50 Best Restaurants in Northern Vermont, Vermont

Hen of the Wood

$$$ Fodor's choice

Ask Vermont's great chefs where they go for a tremendous meal, and Hen of the Wood inevitably tops the list, thanks to its sophisticated, almost artful, dishes that showcase an abundance of local produce, meat, and cheese. The utterly romantic candlelit setting is riveting: a converted 1835 gristmill beside a waterfall.

92 Stowe St., Stowe, VT, 05676, USA
Known For
  • special occasions and dates
  • outstanding cooking
  • wine and cocktail list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch, Reservations essential

Hen of the Wood Burlington

$$$ Fodor's choice

The Burlington branch of Hen of the Wood offers a slicker, more urban vibe than its original Waterbury location but serves the same inventive yet down-to-earth cuisine that sets diners' hearts aflutter and tongues wagging. Indeed, many consider this the best restaurant in Vermont, so drop your finger anywhere on the menu and you won't go wrong.

Honey Road

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This Church Street restaurant has garnered multiple James Beard Foundation nominations, launching it into a golden age under the helm of co-owners Allison Gibson and chef Cara Chigazola Tobin. Serving arguably the best dinner in Burlington, high expectations are satisfied thanks to creative takes on eastern Mediterranean cuisine, including a selection of sensational mezes. Desserts from notable pastry chef Amanda Wildermuth are worth saving room for, particularly the popular tahini ice-cream sundae.

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Prohibition Pig

$ Fodor's choice

This restaurant and brewery in downtown Waterbury is always packed for a reason: fabulous craft beers, sandwiches, salads, and North Carolina--style barbecue served in an airy and friendly bar and dining room. If you just want a quick bite and a draft, belly up to the tasting-room bar at the brewery in the back, or pop across the street to the Craft Beer Cellar, one of the state's best beer stores.

23 S. Main St., Stowe, VT, 05676, USA
Known For
  • duck-fat fries
  • "craft" mac and cheese
  • one of the state's best draft lists and liquor collections
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

Red Hen Baking Co.

$ Fodor's choice

If you're a devotee of artisanal bakeries, it'd be a mistake not to trek the 7-plus miles from Montpelier (15 from Stowe) to have lunch, pick up freshly baked bread, or sample a sweet treat at what many consider Vermont's best bakery. Red Hen supplies bread to some of the state's premier restaurants, including Hen of the Wood, and has varied offerings every day.

Three Penny Taproom

$ Fodor's choice

This celebrated taproom remains one of the state's best, thanks in large part to its ability to acquire beers few others in the region can. The vibe feels straight out of an artsy neighborhood in Brussels, but with the earthiness of Vermont.

Wilaiwan's Kitchen

$ Fodor's choice
In 2012, co-owners Wilaiwan Phonjan-Azarian and Timothy Azarian traded their locally adored street cart for a brick-and-mortar location offering some of the best Thai food in the state, if not on the East Coast. Most of the menu reflects the Laotian influence of Phonjan-Azarian's upbringing in northeast Thailand, and Vermont ingredients from eggs to chiles inspire dishes that change weekly.
34 State St., Montpelier, VT, 05602, USA
Known For
  • weekly changing menus featuring local ingredients
  • noodle specials, like khao soy and gwit diow, with homemade chili pastes
  • sunny interiors covered with artwork
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

3 Squares Cafe

Along with breakfast scrambles, challah french toast, homemade pastries, and lunchtime burgers made with local grassfed beef, 3 Squares is known for that warm-and-fuzzy feeling running through the vintage-style dining room. Bright sunlight, fresh flowers, and a friendly atmosphere compliment Vermont-sourced cooking that has been a Vergennes cornerstone for more than 10 years.

A Single Pebble


"Gather, discover, and connect” is the slogan and theme at this intimate Chinese restaurant on the first floor of a residential row house. Traditional Cantonese- and Sichuan-style dishes are served family style, and the "mock eel" was given two chopsticks up on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.

133 Bank St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
Known For
  • many vegetarian options
  • fire-blistered green beans wok-tossed with flecks of pork
  • chef's tasting menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Reservations essential

American Flatbread Burlington


Seating is first-come, first-served at this popular pizza spot, and the wood-fired clay dome ovens pump out delicious and amusingly named pies like "Dancing Heart" (garlic oil, Italian grana padano cheese, toasted sesame seeds) and "Power to the People" (chicken, buffalo sauce, carrots, mozzarella, and blue cheese dressing) in full view of the tables. Fresh salads topped with locally made cheese are also popular.

