Restaurants and Coffee Bars

Restaurants and Coffee Bars

In Vermont, the quality of the produce is fantastic in the summer.  There are restaurants that specialize in using local produce, cheese and meats, which allows you to enjoy what is the best of the season.

Farm stands abound.

The following recommendations will help you pursue the very best food available locally.



Wilmington, VT

On the east end of town, there is the Coffee House.  
In Wilmington, you will also find art, a good bookstore Bartlesby's, restaurants, Shaw's Market, gas, liquor store.
20 minutes

Jamaica Coffee House
25-30 minutes depending on the weather



WILMINGTON - 20 minutes

Folly - Seasonal, Local, Eclectic and Excellent

Mange e Beve - Italian from Hartford, very good

Cask and Kiln - Seasonal, Steak, Beer and Scotch

The Hermitage Inn and Club
20 minutes
Fine dining, casual pub, lunch and dinner in season. 

Depot 62, 515 Depot Street
40 minutes
Fantastic thin pizza, salads and Turkish specialties served in a casual, eclectic furniture store setting.  Shop the designer outlets and upscale shops before or after lunch.

Equinox Golf Clubhouse Restaurant - Summer Only
40 minutes
Simple burgers, Caesar salad, BLT at lunch
Great view over the golf course.  Lobster boil on the weekends in the evening. 

Windham Hill Restaurant, 311 Lawrence Dr
25-35 minutes depending on the weather
Peaceful country inn with fireplaces, fine dining, good wines and relaxing ambiance. Sunday Brunch or daily dinner.  Reservations required. 


Art, several restaurants, coffee bars, gourmet co-op for groceries, emergency services/car repair

Peter Havens Restaurant
32 Elliot Street
Nice relaxing atmosphere, reliable food, local produce when available, good wine list.

Three Stones
105 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Fantastic, authentic Mayan food with a very simple menu. You will love it.  Not your typical Mexican, no substitutions - they insist on Mama's recipes.  Vegetarian fare and meat.  Casual, intimate, inexpensive.

Shin-La Restaurant & Sushi Bar
57 Main St
Fresh, organic Japanese and Korean food -  home-made by the same family for 30 years. They will prepare take out. Worth the drive. Inexpensive.

T. J. Buckley's
132 Elliot Street
Serving original creations in an eclectic, elegant diner-setting.

Mocha Joe's Coffee House
Main Street, across from Shin-La
Coffee roasters, some of the best coffee and espresso around.  Great before a movie at the Latches Theatre.



L A Burdick Chocolate, Restaurant and Coffee House

40 Minutes

Intimate, delicious, ambiance. 

Restaurant with really nice lunch and dinner.  Popular with artists and film makers that work and live locally.

Great chocolate shop and coffee house.  

Classic New England green and architecture.  A great Sunday-brunch excursion.

Pass through Dummerston-Putney on the way - stop at the Putney Co-op and Walker Farm on the way back.


Simon Pearce Restaurant

90 Minutes

A leisurely day trip.  Sit by the rushing waterfall and eat a charming meal prepared with local seasonal ingredients.  Ask for a table by the windows on the dining terrace.  The windows open to the sound of the water in the summer.

On-premises glass making, pottery throwing.  Large shop with wonderful glass, pottery and wood-ware gifts and art.   Antique center nearby.

Visit Woodstock (art and shops) and Quechee Gorge (a short nature walk) on the way home.

Woodstock Inn Restaurant

Typical quality hospitality fare, served in a beautifully renovated large dining room.


Grafton Inn
35 minutes
Lunch or dinner in an authentic historic inn.  

20 Minutes

Curtis' BBQ
7 Putney Landing Rd
A crazy outdoor barbecue that is a Putney institution.  Everyone eats here. Across from the Putney Co-op on Route 5. 

Putney Food Co-op
Main Street
The co-op offers breakfast, salad bar, sandwiches, coffee and snacks.  Eat-in or take out.

Walker Farm is a favorite for food lovers and gardeners for miles around.  We recommend a visit this summer, just to look.  Corn and tomatoes in August and apples in September just can't be missed!

Nancy Elizabeth Shaw