The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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American
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features locally sourced American cuisine in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. Menus are complemented by a multiple year Wine Spectator award winning wine list. With excellent service and outstanding ambiance, the Panther Restaurant boasts the highest Zagat rating in northern New England. The Reluctant Panther is happy to accommodate well behaved children but does not offer a children's menu.
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AL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice way to start our vacation. Brie-and lobster fondue was decadent. The pheasant pate was amazing!

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lamb chops!! Great service. Outstanding ambience!!

C
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to many outstanding restaurants but The Reluctant Panther continues to be our favorite!

BC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cheese board, salad, and seafood were outstanding as were the desserts. The short rib was a little dry and tough.

B
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We don't normally eat at 8 pm, but that was the earliest time available several weeks in advance. We both enjoyed the day's risotto and appreciated the exceptional table service. The noise level in the restaurant was unexpectedly high due to two large, festive group dinners underway. The dining room facility itself was warm and inviting.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fondu was excellent
Lamb was prepared just right. Enjoyed everything

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good, not great. Expecting more. Choices were somewhat limited. Food came out very quickly
In fact the waiter had not even brought the wine or special knife. Ho hum for writeups etc.

MC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood dish was very good but the short ribs once again were excellent. Good selection of wine. Great service.

GM
Boise
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an unexpected find in a small community. Fantastic food with professional service. This gets a big YES from us.

MZ
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food . Great atmosphere Very nice decor Server was very nice also.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Place needs music so we don't hear other people's conversations.... awkward.

BK
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal here very much. The dishes were creative and delicious, using the best ingrediants Vermont has to offer. I highly recommend going here.

DT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Enjoyed it all. Very quiet. Food was outstanding from start to finish.

KG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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LS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal, great ambiance. Our waiter was attentive and well skilled.

SM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special place. They have a great restaurant with a very old fashioned but elegant feel.
the service and food were great!!
If you are in the Manchester area, worth the trip!!

P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

top notch all around--beautiful setting, excellent service, perfect food

C
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I came here to splash out for a little bit of luxury for my birthday. While the ambiance was wonderful, I was a little disappointed in the quality of the food. Which is a shame, since it was beautiful to look at,
despite being on grey stoneware plates, but just somehow seemed tired and lacked flavor. Case in point was a crab cake I had for an appetizer;i t was plated with two sauces, one pale green, one red. While the red sauce clearly tasted of chipotle-something, I honestly could not tell you what in the green sauce was other than maybe mayonnaise? My partners asparagus soup that he had as a first course was also kind of watery and bland. My main course halibut was tasty, but the quinoa it came with was overly wet and tasted only vaguely like chicken broth and not much else.
I was also kind of disappointed that there wasn't a specialty cocktail list- I wanted something interesting to drink, something I couldn't get anywhere else.
All in all, dining here was a pleasant experience, but I feel, sadly, that I would have probably enjoyed myself more somewhere else.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. The food was incredible. If you are in the Manchester area, you should not miss this fine dining experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Pretty dining room with inattentive service and food average. Filet mignon chewy with special soup of asparagus tasteless

AM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We were very disappointed in the Reluctant Panther. The atmosphere was beautiful and the service was outstanding. The food was mediocre at best. I ordered the short ribs. The presentation was awful and the ribs tasted like over cooked pot roast. My husband had filet, the presentation was beautiful but way over cooked! Our server was great! If it wasn’t for him I might have given 1 star.

D
New England
66 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went with my husband for a nice night out. I was not overly impressed. Food was ok, service was good. But I felt the restaurant was very outdated and we were about 30 years younger than everyone else there.

V
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. Terry our server was fantastic. Food was outstanding.

s
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing and fresh. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu and happily assisted us when we asked questions. The view and atmosphere were absolutely gorgeous. Only thing that wasn't that impressive was the amuse-bouche, it just lacked flavor. That said, everything else was delicious from our appetizers, to our wine, entrees and desserts. Would 100% recommend and definitely will go back.

d
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a true gem. We dined there two nights in a row. Local ingredients and a creative chef keep us coming back. A must try

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you Davidi, It's always great to hear that while Dining with us the first time plans are already being made for a return visit. It sounds like the second visit was as good at the first. We look forward to having you back anytime! Joseph Jez Restaurant Manager

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SR
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very much enjoyed lovely sunlit dining room
service just right
excellent food

P
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, food, service, ambiance. Best experience all 4 of us have ever had.

E
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable dinner at The Reluctant Panther. The ambiance was exactly what we had hoped for, quiet but not too formal. The service was what one would expect from a fine dining establishment. I would very much recommend this place for a nice night out.

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you Eatoutalot, I'm glad that you enjoyed your dinner here at the Panther. Your kind words on the food, ambiance and service are well appreciated. We had recently made some changes to the dining room this spring, its nice to hear that we hit the mark. Our Chef changes the menu often, we hope that you'll return to enjoy flavors of another season. Joseph Jez Restaurant Manager

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T
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent!! It explains why the restaurant has received such high ratings. Service was excellent as well. Would definitely eat here again!!

JM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we were happy , greeted and walked to bar for a cocktail before dinner. Chef was exceptional, as was staff and ambiance. Wanted to stay here but no rooms available, next time. If you have a chance to dine , do it, one of the best places we’ve been to in New England

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
Responded on 25 July 2019

Hi JoannM, Were very glad you had a wonderful time dining with us and look forward to having you as a guest here at the Inn should you decide to visit Manchester again. Our staff takes pride in being professional and friendly. Thank you for your positive feedback and encouragement for other to dine with us as well. Joseph Jez Restaurant Manager

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AJ
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Gracious servers. Innovative takes on presentation. Delicious meal!! Will definitely return!

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant
Responded on 25 July 2019

Thank you AmyJ, I'm glad you had such a pleasant experience dining with us here at the Panther, Our Chef takes pride in creating dishes that are not only pleasing to the eye but the palate as well. Please dine with us again on your next visit to the Manchester area. Joseph Jez Restaurant Manager

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JM
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALL of the wait staff were personable and helpful. It was a night to remember.

CM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was fantastic and the service was wonderful.

CK
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff pleasantly accommodated my sister's dietary restrictions. Our meals were wonderful with delightful little surprises from the chef along the way! Our stay at The Reluctant Panther and dinner (and then breakfast) at the restaurant were the highlights of our New England adventure!

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional!

VT
New England
128 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding in every way: Food, wine list, service, ambience. A creative menu with everything fresh and as local as possible. Chef's results were fantastic and she deserves high praise. Importantly, the prices were quite reasonable considering the quality of food and service. I wished I lived closer, I cannot recommend The Reluctant Panther more highly. Don't hesitate, just go!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect dinner out. The dining room is elegant and well designed. The flavors and presentation of the food are creative, and our server, Terry, was engaging, well informed, and fun. We loved it and look forward to coming back.

e
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant overall. Tastefully prepared food. Knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient wait staff who instinctively know when to appear and when to disappear. Excellent decor. Very comfortable table and chairs. A nice menu where everything you need to know is on a single sheet. Wait staff provides information on the daily specials. "Reluctant" diners take note: The Reluctant Panther is the real deal.

CS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined outside on the terrace, great service, lovely location....and fabulous desserts

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best in Manchester, VT. Well worth the splurge.

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