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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

4.7
315 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • 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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Cuisines
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 315 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KornelT 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

excellent food and service to match. highly recommend!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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

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vipJimK (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipNancyDrew (New York Area)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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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Ellenl (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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vipJMBTGB (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Very nice setting, service and the food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
4.0  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

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vipGreenMountainGourmet (Chicago)
5.0  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!

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Denise (New England)
4.0  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.

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Tami (New England)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Awesome in every way!

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vipJoyc (New York Area)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipCentercityite (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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Mark (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipZoster (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

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

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