The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

4.7
415 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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 Recommended
What 415 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
r
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

food was fair. nothing to write home about. Lovely setting, but chef far from 4^

Report
Helpful
m
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific find in a wonderful New England town. Everything was pitch perfect.

Report
Helpful
A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stayed for two nights at the lovely Reluctant Panther Inn. We were thrilled to find such an excellent and elegant restaurant right in the Inn. Divine wine selection and an outstanding cheese plate, started the meal The entree selections featured many local Vermont delicacies and the chef demonstrated her expertise in everything she touched. Thank you!

Report
Helpful
RP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect cozy spot for a chilly winter magnificent dinner!

Report
Helpful
V
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner at the Reluctant Panther. Food was great and our waiter Lenny was terrific. Can’t wait to visit again!

Report
Helpful
JB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, and wonderful attentive service.

Report
Helpful
G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous from beginning to end. Knocked out by the quality and presentation. A special place we can’t wait to return to.

Report
Helpful
R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had THE BEST dinner! Genius pairings, a real palette pleaser!
I highly recommend this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The Osso Bucco was to die for. So was the lime basil sorbet.

Report
Helpful
SG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service in this restaurant is excellent. The attention to detail was impeccable. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I am a vegetarian and I did not love the only choice I had for an entree. I had to be creative and order 2 salads instead of a main course, yet both were wonderful. My husband had the venison and enjoyed every bite. The wine list is amazing!

Report
Helpful
OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal and great service. Highly recommended

Report
Helpful
R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll read great reviews regarding everything from the food to service to ambiance; it is all accurate. A special meal and at a special place. You won't be disappointed.

Report
Helpful
l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved the bar and wine list. Service was very good. Our appetizer- lobster and Brie fondue- was excellent. However, our entrees were very disappointing. My husband had the lobster ravioli and ate half of one of the three ravioli and it was cold. Sent back and it was warmed up and came back sans the uneaten half. I had vegetable risotto and the texture was odd- seemed undercooked. Disappointed. Back to Mistral’s next year!

Report
Helpful
DF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

Report
Helpful
JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful food very small portions lobster ravioli exceptionally disappointing .. other meals great but not stellar in preparation

Report
Helpful
V
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Food was great!

Report
Helpful
CC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with our meal, everything was wonderful!

Report
Helpful
CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love to go out to eat at real nice places including many in the Boston area. The food and presentation is magnificent coupled with the service and ambiance this restaurant is nothing short of amazing. We only come up once a year (we live in western MA) but look forward to dining here greatly. Excellent job!!

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We were hoping for a great meal after reading the reviews. The atmosphere was what you would expect in a hotel restaurant, nice but nothing special. Although my wife's soup was delicious, the rest of the meal was average at best. The single crab cake appetizer was about the size of a postage stamp, and the rib eye was fatty and full of gristle. The chicken breast was good, but nothing special. I don't mind spending over $180 on dinner with one appetizer and drink each, but it should be something you go away feeling satisfied that you were someplace special and everything was great. I would recommend staying in the Inn as it is a great place, however we were very disappointed with the restaurant.

Report
Helpful
GT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here was truly an experience to remember. The food was worth every penny and the service was impeccable. We had the pleasure of also staying at this inn and that was also an amazing experience. Definitely recommend visiting if you can.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, gracious & friendly service, nice atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
DK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was greeted and had my coat taken, my date and I were seated by the fireplace. We enjoyed our cocktails with our appetizer and a glass of wine with the meal. Our food was excellent and the service was prompt and attentive.

Report
Helpful
L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & Service was amazing!!
Great experience Can’t wait to go back

Report
Helpful
SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was creatively prepared and presented couple with exceptional service.

Report
Helpful
VT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed the beautiful dining room, warm ambience and outstanding service we received at The Reluctant Panther. It was a quiet mid-week night, with only a few other tables in the dining room. Lenny K, our server, was fantastic, personable and professional. The short ribs were fork tender, bursting with flavor and perfectly accompanied by potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts. The pheasant was equally outstanding with interesting and well matched side dishes. The wine list by the glass was excellent! This was a truly excellent meal and dining experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was excruciatingly noisy due to some big parties; it was difficult to find something to eat on the menu which was much too esoteric for our palettes and the prices were high. We have been here before; once we enjoyed it and once our experience was similar to this occasion. We decided to give it another chance but won't be doing so again. We were very disappointed that with an Israeli chef, there were really no no Mediterranean options on the menu. It was heavy, winter New England.

Report
Helpful
RP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a special occasion

Report
Helpful
d
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service complimented by creative and high quality menu! We ate here two nights in a row and everything was amazing!

Report
Helpful
KE
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family to Manchester for a quick Christmas get-a-way and wanted to take them out for a special dinner. The Reluctant Panther was the answer! Cozy...fireplace...great menu...gluten-free options for my daughter. The staff couldn't have been any more friendly and accommodating! A special night we'll remember for years to come! Highly recommended!

Report
Helpful
K
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

By far the best meal to be had in Manchester, VT. Beautiful dishes very well executed. Had a fabulous pheasant entree this time around. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Family Christmas

Report
Helpful
S
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Three lobster raviolis and two shrimp for a $30+ dollar meal is just not enough. Left hungry .

Report
Helpful
M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal in a comfortable and lovely environment. Our meals were delicious, beautifully presented and prepared. Wonderful service. Great food and wine.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here on a quiet, snowy night in mid-December. There were only a few other diners in the restaurant, but the room still felt cozy, cheery and inviting. Upscale, but not intimidating decor. The service was extremely personable, warm, and down-to-earth, as others have mentioned. Felt like dining with an old, good friend. Food was delicious - everything was perfectly cooked. The homemade bread and butter at the beginning kicked everything off on the right note! We split the Lobster and Brie Fondue as an appetizer - couldn’t pass it up, given all of the reviews! Our server gave us a spoon and told us to eat it right out of the pot if we didn’t want to fill up on more bread - we took her advice; it was amazing. I had an Arctic Char dish and my partner had the short ribs - both entrees were superb. For the level of service and quality of the food, we would have gladly paid double - the Reluctant Panther is a gem. Don’t miss it if you’re in Manchester!

Report
Helpful
CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. Very classy, interesting menu choices expertly prepared.

Report
Helpful
MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect fine dining experience. Excellent service.

Report
Helpful
JF
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place cannot be missed! Everything was delicious, and you can tell how much passion the chef and the staff put into the menu.

Report
Helpful
K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and very good wine selection. Worth coming back!!!!

Report
Helpful
CP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and took my parents as a birthday present. Never ceases to amaze, Chef Sigal is a master of their craft. The first time I had lamb that was so good it brought tears to my eyes and the buttermilk semifreddo on the pumpkin bread dessert conjured the same response. Bravo!

Report
Helpful
PB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from beginning to end!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
11