Stowe, Vermont is a beautiful destination during fall foliage. Stowe is a town in northern Vermont at the base of Mount Mansfield and Smuggler’s Notch. It’s well known ski mountain, picturesque town, recreation path, breweries, shops and hotels all make Stowe one of Vermont’s most popular destinations. There are so many things to do in Stowe all year round including skiing, leaf peeping, hiking, and exploring their dining scene. Stowe is has a great variety of restaurants to explore for both travelers and locals alike. Stowe has a rich and diverse food scene which uses both quality and locally-sourced ingredients. With everything from Italian and Californian to good old American pub fare, Stowe’s dining experiences will leave you with a happy belly. Stowe restaurants provide more than just a delicious dining experience but also provide a variety in atmosphere from fun and hip to classic and elegant.
Today we’re sharing a roundup of the best restaurants in Stowe to make your Vermont experience even more extraordinary.
15 Best Restaurants in Stowe
Harrison’s is Vermont’s quintessential cozy tavern restaurant serving up homestyle American fare with a comfortable, creative and local flare. Their heated patio is a prime location for fall dining al fresco and their indoor dining room is equally inviting. This family run business serves up delicious food and beverages with excellent service. Open Wednesday-Saturday 4:30-8:30pm.
This California-inspired, Vermont made restaurant features seasonally inspired cuisine in “rustic-chic digs”. Plate is open Wednesday-Sunday 5:30pm-close. Reservations are recommended and they do not have highchairs available for use.
Cork’s Restaurant and Natural Wine Shop
What’s better than a restaurant and wine shop in one? Cork selects wines for its restaurant and wine shop that are natural, organic and biodynamic. The bar and kitchen have a small and large plate menu perfect for wine pairings and wine tastings on Saturdays. The bar and kitchen are open Thursday-Monday 5-9pm and the shop is open Thursday-Monday 12-10pm.
The Bench is Vermont’s home for comfort food. The perfect place to load up on carbs after a big hike up Mt. Mansfield or Stowe Pinnacle. With everything from Mac n’ cheese and fries to wings and wood-fired pizza you will leave with a full happy belly! Bonus, they have gluten free pizza for those with dietary restrictions. Open Monday-Friday 4pm-close, Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-close.
Whip Bar and Grill
Part of the Green Mountain Inn, Whip Bar and Grill features American cuisine with a casual yet charming dining experience. Featuring fresh local ingredients, microbrews on tap, yummy cocktails and an excellent wine list– Whip Bar and Grill is a great grub stop in Stowe. Open 4:30-9pm daily.
If you are looking for something fun, easy and low-key, Doc Ponds is your place. Featuring American fare, craft beers and both a cozy fireplace and outdoor patio for the warmer days, this is a cool hangout with a modern feel. Open Tuesday-Thursday 4-9pm and Friday-Sunday 12-9pm.
Piecasso is a family friendly pizza joint that is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. This hip eatery, features funky decor, craft brews, hand-tossed wood fired Italian style pizza and partners with local farms and ranches. Open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday/Saturday 11am-10pm.
The Bistro at Ten Acres
The Bistro at Ten Acres part of the 1820s farmhouse at Ten Acres Lodge is a fabulous bistro with a fireside lounge and bar. Not to mention an outdoor patio with a gorgeous scenic green mountain view and live music on certain evenings. At the bar they mix up freshly pressed cocktails, have a lovely wine selection and include craft micro beers on draft. Try the crispy brussel sprouts! Open Friday-Monday 5-9pm.
Trattoria La Festa
Trattoria La Festa is an authentic Italian restaurant serving both regional and seasonal organic dishes. This Italian family owned business prides themselves in their “Cucina Casalinga” or homemade cooking and is well-known for having one of the best Italian wine lists. Their vegetables are homegrown and 100% organic. Try their outdoor porch seating if the weather is warm enough! Open Wednesday-Saturday 5pm-close.
Idletyme Brewing Company
Idletyme Brewing Company is a great spot to hit after a long day hiking in the mountains or exploring in the countryside. With a great range of starters, salads, sandwiches and burgers and pub fare you can’t go wrong! This brewery is the perfect place to relax with friends and family in a fun and easy-going atmosphere. Open daily 11:30am-9pm.
Butler’s Pantry is the go to breakfast spot in Stowe. There is nothing better than a home cooked breakfast made fresh and Butler’s does it just right! This historic building 1830s building also holds guest apartments. Try the French toast or pancakes with Vermont maple syrup of course! Open Thursday-Monday 8am-12pm.
If it’s a fun night out that your looking for, look no further than The Backyard. With quality, affordable pub fare, beer, darts, pool and a DJ, you won’t be disappointed. The Backyard puts a creative twist on their food with house specialties including Beer Battered Fish Tacos and Pork Tots. Come for a good time at The Backyard– the local’s favorite restaurant bar! Open Thursday-Tuesday 12-10pm.
Dining with epic views doesn’t get any better than Cliff House situated at the top of Mt. Mansfield with access via the gondola. This is not your typical ski lodge, serving up fresh artisan, seasonal ingredients, delicious cocktails and American fare with weather dependent deck seating. Open mid-June through mid-October as long as the gondola is running!
Who doesn’t love apres? If mountain biking is your thing, Ranch Camp has you covered for everything from bike rentals and tune ups and some delicious post-ride grub. Known as Vermonts mountain bike base camp, Ranch Camp has bikes, burritos and beer!
The Round Hearth Cafe & Marketplace
Open for breakfast and lunch, The Round Hearth Cafe & Marketplace has a variety of “Diamond” breakfast sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, soups and salads to enjoy at Stowe’s largest indoor fire pit. Browse the Vintage & Artisan Market while you wait for your food. Open daily 8am-2pm.
Trapp Family Lodge
The Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe is both a wonderful place to stay during your Vermont getaway as well as dine. Their farm to table dining and seasonal menus make their dining experience extra special.
Have a hankering for sushi? Head to Sushi Yoshi in Stowe for delicious Japanese and Chinese cuisine with an Asian fusion and hibachi menu.
Hen of the Wood
Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, Vermont, just south of Stowe is an incredible farm to table dining experience featuring seasonal menus. Showcasing the the best of Vermont’s most vibrant foods, Hen of the Wood is a restaurant you won’t want to miss!
Another Waterbury favorite is the Cabot Farmers’ Store where you can stock up on all the cabot cheddar your heart desires!