HOME > Chowhound > Northern New England >

Discussion

Burlington, Vermont Easter dinner recommendations help!

We will be visiting our daughter at UVM on Easter Sunday with her grandparents. Does anyone
have an upscale recommendation for Easter dinner? Any help would be appreciated!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. www.7nvt.com is a great place to search restraunts in Vermont. I guess it depends on what you want to eat. Tratoria Dellia or L'amante (Italian), Bluebird Tavern (localvore), Leunigs Bistro (French), Blue Cat Cafe and Wine Bar (Steakhouse). Would be the Burlington Places. Kitchen Table Bistro(Richmond), Hen of the Wood or Michael's on the Hill (Waterbury) would be my choices outside of Burlington.

    -----
    Trattoria Delia
    152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

    Kitchen Table Bistro
    1840 W Main St, Richmond, VT 05477

    Hen of the Wood
    92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

    Leunig's Bistro
    115 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401

    Bluebird Tavern
    Burlington, VT, Burlington, VT

    Michael's On the Hill
    4182 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center, VT 05677

    L'amante
    126 College St, Burlington, VT 05401

    Blue Cat Cafe and Wine Bar
    , Burlington, VT 05401

    2 Replies
    1. re: jjadamsfb

      Thank you for the wonderful recommendations. We are going to try Trattoria D'elia. Very much
      appreciated!

      1. re: jjadamsfb

        Thanks for your input. Trying TratToria Delia on Easter Sunday and the Blue Cat on Monday
        evening. Thanks again!

      2. Though I liked Trattoria Delia, I did not love it and the setting is kind of dark, sort of European looking. I say when in Vermont look for a Vermont style restaurant. In Burlington we don't have much in the way of real fancy. We are just not a fancy people, in my opinion. We have good food, no great food, but it is just not a place to get dressed in your tux and tails and go to dinner. I only know Burlington so I can't speak for out of Burlington but to me the best restaurants in town are the Farmhouse Tap and Grill. The Blue Cat Cafe and Leunig's Bistro. The fancier ones are Blue Cat, which has amazing steak and standard American fare, lovely fancy atmosphere, kind of romantic AND Leunig's, which I love, that is a bit fancy, great for the whole family or a date night, and has amazing food in a kind of french bistro fashion. Delicious. The least fancy is the Farmhouse and though it is not fancy, it is super! Great burgers, mac and cheese, fries, beer from all over the state, and local fare prepared in a way you could never imagine doing yourself at home. Enjoy Vermont!

        -----
        Trattoria Delia
        152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

        Leunig's Bistro
        115 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401

        6 Replies
        1. re: susan moira

          Trattoria Delia is fancy. It's a lovely place and they service is outstanding. Far superior than most Vermont "fine dining" restaurants that I've been to. Service in Vermont is usually pretty, uhm, casual no matter what. At Trattoria Delia, that is simply not the case.

          L'amante is also very upscale and fancy with good service.

          Both of them are dressier places with upscale menus, prices, and wine lists.

          Hen of the Wood is upscale, as well, but that's about 25 mins south of Burlington.

          All three of these places are fantastic food, a lot of it is locally obtained, fresh, well-prepared, and certainly Vermont-ish. L'amante is similar in style to what you might find in NYC, but not by much. Even it is primarily wood. Clean, pristine lines, but still wood paneling for decor. :)

          When people want to buy a steak, do you push them to hamburger? Nothing wrong with hamburger, but if a person wants a steak, give 'em a steak, not a hamburger.

          -----
          Trattoria Delia
          152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

          Hen of the Wood
          92 Stowe St Ste 1, Waterbury, VT 05676

          L'amante
          126 College St, Burlington, VT 05401

          1. re: Morganna

            Morganna, have you eaten at Blue Cat Cafe? If so, how was the food? I went on their web site
            and the Jazz atmosphere would probably appeal to our daughter, as she is a Jazz Music
            major at UVM. It might be more appealing to her rather than Trattoria Delia which I chose.
            Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. We are going to see her in a concert on Monday
            evening and would like her to have a wonderful Easter dinner on Sunday night!

            -----
            Trattoria Delia
            152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

            1. re: Houston2

              Nope, never been to Blue Cat. Sounds like it might work for you, though. I don't get up to Burlington for meals much, and usually when I do, it's something like Wendy's (there's no Wendy's in Central VT) or Texas Roadhouse. :) My experiences with the higher end stuff is anniversary dinners. :) We go to a new place every year. :)

          2. re: susan moira

            Susan, thanks so much for the recommendations. We have been to Leunig's and wanted to try
            a different restaurant. I went on Blue Cat's web site and it might be perfect for our daughter.
            Trattoria Delia was my choice, but the hip Jazz vibe at Blue Cat would appeal to our Jazz Music
            major daughter. My husband also works on Broadway with lots of musicians, so this may be
            perfect for both of them!

            -----
            Trattoria Delia
            152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

            1. re: Houston2

              As a parent of a UVM grad, I heartily endorse Trattoria Delia for a special occasion. Excellent food & service & a treat for impoverished students. Never been to Blue Cat, but why not do the best of both worlds & hit Blue Cat for after dinner dessert, drinks and music.

              -----
              Trattoria Delia
              152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401

              1. re: jenni49

                Jenni, Thanks for the endorsement for Trattoria Delia. We are going to go there this Sunday evening (Easter) and try the Blue Cat on Monday! (They are closed on Sundays)

                -----
                Trattoria Delia
                152 St Paul St, Burlington, VT 05401