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Bobcat Cafe & Brewery

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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5 Main St, Bristol, VT 05443-1317
+1 802-453-3311
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant that could be really great if the staff were to pay a little more attention. Five minute wait before we were greeted; drink order mixed up, fixed by going to the barkeep myself; and really nice atmosphere and food. Maybe the service was off as the reputation and food is really good.

Thank MRV_VT
Sudbury, MA
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111 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there on a Friday evening, early, which was a good thing as it filled up pretty fast. While the menu is limited, there is enough variety to appeal to everyone. In our group, we had a pub burger, monk fish, duck, and venison. All were given a thumbs up. Add to that a very good selection of brewed on... More 

Thank KGR1951
Northville, New York
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Well.....where to start? Let's say that my daughter and I sat at a crowded bar and had wonderful conversation with friendly people. the bartender plied me with samples of beer that i had not yet experienced and my daughter felt quite at home. the meal was...mmm, beyond anything i'd ever had, other than my mom's house and Paris, in that... More 

Thank carlsedon2015
Albany, New York
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Happened to drive by this great spot just when we got hungry and decided to try it out! So glad we did. The staff is genuinely friendly, the food creative comfort food and the atmosphere that makes you want to linger. Went two nights ago with the same result. Worth a visit!

Thank Bailey1018
Andover, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Awesome quaint pub, the bartender Dana was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. The Maple Porter and Milk Stout were Delicious, had several. A must go to if visiting Bristol.

Thank Don V
Warren, Vermont
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

A new favorite hangout!!! We had two servers helping us. Both were amazing!! I wish I had gotten their names so I could mention them on here. Both were exceptionally gracious (we were there on a Sunday night). We ordered an iceberg and blue cheese salad (totally amazing), meatloaf, a steak, and mint chocolate ice cream for dessert. I've never... More 

Thank KaronsWolf
Cornwall, Vermont
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The place is always hopping. The food is mediocre, the acoustics are really bad. With that said, it's a great place to go. The bar is amazing and worth the trip. The staff is over the top with their service, which makes up for the so-so food. The menu is diverse and changing but the quality depends on the night.... More 

Thank Mammie2015
Shelburne, Vermont
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We've been fans of The Bobcat for many years, and my recent stop at the bar for sustenance during foliage season reminded me why we love this place. First, it's a great place whether you drink fancy cocktails or love delicious beer. Some places make you choose--not The Bobcat! Sitting at the bar is fun, and if you've not called... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Bristol is a charming old mining town near Burlington on the edge of the Green Mountains. Bobcat is a great restaurant with great food and great service and reasonable prices that would be at home in any big city. In this setting, it exceeds all expectations. Every visit has reflected the same great service and outstanding food.

Thank davebart2509
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Bobcat has delivered good food and brews now for several years. We visit about once a month and have been very pleased with the place over the last year. Bobcat does not have a vast menu - this is a bistro. But what they offer is done nicely and is priced fairly. Reservations required on Fri and Sat eves.

Thank G F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Main St, Bristol, VT 05443-1317
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Bristol
  • Phone Number: +1 802-453-3311

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?