Dorset Inn

4.8
358 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dinner at The Dorset Inn…always a treat! All of us here love food and enjoy sharing that with you. The warm and welcoming ambiance of the historic red dining room, cozy New England tavern and al fresco dining on the front porch allows guests to relax and enjoy the food, the wine and the friendly hospitality. As a member of Vermont Fresh Network, we support as many local farms and businesses as possible. Our cuisine is an uncomplicated, bistro-style that demonstrates classic culinary techniques and traditions with regional influences and reflects the freshest ingredients available. To showcase Vermont’s four unique seasons, the menu changes frequently.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 358 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmyH
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as usual. Dorset Inn is one of our favorites. Nothing better than sitting outside on a beautiful Vermont evening with a glass of wine accompanied by excellent food and friendly service. Highly recommend.

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HMLynee
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, delicious traditional fare in a beautiful and historic setting.

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BillK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dorset Inn was charming and very enjoyable. The food was excellent and service outstanding. We would definitely return as it was memorable.
Thanks to a great staff there.

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Heath
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As far as historic charm is concerned the restaurant hits all of the marks while the food remains innovative and modern. Highly recommended.

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TonyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service.

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kelsey was a great server! Food and drink arrived in a timely manner and she was super cheerful and pleasant.

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ChuckS
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Overall, are dining experience was pleasurable. The noise was a little high, but we enjoyed ourselves for the most part.

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NoraD
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the location, and the inn. We have been going to this inn to eat for many years, it is one of the best in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was made a week in advance, there were two tables in the restaurant upon our 5 pm arrival. When we were greeted at the door, the chaos of opening for a busy night was clear in the faces of the hostess and manager. Ladies, grace under pressure is the mantra of Foodservice...never forget that.

We were brought to a table in the middle of the dining room facing in an odd way. We politely asked for a different table. The response was “well we are watching our turns for the night!” That response was not logical as there were tables for two surrounding us...all empty at the time. We were left standing in the middle of the dining room for several minutes until we walked back to the hostess stand. The two ladies were frantically looking at the floor plan. The response could have been handled with dignity and kindness rather than our impression of “you don’t matter.”

We were fortunate to find another restaurant close by that treated us with respect and for that experience, we were grateful.

We will never return to The Dorset Inn, nor recommend it to our friends. Our first experience was pleasant, this second one that we will not repeat.

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cindyc
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dorset Inn is fabulous!!
The food is exceptional as is the service, atmosphere and charm!
A must when visiting Manchester VT!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal although service was a little slow. It was a holiday weekend though, so that might be expected

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great meal! Lobster out of the shell, swimming in herb butter. ❤️

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vipJonathanS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Service was very good. She worked hard. Tough to hire at present. Wine list impressive and reasonably priced.

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Jess
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food served beautifully. Great wine list. Amazing service. Highly recommend.

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sharonc
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Dorset Inn. Chef Jon is very creative and does a fabulous job.
We eat at the Inn a few times a month

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GoodSpirits
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We honestly can say that our meal was worthy of a 2 star Michelin rating. The wine list and whiskey list, along with local bottled beers and handcrafted classic cocktails are a great starting point. The food however, is stellar. One of the most memorable and delicious meals we've ever had around the world! Well worth a trip to this out of the way inn to spend a wonderful evening in old school ambience and class.

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Steve
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Several good seafood offerings on the menu. I had salmon, my wife had Portuguese cod. Both were very nice. We shared the flatbread with grilled asparagus and goat cheese, and that was excellent.

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vipCherylM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Food portions were small, beet salad-beets were very dry, and while the restaurant was not busy, our service was dreadfully slow. Will not be going back in. Hurry.

Dorset Inn
Responded on 21 May 2021

Hi Cheryl, We are so sorry to hear your visit did not live up to your expectations. We strive to be the best at what we do, and we truly appreciate your feedback as it allows us to grow. Best, The Dorset Inn

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vipzimm
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Felt safe with spaced out tables in cozy tavern. Masked employees! Good meal. Relaxing atmosphere.

