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About Pauline's

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.

1834 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Allen Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 862-1081

Website:
http://www.paulinescafe.com/

Parking Details:
The private lighted parking lot has spaces in front, along the side and behind the building. Landscaped with beautiful perennial gardens and willow trees, 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 lane turn about just south of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
The restaurant is serviced by the local public bus line which stops at the intersection of Allen and Shelburne Roads.

Executive Chef:
Chef/Owner David Hoene

Private Party Facilities:
Pauline's offers a variety of accommodations for private gatherings and group functions. Appropriate for every occasion - from an intimate family celebration or a wedding rehearsal dinner - to a corporate business meeting. There are two private dining rooms on the second floor, the Rose Room, which can seat up to 12 people, and the Gold Room, which can seat up to 18 people at one table. The main dining room upstairs is also available for private use and can accommodate a maximum of 42 guests. For parties greater than 42 guests, we would suggest reserving the entire second floor, which has a capacity of up to 60 people. We would be glad to discuss the details of your upcoming event, including menu and wine selection, room availability and any special requests that you may have. Please contact our management for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Frances Gawitt: (802) 862-1081

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pauline's Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Authentic (15)
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Cozy (14)
Local Ingredients (11)
Healthy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Casual (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved it! Excellent everything! Service outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great meal, great service--we've been going to Pauline's for years, and it remains excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very good. Always consistent at lunch and dinner. Friendly service and fresh food. Oysters very good.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was drawn to the reviews mentioning that this was favorite of locals. My veal meatloaf was delicious but my husband had a burger and that was pretty mediocre-and you are charged for things like adding tomatoes. Also we were drawn to the online menu mentioning a lamb burger. The server told us and another party near us that those are menu "specials" and only available on the menu at certain times. The online menu should be updated. All in all it's just an OK place.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pauline's was recommended by our hotel just a few minutes away. Food was fresh, creative, prepared and presented beautifully. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. Location in a main road was convenient and once inside we could have been in a secluded forest. Atmosphere was cozy and warm and seemed to embody Vermont comfortable cuisine. So glad we had the opportunity to enjoy Pauline's.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a wonderful experience in every way at Pauline's. The server was polite and very competent. The meal was served at just the right pace. The food was fantastic. It was very creative, delicious and beautiful. The restaurant itself is pretty and warm. Dinner at Pauline's was totally delightful in every way and we cannot wait to go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Love this restaurant. Excellent food and drinks. The food is served piping hot.
Love the chicken or pork schnitzel.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent service and very good food. Like Pauline’s for special occasions.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had an 11:00 reservation for brunch. It took 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee. The meal arrived just before 12:00. One hour for brunch items? They must have been overwhelmed but it wasn't packed when we arrived...plenty of open seating. No acknowledgement of the delays, very little attention from the staff. Food was mediocre. A "side " of bacon came as two burnt pieces. Can't imagine serving that to anyone. Will avoid at all costs in the future.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

the food was great as usual and Meredith is a wonderful compliment to your wait staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food was outstanding. It was gourmet home cooking. My only minor complaint was that they could have used an extra waiter/waitress. Our poor waiter was overworked but quite congenial.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Pauline's is a great place for any kind of gathering. We had visiting family from Maryland and we knew Pauline's would be a great place to eat and visit because it is an easy setting in which to have conversation without having to yell. My mom is 84 and Pauline's is always her first choice! Great selection and great food.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Came here with friends as a last minute choice. A cute, summer cafe type atmosphere with light wood tables and a view of the sunset. My friends had been here before and said it was good. On this night we all found it to be just okay. The sauce on the pork was a bit salty and the meat didn't have much flavor. I did enjoy the vegetables that came with the meal as they were cooked perfectly and didn't have garlic all over them. The potatoes were dry and flavorless. The prices on the early bird menu are great, and the regular menu average. The waiter was very friendly but did not know the wine list at all. Actually he didn't know the menu that well either. Luckily we were not in a rush and didn't mind waiting for the check either. My friends felt like it was a different chef than when they had been there previously. Maybe we just caught it on a bad night. Overall it was just an okay experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Highly recommend. Outside is nothing impressive but quality inside is superb! A must try

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

First visit here for our wedding anniversary dinner. Excellent staff, very attentive, and timely. Nice ambiance. It was Burger night. The Thai Shrimp appetizer was phenomenal. Our meals were prepared exactly to our requests. A bit pricey for blue collars like us, but worth it for our special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were visiting the area for the weekend and picked Pauline's by looking at reviews on Trip Advisor.
From the outsidemail, it does'that look like a place I would stop, but we enjoyed the meal very much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Mediocre, boring, poor quality, overpriced! Amazed the place receives the backing it does!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Wouldn't go back ever!! Bar prices rediculous. $16 for a shot of talisker on ice! $1 per person for bread with dinner, which we never got. $20 for a very small salad with chicken. Charged for a drink that was waiters error. Food was actually good BUT too many hidden cost.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

