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Blue Paddle Bistro

316 US Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486
+1 802-372-4814
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
316 US Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a lovely location! And they look dogs who can eat with you if you eat outside! Their food is delicious and gluten friendly. The had a grapefruit sorbet made by Island Ice Cream that was out of this world! A must go to place!

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Tuna Tartar, seasonal salad, filet, creme brulee, prosecco & lovely cocktails...what's not to love. Rustic & elegant, great service !

Thank PaulnSheryl S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second visit. Great food and friendly servers. A little pricey for the area. Good if you're passing through, on vacation, or out for a special occasion.

Thank Smd64lex
Reviewed 17 June 2017

If you came to South Hero to relax and thought a dining experience here would follow suit, you would be wrong. One of the most disorganized , chaotic establishments I have ever had the ill fortune to dine at.. Food I am sure is good...More

Thank Artificious
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

Thank you for your review, although I wish you had had a better experience. Truly. I know the night you came in, and your table because I heard that comment, too ... about toning the chat level down. I'm not making any excuses but rather...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

We've been meaning to dine at the Blue Paddle for many years and were anticipating a wonderful evening. Had no problem getting a reservation for a Saturday night. We arrived on time and were seated in a noisy - but pleasant - dining area. We...More

2  Thank vtfam1
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write a review; I am so sorry about your experience. I told Chef Phoebe you enjoyed her food, by the way. Your review served as a staff meeting for us the next day. We have a...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017

We were four people, one with a walker, and were immediately welcomed and seated. One of the staff helped us move the walker outside where it wouldn't be in the way during dinner. The ambiance is casual and staff is very friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and...More

Thank Jane C
Reviewed 3 June 2017

I'm giving this one a mixed review. Not for the taste of the food, or the ambiance or staff. We were on the island for vacation and wanted to go have something nice for dinner. This restaurant had good reviews, a nice looking menu and...More

Thank The_Redbeard
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Such a lovely menu and experience. The aircon was very loud in a small room but that's the only fault I can recall

Thank KLC235
Reviewed 30 April 2017

A friend and I made a reservation at Blue Paddle Bistro for the same day, and the only available table was at closing time (8 p.m.). The place was packed, and for good reason - the food was delicious, the staff was friendly and very...More

1  Thank Alicia W
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We were fortunate enough to be in town for Vermont Restaurant Week. Called Saturday afternoon thinking there was No Way we would get a reservation. We spoke with Phoebe who was fun, friendly, and energetic. We are FULL, but can you make it at 8?...More

bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

WOW! What a nice review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write on our behalf. I will share this with Phoebe and Hannah ... and the rest of The Paddle Crew. "Notes" like this mean a great deal to al of us....More

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Greg G
24 March 2017|
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Response from bluepaddlebistro | Property representative |
OH, I am so sorry ~ I didn't see this question. Yes, whenever we offer a special brunch, Co-Owner/Chef Phoebe Bright offers a delicious extensive brunch menu. I always post the menu two days in advance on our Blue Paddle... More
4 September 2016|
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Response from happyinvt | Reviewed this property |
There are a variety of prices. It is on the high end for what you get. Pub food is in the $12 to $15 range. Entrees are$23 to $33. Does not come with a side salad or vegetables. Dinner was served with a very small portion of... More
Erin C
6 August 2016|
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Response from joannebF9212XF | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have a children's menu. I do think they would do something for the kids. Call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 US Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  South Hero
  • Phone Number: +1 802-372-4814
Located in beautiful South Hero, Vermont, The Paddle is a hidden gem nestled in the Champlain Islands. Recently, Co-Owner/Chef Phoebe R. Bright was voted "Runner-Up" for Best Chef in Vermont (Daysie Awards, 2013-16). The restaurant has won numerous awards, including "Best Restaurant" (outside Chittenden County), 2015. Only a 20 minute drive from Burlington, the state's largest city! Reservations accepted. Weekly live music. Hours change with the season. Sunday brunches served on special holidays. Visit The Paddle on facebook, "like" and you may win one of many gift certificates the owners award weekly! "Love many, trust a few, but always paddle your own canoe."
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