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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
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“short ribs” (15 reviews)
“sorbet” (5 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
17-39 West Rd, Manchester, VT 05254-0678
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

Loved spending my 20th anniversary with my husband here in this beautiful spot of Vermont. Hiking trails, maple sugar, leaves changing color. And the inn itself is beautiful, with a wonderful restaurant. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank WendyS1797
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Dear WendyS1797, Thank you so very much for staying with us and for taking the time to share your feedback. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your time in "beautiful" Manchester! It is truly lovely year-round but I myself have a soft spot for...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

I expected the Reluctant Panther to be good and still it exceeded expectations. Everything about our dinner was excellent! The room was very pretty and charming. Low-key but not sleepy. There are two corner fireplaces which were not lit during our visit (it was unseasonably...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ken L
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Dear Ken L, Wow! Thank you for the kind remarks. I am so grateful you dined with us and enjoyed your visit that "exceeded expectations!" Our team truly loves what we do and it is fantastic to hear you found our team to be "friendly...More

Reviewed 2 November 2018

Excellent food choices all prepared fresh. The environment is cozy warm and inviting. A great place for couples or families.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RandalAlexander
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Dear Randal Alexander, Thank you for dining with us and sharing this fantastic feedback! It makes me so very happy to hear you enjoyed all of our "fresh" choices and "inviting" environment. Our entire team, from the back of the 'house' to the front, truly...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018

I wasn't as impressed with the food at the Reluctant Panther. I did like the atmosphere just ok, but I was thrilled with the food at all. I had the short ribs which were good but it just didn't quite capture a fantastic restaurant review.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lucydog53
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Dear Lucydog53, Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback with us and fellow TripAdvisor users. Our team strives to make every guest experience the very best and it seems we have missed the mark with your recent visit. Our Chef and her...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

Wonderful dining experience. Our waitress made us feel like we were her only customers although I know she waited on other tables at the same time. She was right there when we finished a course to clear our plates and bring the next course or...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Chris S
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Dear Chris S, I am so happy you enjoyed an "excellent night out" with us at the Reluctant Panther. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your experience with our team and Chef's beautiful creations! It is our hope that each guest feels exactly...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018

After eating our way up the coast from Connecticut to Maine, we went over the Manchester to the Reluctant Panther. Reservations were made to eat in the restaurant. We were not disappointed at all. First the service - second to none. Food - out of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank smeastim
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

I have eaten at this establishment multiple times over the years visiting the community and skiing in the region. Always wonderful service and food. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Carey B
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Just so happened my husband and I rolled into Manchester on the height of foliage season. We had not made any reservations. I called and left my name on a wait list never dreaming I’d get a call. Sure enough, I got called the next...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank terriallen102
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Dear terriallen102, Happy Fall! Thank you for joining us for a "fabulous" dinner and for sharing your feedback with us. It was a pleasure having you both with us and it is wonderful to hear you both enjoyed "melt in your mouth" entrees and beyond....More

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

A delicious evening at the reluctant panther. The food was perfect. The service was fantastic. We had the short rib and the chicken, best entrees we have had to memory. Amuse Bouche was spot on. Dessert was a true treat.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Justin W
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear Justin W, So, flattered. Thank so greatly for your fantastic review of the Reluctant Panther! Our team truly loves creating unique experiences for all of our guests and I am happy to hear that we've been added as one of the best memories! Our...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

The included for guests breakfast is exceptional. All made to order using local ingredients. Fun and informative waitstaff. Dinner there was our top meal in Manchester. Do not make the mistake that this is Hotel dinning. This is fine dinning at its best with a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank EconimusRex
R P, General Manager at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear EconimusRex, Thanks for spending some time on TripAdvisor to share such lovely feedback with our team! I am so happy you enjoyed all the "delicious" food during your time at the Reluctant Panther. Our team truly believes that fine dining should be approachable and...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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • 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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