Manchester offers a remarkable selection of upscale and casual restaurants, hip and hometown bars, and cafés. Within just a couple of miles, you’ll find classic New England fare, organic Mediterranean cuisine, sophisticated farm fresh eats, and some of the best burger and beer combos around.
WHAT TO TASTE IN MANCHESTER
Manchester offers a remarkable selection of upscale and casual restaurants, hip and hometown bars, breakfast joints, bakeries, and cafés. Within just a couple of miles, you’ll find classic New England fare, organic Mediterranean cuisine, sophisticated farm fresh eats, and some of the best burger and beer combos around.
Executive Chef, Ed St. Onge, has run some of Vermont’s busiest destination kitchens; from Stowe’s Topnotch Resort and Spa to the Stratton Mountain Club. In 2014, he teamed with his wife, Fortune 500 sales and marketing consultant, Nancy St. Onge, to create one of Manchester’s hottest new dining experiences. The Raven’s Den is a fast-casual steakhouse where everything is made from scratch and patrons can expect great food, great service, and great atmosphere at a reasonable price.
Menu items cater to a variety of tastes; from a tender and juicy Black Angus steak, to a classic seafood dish, to a plate from the salad bar stocked with seasonal produce, handcrafted dressings, Vermont cheeses, and freshly baked breads. Visitors can enjoy an upscale meal in the dining room, a custom cocktail in front of the stone fireplace, or a grass-fed burger in the tavern.
The “Den” is the area’s only restaurant to offer wines-on-tap, a state of the art delivery system where reds and whites are available by the pour, always as if they’ve just been uncorked! This offering, combined with their regular wine list and inventory of spirits, has earned the restaurant a 2015 Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence.” As a thirty year veteran of the hospitality industry and winner of the Vermont Chef-of-the-Year award from ACF, Chef Ed is proud of this achievement and says that he prices wines affordably because he wants them “to be accessible for patrons to enjoy with their meal.”
Raven’s Den also happens to be a brand new snowmobile destination! Nestled in the southwest corner of Vermont between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Mountains to the west, and located just off trail 7F4 in Corridor 4, at the end of Rootville Road, riders can drive their sled directly to ample parking on the restaurant’s snow-covered lawn.
Super Sunday: 11:30am Have fun watching the game on 4 HDTV’s with some crispy Potato Skins with melted cheese, real bacon bits, scallions and sour cream, plus a well cocktail or Beer for $12
Mad Monday: 4pm-9pm Enjoy half-a-dozen crispy Chicken Wings for just $3.50 and $5 Long Trail beer. Choose from Buffalo, Teriyaki or Maple BBQ Sauce
Three Amigo Thursdays: 4pm-9pm 1. Start with a Margarita with fresh limes. 2. Add a hand battered fish taco with “zippy white sauce.” 3. Add a pile of cheesy Nachos made to order. You can’t go wrong with the 3 amigos for just $12.
NOW OPEN – a Southern Kitchen in the Green Mountains featuring Southern Home Cooking, House Smoked Barbecue, Artisan Cocktails, Craft Brews and Fine American Wines. A completely renovated space with cozy indoor dining, el fresco dining with firepit, and a gourmet market.
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We are open Tuesday-Saturday 9-5.
We will continue to operate as CURBSIDE PICK UP only for the foreseeable future. Please call 362-4449 to place an order and schedule a pick up time.
And don’t forget your White wine, Rose, and VT microbrews!
Be well. Eat well. Drink well.
A visit to Al Ducci’s on Depot Street recalls neighborhood markets of days gone by. Cases are filled with authentic, made from scratch Italian foods. We’re talking salads, pasta, cured meats and gourmet cheeses, freshly baked semolina, ciabatta, and more! Plus, pantry shelves are stocked with imported olives, oils, vinegar, dried pasta, produce, and other essential ingredients. You can have lunch in — amazing lasagna, salad bar, plus daily chicken, pasta, and veggie specials — or take it to go.
Amy’s on the Road operates one of the most unique dining experiences in town. From mid-April through mid- October thee 1968 23” Airstream “Land Yacht” trailer nicknamed “Peg” serves breakfast and lunch, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Their mission is to offer FRESH food fast. They have daily specials, and there is always an ethnic and vegetarian option on our menu!
