Where to Eat in South Burlington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Margarita Chappel

South Burlington is a city in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Vermont and home to the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's and Vermont's largest mall, the University Mall. It is also one in the principal municipalities of the Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area.
Things to do in South Burlington

1. Pauline's

1834 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403-7722 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 802-862-1081
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 327 reviews

Pauline's

Reviewed By VTBrigade - Shelburne, Vermont

Paulines's consistently delivers an excellent meal with very attentive service. The french onion soup is always a great start. Shelburne Farms chicken is our entree of choice. This tender chicken breast in a robust cheese sauce is a standout. Desserts are excellent as well.

2. August First

149 S Champlain St, At the Corner of Main St, Burlington, VT 05401-5092 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 802-540-0060
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

August First

August First Bakery and Cafe is locally owned and has been serving great pastries, coffee, breakfast and lunch since 2009. A true local favorite, located in a bright and open renovated industrial garage. A very Vermont experience with fresh and delicious food served by a friendly staff. Everything is made from scratch! Croissants, scones, muffins, Koiugn Amann, healthy soups and salads.

Reviewed By dc888traveller - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This is the sort of casual, granola-y bakery cafe that you find in Burlington, Portland (Maine), Portland (Oregon), and Seattle. It is inexpensive (plates range from 9 to 12 dollars), and the sandwiched and salads freshly made. They use bread made on the premises. There is a no laptop policy--they want their customers to talk with one another--and service will be efficient if not necessarily friendly. (Slice a loaf of bread for you? "We're busy right now.") But the food is quite good and the ambience says "Vermont." Eat here.

3. Tiny Thai Restaurant

24 Main St, Winooski, VT 05404-2203 (Formerly Tiny Thai) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 802-655-4888
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Tiny Thai Restaurant

Reviewed By MattyFitzAK - Florida

I've eaten a lot of Thai food over the years. I've had Thai in cities like NYC and Philadelphia, to say nothing of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. So imagine my surprise when this unassuming little BYOB in Winooski manages to serve up some of the better stateside Thai I've ever had? I was shocked and delighted.

The curries were very good and the rotating specials on several occasions took me right back to the food stalls of Khao San Road (well, at least the more authentic Thai restaurants near that backpacker hangout). The Thai-language back page menu, unforgivingly untranslated and unmodifiable for Western palettes, offers a chance at some really great flavors. And the genuine Thai soups, noodle dishes, and other mains all offer something flavorful and unexpected.

Ignore reviews lamenting mediocre pad thai. Get outta here with that. Go back to PF Changs. Here's where you can find some new and halfway authentic Thai dishes, with hard-to-pronounce names and flavors that might just surprise you.

4. Ben & Jerry's

36 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4406 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 802-862-9620
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Ben & Jerry's

For all the euphoric flavors you can't get enough of – especially the ones you can't get in ordinary stores – nobody scoops Ben & Jerry's better than we do at our scoop shops.

Reviewed By elena111633 - Longmeadow, Massachusetts

When in Vermont, one must have Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream! This shop is conveniently located on Church Street. It's popular, but the line moves quickly. So many delicious options! Plenty of benches to sit on right outside, while enjoying the amazing ice cream. There is even a VW Bus inside, a perfect photo opportunity!

5. The Bagel Place

1166 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403-5723 Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast SGD 3 - SGD 13 +1 802-497-2058
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

The Bagel Place

Over 15 varieties of bagels and a dozen cream cheeses. Hot and iced coffee from Uncommon Grounds. Breakfast sandwiches served all day long using real fresh cracked eggs. Lunch sandwiches are a cut above here, with specialties such as a Caprese with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato, prosciutto and balsamic vinaigrette.

Reviewed By Shanker B - Alpharetta, Georgia, United States

We had a delicious and very filling breakfast here to start our trip across Vermont. It was just across the street from our hotel. They have tons of bagel and cream cheese options. I had the Cinnamon Sugar Bagel with Honey Walnut cream cheese while my wife had the everything bagel with roasted artichoke cream cheese. they were both fantastic. My son had the egg and cheese sandwich and a huge chocolate chip cookie. Washed it down with a hot cup of wonderful coffee. Great breakfast joint.

6. Bistro De Margot

126 College St, Burlington, VT 05401-8456 Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards French, Contemporary, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 79 +1 802-863-5200
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Bistro De Margot

Reviewed By Colleen71690 - Boston, Massachusetts

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!

7. Penny Cluse Cafe

169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401-3817 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 802-651-8834
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 853 reviews

Penny Cluse Cafe

Reviewed By Owen D

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.

8. Chicken Charlie's

1160 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403-5723 Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 24 +1 802-862-1211
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Chicken Charlie's

Locally owned and operated restaurant specializing in rotisserie, grilled, and fried entrees. In addition to a full dining room, we're available for takeout, delivery, and catering.

Reviewed By shawneemtsu - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

We were in South Burlington for the night and found Chicken Charlie's. We were not disappointed. The bbq chicken sandwich, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, Caesar salad, and buffalo chicken salad were all delicious. Juicy tender chicken. The place smelled good when we walked in too. Very friendly staff. We would definitely come back.

9. Mirabelles

198 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401-8311 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 802-658-3074
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

Mirabelles

Reviewed By platpeeps - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Came here for breakfast one morning whilst on a self-drive holiday around New England. Thought it was wonderful, and we really set ourselves up for the rest of the day. We had a proper cooked breakfast (so many delicious choices) which was wonderful, and it was hard to resist the lovely pastries. But we bought a couple to take out with us. It was a Sunday morning and absolutely packed with students. We did have to wait for a table, but not for very long, and we were soon seated at a table. Staff very friendly, and final bill was very reasonable for a great breakfast!

10. Misery Loves Company

46 Main St, Winooski, VT 05404-2242 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 802-497-3989
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Misery Loves Company

Reviewed By lobsterabbit - Singapore, Singapore

Be aware that there's barely room for the servers to move around in the dining room - you're going to be elbow distance from the next table - but it has a cozy feel overall. Cocktail options were fun, and great execution. Water service was extremely prompt. The apps were good, and the lettuce wrap was a creative mix of textures that worked very well considering the oyster and Kim chi and pork combination. Mains didn't have as much appeal as the last time we were there, so we skipped these and moved on, but will come back and see what appeals next time!

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