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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
+1 802-362-2568
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“short ribs” (14 reviews)
“carpaccio” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful dining room and definitely a step up from anything else in the area. The daily specials were the best and definitely gourmet. Some items on the menu were quite bland and disappointing (such as the braised short ribs).

Thank Simon T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in Manchester last week, had meals at several restaurants in town. The dinner we had here was the best hands down. The best filet I have had in a long time, and the flour less chocolate cake was awesome. Service also top notch.More

Thank Ingram75
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Ingram75, Many thanks for your visit, we are delighted to know you enjoyed your dining experience. Chef Sigal enjoys bringing the best of our local farms and vendors to our guests and the team out front always wish to ensure your evening will exceed...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for a world class meal in an immaculate restaurant that provides attentive service, polished wait staff, excellent beverages and charming location, then we highly recommend the Reluctant Panther. The Chef understands how to properly handle meat and fish, and she is...More

Thank Lisa A
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow, thank you, Lisa, for your thorough and glowing review! We're delighted you enjoyed the overall experience we aim to provide and that you were able to savor every bite and sip of your evening. With our wine list online, we are happy to receive...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we were excited to get a reservation here. the hotel looked very nice and so was the restaurant. the menu looked good. the food was underwhelming. the risotto was sloppy . A good chef is measured by the risotto he makes. perhaps if you are...More

Thank altravelindia
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear altravelindia, Thank you for your recent visit. We're glad you enjoyed the ambience of the hotel and restaurant. We are sorry, however, that you were underwhelmed with your meal. We hope that this might have been brought to our attention during your meal so...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

incredible food and attention to detail like no other restaurant service. It is not just a dining experience but a memory. The quality the presentation of the food is the best I have had anywhere...and did I mention desserts.Wow!

Thank Clint D
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Clint D, Wow, thank you Clint! We are delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your culinary experience and grateful for your review. We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Manchester. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager

Reviewed 9 September 2017

The quality of the food is excellent at the Reluctant Panther. We loved the chicken and the short ribs. Desert definitelly not the strongest point. The room is lovely with beautiful views. Unfortunately the outside dinning area is somewhat neglected which is a pity because...More

Thank scjanet
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear scjanet, Thank you for your recent visit to our Restaurant. We are delighted you enjoyed your entrees and I hope that we were made aware of any issue with your dessert so that we could correct it. Our seasonal patio is great for 'al...More

Reviewed 27 August 2017

This place would hold its own in New York or Chicago without any trouble. The food and service are exceptional, and everything is so farm-to-table it almost hurts. A truly wonderful place to eat dinner.More

Thank Brian K
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Dear Brian K, Sincere thanks for your thoughtful review of your dining experience. We are flattered to know you would place us on such a cosmopolitan and competitive culinary stage! We hope to see you again on your next trip to Manchester. Warm regards, Sean...More

Reviewed 23 August 2017

This is unquestionablely one of the best restaurants for fine dining in the area that extends from VT into the Berkshires. The dining room is spacious and elegant with enough room between tables to guarantee the privacy one wants in order to savor one's drink,...More

1  Thank RalphH42
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Dear RalphH42, Many thanks for your recent visit and thoughtful review. We are very happy to know you enjoyed our refurbished restaurant and Chef Sigal's delicious menu. We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Manchester. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We visited this establishment based on word of mouth. A number of tourists ( like us) spoke so positively about their dining experiences at the Reluctant Panther. We found the ambiance comfortable and the service gracious -- uncrowded and the feel was like eating in...More

Thank NJJaneEyre
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Dear NJJaneEyre, Many thanks for your recent visit to the Reluctant Panther Restaurant. We are delighted you enjoyed the comfort of the space, the service of our team and the delicious meal. Good to know we were able to hit the mark on your 'Pittsburgh'...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

One of the better dining rooms I've seen, though the food was just okay. Nothing was outstanding except the sorbet at the end. Filet mignon was too tough.More

Thank AthenaHouston
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Dear AthenaHouston, Thank you for your recent visit to our Restaurant. We are delighted to know you enjoyed our Spring refresh of the space and the local art courtesy of Three Pears Gallery in Dorset. We're sorry to hear your meal did not live up...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 55
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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