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Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar

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Steakhouse
Welcome to Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar. We are located in the center of downtown Burlington in a little alley called Lawson Lane. In our cozy corner of the town we serve all Certified Angus Beef (CAB) steaks and a variety of fresh seafood and vegetarian options. We use local produce whenever possible and feature a rotating selection of Vermont cheeses.

...and please keep in mind that we are available for private events of all sorts 7 days a week; we'll do the catering or bring in your favorite caterer.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 758 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.8
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Made a reservation and was not allowed to sit in the establishment. Was seated in the corridor. Menu was limited to three entrees. When we placed our order one of the three was sold out. My steak was great but my vegetable consisted of one Brussel sprout cut in half.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and amazing service!!! best location in Burlington

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vipKjm500
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food Great wines Not a huge selection of entres but excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My belief is that they forced a reopening without any thought to execution. We waited 45 minutes for our appetizers, another 45 minutes for our food. By the time we got our food, it was cold, dry, overcooked and we just wanted to get out of there. Our server handles everything in stride- no complaints there, but it was clear he was serving too many tables and he mentioned that there was a single chef cooking for the entire restaurant. Maybe in non-covid times, this would be a good dinner spot but I would avoid it until then. It was extremely overpriced. $35 for a filet that was cold and dry, and literally 2 bites of cold mashed potatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Understaffed-big time! We waited 2 hours for food, just 2 waitstaff & 1cook. Too bad because the restaurant is cozy & food is good.

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Skiier
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Waited about an hour to get our appetizer. Service just way too slow. Food was very good but not worth the wait

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Large shrimp for appetizer no flavor
Ravioli with squash & balsamic vinegar., the were floating in vinegar.
Salmon bland
Music very loud

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I came to the Blue Cat with my mother for dinner after completing a 120 mile bike ride and I ordered the ribeye steak and bottle of wine. The food and the wine was amazing, and our waitress was so kind and attentive! There was a band playing outside that we could hear from our table and the ambience was perfect. Highly recommend!

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Jules
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful intimate little venue. The food was really good. My husband said the NY Strip was the best he’d ever had.

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NatalieC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We sat on their balcony, which was cozy. The bar next door had live music, which we enjoyed. The menu was limited, which I don’t mind. Unfortunately the quality of the dishes was disappointing. My husband had a brisket sandwich, which was the best of the food and best price at $15. My choice was a red pepper ravioli. For $25 I got 5 pieces of ravioli and 1 artichoke heart cut into quarters. The ravioli wasn’t very warm and the artichoke hearts were actually cool. It was swimming in oil with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The service was adequate but nothing to write home about. For dessert we shared a slice of raspberry pie, which tasted ok but didn’t seem very fresh, with some raspberry ice cream. Very “home style” plating.

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ScottBinVT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been dining here since they opened 14 years ago and we’ve never been disappointed. Amazing food and perfect wine pairings. Great service too.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

We have always loved the Blue Cat but we were disappointed this time. I know due to COVID, the menu option is more limited. We used to be able to get a nice glass of wine there and for a glass, there was one option and a wine that I would not charge that kind of money for. We asked for a martini chilled and the person waiting on us and also making our drinks was not super confident. I am sure not her fault as she was out of vodka and wasn't able to chill it.
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I don't know if we will be back unless it gets back to the way it used to be for the money you spend in there.

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vipRobertG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marisa is a one woman band serving up excellent fare .. Check web for days open under Covid ..
Limited hours basically 5-8:30 but this small intimate restaurant shines . Has both indoor and out door seating.
Wonderful food, well portioned - nice wine list

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MelissaI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for a date night! Food and atmosphere was outstanding.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere sitting out in the alleyway patio with the band playing right next door. Service and food were both top notch too.

Overall we had a really nice date night at the Blue Cat.

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vipNatalia
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good steak, great service, not very impressive inside, but our food was good

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Dtrainzilla
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Seeing an old friend after years, wanted to go to an old familiar spot. Blue cat hasn’t changed in a decade, and I mean that in a good way. Still tasty, with a quiet privacy that makes for a nice & long catch-up over dinner.

