Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

4.3
777 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Welcome to Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar. We are located in the center of downtown Burlington in a little alley called Lawson Lane. In our cozy corner of the town we serve all Certified Angus Beef (CAB) steaks and a variety of fresh seafood and vegetarian options. We use local produce whenever possible and feature a rotating selection of Vermont cheeses.

...and please keep in mind that we are available for private events of all sorts 7 days a week; we'll do the catering or bring in your favorite caterer.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 777 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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vipgpopr
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most memorable birthday dinner at Blue Cat Steak House. The steaks and lamb were delicious as were the tempura shrimp and foie gras appetizers. The wine list is well chosen and fairly priced. The ambience is warm and inviting and has a Parisian bistro feel. The staff could not have been more patient and helpful guiding us through menu selections and they mix a mean cocktail as well. A hidden gem not to be missed. Thank you Blue Cat for making the evening truly special.

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markr
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Best steak I have had hands down

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a better experience. The service was impeccable the food was excellent the waiter was the best knew what we need when we needed it left us alone when we needed that too the blue cat will be our go to place for date night

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vipAeV36
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere and the food was amazing!! Definitely would recommend!!

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ScottA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The cheese plate app was the highlight of the night. A pasta special ( roasted red pepper ravioli) was swimming in balsamic vinegar and just OK. The steak was good but not great. Neither the server or person preparing food had in a mask when we entered. The server donned hers, but the person preparing food never moved her mask off her chin the entire night. Didn’t give me a very good feeling about the overall health and safety conditions of the place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Cat was an outstanding place for a last-minute, intimate birthday dinner. The wine was superb, steak, ravioli, and salmon were perfection, and the service was unmatched. We could not have picked a better place with planning and the club downstairs was fantastic for after-dinner drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Currently this wonderful woman does the cooking and waits the tables, and manages a quiet elegant ambiance. The rib-eye steak was huge and perfectly cooked.

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KirstenF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Cozy and intimate venue. Loved our server Ryan, very attentive and helpful. Wine recommendation was spot on. Dinner was pricey for cut of meat we ordered, but all was tasty.

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BlaineI
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Always has been one of my favorite places. Also, I don't want to be to harsh due to the pandemic. But both my wife and I were freezing during our meal. Also, the service was a little off this time. The Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for the two of us. Delicious steak and fish. Excellent wine. Friendly and attentive service. Chef interaction was a bonus!
Bread & hummus
Caesar salad
Shrimp tempura
Rib eye
Salmon
Chocolate cake
Mixed berry pie
Ice cream
Beringer cabernet sauvignon
No rush
No wait

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vipAnneMarie
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience ! Staff and chef were personable and attentive . Dinner was delicious ! Will definitely return .

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RonS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An anniversary meal for two was a great time. We had the Blue Cat all to ourselves, probably due to Covid 19 concerns. Our server was very attentive despite we being her only customers. She could have just ignored us but did not. The Filet Mignon steaks were perfection and the sides were very well prepared. Will go again for sure.

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I am a chef so bear with me...
The service was pretty good but it was the owner who served us not a server. AND we were the only guests. I would have staged the appetizers better because we were sharing. Or at the least brought share plates. The dinners felt rushed too...which wasn’t necessary at all. Food needed color on the plates. Huge white ones with bland color food. It tasted pretty good and we especially liked the curried mussels as well as the filet. All in all a good experience considering being covid times weirdness. I’d love to go back and coach them as per how to set a proper table,etc...

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acg34
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Excellent birthday dinner. Thank you!! Looking forward to returning once Covid passes...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a date

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal! Maria was our server and she was fantastic! This place is a hidden gem in a sea of restaurants in Burlington!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here a number of times. Started with a Caesar salad that was excellent. Main course was filet mignon which was very tender and flavorful. Sides were tasty mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini. We chose a bottle of Caymus Cabernet to complement the meal and it matched or dinner so well.
The tables were far apart due to covid and the staff was masked and quite friendly.

