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The 15 Essential Burlington Restaurants

Enjoy award-winning farm-to-table and Mediterranean restaurants, Somali, Himalayan, and Thai favorites, wood-fired pizza, fried chicken and oysters, and more in Vermont’s biggest, beloved city

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Despite its small size and the fact that it spends up to half the year covered in snow and ice, Vermont outshines much of the U.S. with a bounty of locally grown food. Year after year, the Green Mountain State ranks high for the availability of local food to its residents, with multitudes of farmers markets, CSAs, and public school districts with farm-to-school programs for children.

It’s little surprise then that farm-to-table dining abounds in the state’s largest city. In fact, it’s tough to find restaurants not serving Vermont produce. Burlington’s best restaurants go beyond the state’s finest ingredients, though, combining quality raw materials with talented chefs, stellar craft cocktails, and local beer, cider, and wine. Here are the best places to take in Vermont’s delicious harvest and everything else Burlington has to offer.

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Tiny Thai Restaurant

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Tiny Thai is a Winsooki institution and has been churning out delicious, homestyle Thai food since it opened in 2004. Fan favorites include crispy duck krapow, tom kha, spicy eggplant, and pad kee maow. Tiny Thai is BYOB, so bring your favorite wine or visit the Beverage Warehouse just down the street in Winooski, which offers Vermont’s largest selection of craft beer.

Onion City Chicken & Oyster

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Last year, the team behind Misery Loves Co. opened another spot in Winooski to showcase their stellar cocktails and beloved bone-in fried chicken with honey butter. In a French bistro-inspired space, a menu scribbled on a mirror lists daily raw oyster offerings sourced up and down the Atlantic from Prince Edward Island to Rhode Island. Familiar favorites like lobster rolls, hot dogs, and fried hake fish and chips round out the menu, along with Southern sides like buttermilk biscuits and collard greens.

Misery Loves Co.

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Misery Loves Co., located in restaurant-hotspot Winooski that neighbors Burlington, transformed its bar and dining room into a marketplace with takeout during the pandemic and set up picnic tables outside. Now, it’s a retail shop and favorite lunch spot, serving a selection of sandwiches on famed Red Hen bread, soups, salads, and snacks.

Kismayo Kitchen

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Somali restaurant Kismayo Kitchen opened in 2019 and offers a short but delicious menu. Located near Burlington’s Old North End, this family-owned spot serves counter-order lunch and dinner. You can’t go wrong with any order here, but local favorites include the chicken wrap, coconut chicken stew, and beef samosas.

Taco Gordo

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Taco Gordo should be at the top of your list for Burlington tacos. After operating as a food truck for four years, Taco Gordo moved into its counter-order, West Coast-inspired restaurant location in Burlington’s Old North End in 2018 and has been serving tacos and burritos ever since. Enjoy your carnitas, al pastor, or tinga tacos (or the Gordo Supreme burrito!) alongside a margarita or paloma. Bonus: Taco Gordo operates a creemee stand, “Little Gordo” at a separate location in downtown Burlington.

Farmers and Foragers Food Truck

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The name speaks for this food truck and bar, which launched in 2015. From late May to October the truck parks dockside at Burlington Harbor Marina. Bikers and boaters can watch the sunset while enjoying a weekly seasonal menu, including items like fresh Maine lobster in brown butter on brioche rolls, Boyden Farm cheesesteaks, and Lake Champlain perch tacos.

Hen Of The Wood

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The Burlington location of chef Eric Warnstedt’s acclaimed restaurant opened in 2013 next to the trendy Hotel Vermont, eight years after the original Waterbury location. Warnstedt is a seven-time James Beard Award nominee for best chef in the Northeast, and Hen of the Wood still impresses with a daily menu driven by the restaurant’s relationship with some of the state’s most beloved farmers, growers, cheesemakers, and brewers. Snag a seat at the chef’s counter, enjoy Jasper Hill Farm cheese and the restaurant’s eponymous mushroom toast, and watch as the team fires hunky rib-eye steaks. The bar is a destination of its own, offering locally sourced beer, wine, and an impressive list of craft cocktails. Book the Butcher Room for a private, multi-course chef’s-choice dinner served family-style for parties of 6 to 12.

