Best Restaurants in Manchester VT

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In between all the fun things you’ll be doing when visiting Manchester, Vermont, you’re sure to work up an appetite.

The town, despite being modest in size, has a lot of restaurants to choose from. So let’s get right to it. Here are some solid options on where to eat, my picks for the best restaurants in Manchester VT.

Up For Breakfast 

You won’t want to sleep in knowing that Up for Breakfast is waiting for you. With its yellow walls and colorful tiffany lamps, this tiny little breakfast nook tucked above an antique shop is absolutely adorable—and absolutely delicious. Weekends will be busy, but it’s worth the wait for fresh coffee, fluffy pancakes, and rich local specialties.

Ye Olde Tavern

Traditional comfort food in a historic building—sounds quintessentially Vermont, doesn’t it? This is what you’ll find at Ye Olde Tavern, a restaurant that is housed in a 1790s inn. There are hearty dishes on the menu such as Cheddar & Ale Onion Soup, Roast Tom Turkey, and Venison. And every meal is served with signature cranberry fritters and Vermont maple butter.

Mystic Cafe & Wine Bar

Located right in downtown Manchester, this bright and sunny spot is ideal for lunch paired with a delicious glass of wine. Some great options for vegetarians here. 

Hound Dogs

For ‘cheap eats’ in Manchester, VT, you can’t go wrong with Hound Dogs, a roving hot-dog cart that serves up delicious dogs, burgers, fries, and Philly cheesesteaks. The prices are right and the food is tasty. You’ll usually find the Hound Dogs cart in the lot next to Shaw’s grocery store off Route 7A.

Thai Basil

If you’re craving something different, Thai Basil is a tasty choice along Main Street in Manchester. They do a great job on traditional Thai favorites like Pad Thai and (my personal fave) Massaman Curry, but there are also some signature Chef’s Creations worth trying.

Charlie’s Coffee House

In need of a quick latte? I am right there with you. While you can certainly head to Manchester’s Starbucks (which, by the way, has a super friendly staff), if you’d prefer to support a local coffee shop, Charlie’s is the place to go. I recommend their maple latte (a must when visiting Vermont). They’ve also got lots of pastries and other prepared foods, great for dining in or grabbing a picnic lunch to go.

The Copper Grouse

Located at the Taconic Hotel this awesome restaurant has a fantastic cozy vibe. It will draw you in on a cold winter night and leave you extremely satisfied with craft cocktails and terrific dinner dishes. 

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