About The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet — a relaxed eatery, funky bar, and vibrant solarium. We give you the choice: let orb lamps and celestial surroundings illuminate your house-infused cocktail, share dessert under the stars in our indoor solarium, or enjoy the dining room for a more private evening.

Local artists' exhibits adorn the walls, while our eclectic seasonal menu sends you spinning the globe. Come for a visit - we think our colorful alleyway eatery is, well, out of this world!

15 Center St.
Burlington, VT 05401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Bar open 4pm - 2am daily. Dinner served until 9pm Sun-Thurs, 9:30pm Fri & Sat. Late-night menu available in the bar until 11pm Sun-Thurs, 12am Fri & Sat.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 862-9647

Website:
http://www.dailyplanetvt.com/

Parking Details:
4-story parking garage on the corner of Center and Bank St. On-street parking downtown.

Executive Chef:
Justin Bigelow

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Mondays: $6 local burgers and house made chickpea burgers. $4 select drafts.
Tuesdays: Tijuana Tuesdays with $2 tacos, $2 Tecate beers, $2 tequila shots.
Wednesdays/Thursdays: Live entertainment from 8-10pm in the bar.

The Daily Planet Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

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4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2015

We decided to try the Daily Planet again during VT Restaurant Week. The menu looked interesting, and it was one of the few places that I could find with reservations available for Saturday evening. That should have been a clue. The service was very good, attentive, congenial and efficient. The food was a big disappointment. Seemed to be that the biggest concern in the kitchen was for presentation, not really content or quantity. The presentation was nice. The food was mediocre. The tiny bit of duck in the duck sliders was rendered tasteless by the heavy over toasted rolls. The beef shortrib had good flavor, but the sauce combination drizzled on the plate (smoked blueberry sauce??) didn't complement the food at all. There might have been 2 tablespoons of hash that went along with the single rib. The desserts were the highlight, if there was a highlight. We will be crossing this restaurant off our list.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2015

The Daily Planet designed a Dr. Seuss inspired menu for Vermont Restaurant Week. I had the One Fish Two Fish, Thank You Thank You Sam-I-Am, and the Horton Hears.... Each of these dishes had gorgeous presentation and had multiple complementary flavors. Just as one example: The Horton Hears was an elephant ear with a maple bacon ice cream top that made it look like the elephant Horton, with little cracker jacks on the plate representing the Whos. My server Sean was extraordinarily attentive, even asking if I needed a little pause during some of the richer courses, and very kind. This was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had, and I'm excited to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2015

Great food and terrific service. The server was very attentive to all of the details of good dining. We had the large dish of scallops, but their small dishes provide the opportunity to mix dishes, if one so chooses. Too often, restaurant "critics" prefer volume of food over quality. The small plates provide the opportunity to maintain very high quality food at affordable prices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 28, 2015

Terrible experience. Had reservations and seated right away. Waited 1.5 hours for meals that arrived cold and with no flavor. Three in our party did not eat meals. Server tried to avoid eye contact as opposed to telling us why food go delayed. Mistakes are fine if you are told why. Manager questioned our perception.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2015

The menu offers lots of options for all tastes, including small plates and entrees and interesting sides. Service is attentive. We were there prior to a Friday night Flynn show and found that allowing 90 minutes is not quite enough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2015

We rediscovered The Daily Planet recently and have returned several times with friends. Last time we went as a couple and I had an outstanding salad followed by the sole roulettes, which unfortunately had way too much pepper for my taste. My husband had a wonderful charcuterie plate and the duck poutine, both of which were excellent. The peppered sole was the only bad note in an otherwise excellent history of several meals, so I would definitely return with the hope that the server asks whether you want pepper and how much.
They have a wonderful deal with the Roxy theater for reduced prices, and the Roxy is literally across the street, so it is a great choice for dinner before a movie.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2015

We went for our Anniversary Dinner and could not be more pleased. Our kids called the restaurant and ordered a special bottle of Champagne for our table and the staff happily obliged. The atmosphere is cozy and the lighting and decor just right. The staff was on top of everything and the food was creative and very good. We will definitely be visiting the Daily Planet again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2015

The Daily Planet use to be one of my favorite places to eat but over the years it had become increasingly inconsistent. The warm setting and good memories has kept me coming back even if the food was often disappointing.

I am happy to say that our most recent dining experience was exceptionally good. I had the filet special and my husband had the bisque and a cod cake appetizer. It is nice that you can pick among appetizers, small plates and larger entries depending on your appetite.

Our server was also exceptional. He was friendly, attentive but not at all hovering. He offered good descriptions of the food and showed enthusiasm for the specials being served that night.

