Mary's at Baldwin Creek

4.8
401 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
"A visit to Vermont and missing Mary's is like visiting Paris and missing the Eiffel Tower" -Vermont Magazine
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm
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Phone number
(802) 453-2432
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef-Owner Doug Mack
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Catering
Please email for our catering menus.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Junction of Route 17 and Route 116 NORTH
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Parking details
On-site parking lot
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Special events & promotions
Weddings and special catered events, on-site and off-site, are available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 401 People Are Saying
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JV
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary's is out of the way, does not have scenic views of anything in particular, and is certainly more expensive than, say, Al's French Frys in South Burlington. But even though it's about 40 minutes from our house down to Bristol just to get there (driving one way) it really is our go-to for special occasion dining or when we just really want a good meal served by staff who actually know what went into the food and can intelligently discuss it. We especially love the garlic soup (they sell it in quarts for take-home, which should tell you something) but to be honest, we've never had a bad meal there. They do have a full bar with quite a few house-designed cocktails, but neither my wife nor I are big drinkers so we haven't sampled many of them. The food, though, is outstanding and the ambience is quiet, intimate, relaxing, and comfortable. There's a reason why Mary's appears on many "What Absolutely Not To Miss When You Come To Vermont" lists.

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MA
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A beautiful place! We will be back!

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GD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary's at Baldwin Creek has been a favorite of ours for decades, and a frequent choice for special occasions. Linda, Doug, and their family are always welcoming, the service is excellent, and the food is delicious. Unusual dishes with both common and unusual ingredients are frequently the "special of the day", and are always tasty. This is great place to meet family or friends for holiday meals as well.

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RT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the owners and staff are always welcoming and warm. Mary's is a real gem. No wonder that we keep going back.

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unique place, rustic and beautiful, great Thanksgiving dinner. Hidden gem for nearby Chittenden county
residents and only a short drive.

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING as always! We celebrate all birthdays and anniversaries and every celebratory event at Mary’s!

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RO
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time visit, had a great time! We'll probably do your wild game night as well.

Randy

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just love it here.

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RT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was married at Mary's 10 years ago, went back to celebrate and the Owner, Staff and Chef all remembered our occasion. A magical place to celebrate and feel so welcomed.

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TQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ambiance great food and great service. Laura is great being server

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KC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff werefantastic and accommodating. The cookie jar and coffee was a fun surprise. Breakfast was incredible and my burger for dinner was one of the best ever. Would love to come back yearly.

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner at Mary's last night to celebrate my wife's birthday which comes at the peak of leaf season in Vermont. We wanted a romantic country inn and welcomed the drive over the mountains. Our hopes were fulfilled on all fronts. Mary's is tucked into a magnificent "holler" so it is surrounded by nature. It is an old house that has been lovingly and tastefully restored. The ambiance was perfect. The staff was welcome and friendly. The food was outstanding. More over, the chef was wonderfully accommodating in modifying some entries to fit my food needs. The menu was eclectic which was fun and it was well executed. Her birthday was suitably celebrated.

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SD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming to Mary’s feels like coming home for dinner. The food never disappoints. And, the people are even better!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful and the service was great.

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JC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great time at Mary’s! We had a Birthday celebration for my wife, including the five adult children who all have different tastes from Vegans, Pescatarians and meat lovers, Mary’s can make them all happy. The Inn is so cozy and the service is exceptional!! We love the food, hand crafted cocktails and the spin on classic entrees. My wife had a lovely birthday and Laura our server totally added to that experience. The Birthday Girl left full, happy and feeling loved, thanks to Mary’s at Baldwin Creek.

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MJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, welcoming staff and tastefully presented food exceeding our expectations. Delightful experience as always!

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UM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Mary’s has been our favorite restaurant in Vermont for over 30 years. They were very busy Friday evening and could not handle the crowd. The quality of the food was very good but it was served barely warm. The service was very poor. It was the first time we found Mary’s thoroughly disappointing. We will give it another try based on our history but we will be sure it is not Family Weekend for Middlebury College.

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The chef is consistently good and uses the most local of food sources. The staff works hard to please everyone in the dining room. A pleasant environment in an old farmhouse setting. Great desserts! We make reservations whenever a special occasion comes up or a friend is in town. Mary's!

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our 9th anniversary celebration. The service was excellent, the hosts were very cordial and knowledgable. The food was fantastic, and even though I have gluten-intolerance I was easily able to find options that worked for me. I will and have recommended Mary's to others.

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VD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been to Mary's twice now. It offers a wide range of choices with a wide range of prices. But, the more significant entrees are on the expensive side. but not out of expectations for this type of restaurant. It's a great location. Very comfortable. and the food is excellent!

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was wonderful! The food and service was outstanding. Our favorite soup, the cream of Garlic didn’t disappoint, so of course a quart was taken home with us. We are always looking forward to our next visit.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The outdoor setting of Mary's was absolutely magical. The food also did not disappoint. I had the Harvest and it was the most phenomenal mushroom risotto I have ever had paired with pickled carrots-it just all worked. Although it flaunts the farm-to-table aspect of the food, I definitely would have liked to see a little more of an homage to where the different farms the food was coming from, especially the meats.
The ambiance inside the dining area wasn't as cozy as I was expecting either. I thought it would be like the outside-warmly lit and soft music but it was a little too bright.
The service was very welcoming and our server, friendly. Again, I thought some of the farm-to-table qualities were lacking but overall, I would go back and would recommend it for a nice evening out for good food.