October – April
With the weather cooling and snow falling, Amy’s on the Road shifts gears. They offer prepared meals, Thanksgiving Dinners and Catering Services throughout the winter season. See below and their website for more information,
Thanksgiving: Craving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want to cook or go out to busy restaurant? Amy’s on the Road has you covered. Online ordering for a Thanksgiving feast is available now through Wednesday, November 10th with pickup at our kitchen at 53b Manchester Valley Road on Wednesday, November 24. Please visit our website for details.
Catering Services: Amy’s on the Road offers catering services for small to medium sized gathering in the Manchester area. Please contact us by visiting our website amysontheroad.com
Lunch on Wednesdays – Offering prepared meals through beginning soon. Visit our website for more information and menus
After 23 years of owning an operating one of Manchester best dining experiences, The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, Chef Amy wanted to spend more time with her family. Although she closed the restaurant, she never lost her deep hearted passion for cooking but she knew there had to be a way to have a better work life balance., A way to spend the quality time with her family and friends and to fulfill her passion to create delicious food.
The word spread that Chef Amy was buying a converted Airstream and embarking on a “food-truck” offering in Manchester. . A long-time friend and Chef himself, Gary Walker called her to suggest a partnership. Gary Walker wanted back in to the culinary world after from his 10-year Chef stint at the Barrow’s House Inn and Restaurant. A partnership was born. The name “Amy’s on the Road” is a tribute to its roadside location next to the Perfect Piece Consignment Shop at 4361 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254
Authentic Jamaican food at its best!! We create the flavor and you get to taste it. Pay us a visit and indulge yourself in our tasteful Jamaican cuisine, seasoned with our authentic special herbs and spices that will leave you saying, ” Gimme More”!!
Situated amid the hustle and bustle of a high-end, eclectic antique and home goods showroom, this Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant is “a local secret worth knowing about.” Depot 62 offers a totally organic menu for lunch, dinner, and dessert, along with an excellent, appropriate selection of wines by the glass. Grab a single table, or a seat at the copper-clad communal table in the middle of the shop. In summer weather, dine streetside under generous patio umbrellas.
We have missed all of you wonderful guests! We will be back for outdoor seating ONLY beginning tomorrow night @3PM! We are busy getting our amazing terrace & service protocols ready to meet mandated guidelines & will post this weekend’s hours & more information later this evening. PLEASE bear with us as we navigate the regulations & hustle to adapt, info. can change in minutes & we are doing our best to be able to serve our community again in the safest way possible. Much love Manchester & SoVer!
A cozy GastroPub with Vermont vibes in a rustic, industrial atmosphere – all underground in the heart of Manchester Center. Known for its great food and drinks, as well as frequent live music and events, Union Underground is a great place to relax and grab a bite. Savor fresh cuisine with ingredients provided by local farms, and a variety of drafts on tap from breweries around the area. A unique experience not to miss!
Barrows House and its cluster of eight buildings are centered on six acres of lovely gardens, expansive lawns and venerable trees. Lodging options include luxury suites with whirlpool baths and fireplaces, cottages with multiple guest rooms, free-standing homes with living rooms and outdoor seating areas ideal for extended family & friends. In the summer, enjoy our pool and tennis courts. In the winter, warm up by the outdoor fire pit. Whatever the season…there’s always a reason to stay at Barrows House.
Living off the land is a matter of course in Vermont. Witness our own Copper Grouse tavern, presenting Kimpton Taconic Hotel guests and local friends with a diverse blend of updated yet unpretentious classics in the regional American culinary tradition. Our chef sources ingredients from local farms to create a menu of familiar yet inimitable fare. Beverages at Copper Grouse incorporate mostly American wines, craft-brewed beers and many local spirits, including one of our favorites: whiskey. Our cocktails are anchored in classics, and are often influenced by American history or literature. Service is as warm and thoughtful as the ambience, so you’ll always feel you’re right where you belong.
Every Sunday and Monday we are offering an Indian Take-out Menu!
Please go to Coppergrouse.com/event to see the menu.
