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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

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17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678 (Seminary Road)
+1 802-362-2568
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17:30 - 21:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has to be the best in Manchester, The food was out of this world . staff was fantastic and decor was very nice... This is a must see resturant. A little pricey but not outrageous. I have been there twice in 3 years and each time it was excellent. very nice . Chef owner . presentation Very Very nice

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Thank rgmcq
Madison
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The new chef is wonderful. We had a lovely dinner there a few weeks ago. Thank you! A wonderful dining experience in a beautiful, well-appointed inn!

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An American living in Northwest England
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222 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a an excellent and leisurely dinner here, and enjoyed every aspect of it, from menu choices, wait staff (engaging and helpful), wine list, to the very well prepared food itself. Well done!

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Oklahoma
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come back to the Reluctant Panther every October for our annual "mother daughter" leaf peeping visit. We have stayed in another hotel close by but nothing beats the hospitality, and for us, the breakfasts here!! We have dined in the restaurant several times over the past 5 years, and although the food is very good, one thing we have... More 

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Reluctant Panther Inn for just one night and had dinner in their excellent restaurant that evening. The food was spectacular and we were both happy to hear that most of their food is obtained locally. The restaurant has a lovely fireplace and we were lucky enough to get a seat right in front... More 

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East Dorset, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I went to the Reluctant Panther the first week in December with my sweetheart just to get out of the house and have some good food? From the Carpaccio to the Monk fish, the beet salad, and the pork chop was all so different. Each dish seemed to be incredibly well thought out and executed. When my pork chop came... More 

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Sausalito
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We were in Vermont last week for Thanksgiving and decided on the Reluctant Panther. It's always exciting trying a new restaurant that seems to have good reviews. But, unfortunately, this Thanksgiving meal was very, very disappointing. We started with the complimentary amuse bouche what was given to us but not explained. Served in a Chinese soup spoon, it was a... More 

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Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear CV, Thank you for joining us for your Thanksgiving meal. We are quite disappointed to learn that you did not enjoy your meal. It appears we may not have connected with you properly during your visit to have understood your dismay. We only wish you had raised any one of your concerns from your thorough review with us at... More 

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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

After the disappointment of the Equinox Resort the Reluctant Panther was a total breath of fresh air. Service was friendly and efficient and the food excellent. The Chefs here can really cook. We had a memorable evening, thanks to all.

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Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Anthony, Thank you for your recent visit and thoughtful review! We are delighted you enjoyed your experience and will gladly share your thoughts with all the team. We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

Guilford, Connecticut
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Friends and I had a nice meal here on Saturday night of Halloween weekend. Wait staff was helpful and friendly, nice range of offerings on the menu (something for everyone), with drinks and dessert came in at about $500 for four. Lovely atmosphere, very cozy, highly recommended!

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Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear miledeparis, Many thanks for your recent visit and fun evening with friends! Your thoughtful review is greatly appreciated, thanks for sharing! Safe travels, we hope to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

Chaumont, New York
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife and I stayed at The Reluctant Panther Inn for three nights, enjoying the late and warm leaf-peeping season in Manchester. Our wonderful experience staying at the inn is reviewed elsewhere. The evening of our second day, we ate in the dining room of the main inn, a very charming room with a view of Mt. Essex (I think)... More 

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Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear JLG689, Wow! Thank you for your exhaustive review, it was fun to read! We are delighted to know you enjoyed every aspect of your culinary experience. Chef Sigal and her brigade, as well as the front of house team, take great pleasure in providing you with such a memorable evening. The Pheasant is soooo good, isn't it? If I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 55
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
    (Seminary Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Green Mountains  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +1 802-362-2568
Description
The Restaurant features the Panther's renowned gourmet farm-to-table cuisine and offers a sophisticated dining experience that is among the highest rated in New England.
The Patio Raw Bar is open seasonally offering Al Fresco dining for dinner in a less formal atmosphere. With views over the gardens and Mount Equinox, the Patio is a picturesque venue for a casual dinner.
The Panther Pub is open for special events, private group dining and receptions and offers an intimate private dining or meeting experience.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?