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MS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the staff was friendly. The waiter remembered my brother-in-law who has been there only once before, this past May.
The food was excellent, the duck was great and the vegetables and starch with it had a great taste together.

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SO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight we were very happy to participate in the “Sneak Preview” for Fall. This was our first experience in doing so, although we visit Mary’s many times each year.

We started with the lobster poutine, what a great combination and absolutely delicious. The fries were awesome, great choice going with the claw meat and the salting was perfect!

We also shared the pork belly, what an amazing flavor profile. The pork belly was cooked perfectly with the fat rendered beautifully, we were fighting over the last few bites of delicious pancake in order to stretch our ratios.
The pickled carrot on this plate was a pleasant surprise, great way to move on to the next course. Was that a hint of cinnamon?

From there we moved on to the “Special Entrees”.

I had the Duck and Harvest.
The duck was PHENOMENAL, best either of us have ever had!! Great sauce to accompany, just sweet enough for the perfect balance with a bit of tart from the cranberry.

As for Harvest- we were fighting over the carrots, sweet and addictively spicy, with a nice crunch! The risotto had the perfect texture, and the squash was delicious as well!

The other entree we ordered was the Steak and Salmon.
The steak was cooked perfectly and the salmon was spot on temp wise, with the panko bringing a nice touch that crisps up the fish. The succotash was fantastic, the corn and mushroom was perfectly blended, the late summer freshness was so good.

Of course the craft cocktails are second to none!

Although we didn’t have room for dessert, we took some to-go Garlic Soup for tomorrow!

Thank you for sharing your love of great food with us, we always leave satisfied! Looking forward to our next visit, the new menu looks amazing!

One of these days we’ll make it to a cooking class, we’d love it!

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LR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us enjoyed a sizable room past the bar, all to ourselves. We were made to feel very welcome and would not hesitate to return. Exemplary service provided by youngest daughter, Laura who also knows how to take a great group photo! Crafted cocktails a huge hit and I was impressed that my New York Sour was correctly prepared- down to the oversized ice cube.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The food was fine but we felt it was overpriced . The room was so noisy I couldn't hear anyone in my dinner party. When I spend this kind of money for a meal I expect exceptional ambiance. I enjoy fine dining but would not return to Mary's.

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g
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An Absolutely delicious meal with both unique creative and traditional dishes. Lots of local food
options, great specialty mixed drinks. The staff was very friendly. Mary's was an overall great dining experience.

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JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is such a great spot, beautiful ambiance, welcoming, friendly, like home with a real chef in the kitchen.
Handcrafted cocktails are unique, and spot on.
Appetizers, plenty to choose from for all pallets.
Main dishes are full of old favorites, some classic, some with a spin. The chef has a great hand with beef, and proteins, nice flavorful sauces, and vegetables that a bright and have their own role on the plate.
The desert offerings are good, but not out of sight. Local Ice Cream is quiet a nice ending to the meal. My only gripe is my Bananas Foster was not flaming, but I didn’t get a pony for Christmas either.

The service and staff are very friendly and attentive.

Beautiful spot, solid food, what’s to like?

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E
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, service, location all perfection. Roughly 2-hour round trip - worth the drive, every time. One of very few restaurants I recommend, have run out of people to tell about this amazing place!

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LG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Shrimps' cargot was outstanding for those who don't love snails, but do love the garlic butter. Atmosphere is lovely in this out-of-the-mainstream restaurant. Steak Diane was perfectly cooked and sauce was delicious. Seared tuna was also tasty and served rare. Chocolate cake was good but not great. Service was attentive and helpful.

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MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the service and food was first rate. However this was Burger and Beer night and the place was packed to it was noisier than usual.

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AR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu and food, warm and attentive service, all in a beautiful yet comfortable restaurant. Highly recommend.

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JV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary's at the Inn at Baldwin Creek is an amazing restaurant, located in an out of the way location on the outskirts of Bristol, Vermont. They have *amazing* garlic soup, but everything else on their menu is excellent as well. They source their food locally and their kitchen staff would do a New York restaurant proud.

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KG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner at Mary's. The food was excellent as is the atmosphere. The specialty drinks are small for the price, but well made and fun to try. Would definitely go back.

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KH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At least once a summer, my wife and I make a point of visiting Mary's. We always feel welcome there, no matter how long it's been between visits. The food is always fresh and innovative, and most of the produce is raised right on the premises (the "farm" to "table" trip is measured in yards). With Doug and Linda's inspiration from their frequent trips to Tuscany, the food is always fresh and innovative. Most recently, I had "blackened bluefish" from the Cape, which was outstanding, preceded by a cup of the amazing garlic soup. Deserts are always worthwhile (I'm a particular fan of the bananas foster), and a double espresso at the end of the meal seals the deal. It's also really fun to hang out at the bar and hear about the summer weekly film showings in the barn, while sampling the well-crafted cocktails. Mary's is quintessential Vermont -- not to be missed!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been enjoying our anniversaries at Mary's for ten years. It's always a treat to return and enjoy the amazing food - grown on site with locally sourced meats. We always leave satisfied. This visit was a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and we were happy to be a part of it.
Until next year...

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary's is always a delight. Beautiful setting, friendly service, great food!

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DA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Thank you Laura for a terrific experience!!

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AY
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were running late for brunch after our son's college graduation but the folks at Mary's were so accommodating and graciously allowed us to arrive at their closing time and provided us with great service and delicious food! We can't thank them enough for their hospitality.

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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was terrific. Fun, informative and easy going too. Drink names were clever.

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