About Windjammer Restaurant

My father Walt opened the Windjammer Restaurant in 1977 with a commitment to offering the best steaks, prime rib and seafood in Burlington, Vermont. Tom and I are proud to continue the Windjammer tradition of simple, classic food in a fun and inviting atmosphere. The Windjammer and Upper Deck Pub are two unique dining experiences in one location. We invite you to enjoy great food in a warm and friendly environment with some of the best local hospitality around. Laura and Tom O'Connell

1076 Williston Rd
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Dorset

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 862-6585

Website:
http://www.windjammerrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
JJ Vezina

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Windjammer Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Casual (22)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Romantic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great Beer (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Authentic (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Great date night! Food was wonderful. Kudos to Gabby (Gabrielle), our waitperson! Very attentive, and made sure that we were having a wonderful relaxed meal!! Wonderful staff all around!
The Darlings

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

was amazing per the usual, it was Valentine's day so it was super busy. The waiter was around a lot and the food came out quickly. The salad bar was fresh as usual and the fresh bread was warm.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Service is always friendly and efficient. Food is excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

We always have a good meal! Service and food was great!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent place, amazing food. Great astmostphere. We recommend this place for a winter night getaway.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined 7 days ago

Went here with my Fiance for an early Valentines Day date and it was the BEST meal I have had in a VERY long time. I had the Vegetarian Ravioli and it was amazing, mouth watering and I wish I was able to eat more of it. The salad bar was good, everything was fresh and plenty to choose from. Will definitely be back again!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Great Beer, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was excellent, meat was so tender I cut it with a fork and had awesome flavor. Love the variety of the salad bar. The wait staff had a great personality and made the meal enjoyable. Didn't make me feel as though I was in the way. I look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Casual
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great romantic dinner. Salad bar and fresh bed was a plus!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a decent place to eat. The sliced prime rib French dip sandwich was great. Will recommend and return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Service exceptional and it was a very busy evening. Broiled seafood was good although a bit over cooked. NY strip perfectly done. Baked potatoes were a bit hard - a shame because they were perfect prime potatoes - try foil wrapping and longer baking time.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Tim was an okay server. The Argentina Malbec was vinegar. He never asked if wine was good.
The dessert trio was awesome.
I would go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

WE had a very nice birthday dinner for my husband. There was an added touch of a note on our table wishing him a happy birthday which was a nice touch!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service, Waiter was very nice, The food was outstanding

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great appetizer, salad bar & dessert. Stuffed haddock was a bit salty. We had great service. We plan to return!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Windjammer never disappoints. Amazing salad bar and the menu is great. My favorites are the Broiled Scallops and the NY Strip. The salad bar along could be a meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Organic, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Good food, great service, and amazing salad bar. Always a solid meal here... Always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were visiting Burlington and were eager for a good steak nearby. Unfortunately, 2 of our steaks were significantly undercooked and it took so long to get waitstaff to come by the table again that the others at the table had already finished their steak before we could ask the waiter to have it cooked a bit more. When the steak were returned, our side orders ( potato, etc) were not on the plate. The flavor was just so-so, so this was a very disappointing meal for about $50 per person. We also ordered iced tea, which, being from the South, we admittedly are very serious about. It tasted similar to instant tea, so this was also disappointing. Waitstaff attentiveness was lacking, although he was nice. I hate to leave a bad review, but also would not want anyone else to spend the money we did for a sub-par meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The salad bar is excellent with many choices and types of food. The main menu is very comprehensive and all of the food is well prepared. A step above small restaurants and not as expensive as the best downtown restaurants.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This wasn't "the best" dining experience I've had at this restaurant.
I was there for a casual lunch with a good friend whom I hadn't seen in a while and so we had lots of catching up to do. Therefore, while our service was particularly slow, I didn't mind. I ordered the salmon from the specials menu. I did not care for the seasoning and therefore left half on my plate.
Our server was very efficient and friendly so I wouldn't let this one "so-so" dining experience keep me from returning to the Windjammer or from recommending it to friends. In the past, I have found both the food and the wait-time for the meal to be very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was a date night and we were both celebrating our birthdays. The food was great and Debra, our server, was fantastic. Thank you for making the evening even more special!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We love the Windjammer!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is one of two restaurants that have a real salad bar that is always fresh and crisp.

The food is made to order and always fresh.

The background music is just that, in the background, as it should be, allowing for conversations to be heard without having to talk loudly.

The staff is friendly and accommodating making for a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had New Year dinner. Food very good and service good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a good meal when I come here.. some of
THe best steak and seafood around for the money, Great service and a huge wine list. Just make sure if it’s a weekend or holidays make a reservation because it gets busy fast.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Amazing food! Best salad bar around. Wait staff is attentive and professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Family dinner- lovely

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Again another excellent dinner. We had apps and the salad bar and the food delivery by our waiter was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Restaurant chaleureux pour un repas très convenable lors d'un court séjour. Ce n'est pas gastronomique, mais de bons ingrédients, nombreux produits locaux, accueil et service cordiaux. Remarquable choix de vins. Bar à salades. Prix corrects. On y retourne pour une valeur sûre.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Wonderful as always. Never a disappointment . I've been coming to the Windjammer since 1979.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We enjoyed our evening immensly, our service was great & welove the salad bar

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My daughter returned home from college for Christmas break; having dinner at Windjammer was at the top of her list, after a semester of dining hall food and fast food. She is a huge fan of your salad bar, which is a major factor when we go out to dine. As always, it was a pleasant experience, the food was cooked to order, service was well done, and we enjoyed our night out.

Thank you for always making your customers feel welcome, especially your returning customers.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a fantastic meal!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Staff, menu, decor, value, wine and beer list, service - all top notch. Group of six family women ranging in age and all were plenty satisfied. Our waitress was fun and accommodating. I've been going to the Windjammer for many, many years and am never disappointed. They evolve with the times and thus always meet my needs.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Ordered Prime Rib rare. Was not rare. A second one came. Not rare. The third one was too rare. The waiter tried. We have eaten here many times before and usually have been very happy but we were very disappointed this time. My prime rib was $27. My husband ordered the barbecue ribs. The meat he said was disgusting. Those were $25.00. This was a total waste of our money. We will give it one more chance since we have liked it in the past.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent meal, excellent service. A little noisy but comfortable welcoming atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

As always it was a perfect experience and wonderful servers

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful meal for my son's birthday! The service was great too!! Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Whenever we are in Burlington, my Husband and I always go to the Windjammer! It is our go to place for a date night and worth the ferry ride from New York. It's casual but feels upscale, and it is kid friendly as well. Salad boat is amazing with fresh ingredients, menu is vast and we have never had bad service. 5 stars all around!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I ordered stuffed haddock, one of the House specialties. The fish was over cooked and as tough as leather to chew. It was also extremely salty. My entree was disappointing, but the rest of the meal was decent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Was a great place for a birthday lunch. Our server even put a candle in the ice cream.

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