Juniper Bar and Restaurant

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 Hotel Vermont undoubtedly offers Burlington’s most stylish lodging, so it comes as no surprise that its bar and restaurant, Juniper, is equally chic. Take a seat at the copper bar or opt for an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit on the patio. Open for breakfast and dinner, Juniper’s locavore menu offers the kind of comforting food one craves from a hotel, made with the kind of ingredients one expects in Vermont. The poutine, for example, comes topped with Bridport Creamery cheese curds and the roast chicken for two is sourced from Maple Wind Farm and accompanied by leek soubise, beet and potato hash, and herb jus. In addition to an all-natural, locally focused wine list, the drink menu is composed almost entirely of Vermont-made ciders, beers, and spirits, including the property’s very own line of gin. Cocktails keep it classic Vermont, like the Lemon Ginger with Green Mountain organic vodka, ginger syrup, and lemon.

Bistro de Margot

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French chef Hervé Mahé brings his culinary prowess and European approach to this Burlington favorite, named after his grand-mère and opened in 2015. Bistro de Margot is an homage to French cooking and dining with a weekly three-course prix fixe menu. A meal might start with escargot or veal sweetbreads, followed by moules frites or duck leg confit with port wine sauce, and finished with mousse au chocolat with citrus meringue.

Sherpa Kitchen

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Sherpa Kitchen serves Himalayan cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Diners enjoy momos, samosas, and curries alongside Himalayan spiced iced tea. Sherpa Kitchen has become a Burlington favorite and uses locally sourced ingredients and spices central to the traditional recipes of Nepalese, Tibetan, and Sherpa cuisine. Chicken tikka masala, white fish curry, and beef chow mein are top hits.

American Flatbread Burlington

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Organic wheat is used to make fresh dough daily at this wood-fired pizzeria, whose outpost at City Hall Park is one of the company’s 11 locations spread across New England. Thin crusts are topped with organic tomato sauce, locally made cheeses, and meats like housemade maple-fennel pork sausage. Try fan favorite the Revolution, topped with caramelized onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, grana padano, and fresh herbs. American Flatbread was founded in Waitsfield, VT in 1988, opened its Burlington location in 2004, and has been a downtown institution ever since.

Honey Road

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Honey Road deserves all the praise it gets. Eastern Mediterranean flavors meet Vermont produce with flair at this busy, mezze-focused restaurant. Expect a vegetable-heavy menu, house-made pita served with whipped feta and hummus, and some heartier options like lamb and cherry tomato kofta or grilled octopus. The sweet harissa chicken wings are a must-order. Honey Road occupies a cute corner location on lower Church Street, with seasonal outdoor seating ideal for people-watching and an exceptional cocktail program. Honey Road is women-owned and operated and has received multiple James Beard nominations. This year, pastry chef Amanda Wildermuth was a James Beard semifinalist for outstanding pastry chef or baker.

A handful of plates with housemade pita, hummus, and pickled vegetables arranged on a table.
Getting the meal started at Honey Road.
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August First

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August First is a popular, counter-order breakfast and lunch spot, bakery, and coffee shop all rolled into one. It is worth a visit all year round but is especially glorious in the summer when the large, garage-style windows open onto the street and copious outdoor seating is available. Enjoy fresh baked goods alongside your cappuccino, or order from the full menu including sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast items like polenta and eggs, french toast, and maple granola with local yogurt.

Istanbul Kebab House

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Istanbul Kebab House began in the basement of an apartment complex in Essex Junction and moved to its current location on lower Church Street in Burlington in 2015 where it now thrives, and features Burlington’s only rooftop dining. Owners Hasan, Vural, and Jackie Oktay import ingredients from Turkey for chef Veli Cetin’s kebab-centric menu. Enjoy meze platters, stuffed grape leaves, smokey casseroles, lamb stuffed eggplant, and a variety of kebabs. Top it off with Turkish wine, available by the bottle or glass, and baklava for dessert.