MB
MatthewB
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server did not seem qualified to do the job. Our meal was rushed. By 8 pm we were the last table in the restaurant (3 total the entire night). By 745 the waitress and another woman not quite sure of her job began making themselves cocktails. We paid the rushed check, corked our $150 bottle of wine and moved on. Food was ok wine was good but the servers unprofessional approach ruined the evening.

JC
vipJosephC
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rudest "service" I have ever encountered. Spend your money somewhere else. We weren’t even served water or menus after sitting there for 20 minutes so we got up and left, no harm done. Despite this, they saw fit to charge me $20/head for 8 people ($160). I am disputing the charge but wanted to let people know to avoid these rude owners at all costs

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Poor service only one person waiting tables,bar tending and busing. Great location and nice jazz, but it they don’t get there act together they will be just another forgotten restaurant and something new will take its place.

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SamH
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our experience was, unfortunately, disappointing. I came here with my wife the day after Valentines as we had other commitments on Valentines day proper. The restaurant was nearly empty. You would think that would get us fast service but, we spent quite a bit of time waiting for mediocre food.

Our appetizer plates were coated in grease on both sides. They actually left stains on the table cloth. These were taken away by our waiter with an apology but, he never replaced them with clean plates. And, it took 20 min to get a cup of coffee that we ordered as we were seated. Our actual appetizer, a cheese plate and Caesar salad took over 30 min to arrive and only after we asked for them. The cheese plate was fine but, the Caesar salad wasn't tossed well in dressing.

The main course took another 20 min to arrive. The food was ok but, nothing particularly special. For the price we paid for the dishes, we were just expecting a bit more.

For the more nit pick items. The place was cozy but a bit dated. The lights kept dimming at random intervals for a min or two, then would come back up to regular brightness. The bathrooms were relatively clean but lacked toilet paper and any way to dry your hands.

Overall, it was just a big miss. With poor service, lack luster facilities, and average food, we won't be coming back. It's too bad, I wanted to like the place.

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ElisabethH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My husband and I traveled from out of town to have a nice Valentine's Day dinner in Burlington. We made a reservation for 9 pm. We weren't seated for almost a half hour. There was only one waiter on staff, and people who walked in after us were seated first. People were leaving the restaurant without eating because the service was extremely slow. We eventually finished our dinner around 11 pm. My dish was not prepared as described, and my husband's mashed potato was cold. Definitely not worth the price. Seems like an amateur move to only have one waiter on what I assume is one of their busiest nights of the year. What was most annoying is that the staff wasn't upfront about the wait. They kept people waiting with no explanation. Very unprofessional. It feels like we wasted a lot of $$$ on mediocre food and a hotel room for nothing. Definitely not going back, and telling our friends not to go, especially if it's for a special occasion. I don't usually give harsh reviews, but this experience was terrible.

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DanA
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

It saddens me to have to right this review..... I've been to Blue Cat several times and have always had a positive experience.......but

made reservations for 8 p.m. on Friday, February 14th Valentine's Day. Server sat us at a nice cozy table but then our server
1. did not bring us water until several minutes later
2. maybe 10-15 minutes in, took our order for wine
3 but did not bring us our wine until another 20 minutes had passed
4. we ordered our appetizer and two main dishes by around 8:30. server said would bring us some hummus and crackers.
5. from 8:30 we never got any hummus and neither the server or manager even checked in on us to apologize or give us any warning that things were backed up.
6. at 9:15 I also asked if any of our food was actually being prepped/cooked then in which case we would have stayed. However, none of our food was in the process of being made so we settled our bill for the two glasses of wine and left.
7. FWIW, the couple next to us came at 7 and they did not get their main dishes until 9...

So that's my review.... Usually I've had a pleasant experience there. Yes, it was a busy night but what saddens me most is that the manager and server never checked in on us, never explained the situation, did not even bother to comp us the two glasses or take a percentage off, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere’s relaxing, food’s amazing, and Ryan’s an excellent waiter.

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KenD
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

How bad was it? let me count the ways:
1- No free parking as advertised
2-My Martini came with unidentified black specs
3-Dinner took more than an hour to be served
4- My food tasted like warmed over cardboard.
5- Service was almost non existant,
10 people walked out while we were there after waiting 10 minutes. No one came over to take their orders.

