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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
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • 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 yesterday

The restaurant is lovely and the service was impeccable. What's mixed was the food. The rabbit entree was tasty but the braised short ribs a bit dry. Dessert was an odd basil sponge cake that was interesting and not too sweet but that didn't quite...More

1  Thank Gypsygirl65
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was lovely, quiet, the staff well informed. The chef has been awarded “Best in Vermont “ this year. She is very creative. The most popular dish is the short ribs, very well prepared, maybe a bit rich. The morels, ramps and local cheeses...More

Thank Sheila M
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Shelia M, It was such a pleasure having you for dinner and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Your kind remarks regarding our dining experience and staff are so greatly appreciated. It is wonderful to hear that Chef Sigal's passion...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most of all, it's the people who work there that deserve the credit for our recent stay. The upgrade to the "Lady Slipper" Suite was a pleasant surprise as well. The suite is perfect for 2. Roomy, gas fireplace jetted tub, large shower area. The...More

Thank Dick M
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Dick M, Thank you for sharing this wonderful feedback! It is our pleasure to provide upgrades to all of our guests, when available, and I am happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in The Lady Slipper Suite. Your kind words about our team...More

Reviewed April 22, 2018

Great Food, a very friendly enviornment, very tastefully decorated. This is a high end Inn and Restaurant. I have held many large dinners here to raise money for dance scholarships.

Thank MJC828
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

Dear MJC828, Thank you for taking the time to share your kinds remarks. It's always a pleasure to host you for occasions large or small! We look forward to welcoming you for an overnight and dinner soon! See you soon. All the best, Marissa McCallum

Reviewed March 18, 2018

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. Everything was so good - it was hard to stop eating!More

Thank joanne g
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2018

Dear Joanne G- Such a wonderful compliment to our Chef and her team! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm beyond happy to hear how much you enjoyed your meal. Who says you have to stop eating? We look forward to...More

Reviewed March 2, 2018

My husband and I ate here with our 11 year old son on 2/20/2018 Our server was Michelle and she didn't miss a beat. Our son had the cheese board for appetizer and a filet-all perfect. We are typical jaded New Yorkers and were truly...More

2  Thank Lori T
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2018

Dear Lori T, Thank you for stopping in for dinner and for providing our team with such wonderful feedback. Each of our servers are fantastic and bring their own unique 'something' to every guest interaction; I am so happy you enjoyed your time with Michelle....More

Reviewed February 24, 2018

Spent quite a few weekends in various B&Bs across Vermont. Our stay at the Reluctant Panther proved to be one of the very best experiences all around. The Inn is spectacular - well restored and immaculately maintained. The staff is friendly and accommodating, handling personal...More

Thank Anthony D
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2018

Dear Anthony D, Your kind remarks are so greatly appreciated! Thank you for sharing this feedback with our team and all TripAdvisor users. It was a pleasure hosting you and your wife for a little getaway. I am filled with joy to hear how much...More

Reviewed February 18, 2018 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
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Dear JohnJessica0703-- It was truly a pleasure to have you with us over the holiday weekend. I am elated to hear you enjoyed your latest meal in our dining room. Chef Sigal is passionate about her relationships with our local farmers and purveyors which shows...More

Reviewed November 27, 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 December 7, 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 November 23, 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 December 26, 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$55
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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