Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

3.8
803 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 803 people are saying
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ScottR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I usually do not write reviews but this experience was rough. I understand that wait staff is limited, supply chain is challenging, etc. but at some somepoint a business needs to take some responsibility for their presumed "higher end" dining experience. Setting: My wife and I and one other couple, on a early Friday night. Service: Soooo slow, we were there for over 2 hours, waitress was a nice person but undertrained for a place that tries to position itself as a medium to higher level place to dine. Food: Meh, I've had worse, I've had much better given the pricing of things, again I understand everything costs more these days but give me a break. Will we go again? Noooooo....

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MartinH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Maria was great given they were short on staff

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Samaritan
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Wow....Most of us going out these days have compassion for the folks managing the complexities of maintaining an establishment during COVID times. That said, there comes a time when you have to pack it in. Aside from the beautiful ambience, Blue Cat is a shell of an establishment...with servers walking razor thin lines between politeness and resentment, wait times that defy the definition of "casual dining", and food quality that leaves you wondering why you were suckered into waiting in the first place. Sorry guys.....grim.

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vipsavorer
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

i hardly ever write reviews. this was appalling on every level. short-staffed to the point where they couldn't serve, for hours. no professional waitstaff, no warning, no advisory, nothing offered after unable to bring cheese plate app for 2 hours. after drink took almost an hour. seriously. asked for no cream on salmon, diff prep pls; was brought tiny piece with dipping cup of vinegar. mmm.
refuse to serve at bar; cram diners into small tables on top of each other. insane. pandemic anyone? time to turn the place over to successful professional restaurateurs... became obvious quickly why this was the only local spot with an open table on open table.
update: booked en route from boston, b4 reading other reviews. offensive service is their hallmark, nice! [not]
rude and self absorbed young standout who should under no circumstances be involved with the public. unless as a shaming shock jock comic at a howard stern club.

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vipLisaK
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and terrific service!!

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vipcheryl
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never ate. Waited 25 for water and then left

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Long wait despite that the place was practically empty... when asking about our order after an hours wait we were cut off by waitress: " this is a fine dining restaurant not a fast food place."
The food was mediocre.

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vipExcellentlunchspot
New England
49 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Had a rather unfortunate overall experience at Blue Cat, and I would not return. The problem was with the service and the management of the restaurant.
When we arrived for our reservation (early evening), we were only the second table in the place. The first table had ordered but was awaiting food. We ordered our entrees (two steaks medium rare, no appetizers). We sat for nearly 45 minutes, waiting for food. The first table received their food after a similarly long wait. I asked the server whether our food was coming soon, since it had been close to 45 minutes and it simply doesn't take that long to cook a medium rare steak. I was then "schooled" by the server on the fact that they had to cook other food for other tables in the appropriate order (again, there was only one other two-top - they were not at all busy, though some tables were starting to arrive) and that it had in fact "only been 36 minutes" (because she marks down the time of each order) and that if we wanted fast food, there were plenty of other places in town that would accommodate us, etc. I was appalled. I made my living as a waiter for many years and would never have treated a customer in such a manner. They clearly have no idea about customer service, nor pacing of a meal when it is clear that the customer will not be indulging in multiple courses.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went here for our anniversary and we were impressed. The prices are on the more expensive side, but we were very impressed with the staff, service, and quality of the food we were served.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was an anniversary dinner. I understand with Covid staffing is a challenge, but service was not great. The customer greeting was subpar. The food was not great and I even had a insect in my salad! The quality of the food versus the value was definitely off! We ended up leaving Blue Cat and going to Vermont Brewery to get better food and beer. Very disappointed with our experience.

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vipBobK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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bphirl
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We ate here on a busy Friday night in Sept. Despite the crowds in town, this place was quiet. Service was prompt and the food was good. We had salmon and lamb for main course and they were nicely prepared. The lamb could have done with more seasoning and flavor but the accompanying vegetables were perfect. One minor gripe is the with only 4 people in the place, the background piped jazz was a big overwhelming and could have been lowered a bit. All in all, satisfactory but a little pricey for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was delicious & there is a nice wine selection. Pleasant, competent staff.

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Todd
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food, atmosphere and service were fantastic! Would highly recommend for a nice dinner out in burlington.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall average experience. There was only one waitress working and she did a good job. Definitely a step down from an upscale steakhouse. The menu was tiny and the only three or four wines were available by the glass unless you wanted to pay $40 or more for a bottle. Seats were ok, not very comfortable. 7/10 stars. Small portions and overpriced. Would probably not go back

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vipLyndaS
Naples
151 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We have been away from Burlington for a decade, and now we are back. So happy this tucked away restaurant is still here! Food and ambiance were outstanding. The only tiny problem is it appears there is only a 2 person team, one person to cook and one person to do face-to-face with diners. So if you are in a time crunch, pick another night where you can stretch the experience out as long as you like. Still, this is one of Burlington's best, in a city that has lots of wonderful choices. Ssssh, only share with your favorite foodies! :)

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LindseyD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

While the ambiance and service were okay this was one of the worst dinners I have paid for in a long time. I can make better food at home. The veggies were frozen and steamed, my steak was cooked incorrectly, and there was nothing garlic about the bland stuff mashed potatoes.

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vipeater
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Friendly but thinly staffed service. Liked outside space but as warned by waiter. Next door band was Very loud. Food tasty.

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vipperfect
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We should have had a clue when over an hour in we had only complimentary burnt (I'm talking CHARCOAL) pita, hummus and garlic pickle chunks. Brianne, our server delivered the plate immediately after eating a meal with her fingers and licking each one following a few vape puffs.

