The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
Exceptional food, top notch service, a totally pleasant experience from start to finish.
Dinner was simply outstanding, tables were very well separated, and staff in masks the full time. They were able to prepare everything gluten-free for my partner. Service was outstanding, the food awesome. If we're ever back in Manchester, this will be a top pick for dinner again!
Had a wonderful 2 couples dinner...food was very, very well prepared (try the trout stuffed with crab) and the service was very attentive, flexible, pleasant and not stuffy. With the fireplaces going the ambiance was superb...just really, really enjoyable.
The lobster Brie fondue was so delicious. My husband got the short rib for his meal and I got the crab stuffed trout. Unbelievable. Our waitress Terry was amazing and so attentive and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant!
Excellent dining experience !
First time here and going back for sure. The food, service and personnel are amongst the best.
Such a great dinner! Even during a pandemic we felt very safe and far away from other diners. We sat in the patio and it was quiet and beautiful. We had the Brussel Sprouts and Beets as apps and they were really great. My husband had the fish and I had a steak. Both were cooked really well and were delicious. Overall, a really nice dinner!
The food was beyond our expectations.
The inn staff are all so friendly, helpful and welcoming. Dinner in the dining room was fabulous as was the service. Our waiter Tom greeted us by saying "we're glad you're here"! The Chef, Sigal, chatted with us briefly before we ordered short ribs and scallops. Both were excellent! We finished by sharing the trio sorbet accompanied by lemon shortbread cookies. Sigal is a fabulous chef! This was our second stay and would definitely visit again!
We had a delicious meal and the service was wonderful! We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back.
Went for my boyfriends birthday and had a great overall experience. It was our first time eating inside since March and we felt completely safe. From the food to the service, everything was perfect. I wrote when booking on Open Table it was my boyfriends birthday but didn’t have a moment to tell the waitress and she still brought out a beautiful plate at the end that said Happy Birthday with delicious truffles. Would recommend 1000%
Best restaurant in Manchester. A must do when in town. Good and service is outstanding
wonderful dining experience! Highly recommend....delicious!
Our first visit, and a great experience! Out waiter gave great recommendations for food to try and a great wine pairing with the lamb and duck!
We had a lovely dinner there. The food was wonderful the service was great and it was a beautiful atmosphere I would highly recommend it.
Outstanding chef who uses the best of seasonal offerings
Even if you don’t stay at the inn make a point of dining here if you are in the area
It was absolutely delicious!! Every part of the meal was better than the last. Highly recommend.
An exceptional experience all around. Will be make again soon.
The staff was warm and engaging and the overall setting was very clean, comfortable and as welcoming as any other time we have visited. Social distancing was well maintained and strictly practiced. They were more than happy to adjust the plate to your liking and went out of their way to ensure that we enjoyed our meal and our night out. Our only regret is that corona has changed their breakfast and that we were not guests at the Inn during our recent visit to the area. We won’t make that mistake again!!
Good dining experience during challenging Covid times. We showed up at the restaurant on time for our reservation and were promptly seated. Great server who knew the menu. Great cheese platter, good salad, and tasty "comfort food" chicken. Nice but not overwhelming wine list. Tables spaced out nicely, and they handled the flow of guests very well. Notable difference (positive) from another dining experience on this trip at the Copper Grouse at the Kimpton.
Wonderful food, service and ambiance! The quintessential VT Inn. Highly recommend!
Absolutely the best in Manchester Village! Never a bad meal. Food, ambiance and service are always superb! Thank you.
Delicious food! Attentive servers! A lovely night outside overlooking the yard and water fountain.
A great restaurant experience. The food was top notch, service was very professional and friendly and the wine list was large and full of bargains. Highly recommended.
Great food, service and ambiance!
My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and this restaurant was perfect in every way. The food was excellent from the salad and seasonal soup to the perfectly cooked scallops and short ribs. Dessert was delicious as well. The service was impeccable and our server Michelle was so helpful with the menu selection. It was like she knew us for years and exactly what we would like. We sat outside with heaters which was quaint, quiet and wonderful. I do not normally write reviews but my husband and I had one of the best dinners we have had in several years and before Covid we dined out a lot at many 4 and 5 star restaurants and I would place this restaurant and the chef in this category. We will definitely be back!