Available from 4pm-close. Take out only.
Please call 802.362.0176
Southern Vermont Arts Center offers a new dining experience in curATE café. curATE comes to SVAC in partnership with Church Street Hospitality, known for their acclaimed establishments, Barrows House Inn & Restaurant, The Dorset Inn and Dorset Bakery.
curATE café brings a modern sensibility paired with classic and regional fare. Artfully curated small plates, salads, artisanal sandwiches, gourmet coffee beverages, and a full bar — all in the artful setting of SVAC’s galleries and grounds.
curATE will delight diners enjoying the museum’s art and beautiful grounds. The café will be the perfect spot for a special lunch or afternoon beverage – curate your own experience.
Lunch: Thursday, Friday & Saturday • 12–2 p.m.
Brunch: Sunday • 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dinner: Thursday – Saturday • Seating from 5–7:30 p.m
curATE café, SVAC’s beautifully renovated café, is also available for private functions. Bookings are now being accepted. SVAC and curATE look forward to making your wedding, reception, meeting, or special occasion event a masterpiece.
Please book through Open Table above or call 802-362-9100.
Ye Olde Tavern Proprietors, Michael and Minna Brandt, welcome guests with the genteel hospitality of a bygone era. Upon arrival, the wide plank floors, roaring fireplaces, and antique furnishings recall 18th century New England. Stenciling throughout the restaurant recreates patterns typical of itinerant painter, Mose Eaton, whose work can be found throughout the region.
Listed with the Vermont Register of Historic Places, the tavern building was first constructed in 1790 by Dorset Master Architect, Aaron Sheldon, as The Stagecoach Inn. It catered to the likes of Vermont’s famous Green Mountain Boys, as well as a cadre of statesmen and gentry who enjoying dining and socializing in elegant period simplicity.
Menu selections include regional dishes — Yankee Pot Roast and Lobster Bisque, for example — along with traditional continental favorites. You’ll find Prime Rib, Shrimp Scampi, and Chicken Picatta on the daily menu, plus vegetarian offerings, seasonal specials, and kid-friendly options. An excellent wine list and a carefully curated selection of vintage cocktails are always available.
Spring is in the air and that means many restaurants in Vermont will be taking some time off. Ye Olde Tavern is no different, we will be taking a break for Spring Cleaning and a little R & R . We will be closed for business fromApril 18th and reopening on April 29th.
Good morning Manchester, we are ready for curbside service.
This is how Charlie’s is handling the new normal. Stop and enjoy those smiling faces that are beneath the staffs masks￼. We miss our customers. Hope everyone is safe and healthy.
As usual we have our wonderful scones, muffins, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and your favorite Mocha Joe’s coffee! Order your favorite latte or drink special.
Our grab and go is full with salads and sandwiches and don’t forget our freezer has all those wonderful family dinners ready for you to take home so you can enjoy this beautiful day and not worry about cooking. We just finished a fresh batch of Manchester‘s original chicken pot pie’s. They go fast so grab them while you can.
Here’s to a beautiful Saturday stay healthy and enjoy your family
A local coffee shop to fill all your coffee and baked good needs! Featuring Vermont’s locally roasted, Mocha Joe’s coffee and espresso. Stop in for specialty coffee drinks, fresh baked goods, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and more.
Plenty of space for gathering and visiting with friends.
Catering is also available for your parties and events. Leave the cooking to Charlie’s for your birthday party, Sunday sports, and more – think platters of wings, sandwiches, cakes, and cookies.
The Crooked Ram specializes in sourcing small-batch, hard-to-find craft beer from outstanding local, national, and international breweries. Their crowler (not growler) bar serves fresh draft beer in 32 oz. cans to go, from a rotating selection of beers not typically sold in cans or bottles. Their bottle shop offers a wide selection of styles from IPAs to sours, stouts, barrel-aged beers, farmhouse ales, and ciders. Whether you know exactly what you want, or need recommendations for something new, The Crooked Ram has you covered!