Pizzeria Verità

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Bubbly-crusted, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are the star at this popular pizzeria. Pies feature both classic and inventive toppings, such as spicy soppressata, fire-roasted sweet corn, and fig and gorgonzola. In addition to offering some of the best pizza in Burlington, Verità stays busy with fun twists on classic cocktails, like the Dedalus Wing, featuring bourbon, aperol, amaro averna, lemon, and angostura. Don’t miss the Pizza alla Nutella for dessert.

A pizza with a blistered crust and topped with soppressata and corn on a table.
A Neapolitan-style pizza from Pizzeria Verità.
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Tiny Thai Restaurant

Tiny Thai is a Winsooki institution and has been churning out delicious, homestyle Thai food since it opened in 2004. Fan favorites include crispy duck krapow, tom kha, spicy eggplant, and pad kee maow. Tiny Thai is BYOB, so bring your favorite wine or visit the Beverage Warehouse just down the street in Winooski, which offers Vermont’s largest selection of craft beer.

Onion City Chicken & Oyster

Last year, the team behind Misery Loves Co. opened another spot in Winooski to showcase their stellar cocktails and beloved bone-in fried chicken with honey butter. In a French bistro-inspired space, a menu scribbled on a mirror lists daily raw oyster offerings sourced up and down the Atlantic from Prince Edward Island to Rhode Island. Familiar favorites like lobster rolls, hot dogs, and fried hake fish and chips round out the menu, along with Southern sides like buttermilk biscuits and collard greens.

Misery Loves Co.

Misery Loves Co., located in restaurant-hotspot Winooski that neighbors Burlington, transformed its bar and dining room into a marketplace with takeout during the pandemic and set up picnic tables outside. Now, it’s a retail shop and favorite lunch spot, serving a selection of sandwiches on famed Red Hen bread, soups, salads, and snacks.

Kismayo Kitchen

Somali restaurant Kismayo Kitchen opened in 2019 and offers a short but delicious menu. Located near Burlington’s Old North End, this family-owned spot serves counter-order lunch and dinner. You can’t go wrong with any order here, but local favorites include the chicken wrap, coconut chicken stew, and beef samosas.

Taco Gordo

Taco Gordo should be at the top of your list for Burlington tacos. After operating as a food truck for four years, Taco Gordo moved into its counter-order, West Coast-inspired restaurant location in Burlington’s Old North End in 2018 and has been serving tacos and burritos ever since. Enjoy your carnitas, al pastor, or tinga tacos (or the Gordo Supreme burrito!) alongside a margarita or paloma. Bonus: Taco Gordo operates a creemee stand, “Little Gordo” at a separate location in downtown Burlington.

Farmers and Foragers Food Truck

The name speaks for this food truck and bar, which launched in 2015. From late May to October the truck parks dockside at Burlington Harbor Marina. Bikers and boaters can watch the sunset while enjoying a weekly seasonal menu, including items like fresh Maine lobster in brown butter on brioche rolls, Boyden Farm cheesesteaks, and Lake Champlain perch tacos.

Hen Of The Wood

The Burlington location of chef Eric Warnstedt’s acclaimed restaurant opened in 2013 next to the trendy Hotel Vermont, eight years after the original Waterbury location. Warnstedt is a seven-time James Beard Award nominee for best chef in the Northeast, and Hen of the Wood still impresses with a daily menu driven by the restaurant’s relationship with some of the state’s most beloved farmers, growers, cheesemakers, and brewers. Snag a seat at the chef’s counter, enjoy Jasper Hill Farm cheese and the restaurant’s eponymous mushroom toast, and watch as the team fires hunky rib-eye steaks. The bar is a destination of its own, offering locally sourced beer, wine, and an impressive list of craft cocktails. Book the Butcher Room for a private, multi-course chef’s-choice dinner served family-style for parties of 6 to 12.

Juniper Bar and Restaurant

 Hotel Vermont undoubtedly offers Burlington’s most stylish lodging, so it comes as no surprise that its bar and restaurant, Juniper, is equally chic. Take a seat at the copper bar or opt for an Adirondack chair next to the fire pit on the patio. Open for breakfast and dinner, Juniper’s locavore menu offers the kind of comforting food one craves from a hotel, made with the kind of ingredients one expects in Vermont. The poutine, for example, comes topped with Bridport Creamery cheese curds and the roast chicken for two is sourced from Maple Wind Farm and accompanied by leek soubise, beet and potato hash, and herb jus. In addition to an all-natural, locally focused wine list, the drink menu is composed almost entirely of Vermont-made ciders, beers, and spirits, including the property’s very own line of gin. Cocktails keep it classic Vermont, like the Lemon Ginger with Green Mountain organic vodka, ginger syrup, and lemon.

