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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Vermont

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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!


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4.9
4.9 (1267)
$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
EileenB
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We love our experience at Roots. Service and food were excellent. Joe, our server, was attentive and very helpful with advice about things to do in the area.
A photo of Barrows House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (444)
$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
PennyL
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
The food and service was outstanding, the only issue was the temperature in the dining room. It was very hot and made our experience a little uncomfortable. Aside from that we had a change in our number of people and Renee was very accommodating and made sure we had a table that fit us all .
A photo of Long Trail Brewing Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (451)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Really enjoyed our meal here. Obviously the beers were delicious. The food was pub food done right—very good with nothing leftover but empty plates. Service was friendly and fast. With a fun atmosphere we found this to be a nice place to eat.
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 4 days ago
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 River Pub & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (223)
$30 and under
American
Brandon
About the restaurant

Good clean food served up fresh in downtown Brandon, VT on the banks of the Neshobe River.

If you are not finding the time you’re looking for on Open Table please call us at 802-465-8112 any time after 12pm

The River Pub & Grill offers a casual environment with pub style food, drinks and cocktails in an open concept dining room or covered patio dining.

Top review
FoxyDiner
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
My husband and I come here for our "dates". My father and some friends were in town. They are all picky! The River accommodated us and everyone left full and happy. 10/10 experience
A photo of Pearl's Place & Pantry restaurant
4.6
4.6 (258)
$31 to $50
American
Manchester
About the restaurant
Come and feast on Southern inspired dishes & Barbecue alongside local beers & spirits and fine wines, all served with charming Southern hospitality. Pearl's is nestled in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, close to both Bromley and Stratton Ski Resorts. Join us après ski for a local brew or our hand selected fine Bourbon flights! They make a great accompaniment to some of our guests' favorite menu items: Fried Chicken, BBQ platters including ribs and pulled pork, Shrimp & Grits, Blackened Catfish and Pearl's Brisket Burger. Our variety of fixins' are sure to please your palate--whipped yams, Mac n cheese and fried okra, to name a few. And Pearl's homemade desserts are a great way to finish your meal!
Catch the game in the Tavern on one of our 3 HD TV's, or take a Barrel Aged Cocktail out to our patio firepit and enjoy the crisp air and the views.
BBQ Feasts are also available to-go! Bring the family, or reserve your next large group gathering at Pearl's. We'll see y'all soon!

Top review
ssnycvip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
My family loved the 4th of July backyard BBQ dinner. It’s a delicious buffet meal with everything you could possibly want and the juiciest brisket that won my heart. My family loved the Mac ‘n cheese and the biscuits. I’m gluten free and the buffet was amazing for me. The chef took me on a tour of the dishes and there were only a few obvious choices that I couldn’t have. The servers were all very knowledgeable. Thanks to Betty, we had wonderful service. Looking forward to going again soon.
A photo of The Lake House Pub & Grille on Bomoseen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (62)
$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 4 days ago
We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary celebration at the Lakehouse. The food was great and our waitress was the best!
A photo of Red Mill Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (217)
$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 5 days ago
we were quickly accommodated to sit outside and appreciated the food and service!
A photo of Two Brothers Tavern + Notte restaurant
4.4
4.4 (265)
$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.
A photo of Black Rock Steakhouse restaurant
4.4
4.4 (444)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Springfield
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
hilaryc
Dined 5 days ago
Our server did great in spacing out our salads, apps and entrees! Having the option to do it on the rock was great! We were there closer to closing finishing our food and I still didn’t feel rushed! Can’t wait to eat here again!
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