Inn at Shelburne Farm
On a recent trip to Vermont I had dinner at the Shelburne Farm Inn (Shelburne, Vermont near Burlington) based on some mention on this board and I wanted to report that our meal was excellent. We are from NYC so we eat out a lot and enjoy good food and I can say that the restaurant at Shelburne Inn was comparable to many good manhattan restaurants. I had an amazing chantarelle mushroom flatbread, sprinkled with fresh herbs from their garden, lamb right from the farm cooked two ways, and a panna cotta dessert. Everything was fresh and flavorful, and the setting is gorgeous. The wine list was reasonable and the service was professional and friendly. I highly recommend this place.
My wife and I choose to make the Inn at Shelburne Farms a special treat destination once each summer. The food can be outstanding, using fresh, local ingredients, although our visit last month was a bit disappointing when compared with previous visits. Our disappointment was that several favorites were gone from the menu, and the new menu offerings didn't strike our fancy.
That said, the real reason you go is for the powerhouse combination of excellent food combined with one of the most spectacular dining settings to be found almost anywhere in the U.S. That dining room, evoking a bygone era of opulence, overlooking the gardens and Lake Champlain, makes it visually memorable.
A couple warnings: you can't get out of here with a bill that's less than $200 unless you skip the wine, appetizers and dessert, and order only a main dish. And god forbid that it be a hot and humid day, because the old inn does not have air conditioning, and the dining room can be absolutely stifling on a 90 degree day.