Salads came about 1/2 an hour later. According to the menu, the blue cheese salad was to come with walnuts. Instead, cashews were scattered on top, which I am allergic to. Brianne assured me that cashews were supposed to be included and took it away. (Not according to the menu!) By the time my new salad arrived and plunked down in front of me with a resounding "A salad with NO nuts at all!" from Brianne, my husband had finished his drowned-in-dressing Caesar.

A good 40 minutes later, our entrees arrived. My salmon was moist and flavorful, my vegetables ("sauteed" broccoli and carrots) were part cooked, part crunchy (microwaved?) while garlic mashed potatoes were oversalted, but good enough. My husband's entire meal of strip steak with blue cheese, the same veggies and garlic mashed was cold. A trip to the microwave warmed it, but for ~$37, the thin, grisly steak was pathetic.

The restaurant is cozy, bordering on cramped, but has SO much potential. The lamb rack and cheese plate looked so inviting! To be fair, our two drinks were comped and Brianne had to take care of tables both inside and out, which seemed overwhelming.

In the days winding down from a pandemic, it was rich to hear Brianne tell parties to separate with a table in between and watch her use her arms to shoo a party of two out of the restaurant after watching her "finger licking good" routine. A little education or visit from the Health Department would likely go a long way. I don't know if a large nose ring is allowed while serving food, but maybe playing with it can wait until the end of the shift.

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RichardG
London
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Server spent much of the evening complaining of being overstretched but when told that we were dissatisfied with the speed of service tried to make out it was “deliberately unrushed”. Personally my preference in being unrushed is to have the food and eat it at my leisure, not wait over an hour for my main. Sadly the quality of the food didn’t merit the delay; a strange anomaly in such a gastronomically excellent city.

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vipSreece
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are traveling the New England states and while in Burlington VT we selected the Blue Cat based on its ratings. It was fabulous and Maria did a fabulous job keeping everyone happy! Outstanding job! Highly recommend!

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vipBruceM
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Small restaurant with a small overworked staff. My guess is there was one person working in the kitchen and just one waitress. It took a long time to get our food. The Caesar salad and curried mussels were quite good. However the strip steak was thin and gristly. The potatoes were cold. We waited so long to get our meal that we just ate it without sending it back. With so many options in Burlington I can’t recommend this restaurant.

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vipFargo
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was well prepared and very flavorful!

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AndreaF
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chris was awesome! Very helpful and informative and explained the menu.

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vipSbm64
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Everyone that works here was super friendly and terrific. Food was average, expected better.

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likegoodservice
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Food was bland and unimaginative -everything could have easily been made at home. The $38 sirloin came with three spears of grilled asparagus and a puddle of what was billed as garlic mashed potatoes that looked and tested like they came out of a box with garlic powder thrown in. There was just one server who was also the hostess and bartender, which slowed things down a lot, despite there being only 2-3 occupied tables at a time. Worst part was it seemed like she really didn’t want to be there, nor much interest in providing good customer service. Maybe just an off night, but there are plenty of other restaurants in town that are far from a waste of money.

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LaurenW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointed in the food quality—potatoes tasted like instant and were cold, a d the shrimp in the salad was still frozen. There was only one other couple in the restaurant and it took 50 minutes to get the food. The steak was good, though.

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cleanpl8club
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere! Service was excellent! It is a unique little steak and wine bar tucked into Burlington.

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RC34
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went here with my family and the ambiance was great. Small and quaint. Very good red wine selection. The food was good, perhaps overpriced, but we had a great time overall.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere, we were outside and there was live music. If you’re very hungry, have a light snack before, because the wait was on the longer side.

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RachelD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always choose Blue Cat for a special occasion. Love the food, wine, service, decor, etc. This time was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Limited menu options.
Strip steak was 7/10.
Rack of lamb 6/10 as swimming in a sauce which was unnecessary.

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VitaLamb
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend. Can't wait to go back.

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James
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were initially being placed at a table for 8 though there were only four of us Asked for a smaller table which they gave us. Plenty of d as octal spacing as there were only three parties all evening. Full menu and everything was superb. Best salmon dish ever! Excellent salad and key lime pie. Waitress didn’t know wines but ?0wner described them perfectly. Really nice.

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vipEllen
New England
52 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Blue Cat was the perfect place to have as our first indoor dining experience in over one year. The staff followed strict Covid guidelines of spacing between tables and sanitizing after every guest. We felt very safe. Our server was personable and very efficient making our dining very enjoyable. The space was quiet enough to enjoy conversation yet had enough energy to make us feel that we were in a fun environment. I will definitely return when I am in Burlington again.

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vipMelissaI
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic dinner!!! Had a great time! Service was so pleasant!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time we had date night at the Blue Cat.
It just keeps getting better every time we have dinner.The knowledge of the waitstaff about the food and wine list is incredible,you can leave your entire evening in there hands and have the night to yourselfs. They will take care of everything for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Would never recommend this place. We went for dinner and we sat for an hour and 25 min before we got our salads and cheese board. We had to stop the waitress and ask her where our food was. she stated they where short staffed and had an issue with another customer....but no one came out to explain any of that until after we asked them. To get through our whole meal was 2.5 hours and when we asked to speak to the manager she said she was to busy to come out. We ordered a filet medium it was medium rare and when we asked to have it cooked longer we where told it would be another 20 min. Overall this place is a dump with horrible service!

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Clamzilla
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a terrific find! Beautiful ambience, delicious food, and lots of variety on the menu. This place is the perfect date night place.

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vipgpopr
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
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.

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 3.8 stars by 803 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.