THE YARD IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL MAY 2022
The Publyk House has been a destination restaurant and Bennington favorite for more than 45 years. Originally, the old horse barn stood not more than a mile away on Rice Lane before it was moved to its existing location. Soon after, it opened as Publyk House restaurant in 1972 by a group of local investors who had purchased the old three-story horse barn. The partners renovated the old barn into a restaurant to again serve fine food to hungry travelers from Zechariah’s hill. Serving traditional New England fare in a warm and inviting ambiance, the restaurant opened to rave reviews and remained a popular local haunt for locals.
Years later as The Publyk House once again, the red barn still exudes that same warmth and character as before with barn board paneling and multiple fireplaces. Steven & Lauren Bryant are the current owners of this long-time restaurant, as well as the renowned Dorset Inn and Barrows House Inn in Dorset, VT.
With a nod toward the past yet with an eye on the future, they have once again captured the essence of The Publyk House charm. Just one step into the lobby and you can feel the warmth of the brick hearth and smell the aroma of honey baked bread. The dinner menu includes some of the old-time favorites…Baked New England Cod, Blue Ox NY Strip, Slow Cooked Prime Rib and Herb Roasted Chicken. As always, diners are treated to our bountiful salad bar & fresh honey wheat bread loaf with whipped maple butter with their meal. If you enjoy the fare here at the Publyk House, please join us in the summer at our newest restaurant on the waters of Lake Bomoseen ~ The Lake House Pub & Grille. Also visit our bakery and café, Dorset Rising, in the village of Dorset, and if you are seeking beautiful wedding options, check out our Old Gray Barn in Rupert.
Gringo Jacks Southwestern Bar and Grill has been bringing a wide and delicious variety of authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Southwestern foods to Manchester for over 20 years, and we hope it’ll be at least 20 more! The restaurant has a great, comfortable atmosphere, and the large seasonal patio is great for sipping a drink and watching Manchester roll by. Go for the basics of house-made guac, original recipe chips, and killer margaritas, or dive in all the way with fajitas, enchiladas, and more!
Hours of operation: Dinner starting at 4pm. Lunch Saturday and Sunday starting at 12:00pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter
Open for indoor and outdoor seating! Call (802) 362-0836 for takeout or reservations. Reservations are strongly recommended for weekend nights.
The Works Café got its start right here in Manchester, Vermont. The year was 1988 and we served delicious, traditional bagels and other healthy foods sourced locally. Today, the Works has eight cafés throughout New England and still operates on its founding principles: Good food for great people and a better planet. Today, The Works Café still reflects the early idealism of its founders. The company continues to run on the principal of the triple bottom line—people, planet, profit.
Throughout these challenging times, The Works Café is dedicated to the health and safety of our hard-working employees and loyal customers. We’ve restructured our operations with service protocols designed to meet mandated guidelines, including the wearing of masks and heavy hand-washing policies.
For a speedy pickup, order ahead! Visit workscafe.com to place an order online. Get access to special offers and earn loyalty rewards with the Works Café app, available now in the App Store or Google Play.
Social House (SoHo) is a Mediterranean based restaurant with sharing and family-style options. Serving dinner with two private rooms, outdoor seating, and off-site catering options. Led by restaurateur Luis Pazos and his wife of 12 years, Debbie Pazos, who combined have 25 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry, including working together in the world-renowned French-Seafood restaurant Le-Bernardin in NYC before moving to Manchester Center, Vermont 6 years ago. Accompanied by Executive Chef Kyle Garell, a Neci graduate from Wilmington, Vermont with over 20 years of experience.
To make future reservations, please email us at SoHo@SocialHouse.com
Continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Social_House_VT
We are a family at Social House and love to serve families and friends! We want to help you bring home wonderful memories with our food and service!
Now completely refurbished, The Dorset Inn is renowned locally and nationally for its gracious, welcoming atmosphere and exceptional cooking. Careful attention to the finer details in restoring the Inn are in evidence throughout the historic building: period furnishings and new carpeting and wallpaper amidst well-preserved architectural details in the Inn’s common rooms including wide pine board floors in the living rooms, the restored tavern and the pronounced character of the candlelit dining room. Now and for the past century, Dorset has attracted writers, artists, sports enthusiasts and vacationers to its high meadows, hardwood forests, golf courses and clear, trout-laden streams.