Where to Eat in Middlebury: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Middlebury survived being almost entirely destroyed during the Revolutionary War to become the home of Vermont's original marble quarries, as well as a popular vacation destination, filled with charming country inns. Middlebury offers visitors the opportunity to shop for crafts, folk art and locally grown produce amidst beautiful woods and farmland. The nearby village of Ripton features the Robert Frost Wayside Trail, leading poetry fans through the woods that inspired his most famous poems.
Things to do in Middlebury

1. Otter Creek Bakery

14 College St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1447 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 802-388-3371
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Otter Creek Bakery

Reviewed By leatravels2016 - Liberty Township, Ohio

I loved this place. Otter Creek Bakery is a tiny space, but the food was delicious and the ambience was welcoming and friendly. I ordered the Vermonter Sandwich, which is a vegetarian option with fresh Vermont goat cheese, watercress, tomatoes, and honey mustard. I never knew this combination could be so delicious. The fresh, tangy goat cheese is the star of the sandwich, complemented perfectly by the crisp vegetables and sweet honey mustard. I ate in the bakery rather than taking my food to go, and ended up striking up friendly conversation with people. I'd love to try another one of the sandwiches (if I return to Middlebury) but I'd probably order the Vermonter again.

2. Jessica's at Swift House Inn Restaurant

25 Stewart Ln, Middlebury, VT 05753-1248 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 21 - SGD 42 +1 802-388-9925
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Jessica's at Swift House Inn Restaurant

A meal at Jessica's Restaurant is always memorable. The recently updated dining room is a reflection of the casual comfort and style of this New England country inn. Jessica's Restaurant is located in the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont. Jessica's is just two blocks from downtown Middlebury, set in an 1814 stately home, surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Jessica's casual atmosphere is the perfect place for an dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for four to forty! Come early and enjoy our bar; Tom, with his more than 30 years of bartending experience, can fix you a cocktail or help you choose the right bottle of wine. We have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list for six straight years! We also have local beers on tap including Switchback, from Southern Vermont; and two brews from Middlebury, Wolaver's Organic India Pale Ale and Otter Creek Seasona.

Reviewed By Peter S - Oakland, California

We walked in, having made reservations, and were greeted by name before we said a thing! "Hi, you must be...." And things got better and better. The server as well as the hostess was charming and welcoming. The scallops and steak were top-notch.
Highly recommend Jessica's.

3. Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe

24 Merchants Row, Middlebury, VT 05753-1436 Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, American Breakfast SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 802-388-0101
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe

Carol's Hungry Mind Café's motto is "Coffee Conversation Community" You get great coffee, lattes, teas, smoothies, as well as sandwiches Panini scones, etc. You also get to meet people. The tables are mostly small and close together so starting up a conversation is easy and happens often. With Middlebury being both a college town and a tourist stop the people there could be local or from the other side of the world. You never know

Reviewed By Michelle D - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Stopped here for a quick cup of joe...very friendly and quick staff. Knowledgeable of their menu items too. Fair prices and the shop has great seating if you wanna sit awhile. My coffee was delicious...full of flavor. Glad we stopped.

4. Storm Cafe

3 Mill St, in the Frog Hollow Mill, Middlebury, VT 05753-4445 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations American, Cafe, International, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 802-388-1063
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

Storm Cafe

Reviewed By sstiehm - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Found this cute cafe on trip advisor. Beautiful waterside seating. Lots of fresh local foods, beautiful salads, and since heartier fare too. We had the pear gorgonzola salad and greek salad. Very light, actually would have liked some protein on top. Dressing just a bit too acidic for me. Over all... Charming local spot, nice selection of lunch foods, local beers. Located in a neat old stone building. Walk across the pedestrian bridge after eating...a nice stroll!

5. Stone Leaf Teahouse

111 Maple St, In the Middle of the Marble Works Historic District, Middlebury, VT 05753-4444 Seating, Takeout, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Drinks +1 802-458-0460
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Stone Leaf Teahouse

Reviewed By GlobetrotterNYC212 - New York City, New York

The Matcha with maple syrup is DELICIOUS iced and makes any hot day bearable. The hot teas are also perfectly prepared and frequently refilled. I highly recommend this as a study spot and relaxing locale.

6. American Flatbread

137 Maple St, Suite 29 F, Middlebury, VT 05753-1594 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 802-388-3300
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

American Flatbread

Located in the historic Marble Works district, our front yard features a view of the Otter Creek falls while our back court yard offers dining by the fire circle. An old marble processing plant, our interior has marble walls and high ceilings. We have an open kitchen and the main attraction is our primitive wood-fired oven where we bake your flatbread before your very eyes! Weekly chef's specials highlight the seasonal bounty of our local farmers. Our new bar features 12 taps, fine wines, choice whiskeys and classic cocktails.

