about 5 minutes drive; reservations are usually required.
275 Main/Tracks - These are the restaurants at The Pitcher Inn. The menu focuses on local, regional and global cuisine, 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. Uses locally farmed produce, meats and dairy products in an effort to offer a fresh, authentic dining experience while honoring the local economy. (Innkeeper's Note: The Pitcher Inn is the only restaurant in the valley where some 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). Both the 275 Main dining room and the Tracks Bistro bar downstairs have the same menu, however the setting in Tracks is more informal. Your preference. Usually open daily except Tuesday. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is around $150.
The Common Man - The restaurant is housed in a barn 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. 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. (Innkeeper's Note: one of the best restaurants in the area, and also a favorite for our guests. Reservations are essential at weekends and on holiday weeks.) Normally open Thursday through Saturday in ski season, plus all of Presidents Week. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $130.
Chez Henri - 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. (Innkeeper's Note: 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 ski season. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine and dessert is about $130.
about 5 minutes drive; no reservations are required
The REKS - Located just one mile from the B&B, and open till at least 11PM. It is a pub type atmosphere and menu with a limited but good selection of main courses and some great Vermont beer on tap. (Innkeeper's Note: the perfect place to go for a bite to eat when you arrive late in the evening. They show sports on two large TVs.) Open Thursday though Monday and no reservations are taken. Price for dinner for 2 including a beer is about $40.
about 10 minutes drive; reservations are recommended for The Hyde Away and the dining room at The Mad River Barn.
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. (Innkeeper's Note: 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 need or take reservations). Open seven nights a week. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine or beer and dessert is about $70.
The Mad River Barn - 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. (Innkeeper's 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 $70.
about 10 minutes drive; reservations are recommended for Mint and note the arrangements at Flatbread.
American Flatbread Restaurant - An 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. Reservations are taken only in person at the restaurant starting at 4:00 pm, and are essential during holidays and holiday weekends . (Innkeeper's Note: A local icon. Everyone needs to eat here at least once!) Open on Thursday through Sundays from 5:00 to 9:30 pm, plus all of Presidents Week. Check out their weekly special menus. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine or beer and dessert is about $80.
Mint - Focusses 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. (Innkeeper's Note: 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.
Shepherds Pub - A pub type atmosphere with excellent home cooked food with local ingredients. Their specialty is savory pies, like Shepherds Pie, Chicken Pie, etc. (Innkeeper's Note: Relatively new, has live music some evenings. A nice informal place to eat that we enjoy on an evening out, although with a limited menu.) Open Tuesday through Saturday from 4PM and no reservations are taken. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine or beer and dessert is about $60.
The Blue Stone - A rustic pizza shop & tavern featuring old-world hand tossed pizza, with a new-world local twist. We begin with fresh dough, bread and sauces made by hand, every day. We add the best ingredients we can find and prepare many unique toppings from scratch to create a new kind of pizza. (Innkeeper's Note: Great pizza and also additional casual style menu items). Open Tuesday through Sunday and no reservations are taken. Price for dinner for 2 including a glass of wine or beer is about $60.