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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant, Manchester, VT

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

4.9
4.9
1111 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
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 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • 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

What 1,111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vermont

    Best Overall

  • Vermont

    Best Food

  • Vermont

    Best Service

  • Vermont

    Best Value

  • Vermont

    Romantic

  • Vermont

    Good for special occasions

  • Vermont

    American

  • Southern Vermont

    Best Overall

  • Southern Vermont

    Best Food

  • Southern Vermont

    Best Service

  • Southern Vermont

    Best Ambiance

  • Southern Vermont

    Best Value

  • Southern Vermont

    Innovative

  • Southern Vermont

    Healthy

  • Southern Vermont

    Neighborhood gem

  • Southern Vermont

    Great for fine wines

  • Southern Vermont

    Romantic

  • Southern Vermont

    Good for special occasions

  • Southern Vermont

    American

1,111 Reviews
  1. fredb

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere and food service. The reluctant panther cocktail, the lobster fondue and the scallops were excellent

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  2. GoodEater

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Couldn’t have been better! A warm welcome with superb food, drinks, and service. Loved the house-made bread and grateful that they do not charge for it. Our favorite restaurant in Manchester; well, in all of Vermont, for that matter.

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  3. Eyher

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We like the place but this time around, it wasn’t exceptional. It was not a busy day and service was good but drinks were average and a chicken we ordered was over cooked. We’ll return given our previous experience was very good. Hopefully, it was an off day

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  4. Riki

    New York City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire service team was delightful, and the food was outstanding! 

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here to celebrate my mother’s 65th birthday and it did not disappoint. The food here was outstanding. I ordered the seared sea scallops while my sister ordered a risotto dish and my mom had the pork chop. Our plates were clean at the end, except for the pork chop, which was a massive portion size. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Dessert consisted of an assortment of house made sorbets and a maple creme brulee. They were sublime. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. It is a must try if you visit Manchester - you will not be sorry!

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  6. BarbG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best dining experience we have had in the Manchester area. Food, wine, service, ambiance...all were outstanding. The tables are large and spaciously arranged. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We can't wait to go back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot. Great menu service and cocktails. lol forward to getting back soon.

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  8. suzyfoodie

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole experience was outstanding from the ambiance to the staff to the presentation and taste. We will be back! The chef is doing a spectacular job.

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  9. BEWE

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, healthful choices and service was exceptional.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! From initial coat check to departure - outstanding!

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  11. EdS123

    New York City

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been years and happy to say it’s still one of the best restaurants in the area! Fantastic food and wine selections!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience could not have been nicer. Richard at the front desk was so helpful with my special requests. Service and food were excellent.

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  13. Luna

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    beautiful restaurant - large table was great and nice spacing between tables lovely service appreciate the bread and little chocolates delicious cocktail entrees were delicious broccoli soup was watery and disappointing will be back

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  14. WaheedB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for birthday. Staff, food and ambience were all very nice. Would recommend!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal - everything was beautifully presented and delicious. Highly recommend.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good dinner, service and ambiance. It was a little noisier than we expected and would have liked but the overall experience was still very good. My wife had the short ribs which she really enjoyed and I had the duck breast which was excellent. I also must recommend the broccoli and Gouda soup. We will definitely return.

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  17. WILLIAM

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience. Special cocktails were spectacular.

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  18. SamanthaG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going here for an annual anniversary date. The staff is so friendly and attentive and the food is just delicious; we’ve enjoyed anything we’ve ever gotten.

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  19. WaiW

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely dinner. Pork chop was excellent. Very nice wine list.

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  20. MLSLyme

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant. Incredible thoughts goes into every item on the plate. And the vegetables (and sides) are every bit as compelling as the featured protein. They also handle allergies and intolerances (gluten, dairy, soy) with grace and creativity. Go and enjoy!

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  21. Skibanff

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect, food, service and ambience. It was great evening and an excellent meal. I would highly recommend the Reluctant panther!

