Where to Dine
Bistro at Ten Acres
Set in an historic lodge, this charming restaurant is comprised of three separate stylish spaces, each with it's own unique view. All are connected to a relaxing fireside lounge that offers select wines, craft micro beers, and a great selection of scotches and bourbons.
With a slogan like “kick ass burgers,” it should come as no surprise that Blue Donkey has the best burger in town. This roadside burger shack serves up their made-fresh-to-order burgers in two sizes and also offers black bean-based veggie burgers for vegetarian friends. The large patio calls for a milkshake or cold beer in the summer, while the blazing wood fire in the dining room beckons in colder months.
Cafe on Main
Housed in a former depot building, this place should be called the sandwich depot. There’s something for everyone, including any kids in your party. The cafe’s relaxed vibe is the perfect place to tuck in for a meal and chat with some locals or to pick up lunch to enjoy later while exploring the town.
The emphasis is unquestionably on the beer selection, with over 20 draught choices complimenting their bottled brews that have been organized by style – you'll find both domestic brewery and global producer offerings. The menu ranges in comfort food from New Jersey to North Africa and offers snacks like peanuts, olives and hummus, as well as heartier dishes like calamari, buffalo wings, brisket and sandwiches. Don't forget to try one of their milkshakes!
This popular casual restaurant and bar is from the same folks behind the acclaimed Hen of the Wood. Nosh on bites, such as fried shishito peppers, wings, fried oysters and calamari. Larger dishes include a brisket bomb sandwich, smoked bluefish melt, or an entrée of smoked half-chicken. Great milkshakes and a fantastic beer list!
Tucked away on winding Edson Hill Road, choose the elegant dining room or more casual tavern as the setting for a modern take on New England cuisine. Dishes use locally sourced ingredients and are complemented by the rustic scenery just outside the oversized windows.
Got greens on the brain? Then this is your go-to coffee, breakfast, and lunch spot. Whether you’re looking to grab and go or sit down and enjoy, the Green Goddess’ espresso bar, bakery, raw juices, and kitchen have you covered. Come for the delectable banh mi, leave with a full belly, an iced espresso, and a cookie for later.
Located in the heart of the quaint village, fresh and local ingredients come together on a diverse menu including seafood, pasta, steak, and vegetarian options. You can pair your meal with one of the Vermont craft beers on tap or a bottle of wine from their extensive list of vintages focusing on California, Oregon, and Australia.
Featuring locally made sandwiches, lattes, snacks, wines, artisan chocolates and the like, Harvest Market is a Field Guide staff favorite. Need to take a treat home to the kids? Grab a bag of gummy worms. Want a hearty hand-holder for the drive home? The breakfast sandwiches on homemade English muffins will fill you up. If you're looking for it, Harvest Market will have it.
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Hen of the Wood is an ode to the farmers, cheese makers, and other artisans who make Vermont such a unique place. The menu, which changes daily depending on what’s in season, is uncomplicated and down-to-earth. Just a 15-minute drive from Stowe, Hen of the Wood offers an authentic Vermont dining experience.
Featuring in-house brewed beer and a warm, inviting atmosphere, Idletyme is close to the mountain and a great choice for lunch on active days of skiing or hiking. Offering tasty shared plates and meat and cheese platters, as well as a variety of salads and entrees, Idletyme is a good option for families and groups.
Idletyme Brewing Company
Not only can you get a tour of the brewery, but Idletyme also has a full restaurant decked out in creative decor and even a back patio for the warmer months.
This 2014 addition to the Stowe caffeine scene is an oasis of craft coffee, conversation, and community. Beans are sourced from Counterculture Coffee, and for those who enjoy their coffee on the lighter side, PK uses local milk from Sweet Rowan Farms.
This local favorite offers an eclectic mix of New York style pizza, Sicilian pastas, fine wines, fun martinis, and Vermont microbrews, all in a hybrid pizza joint-modern lounge. When we’re not digging into a pizza pie (Treehugger is a favorite), we dig the all natural chicken parm and fried calamari. Gluten-free options are available.
Local Vermont flavors have wed the healthy food style of California at this intimately sized bistro and it makes for a happy marriage. Boisterous with a bit of a big city vibe, Plate is a fun addition to our small resort town. Meat lover? Try the beer brined, bone-in pork chop.
Finger-licking BBQ so good you'd think you were in the south! Prohibition Pig features classic cocktails, smoked meats and simply a really good time. Located a 15 minute drive away in nearby Waterbury.
When you're hankering for exceptional Chinese or Japanese cuisine, there's only one place to go in Stowe. Sushi Yoshi is your one stop spot for hibachi specialties, fresh sushi, classic Chinese, or Asian fusion. Reservations recommended for the hibachi tables.
If you’re looking for comfort food, pile into a bench at The Bench. It's located right across the street from Field Guide. In this rustic wood paneled spot, you’ll find classic dishes made with locally sourced ingredients and 22 craft beers from the Green Mountain state and beyond on tap. Wine, cocktails, and cordials are also available.
The Blackback Pub
Between the decor and the tap list, this subterranean bar functions as a shrine to the owner's love of fishing and craft beer. Over 20 taps include beers from the holy trinity of Vermont breweries: The Alchemist, Lawson's Finest, and Hill Farmstead.
This festive bar and restaurant has everything you need after a long day on the mountain. From a great local draft beer selection to an expansive menu that includes bar staples and even sushi, the Matterhorn is a crowd-pleaser. During the winter, weekend nights bring a variety of live music from funk to 80s covers to dueling pianos. The large bar and dance floor ensure there's plenty of room for everyone to kick up their heels and enjoy the lively mountain nightlife.
The Rusty Nail
Owned and managed by neighboring Idletyme Brewing Co. and Burlington-based music producers Nectar's Presents, you can be sure the beer selection and music experience at The Nail is in good hands. The offer a full bar and 24 draft beer selections.
von Trapp Brewery + Bierhall
Brewed at the von Trapp Family Lodge, von Trapp's beers take inspiration from styles popular in Austria—crisp, clean lagers. Few craft breweries choose to make lagers, due to their longer brew time, so fans of them will love the large selection here. But for the beer drinkers who can't go without hops, don't despair—there's even an India Pale Lager. Enjoy an afternoon in the lodge's bierhall with an Austrian-inspired menu of hearty pub fare.