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Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

4.4
4.4
809 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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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, Vermont

  • 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

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What 809 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vermont

    Romantic

  • Vermont

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Excellent ambiance and food. The service was super slow. Waitress spent her time socializing with dinners at one time to the detriment of servicing other guests.
  2. I

    Inga

    Munich

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed a very nice evening at the blue cat. the service was extremely friendly! Many thanks to Marie! The meal was excellent! A very good recommendation for Burlington, out of the ordinary!
  3. DS

    DelS

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came early, enjoyed the cheese plate and ordered the salmon. The sauce on the salmon was superb. The server was attentive.
  4. CS

    CatherineS

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Très déçu, nous sommes reçus en se faisant dire qu'ils n'auront pas le temps de nous servir rapidement. Nourriture OK, trop chère pour la qualité. Les tables ne sont pas desservis lorsque les gens quittent. Bel endroit par contre, pourrait être une place très trendy avec le décor actuel.
  5. Z

    mrZed

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Food is amazing, and the location very nice, but the service was a little slow (due to very high attendancy and limited staff). in slower days the place is 100% reccomended
  6. MW

    MikeW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we arrived we were greeted by Maria. She informed us she would be waiting on us but wanted us to know they were short staffed that evening. We appreciated her telling us. What we learned was she was the only waitress and in fact she and the cook were the only ones taking care of the restaurant. Well, it was completely opposite of what one might guess. She did an amazing job of waiting us and 3 other tables while we were there. She made cocktails, managed. to carry on some conversation and generally set a good mood. Our food was excellently prepared and delivered timely. The room lighting was soft and inviting. We would go back. Nice job Maria and cook.
  7. LC

    LianeC

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant is small and a bit out of the way but the service by Maria was outstanding and the food was excellent.
  8. r

    rlaakso

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second visit to the restaurant. Both times the service and food have been excellent. The first time my wife had the duck. she was very pleased with it. The second time she had the ribeye steak and though she enjoyed the duck more, both meals were good. Both times I had the Faroe salmon. For me it was excellent. Both times we had the cheese plate as an appetizer. You can't go wrong here as Vermont has excellent cheese and this restaurant does it well. We are not from Burlington and will be back here again. Both visits occurred this summer.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved how it was tucked away, romantic and intimate
  10. AG

    AngelaG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect & our server was awesome!!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marie and Skylar were phenomenal! Food was absolutely amazing . I highly recommend Blue Cat Steak and Wine Bar
  12. KF

    KFBCIH

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant had only two other couples to our party of four. We were well taken care of and were able to have a social and business conversations. Enjoyable evening at a very quaint place.
  13. HH

    HHill

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful experience! The food was so flavorful and delicious. The service was thoughtful and incredibly attentive. Blue Cat is a perfect place for an intimate and fabulous meal!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend.
  15. M

    Mark

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The venue is beautiful and the food was superb. Great service overall. A great way to have a quiet and delicious dinner.
  16. SH

    ScottH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite places. When we're coming to Burlington, we check for reservations here before we book a hotel room.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Slow but good
  18. JN

    JurgenN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The music was a little loud but music selection was fine. Otherwise, the service and food were great and so I won't quibble about the price.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Birthday celebration…
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    4 tables / limited menu / 2 servers that also acted like the bartender / no ac / every meal came with mashed potatoes and a grilled tomato / drinks were awful (martini / would you like Smirnoff) 380 for 5 people / 5 drinks served (they never came back) / they put the gratuity on the tab and the server had the audacity to ask if we wanted to add more ? ! I don’t get the hype it was by far worst restaurant experience in Burlington / for the price go to Hen of the Wood / go Bistro Margaret/ go anywhere but here
  21. G

    Greg

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The duck was cheery. The food gras was undercooked. The broccoli was over cooked.
  22. j

    jenniferb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very slow service dispute few diners. Significant difference in the size of the same steaks orders for 3 of 4 in our party. Wait staff taking a shot behind the bar, bar tender AND wait staff testing drinks before serving. States they are a wine bar but wait staff completely untrained for how to parent and serve a bottle of wine- did not allow for testing sample of wine upon opening. Loud wait staff. Additional guest very discontent with service. To top it all the mashed potatoes were lumpy!!!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small and intimate but hardly aware of the other diners. Service was personable and felt focused on us. Delicious.
  24. MS

