Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar
...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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Wrapped in gyro bread with chimichurri sauce, housemade pickle
Farrow Island salmon with tempura shrimp, herb butter, wild rice and veggie
Baked with maple soy dipping sauce
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.
Friendly but thinly staffed service. Liked outside space but as warned by waiter. Next door band was Very loud. Food tasty.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Food was well prepared and very flavorful!
Chris was awesome! Very helpful and informative and explained the menu.
Everyone that works here was super friendly and terrific. Food was average, expected better.
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.
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.
Good food and atmosphere! Service was excellent! It is a unique little steak and wine bar tucked into Burlington.
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.
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.
We always choose Blue Cat for a special occasion. Love the food, wine, service, decor, etc. This time was excellent!
Limited menu options.
Strip steak was 7/10.
Rack of lamb 6/10 as swimming in a sauce which was unnecessary.
Would definitely recommend. Can't wait to go back.
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.
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.
What a fantastic dinner!!! Had a great time! Service was so pleasant!
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.
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!
What a terrific find! Beautiful ambience, delicious food, and lots of variety on the menu. This place is the perfect date night place.
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.
Amazing food and great service. Best steak I have had hands down
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
Excellent service, atmosphere and the food was amazing!! Definitely would recommend!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for the two of us. Delicious steak and fish. Excellent wine. Friendly and attentive service. Chef interaction was a bonus!
Bread & hummus
Mixed berry pie
Beringer cabernet sauvignon
Wonderful experience ! Staff and chef were personable and attentive . Dinner was delicious ! Will definitely return .
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.
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...
Excellent birthday dinner. Thank you!! Looking forward to returning once Covid passes...
Perfect spot for a date
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!
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.
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 800 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.