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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Vermont

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Vermont? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Roots The Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1268)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Rutland
About the restaurant
*For parties larger than 6 please call for your reservation.

Roots mission is to create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients. Vermont offers an agricultural bounty of flavorful produce, meat, dairy and other food products that are staples of the Roots menu.

Roots is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown ingredients, including organic crops and humanely raised, pasture fed livestock.

We are proud to partner with local providers Boardman Hill Farm, Hathaway Farm, Woods Market, Blue Ledge Farm, and other smaller scale produce, dairy and maple syrup providers.

Visit us at 55 Washington Street in downtown Rutland and enjoy a delicious, wholesome local meal.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was amazing as always, along with the atmosphere and the service. Roots is my favorite restaurant! Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of Barrows House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (448)
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Dorset
About the restaurant
Barrows House Restaurant is an American gastropub with a modern twist on traditional New England tavern fare that pairs great food with craft beers. Our menus and beverages showcase Vermont’s abundance of local products and celebrate its farms and producers. These quality ingredients are simply prepared demonstrating classic culinary techniques offering guests uncomplicated seasonal tastes of Vermont. Set against the historic backdrop of a circa 1803 building, the ambiance is at once warm and welcoming, sophisticated yet casual featuring Dorset white marble accents and historic black & white photos from the local Norcross-West Marble Quarry, one of the oldest in the country. Paired with our large outdoor terrace and colorful gardens, Barrows House Restaurant is the ideal setting for outdoor dining and all types of special events.
Top review
Jen901
Dined 2 days ago
We had a lovely dinner outside on the patio, and went from there to the Dorset Theater Festival. Perfect evening. Food was delicious
A photo of Long Trail Brewing Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (452)
$30 and under
Brewery
Bridgewater
About the restaurant
Our brewery is located in Bridgewater Corners at the junction of Rte. 4 and 100a. We’re 2.5 hours north of Boston, about 1.5 hours south of Burlington, VT, and just 15 minutes from Killington Resort.
Top review
HerbertO
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
This has long been a favorite of mine. Sitting out on the deck over the Ottauquechee River and enjoying fine beer and good food is always great.
A photo of The Grafton Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (239)
$30 and under
American
Grafton
About the restaurant
The Grafton Inn is a proud supporter of Vermont’s pioneering farm-to-table philosophy. Our historic inn and two restaurants in southern Vermont offer on-site dining year-round and feature locally-sourced ingredients prepared by food-loving professionals to create timeless, hearty dishes that will please any palate.

The Phelps Barn, originally a carriage house for guests' horses, provides a unique and rustic VT dining experience. Even the hayloft has been repurposed and renovated, providing an elevated seating area as well as our 8-tap bar. It is a fast pace restaurant with live music usually scheduled on the weekends.

If you are looking for a quieter space to have dinner or celebrate a special occasion, we would recommend our 1801 Tavern located inside the Main Inn. This historic space provides a cozy and elevated dining atmosphere. Within the 1801 Tavern you’ll find our recently renovated Pine Room Bar with a working fireplace.

Top review
AngelaCvip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
The filet was outstanding. Peter Miles is always wonderful to listen to while dining at the Inn. Our server was very attentive and wonderful thank you.
A photo of Harpoon Brewery - Windsor restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1110)
$30 and under
Brewery
Woodstock
About the restaurant
WE ARE OPEN FOR ON-SITE INDOOR & OUTDOOR DINING!

The Harpoon Riverbend Taps is now open for dining in our spacious dining room or patio. We look forward to welcoming you!

The Harpoon Brewery Taproom and Beer Garden is open 7 days/week for outside/inside dining or take-out food orders. We are open Sunday through Tuesday from 11AM to 6PM- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 8PM. We have live music every Thursday from 5pm-8pm. Our retail store is also open for merchandise, beer, cider, and hard seltzer to go. You must have proper ID that verifies you are 21+ to pick up alcoholic beverages.

Please call 802-674-5491 x221 with any questions or to place a take-out order. Click here to order online and to see our daily offerings.

Top review
GaryW
Dined 6 days ago
Food was good. Service was very good. Beer 🍺 was great 👍
A photo of Red Mill Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (218)
$30 and under
American
Middlebury
About the restaurant
The distinctive décor featuring rough-hewn beams, antique farm equipment, and walls covered in Basin Harbor nostalgia makes The Red Mill Restaurant a resort favorite. The renovated sawmill features the best fresh and local food ingredients, along with signature Vermont brews, including our own Red Chair Ale. It is a casual dining experience you will appreciate.

And where else in VT can you fly in for a burger? Our grass airstrip is a great destination for small planes. The Red Mill also has an enormous outdoor play structure, guaranteed to provide hours of fun for the younger crowd…Just another reason we are family approved! Tax and service is additional. Please note that an 18% Gratuity will automatically be added to all parties of 6 or more.

Top review
Jackie
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
we were quickly accommodated to sit outside and appreciated the food and service!
A photo of The Lake House Pub & Grille on Bomoseen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (70)
$31 to $50
American
Castleton
About the restaurant
**If it appears that we do not have availability, please call us. We almost always can fit you in! **
Vermont’s finest, scenic dockside dining and mountainside sunset views. The Lake House Pub & Grille on Bomoseen has a delectable selection of classic seafood, burgers, chowder, and more! In our tap room or on the docks, it’s a guarantee you’ll get the best view Lake Bomoseen has to offer. Pull up to The Lake House by boat, car, or bike and you’re in for a great experience! For the best views of live music and sunset, visit our Tiki Bar between 5 and 9pm.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food and music were fantastic. Summertime servers a bit young an inexperienced, but very nice and enthusiastic.
A photo of The Hermitage Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (86)
$50 and over
American
Dover
About the restaurant
The Hermitage Inn’s award-winning cuisine celebrates the best regional products that New England has to offer, served with our unique brand of mountain elegance.

Our menus, created by Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier, borrow from haute cuisine and local artisanal foods creating a unique gastronomic experience that is both rustic and refined.

Our wine program delights beginners and connoisseurs alike with thousands of bottles to choose from our Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list. Led by our expert team, guests can explore regions, varietals, producers and vintages from local to all over the world in an elegant yet unpretentious setting.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Always a top notch experience in every category! Drinks, food, service and ambiance!! Max is an exemplary bartender and our wait staff was the BEST!!! Waitresses were well versed on menu items which was so helpful when you want EVERYTHING LOL! We will be back!
A photo of The Publyk House restaurant
4.3
4.3 (38)
$31 to $50
Comfort Food
Bennington
About the restaurant
Offering traditional New England hospitality… warm & inviting ambiance, casual tavern dining, fireside dining tables, decks with great mountain views, bountiful salad bar, ideal banquet facilities…
Top review
Carolyn
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Excellent meal, pleasant surroundings and fine service.
A photo of Two Brothers Tavern + Notte restaurant
4.3
4.3 (267)
$30 and under
American
Montpelier
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO TWO BROTHERS TAVERN
Two Brothers Tavern is located in the heart of Middlebury, VT. Enjoy upscale Vermont-inspired comfort fare (and Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas from our sister establishment, Notte!) in our charismatic tavern, cozy dining room or outdoor cafes. Built by beer lovers for beer lovers, our 32 draughts - the largest selection in the region - feature a rotating selection of local craft brews, macrobrews, hard ciders and kombucha.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Great Middlebury dining choice. Seasonal meal. Always good.
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