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Bluebird Barbecue

317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401-1405
+1 802-448-3070
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“brisket” (59 reviews)
“burnt ends” (12 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (25 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401-1405
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was fantastic. We did not have a reservation and were taken immediately upon entering. The restaurant has a very cozy warm feel. My husband and brother both had the pulled pork flatbread and they raved about it. I had the "Nashville" sandwich and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ashleigh S
Samantha F, Manager at Bluebird Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ashleigh - thank you so much for taking time to review us. We appreciate the compliments and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent experience at Bluebird! We look forward to having you back!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bluebird has always been great but it seems to get better every time we go. Terrific Brussels sprouts, the brisket toast was delicious, and the BBQ for 2 is so good. The turkey, pulled pork, and brisket were all cooked perfectly and nicely sauced. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank P8099FWkylel
Samantha F, Manager at Bluebird Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi There! Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your specific feedback and will keep working hard to ensure our guests are happy. We look forward to having you back in sometime over the next three months to redeem those Bluebird Bucks!

Reviewed October 17, 2018

We were a group of 14, mostly hungry cyclists! They were able to accommodate our group in a “room” of our own. The barbecue was quite good but what really made the meal were the wonderful sides. A wide variety to choose from!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Linda D
Samantha F, Manager at Bluebird Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Linda - Thank you for joining us for dinner recently! We love being able to accommodate large groups of folks and are so glad you enjoyed our barbecue. Thank you for taking time to review us. We appreciate the 5 Stars! Best, Samantha Hospitality Director

Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Decided to stop by on a whim as it just smelled so good and I wasnt disappointed. We tried the meat for two with three sides and it was great. Out of our three meats, (turkey, pulled pork, brisket), the turkey was the most impressive...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Lizbeth2002
Samantha F, Manager at Bluebird Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hi Elisabeth, Thank you so much for reviewing us. We appreciate the 5 Stars and the detailed review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Barbecue for Two, as it is one of our favorite ways to offer barbecue to our guests! We...More

Reviewed October 9, 2018

Picked as one of the best BBQ's in the country, it failed miserably last night. The two of us got a half rack of ribs to share. The ribs were cooked way too much, hardly any tender meat left for us to eat. The cole...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jonem93
Samantha F, Manager at Bluebird Barbecue, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hi M., We are so sorry to hear about your recent experience. It is our goal to make sure that every guest leaves our restaurant happy and we clearly let you down. We appreciate your feedback, as that will continue to help us learn and...More

Reviewed September 29, 2018

We had the most delicious dining experience at the Bluebird BBQ! The food was fabulous. Excellend BBQ items. We especially enjoyed the BBQ for Two on the menu, allowing you to enjoy a variety of items, shared between two people. The sides were just as...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AlisonP1571
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Delicious food, attentive & friendly staff, great atmosphere. Will definitely eat here again when I find myself in Burlington again.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kirsten C
Reviewed September 17, 2018

A highly recommended dining location by several people we met while working in Burlington, VT. Excellent options and the cornbread is awesome.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank eackerman1963
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

The BBQ here was fantastic! I had the half rack with potato salad and slaw, my fiance the 15hr brisket with beans and sweet mashed. Everything had a perfect char and deep smokey flavor. Paired with an Alchemist Focal Point and Fiddlehead Wampahoofus with their...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sandra M
Reviewed July 28, 2018

If BBQ is your thing, then this is the place for you. I was hoping the menu would be a little bit more expanded.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Jackie B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$30
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 317 Riverside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401-1405
  • Public Transportation: Bluebird Barbecue is serviced by bus by Burlington's CCTA transit system using the Riverside/Winooski route.
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-448-3070
  • E-mail
Thank you for checking out Bluebird Barbecue where we celebrate American Regional Barbecue with a Vermont twist! Our all natural meats are slow smoked on premises in our 1.5 ton Souther Pride Smoker and are paired with traditional barbecue sauces and sides made from scratch. Relax, unwind, and enjoy southern style barbecue in one of our many dining rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our menu offers large "family style" platters perfect for group gatherings. During the summer months dine out on our screened, enclosed porch with Winooski River views. Our entire barbecue menu is also available for take-out.
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