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Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar, Burlington, VT
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar, Burlington, VT
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar, Burlington, VT
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar, Burlington, VT
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar, Burlington, VT

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

4.2
4.2
889 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.


Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (802) 363-3639
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Mariasha Giral
  • Private party facilities
    The Blue Cat Cafe and Wine Bar is available for private functions of all sorts, from small, intimate events to parties of up to forty. We offer many options for food and drink and can procure many specialty items such as rare wines and high grade meats, as well as tailor our menu to meet a budget.
  • Private party contact
    Ozzy Giral: (802) 363-3639
  • Neighborhood
    Burlington
  • Cross street
    college street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 889 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vermont

    Romantic

  • Northern Vermont

    Best Overall

  • Northern Vermont

    Best Food

  • Northern Vermont

    Best Service

  • Northern Vermont

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Vermont

    Best Value

  • Northern Vermont

    Neighborhood gem

  • Northern Vermont

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Vermont

    Most Booked

889 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Vermont

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quality food at a very reasonable price, service was even better. Classy place with a great vibe!

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  2. JimCW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, Great food. If you want or need a quiet place to eat a wonderful meal, head in for an early dinner.

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  3. drsinc

    Vancouver

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a pleasant surprise for me. I had never been there and only did because it was recommended via Open Table. I was taking my grandson because he had his final home game of his Junior Hockey season the next day and I knew a steak would be good. Well, the food was superb (recommendations by the server were right on) and the experience was more than special. Only drank water but they didn't seem to mind and kept bringing us bottles of the stuff without having to ask... The server was friendly but astute -- made sure we understood the menu and also smiled & laughed a great deal... All in all, a wonderful dining experience. tnx, g.w.

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  4. ReedNC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice small restaurant. We came early on a Fri night and it was not crowded yet which was perfect for us. Food was delicious. Noise from bussing dishes was pretty loud. Service was prompt and friendly. Pricy, but will return occasionally. We thoroughly enjoyed the duck and flat iron steak.

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  5. CharlieG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You don't go to Valentine's Day dinner just anywhere, you go somewhere special. Blue Cat is somewhere special, I've come here for year and not once had a bad experience.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding Had the best Maple Manhattan of my life The server/bartender (Julia)was knowledgable, personable, attentive and conscientious to bring courses exactly when needed Could not have had a better experience

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  7. Fantastic

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We have been going to Blue Cat for over 8years. Every time we visit Burlington VT we go. Food and service has gone down. Took over 1 hr to get meals and meat was not cooked as asked. They were not busy at all. Overall - bad experience. Also Burlington VT is not the same. Wow I can’t believe how much has changed in 1 year. Not safe anymore.

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  8. MelissaI

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time! Food is awesome! This place never lets us down.

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  9. JanetS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space. Filets were perfect. A great second semester send off.

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  10. AnitaW

    Vermont

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A tiny little restaurant. Off the beaten path but don’t let that turn you away. The food was delicious! Perfect for a date night. It was pricey but portion sizes are good.

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  11. HeatherC

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfortable and intimate setting in a quiet courtyard. For the prices, I would say I expected more effort with the food. There were five of us, well behaved with few special requests but our server seemed annoyed. The restaurant was empty, so I was surprised at our experience.

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  12. MelissaR

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. My husband had the New York Strip and I had the Salmon. Both prepared well. The waiter was friendly but not attentive which was surprising since there were only two other couples there.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cozy, elegant environment, the food was delicious and the service was friendly and responsive.

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  14. KimberlyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Better steaks at Applebees. Very disappointed. Ordered ribeye that was tough and WAY over cooked. Immediately told waiter. Said he would talk to chef. Only response was, when paying bill,” try us next time”. Sorry, too many good restaurants in Burlington for that. On plus side, good Blue Cheese salad. Nice, albeit small, atmosphere. Could use more wine by glass option, as well. Was simply hoping for better.

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  15. MariaS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great fine. Very friendly staff. The food was wonderful!

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  16. MikeD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little spot and the service ambiance and food was excellent. A small but manageable menu.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Charming and welcoming place that even people in Burlington do not know about. We had a great experience. Our hostess was welcoming and very helpful. Our waiter was extremely serviceable and did a great job making suggestions. The menu is simple with nice choices. The food was really good. Our meats were cooked exactly how we asked for. We will definitely be back.

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  18. StuartJ

    Hong Kong

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful restaurant and bar located quirkily within a traditional Burlington office building. Quiet when we were there on a Monday evening, but the food and service were of a very high standard.

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  19. RobR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and the food/drinks were great. Price point was slightly higher than similar food at other restaurant locations. Overall, a great experience besides the cost.

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  20. Mary

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We told twice, “I will be right with you”. Waited 20 minutes with not so much as water. The place is small and 5 tables were seated we were the 6 th. We watched all tables around us getting service. We left and didn’t even taste the water because it was never brought. Like other reviewers the service, at least for us, was non existent.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. TaraG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant itself looks very dated, but the food was excellent! Glad we ended up eating there.

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  22. LizBNJ

    New York City

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Yummy food, quaint setting. Just a little surprised at how long it took for us to order drinks, then get them, and get a little starter of bread (hummus and pita with pickles, yummy).