Bistro de Margot

French chef Hervé Mahé brings his culinary prowess and European approach to this Burlington favorite, named after his grand-mère and opened in 2015. Bistro de Margot is an homage to French cooking and dining with a weekly three-course prix fixe menu. A meal might start with escargot or veal sweetbreads, followed by moules frites or duck leg confit with port wine sauce, and finished with mousse au chocolat with citrus meringue.

Sherpa Kitchen

Sherpa Kitchen serves Himalayan cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Diners enjoy momos, samosas, and curries alongside Himalayan spiced iced tea. Sherpa Kitchen has become a Burlington favorite and uses locally sourced ingredients and spices central to the traditional recipes of Nepalese, Tibetan, and Sherpa cuisine. Chicken tikka masala, white fish curry, and beef chow mein are top hits.

American Flatbread Burlington

Organic wheat is used to make fresh dough daily at this wood-fired pizzeria, whose outpost at City Hall Park is one of the company’s 11 locations spread across New England. Thin crusts are topped with organic tomato sauce, locally made cheeses, and meats like housemade maple-fennel pork sausage. Try fan favorite the Revolution, topped with caramelized onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, grana padano, and fresh herbs. American Flatbread was founded in Waitsfield, VT in 1988, opened its Burlington location in 2004, and has been a downtown institution ever since.

Honey Road

Honey Road deserves all the praise it gets. Eastern Mediterranean flavors meet Vermont produce with flair at this busy, mezze-focused restaurant. Expect a vegetable-heavy menu, house-made pita served with whipped feta and hummus, and some heartier options like lamb and cherry tomato kofta or grilled octopus. The sweet harissa chicken wings are a must-order. Honey Road occupies a cute corner location on lower Church Street, with seasonal outdoor seating ideal for people-watching and an exceptional cocktail program. Honey Road is women-owned and operated and has received multiple James Beard nominations. This year, pastry chef Amanda Wildermuth was a James Beard semifinalist for outstanding pastry chef or baker.

A handful of plates with housemade pita, hummus, and pickled vegetables arranged on a table.
Getting the meal started at Honey Road.
Anna Darrow/Eater Boston

August First

August First is a popular, counter-order breakfast and lunch spot, bakery, and coffee shop all rolled into one. It is worth a visit all year round but is especially glorious in the summer when the large, garage-style windows open onto the street and copious outdoor seating is available. Enjoy fresh baked goods alongside your cappuccino, or order from the full menu including sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast items like polenta and eggs, french toast, and maple granola with local yogurt.

Istanbul Kebab House

Istanbul Kebab House began in the basement of an apartment complex in Essex Junction and moved to its current location on lower Church Street in Burlington in 2015 where it now thrives, and features Burlington’s only rooftop dining. Owners Hasan, Vural, and Jackie Oktay import ingredients from Turkey for chef Veli Cetin’s kebab-centric menu. Enjoy meze platters, stuffed grape leaves, smokey casseroles, lamb stuffed eggplant, and a variety of kebabs. Top it off with Turkish wine, available by the bottle or glass, and baklava for dessert.

Pizzeria Verità

Bubbly-crusted, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are the star at this popular pizzeria. Pies feature both classic and inventive toppings, such as spicy soppressata, fire-roasted sweet corn, and fig and gorgonzola. In addition to offering some of the best pizza in Burlington, Verità stays busy with fun twists on classic cocktails, like the Dedalus Wing, featuring bourbon, aperol, amaro averna, lemon, and angostura. Don’t miss the Pizza alla Nutella for dessert.

A pizza with a blistered crust and topped with soppressata and corn on a table.
A Neapolitan-style pizza from Pizzeria Verità.
Anna Darrow/Eater Boston

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