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CarolineR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The ravioli was probably the worst I’ve ever had. It was so dry/hard and drenched (a full on river) in some sort of balsamic.
The waitress was extremely kind and the vibe was really nice there but not worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary dinner and our service was amazing, the food was devoured in seconds. I couldn’t of had a better experience if I tried. Five thumbs up.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Made a reservation and was not allowed to sit in the establishment. Was seated in the corridor. Menu was limited to three entrees. When we placed our order one of the three was sold out. My steak was great but my vegetable consisted of one Brussel sprout cut in half.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and amazing service!!! best location in Burlington

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vipKjm500
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food Great wines Not a huge selection of entres but excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My belief is that they forced a reopening without any thought to execution. We waited 45 minutes for our appetizers, another 45 minutes for our food. By the time we got our food, it was cold, dry, overcooked and we just wanted to get out of there. Our server handles everything in stride- no complaints there, but it was clear he was serving too many tables and he mentioned that there was a single chef cooking for the entire restaurant. Maybe in non-covid times, this would be a good dinner spot but I would avoid it until then. It was extremely overpriced. $35 for a filet that was cold and dry, and literally 2 bites of cold mashed potatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Understaffed-big time! We waited 2 hours for food, just 2 waitstaff & 1cook. Too bad because the restaurant is cozy & food is good.

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Skiier
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Waited about an hour to get our appetizer. Service just way too slow. Food was very good but not worth the wait

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Large shrimp for appetizer no flavor
Ravioli with squash & balsamic vinegar., the were floating in vinegar.
Salmon bland
Music very loud

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I came to the Blue Cat with my mother for dinner after completing a 120 mile bike ride and I ordered the ribeye steak and bottle of wine. The food and the wine was amazing, and our waitress was so kind and attentive! There was a band playing outside that we could hear from our table and the ambience was perfect. Highly recommend!

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Jules
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful intimate little venue. The food was really good. My husband said the NY Strip was the best he’d ever had.

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NatalieC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We sat on their balcony, which was cozy. The bar next door had live music, which we enjoyed. The menu was limited, which I don’t mind. Unfortunately the quality of the dishes was disappointing. My husband had a brisket sandwich, which was the best of the food and best price at $15. My choice was a red pepper ravioli. For $25 I got 5 pieces of ravioli and 1 artichoke heart cut into quarters. The ravioli wasn’t very warm and the artichoke hearts were actually cool. It was swimming in oil with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The service was adequate but nothing to write home about. For dessert we shared a slice of raspberry pie, which tasted ok but didn’t seem very fresh, with some raspberry ice cream. Very “home style” plating.

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ScottBinVT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been dining here since they opened 14 years ago and we’ve never been disappointed. Amazing food and perfect wine pairings. Great service too.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

We have always loved the Blue Cat but we were disappointed this time. I know due to COVID, the menu option is more limited. We used to be able to get a nice glass of wine there and for a glass, there was one option and a wine that I would not charge that kind of money for. We asked for a martini chilled and the person waiting on us and also making our drinks was not super confident. I am sure not her fault as she was out of vodka and wasn't able to chill it.
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I don't know if we will be back unless it gets back to the way it used to be for the money you spend in there.

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vipRobertG
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marisa is a one woman band serving up excellent fare .. Check web for days open under Covid ..
Limited hours basically 5-8:30 but this small intimate restaurant shines . Has both indoor and out door seating.
Wonderful food, well portioned - nice wine list

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MelissaI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for a date night! Food and atmosphere was outstanding.

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Anthony
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere sitting out in the alleyway patio with the band playing right next door. Service and food were both top notch too.

Overall we had a really nice date night at the Blue Cat.

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vipNatalia
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good steak, great service, not very impressive inside, but our food was good

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Dtrainzilla
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Seeing an old friend after years, wanted to go to an old familiar spot. Blue cat hasn’t changed in a decade, and I mean that in a good way. Still tasty, with a quiet privacy that makes for a nice & long catch-up over dinner.

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MatthewB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server did not seem qualified to do the job. Our meal was rushed. By 8 pm we were the last table in the restaurant (3 total the entire night). By 745 the waitress and another woman not quite sure of her job began making themselves cocktails. We paid the rushed check, corked our $150 bottle of wine and moved on. Food was ok wine was good but the servers unprofessional approach ruined the evening.

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vipJosephC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rudest "service" I have ever encountered. Spend your money somewhere else. We weren’t even served water or menus after sitting there for 20 minutes so we got up and left, no harm done. Despite this, they saw fit to charge me $20/head for 8 people ($160). I am disputing the charge but wanted to let people know to avoid these rude owners at all costs

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Poor service only one person waiting tables,bar tending and busing. Great location and nice jazz, but it they don’t get there act together they will be just another forgotten restaurant and something new will take its place.

FAQs

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 363-3639.

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 777 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.