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Restaurants and Shopping in Manchester and Surrounding Areas

Southern Vermont offers varied and excellent dining opportunities. New England Yankee style, French, Italian—we know you will find many to your liking and taste. See their websites for details and please, eat, drink and drive responsibly.

Ye Olde Tavern – 5183 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.0611

Innovative New England Country Fare in a memorable historic setting. Distinctive in character, menu and wine list.

The Silver Fork – 48 West Road (at the corner of West Road and 7A – Manchester Village 802.768.8444

Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday 5:00 to close

An elegant restaurant serving an international menu with an emphasis on flavor and freshness. Now located in the old Skinner Library.

Chantecleer Restaurant – 8 Read Farm Lane (use this for GPS) – Route 7A – East Dorset, VT 05253 802.362.1616

Fine gourmet dining. Continental cuisine, including tableside service for such classics as Chateaubriand and Caesar salad. Proper attire (Jackets not required). Chef owned. Credit cards. Rte. 7A (3.5 miles north of Manchester) East Dorset.

Barrows House  – Restaurant and Tap Room 3156 Route 30 – Dorset 802.867.4455

Serving dinner 7 days a week: 5pm-8:30pm 

Barrows House Restaurant is an American restaurant and gastro pub. The menu features traditional New England tavern fare with a modern twist that pairs beautifully with a selection of craft beers and extensive wine list. Quality ingredients are prepared using classic culinary techniques to offer guests seasonal tastes of Vermont.

Set against the historic backdrop of a circa 1803 building, the ambiance is warm and welcoming, sophisticated yet casual, and features Dorset white marble accents and historic black & white photos from the local Norcross-West Marble Quarry. Paired with our large outdoor patio and colorful gardens, Barrows House Restaurant is the ideal setting for outdoor dining and all types of special events, including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers.

The Dorset Inn  – Church Street – Route 30 – Dorset 802.867.5500

For more than 220 years, The Dorset Inn has offered traditional New England hospitality…gracious lodgings, gourmet dining, fine wine & great spirits. Excellent creative American cuisine. Lunch and dinner. Reservations. Dinner is served nightly at the inn from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. Dress is casual in the Tavern and business casual in the Dining Room.

Mistral’s at Toll Gate – Toll Gate Road – Manchester 802.362.1779

Located at the site of the last Toll Gate in Vermont, Mistral’s offers fine French cuisine in an intimate riverside setting. Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” since 1994. Chef-owned, Dinner from 6 pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Mystic – Restaurant and Bar – Toll Gate Road – Manchester 802.362.1779

Mystic is a premier and authentic restaurant in Manchester Center Vermont. 

Our mission is to provide high-quality food for all those who wish to combine an enjoyable ambiance and skillful cooking into one extraordinary culinary journey. Debbie Pazos, who comes from a fine dining background in New York City, brings an uplifting and joyful front-of-house dining experience with her amazing staff. A mother of three small children and wife to fellow restauranteur Luis Pazos, she will make sure your time with us is memorable!

Executive Chef Timothy Cocheo, a graduate from the French Culinary Institute in New York City, brings with him a passion for creating handmade pasta and a love for incorporating locally grown foods.

A father of four and a husband to wife Taryn Cocheo, he will wow you with his delicious and visually artful dishes. The Mystic family welcomes you all and we cannot wait to serve you.

Thai Basil – 4940 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.768.8433

Thai Basil is the home of authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of Manchester, Vermont.

Social House – 1716 Depot Road – Manchester, VT 802.367.3433

Owner Debbie Pazos was born and raised in New York City. She worked at 3 star Michelin rated French Seafood restaurant Le-Bernandin in New York City for seven years working along side Maitre’D Ben Chekroun. It was while working there that she met her husband Luis Pazos. After three years of dating, they married in 2012 and began their family, deciding that the best place to raise their children would be in Vermont. So in 2013 they purchased a home in Manchester Center and have since added two more babies to their family. With her and her husbands experience in the industry they decided to open Social House.

