***** (4 stars, based on 7 reviews)
5 Main Street, Bristol, VT 05443
The Bobcat Cafe is a brewpub in Bristol, VT, that Boston's Hidden Restaurants has not yet reviewed, but is considered a restaurant of interest by this Web site. Below is a section where our readers can give us their own reviews of the Bobcat Cafe.
Sample items on the menu at the Bobcat Cafe include goat cheese gnocchi, curry stew, and black bean burgers.
Cuisine: pub grub, eclectic
Cost: moderately expensive
Location: Central Vermont
One Reason to Go: historic brewpub in Green Mountains
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*****Bob from Bristol, VT, says:
Chef owned and operated, this place is a gem and I feel privileged to live within walking distance. Not only is the house-brewed beer excellent, but the food is worthy on any of the fine restaurants I have ever visited. I've never had a bad meal there, and they strive to make use of local ingredients of the highest quality. Just tonight I had a marvelous smoked tomato and white bean minestrone, along with a farmhouse platter featuring a local cave-aged havarti. Highly recommended.
(Posted on 9/21/10)
*****Mike C from North Attleboro, MA, says:
MAN THIS PLACE IS GREAT, we went while visiting Vermont for a family vacation, we are all grown up now... but we still vacation as a family, the Bobcat was clean and fun, the staff was funny and friendly, our waiter was a riot, the food was fantastic, as a self proclaimed foody who has traveled the country in search of the best comfort foods I was overly impressed. I had the Venison and Chorizo Meatloaf OMFG really it could not have been any better maybe the best meal I have ever eaten, everyone had the same reaction to there meal, the menu was small and limited it seems to fall under the old saying do what you do and do it better than everyone else, and they mos certainly did. The Chicken Parm Lasagna was also a neat and creative dish, being from RI with all our great Italian Cuisine I did not expect to find something new in VT but again I was pleasently suprised. Thank You Bobcat Brew Pub; also the Octoberfest was stellar.
(Posted on 10/21/09)
*****Lisa from South Burlington, VT, says:
7/15/09 - My boyfriend and I each tasted several beers. My favorite was the porter, extremely smooth and had a nice chocolate hint. The stout was another excellent choice. We enjoyed a Thai Gazpacho soup, that tasted as though it had just been picked out of a ripe garden with a crisp tortilla floating on top dressed w/a bite of lobster. Little spice to it but not hot. Worked well with the recommended Sauvignon Blanc. My boyfriend had the VT Venison and Chorizo Meatloaf which I sampled a few bites. Best meatloaf I've ever tasted. I had a lime dusted Haddock over this fabulous sweet potato coconut cake...similar to a crab cake and a slaw with a great vinaigrette. Everything tasted fresh, clean. Absolutely wonderful, highly recommend.
(Posted on 7/16/09)
*****Susan Bech from Middlebury, VT, says:
This restaurant is now owned by the same owner/chef as Bearded Frog and Black Sheep Bistro...both fairly high end (for VT), excellent restaurants in central VT. I'm a picky and critical foodie, and I love Bobcat! Their beers aren't my favorite, but the food is awesome and similar to the menus at the higher end/more expensive brothers to Bobcat. I think Bobcat is a hidden gem, so if you don't want to go...that will just mean easier reservations for me!!
(Posted on 5/29/09)
*****bc from Kingston, MA, says:
Bobcat was 5 Star! The food and service was 5 Star+ when I was there few years ago. Today it has changed hands and needs to put together a group of really dedicated, knowledgeable people to make it work like the people there before. A pub is no better than the people whose heart is in it or not. They ARE it! And today the owners are still working on how to do it, hired help people are just employees even in VT, it lacks enthusiasm, that spark that brings it all together. The place was a gem, wish it all the best. Just goes to show how management can make great or mediocre the whole lot, but also one super individual can inspire the lot as well.
Flatbread over in Bedford (213 Burlington Rd) is quite something.
(Posted on 1/18/09)
*****bbc from Fair Haven, VT, says:
FOOD: SUPERB, VISUALLY AND TASTE-WISE!!! It was that good!!! However, felt SO sorry about the pitiful service (attitude, awareness, attentiveness, etc.)....
(Posted on 1/7/09)
*****Tom F. from Indianapolis, IN, says:
My wife and I dined at the Bobcat Cafe while passing through VT on a recent vacation to New England. My impression was that it was a nice enough place if a bit pretentious. The small menu was interesting and varied but the execution of the dishes my wife and I ordered led me to believe they might be better off simplifying things a bit. Our waitress was distracted and inattentive despite not being that busy, leaving me with the overall impression that the Bobcat, while charming and with great potential, doesn't live up to the hype.
(Posted on 10/27/08)
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