Our little lakeside city of Burlington is known for its bustling nightlife, great beer, and especially amazing local food! With so many restaurants within a 5 mile radius you might find it hard to pick a starting point.
From Asian cuisine to American pub food, vegetarian to gourmet pizza, there’s a little bit of everything to choose from! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best restaurants in Burlington VT so you can pick the perfect spot for date night, takeout, or just an evening with friends.
In no particular order, here are 10 of our favorite eateries we highly recommend if you live in or are visiting Burlington.
Fresh and local. Juniper Bar’s motto says it all! Located inside the gorgeous lakeside Hotel Vermont, Juniper Bar is a go-to for guests and locals alike. Upon entrance, you’ll be greeted with a stunning fireplace and chic, modern vibes.
Head to the bar for a selection of craft cocktails before you take a seat! My absolute favorite is the Manhattan sour – the perfect combo of sour and sweet. Also be sure to check out the terrace. It’s a great place to warm up while you wait for a table and features a large fireplace and cozy Adirondack chairs for you to relax in. The beer and wine list are top notch here as well!
Once seated, you’ll be presented with a menu full of fresh, local, and seasonal cuisine. If you’re dining on a Thursday, you may even get live music as a treat!
Location: 41 Cherry St, Burlington
Hours: Dine-in Wednesday – Sunday 5pm – 9 pm
You won’t want to miss one of the most highly rated restaurants in Burlington! Located in the heart of downtown, Hen has become a beloved spot for fine dining. The cozy ambiance with an open chef kitchen is the perfect combination for a special occasion.
Enjoy watching talented chefs cook locally sourced fare over the open fire as you wait for your delicious meal. Be sure to get a taste of their perfectly curated appetizers in preparation for your 5 star treat. The menu is seasonal, but if you can, we recommend the Parker rolls to start, they are melt-in-your mouth good!
You’ll want to be sure to plan ahead with reservations if you want to get a chance to dine-in at Hen of the Woods. It is eagerly booked at least a week in advance with locals and hotel guests vying to get a table.
Location: 55 Cherry Street, Burlington
Hours: 7 days/week, 5pm – 10pm
3 words. Artisanal. Flatbread. Pizza. American Flatbread is THE place for pizza in Burlington. Envision wood-fired pizza crafted exactly to your liking, served fresh out of the stove and directly to your table!
This hearth warming (literally) eatery is a local classic for friends and families alike. Entering this lively joint will have your stomach grumbling as a waiter whizzes past you with fresh pizzas in tow. Flatbread also features one of the longest draft lists I’ve ever seen, it’s the original brewing location for Vermont’s very own Zero Gravity. You’ll be in beer AND pizza heaven – now that’s a win win!
What started out as a frozen flatbread distributor has made monumental strides to becoming the feel good pizza place every city needs to have. “Food Is Important. What We Eat And How It Is Grown Intimately Affects Our Health And The Well-Being Of The World.” Words from George Schenk, the founder himself are only a small indication of the goodness that awaits you at American Flatbread.
Location: 115 St. Paul Street, Burlington
Hours: Outdoor dining only and take out 7 days/week 12pm – 8:30pm
Looking to sophisticate your dining experience? Head on down Church Street to Honey Road, Burlington’s very own women owned and operated Meditteranean restaurant. Known for being a James Beard nominated restaurant, you’re sure to have a true culinary experience here!
Enjoy exquisite mezze (small plates) such as Winter Citrus & Beet Fatoush or Duck and Fig Lamejan among many other options! Honey Road is the perfect option for a group who’s willing to share so you can try a bite of everything.
Don’t forget to order a craft cocktail or select a signature wine from their extensive wine list! Not in the mood for a drink? Honey Road also offers a lovely selection of desserts just perfect for two.
Location: 156 Church Street, Burlington
Hours: Takeout only, Thurs – Sun 12pm – 7pm
Quite opposite of its name, this cozy chic eatery will leave you happily content after your meal! Just minutes from Burlington, Misery Loves Co is a local favorite in Winooski.
Serving up eclectic takes on classic american fare, you won’t be able to pick where to start! Should you get seated at the bar, you can overlook the accomplished chefs creating your dish in the open kitchen. In true Vermont fashion, you will find many dishes with ingredients from local farms and gardens.