“Working at such a high end fine dining establishment where I learned the fundamentals of great service and making the guest feel at home, it was an honor to be able to work at Le-Bernardin and learn from everyone as part of that team”

Union Underground – 4928 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.367.3951

Experience a union of community, good drinks, live staged EVENTS, and great food, at our- UNDERGROUND GastroPub, located in the heart of Manchester Center, Vermont – Main Street. Join with us to feel the collaboration of the Green Mountain vibes and our rustic, industrial atmosphere. We take pride in working with local purveyors; using fresh ingredients and supporting sustainable farming with our community of local farms. True to the Green living of Vermont, we do not use plastic- only biodegradable, so we can do our part! We look forward to sharing our good vibes with you!

Bronwyn-on-Battenkill – 5403 VT Route 7A – Arlington, VT 802.430.7364

Bronwyn-on-Battenkill is a restaurant and bar nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountains on the banks of the Battenkill river in Arlington, Vt. Chef Tim Wiechmann draws on his cultural heritage to create hand-crafted sausages (kielbasa and brats to name a few…) pork schnitzels (that Beat Bobby Flay!), traditional noodles (think cheesy-cheddar Spatzle with bacon) and other specialties like Riesling sauerkraut or giant fresh baked pretzels. An extensive list of German and Vermont craft beers make what’s coming out of the kitchen even better. The chef’s wife, Bronwyn, is the restaurant’s namesake.

On the inside the restaurant feels like a rustic European tavern, dressed up with the treasures from the Chef’s travels including oversized antique chairs and tables. Upon entering the vibe is Old Europe and cozy laid-back Vermont, with ornate woodworking and a warming wood-fire nestled in the rear dining room. Two fantastically distinctive biergartens overlook the mountains and the serenity of Vermont during the warmer summer months.

Depot Street Burgers – 468 Depot Street – Manchester Center 802.362.7500

Matt started cutting meat for the Sirloin Saloon in Manchester and Burlington, VT. He studied at CIA and worked at some of the top restaurants in Naples, FL seasonally. During the off season in Florida he worked for the National Hotel on Block Island, RI. He did this for 5 years. He moved back to Vermont, a Bennington native. He was the chef de cuisine for the Barrow’s House in Dorset, VT. This is when we met. I was managing the front of the house for The Perfect Wife Restaurant. We fell in love and had our sweet baby girl, Basil.​

Andrea is a Buffalo, NY native. Grew up in the restaurant business with my Aunt & Uncle’s restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY. My mother owned a restaurant in Buffalo, NY through my high school years and I helped her nights and weekends until I moved away for college. Thought I would try to be a veterinarian but continued to work in restaurants along the way. I moved to Manchester, VT after 3 years of college. My passion is studying wine too. I had the privilege of attending Pinot Camp in Willamette Valley, OR. In 2011. I am studying to be a certified specialist in wine.

Mulligan’s of Manchester – Route 7A – Manchester 802.362.3663

Great Food! Great Fun! Relaxed family-friendly turn of the century atmosphere featuring flame broiled prime steaks, fresh seafood, poultry, pastas, crisp salads, burgers, sandwiches & children’s menu. Six-TV sports bar. Rte. 7A.

Reluctant Panther – 39 West Road – Manchester Village 802.362.2568

The Restaurant features the Reluctant Panther’s award-winning gourmet cuisine, under the direction of Executive Chef Sigal Rocklin, and offers a sophisticated dining experience that is among the highest rated in New England.

The outdoor covered Patio is open seasonally offering Al Fresco dining and our Summer Raw Bar. With views over the gardens and Mount Equinox, the Patio is a picturesque venue for a casual dinner or drinks with friends.

