Barrows House

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Gastro Pub
Barrows House Restaurant is an American gastropub with a modern twist on traditional New England tavern fare that pairs great food with craft beers. Our menus and beverages showcase Vermont’s abundance of local products and celebrate its farms and producers. These quality ingredients are simply prepared demonstrating classic culinary techniques offering guests uncomplicated seasonal tastes of Vermont. Set against the historic backdrop of a circa 1803 building, the ambiance is at once warm and welcoming, sophisticated yet casual featuring Dorset white marble accents and historic black & white photos from the local Norcross-West Marble Quarry, one of the oldest in the country. Paired with our large outdoor terrace and colorful gardens, Barrows House Restaurant is the ideal setting for outdoor dining and all types of special events.
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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time at the Barrows. Great meal and atmosphere

SM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time there. I wasn't in love with my cacian chicken with bone tie pasta but that is my fault. I always try something on a menu I've never had before so I don't know what to expect. It was the spices I didn't care for. The garden salad was so fresh and it had just the right amount of dressing, did not cover up the freshness of the vegetables. Cocktail was perfect
I look forward to going back to try something new again. My daughter in law went with me and she is ready for a return visit also.

WW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrows House is a gem reminiscent of a time gone by. We were in Manchester, Vermont shopping with family and Barrows House (a short 10 minutes away) is a favorite of one of our nephews. I can see why! The ambiance in the main dining area was cozy and almost felt like it had been set just for us. We started with a bottle of 2016 Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon and the Brussels Sprouts and Neuskes Bacon. I think these are the best Brussels I’ve ever had and paired with the Trig Cab was perfect. Then I had the Jambalaya pasta. I’ve eaten Jambalaya many times and Barrows House version is delicious. The sauce has a wonderful smoky flavor but none of the ingredients overpower each other. For dessert we had the molten chocolate cake. Overall it was a wonderful fall dinner in a delightful setting!

LG
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal in a beautiful dining room with an excellent server who knew the menu well!

SD
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Three of us diner outside-a very pleasant setting-guitarist was pleasant and sound level very good for talking. The Manhattan was excellent. Service excellent. All in all a very pleasant evening.

D
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fantastic meal. Cozy bar, beautiful outside seating.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!! Amazing service! We will definitely go back the next time we’re in town :)

MR
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always dinner at the Barrow’s House was excellent. It was a gorgeous summer night for sitting out on the patio. Afterwards we went to the Dorset Theater Festival which is sponsored by the Barrow’s House for an amazing world premier play. It can’t get any better.

CN
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The place was nice. Unfortunately there was a VERY LOUD group of people at the table next to us. Not one person asked if they could be a bit more quiet. Other tables actually asked to be re-seated. We didn’t request to move as We were hoping something would be said but that didn’t happen. The food was good but I thought a bit overpriced. Overall experience wasn’t the best. Maybe better luck next time.

TC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere were great. Our meal was fine and the food was well prepared but wasn’t outstanding. The menu could use more choices and variety.

F
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very knowledgeable server who answered all questions. My husband enjoyed his dinner but unfortunately I did not care for mine. I selected the wrong item so it was my mistake. Everything else was very good.

GG
New England
41 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us are at Barrows House before going to a world premier okay at the local playhouse. Food, beverages, service, and timing all worked perfectly. Thank you.

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great night out on patio!

M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great fries. Delicious Thai chicken wraps. Server so poorly described the beer selection that I simply couldn't drink half the beers in my flight. Shrimp and pasta was good. The dessert, however, was so embarrassingly small that it barely stained the plate, yet they still charged me $9 for this sample-ette. What a terrible way to mar what was supposed to be a special evening. Yes, I did say say something; no, no one so much as apologized or explained anything.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Smelled like a college bar and was too hot inside to enjoy dinner.

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience.

KM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Delicious food and perfect atmosphere.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting
Good Service
Overall, a special experience.
The food was expensive but we knew this beforehand and thus we were not surprised/shock.
Great place to spend a Vermont summer nite.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the lobster roll, best ever!

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food has deteriorated noticeably since we were last there several months ago. We have frequented Barrows House, but will probably wait to hear of improvements before returning. First, my wife’s glass of Falanghina was clearly from a bottle opened long ago. My mussels appetizer was far too large for an appetizer size and the sauce and taste were very bland. My wife ordered the lobster roll, which was also bland and needed seasoning. The home made chips were stale. I had eggplant Parmesan which had a tasty tomato sauce; however the slices of eggplant were quite thin, heavily battered and fried to a deep crisp. Overall, a very poor showing and definitely something has happened in the kitchen. They have lost their good chef or something.
The service was okay, although the waitress’ sole response of “excellent” was annoying.
The space is great and the ambience very nice. The food, however, must improve.