One of my absolute favorites from here is the Fried Chicken with Honey Butter. You’ll want to take the leap and get the whole bird and extra honey butter, you will not regret it! The honey butter is astronomically delicious.
Location: 46 Main Street, Winooski
Hours: Takeout only, Wed – Sat 12pm – 6pm
Prepare yourself for a feast at this family run Turskish-Meditteranean spot! Kebab House is a special gem located right in downtown Burlington. With 3 floors, including a rooftop eating space, you’ll be delighted no matter where you are seated.
You will find all of the food here to be absolutely homemade and authentic. Start your meal with a large meze platter so you can sample the delicious fresh made hummus, grape leaves, babaganoush and more.
If you’re not already stuffed, place an order for one of their traditional kebabs. You can’t go wrong with the chicken shish kebab if you aren’t sure where to start! Their perfectly marinated meats will blow you away.
To perfectly round off your meal, order a turkish coffee to sip on before you head home with your belly full and heart happy!
Location: 175 Church Street, Burlington
Hours: Tues – Sun 11am – 8pm
Circling back up into Winooski, Tiny Thai is personally one of my top 3 favorite restaurants in the area (and New England With Love founder Amy says “ME TOO!”). Much like it’s name, this cute BYOB eatery is one you need to make a stop at!
The genuine thai food curbs any craving, from sweet peanut pad thai to spicy drunken noodles. Order of the authentic thai menu for an extra spicy palate! At a very affordable price, you can enjoy some of the best thai food in Vermont by ordering here.
The bring your own booze option adds to the homey vibes you feel when seated at Tiny Thai, along with the fantastic service and mouth wateringly tasty cuisine. Don’t have time to grab a seat? Order takeout for a prompt pickup time!
Location: 24 Main Street, Winooski
Hours: Takeout only, Wed – Mon 4pm – 8:30 pm
Welcome to the magical “O.N.E” (Old North End) of Burlington! Butch + Babe’s is a local gem. This home grown spot really places emphasis on community and family, not to mention it is women owned and operated!
Look familiar? You might have seen Butch + Babe’s featured on the hit Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!” Be sure to get an order of the famous mac and cheese pancakes with habanero maple syrup – the standing reviews are over the moon!
You’ll find creative and unique takes on old classic dishes, sometimes even passed down from the owner’s or chef’s own families! You’ll leave with a smile on your face after visiting this sunny, quirky cafe.
Location: 258 N Winooski Ave, Burlington
Hours: Takeout Only, Thurs – Sun 4pm – 8 pm
This farm to table gastropub is a crowd pleaser! Serving up gourmet takes on a classic pub food, there’s a little something for everyone here. Grab a fire side seat in the cozy downstairs Parlor, or in better weather enjoy the bustling Beer Garden on the patio!
Recently renovated, the Beer Garden is the perfect way to enjoy a craft beer and hand cut fries on a sunny afternoon. A little more hungry? This is the perfect joint to grab a hearty burger made with local VT ingredients. My favorite is the Laplatte River Angus Farm Beef Burger!
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are made readily available should you need to tweak your order a bit. Staff at this upscale eatery are eager to please and lovely people, we definitely recommend checking out this family owned hot spot!
Location: 160 Bank Street, Burlington
Hours: Temporarily closed for remodeling, reopen Spring 2021
Last, but certainly not least we highly encourage you to check out Hong’s Dumplings. Originating as a food cart 21 years ago in the heart of Burlington, Hong’s moved into their first brick and mortar location in 2018.
It’s safe to say Hong’s Dumplings are here to stay. Located in a cute, albeit tiny spot in downtown Burlington, you’ll want to grab takeout if you have a larger group!
Choose from several different dumpling options, although I recommend trying one of each. Made from scratch, you won’t be disappointed when the smell of those piping hot dumplings hits your nose! Be sure to grab a jar of the homemade hot chili oil on your way out.
Location: 77 Pearl Street, Burlington
Hours: Takeout only, Fri/Sat 12 pm – 7 pm, Sun 12pm – 6 pm
If you weren’t hungry before reading this article, you probably are now! Head on into town to grab a meal from one of our 10 favorite spots in the city. We promise you’ll leave full and happy. Have any places that you think should make the list? Leave them in the comments below!
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Em Hamilton is not only a writer but a New England adventurer, hiker, and traveler. Local to Vermont, Em and her partner explore using their newly converted van #VanLife. Follow her adventures on Instagram!