Reviewed By RocMom4 - Rochester, New York

We came here on the recommendation of our hotel and it exceeded all expectations. The wood oven is huge and located in full view of the dining room, next to the open kitchen. The ingredients are mostly locally sourced and very fresh. We ended up getting one large flatbread to share, but they let us split it into two different flavorways. Both were exceptional and so, so, so fresh tasting! We also went with a locally made root beer and fresh lemonade. Because we shared, we were able to save room for dessert.... blood orange, chocolate torte that must have been made in the heavens. Mmmmm.... I already want to go back!

7. Fire & Ice

26 Seymour St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1197 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 12 - SGD 47 +1 802-388-7166
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 416 reviews

Fire & Ice

Since 1974, Vermont's Most Beautiful Restaurant & Pub has been specializing in slow roasted prime rib, hand-cut steaks, homemade mashed potatoes and live lobster. Chef's specials daily. Extensive salad bar with 50+ items, including peel & eat shrimp, Cabot cheddar cheese, local breads, homemade carrot cake and free Monument Farms milk (try the chocolate!). We offer 9 different dining areas, each with its own unique theme. Families are always welcome-ask about our children's theater area. The Big Moose Pub opens at 4:30, the dining rooms at 5pm, daily. We do serve lunch, but only on Friday & Saturday (beginning at noon) and Sunday (starting at 1pm). Reservations appreciated.

Reviewed By asg19 - Burlington, Vermont

Thank you Tripadvisor :) When we travel, we check out the best places and this place did not disappoint. On the contrary.

First of all, the ambience is fantastic. There are so many different themes to each room.

The buffet is one of the best ones I have had and I've travelled to 60 countries. The service was quick and cordial.

The only downside is that I had the wasabi crusted tuna and the tuna was chewy. I might be spoiled since I am used to great seafood where I used to live.

So having said that, everything else was excellent! On a final note, my wife had a the Epic Burger which was one of the best burgers she ever ate. If you're going to have that, come hungry!

8. Two Brothers Tavern

86 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1425 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 802-388-0002
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 366 reviews

Two Brothers Tavern

Popular bar, restaurant and Lounge in the heart of Middlebury, featuring an award-winning menu of inspired Vermont Comfort fair and more than 24 beers on draught.

Reviewed By lamd98 - Lethbridge, Canada

While walking in the downtown area, this place got recommended by a local. It looked like a fun place, with dollar bills on the ceiling.
Very unfriendly service, overpriced and tried charging us twice on a few items. Getting those reversed was a time consuming affair.
I had a phillysteak sandwich and it was nothing special.

When we left we regretted going there!

9. Rosie's Restaurant

886 Route 7 S, 2 Miles South of the Village on Rt. 7, Middlebury, VT 05753-8989 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 802-388-7052
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 194 reviews

Rosie's Restaurant

Reviewed By VermontStrong - Rutland, Vermont

On 1/15/18 we stopped for lunch at Rosie's. Ordered the Hot Turkey Sandwich w/fries and gravy. When the meal was served the gravy was cold, as were the fries. Very minimal amount of Turkey and stuffing on the single piece of cold bread. So small a portion it only took two fork fulls to eat the turkey/stuffing top. For $9.25 I would have gotten more at a fast food restaurant and it would most likely be warm. Not up to expectations. I opted not to send the meal back as we had time constraints. Server was excellent as was the ambiance. I blame the kitchen staff for a failure.

10. Otter Creek Brewing

793 Exchange St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1193 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub Dinner, Lunch, Drinks SGD 4 - SGD 17 +1 802-388-0727
Excellent
49%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Otter Creek Brewing

In 2015 we broke ground on a brand new, 120-barrel brew house. This state-of-the-art facility will expand our capacity and allow us to deliver more of our deliciously dank beers to bottles cans and kegs everywhere. Phase one of this project included a complete renovation of our pub and restaurant space. On the heels of upgrades to our packaging and production facilities, our brand new, mid-century inspired digs reflect the commitment we've made to our brand and the collective creative juices the keep our brewery running. We invite you to hop on the bus and join us on our cosmic journey of craft. Pub and Restaurant open daily from 11am - 6pm serving a locally-sourced selection of tasty treats with a healthy dose of delicious brews served straight from our stash to your glass.

Reviewed By Kelly T

I stopped even though I don't drink beer! You can see brewing and packaging process through large windows which was great. Small area to eat with tables, small bar area. The bar does close about 7pm every day. Very friendly staff. The bartender didn't charge me for my beer samples I saw later. He asked my opinion on a new brew vs others, and different types, since I don't drink he was interested in my opinions on the alcohol content and acidity numbers. Was fun.

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