    MarianneS

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    I absolutely hate to knock a small business, especially in this economy, but this was probably the strangest experience I’ve ever had in a restaurant. My daughter and I came up from the Boston area to tour UVM and I wanted to treat her to a really special steak dinner. I should have known something was wrong when we walked in at 6 PM on a Thursday evening and there was only one other couple in the restaurant. When we left at 7:30 we were still the only two parties. The menu is extremely limited, maybe five appetizers and five entrées. One choice for vegetable (peppers and onions) and one choice for potato (garlic mashed) for every meal on the menu. And one option for a red wine by the glass which, at a “Steak and Wine Bar”, is unheard of. We had the Caesar salad as an appetizer, which seemed like it came straight out of a bag from Shaw’s. When it came time to order our steaks, the only vegetable option was peppers and onions which neither my daughter and I like. We were offered “mixed greens” as an alternative and what we were served was the same exact Ceasar salad only with balsamic on top. Would it be so difficult to keep a head of broccoli on hand? Steak and mashed potatoes were good but not spectacular. The woman next to us ordered an espresso martini after dinner and was told that they didn’t make those. The whole experience was really bizarre. And our tab was $113 before tip! That was two Caesar salads, two steaks, and one glass of wine. We will not be back needless to say.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Unknown treasure in Burlington!
  26. d

    dhdvt

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Blue Cat is one of our fav restaurants. Service and food perfect. We both had the filet mignon cooked just right. Try the smokey marg.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Though the restaurant is not geared for kids, the staff was very accommodating and friendly to ours, ages 6,5 & 4. It was an outstanding meal - best salmon I’ve ever had, and husband (and 6 year old ) said same of the steak!
  28. A

    Alec

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    My son and I walked over here from our hotel after skiing. I thought the Caesar salad was quite plain, but acceptable. The cheese plate was good, with a couple of local cheeses and lots of other items. The restaurant was obviously understaffed, but I try to be understanding. For a 6:30 reservation, we are still waiting for our steaks at 8:15 PM. The four top near us arrived maybe 30-45 minutes later than us and somehow received their steaks half an hour before us (a 2 top). We are tired and hungry from skiing and have not been treated so poorly at a restaurant in my memory. And the waitress was rude. Our steaks were not worth waiting for. We will never come back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Honestly think they forgot we were dining. We enjoyed water with our cold meal. Never received beverages we ordered (asked twice)
  30. RS

    RobertS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steak. Everything made to perfection and excellent wait staff. Would recommend
  31. J

    Jennifer

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Both salmon and ravioli were excellent. Filet Mignon was good, but not excellent for $49 each. Mashed potatoes were ok and just warm. While we really enjoyed our server, she unfortunately had to deal with some difficult customers fighting the mask and vaccine mandate. The staff was very professional in handling these challenges, which may have impacted their ability to serve others in an efficient manner.
  32. C

    Craig

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food, service was professional and polite. A little in the weeds but that did not dampen their attitude or the night. Great staff/team.
  33. B

    Becca

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really had a fabulous time. Food was great atmosphere was great service was great. Really like the atmosphere and the proximity to everything in downtown Burlington. Would definitely go again.
  34. KF

    KimberlyF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our waitress smelled like cigarette smoke. Although she was nice. Food took way too long g to come out.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant, very small and intimate. We spent some time with our server Alexie and the chef Skyler after our meal and had an absolutely wonderful time. Great vibes and outstanding atmosphere. Would highly recommend this alley based off beat restaurant =}
  36. T

    Tony

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I had a terrible time at this restaurant on valentines day. Made a reservation on Feb 2 for valentines dinner and was seated at the bar next to my SO where I had to constantly move so waitstaff could get by to other costumers. Waitstaff had loud and constant conversation behind the bar, we could listen to them better than eachother. Took an hour for them to get started on our food, and only started after I asked if we could just get it to go. Felt like I could not enjoy quality time with my SO which is all I was trying to do for valentines. When we got back and opened our food, we were annoyed that we had paid 70 dollars for a small scoop of mashed potatoes, 3 pieces of broccoli, and and two pieces of undercooked filet mignon that were the size of meat balls. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
  37. AD

    AllanD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Cat has always been our favorite for good food and ambience.
  38. P

    Peach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food in a small with a small, cozy atmosphere
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Nice quaint place
  40. NO

    NedO

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love Blue Cat. New Year's Eve dinner. First time in since Covid shut down. Love the decor and the atmosphere. Always so warm and cozy with the dark wood and the elegant table settings. Food was very good. Appetizers were delicious. Everyone's steak was cooked as ordered. The salmon was delicious; beautiful lemon sauce. Minimal staffing as would be expected. Very friendly and knowledgeable. They did a great job during these very stressful times.

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 4.4 stars by 809 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

1 Lawson Ln, Burlington, VT 05401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    college street

  • Neighborhood

    Burlington, Vermont

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • 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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