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Burlington's Best Date Night Spots

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Hen of the Wood - FILE: OLIVER PARINI
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  • Hen of the Wood

Monarch & the Milkweed

111 St. Paul St., Burlington, monarchandthemilkweed.com

Entering tiny but chic Monarch & the Milkweed feels like stepping into a miniature marble palace. Fluted chandeliers cast warm light over white-stone pedestal tables; napkins are branded with the restaurant's butterfly logo. You could keep it casual and meet for lunch, dipping grilled cheddar-Gruyère sandwiches into each other's creamy tomato soups. But as dusk falls, the restaurant offers exquisite cocktails — get the milkweed punch — and classic fare such as crisp Waldorf salads and smoky bluefish-salad sandwiches. Save room for dessert; the chef spent years turning out pastries at the acclaimed Hen of the Wood.

Guild Tavern

1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, guildtavern.com

Classy cocktails set the scene for a posh dinner. The wood-fired grill cooks dry-aged steaks and other local meats for a meal to remember.

Hen of the Wood

55 Cherry St., Burlington, henofthewood.com
Hen of the Wood - FILE: OLIVER PARINI
  • File: Oliver Parini
  • Hen of the Wood

Woo your date with fine locavore cuisine at Hotel Vermont's rustic hideaway. On a budget? Swing by for $1 oysters in the early evening, or snuggle up by the fireplace with small plates.

Leunig's Bistro & Café

115 Church St., Burlington, leunigsbistro.com

This cozy yet elegant French-style bistro has been a Church Street staple for decades. And, really, what's sexier than steak frites?

Misery Loves Co.

46 Main St., Winooski, miserylovescovt.com

Need a conversation starter? Talk about the open kitchen's seriously imaginative food — think scallop crudo and bacon beignets. The fare has twice nabbed the chef-owners James Beard Award nominations.

A Single Pebble

133 Bank St., Burlington, asinglepebble.com

Traditional preparation and presentation set apart Chinese dishes such as the mock eel — a fave of the Food Network's Alton Brown. Meeting for lunch? Try the tasting menu.

Trattoria Delia

152 St. Paul St., Burlington, trattoriadelia.com

A firelit setting and award-winning wine list distinguish this authentic Italian spot. Try the housemade pasta or wood-grilled Vermont rabbit.


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