115 St. Paul St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
Known For
  • beers brewed on-site
  • spacious outdoor seating area
  • many ingredients sourced from farm 2 miles away
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Co.

Since Bar Antidote opened as an underground restaurant-meets-speakeasy in 2009, chef and brewer Ian Huizenga has been serving up inventive, globally inspired farm-to-table cuisine influenced by his upbringing on his family's farm in Monkton, Vermont. Upstairs at Huizenga's brewpub Hired Hand, hyperlocal beers are brewed with Vermont-grown hops, malt, and foraged seasonal goods like Full Belly Farm strawberries.
35 Green St., Vergennes, VT, 05491, USA
Known For
  • hyperlocal craft beers
  • speakeasy-style cocktails
  • global farm-to-table fare
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Blue Paddle Bistro


This cozy, white clapboard house with an indicative blue awning has been a community staple for 17 years. Co-owner Mandy Hotchkiss and chef-owner Phoebe Bright share a decades-spanning friendship; today, their ongoing collaboration manifests in the bistro's seasonal menu and hand-written, daily changing nightly specials inspired by farm-sourced ingredients.

Bohemian Bakery


The original Bohemian Bakery began in 2010 as a Sunday-only pop-up in the home of co-owners Annie Bakst and Robert Hunt; it quickly became a weekly haunt for expertly made French pastries. The couple now roasts coffee beans in small batches and fills daily orders of rotating favorites, like buttery kougin-amman and croissants, custard-filled Danishes, and tall slices of cornmeal cake in their shop.

83 Main St., Montpelier, VT, 05602, USA
Known For
  • seasonal tarts with fresh fruit and pastry cream
  • croissants of all kinds
  • coffee roasted in-house
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Burger Barn

Local grass-fed burgers and handcut fries are the name of the game at this bright-green food truck. Try one of Burger Barn's more inventive offshoots, like the Nutty Goat: goat cheese, maple crushed walnuts, caramelized onions, bacon and mayo.
4968 Rte. 15, Jeffersonville, VT, 05464, USA
Known For
  • grass-fed burgers
  • food truck atmosphere and outside dining
  • cash only

Burlington Bay Market & Cafe

This may be a local hub for grabbing a quick sandwich or a case of beer, but its true fame stands with its seasonal creemee window. During the warmer months, lines snake around the corner for the café's beloved soft serve, particularly the house specialty: twisted black raspberry and maple ice cream in a cone, extra sprinkles. A large back patio has sweeping waterfront views, making it one of the nicest spots in town to watch the sunset.

Burlington Beer Company


For craft beer and inventive pub food, head to this spacious taproom in a historic factory building where the world-renowned Lumière brothers produced films in the early 1900s. Pair your pint of Strawberry Whale Cake (strawberry cream ale) or Vaulted Blue (IPA with notes of candied citrus peel and ripe peaches) with smoked trout dip and loaded birria fries, or opt for hearty sandwiches such as shaved steak or the mushroom Philly.


Pursuing a mission that "the best wines are grown, not made," this natural wine bar meticulously curates an inventory of organic, biodynamic, no-additive, unfiltered, and wild-fermented vintages, either for sale in the small retail section in the front, or complementing upscale bistro dishes and boards in the classy dining room.
35 School St., Stowe, VT, 05672, USA
Known For
  • mostly old-world wines, with some local labels
  • lots of charcuterie and shareable appetizers
  • in the heart of Stowe village
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

Doc Ponds

A gastropub from the folks behind the Hen of the Wood restaurant, this place has one of the best beer lists in the state. The food is excellent and the ski-lodge vibe is perfect for lunch or dinner, families or romantic two-top or solo bar seats. It's also one of the best spots in town for drinks.
294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT, 05672, USA
Known For
  • lengthy local beer list
  • pub fare with Vermont ingredients
  • log cabin atmosphere with après-ski coziness

Farmhouse Tap and Grill


The line out the door on a typical weekend night should tell you a lot about the local esteem for this farm-to-table restaurant. Serving only local beef, cheese, and produce in a classy but laid-back style, Farmhouse Tap and Grill provides one of the finest meals in the area.

Guild Tavern


Some of Vermont's best steak—all meat is sourced from local farms, dry-aged a minimum of 21 days, and cooked to absolute perfection—can be found roasting over hardwood coals in this tavern's open kitchens. The space itself is also a treat, with antique chicken feeders serving as light fixtures and a soapstone-topped bar in the center.

1633 Williston Rd., Burlington, VT, 05403, USA
Known For
  • steak for two combo
  • poutine with hand-cut fries
  • extensive cocktail list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

Harrison's Restaurant


A lively locals' scene, booths by the fireplace, and creative American cuisine paired with well-chosen wines and regional brews make this place perfect for couples and families alike. The inviting bar is a good spot to dine alone or to chat with a regular.