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MatthewL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic New England inn. Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Great service. We will be back.

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DavidK
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Boring vegetables and only a scant amount; and over salted with both meals for the prices charged. Prices were inflated compared to the operations of everything. Need to do better.

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Coloradotraveller
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place when in Vermont. Both my wife and I had the duck which was done to perfection. The wild rice and vegetables were perfectly prepared.

Dorset Inn
Responded on 21 May 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We have passed compliments on to the chef, the duck is one of our most popular menu items. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Brianna

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sidisti
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my mom here for mother's day. She used to come with my dad years ago and it was a great place to relieve memories and make new ones. The food, drinks, service, ambiance were all great. we'll return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great

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MicheleP
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall a nice Mothers Day Brunch, however late to be seated (15 minutes) and waited an additional 20 minutes to get beverages. I think maybe short staffed or just getting back into the swing of things since things are opening up in Vermont due to Covid.

Food was good but a little pricey. It is a beautiful old Inn and our third time here.

Nice level was high but due to our table of ten and the duo singing in the next room.

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Gale
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect- so relaxing. Our waitress Jasmine was a delight. We could not have enjoyed our evening more!

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BabsB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

An elegant intimate place. Food beautifully served. Just the right amount. Low lighting. Friendly staff
Extensive list of single malt whisky .

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LuannG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful meal! Our starters and meals were delicious, creative and flavorful. Impressive wine list. Our server, Jasmine, was friendly and attentive. We will be back!

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vipSteffilynn
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Doret Inn was better than we expected. There was plenty of space, a lovely ambience and exceptional food. We brought friends who had never been to the area and they loved it, too. We will definitely go back next time we are in the area.

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Sheri1049
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We have dined many times at The Dorset with wonderful experiences. This is the second time that two in our party ordered the grilled filet mignon, ordered medium rare once then more rare this time - as it was overdone the first time. The meat had no taste and, topped with the lemon butter, was even less appetizing. The meat obviously was not seasoned prior to grilling. We were guests of the Inn for the weekend but we’re seated in the breakfast room rather the dining room or pub room. We won’t make that mistake again!

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Love2eat
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings and food. Everyone was very cordial and attentive. Have dined here before and never been disappointed!

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VTFoodie
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely fantastic! Can't wait to return!

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JohnF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had wonderful birthday meal. Nice ambiance and service. Had the filet which was fantastic. My wife chose a burger because of the description of the ingredients and it was equally good. Grea experience.

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vipKikina
29 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible and the table was perfect near fireplace on a cold and romantic evening is the best!
The food delicious and accommodating because we do not eat garlic.

Definitely will return for the liver!

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AliS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, great service. Last minute find, but happy we decided to go there!

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vipCindyR
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Called for reservations no time available! Used app during phone call to Dorset in all tons of times . Confronted when arrived no excuse !!!!

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MichaelaS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal with wonderful service! Everything was fresh and delicious! Will certainly be back

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vipsoundpuke
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful calves liver and duck breast will well cooked veggies and started with the crab cakes
Issues with new wine list but that will be remedied
Love the room very revolutionary with the fireplace very romantic
Looking forward to next time there
Never disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Second time here. Enjoyed our meal, service and ambiance. More importantly, an elderly woman sitting at the next table was choking on her food. Our server, who was walking by at the time, administered aid by performing the heimlich (forgive me if I spelled it wrong) and was able to help her dislodge whatever was in her throat. Idk her name but thought she should be lauded for her quick thinking and action. I hope mgmt reads this and recognizes this lady for her selfless act.

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Mb23
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh butternut squash salad with grilled swordfish - maple creme brûlée with seasonal berries dessert was top notch. My sister noted the salad ingredients tasted home grown and freshly picked.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Dorset Inn using the Order Online button. Dorset Inn also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 867-5500.

Dorset Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.