Recommended Mad River Valley Restaurants near West Hill House
There are numerous restaurants to choose from in the Mad River Valley: these are our favorites. The descriptions are derived from their own write-ups followed by our own West Hill House (WHH) comments. We have given some approximate guidance on pricing, not including tax and gratuity.
We would be happy to help you by making reservations on your behalf, where required.
(Reservations recommended and usually required)
The Common Man
Over 150 years old, the soaring hand hewn rafters of the timbered interior are lit by crystal chandeliers, soft candlelight, and a huge open-hearth manor fireplace in season. (See the photo alongside.) Dining is elegantly casual and casually elegant, definitely romantic, and is applauded by Vermonters and visitors alike. The restaurant has earned scores of prestigious awards. It is not associated with the chain with the same name in NH. (WHH comment: one of the best restaurants in the area, and also a favorite for our guests. Reservations are essential at weekends and on holiday weeks.) Evenings of operation vary seasonally – usually closed Sundays and Mondays. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $120.
275 Main (Now closed till May 10th)
275 Main is name for the main restaurant at The Pitcher Inn. The restaurant focusses on local, regional and global cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, and boasts an exceptional wine list. Intimate dinners can also be arranged in the private wine cellar. All baked goods are prepared daily on the premises. The restaurant is dedicated to using locally farmed produce, meats and dairy products in an effort to offer a fresh, authentic dining experience while honoring the local economy. (WHH comment: The Pitcher Inn is the only restaurant in the valley where most people wear more formal clothing to go out for dinner – although it is not required. It is at the high end of the price range, but if you don’t mind the price the experience is worth it. It has an extensive – and expensive – wine cellar. Reservations are essential at all times.) Closed on Tuesdays. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is $160+ (emphasis on the “+”)
Chez Henri Restaurant (Skiing Season Only – now closed)
A Parisian Bistro in the Sugarbush Village since 1964 featuring romantic fireplace (for warming the bread), Italian marble bar, 1850′s mirrors, “Speakeasy” booths, VT Scenes murals. Delicious cuisine for lovers, weddings, parties, and families. (WHH comment: During ski season you need to eat here at least once, if only to chat with Henri. A fun evening out and good food. Reservations are a good idea, and essential at weekends and on holiday weeks.) Open daily in season. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $120.
More casual atmosphere
(No reservations required except for Tracks, reservations are preferred at Mint and Terra Rossa, are highly recommended for Peasant on Friday and Saturday evenings, and note the special arrangements at the American Flatbread)
The Hyde Away
Enjoy delicious, carefully-prepared American cuisine using fresh ingredients. Affordable prices. The atmosphere throughout the Hyde Away is comfortable, casual and unpretentious. Enjoy dining on the outdoor deck, in the tavern or in the dining room. They have a selection of chicken, pork, fish and beef, burgers as main courses along with salads, daily specials, and desserts. (WHH comment: This is the restaurant we go to for a friendly and relaxed dinner when we don’t have the energy to cook for ourselves! They do not take reservations. ) Open seven nights a week. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $60.
The Terra Rossa Ristorante (Currently closed)
Billed as a Tuscan Grill, focusing of course on Italian food and with its own specially designed brick oven. (WHH comment: We have enjoyed eating here several times since this restaurant opened in mid 2008 and the reports from our guests are always very positive. Reservations are preferred but are not essential. They have a wide menu selection and a friendly atmosphere.) Open Ski season, summer and fall. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $90.
American Flatbread Restaurant
American Flatbread is all-natural pizza baked in a wood-fired earthen oven. Experience the camaraderie and casual elegance of fireside dining and enjoy American Flatbread fresh from the oven. You might like to browse this interesting article about its owner and origins. Reservations are taken only in person at the restaurant starting at 4:00 PM, and are essential during holidays and holiday weekends. (WHH comment: A local icon. Everyone needs to eat here at least once!) Open on Thursday through Sundays from 5:00 to 9:30 pm. Check out their weekly special menus. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $60.
Tracks (At The Pitcher Inn ) (Now closed till May 10th)
Offers a small plate dinner menu and cocktails, ideal for something a little more casual whilst perhaps playing a game of pool or shuffle board in the Maple Room or just enjoying the warmth of an open fire. (WHH comment: Less well known than the formal restaurant upstairs at the Pitcher Inn, Tracks is a great place for a light meal with great service and atmosphere. Bar style seating. Reservations are essential at all times and Tracks is sometimes closed for special events.) Closed on Tuesdays. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $80.
The Grill Down Under (Skiing Season Only – now closed)
At the Sugarbush Inn on the Sugarbush Access Road at German Flats Road. It offers casual, contemporary American cuisine including flame-broiled steaks, burgers and seafood – made before your eyes on an open grill. The popular pub has Vermont microbrews on tap. (WHH comment: As of December 2011 they changed to the current format and our guests are giving it excellent reviews. No reservations are required and pricing is moderate.) Open Wednesday to Saturday.
A Restaurant focusing exclusively on Vegetarian fare. It is located in the historic part of Waitsfield just off Bridge Street. Emphasis is on organic, local ingredients. It has outdoor seating seasonally. (WHH comment: Both ourselves and many of our guests have had the opportunity to enjoy dinner at Mint and can thoroughly recommend it, whether you are a vegetarian or not. Reservations are preferred and recommended.) Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday – note that they close by 8:30PM. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $60.
They bill themselves as “a simple feast”, which perhaps under-sells the creative menu, nice atmosphere and excellent service. Their menu features both local ingredients and selections with a European flair. (WHH comment: Several of our guests have given it high praise and we have enjoyed an excellent dinner there ourselves. A particular recommendation is the Cassoulet. They take reservations for Fridays and Saturdays only and doing so is highly recommended as it has quickly become popular.) Open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 5:30PM. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $80.
A Sports Bar known for its great burgers and cold beer. If you like to catch the current game while you eat this is the place. (WHH comment: Good food and lots of local fresh ingredients.) Open daily 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $60.
The Big Picture
Serves a varied and excellent menu and is committed to buying local ingredients. As the restaurant is part of the movie theater you can have a combined evening out, and even eat your dinner during the movie if you wish. (WHH comment: You will enjoy an excellent dinner; the only caution is that the restaurant is popular with families and can be noisy.) Open for dinner daily from 5PM to 9PM. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $75.
The Mad Taco
Offers some of the finest, most authentic Mexican fare in all of Vermont. They work closely with local famers and producers, and have their own in-house smoked meats. (WHH comment: Our guests always give high praise to the food; please note that the seating is fairly basic and it can be cold in the winter months so plan to keep your outdoor clothes on!) Open daily till 8PM. Price for dinner for 2 is about $40.
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