Fine dining in Vermont means top-quality chefw using fresh, local ingredients

“Elegant” and “relaxed” can sum up Vermont and the fine dining you’ll discover in the Green Mountain State. Award-winning cuisines are everywhere in the state, ranging from contemporary American comfort foods to the Continental and global. In places like Burlington, Stowe, Woodstock, Stratton, Manchester, and outlying areas, creative chefs draw inspiration from the majestic surroundings and their seasonal ingredients from local purveyors. You’ll find the classics, and always something new. Choose the ambiance that suits you – by a lake, a snowy mountain or in an historic inn or luxury resort.
Seared Scallops - Grafton Inn - Grafton, VT
The Grafton Inn

92 Main Street Grafton, VT, 05146 Phone: 802-843-2248

Farm-to-table philosophy guides selections at historic inn’s restaurant, pub

A pioneer in the farm-to-table philosophy, the Grafton Inn offers diners several options to enjoy timeless, hearty dishes that will appeal to every palate. The menu at the 1801 Tavern is sophisticated but not stuffy, with a seasonally rotating menu with entrees like vegetable paella, grilled halibut, duck breast and fish and chips. The historic Pine Room Bar encourages guests to cozy up by the fireplace or mingle at the bar. Pub fare with a Vermont twist is on offer at the warm, appealing Phelps Barn Pub. Originally a carriage house, the “hayloft” now provides an elevated seating area, perfect to enjoy a delightful appetizer and a craft cocktail. The barn also has a seasonal patio for al fresco dining.
Dining Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant Manchester Village Vermont
Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

39 West Road Manchester Village, VT, 05254 Phone: 802-362-2568 Toll-Free: 800-822-2331

Award-winning restaurant features gourmet cuisine served in casual but elegant atmosphere

The lovely location, world-class service, the creative menu: Come see why guests rave about their dining experience at The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant. The restaurant features contemporary American cooking in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. The seasonal menus showcase local produce, meats, cheese and other products. You might start with lobster and brie fondue, moving to grilled local filet mignon. In addition to the comfortable main dining room, there is al fresco dining in season on the covered terrace, with views of the gardens and Mt. Equinox. (The restaurant has multiple Wine Spectator awards for its wine list). Ask about the Vermont Epicurean Experience, which includes lodging, dinner, as well as wine and cheese in your room.
Dining Room - Rabbit Hill Inn - Waterford, VT
Rabbit Hill Inn

48 Lower Waterford Road Lower Waterford, VT, 05848 Phone: 802-748-5168

Warm atmosphere, inspired menu create the perfect dining experience at inn’s restaurant

Guests at the Rabbit Hill Inn, locals and culinary travelers are raving about 24 Carrot, the inn’s re-imagined fine-dining, farm-to-table restaurant. Its creative, eclectic menu, inspired by the travels of Chef Michelle Gomez, offers not only seasonal delights for the taste buds but artistic surprises, too: Your plates will look like works of art. Locally sourced dishes might include everything from grilled caesar salad to Chilean sea bass and New Zealand rack of lamb. And desserts are truly special, from carrot cheesecake (of course!) to a scrumptious chocolate trio. The restaurant’s candle-lit tables and soft music create a warm, intimate atmosphere. After dinner, adjourn to the inn’s British-inspired Snooty Fox pub for a seasonal signature cocktail (try the maple martini).
Summer Dining View - Mountain Top Inn & Resort - Chittenden, VT
Mountain Top Resort

195 Mountain Top Road Chittenden, VT, 05737 Phone: 802-483-2311

Tantalize your taste buds dining on artfully crafted meals surrounded by mountains, lake

Your taste buds are in for a real treat when you dine at the Mountain Top Restaurant’s restaurant. In a dining room with sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the mountains and lakes that surround this beautiful resort, you’ll dine on artfully crafted seasonal cuisine like salmon with sweet pea risotto, pad Thai and rib eyes cooked to perfection. The chefs are known for their unique menus, using locally sourced products when possible. That means appetizers like baked brie, fresh salads and burgers as well as delightful entrees like chicken marsala and fish and chips. In the summer and early fall, there is outdoor seating on the terrace, with fire pit seating at night. Lunch and dinner are also served in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of the Mountain Top Tavern.
Red Rooster New - Woodstock Inn & Resort - Woodstock, VT
Woodstock Inn & Resort

Fourteen The Green Woodstock, VT, 05091 Phone: 802-457-1100 Toll-Free: 888-471-4021

The finest dining in Vermont to be found at this elegant resort’s award-winning restaurant

A lovely, scenic setting and menus that draw from the finest purveyors in the region: That is fine dining in Vermont, and that is what guests are delighted to discover at the Red Rooster at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Seasonal menus prepared by an award-winning culinary team include specialty cheeses, beef, heirloom fruits and vegetables and other fresh offerings from local purveyors. Enjoy a bountiful buffet for breakfast, superb burgers for lunch and dinner entrees from pan-seared salmon to steak au poivre and seafood stew. And don’t leave your candlelit table without sampling dessert, including Vermont maple cake and housemade ice creams and sorbets. Seasonal, show-stopping meals are also served at the inn’s Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens and the Fairway Grill.
Dining Room 500x250 - Castle Hill Resort - Proctorsville, VT
Castle Hill Resort

Junction of Routes 103 and 131 Proctorsville, VT, 05149 Phone: 802-226-7361 Toll-Free: 888-764-6836

Sophisticated dining atmosphere combined with artfully presented gourmet cuisine

A diverse, beautifully crafted menu and sophisticated surroundings combine to provide guests at the Castle Hill Resort and Spa’s restaurant an unforgettable dining experience. The French-influenced American cuisine offered in a prix fixe, three-course seasonal gourmet meal might include steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, New England lobster bisque, beef Wellington or slow-roasted rack of lamb. The restaurant features local, fresh produce, quality meats and freshly made desserts. And the room they are served in is a true wonder, with the opulent glow of candles against wood paneling, the quiet chime of a grandfather clock and understated music in the background. It’s an intimate, elegant atmosphere in which to enjoy a carefully prepared and presented meal. Ask about the resort’s gourmet getaway package.

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