The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

4.7
407 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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. 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.
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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had THE BEST dinner! Genius pairings, a real palette pleaser!
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service in this restaurant is excellent. The attention to detail was impeccable. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that I am a vegetarian and I did not love the only choice I had for an entree. I had to be creative and order 2 salads instead of a main course, yet both were wonderful. My husband had the venison and enjoyed every bite. The wine list is amazing!

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OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal and great service. Highly recommended

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll read great reviews regarding everything from the food to service to ambiance; it is all accurate. A special meal and at a special place. You won't be disappointed.

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l
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved the bar and wine list. Service was very good. Our appetizer- lobster and Brie fondue- was excellent. However, our entrees were very disappointing. My husband had the lobster ravioli and ate half of one of the three ravioli and it was cold. Sent back and it was warmed up and came back sans the uneaten half. I had vegetable risotto and the texture was odd- seemed undercooked. Disappointed. Back to Mistral’s next year!

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DF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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JB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful food very small portions lobster ravioli exceptionally disappointing .. other meals great but not stellar in preparation

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V
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Food was great!

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with our meal, everything was wonderful!

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CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We love to go out to eat at real nice places including many in the Boston area. The food and presentation is magnificent coupled with the service and ambiance this restaurant is nothing short of amazing. We only come up once a year (we live in western MA) but look forward to dining here greatly. Excellent job!!

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S
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We were hoping for a great meal after reading the reviews. The atmosphere was what you would expect in a hotel restaurant, nice but nothing special. Although my wife's soup was delicious, the rest of the meal was average at best. The single crab cake appetizer was about the size of a postage stamp, and the rib eye was fatty and full of gristle. The chicken breast was good, but nothing special. I don't mind spending over $180 on dinner with one appetizer and drink each, but it should be something you go away feeling satisfied that you were someplace special and everything was great. I would recommend staying in the Inn as it is a great place, however we were very disappointed with the restaurant.

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GT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here was truly an experience to remember. The food was worth every penny and the service was impeccable. We had the pleasure of also staying at this inn and that was also an amazing experience. Definitely recommend visiting if you can.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, gracious & friendly service, nice atmosphere.

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DK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was greeted and had my coat taken, my date and I were seated by the fireplace. We enjoyed our cocktails with our appetizer and a glass of wine with the meal. Our food was excellent and the service was prompt and attentive.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & Service was amazing!!
Great experience Can’t wait to go back

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was creatively prepared and presented couple with exceptional service.

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VT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed the beautiful dining room, warm ambience and outstanding service we received at The Reluctant Panther. It was a quiet mid-week night, with only a few other tables in the dining room. Lenny K, our server, was fantastic, personable and professional. The short ribs were fork tender, bursting with flavor and perfectly accompanied by potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts. The pheasant was equally outstanding with interesting and well matched side dishes. The wine list by the glass was excellent! This was a truly excellent meal and dining experience.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was excruciatingly noisy due to some big parties; it was difficult to find something to eat on the menu which was much too esoteric for our palettes and the prices were high. We have been here before; once we enjoyed it and once our experience was similar to this occasion. We decided to give it another chance but won't be doing so again. We were very disappointed that with an Israeli chef, there were really no no Mediterranean options on the menu. It was heavy, winter New England.

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RP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a special occasion

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d
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service complimented by creative and high quality menu! We ate here two nights in a row and everything was amazing!

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KE
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family to Manchester for a quick Christmas get-a-way and wanted to take them out for a special dinner. The Reluctant Panther was the answer! Cozy...fireplace...great menu...gluten-free options for my daughter. The staff couldn't have been any more friendly and accommodating! A special night we'll remember for years to come! Highly recommended!

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K
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

By far the best meal to be had in Manchester, VT. Beautiful dishes very well executed. Had a fabulous pheasant entree this time around. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Family Christmas

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S
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Three lobster raviolis and two shrimp for a $30+ dollar meal is just not enough. Left hungry .

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M
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal in a comfortable and lovely environment. Our meals were delicious, beautifully presented and prepared. Wonderful service. Great food and wine.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here on a quiet, snowy night in mid-December. There were only a few other diners in the restaurant, but the room still felt cozy, cheery and inviting. Upscale, but not intimidating decor. The service was extremely personable, warm, and down-to-earth, as others have mentioned. Felt like dining with an old, good friend. Food was delicious - everything was perfectly cooked. The homemade bread and butter at the beginning kicked everything off on the right note! We split the Lobster and Brie Fondue as an appetizer - couldn’t pass it up, given all of the reviews! Our server gave us a spoon and told us to eat it right out of the pot if we didn’t want to fill up on more bread - we took her advice; it was amazing. I had an Arctic Char dish and my partner had the short ribs - both entrees were superb. For the level of service and quality of the food, we would have gladly paid double - the Reluctant Panther is a gem. Don’t miss it if you’re in Manchester!

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. Very classy, interesting menu choices expertly prepared.

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MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect fine dining experience. Excellent service.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place cannot be missed! Everything was delicious, and you can tell how much passion the chef and the staff put into the menu.

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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and very good wine selection. Worth coming back!!!!

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CP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and took my parents as a birthday present. Never ceases to amaze, Chef Sigal is a master of their craft. The first time I had lamb that was so good it brought tears to my eyes and the buttermilk semifreddo on the pumpkin bread dessert conjured the same response. Bravo!

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PB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from beginning to end!

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PB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely all around.

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OT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem. Very sophisticated decor yet warm and comfortable. Food was exceptional and service was impeccable. Terri was a true pro and lots of fun.

We tried the Reluctant Panther cocktail - it was strong and flavorful. My wife had the scallops and I had the short ribs. We ended with the flourless chocolate cake. Everything was fresh and really tasty.

If you’re coming to Manchester, don’t miss this gem.

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TW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fall treat with my Mom. Excellent duck and homemade breads are worth every calorie. Nice decor and great service.

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s
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Steak and duck was fantastic. Service was very good. Highly recommend.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time going here for our Anniversary dinner. Great cocktails, great food, great service. Will be back again and again. Service is always fabulous!!!!!

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F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner in a great setting. Excellent service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laitano Birthday

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one of the most perfect meals in a long time at this restaurant. Everything was perfect - and that’s really saying something. The interior is elegant but in a very spare way. Our server was attentive, funny and knowledgeable. Food - the food was terrific, from the Middlebury Blue cheese cheesecake (which was a truly divine appetizer) to the main courses (beef rib on mashed potatoes and scallops - both perfect), all the way through our desert (a chocolate flourless torte), the meal seemed perfectly paced and effortlessly great. We are very experienced diners in exceptional restaurants and this experience was way up there on the list of the finest meals ever. I also have to comment on the wine list which was good (not great, but well-chosen) but particularly that their mark-up is fair, generally in the 2x to 2 1/2 x range. When I see restaurants that mark a $15 bottle to $55 or so that is when I know I’m being gouged. Not so at Reluctant Panther. We were so impressed and wish we lived closer than 2500 miles away - rest assured, our next trip to Vermont will include a visit to Reluctant Panther.

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