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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant, Manchester, VT

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

4.8
4.8
955 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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. With excellent service and outstanding ambiance, the Panther Restaurant boasts the highest Zagat rating in northern New England. 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (802) 362-2568

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sigal Rocklin

  • Private party facilities

    The Panther Pub is Warmly lit and comfortably furnished, the Pub is used for special events and private party bookings. Business dinners and small wedding rehearsal dinners are particularly effective in The Panther Pub.

  • Private party contact

    Matt Mandino: (802) 362-2568

  • Neighborhood

    Manchester, Vermont

  • Cross street

    Seminary Road

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in our private lot or in public spaces nearby. We have handicap access parking both in the front and rear of our buildings.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 955 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vermont

    Best Food

  • Vermont

    Best Service

  • Vermont

    Best Ambiance

  • Vermont

    Innovative

  • Vermont

    Great for fine wines

  • Vermont

    Good for special occasions

  • Vermont

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love it there
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the Reluctance Panther was exquisite from the ambiance and the service to the innovative food and drink. Kudos for a setting a wonderful evening and we will be back soon.
  3. SR

    SuzieR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at this restaurant and we are already planning on going back. The food was outstanding!! The staff was excellent-very attentive! A very elegant meal!
  4. PS

    PhilipS

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal from beginning to end. From the entrance to the dessert, this was one of the best experiences we have ever had. A must do on any VT visit.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner as always. Service impeccable as usual & food was out of this world creative & delicious!
  7. JP

    JP2012

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb restaurant. Food, service, ambience everything fantastic and compared to NY prices quite reasonable. Would highly recommend for special occasions
  8. CG

    ChristineG

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was absolutely incredible. The blend of flavors were perfect
  9. BT

    BluTraveler

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem in Manchester! We celebrated on New Year's Day 2023. The inn and dining room was beautifully decorated. We had superb service. The food was stunningly good. Lobster/brie fondue to start. Rib eye steak cooked perfectly to order. Short rib entree with root vegetables and cheddar mashed potato. Savory nirvana! We will be back again!
  10. KH

    KristinH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food from the burrata appetizer to our ribeye and short rib entrees and homemade desserts. Drinks were outstanding. Service was exceptional. This restaurant has become our favorite place to dine when visiting Manchester.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, one of the best meals we’ve had ever. Cannot recommend highly enough.
  12. VM

    VitoM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Time with our sons
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  14. KM

    KevinM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere and service!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the Reluctant Panther never ceases to amaze with their cuisine, ambiance and superior service. The lobster/Brie fondue was to die for and the chicken and venison was delicious!
  16. MP

    MatthewP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, calm, cozy, and inviting ambience. Food was beautifully presented and delicious and the service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
  17. S

    Stephane

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was for my wife birthday and it was the perfect set up to celebrate!
  18. d

    deborahc

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, amazing food and experienced, knowledgeable servers! The ambiance ((especially at Christmas) is outstanding. Everyone goes out of their way to be sure your experience is top notch
  19. D

    Docdave

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner
  20. AH

    AnnH

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delightful meal! Starting with our reservation process to our departure, such a friendly, accommodating and lovely experience. Mary, at the front desk, was so welcoming and our servers were professional and exact in their service. Beautiful menu and wine list. Just love this place. Don’t forget to ask how the name was derived. We will be back!
  21. DM

    DevanM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We shared the lobster and Brie fondue and the duck pate for appetizers. For entrees we had the scallops and venison osso buco and for dessert we shared the maple custard… everything was absolutely delicious. The service was outstanding. Attentive without ever feeling rushed… the timing of everything was on point. Overall, it was truly a memorable evening.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, beautiful atmosphere and food was terrific
  23. RW

    RichardW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE will be back. The chef is exceptional!!!! This will be a destination place for us because of the chefs creativity.
  24. JM

    JillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal! Fantastic service. Can’t wait to return.
  25. MD

    MelD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding and a local favorite!
  26. j

    jwalkermobile

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a romantic dinner. Food, cocktails, wine list, service and ambiance all fantastic!
  27. HN

    HunterdonNJResident

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    What a great night! We were in town celebrating my wife birthday. The food and ambience was simply amazing. The dinning room was very festive with several fireplaces and decorated Christmas trees. I would highly recommend.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything… the service, the ambiance, the food… was perfect. We loved it here and can’t wait to come back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time to the Reluctant Panther. The first time was wonderful and the second was a repeat performance. We’ll be sure to save an evening for the Panther whenever we’re in Manchester.
  30. s

    sybilm

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Not impressed. Meh. The wine list was great but our food was overcooked and undercooked (venison osso bucco and Wagyu Beef entrees). Nothing special and a let down, to be honest. Our server was terrific, however.
  31. TL

    ThomasL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The place was beautiful and and really nice 👍. However the meal was overpriced and very salty . I expected much more from this place . It was my Husband’s 65th birthday and I thought more of than this .
  32. BC

    BenC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the reluctant panther. Ambiance, host, waitress and the dinner were all wonderful. Braised ribs and pork dinner, sides were excellent. Waitress attentive and very pleasant. The cranberry ice cream was to die for! We will be back!
  33. t

    thomas

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and wonderful service as always. Great way to end a few days away from home.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service. Great value for the money. Server’s recommendations were great.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always exceptional. Room is beautiful and staff attentive. Best spot in Manchester.
  36. WM

    WillardM

    Birmingham

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful, relaxing spot to have a great dinner. Just lovely.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazong form start to finish. Joy was our server , she was great !!
  38. c

    christianw

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is seriously good. Compares well to some of the best NYC offers. Staff is friendly. Service was outstanding.
  39. n

    newjersey

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with great food. 2nd time there. Sat outside the first time and had spectacular view of the mountains. Would recommend it but book ahead.
  40. BM

    BMR33

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven't been to this restaurant in a few years. Whole new scene in both DR and Kitchen. One of the best now in Manchester area. Food is high quality and very good. HIghly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Seminary Road

  • Neighborhood

    Manchester, Vermont

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in our private lot or in public spaces nearby. We have handicap access parking both in the front and rear of our buildings.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sigal Rocklin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (802) 362-2568

  • Private party facilities

    The Panther Pub is Warmly lit and comfortably furnished, the Pub is used for special events and private party bookings. Business dinners and small wedding rehearsal dinners are particularly effective in The Panther Pub.

  • Private party contact

    Matt Mandino: (802) 362-2568

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