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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

) #14 of 42 Restaurants in Manchester $$$$ American,
17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
+1 802-362-2568
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“short ribs” (12 reviews)
“carpaccio” (3 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
American, Contemporary
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
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1 - 10 of 194 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is my first posted review because this was honestly one of the most delicious meals ever enjoyed, full stop. I've enjoyed plenty of five-star institutions before and only pick this because it was near where I was staying. The crab cake was just the...More

1  Thank Ian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here and really enjoyed it. Carefully prepared local specialties. Everything was perfect.

1  Thank Marsha S
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Marsha, Many thanks for your visit to the Restaurant, we are delighted you enjoyed the ambiance, service and cuisine! We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

The name fascinated us. The owners apparently talked about the extinct panthers of Vermont and hence came the name - shortened story. The dining area is very quiet and elegant. My wife and I both commented on the spacious of the tables - a rarity...More

Thank cburnssr
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear cburnssr, Thank you for your visit to our Restaurant and thoughtful review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the comfort, calm and cuisine of your culinary experience. And the ice cream (yes - true, delicious, Vermont made ice cream)! Chef Sigal is having...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time to Manchester and dined for late reservations. The dining room has a great feel upon arrival and we were lucky to sit next to the window to see the view outside. Server was wonderful! Friendly, attentive and on point. We started with...More

Thank 221PaulC
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear 221PaulC, Thank you for your visit and thoughtful review! We're delighted to know your evening was a wonderful experience. Chef Sigal has a lot of fun sourcing ingredients from our local farms and markets and crafting delicious seasonal dishes. The bread? Our pastry team...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very pleasant surprise. Spacious and comfortable room; bed was up to my high standards and the service at the desk was gracious and very helpful making one feel that your well being was their priority. The breakfast which is included was not...More

Thank Johnna T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have written a full review of the inn and restaurant under the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant.

Thank cpt
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear cpt, Thank you for your visit and review! We are happy to know you took advantage of all our amenities during your stay. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager

Reviewed 11 July 2017

The menu features seasonal items and a good selection of game and sea food. We loved everything we tried. The pheasant was superb. The dining room is lovely and has lots of windows to view the mountain and gardens.

1  Thank Michelle K
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Michelle K, Thank you for your visit to our Restaurant and thoughtful review. We are delighted to know you enjoyed our seasonal fare and charming atmosphere. We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Manchester! Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager

Reviewed 5 June 2017

Maybe if I had not eaten at the Silver Fork the day before (see my review) I would have given this a fifth star, or maybe not. I would call this average fine dining. There are at least 30 restaurants in D.C., all of which...More

Thank Richard L
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Dear Richard L, Thank you for your recent visit to the Reluctant Panther Restaurant. We are delighted you enjoyed your overall experience. We take great care in providing an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere with excellent service and delicious, locally sourced cuisine (as recognized by our...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017

Wonderful, wonderful, luxurious, quiet environment. Excellent wait staff. Lots of locally grown foods and hard to find items that grow naturally, not cultivated. It conveys a real sense of place effortlessly, gracefully, and memorably. There is absolutely nothing to complain about. I wish we could...More

Thank rowlandz
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Dear rowlandz, We wish you could join us every day too! However, variety is the spice of life (so they say) and we are delighted to welcome you when you have the opportunity. Thank you for your glowing review, we will gladly share it with...More

Reviewed 8 May 2017

In a a "touristy" Vermont town that thrives on out of Stater's and has a TON of restaurants to choose from, the Panther is definitely a diamond in the rough. True Fine Dining cuisine, friendly prompt service, and a cozy, elegant atmosphere....and at a cost...More

Thank JFortune99
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Dear JFortune99, Many thanks for your review - it is great to know that our cuisine and service have earned your loyalty! We make every effort to provide our guests the finest culinary experience in an elegant yet informal environment. There are some great dining...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
  • 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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