50 Best Restaurants in Northern Vermont, Vermont

Oakes & Evelyn

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Vermont may be landlocked, but regionally sourced seafood fills the menu at this upscale farm-to-table restaurant in the state capital; the raw bar—think Cape Cod oysters and cold-smoked scallop crudo—is a particular draw. Large plates include prime strip loin with bone marrow and black-truffle raclette with local ricotta ravioletto.

52 State St., Montpelier, VT, 05602, USA
802-347--9100
Known For
  • Bao buns with spiced crispy local mushrooms
  • Creative cocktails, including multiple Bloody Mary options at brunch
  • Luxurious ingredients
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Tues. No lunch.

Onion City Chicken & Oyster

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Laura Wade and Aaron Josinsky's new casual spot serves up fried chicken in various forms — from honey-butter wings to whole birds. Comfort-food sides include collard greens that you can add housemade bacon to, a whole grilled onion, fluffy beignets filled with cheddar, and yes, there are oysters (options change daily).

3 E. Allen St., Burlington, VT, 05404, USA
802-540--8489
Known For
  • Well-made classic cocktails
  • Lobster roll and hot dog baskets
  • Sophisticated but fun atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed. No lunch.

Onyx Tonics

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This coffee-tasting bar would satisfy the staunchest coffee aficionado, with its rotating menu of specialty drinks designed to highlight the texture and flavor profile of distinct beans and roasters; so it's not surprising that co-founder Jason Gonzales won a top 10 spot in the 2013 World Cup Tasting Championship (the coffee Olympics). If a coffee education is what you want with your morning cup, Onyx Tonics offers it—thankfully with a friendly and inviting atmosphere—as baristas have been known to warn against adding milk to a certain drip coffee, because it would raise the acidity of the brew and alter its delicate flavor.
126 College St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
802-777–2583
Known For
  • Coffee-tasting bar
  • The VT Big Easy, coffee and chicory mixed with milk and maple syrup
  • Featured espresso and drip coffee beans

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Pearl Street Pizza

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The handmade Italian brick oven is the centerpiece of this hot new pizza spot, which shares a former department store building with AR Market and the curing facility for Vermont Salumi. The team cranks out perfectly blistered Neapolitan-style pizzas and thick grandma pies, with classic and weekly special toppings that range from fire-roasted mushrooms to roast pork and miso drizzle. The bar boasts a top-notch local draft list and affordable, well-made cocktails.

159 N. Main St., Montpelier, VT, 05641, USA
802-622--8600
Known For
  • Local mozzarella and real San Marzano tomatoes
  • Housemade pasta of the week
  • Tom Cat Tiramisu made with local barrel-aged gin
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Tues.

Philo Ridge Farm & Market

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A leader in regenerative agriculture, two of the 400 acres of this diversified farm are dedicated to organic vegetable, flower, herb, and fruit production, which is then channeled into the market's sandwiches, salads, prepared foods, and pantry goods. Farm-raised poultry, lamb, grass-fed beef, and heritage pork are the stars of the kitchen's elegant prix-fixe dinner menu, which changes seasonally. Cozy up near the fireplace in the great room, or dine on the outdoor patio in warmer months to take in the view.

Pizzeria Verita

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"The truth is in the dough" is the long-standing motto of Burlington's destination for expert Neopolitan pies. The bubbled, chewy crusts are flame-kissed by live fire, and Italian-inspired ingredients are sourced mostly from local farmers like the house-made mozzarella that graces classic pies like the beautifully simple Margherita. But don't overlook inventive pizzas like the popular Mais, which is an enticing combination of fire-roasted sweet corn, crème fraîche, fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), and crackly edged slices of speck.

PK Coffee

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The inviting atmosphere of this neighborhood joint is increased by the beans they use—North Carolina–based roasters Counter Culture Coffee, known for its coffee education and sustainable sourcing. Milk comes from Sweet Rowen Farmstead, and rotating breakfast sandwiches and baked goods, like buttermilk banana bread, are made in-house.

Restaurant Poco

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Owners Stefano Cicirello and Susie Ely parked what was originally Dolce VT food truck in a hip space that looks straight out of Brooklyn. The menu of shared plates changes regularly but leans global, with dishes such as Kung Pao cauliflower served alongside pork Milanese and a very good burger. 

55 Main St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
802-497-2587
Known For
  • Walk-in only
  • Small plates to share
  • Cozy atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Tues. No lunch.

Rustic Roots

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Scuffed wood floors and chunky country tables bring the "rustic" at this converted farmhouse—but not too much. An intimate bar and maroon walls adorned with woodcrafts and art add a touch of elegance, and the French-inspired food is carefully prepared. The brunch is deservedly popular, especially for the warm house-made popovers served with herb butter.
195 Falls Rd., Shelburne, VT, 05482, USA
802-985–9511
Known For
  • Coffee-maple sausage
  • Pastrami on rye
  • Bloody Marys
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No dinner Wed., Thurs., and Sun., Reservations essential

Sarducci's

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Montpelier's most popular restaurant draws its crowd less for the classic American Italian dishes than the conviviality, charm, and sizeable portions, not to mention the picturesque Winooski River flowing directly alongside the windows. The pizza comes fresh from wood-fired ovens, while the rest of the menu features your favorite pennes, Alfredos, and raviolis, with pleasing tweaks on the old formulas.