Christos’ Pizza & Pasta – 4931 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.2408

Pizza, Pasta, Salads, and Sandwiches. Crafted with Love in Vermont, Christos’ Pizza & Pasta uses the same dough recipe and passion that Christos’ parents brought with them from Greece. That makes our goal simple: make the best pizza around and serve it in a warm, welcoming environment.

The Little Rooster Cafe – 4604 Main Street – Manchester  802.362.3496

Charlie’s Coffee House – 4931 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.9944

Specialty Coffee Drinks​​​ – Espresso, Lattes, Cappuccinos, &
​Harney & Sons Teas

Serving Mocha Joe’s Coffee – a specialty coffee roasting company located in Brattleboro, Vermont. We serve their Organic Fair Trade Coffee selections, alongside their Farmer Direct Trade coffee, and a selection of other specialty coffees.

The Inn at Ormsby Hill serves Mocha Joe’s, too. We think its the best around.

Season’s – 566 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.7272

Seasons Restaurant offers seasonally inspired dishes along with classic American cuisine. Friendly, relaxed and reasonably priced.

Sam’s Wood Fired Pizza Co.Main Street, Route 7A – Manchester Center 802.362.5082

Thin crust pizza and laid-back authentic Vermont atmosphere

Zoey’s Deli – Route 11/30 – Manchester 802.362.0005

Home of some of the best lunches in town. Hefty sandwiches, addictive homemade potato chips with every order.

Zoey’s Double Hex – Route 11/30 (south of the Depot) – Manchester 802.362.0005

Hands-down the juiciest burgers anywhere around. Salads, Pastas, Fish. Same great homemade chips as the Deli plus piles of onion strings! Newly expanded. A versatile menu at wallet-friendly prices.

Manchester Vermont Businesses – This site is maintained by the Manchester business community – see additional restaurant and dinning options in and around Manchester Vermont. This site is an excellent site to learn what Manchester Vermont has to offer.

Explore Manchester’s Retail Shops plus other Vermont stores of interest

Above All Vermont
Manchester Village, VT 802.362.0915

Above All Vermont captures the nostalgia and quality offered by general stores of long ago with a whimsical flair. From the old-fashioned candy counter to an extensive selection of New England made specialty foods and goods, we offer hard-to-find items all presented in a wonderful display of old-time country store fixtures and creaky wooden floors! There is an impressive collection of specialty foods such as mixes for muffins, breads, and dips. Vermont Maple syrup, cured meats, fudge, candy, chocolate, cheese, jams, salsas, hot sauces and honey to liven up any get together or party. The apothecary area is dedicated to handmade soaps, scrubs, and lotions, candles and all matter designed to make you feel great. Unique home décor such as cooking gadgets, cast iron cookware, potholders, and dish towels. Good food is always a draw and Above All Vermont offers many in-store demos to introduce new products. New products and finds every day, so stop by often!

JK Adams
1430 Route 30 – Dorset – 802.362.4422

JK Adams Company is the preeminent American manufacturer of high-quality, wooden cutting boards, entertaining and kitchen storage products, rolling pins, wine racks, and charcoal slate servers. For over 65 years, cooks and entertainers have relied on J.K. Adams to outfit their kitchens and homes with the most innovative culinary tools. Every J.K. Adams product is made by hand in Vermont using sustainably harvested North American hardwood. Our products are as functional as they are attractive. They are modern heirlooms that are cherished by passionate cooks and entertainers.

Long Ago and Far Away
4963 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.3435

We are a Vermont Gallery featuring Canadian Inuit Art, Native Alaskan Art, Native American Art, and Vermont Arts and Crafts. We have been in the same converted classic New England house since 1986. Long Ago & Far Away offers top-quality products from the most interesting artists and craftspeople working today. Our selection of indigenous art comes from the entire North American Continent. You will find Canadian Inuit Stone Sculpture, Alaskan Sculpture, and Iroquois Sculpture from specific artists represented at our gallery. We’ve been in business at our current location for over twenty-five years, and have a lifetime of contacts.

