Recommended Mad River Valley Restaurants near West Hill House B&B
There are numerous restaurants to choose from in the Mad River Valley: these are our favorites. The descriptions are from their own write-ups followed by our own West Hill House B&B (WHH) comments. We have given some approximate guidance on pricing, not including tax and gratuity. (See also the summary chart at bottom of page.)
Most restaurants start serving dinner around 6PM and most finish serving by 9PM. You can also check Trip Advisor for reviews on several Warren and Waitsfield Restaurants, and leave your own comments. Virtually all of the restaurants include local ingredients and can accommodate special dietary needs—just be sure to tell them when you book or are seated. All are within about a 10 minute drive from the B&B. We would be happy to make reservations on your behalf, where required. Opening nights do vary from time to time, so please check with us for details.
All in Warren, about 5 minutes drive; reservations are usually required.
The Common Man (closed 18th October through 25th November)
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 – normally Thursday through Saturday. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $130.
275 Main (closed 1st through 24th November)
275 Main is name for the main restaurant at The Pitcher Inn. The restaurant focuses 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 higher end of the price range, but the experience matches the price. It has an extensive wine cellar for all budgets. Reservations are essential at all times.) Closed on Tuesdays. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is around $150.
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 $130.
More casual atmosphere
Warren restaurants, about 5 minutes drive; reservations are required for Tracks and recommended for Terra Rossa.
Tracks (At The Pitcher Inn) (closed 1st through 24th November)
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 $90.
Terra Rossa (closed 25th October through 2nd December)
One of the popular choices near the B&B. The chef brings a Mediterranean touch to the menu. Enjoy pasta, seafood, various meat dishes, and pizza made in the brick oven. (WHH comment: while the creations are Italian inspired, the menu is quite extensive and varied. Reservations are recommended.) Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $90.
Waitsfield/Fayston restaurants, about 10 minutes drive; reservations are recommended for Phantom & Mint, also note the special arrangements at the American Flatbread.
The Hyde Away (closed 9th through 15th November)
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 normally 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 Mad River Barn (closed 23rd through 29th November)
An informal pub and restaurant near Mad River Glen. Serves both “lite” fare and a selection of entrees in the upstairs pub/game room and the downstairs dining room. Reservations are recommended weekends and holidays. (WHH comment: the “Barn” has a nicely decorated informal atmosphere in both the pub and the restaurant section. The food is good and the pub offers a nice selection of Vermont beers on tap. The pool table, shuffle board and air hockey table can make the pub section a bit noisy.) Open daily till 9PM and 10 PM at the weekends. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine or beer 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 4:00PM, 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 $80.
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 enjoy dinner at Mint and can thoroughly recommend it, whether you are a vegetarian or not. Reservations are preferred and recommended.) Normally 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 $80. Watch what our guests John and Rachel thought about Mint…
Phantom (closed 16th through 30th November)
The restaurant serves creative and affordable dishes that are sourced locally, made from scratch, and change on a regular basis. Live music once or twice a month. They have a fine selection of Vermont beers on tap. (WHH comment: Phantom is a relative newcomer to the valley, although the owner has run a catering business here for many years. Servings tend to be smaller, allowing ample room for a starter, entree and dessert.) Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30PM till 9PM or so. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $80.
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 from Wednesday through Sunday 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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