Vermont's largest and perhaps most cosmopolitan city, Burlington beckons with the perfect blend of old New England charm, arts, culture and nature. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, Burlington is one of those places you can't help but fall in love with. During the spring and summer, the streets come alive with festivals and outdoor concerts. The picnic benches, playground and bike paths of Leddy Park are filled with warm weather revelers, and opportunities to swim, fish or just kick back on the beach abound. In the fall, the Burlington Bike Path is bustling with leaf peepers who come to view the vibrant autumn colors. In winter, lace up your ice skates and head to the Paquette Arena or grab your skis and head to any of the nearby resorts. Church Street Marketplace, with its early 1900s architecture, great restaurants, live entertainment, one-of-a-kind shops and well-known stores, is the focal point of the downtown area. Anytime of the year is a good time for chocolate. Be sure to stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates for a tour and taste.
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4.5 based on 161 reviews
I ate here the Thursday after Christmas. I wasn’t sure what to expect since my boyfriend picked the place. One inside the restaurant was intimate, but not tiny. There were white table cloths on the tables, but I didn’t feel out of place wearing jeans...MoreColleen, Thanks for your review! the Team at Bistro de Margot always thrive to make our guest feel confortable, our moto is "French Cuisine - No Attitude"! We hope to see you back on your next visit to BTV! happy new year!
4.5 based on 853 reviews
This place holds a variety of great foods and they serve breakfast all day. They're all very nice but try to get there earlier than later as they fill up quite fast. The wait staff is nice and are always happy to help. They also sell local art there which is a nice touch.
4.5 based on 181 reviews
Disappointing, very slow service from a dour waitress. Ordered the seitan satay and caesar salad. Both were so loaded with sodium/salt that they were inedible. I should have sent them back but the server never came back to check if we needed anything else. Dessert was good and the only redeeming part of eating there. This was the same experience we had the last time we went. I guess since they are one of the few all vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the area, they don't have to try to do better. Just not a good value so we won't be going back.
4.5 based on 260 reviews
Casual Vietnamese restaurant that had been recommended a number of times. So glad I finally made it there. Spring rolls and vegetable pho were both fantastic - pho was busting with fresh veggies - it could have easily served two people. Quite a bargain at $8. Very polite and attentive service. Looking forward to making this a regular stop when I'm in Burlington.
4.5 based on 606 reviews
We are a full service Neapolitan pizzeria with a focus on exceptional Italian cuisine, inspired craft cocktails, and a well-informed, engaging staff.
The choice and variety of pizzas was terrific. Pizza at its most creative. A special treat was a side order of Mozzarella cheese -- super fresh and tasty. Service was friendly and efficient. With so many great eating places in Burlington, this was great to...MoreThank you, Markala, I'm so glad you enjoyed Pizzeria Verità and very glad we're on your Favorites List! Thank you for your review and I hope you'll come visit us again soon! Best, Leslie
4.5 based on 798 reviews
We stopped by to try the farm to table selections. It is next to our hotel The Vermont.
The hostess were so friendly and accommodating to seat us comfortably.
We actually had reservations later at another restaurant but decided to have drinks & shared several appetizers.
We had a variety of Vermont beers to try.
The menu changes often we were told but they keep a few favourites like the mushroom toast, beef tartar, house pate. All of which we tried and liked. We also had the grilled cauliflower, roasted beets and 18 oysters. Everything was good.
They had 2 featured dishes that night. A rib eye steak for 2 @ $ 98 only16oz ouch, but they also had a duck breast grilled and it looked FANTASTIC and they were the biggest I ever saw also at about 16-18 ounces. Grown in the Hudson valley region for their breast & foie gras however they didn't any foie gras to try.(those were for NYC)
Next time we should stay for an entire dinner!
4.5 based on 193 reviews
Turkish food is a true fusion of many different cultures, a collage of different cuisines so to speak. Turkey, geo-physically located as a bridge between Europe and Asia, has been a melting pot of many civilizations since the beginning of history. Once the land of Hittites and the Greeks, it later became the home of the Turks, a nomadic peoples. Therefore, its cuisine is not only a collage of all the cultures that lived in Turkey throughout history, but also a collage of cuisines from all the lands Turks lived before settling in what was then called Asia-Minor. Today's Turkish cuisine is a fusion of Turkic, Ottoman, Greek, Persian, Arabic, Lebanese, and Armenian cooking that can be defined as a true and unique Mediterranean food experience. Turkish food, as most Mediterranean food, relies heavily on appetizers called "mezes" and especially the freshest of ingredients. Although it has many meat specialties, it is predominantly based on fresh vegetables. Therefore, it offers a perfect combination of vegetarian and meat dishes, appealing to a broad spectrum of the eating public.
My husband, son, and I had a terrific meal at Instanbul Kebab House. Throughout dinner we kept exclaiming, “we should eat here more often!” The hummus and lavash bread were perfect starters. The bread was steaming and nicely flavored with black sesame seeds. The entrees were spot on too. I think my lamb stuffed eggplant was the clear winner, but my husband devoured his lamb stew in an earthen ware pot and my son’s kebabs were gone in a flash. Our server was attentive but not the least bit intrusive. Nice decor. Try it!
4.5 based on 658 reviews
I think this is one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve tried in USA, went there during winter vacation with my wife and we booth love it. Great service, good choice of wines and great food! A must in Burlington! Try their tiramisu! Is good...MoreDear ElArtista, We appreciate your comments! Thank you! Best, Leslie
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Been to many other American Flatbread restaurants — this is one of the better ones. Once you enter the unique wooden front door (see picture) the vibe is funky Vermont post-hippie with a tinge of artisanal wood smoke. Not as large as the other AF restaurants but probably more cozy and comfy. Cheerful servers. Great location very near Church Street. Salads and flatbreads are great. Thin crust and a variety of perfect toppings. The oven master really knows how to deliver from the unique AF oven. AF flatbreads are my favorite, especially the veg Revolution. Good selection of craft beer, wines, and soft drinks. For the quality, prices very reasonable.
5 based on 91 reviews
Hungry? You won't be after you've eaten a Handy's Big Daddy Breakfast (curious? Come on in to try one!) Or our famous Texas Chili dogs with a side of fries and an ice cold Coke. At Handy's, we make it our mission to not only fill you up with delicious food but to also make you part of our family...Sixty years strong and still growing! Food for thought (no pun intended),we were voted "Best Place to Meet a Stranger" by Seven Days.....So whether you choose to dine alone or with a group, we always have a seat waiting for you at Handy's.<br><br>P.S. UVM also lists Handy's Lunch as one of their Top 25 Things to Do Before you Graduate...Not that we're saying you haven't graduated yet........Alums also welcome!
This little place is hard to find, and ever harder to get a parking spot. However, walk - or crawl if you need to - to visit this neat little diner. The place just oozes history, and each of the menu items has a great story behind them - just ask.
Portions are plentiful, service is very friendly, and the food is fresh and tasty. All of this for a very reasonable price.
TIP: Make sure you take time to chat with Earl, the owner. He's a great sports fan, family man, and font of local info!
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