This was my first, and much anticipated visit to the Reluctant Panther. Having heard some wonderful reviews about the restaurant and Chef Sigal Rocklin, I came with high expectations. From the first taste of the amuse bouche, I knew I was in for a treat. All of the ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible, and you can really taste the quality. The bread service consisted of warm, luscious brioche and olive sourdough, served with compound butter and olive oil. That, in itself could have been a satisfying meal. Chef's signature Lobster and brie fondue was a rich, satisfying chowder served with crispy pancetta. The crispy brussels sprouts were a nice contrast for the parmesan and creamy Ceasar vinaigrette. For the main course, a generous portion of perfectly roasted lamb chops was served on a bed of Israeli couscous with butternut squash and olive puree. Often, sides are an afterthought; overshadowed by the main course. In that dish, the couscous were so creamy, al dente and flavorful that they could have stood on their own as a main course. Small things like that and the evenly cooked brussels sprouts demonstrate true mastery in the kitchen. A Flavors of Fall dessert, consisting of an apple cake, macaroons, and gelato over a tart cider puree was a perfect ending to a memorable dinner. Service was friendly and knowledgable, and the wine list featured both old and new world selections that paired well with the cuisine. I highly recommend The Reluctant Panther and look forward to returning on my next visit to Manchester.
Hi AndyS, Thank you so much for your thorough and eloquent review. We look forward to making your next visit just as special as the last! Kindly, Hunter
We had a lovely dinner for our anniversary. Crispy Brussels were awesome.
Food was delicious. My only complaint would be the dessert portion. Not enough! Wonderful use of seasonings on everything.
Hi Anonymous, I can always use more dessert too! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your meal and all of their flavors. Please come visit us again. Kindly, Hunter
Pretty atmosphere overlooking the water fountain and mountains. Lobster and Brie fondue was delicious. My husband enjoyed the crab stuffed cod. The bacon gnocchi, in my opinion was overcooked and mushy. The service was great and overall it was a nice place to sit and enjoy a relaxing meal with a view.
Hi Mimast3and3, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We hope to wow you with a five star meal when you decide to return again! Glad you had a relaxing time. Kindly, Hunter
The food is exceptional. Our server was very attentive.
Hi Wendy, Thank you so much for your review. We pride ourselves on the quality of our food and exceptional service. Please visit us again. Kindly, Hunter
Food was excellent and had a good choice for vegans.
Hi eatingout, Thank you so much for your kind words. Hopefully we will see you again soon! Sincerely, Hunter
We were visiting Manchester and were impressed with the menu. The Reluctant Panther did not disappoint. Pricey but the best meal we had while visiting Vermont. Will go back when visiting again.
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for leaving a review of our establishment. We are pleased that you enjoyed your meal and always guarantee an evening to remember each time you come back to Manchester! Kindly, Hunter
My husband and I had a wonderful experience at the Reluctant Panther. We got to sit outside near the fountain and although it was cool outside there were heated lamps that kept us cozy. Our waiter, Tom was amazing! He was very articulate and knew the menu like the back of his hand. He was very attentive and has a great personality. The food was absolutely delicious! The chef picks her own mushrooms! We will definitely be going back.
Hi Heidi, Thank you for your kind review! We are pleased that you were able to enjoy us and take advantage of our gorgeous patio. Please come back and enjoy some more of Tom's company. We are super grateful to have him onboard! Kindly, Hunter
The food was very pleasing and delicious. The cocktails and wait staff exceptional. Unfortunately due to restrictions the atmosphere was stark and cold. Apparently not even candles are allowed on the tables - although the next evening we ate at another restaurant and each table had a candle lighting decoration.
Hi Marsha, We are so glad that you would return to us! Hopefully soon we will be permitted to have our table settings, flowers, and candles on the tables to deliver some warmth and natural beauty to our newly renovated dining room! You'll have to come back when we are in full swing of our usual routine. Kindly, Hunter
Wonderful in all aspects!
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your review! Please feel free to make a reservation for another wonderful evening. Kindly, Hunter
We had Tom as our service , it was excellent server food was absolutely delicious between the two nights we went we had had halibut, scallops, fillet, I had the lobster appetizer delicious !!
One night I had the frozen tiramisu also very good
Hi Hollmark, Thank you for your review! We are so pleased to have Tom on our team. Very happy that you had a wonderful experience. We will always be here for your dining needs! Kindly, Hunter
Creative menu, attentive staff, wonderful setting.
Best restaurant in Manchester for sure. Always a very creative menu with excellent service and wine list. A must try when in town!
Very good service and food. The only problem was the birthday cake I ordered for my wife. The cake was very dry, like it was over cooked.
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