Manchester Designer Outlets
97 Depot Street – Manchester Center

Outlet shopping in Vermont is synonymous with Manchester. Enjoy an overnight stay at The Inn at Ormsby Hill before you head out to “One of the Top Shopping Getaways in New England”, awarded by Yankee Magazine’s Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice for outlet shopping in New England. Save on designer fashions in the beautiful and historic walking village of Manchester, Vermont.

Manchester Hot Glass
79 Elm Street, Manchester Center 802.362.2227

Manchester Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery locally owned and operated by artist Andrew Weill.
Classes in glassblowing are available any time of year, and are great for gifts, anniversaries, in between skiing, shopping, or leaf peeping. We can tailor a glass blowing class for most size groups, field trips, parties and skill levels. Make your own blown glass, bowl, or vase! You will be able to pick glass colors, handle molten glass, then blow and shape it to make your own, one-of-a-kind pint glass, or perhaps a wavy bowl or a flower vase. Reservations requested.

Manchester Woodcraft
175 Depot Street – Manchester Center 802.362.5770

We are known for our affordably priced selection of high-quality indoor and outdoor furniture, including Adirondack chairs and tables. We carry pieces and parts for the DIY fans, lots of items to paint and decorate. Cooks will find cutting boards, wooden utensils, knife blocks, storage solutions, and lots of other handy household items. We make racks for just about everything: ski and pole racks, Shaker peg racks in many sizes, tie racks, jewelry racks, clothes-drying racks, wine racks, towel racks, standing coat racks, mudroom cubbies for hats and mittens, and luggage racks, to name just a few. We are also happy to customize some of our pieces to fit your home. For kids we have lots of wooden toys, puzzles, games, and crafts.

Mother Myrick’s Confectionery
4361 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.1560

Mother Myrick’s Confectionery began in 1977 as a small fudge shop in the beautiful resort town of Manchester Vermont. During that first year, Ron started making Mother Myrick’s now famous buttercrunch toffee, caramels and chocolate assortments. Jacki, Ron’s wife, brought her expertise in food and customer service to the fledgling business. We are very proud of all our homemade cakes and chocolates and make every effort to use the freshest ingredients possible in small, handmade batches. We specialize in holiday confections for personal and corporate giving, birthday treats, wedding favors and more.

The Mountain Goat
4886 Main Street, Manchester, Vermont 802.362.2515

Just five miles from the Appalachian Trail in southern Vermont. The Outdoor Lifestyle is Our Passion

The Mountain Goat has been locally owned and operated by Anne and Ron Houser since 1987. The adventurous couple, raised in the hills of Virginia, first saw Manchester from the seat of a bicycle on their way to Canada. The busy little town nestled in the mountains caught their attention and they soon returned to realize their dream of opening their own outdoor shop. On any given day, you will find Ron or Anne or one of their excellent staff attending to each customer’s needs. Route finding, gear maintenance, snow conditions and general local information is all part of the experience here.  The outfitter, located just five minutes from the Appalachian Trail in southern Vermont, carries the finest in outdoor clothing and gear for serious adventurers and casual wanderers alike. We encourage you to call us or e-mail us with any product or outdoor-related questions that you may have. Even better, if you’re in the area stop by for the best customer service!

Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.362.2200

The Northshire Bookstore is a family-owned, independent bookstore located in the former Colburn House, which was a continuously operating Inn for over a century until it was converted to a bookstore in 1985. We are a large (10,000 square feet) general bookstore with a large floor devoted to Children. We have tried to create a store that fosters browsing and discovery. We can, of course, get any book in print, but we believe in the joy of serendipity and have laid out the store to enhance this experience. Beyond the best in books, we offer a full line of stationery, magazines, cards, calendars, local and VT foods and many fine gifts from clothing to jewelry. In addition, the popular Spiral Press Cafe is attached to the store so there is no need to leave the building for coffee or baked goods or lunch.