Shy Guy Gelato

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Some of the best gelato outside of Italy is found on St. Paul Street. Co-owner Paul Sansone was inspired by his Italian heritage to work abroad as an apprentice to some of Southern Italy's most notable gelato masters; he returned to Vermont years later to open his own scoop shop alongside one of Burlington's longtime farm-to-table restaurant owners, Tim Elliot. Daily-changing flavors distill peak season fruits and lush Vermont dairy into peerless small-batch gelato and sorbet that draw visitors state-wide. The fior di latte (fresh mozzarella) gelato is remarkable, and one of the few flavors that rarely leaves the menu.

198 St. Paul St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
802-355–2320
Known For
  • Small-batch gelato and sorbet made with local ingredients
  • Fior di latte (fresh mozzarella) gelato
  • Vegan-friendly sorbets
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed.

Speeder & Earl's Coffee

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This family-owned coffee roaster has been turning out small-batch beans and blends since 1993, making it a well-loved local watering-hole for almost three decades. This quirky, funky café is a prime old-school spot to pick up a bag of beans or mull over the morning paper with a cup of Maple French Roast.

Starry Night Café

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The proprietors of this popular, chic restaurant serve seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine among handcrafted tableware and furniture. A rotating display of works by local artists graces the walls, and the fireside porch, with its views of gardens and trees, is open at least three seasons of the year.

5371 U.S. 7, Ferrisburgh, VT, 05456, USA
802-877–6316
Known For
  • Handblown glasses
  • Historic buildings, including a covered bridge
  • Date night
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

The Skinny Pancake

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This dine-in crêperie makes a great stop for breakfast, lunch, or an easy dinner. The signature crepes go sweet and savory and are filled with fruit, vegetables, and meat from more than a dozen Vermont farms.

89 Main St., Montpelier, VT, 05602, USA
802-262–2253
Known For
  • Inventive hot chocolate recipes
  • Locavore's Dream crepe with chicken, cran-apple chutney, spinach, and blue cheese
  • Pooh Bear crepe with cinnamon sugar and local honey

Trattoria Delia

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If you didn't make that trip to Umbria this year, the next best thing is this Italian country eatery around the corner from City Hall Park. The secret to the ambience goes well beyond the high-quality, handmade pasta dishes to the supercozy woody interior, a transplanted sugarhouse from New Hampshire.

152 St. Paul St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
802-864–5253
Known For
  • Excellent wine list
  • Wood-grilled prosciutto-wrapped Vermont rabbit
  • Primo Italian desserts
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Reservations essential

Vermont Cookie Love

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The "Love Shack" on the side of VT Route 7 is known to have one of the best maple creemees in the state due to its use of Vermont maple syrup and high-butterfat dairy from Kingdom Creamery of Vermont. There are also coffee, vanilla, and chocolate creemees on offer, along with local Wilcox hard ice cream and house-made cookies made daily on-site.
6915 Rte. 7, Shelburne, VT, 05473, USA
802-425–8181
Known For
  • Homemade cookies
  • Maple and coffee soft serve
  • Crushed cookie crumbles for topping cones and sundaes
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Creemee window closed Nov.–Mar.

von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall

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In 2016, the Von Trapp family finally realized its long-held dream of opening a brewery making Austrian-style lagers on the grounds, and what a brewery it is. Built of thick, massive Vermont wood beams, the cavernous chalet-style space houses a rustic-chic restaurant and bar alongside the beer-making facilities serving Germanic classics, with plenty of beer to wash it down.

Waterworks Food + Drink

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In an old textile mill on the banks of the Winooski River, this restaurant comes with great views from nearly every table thanks to a glass wall. The expansive bar and dining room adds to the scene with lofty wood-beam ceilings, exposed brick, and a range of American bistro-style dishes.

Zabby and Elf's Stone Soup

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The open front, woody interior, and community spirit make Stone Soup a downtown favorite for lunch, especially on warm days. The small but robust salad bar is the centerpiece, with excellent hot and cold dishes—a perfect complement to the wonderful soups and fresh sandwiches.

211 College St., Burlington, VT, 05401, USA
802-862–7616
Known For
  • Vegetarian dishes
  • Gluten-free baked goods
  • New York Jewish-style cooking
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Zen Barn

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What's more Vermont than the name "Zen Barn," especially when it includes its own yoga studio in a former hayloft? Add to that an expansive, rustic-chic interior with local art and a stage for live music, an outdoor patio looking out to green fields and mountains, and a menu of eclectic, farm-to-table fare, and the local experience is complete.