s for a special evening out or just because… This place is a special experience on every level!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Everything is great except it’s cold by the windows.

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JoeW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent at Pauline's Saturday night.
The staff was great only surpassed by the food !!

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jessap
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for Thanksgiving - wonderful service and incredible food. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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Foodie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star Thanksgiving dinner**

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love Thanksgiving at Pauline’s! Service is appropriately relaxed but professional, food is fine although nothing is elevated and the carrot soup, dressing and gravy was bland when turkey needs some sides that sing!

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Clint
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulines has amazing food! My favorite Filet Mignon!

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LisaW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to gather for a meal! Our brunch food was great and we enjoyed catching up in a safe COVID environment.

KM
KimM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a person with celiac disease, I really appreciate the many gluten free choices.

KH
KathleenH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You get 6 stars in all categories. The food is always incredible. The service and staff are friendly and personable. We have never had a bad experience. We would recommend Pauline's to anyone and everyone. Thank you and keep up the good work.

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KatherineW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently delicious. Brunch was excellent and waitstaff was great.

MN
MichaelN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Pauline’s. Always a favorite stop when heading into Burlington. Food was excellent and the young gentleman serving us was exceptional. Hope to return soon!

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vipHeleneE
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Ardmore, PA. I found Pauline's on Trip Advisor so I thought this would be a wonderful place to dine on our last evening in Vermont. We were seated immediately by a very gracious hostess. Our server, Alisa, was very helpful. We shared the Caesar Salad which was made with very fresh, crisp romaine (anchovies on the side). My husband couldn't decide between the House Schnitzel or the Crab Cakes. While Alisa said it was a hard decision, she recommended the Crab Cakes. Great choice! My husband loved them. I had the Eggplant Parmesan. Crispy nuggets of eggplant in a delicious tomato sauce. Not to sweet and definitely not acidic. We were full so we passed on desserts.

FAQs

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

Pauline's is rated 4.7 stars by 714 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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