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7:00 PM
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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

316 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Local Ingredients
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday-Saturday: 5:30pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(802) 362-2568
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sigal Rocklin
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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.
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Private party contact
Matt Mandino: (802) 362-2568
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Cross street
Seminary Road
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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.
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 316 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely wonderful all around. Tammy Rossi have our review on Trip Advisor. A truly wonderful stay.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

On vacation skiing in VT. Wonderful restaurant. Would reccommend.

waltk (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

AnneMarie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

excellent food and service to match. highly recommend!

AmyH (New England)
5.0  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.

TMRaleigh (Raleigh)
5.0  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.

Mike126 (New York Area)
5.0  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.

ChristineG (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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