25 Main St., Stowe, VT, 05672, USA
Known For
  • peanut-butter pie
  • wine and cocktail list
  • wood fireplace
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Reservations essential

Idletyme Brewing Company


In prime position on the mountain road and the Stowe Recreation Path, this brewpub's Bavarian-style lagers and Vermont IPAs are only available on-site. A solid menu of pub food, a large outdoor patio, vegetable garden, and a rich, rustic, chic design, make it a popular stop.

Istanbul Kebab House

The classics of Turkish cuisine are served with surprising authenticity and maximum deliciousness thanks to the culinary talents of its Istanbul-raised owners, plus locally sourced produce and meats. The open terrace upstairs offers the only rooftop dining in Burlington.
175 Church St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
Known For
  • Turkish casseroles (güveç) baked in earthenware bowls
  • best kebabs in Burlington, if not Vermont
  • lavash bread made to order
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Kestrel Coffee Roasters

Two alumni of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, one of the country's most lauded restaurants, moved to Burlington in 2017 to realize their dreams of opening a coffee shop together. The duo focus on meticulously sourced beans roasted fresh in-house, scratch-made baked goods, and a frequently changing menu of farm-sourced sandwiches. The maple latte is just sweet enough, and one of the best around.


One of Montpelier's more upscale restaurants, Kismet embraces the farm-to-table philosophy and gives it a shiny gloss and an international flavor. Tranquilly humming in the evening, particularly after State House employees get off work, Kismet buzzes most during its popular weekend brunches.
207 Barre St., Montpelier, VT, 05602, USA
Known For
  • multiple eggs Benedict versions
  • wine and cocktail list
  • expensive for Vermont
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No dinner Sun. No lunch

Kraemer & Kin


This family-owned microbrewery started in a Grand Isle garage in 2020. Now, it occupies the basement of the clubhouse at Alburg Golf Links, an 18-hole course with stunning views of Lake Champlain. Stop into the upstairs taproom for snacks and sandwiches with a pint of blonde ale, lilac sour, or garlic mustard saison; the beers here are brewed with local — and often foraged — ingredients, including hops from the family's hop yard down the road.

230 Rt.129, Alburgh, VT, 05440, USA
Known For
  • creative small-batch beers brewed on site
  • local takes on classic clubhouse bites
  • golf course on the lake
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed.

Leunig's Bistro and Cafe


This popular café delivers alfresco bistro cuisine with a distinct French flavor, plus a friendly European-style bar and live jazz. Favorite entrées include salade niçoise, soupe au pistou (vegetable and white bean soup with Asiago and pesto), and beef bourguignon.

115 Church St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
Known For
  • crème brûlée
  • Sunday brunch
  • outdoor seating on Church Street
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Sun.

May Day


Local industry pros Mojo Hancy-Davis and Matthew Peterson launched this cozy neighborhood spot with a menu that ranges from nostalgic favorites—like a beef patty melt on rye—to delicately plated vegetable dishes, such as delicata squash with Bayley Hazen blue cheese custard and whey-braised tomatoes. Go lowbrow for drinks with a Narragansett lager, or highbrow with a bottle of grower Champagne.

258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
Known For
  • bustling industry night on Mondays
  • adventurous natural wine list
  • simple yet delectable desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.--Thurs. No lunch

Michael's on the Hill


Swiss-born chef Michael Kloeti trained in Europe and New York City before opening this establishment in a 19th-century farmhouse outside Stowe. The seasonal three-course prix-fixe menus ($45 and $67) blend European cuisine with farm-to-table earthiness, exemplified by dishes such as spice-roasted duck breast and venison navarin (ragout).

4182 Stowe-Waterbury Rd., Stowe, VT, 05677, USA
Known For
  • homemade potato gnocchi
  • wine list
  • views of Green Mountains and sunsets
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. No lunch

Miso Hungry

At the base of mammoth Jay Peak sits a wood-shingled food truck cooking arguably the best ramen in the state. Owners Momoko and Jordan Antonucci met as rafting guides in Japan, and spent three winters in Hokkaido gravitating towards the steaming bowls of noodles made at après-ski ramen trucks parked mountainside. They later brought this mutual love of hearty Japanese cooking to one of Vermont's most notable ski resorts. When the duo isn't traveling statewide for summer festivals and concerts, they're at Jay Peak passing spicy miso ramen, homemade onigiri, and seasonal specials through the food truck's window.