The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
Had THE BEST dinner! Genius pairings, a real palette pleaser!
I highly recommend this restaurant.
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!
Very good meal and great service. Highly recommended
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.
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!
wonderful food very small portions lobster ravioli exceptionally disappointing .. other meals great but not stellar in preparation
We had a wonderful dinner. Food was great!
Very happy with our meal, everything was wonderful!
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!!
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.
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.
Delicious food, gracious & friendly service, nice atmosphere.
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.
Food & Service was amazing!!
Great experience Can’t wait to go back
Our food was creatively prepared and presented couple with exceptional service.
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.
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.
Great for a special occasion
Outstanding service complimented by creative and high quality menu! We ate here two nights in a row and everything was amazing!
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!
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.
Three lobster raviolis and two shrimp for a $30+ dollar meal is just not enough. Left hungry .
Wonderful meal in a comfortable and lovely environment. Our meals were delicious, beautifully presented and prepared. Wonderful service. Great food and wine.
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!
Always love this place. Very classy, interesting menu choices expertly prepared.
Perfect fine dining experience. Excellent service.
This place cannot be missed! Everything was delicious, and you can tell how much passion the chef and the staff put into the menu.
Excellent food and very good wine selection. Worth coming back!!!!
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!
Excellent from beginning to end!
Lovely all around.
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.
Fall treat with my Mom. Excellent duck and homemade breads are worth every calorie. Nice decor and great service.
Excellent meal. Steak and duck was fantastic. Service was very good. Highly recommend.
Second time going here for our Anniversary dinner. Great cocktails, great food, great service. Will be back again and again. Service is always fabulous!!!!!
Delicious dinner in a great setting. Excellent service!
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.