I think we will be returning on a more regular basis based on our meal this weekend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2015

The Daily Planet is one of our regular spots around Burlington. They have recently altered their menu whit an eye toward new ingredients and unusual combinations. Most of the dishes were excellent, from the lobster bisque starter to the mahi-mahi on shrimp risotto to the roast chicken on quinoa to the Cajun mac-and-cheese side dish. Portions were good, though I could have asked for a larger piece of fish. The mac and cheese was tremendous (probably about 4 cups that filled a soup bowl) as well as having a much more interesting flavor than a typical mac and cheese.
The one thing we had that was disappointing was the salad, which seemed to have been made far in advance and stuck in the refrigerator, because the greens were wilted, the croutons were soggy, and the balsamic reduction was difficult to scrape off the plate. Our server was excellent and attentive. Overall this is still a very good restaurant for a reasonable price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Food is always interesting. Taste... presentation... creativity. Burlington has many fine restaurants. Daily Planet is one of the best.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2015

My wife and I had a great time eating here but the hostess was disgruntled and rude.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2015

We ate there in the middle of a snowstorm, so there were very few people in the restaurant. It was delightfully quiet, the food and service were excellent. We plan to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2015

Its is rare to be able to make a reservation at a restaurant in downtown Burlington. On top of good food and service, I love that I am able to make an easy online reservation and eliminate a long wait time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2015

We had a good time, the food was good and the service also. I felt as though for 21 bucks I'd have gotten more than 3 scallops.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2015

With a new chef and a small plate menu we thought we'd give the place another try. We saw that the old "Maura's salad" is still there but has been given a contemporary twist. Instead ordered a bunch of small plates which generally I love, given the abundance of tapas restaurants in Boston. Typically when you order a bunch of small plates (well, some were large), there would be some variety in the portions but basically I left hungry. The lamb pops were delicious though, as was the flat iron steak. Still, I absolutely HATE the idea of "nachos" turning into two wontons with a bit of lobster on them. Don't call them nachos. Call them Wanton wrappers with lobster. Or, why don't you actually SAY on the menu that the dish is made with wanton wrappers. The other small plates were so unmemorable I forgot them. Oh wait, the charcuterie? Well warn your customers it's a poultry charcuterie...two chicken, one duck thingy? And the bread basket brought to the table? Go back to french bread. The herbed bread wasn'tasty. The place has a great atmosphere (though freezing) and I'm sure if you know the menu well and know how to order, you would do better than we did but the waitress really wasn't much help on that score, even when we asked her if any dish was more "plentiful" than others, she kind of looked clueless.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2014

We have not frequented this restaurant in years but gave it a try after reading some positive reviews of late and the fact that they have brought in a new chef. Each of us had different dishes and enjoyed it all. We enjoyed the variety of dishes, which range from smaller plates to more full entrees. A great range of options. Waiter was very efficient, clearly knowledgeable and pleasant. Dessert was killer. We will be back and will recommend to others. Bar scene was very lively and loud but our table was well-removed from that section (we were in the former lounge area/the space with greenhouse windows. We had asked for a table away from heavier traffic and were accommodated. I made reservations on line, and that worked well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 26, 2014

Whenever we visit Burlington we check iut the Daily Planet. We have been eating at the Planet for over 27 years. During that time they have had their ups and downs but I'm happy to tell you, The Planet is Back!.

Our server "Gene" was top notch. Our meals were prepared perfectly. She had the Scallops. They were juicy, flavorful and served beautifully. I had the Pork and Peanut Ramen. It was soo good, we went back on our second night and both of us of us had it again. Four thumbs up.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2014

We have always loved the Daily Planet and make a point to go multiple times a year with our family. It has been very family friendly in the past with great good for all. Our children love going to restaurants and have very advanced palates. The newest menu though seems to be trying too hard to be "foodie" and is, therefore, falling short. The food portions were small and the desert menu was ridiculous. And, they were out if numerous drinks. It saddens me that a Burlington is losing this gem especially as it was always a sure bet and where all the locals would recommend. When kids can't even find a dessert they want in a menu you know there is something drastically wrong!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2014

I've been a daily planet fan for a while and after hearing the chef updated the menu, I had to check it out. They now have little plates and small plates. I got crab stuffed sole rosettes with pumpkin sage risotto and a side of roasted Brussels sprouts with pork belly. Both were packed with flavor. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2014

The menu at DP seems to really be more for late night snacks than a real dinner. They have Lite Bites and Small Plates, all of which are small portions. Our party of four arrived at 6 on a Saturday night. We didn't get our food till 7:40, and then it was small and tepid. The wait staff was good, but it seemed they needed one more waiter or one more in the kitchen.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Food, Service were great, portion size was a bit shy. Food was fresh and had great taste, but small plates were really small one more item would have helped for the price. Service was very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2014

