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About The Reluctant Panther 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. 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.
Manchester, VT 05254
Hours of Operation:
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Private Party Facilities:
The Panther Pub is a lighter fare dining venue at The Reluctant Panther. Warmly lit and comfortably furnished, the Pub is used for special events and private party bookings. Business dinners, wedding rehearsal dinners, and "after parties" (the ideal thing to do after a rehearsal or wedding reception) are particularly effective in The Panther Pub.
Private Party Contact:
Matt Mandino: (802) 362-2568
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Restaurant at the Reluctant Panther is a fantastic, elegant site for special dining events. Ancillary event spaces include our outdoor patio and gardens and a two-room, Tuscan style pub space with full bar. Please call the front desk for more information.
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Every bite of everything we ate was perfect. We got the lobster and Brie fondue which had big chunks of lobster. The meal portions were perfect! We got the short ribs and steak. The short ribs were so tender no need for a knife! We also got the chocolate special for dessert and it came with sorbet... must try the sorbet! It was amazing, we are defiantly returning.
It had snowed about a foot during the day, and many establishments had sent staff home or closed completely. We walked to this restaurant from the Taconic on the recommendation of a chef friend. There was only one waiter and the chef in the kitchen, and the food was fantastic. Service was excellent as well. You would have thought they were fully staffed. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners and will return the next time we are in Manchester. Quiet, elegant atmosphere.
So, it was a quiet Monday night. There were only 3-4 other tables in use. However, the staff were friendly, fun and very attentive. The food was delicious, well prepared and innovative. I especially enjoyed the charcuterie appetizer that came with some very nice cheeses, meats and "duck prosciutto" which was to die for! In summary, we had a great meal , a great time and this will be on our "do-again" list.
The Reluctant Panther was superb! The staff was attentive and welcoming from the moment we walked through the door. Our table was set and waiting for us when we arrived. Our server, Leonard, was friendly, funny and the consummate professional. He deftly guided us through the menu and we all were delighted with our orders. Everything, from the bread to the dessert, was uniquely delicious. Our appetizers (duck), soup (sweet potato) and salads were amazing but then our dinners (signature short ribs and chicken breast with cassoulet) surpassed them. We concluded our evening with cranberry ice cream and cream puffs. Everything was perfect and everything (the service, the staff, the ambience, the food) contribute to one of the most perfect evenings ever. We highly recommend the Reluctant Panther and will certainly return.
We had a wonderful dining experience. We were greeted by friendly and attentive staff who make you feel comfortable the moment you walk in. Our server was also friendly, knowledgeable and made some great recommendations. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious!! This is the best restaurant I’ve dined at in the Manchester area and my family and I can’t wait to go back!! Thank you!!
Fabulous dinner at a gem of a restaurant! This was our first visit to The Reluctant Panther and we were thrilled to discover that it is one of the best restaurants in Vermont! The food is fantastic and the ambiance outstanding - it's so cozy, with two fireplaces and wonderful holiday decorations. Friendly and attentive service. I had the sweet potato soup to start, and it was sublime. My husband had the seasonal salad and he really enjoyed it. For entrees, he had Venison Osso Bucco, which was excellent, and I had the Switchback Ale braised shortribs, which was fantastic. Very good wine list, and inspired desserts round out the experience. We had the yummy deconstructed carrot cake. The evening included several special touches, like an amuse bouche before the first course and chocolate truffles after dinner. Can't wait to go back!
We were there celebrating a birthday on gals weekend. All of us are foodies and can cook marvelousy. We found our dishes to be a bit average and in particular, my steak was below average. A bit too fatty and grisly texture for a rib eye. Overall, the atmosphere is nice and the cocktail list is creative. I would visit again and give it another try.
We went here for Thanksgiving dinner on our honeymoon and had a spectacular dinner. Everything was amazing! We are still talking about the meal and how perfect it was. From the moment we arrived we were greeted and met with hospitality. We were seated at the best table for two that looked out onto a pond and the service was impeccable. Everything was perfect down to the host putting my coat on as we headed out the door. We look forward to returning.
An all around Great Experience... This was our first visit to The Reluctant Panther Restaurant but we will definitely be back on our next trip to Manchester VT. There were four of us celebrating our friends birthday & we all had a great experience. The service was excellent!!! The food was outstanding!!! Compliments & Thanks to the Chef & the Staff for an incredible experience.
Best restaurant in the Manchester area! We live in a nearby town and therefore have reason to visit many, if not all, of the restaurants in Manchester and the surrounding towns. The Reluctant Panther is head and shoulders above them all. It offers the perfect combination of fantastic food, genial and competent service, in a beautiful, quiet setting. While other restaurants may compete on one dimension or another, none come close to attaining TRP's high standards across all three. The chef does a phenomenal job, creating delicious dishes using only the freshest local ingredients. The service was extremely professional, attentive, and knowledgable. The dining room is beautiful, with comfortable seating and tables that are spread out, so that the noise level is dampened. A great place for a five star dining experience!
It wasn't impressive. The table next to is was complaining about their meal the entire time, which definitely impacted our experience. The waiter also accidentally charged is for 2 glasses of whiskey, but we only had one. We just wanted to get out of the restaurant and the table next to us was causing such a fuss that we just decided to pay the bill and not bring it up.
We were welcomed outside the Hotel/restaurant and immediately made to feel welcome. We were early for our reservation and were made comfortable on the patio. Lovely meal, nice service in a beautiful setting. The cheese tray we had for dessert might have been a bit skimpy but the oysters, risotto and short ribs were all good.
If you have not visited the Reluctant Panther, you should. The food is amazing and the wait staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. The restaurant is quiet and is the perfect place for intimate, quiet conversation, a business dinner, or a friends' get-together. You will not be disappointed in any aspect of the food or service.
Menu, food and service was very good. But the place lacks warmth. No greeting, no management in sight. No personality. Unfortunately, our table was by a door leading to the deck so it was constantly opening and closing with continuous foot traffic. Spoiled the ambiance. We want to go back for the food but not sure if it's worth it.
We finally tried a restaurant we had heard about and we were not disappointed. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The dining area is spacious so you don't feel like other diners are on top of you. This allows for good, private conversation--which isn't always the case in a restaurant. The menu was not very extensive but I could have chosen several entrees that would have satisfied me. We had a nice view of an outside garden and pond and this was kind of an unexpected bonus. We would definitely dine there again.
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