W
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and a super friendly vibe is why we love the Barrow’s house. We sat in the pub room at a very pretty window side table. Scott the maitre d’ always makes us feel welcome! He’s just one reason why we love it there!

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Constant Companion and I enjoyed soft-shelled crab salad with fried green tomatoes. It was quite good. The Nuns of New Skete key lime cheesecake was even better. I thought the music was played too loud for the acoustics in the room.

I'd place Barrows House number three in the Dorset trilogy behind the Inn at West View Farm (#1) and the Dorset Inn (#2). That's not bad though, as these are three very good restaurants in a gorgeous little town.

BH
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal, great beer and wine menu, and even better atmosphere and ambiance. Thursday trivia that’s a ton of fun and hard, and let’s you enjoy a few hours with a great crowd. Staff was fantastic!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere was so delightful, we dined two nights in row.

w
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Big family table where kids were super loud-not sure what might be done since parents paid no attention.
Acoustics in that main room are tough. Lots of stone and wood and little upholstery etc to absorb sound.
And low ceiling in keeping with the old inn.

RV
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and great food! I have a food allergy and they were very accommodating.

DN
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service (Kelly). Steak Frites and Chicken Cordon Bleu delicious! Nice atmosphere and good value. Seems to be a place that both locals and tourists hang out. Relaxed and welcoming.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were great the ambiance was lovely. We’ve eaten here in the past and will definitely be back!

J
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good spot for a nice meal, but I think they had an off night for our visit. Seated promptly. Our server was very nice and attentive, but it took forever for our food (both appetizers and main course). Steak was overcooked, but flavors very good. Duck quite fatty, but again, flavors excellent. Very nice ambiance.

T
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day menu was great, but sparse, with an expectedly high markup. Staff was kind but not oversaturated. Food came out at a very nice pace.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Barrows House before and it never disappoints. The
The Steak Frites dinner with Akaushi New York Strip Steak was great! Very tender and perfectly done. The smoked maple old fashioned is a favorite!

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, and amazing service! Really made us feel like special guests while celebrating a special occasion. Will definitely be back!

DE
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited last year and enjoyed it more, menu was not as enticing as it was last year, but it was good, most had burgers which was fine but expected more options again. Waitress was wonderful, but we did find 2 errors on bill, which is concerning, can't
remember last time have had that happen. it was corrected. will priorly visit again

EK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is excellent. We came here with our 8 month old. It was a little loud, but we were sitting by the bar. There is another section of the restaurant that is quieter. Overall great food and service.

T
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This restaurant has a mixture of comfort food (like hamburgers) and fine dishes (like seared ahi tuna), something for everyone. It is also kid friendly. The seared tuna and beef stew we ordered were out of this world; something you would not expect for a place that serve burgers. The staff was very friendly as well. A great experience if you are looking for good quality casual dining in the area.

SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed Christmas Dinner. A great place for a celebration!

KM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great local spot for us in Vermont...always dependable. I do wish they had more items on the menu although they change it often.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The experience was disappointing. The food was way too salty and had too much pepper on it. The service wasn't very good. We ordered wine with dinner and didn't get the wine until we were nearly done with our meal. We only got it then because we asked about it twice. There was a company Christmas party going on while we were there. There isn't a closed off room for parties so the noise from the party made it hard for us to hear each other while sitting at our table. The waiters were telling diners that they should rush to get their orders in because the kitchen was going to be slammed preparing the food for the party. We had hoped for a nice relaxing enjoyable meal and were quite disappointed.

CT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Liked the items on the new menu. Service was uneven. Restaurant needs to update their wine list to properly reflect the vintages of their wines. Ordered the 2013 Pinot noir from the wine list and was served the 2015- a pretty unforgiveable sin for many. Will scrutinize the bottle next time.

RM
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited The Barrows for Thanksgiving. The decor was nice but surprisingly contemporary for a more historic building. We were seated quickly in a space with a bench seat and two chairs which was great for my four year old daughter. The decor was pretty and seasonal. The waitress was very accommodating and provided some vegetarian-toddler-friendly options upon request. Food was delicious, nicely presented and served relatively quickly. I had the spinach gnocchi with fall vegetables which was very flavorful. The bill was $130 plus gratuity. It was a bit more on the expensive side for two adults and a toddler and no alcoholic beverages. Still, the view was pretty and full of Vermont charm and the service was great. Would absolutely visit again!

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