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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

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17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678 (Seminary Road)
+1 802-362-2568
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17:30 - 21:00
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Spain
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food acceptable. Service decent. Decoration good. Party of 5. 2 of them children. My tip apparently didn't reach the 20% mark. I saw that they unilaterally increased my tip by $5 on my credit card statement. No class. Not worth the money.

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1 Thank DrPapo
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear DrPapo, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and decor. However, we are very disappointed with your comment regarding gratuity and emphatically assure you that is not our business practice, nor the caliber of our staff. If there is an error with your bill, I want to resolve it. I... More 

Hampton, New Jersey
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We were fortunate to have dined twice at the Reluctant Panther. Once as a couple and also during the wedding of our daughter. As a couple we dined during January 2016. The dining room is spacious and very comfortable. The fireplaces were ablaze adding warmth to the warm welcome we received at the reception desk. The small and comfortable bar... More 

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Thank kennuncorked
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear kennuncorked, Thank you for such a glowing review! We are delighted to know you enjoyed the ambiance, cuisine and service from your visit to our Restaurant and that our experience exceeded your expectations. Your thoughtful note will be gladly shared with all the team. We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Manchester! Warm regards, Sean... More 

Manchester, Vermont
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

To celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary, we booked a night at this stunning inn. The staff upgraded our accommodations without even asking! When we booked the room, I had mentioned our anniversary and they remembered. The breakfast was incredible. Highly recommend!

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Thank Rebecca A
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rebecca A, Thank you for considering the Reluctant Panther Inn to celebrate such a wonderful memory as your Fifteenth Anniversary! It's always special for us to know such moments - we can participate in the fun and make it even more special! We hope to welcome you back again for Sixteen! Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

Roseland, New Jersey
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733 reviews
515 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We were staying at The Equinox, and walked the short distance down the street (like a short block) and had a deligthful romantic dinner at The Reluctant Panther, a really nice upscale Vermont Inn. Soft lighting, a cozy bar, and excellent food! We loved the local Vermont touches, like the local farm burrata. Excellent slow-cooked short ribs with cheddar mashed... More 

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Thank Conseiller99
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Conseiller99, Thank you for your recent visit to the Reluctant Panther Restaurant. We are delighted to know you were able to enjoy the qualities of Manchester Village during your stay and found your way to our Inn, just a brief walk from your hotel. Chef Sigal and the team take great pride with our culinary experience, providing you with... More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The menu was interesting and the food was fantastic. The chef is excellent and presents mildly unusual, but delicious, combinations. To that add good service, a nice wine list, and a beautiful setting

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Thank Tim D
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tim D, Many thanks for taking the time to review your experience at the Reluctant Panther Restaurant! We are delighted you enjoyed your meal, the setting and the service, and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This has to be the best in Manchester, The food was out of this world . staff was fantastic and decor was very nice... This is a must see resturant. A little pricey but not outrageous. I have been there twice in 3 years and each time it was excellent. very nice . Chef owner . presentation Very Very nice

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Thank rgmcq
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear rgmcq, Wow, thank you for such a thoughtful review! We are delighted you enjoyed all aspects of your dining experience. There are some great restaurants in Manchester, we are grateful to know you consider us among the top! We hope to welcome you back soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

Madison
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The new chef is wonderful. We had a lovely dinner there a few weeks ago. Thank you! A wonderful dining experience in a beautiful, well-appointed inn!

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Thank Kristen L
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Kristen L, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience! Chef Sigal and the team love what they do and take great care to show that in the meal you enjoy. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

An American living in Northwest England
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226 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We had a an excellent and leisurely dinner here, and enjoyed every aspect of it, from menu choices, wait staff (engaging and helpful), wine list, to the very well prepared food itself. Well done!

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Thank MJP-22
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear MJP-22, Many thanks for your review of the Reluctant Panther Restaurant. We are delighted you enjoyed all the amenities of the Inn during your visit. will gladly share your thoughtful compliments with the team. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

Oklahoma
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We come back to the Reluctant Panther every October for our annual "mother daughter" leaf peeping visit. We have stayed in another hotel close by but nothing beats the hospitality, and for us, the breakfasts here!! We have dined in the restaurant several times over the past 5 years, and although the food is very good, one thing we have... More 

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Thank LoveUmbria
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear LoveUmbria, We are so honored to know you chose to escape for your annual 'mother-daughter' weekend at the Reluctant Panther! From breakfast to dinner, the entire experience focuses on Vermont and what is seasonally available - Chef Sigal delights in presenting you fresh and innovative cuisine. Thank you again for your visit and thoughtful review, we hope to welcome... More 

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

My husband and I stayed at the Reluctant Panther Inn for just one night and had dinner in their excellent restaurant that evening. The food was spectacular and we were both happy to hear that most of their food is obtained locally. The restaurant has a lovely fireplace and we were lucky enough to get a seat right in front... More 

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Thank Karen A
Sean B, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Karen A, Wow, thank you for such a gracious review of your dining experience, we are delighted everything was to your expectations! On your next visit, you might consider our two night Epicurean Package to take advantage of our restaurant and turndown cookies ;) Thank you again, we hope to see you soon. Warm regards, Sean Burpee General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$55
Cuisine
American, Contemporary
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
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
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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