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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Vermont

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 The Reluctant Panther Restaurant restaurant
4.9 (1133)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features locally sourced American cuisine in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. Menus are complemented by a multiple year Wine Spectator award winning wine list
The Reluctant Panther is happy to accommodate well behaved children but does not offer a children's menu.
Reservations Required.
Please Note: We do not allow dogs in the restaurant, inside or out, with the exception of service animals.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and great service . I would definitely recommend
A photo of Roots The Restaurant restaurant
4.9 (1267)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
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
Dined 6 days ago
The brussel sprouts, the ribeye and the cod were all wonderful - really enjoyed our meal with friends and sitting outside!
A photo of Jessica's at Swift House restaurant
4.9 (834)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Jessica's at Swift House Inn is located in Middlebury, Vermont, just two blocks from downtown Middlebury. Set in an 1814 stately home, surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens, Jessica's elegant atmosphere is the perfect place for a dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for four to forty. Come experience Chef Rob Fenn's seasonal, Vermont-inspired menu for yourself!

Our Sommelier Sam Lipin can help you choose the right bottle of wine from our extensive cellar. Jessica's is the recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list, one of only a small handful of restaurants in Vermont and fewer than 1400 restaurants world-wide which have won at this level.

Outdoor seating is weather dependent. Call to inquire.

Please note that when making a reservation online, we plan on seating your party in the dining room at that time. If you'd like to relax with a pre-dinner beverage in the bar or parlor, we invite you to arrive well before your reservation time.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
It was a very nice setting. We ate in their outdoor porch overlooking the grounds with lush gardens . Beautiful Vermont country inn.
A photo of The Inn at Burklyn restaurant
4.9 (161)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The Inn at Burklyn is excited to present our Restaurant serving a la carte dinners off a small, locally-focused menu each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening along with daily specials. We also offer seasonal cocktails, local craft beers and our extensive wine list, featuring over 100 curated choices from around the world!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Outstanding! Every aspect of our experience was phenomenal. We arrived early and enjoyed delicious drinks in the sumptuous game room. Dinner was delicious and our server, Kelley, was welcoming and very helpful. Will be returning!
A photo of The Four Chimneys Inn restaurant
4.9 (80)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
At Four Chimneys we will impress you with the finest French cuisine with a American touch and a Vermont flavor. You choose from our a-la-carte menu that changes regularly to include seasonal changes .
The menu can also be adapted to fit your dietary restrictions. just inform our waiters and we do everything we can to accommodate your request.
Combine your meal with a choice of our wine list, or go with the paired wine suggestion that we made for you.

Top review
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
For our tenth wedding anniversary, we couldn't have asked for a better location to celebrate!
A photo of Starry Night Cafe restaurant
4.8 (1157)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Specializing in locally-sourced, organic and seasonal Vermont products, the Starry Night Café invites you to experience our unique and intimate historic buildings, artistan-crafted decor and our fresh, inventive menu. We invite you to enjoy a little taste of delicious cuisine within our lovely countryside setting under the stars!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Such a fantastic time. Best service we have received in a long time. Food taste and presentation was 10/10
A photo of The Grafton Inn restaurant
4.8 (239)
$30 and under
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
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 Simon Pearce Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (5915)
$50 and over
About the restaurant

Reservations are recommended.
LUNCH 11:30 AM – 2:45 PM Wednesday-Sunday | DINNER 5:30 -8:30PM Wednedsay + Thursday
| 5:30 – 9:00PM Friday + Saturday

The dining room at the Mill is a wonderful way to experience Simon Pearce. Using fresh local ingredients, thoughtfully prepared creative American cuisine is served with the backdrop of the Ottauquechee River waterfall and covered bridge.

Simon Pearce Retail Store- Shop before you dine! Our restaurant also features our flagship retail store, where you can explore all our Simon Pearce glass and pottery in person. All our products are handmade with love.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food with incredible atmosphere. Great knowledgeable staff with good dispositions. I’m sure they are understaff like every restaurant but they have it all together! Especially hostess in front. She wears so many hats and always is sweet with a nice smile! Kudos to all!
A photo of Sawmill Bar & Table restaurant
4.7 (103)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Sawmill Bar & Table, Southern Vermont’s culinary gem, uses the local agricultural bounty to create world-class farm-to-table fare. Executive Chef Christopher Lauinger brings his wealth of culinary offerings to provide a menu driven by the seasons for an unforgettable dining experience. Enjoy your evening in our modern rustic Great Room by the fire, in one of our 2 beautiful dining rooms, at our 18th century historic bar, on our beautiful Bluestone Terrace, or in our private dining areas; The Emerald Room & Candlelit Wine Cellar. We are equipped to accommodate events of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to full-scale weddings. Sawmill Bar & Table welcomes you to the Inn at Farm Road Estate and looks forward to offering a fine dining experience in a casually elegant atmosphere.
Top review
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Wonderful ambiance. Delicious food. Will definitely return.
A photo of Clara's Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.6 (132)
$30 and under
Mount Snow
About the restaurant
Clara's Cucina Italiana is a traditional Northen Italian restaurant inside the White House Inn in Wilmington, VT. Clara's offers two distinct dining experiences - guests can enjoy an upscale seating within our dining room or a cocktail and bar bites menu within our Taverna.
Top review
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Yet again, a perfect dining experience. Excellent food, cocktails, wine, ambiance, and wait staff. Expensive, but well worth it.
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