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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
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good19%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“short ribs” (14 reviews)
“carpaccio” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our third dinner at the Reluctant Panther and all have been delicious. The short ribs were delicious as was the carrot & goat cheese soup. The wine cost by glass is high so I would get a bottle. Try the martini named after...More

1  Thank JohnJessica0703
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We had heard nothing but amazing reviews of this restaurant. I absolutely lived up to the hype - our server Ken was great and knowledgeable about the menu options and wine choices. Everything we ate was outstanding from appetizers to desserts. The poached lobster entree...More

Thank EMMIEB
R P, Front Office Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Dear EMMIEB, Thank you for your visit and thoughtful review! We are so glad you decided to try us after hearing such great things, and when your experience is even better than anticipated, we have truly done our job. We look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 24 November 2017

Been to this establishment twice for dinner during 2 different seasons over 1-2 years. Management responses uneven both times. Dining room was half empty during busy season, tipping us off...waitstaff pleasant and knowledgeable, but food was overhyped--not terribly imaginative. Wine list poor. Overall dinner experience...More

1  Thank DrDANT
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Dear DrDANT- Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Our team greatly appreciates both positive and constructive feedback from all of our guests. I would like to apologize as it seems you felt your visit was nothing more than ordinary and our team tries...More

Reviewed 14 November 2017

This restaurant is up there. The service is top notch. Informed and helpful servers are top notch. The menu is imaginative and superbly executes. This restaurant is now one of our favourites. It can stack up to the best anywhere. The salads are sublime and...More

Thank Paul B
R P, Front Office Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Dear Paul B, Thank you very much for such a kind review! We love hearing such great feedback, and being a favorite is one of the best compliments we could ask for. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again! All the...More

Reviewed 6 November 2017

Very cute Inn, with a great dining room. We enjoyed a wonderful farm to table meal, try the cheese board! Service was excellent and the food was delicious- a must when visiting Manchester.More

Thank Lori P
R P, Front Office Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Lori P, Thank you for your recent visit to our restaurant and lovely review! We are delighted you enjoyed your meal and our cheese board, always composed of only the best Vermont cheeses! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! All...More

Reviewed 4 November 2017

Dinner was the best we had during our short stay in Vermont. Service was excellent. Our vegetarian friends were impressed.More

Thank Richardhencke
R P, Front Office Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Richardhencke, Thank you for your review! We will pass along your kind words to our restaurant staff and Chef Sigal, who does her best to accommodate all types of eaters- vegetarians and meat eaters alike! We look forward to welcoming you again in the...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Do not miss the rib eye. I'm from Texas and raise beef cattle. Extraordinarily excellent meal. Our waitress Sarah was very sensitive to our business conversation. Perfect meal followed by a surprise sumptuous dark truffle served with the check. Lovely ambiance tooMore

Thank Betsi B
R P, Front Office Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear Betsi B, Thank you for your thoughtful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed our meal and Sarah, one of our many talented servers! The rib eye is locally raised, and Chef Sigal has done another great job with the dish accompaniments. We hope to...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

Lingering in unusually warm fall weather, I spent a night here but was unable to have dinner at the restaurant. The welcome was warm and thoughtful, I enjoyed breakfast and a good night's sleep - very comfortable! I especially appreciated the desk staff helping me...More

Thank SagHarborAlice
Reviewed 29 September 2017 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).More

Thank Simon T
R P, Front Office Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Dear Simon T, Thank you for your visit! We are delighted you enjoyed the ambiance and our daily specials. Chef Sigal takes great pride in keeping our menu interesting and unique from other restaurants in the area. Thank you for your feedback and we hope...More

Reviewed 27 September 2017

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 Jon I
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

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

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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, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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