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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.

39 West Road
Manchester, VT 05254
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 5:30pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Seminary Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 362-2568

Website:
http://reluctantpanther.com/dining

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.

Executive Chef:
Sigal Rocklin

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

Additional:
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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year at the Reluctant Panther. Offering a 4-course menu, with optional wine pairing, it is a sure way to celebrate 2017 while relaxing and gaining excitement for all 2018 will be! Dinner will be served in the dining room 5:30-9:30p while a live band will be in the Pub from 8p-12:30a.

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for a Date (10)
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Local Ingredients (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

There were two large groups that were making so much noise that we could not talk. Ruined our evening. Coffee was terrible

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Awesome in every way!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent dining experience from start to finish. Will definitely return. We have also recommended this restaurant to other business associates.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Was an awesome dinner, crab cakes are to die for, and the chicken dish with goat cheese was top shelf, I would give chief and service 10 stars if they had it!
Most highly recommended!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Our server was excellent. Just a beautiful experience

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Well worth the drive. Very good service with fantastic food. Worth visiting Manchester to stay and have dinner here

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Beautiful food service and menu. All dishes were beautifully presented and prepared. Loved it!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our experience was delightful from beginning to end. Our waiter was Leonard and he suggested some dishes that were delicious. He was friendly and attentive. His kindness made our special occasion even better.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Outstanding ambience and food. Right next door to the Equinox. Service was fantastic. Food selection was creative and well prepared. The best meal we had on our trip to Manchester, VT.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Wonderful! everything: food,service,noise level, atmosphere all great

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The service was phenomenal. Hunter was knowledgeable about the menu, ingredients and any special modifications. The chef features a new seasonal menu which she premiered on the 18th with locally grown ingredients and a eye for detail. Enjoyed every minute.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful food and quaint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We went here for our wedding anniversary. The service and the food were fantastic! We were very pleased, and would definitely recommend to others! The food was fairly priced for the area. Very nice decor and atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

A lovely evening. Food was delicious, service was impeccable and ambiance was lovely. Highly recommend this dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Berlin)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food quite a bit disappointing, expensive compared to what is offered

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Really quaint spot with delicious local and seasonal food!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The dining experience was top notch. Attentive, but not intrusive, service. Lovely location and delicious food. If you are in Manchester give it a try. You won't be disappointed!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

$46 Filet tasted old and was not trimmed correctly, $43 lamb dish consisted of 3 - 6 in strips 3/4 in wide wrapped around stuffing and cous cous. We had been here several years ago when previous owners had it and it was outstanding. We were looking forward to this dinner, but were extremely disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Disappointing in that the halibut that was ordered was dry and the filet mignon($46)was rare rather than medium rare as requested. This was brought to the server's attention who gave an "oh well" shake of her shoulders followed by I'm sorry. She should have addressed this with the chef for consideration. Would not go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

A beautiful interior sets the stage for a fabulous meal. The food was wonderful and the wine list was good. One of the best restaurants in the Manchester area.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The Reluctant Panther has to be the best restaurant in the region. They are part of the VT fresh network, and it shows. Every single dish was an explosion of flavors. The chef buys her ingredients from local markets / vendors. The wine list is splendid and offers amazing value. Do not miss this restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Little pricey for the portion size.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

lovely setting, innovative and delicious food, excelent service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Terrific food. Tiny portions. very expensive.
I thought Nouvelle Cuisine was dead. It should be.
Everyone left hungry

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The food was fantastic. We are foodies and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality and detail put into each course. We will be coming back!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This is one of our favorite restsurants in Manchester. Dining room is exquisite and menu always local and exquisite. Cannot wait until our next visit.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I love the ambiance and the food happens to be great....been there 6 times.....I guess that says it all.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 1, 2017

My wife and I had dinner to celebrate my 60th birthday, it was a Monday night and they had just reopened following a spring clean. It looked nice from what we saw.

We had a drink at the bar and got chatting to some others there, then moved to our table which was by the window. They weren't too busy but is was a Monday night and in the 'closed' season for the area.

Our food was generally good, we started with Ravioli. For our main courses my wife had fish, can't remember if it was off the menu or a special and I had rabbit with pasta. Both dishes would of been good except they were both extremely salty to the extent neither of us could finish our dishes.

We did not have dessert and decided to go back to our hotel for a night cap.

It was our first time at this restaurant and they had just reopened after being closed for a month. Please don't take this review as a negative. We always believe in giving a place a second visit before totally making our minds up about it, so we shall visit again later in the year.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

This was a top notch dining experience with food combinations I have never tried before as in Lobster Fondue. The venison - which I'm always hesitant to order, because it's usually dry, was prepared perfectly and the deserts were truly original and worth abandoning my low car regime. Our waitress was fun, engaging and helped us navigate the menu which made our experience even more special.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on March 17, 2017

This was a special evening for us and the Reluctant Panther was the perfect choice.

The food was excellent, and the service, exemplary.

The Reluctant Panther just keeps getting better and better.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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