Pauline's

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628 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
One of the Burlington area's most renowned restaurants. Pauline's Cafe & Restaurant is located on Shelburne Road (Rt. 7) in South Burlington Vermont. The restaurant services the surrounding communities of Shelburne, Burlington and Charlotte and is considerate one of the best places to celebrate events with fine food and wines. Our Contemporary American Cuisine features wild and cultivated edibles from the Lake Champlain Region. Pauline’s offers imaginative seasonally inspired menus, local products and a carefully selected wine list. Dining options include our café, upstairs restaurant, seasonal patio and private rooms.
Chef/Owner, David Hoene is known for his use of local products and for the outstanding quality of his cuisine. Pauline's is a great place to meet friends and company for delicious foods,fine wines and a wonderful time.
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N
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

overall, a very pleasant experience!

E
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The fish was fresh and excellent. I would have liked more and better vegetables, especially for a restaurant in a farmland area. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. Sitting upstairs was much quieter than downstairs.

PJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and easy to get to

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Would not recommend. Made a reservation through open table. Arrived on time for our reservation and the hostess said we didn't have a reservation. Showed her the open table confirmation on my phone and she said oh well, we are having internet trouble and next time we should call for a reservation. Mind you there were a ton of table open and we were told they could not accommodate us. Not impressed and would not recommend. Handled poorly.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Loud diner near us

r
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Example: Was served 1/2 dozen over-priced oysters on the half shell that were sadly deflated, lacked brine and had not been properly released from the shell. Could not finish them. Told them about it and was charged anyway.

K
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Parents weekend at Uvm. 3 B’s cocktail was fantastic. Crab cakes dinner was great as well. Cheese plate starter was quite small, disappointing. Overall great.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ithe food was good, but expensive for what it was.
Very small portions for the price.

The simple dated ambiance did not match the food, as some of the dishes on the menu where soohisticated

t
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely people. Never a bad meal. Very friendly staff.

m
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were very good - however, they charge a substantial fee for using a credit card, which was definitely a turn off to our entire dining party. I would imagine that most people use a credit card when they dine out - my husband and I dine out quite frequently and almost never pay with cash except at pizza shops or restaurants at that level. We have never once been charged for using a credit card at any restaurant. If Pauline's does not want to pay the fees from credit card companies, they should raise the price of each meal to cover the fees rather than add this to the customer's check. In short, the food was good; however, the policy left a bad taste.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

RH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We found Pauline's on OpenTable. We'd just arrived after a drive from Boston.

- Everyone was super-nice and super-polite. Can't fault them for that.

- We had to request nearly everything several times. I asked for hot tea with honey 3x before it arrived.

- There were four parties in our section. We were the first of them to order, and the last to be served. When I complained (for the 2nd time) about our entries, the bartender (seemingly the only one in charge) said there was a large party upstairs. So...their money is better or more important than ours? Or the Mgt didn't plan to serve regular customers while ignoring everyone downstairs?

- I would NOT have left a tip - but it was not the server's fault.

- The Waldorf salad was, well, strange: apple slices instead of chunks, and cabbage slaw instead of lettuce?

- The pork schnitzel was very flavorful - except that it was room temperature as well as late.

I WOULD NOT go back. And Pauline: I want my money back!

d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We picked Pauline's based on Open Table reviews and we were not disappointed. We had a good meal at a reasonable price.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The front room is a bit close, which makes it a little noisier. Everything else was great!!

BH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I selected this establishment from Trip Advisor. Food was all excellent especially the pear salad. Server was very friendly but could not serve alcohol so we had a bit of a wait. Once the beer and wine were served all was good.

N
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great food, a go to place for a rewarding dinner with friends family or clients. Offers not your everyday options with local produce! Using on line reservations is super helpful.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Must have been understaffed. It took 45 minutes to get our drinks. We were sitting next to the bar. No one behind bar for half hour...?

P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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AL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner and professional, courteous service from the very personable Sidney. All three of us loved our entrees (and each other's; we're a sharing family): very "crabby" crab cakes, salmon with tender sauteed greens atop, and succulent steak done precisely to order.

SQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had been once before and loved it. Wasn't quite as enamored the second time. Had to send my salmon back to be cooked more and was sort of glared at by the bartender. I'll probably look for another place to try next time I'm in the area for my work.

AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant meal. Very attentive wait staff. Menu options for everyone in our party.

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I enjoyed my dinner at Pauline's very much. The service was incredibly good, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. I especially enjoyed dessert, which was the flourless chocolate cake with the raspberry sauce.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good menu selection including gluten-free items. Cozy atmosphere.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Pauline's based on online reviews and ratings, and it lived up to the billing. It was a quiet night at the restaurant. Cocktails were excellent and unique, including local spirits. The French Onion soup was incredible, and the special Spicy Tomato Soup with Bacon was a big hit. We had three different entrees and they were all delicious, delivered hot, and with great presentation. The Bananas Foster with locally-produced vanilla ice cream was amazing. This place has the look and feel of a local landmark, with comfortable seating and a friendly atmosphere. Staff were all knowledgeable about the menu items and cocktails, and were prompt and attentive in service. Loved it and would recommend for special occasions or while vacationing in the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy atmosphere and excellent food.

MB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Good food and timely service. Thank you.

FR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pauline's is a very favorite restaurant of ours but not just for the great food. The Hostess and servers are top notch, friendly, remembering our favorites and just plain old good people. Dave and his crew are artists in the kitchen. Just an overall great place to be!!!

D
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We’ve usually had a nice experience at Pauline’s and were a little disappointed at this last visit. The salad was very small and overpriced. Jeezum, lettuce isn’t that expensive- why skimp? The main dishes were well prepared and tasty. In all, an average dining experience

K
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy the food and service at Pauline’s and it is an absolute blessing not to have music blaring as it allows us to actually hear what our friends have to say, which is why we have gone out to dinner with them in the first place.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service as always

p
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A creative and eclectic menu with something for everybody. Try the crab cakes, they were out of this world. And the veal meatloaf was DIVINE.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world charm...wonderful food and top notch service...we love Pauline's!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Pauline’s! Why? Excellent food, great service, food is creatively delish.

VT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb

Love the food, atmosphere and staff

KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We wanted a quick and quality dinner near our hotel (Smart Suites), and Pauline's fit the bill. We had their salmon, which we shared and which was very fine. Only quibble: the vegetables were only lukewarm. We didn't say anything about it. But service and attention was fine, and they split our dinner and wine without issue.

DS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Service was top-notch.

WF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When dining with my mother who is mobility impaired, I always add a comment about access and the wheeled walker on the reservation. Staff did an excellent job meeting our needs.

LM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent food. Crab cakes were just OK. Was expecting more lump crab meat. Mostly breading. Cramped seating. Too close to table next to us. Felt like we were part of their conversation. Overall though I would go back.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pauline's was a pleasant surprise. A bit of a drive out of Burlington but not bad. Food was delicious and fresh. A quiet place for easy conversation and catch up with friends and family. We will go again when we are back in area!

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