Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

3.8
800 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 800 people are saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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4.0
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindseyD
1 review
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
15 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
17 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
23 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
24 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
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was well prepared and very flavorful!

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AndreaF
New England
10 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
5 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
7 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
51 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.

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markr
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
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
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
18 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
20 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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
18 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.

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 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.