Portions were small across all three courses. Food arrived slowly considering what we ordered and how busy they were.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2014

The two soups, the salad, and the crab-stuffed sole were all delicious. The lamp lollipops were "rare" to the point I would call undercooked or barely cooked, which may be to some people's tastes. The tiramisu was delicious but tiny. I like a small dessert rather than a total calorie bomb, but this was a little extreme (two slender lady fingers, a dollop of cream, and the plate merely decorated with coffee/chocolate sauce?). But I generally love the small plate concept enabling us to order a whole load of things without fear of overkill - don't be afraid to order dessert; apparently it will not break the calorie bank or be a gut-buster! The overall deliciousness of most of the things we ordered definitely overshadowed any complaints.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 11, 2014

We went to the Daily Planet to celebrate our wedding anniversary with our family. It was really nice the way they designed it so that everyone could try most of the items on the menu. We tried the beef iron skillet, cemita sliders, cajun mac n cheese (sauce was delicious), burgers, salads, chicken fell right off the bone. Overall, everyone was very pleased with the variety, service, and quality of the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2014

They have just changed their menu for the Fall. I normally find one thing on a menu that I will order. Not because I'm picky but because I cook a lot and want something I would not normally make on my own. There were many creative dishes that I would have loved to try. And for the carne's out there the burgers never disappoint.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Unfriendly and slow service, very small portions of food for an unreasonable price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Nice looking place but the food is just ok. Service was adequate.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 13, 2014

The décor is out dated, service was friendly. The food was average at best. My husband and son both ordered the Cubano sandwich. It was pretty good, the accompanying fries where limp, undercooked and pretty tasteless. I had the Linguine with mushrooms. The dish had an over abundance of garlic, to the point of barely being able to taste the mushrooms. The dish was also very dry, no real sauce to speak of. I was only able to eat a few bites. My husband and I both had 2 glasses of a nice Italian white wine at $9 a glass. Our entire bill came to over $80 before tip, quite pricey for 2 sandwiches and a plate of inedible pasta.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2014

I've been eating at the Planet for 30 years. It may be the only restaurant in Burlington that has not only survived, but thrived through at least three owners, and still reaches old and new markets successfully. The Planet is always the place we go when lines are too long at new restaurants that we get duped into trying, which are typically over-priced compared to the quality, which is never the case at the Planet. The menu variety at the Planet is unusual - regular, affordable items appear side by side with specials and new entrees so you can always be sure that you get the chance to try something new or order the items that you know you can depend on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2014

Over priced food. Really dark inside. I have never in my life seen such disgusting green curry that completely lacked flavor. The fried calamari tasted like frozen rubbery grissle. I would not recommend this place to anyone or ever go back again.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Everything from the romantic feel to the amazing food was amazing. This restaurant holds a dear place in my heart. Me and my boyfriend have celebrated many special occasions here and we always keep coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2014

The Daily Planet is a hidden gem in downtown Burlington. The menu is terrific, the serviced is great. The ambiance is romantic and special. And the prices are reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2014

It has been awhile since I last ate at the Daily Planet and the quality of food has declined significantly. The portions were very small for the price and the presentation was not very appealing. I would not eat at the Daily Planet again unless I hear from others that the quality has improved.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 11, 2014

In town on business and found the Daily Planet to be a nice surprise. Struck me as more of a local place versus tourist spot. Original cocktails and fresh menu choices.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 18, 2014

Over price everything, barely food on the plate, drinks 8-10bucks. The food had little or no flavor, my green curry with chicken, what chicken.
Terrible, we had to get food after we left, and we spent 70 dollars.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2014

First time eating at this restaurant and was very satisfied. Food was fresh and very tasty. Portion sizes were good and service was very attentive . I would go back to the Daily Planet and recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2014

Whenever we find ourselves in Burlington (about once a year) we always have one or two meals at the Daily Planet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2014

Four of us dined and all agreed the food was very bland, and overpriced. I was served 5 scallops the size of pennies. Silverware was dirty, service slow. This place always hit or miss but now a consistent miss. I would not recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2014

Very satisfied with the service and respectful attention to food allergy issue. Very careful and made good recommendations. Will surely return.

Waitstaff very attentive and made good recommendations.

While I knew The Daily Planet existed for years, I never gave it a second thought before using Open Table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2014

Our group of 6 met for dinner during Jazz Fest. We enjoyed our seating; it was a place where we could visit without having to raise our voices. Drinks and dinner were very good. And our waitress was the best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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