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  22. Carrie

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to celebrate my husband’s birthday, have wanted to come here for sometime now but it’s always book. We were definitely not disappointed. The place is beautiful and the food was delicious. Service was exceptional as well.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very delightful meal with our 3 year old toddler. The food was delicious and they were so cute either way our daughter. 10/10

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed a lovely evening at The RP. Nice ambiance, wonderful service and great dinner.

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  25. RobertC

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meals were delicious and the staff is friendly and go out of their way to accommodate you. It truly is fine dining but in a relaxed setting.

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  26. BobS

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, tres Vermont, great food and pleasant smiling service.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible . Only issue was that we received excellent attentive service to start but were forgotten once the entrees arrived

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  28. Skifor5

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always so nice to return to RP! Matt the manager and Morgan the Inn Keeper do a fantastic job!

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  29. Hutch

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in all categories. Exceptional attention to detail!

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  30. brians

    Key West

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect place for a Great Meal great service & Good Wine

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  31. Tgreene

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I stayed at this wonderful inn for a few days while visiting family in the area. We will definitely be back. This is the place to go if you really want something truly special . From the decor, service, ambiance, cocktails and yes of course the delicious food , everything was perfection . We loved the pace of the meal, never rushed yet we never waited either . You won’t be disappointed.

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  32. Neil

    New York City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third return visit and again enjoyed an excellent and creative dinner with outstanding service! We highly recommend the seared cod loin, and look forward to our next visit.

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  33. RobinC

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place! Such a great dining experience from the minute you walk in. Everyone is very attentive. The food is fabulous. Such a special dining experience.

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  34. JILLIANF

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the reluctant panther!!! Food is always delicious. The service is thoughtful and enjoyable. I want to make it point to come more often.

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  35. JohnZ

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at the Reluctant Panther was an adventure, from its sparkling dining room as nice as any that could be found, to the staff tending to every need and the original art gracing the walls. Speaking of which, one of our party has significant allergies and a complicated list of things that cannot be consumed (e.g., dairy, butter, high fructose, oranges, mushrooms, etc.) The chef prepared well in advance and walked the second mile to accommodate the needs, to the extraordinary delight of the one with allergies. If you have any or many allergies, come here and they will make something special just for you.

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  36. AliceM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Whenever we are in the Manchester area we will make it a point to eat at the restaurant, and to stay at the inn!

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  37. VTfoodie

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We've meant to dine here for quite some time due to many very good reviews. Well, something has definitely changed. I've not written but one poor review in many, many years, but felt the owners/chef needed to know this. My wife and I felt the food, which is the main reason to visit a place, was poor at best. I might have had three bites from my plate. The waitress never asked why I didn't eat my food. My wife had the chicken which was so overcooked she needed a drink to swallow. Needless to say, we will not return and hopefully the team at Reluctant Panther can review what is causing this poor review as well as others of late.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Worm

    Portland

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite restaurant,unfortunately 90 minute drive but they have an excellent inn.Every appetizer and entree our excellent.Last night lobster and brie appetizer and scallop entree.and crispy brussel sprouts appetizer and duck entree..Cocktails are very good and wine selection diverse.

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  39. shannon

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very disappointing. Especially for the price. Lobster brief fondue had no lobster. Two fillets were tough. Could barely chew. Best part about the dinner with the cocktails.

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  40. 2dine4

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we were greeted till the time of our check being delivered dining here was a truly wonderful experience . We were here for an anniversary meal and the staff made it even more special than we could have hoped for . Our meals were on par with the best restaurants in the country , service was top notch and there was an anniversary message on our dessert … I can’t wait to travel back to Manchester and eat here again ! I left happier than I’ve been at a restaurant in a long long time !

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FAQs

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 1111 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 5 times today
Google Map for The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Seminary Road
  • Neighborhood
    Manchester
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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