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ChristinaC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Overall the food was great. It’s a nice hidden gem. However, the service was ungodly slow. The appetizers alone took 45-1 hour. The main meal arrive 30 minutes later. We sipped 3 1/2 glass of wine before we got our dinner. I would not recommended if you can’t handle to lengthy wait.

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TaraL
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambience of the place is perfect for a quiet "date night"; it's a very small place, so you definitely get a "crammed in there feeling" so I was thankful that no one was seated near us. Our waiter was very engaging and we enjoyed having him as our server. However, our salads were just sad; I had the warm beet salad and it had maybe 6 small pieces of beets, a couple of leaves of lettuce and some goat cheese (they ran out of the mandarin orange slices). Others at our table ordered the Caesar salad and it was ridiculous - hardly any dressing on the 4 pieces of lettuce and maybe 3 croutons? Our favorite meal at the Blue Cat is the filet Mignon, so that is what I ordered. Everyone else ordered the N.Y. Sirloin. The filet is advertised as 6 ounces - no way was that more than 4 ounces. Literally finished it in 3 bites. The side of vegetables was two small broccoli stalks and three cut pieces of carrots. I had the sweet potato - it was awesome, others had the garlic mashed - highly recommended. My husband and friends were very happy with their sirloin... that was done perfect. Our server didn't come back very often to ask if we wanted more to drink, so thankfully we had a bottle of water at the table. It took a very long time to get the hummus and pita bread, then longer for the salads to show up. It's not a "cheap" restaurant for the area, and it is our favorite spot in Burlington. Quite honestly, it was the first time I was not impressed when I left the restaurant. A couple of tweaks and the place could be as cherished as it once was!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weeknight dining was quiet and delicious. Enjoyed my alone time savoring a tasty mushroom soup followed by a perfect medium rare by strip steak. Would have had dessert, but was full. Very good Meritage blend by the glass. The staff was very friendly.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service from Alex. Great food. Relaxed cozy atmosphere. Will definitely return. Great place to spend a quiet dinner with someone special.

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vipEsmerelda
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waitress was very good but she appeared to be the only one as well as serving as bartender, so things were quite slow. We haven't found Blue Cat to be so slow in the past... Time to hire more staff!

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LawrenceB
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This stunningly romantic restaurant is best known for its steak and wine. We've been coming here for a dozen years - one less than it's been open. It is literally a destination restaurant for us, since coming here is a big reason we take the drive from Boston up to Burlington.
I had the rack of lamb, and it was memorable.
When time came for desert, I wanted the apple pie, but my wife wanted the chocolate cake. I stated that since she was always right, we must get the flourless chocolate cake. The waiter returned with half-portions of both, "compliment of the chef".
It isn't often that a restaurant is worth a three hour drive. This one is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made reservations for a birthday dinner. The restaurant was quiet at the beginning but it got better as the night went on. It was a bit tight quarters for the table but the service was thoughtful and the food outstanding. We enjoyed the wine as well! They were out of some key steak cuts like the filet mignon and the lamb rack.

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MariaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food the drinks and the staff was amazing!!!
I can’t wait to go back!!

JF
JamesF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were early for our reservation but they were able to accommodate us within minutes. Great little place

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Jennyw
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent and servers were attentive and polite. However they had been very behind and tables around us had been waiting hours for their food. Our food was slow to come out, but reasonable. It was a bit distracting how unhappy the tables around us were. So it seems they need to figure out how to better handle a busy night or scale back on their reservations. I would recommend going on a weeknight not weekend or later in the evening to ensure you don't have a long wait. But again, food is really delicious, server went out of his way to be nice - so overall a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one of the best kept secrets in the city. Romantic, quiet and amazing food. The wait staff go above and beyond to make the dining experience perfection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Unfortunately, everything you read on OpenTable reviews about slow service and cold food is true. We really wanted this restaurant to be great because the ambiance was nice and the menu looked great but unfortunately the restaurant did not deliver.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a lovely anniversary dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Restaurant was shorthanded, but bartender did a magnificent job doing the work of three.

FAQs

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 363-3639.

Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar is rated 4 stars by 758 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.