You need to improve the access at the front door for a wheelchair. The door is difficult to keep open and the door will makes it hard to push the chair over it. The staff has been great to come and help.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

A Leunigs in Shelburne Road. Love this place. The food, the team, the unpretentious vibe

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

My partner and I and a couple close friends from Seattle had dinner and we all really liked the food. A one or more vegetarian options is of utmost importance to us, though one of us is not a vegetarian.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Everything thing excellent as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Seemed understaffed but I'd guess it was related a much larger Sunday night crowd due to the rainy day on a holiday weekend. Food quality great

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The early dining experience was so enjoyable. I have severe acid reflux which dictates the need to eat at an early hour. I usually go to Leunigs and have felt rushed the past few times. Now Paulines will be my go to restaurant when friends visit from out of town. Thank you for a fabulous meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

This a cozy restaurant with very good food. We had two vegetarians in the group who enjoyed the white bean spinach cake. I would visit again when in the area.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I have recommended Pauline's to many friends. Pauline's is comfortable quiet & the quality of the offering are consistently of excellent quality. I have eaten at Pauline's many times including lunch, dinner, lunch & Sunday brunch. Always worth the drive.
Thank you, Magnolia
(resident of Montpelier)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Organic, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

As always the food was delicious. The menus changes with the seasons but is reliably very, very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

As usual, the food was excellent. A great value. Good special cocktails. Can't beat the prix fixe dinners. Always accommodates my food allergy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always excellent food, beautifully presented and outstanding service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Being in the trade, I greatly appreciate the quality of the food & service of this place. I have an occasional need to travel to VT and found Pauline's once and now always plan to have a meal there when I'm in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Arrived at the reservation time and was told they had no record of the reservation. Showed then the confirming email and number and they still denied having a reservation. We left without being seated

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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always one of our favorite dining places, and love the Early Bird Special meal options ($18 +/-) - as the food is always great and the services is very attentive and friendly. All this - without having to travel to downtown Burlington and fight the traffic of downtown - makes it a very special place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 18, 2017

My dinner was delicious.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Excellent! We enjoyed our dinner at Pauline's so much. The food was amazing, especially the crab cakes, the beet salad, the garlic tomato toast and the maple glazed salmon. Desserts were also incredible. We would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone that appreciates great food, awesome service and a nice simple quiet atmosphere. We will visit again when in the area for sure.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food is always excellent and fresh tasting. Owner consistently delivers a place of fine and casual dining.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This is a dependable restaurant for good food, friendly and prompt service, and a charming atmosphere. It is easy to get to with adequate parking. Recommend highly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Pauline's always serves excellent meals at a fair price.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

This is a place for older people

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

It's hard to know where to start. I made reservations explaining we would have 2 very elderly people with walkers as guests. After arriving, the mishaps began with the handicapped parking space being so flooded with over 4 inches of water that it totally soaked all our shoes. No one can control the weather, but they can make sure there's adequate drainage in their parking lot so that shoes are not literally ruined.
The main problem, however, was lack of staffing in the kitchen to accommodate the number of guests dining that night , and wait staff to deal with the number of customers. We had a 6:30 reservation, and it took 45 minutes alone to get our cocktails and some cold popovers & bread. Over a solid hour later, our appetizers finally arrived. At nearly 9:00 PM we had not yet seen our entrees.
It was a pretty awful night, although I will say what appetizers we had were fine. But after waiting around forever in wet shoes, my sister then literally snapped. Taking 2 people in their 90s out for a celebration had turned into a nightmare. We left after a minor altercation with a very rude man who I assume was the manager. To his credit, we were not charged even though we offered to pay for our drinks and appetizers. NOT to his credit, he offered no apology, and even slammed down the specialty cake we had brought with us (which they told me they would serve for $2.50 per plate).
I assume from other reviews this may be a fluke. I really can't say, and I hope others have a better experience. We will not be back though-- in general I can say I have a fair amount of tolerance for errors and mishaps, but this was truly dreadful.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Meal, service, and ambience all failed to impress, a disappointment after reading positive reviews. Maybe the seafood dishes are exceptional, but being from a fishing port in MA, I don't order seafood in VT.
The pork schnitzel was unexceptional.

Tags: Good for Groups
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