We believe strongly in the triple bottom line—people, planet & profits—because we recognize that business occurs in the context of community. We work hard to enrich our communities as we strive to thrive in the dynamic world of bookselling.

Orvis Retail Store
4180 Main Street, Route 7A – Manchester

Dogs welcome

Manchester is the home of the Orvis flagship store, beautifully situated on rolling green lawns with fly fishing and trout ponds where you can take fly fishing lessons or just enjoy the scenery. The trout extends from the outside of the store to the inside. Fly fishing and essential outdoor gear is the hallmark of Orvis.

Founded in 1856, Orvis has grown from a tackle shop into a forerunner of the modern direct-mail retail industry. Besides clothing, gifts, fly fishing, dogs, luggage and outdoor equipment, the flagship and outlet stores are a visual pleasure to browse.

Perfect Piece Consignment

4361 Main Street – Manchester Center 802.768.8341

Perfect Piece is a high-quality home furnishings and decor consignment store located in Manchester, Vermont. We offer our customers three unique services in order to bring the most value to them when they are selling their used home furnishings and decor: we utilize our 7,000+ square foot showroom, over 25 years of experience in the industry, and our long-established relationships with the premier auction houses in the world. Come see how we can help you today!

Rablogen Castle of Scotland

5187 VT Route 7a – Arlington, VT 802.549-8928

It is the mission of Rablogan Castle of Scotland to bring high-quality, traditional, Scottish-made products to the people of North America, especially those of Scottish heritage, who seek to maintain their cultural link, be it through food, fashion, culture or custom. Highland Wear for Men, Women and Children and other clothing, all manufactured in Scotland. To create your individual identity – we will design your own tartan, see it registered, woven and turned into your personal garments and accessories. To this end, Rablogan Castle of Scotland LLC is proud to offer an ever-expanding range of imported foods. We firmly believe in what we say “Always Made in Scotland and always of the Highest Quality

Vermont Kitchen Supply
4788 Main Street – Manchester Center

Love to eat, love to cook? Vermont Kitchen Supply is for you. Proprietor Kerry Comollo Mackinnon combines her vast expertise and passion for food and community together at this popular Manchester shop, catering to home cooks, professional chefs, and restaurant owners alike. In a beautiful location in the center of town, VKS is a one stop shop for cookware, kitchen tools, gadgets, glassware and more. Find favorite brands like All-Clad, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Wusthof, Staub and Scanpan. Enjoy fabulous customer service and take advantage of the staff’s incredible expertise.

Other retail stores that are out of town, but worth the drive

Vermont County Store
657 Main Street – Weston 802.824.3184
1292 Rockingham Road – Rockingham 802.463.2224

Vrest and Mildred Ellen Orton opened The Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont, in 1946. They were inspired by childhood memories of Vrest’s father’s general store in North Calais, Vermont, which opened in 1897. The Weston store was the first restored rural general store in the nation.

Today, The Vermont Country Store is owned by Lyman Orton and sons Cabot, Gardner, and Eliot, 7th & 8th generation Vermonters, and 4th & 5th generation storekeepers. They adhere to the old-fashioned values set forth by Vrest and take pride in being Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find. In today’s global economy, merchants at the Vermont Country Store search throughout the nation and abroad to find goods that fill the needs of American and international customers alike. Speaking for the Orton family, Eliot says, “We still go to great lengths to find products that aren’t sold anywhere else.”

Simon Pearce – Glass Blowing and Restaurant
1760 Quechee Main Street – Quechee, VT 802.295.1470

Designed to Last Generations – In the age of bigger, better, faster, we believe simplicity, quality, and artisanship are tenets of a better way of life. From our hand-thrown pottery to our lead-free crystal glassware made with custom molds and purpose-built furnaces, each handcrafted piece carries a story that lends meaning, authenticity, and

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