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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.
Reservations Recommended

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.

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
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Good for a Date (12)
Romantic (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Cozy (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Healthy (2)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
Casual (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

birthday dinner,, very good, Food, Ex service will return

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

excellent food and service to match. highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Tapas, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food and service were amazing. Presentation of each course was beautiful and creative

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Service. Food was very good. Sara at the from of the house was the best. Very accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really a great overall experience between the ambiance, great food and terrific service. We will definitely eat there again on our next visit to Manchester

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and service. Warm and friendly atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing dinner after a long, cold day of skiing. We will definitely come back in the very near future.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely room in a beautiful inn. Service good and wine list has a great selection at good value. Disappointed in the fondue losbster appetizer as it was all cheese with one paltry lump of lobster. Steak was fabulous as was the fish.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was perfect! Weight staff Michele was knowledgeable, attentive. Food was superb! Fireplaces and snow what could be better!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very nice setting, service and the food was excellent

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great meal, great service! Can’t wait to go back in February!!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 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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 (New England)·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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 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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vip
 (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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 (New England)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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