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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fun (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great Beer (8)
Healthy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Vegan (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Live Sports (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 3, 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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·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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·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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·Dined on December 2, 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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·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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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was fantastic. Service was excellent. Amazing selection to choose from on the menu,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Windjammer never disappoints. Service, preparation and presentation were fantastic. Everything on the menu is great. I had the grilled swordfish which was very tasty. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent in every way, as always. We are so lucky to have the Windjammer here in our community.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Vegan, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Nothing special - food was adequate and service was fine

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We've been coming to Windjammer for years. Every time we come to Vermont, we HAVE to eat there! We love the salad bar and the many choices of main courses. The staff are ALWAYS very friendly. I especially liked the bass specials, but they haven't had that recently. All the choices are excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ethan was the server and he did a wonderful job. I had some beer and Statler chicken. They had a open salad. Even remembered my name which was impressive.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Comfortable place and very nice staff. The salad bar was delicious but the steak was overdone (medium not medium-rare as ordered) and overpriced. The rice tasted like processed box rice.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We opted to eat here rather then fight the crowds in downtown Burlington and one of our dinners wanted steak. Overall it was good, lots of options and our server was attentive. If you want to avoid the crowds this is a good option if your in Burlington. Our reservation was at 9 and I can say I was surprised how crowded it was, but also it was loud. Since this was a friendly dinner and we were adding to the noise level it was fine, but it might be tough if your here for a couples meal.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Parking is crazy, so greet there early! Hostess and waitress were great! Salad bar was good, meal was good, just a lot going on.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was great and the service was excellent. We were visiting from out of state and were very happy with our meals. It had a nice, casual atmosphere but you could also dress up for a special occasion and be happy here.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Outstanding dining and impeccable service. Thank you for so many healthy options.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had such a great dinner! The salad bar was a nice touch. The new england clam chowder was amazing!! I'd definitely recommend getting a bowl.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was delicious and, Katelyn, our server was fantastic! The experience made date night even better.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Met all our expectations and then some. Great service, salad bar was a meal in itself.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service is excellent and friendly. The food is really good but not inexpensive and portions are generous. All round good dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

When we visit our son, who attends college nearby, this is his standing request for dinner out. Fabulous salad bar!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Thanks for a great meal at UVM Parents weekend !

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was great, food was awesome, great salad bar, overall exceptional

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

For the first time ever, I was disappointed in the meal. My prime rib was cooked more then I had requested and the filet mignons were over cooked. I didn't say anything that night because it would have embarrassed the birthday girl. I just thought I would bring it to your attention. Maybe you have a new cook.

The reservations were made in Michaels name but I was actually the one who made them for my daughters 50th birthday.

Sincerely,
Mary Jane Hatin

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Every single aspect of the Windjammer was incredible. We had an amazing server, the food was spectacular, and the ambience was just perfect. I chose the special of the day, which was a 12 ounce boneless ribeye with a shallot and blue cheese compote with a side of seasoned rice. It was tender and delicious, cooked perfectly like the way I wanted it. Overall, a fabulous experience, and something I can't wait to do again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always love the salad bar and usually the food
Had the special swordfish and I don't think it could have been drier.
All else was tasty and I don't complain but it was way way over cooked
I ate less than half of it
I love the windjammer though just a poor choice

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had family visiting from Ireland and dining at the Windjammer was a treat for all. The salad bar and its various farm fresh options were a feast for the eyes and the palate. We enjoyed the Bruschetta, spinach and artichoke dip and the perfectly-portioned desserts. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The only downside to the restaurant is the fact that the menu is limited, in which I mean there are no hamburgers on the menu. We would have to go to the upper deck to eat a hamburger. I think that the restaurant should review the menu. Not everyone is i to seafood or steaks.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We went there on a Friday night and made reservations for 7PM but got there early at 6PM. We asked if they could sit us early and they said after they checked in their 6:30 and 6:45 guests. We went up to the pub and thought no way were getting in early as the were very busy. At 6:30 our buzzer went off and we were promptly seated! Food was great, service as great and loved the salad bar! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great Beer, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This has been one of our favorite restaurants forever. We have celebrated anniversaries and birthdays for years. Never disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The restaurant was, not too surprisingly, incredibly crowded even on a Thursday evening for dinner - they apparently do an incredible business. Parking space was scarce, even though their parking lot is quite large. The place is well known in the area, also - very, very good steak and seafood restaurant, with a particular emphasis on fine seafood.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent food and impeccable service. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great place to gather with friends and a great salad bar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Visiting Burlington from California, we had no idea where to eat. Internet reviews gave Windjammer high marks so we tried it. We were so impressed with,the quality of the food, the amount of food (they are not stingy, and there is a great salad bar, and the excellent service, that we went back the next night. First night we had escargot which was traditionally served and excellent. I had crab cakes and broccoli, Delish! My husband had his favorite, scallops and also thoroughly enjoyed them. The second night the shrimp in my broiled seafood combo were overcooked and chewy, but the scrod was wonderful. (Should have just ordered the Boston Crumb Scrod.) My husband had a filet, and he indicated that it was perfectly cooked and very tasty. His only complaint was not enough scallions for his baked potato. Overall, we would go back in a heart beat. . . next time we make it back to Vermont from the West Coast.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Excellent on all fronts, as usual. We will be back!

Tags: Fun, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Bravo! What a great place, and the salad bar is first rate. We will be back, frequently.

Bob and Kaye

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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