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  23. Pacco

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    No issues with the food. It was good. Service was very bad. Waitress never came to take our order. After waiting and waiting finally had to get up and ask the bartender where our waitress was. An hour later they served us someone else’s dessert and forgot our dinner order. And finally when we wanted our to pay the bill the waitress was nowhere to be found again. Hopefully this feedback is helpful because the food and atmosphere was good

    1 person found this helpful

  24. PeterH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a reservation for 3 for over 2 weeks for a UVM weekend. We thought we might be running 10 minutes late and I called to notify the restaurant. We actually ended up on time, but the table we were given seemed like they threw it together at the last minute. We were the only table with no tablecloth and against a column which made sitting on one side virtually impossible with service traffic. When I asked about being moved (as there were many empty tables), I was told that they were expecting crowds for the weekend. I felt dismissed and put aside despite my early reservation. My wife ordered a glass of wine that came in a smaller glass while we watched others getting wine in in larger more ornate glasses. I will give credit to very good food (Steak au poivre was excellent). We were never asked if we wanted dessert when we were done. Overall, I disappointing experience and one I'd not consider returning to on later trips to Burlington.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. Runupthescore

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cool place, Beckett was very personable . We shared the cheese plate as our appetizer , which was so delicious & had Caesar salad topped with the most incredible salmon. The perfect dinner after traveling all day.

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  26. Jenn

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hard to find the alley where it is located and hard to find parking close by but once we did get there it was lovely. The food was excellent and waiter was great. The curry mussels were fabulous and a delicious twist. The ravioli as well as the steak au poivre were also delicious. My friend had the salmon and said it was really good as well. The chocolate lava cake made a perfect ending to our meal. All in all- well worth the trip and a delightful meal that wasn’t outrageously priced.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We each had some excellent prime NY strips perfectly prepared. The bottle of Annabella Cabernet Sauvignon was quite good, too.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed every part of this restaurant! Food was great, on the pricier end but well worth it. A must go in Burlington!

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  29. Zolo

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Much highly in execution than what I was expecting. Great old wines are available. New gem for me downtown.

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  30. CaroleB

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was a true "find" IMO. Nestled behind the busier streets and down an alley it is located within a building housing a trendy bar and other businesses. The ambience was quite appealing. Dark wood, low lights and interesting wall decor. I had the 6 oz filet (slightly undercooked) but tender. My date had the salmon and enjoyed that. Of course the mashed potatoes were welcome and delicious. I ordered a martini but too heavy on the vermouth. Service was beyond reproach. Overall the highlights include the atmosphere and service. I would recommend it!! If you can find it!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu was limited however we all enjoyed our meals. Service was slow given how few people were in the restaurant. We would go again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Demoland (US)

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and drinks. Impeccable service. A new date night favorite! Thank you to our fantastic server Beckett. Or maybe Bennet.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average and the service was terribly slow. Waited over 20 minutes for my initial cocktail. Will not return.

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  34. PeggyB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice experience, a little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. The service was great and our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. A slow night so a bit too quiet! Will certainly return again soon 🙂

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  35. nlmdgf

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Blue Cat used to be one of our favorites. Haven't been there since Covid. We will not be returning. The food first - the "amuse bouche" of humus and pickles was a big disaster. Half of the pita triangles served with it were burned...not just burned - BLACK. The two steaks (hangar and rib eye) were a mixed bag. The hangar steak was fine but the rib eye was a mass of gristle. Left some and when asked if I wanted a box for what I didn't eat, I respectfully declined. The largest problem was I had purchased a gift certificate of 100 dollars which was 4 25 dollar pieces. I have used them before. This time, I was told that they would only accept one at a time. Nowhere does it indicate this policy. Informed them we would not be back. Did give a minimum tip to Beckett, our server because he deserved something for his effort. Saw many poor ratings and I have a feeling that they won't be around much longer. Stay away. Be forewarned.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Start to finish this was disappointing. Cancelled Leunigs to try something new and regretted it. Ambiance outside the door far surpasses the interior. Took forever to have service, not even water. Steak cuts were gristly and the fish was covered in sauce. Felt like the sauces were an attempt to over compensate for bad meats. Server seemed annoyed we were there and eye rolled at the smallest requests. I am not picky but this was probably one of the worst meal experiences I have ever had.

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  37. ElenaZ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably good food and service, even a few new items since our last visit. Blue Cat is small and intimate and perfect for the right occasion.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Miriam and Jackson were awesome! The food was delish! It was hard to find, but we made it!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was alright. Very difficult to find. The food was good.

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  40. Nala

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Jackson was awesome and the food was excellent.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.2 stars by 889 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

1 Lawson Ln, Burlington, VT 05401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    college street
  • Neighborhood
    Burlington
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Mariasha Giral
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (802) 363-3639
  • Private party facilities
    The Blue Cat Cafe and Wine Bar is available for private functions of all sorts, from small, intimate events to parties of up to forty. We offer many options for food and drink and can procure many specialty items such as rare wines and high grade meats, as well as tailor our menu to meet a budget.
  • Private party contact
    Ozzy Giral: (802) 363-3639
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