Pauline's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
One of the Burlington area's most renowned restaurants. Pauline's Cafe & Restaurant is located on Shelburne Road (Rt. 7) in South Burlington Vermont. The restaurant services the surrounding communities of Shelburne, Burlington and Charlotte and is considerate one of the best places to celebrate events with fine food and wines. Our Contemporary American Cuisine features wild and cultivated edibles from the Lake Champlain Region. Pauline’s offers imaginative seasonally inspired menus, local products and a carefully selected wine list. Dining options include our café, upstairs restaurant, seasonal patio and private rooms.
Chef/Owner, David Hoene is known for his use of local products and for the outstanding quality of his cuisine. Pauline's is a great place to meet friends and company for delicious foods,fine wines and a wonderful time.
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Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner! Food was delicious and drinks were great. Bartender and waitress were terrific.

L
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We were discouraged that we were put downstairs because of how slow it was so our request for upstairs wasn’t met. The appetizer we picked consisted of 3 shrimp with salsa which wasn’t exactly what we expected to share for two. And the bread plate consisted of two split pieces of a popover and a slice of bread which seemed less than we had in previous years. And they couldn’t meet the request of American cheese and regular yellow mustard when ordering a burger. Too many disappointments to return again but the staff tried their best and were very pleasant.

c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose Pauline's for a birthday brunch and we were glad we did. We had the Casco Bay Eggs, Roast Vegetable Hash, French Toast, and Two Eggs. We all cleaned our plates. The bread plate with popover muffins was a nice start to the meal. The staff was friendly and attentive. Definitely returning.

ED
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was good, not the type of good that I would necessarily send someone to as a must go to, but it was not bad and I would also tell someone that if they are looking for a place in south burlington they should consider Paulines. Only real negative was served undercooked bread. I like warm bread, but not when it is still dough. Our server rectified problem, but still making note that it should not have occurred to begin with. All staff was very nice and service was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience3

Valentine’s Day. Reservation for 8:30, didn’t get food till 9:45. When the food did come it was cold. Service was slow and waiters were not attentive to guest needs (seemed like “regulars” were first priority, and others were afterthoughts). Ordered a second round of drinks before dinner and didn’t receive them till we were done eating. Overall was super excited to bring my significant other to try something new, but was really let down. I will give them another try on slower night.

GS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great Valentines dinner, reservations were for 6:30, we showed up early but they had us seated at 6pm.
we had oysters on the half shell and crab cake for appetizers
The special surf and turf was a petite beef Fillet and shrimp, beef cooked to perfection
Great service and drinks

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Food came out extremely late and impacted the dining experience.

FC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always enjoy Pauline's - very nice staff, good food and pleasant atmosphere!

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Disappointing, in almost all regards except for the bread . We came in at 2:00pm and were only allowed to order from the brunch menu. The service was pleasant but slow. Food was subpar especially when you consider the price and portions

FF
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good, but service was really slow... especially with so few people.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It has been a long time since I made it here. We had an issue with the reservation getting through from OT and then at the last minute my sister and hubby decided to join us, taking our party from 6 to 8. The team was more than gracious to get us in and set up spot for our party. The wait staff was friendly and courteous. The food was excellent. My parents who had never been vowed to be back the enjoyed it so much. Definitely recommend the Bistro Steak. Can definitely taste the grass fed beef and it was very good quality. The Vesper Martini was also excellent, perfect blend of gin and vodka with flavorful but not overpowering vermouth.

TR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our second Christmas Eve at Pauline's. Such a cozy and warm atmosphere. Just perfect for the mood. Our food was fantastic!

A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Thanksgining feast, with interesting choices outside of turkey. Delicious soup, relishes, and desserts.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Thanksgiving

SR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As usual food was excellent but the sitting arrangement wasn’t great way too cold. Took some convincing to get a little heater. Welcome gentleman was somewhat disturbed that we were 20 minutes earlier than scheduled reservation.

a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place to meet friends for breakfast or lunch during brunch hours on weekends.

N
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

overall, a very pleasant experience!

E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The fish was fresh and excellent. I would have liked more and better vegetables, especially for a restaurant in a farmland area. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. Sitting upstairs was much quieter than downstairs.

PJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Good food and easy to get to

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Would not recommend. Made a reservation through open table. Arrived on time for our reservation and the hostess said we didn't have a reservation. Showed her the open table confirmation on my phone and she said oh well, we are having internet trouble and next time we should call for a reservation. Mind you there were a ton of table open and we were told they could not accommodate us. Not impressed and would not recommend. Handled poorly.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Loud diner near us

r
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Example: Was served 1/2 dozen over-priced oysters on the half shell that were sadly deflated, lacked brine and had not been properly released from the shell. Could not finish them. Told them about it and was charged anyway.

K
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Parents weekend at Uvm. 3 B’s cocktail was fantastic. Crab cakes dinner was great as well. Cheese plate starter was quite small, disappointing. Overall great.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Ithe food was good, but expensive for what it was.
Very small portions for the price.

The simple dated ambiance did not match the food, as some of the dishes on the menu where soohisticated

t
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, lovely people. Never a bad meal. Very friendly staff.

m
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food and service were very good - however, they charge a substantial fee for using a credit card, which was definitely a turn off to our entire dining party. I would imagine that most people use a credit card when they dine out - my husband and I dine out quite frequently and almost never pay with cash except at pizza shops or restaurants at that level. We have never once been charged for using a credit card at any restaurant. If Pauline's does not want to pay the fees from credit card companies, they should raise the price of each meal to cover the fees rather than add this to the customer's check. In short, the food was good; however, the policy left a bad taste.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food

RH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

We found Pauline's on OpenTable. We'd just arrived after a drive from Boston.

- Everyone was super-nice and super-polite. Can't fault them for that.

- We had to request nearly everything several times. I asked for hot tea with honey 3x before it arrived.

- There were four parties in our section. We were the first of them to order, and the last to be served. When I complained (for the 2nd time) about our entries, the bartender (seemingly the only one in charge) said there was a large party upstairs. So...their money is better or more important than ours? Or the Mgt didn't plan to serve regular customers while ignoring everyone downstairs?

- I would NOT have left a tip - but it was not the server's fault.

- The Waldorf salad was, well, strange: apple slices instead of chunks, and cabbage slaw instead of lettuce?

- The pork schnitzel was very flavorful - except that it was room temperature as well as late.

I WOULD NOT go back. And Pauline: I want my money back!

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We picked Pauline's based on Open Table reviews and we were not disappointed. We had a good meal at a reasonable price.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The front room is a bit close, which makes it a little noisier. Everything else was great!!

BH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I selected this establishment from Trip Advisor. Food was all excellent especially the pear salad. Server was very friendly but could not serve alcohol so we had a bit of a wait. Once the beer and wine were served all was good.

N
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always great food, a go to place for a rewarding dinner with friends family or clients. Offers not your everyday options with local produce! Using on line reservations is super helpful.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience3

Must have been understaffed. It took 45 minutes to get our drinks. We were sitting next to the bar. No one behind bar for half hour...?

P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Graduation

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AL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious dinner and professional, courteous service from the very personable Sidney. All three of us loved our entrees (and each other's; we're a sharing family): very "crabby" crab cakes, salmon with tender sauteed greens atop, and succulent steak done precisely to order.

SQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I had been once before and loved it. Wasn't quite as enamored the second time. Had to send my salmon back to be cooked more and was sort of glared at by the bartender. I'll probably look for another place to try next time I'm in the area for my work.

AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A very pleasant meal. Very attentive wait staff. Menu options for everyone in our party.

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I enjoyed my dinner at Pauline's very much. The service was incredibly good, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. I especially enjoyed dessert, which was the flourless chocolate cake with the raspberry sauce.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Good menu selection including gluten-free items. Cozy atmosphere.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose Pauline's based on online reviews and ratings, and it lived up to the billing. It was a quiet night at the restaurant. Cocktails were excellent and unique, including local spirits. The French Onion soup was incredible, and the special Spicy Tomato Soup with Bacon was a big hit. We had three different entrees and they were all delicious, delivered hot, and with great presentation. The Bananas Foster with locally-produced vanilla ice cream was amazing. This place has the look and feel of a local landmark, with comfortable seating and a friendly atmosphere. Staff were all knowledgeable about the menu items and cocktails, and were prompt and attentive in service. Loved it and would recommend for special occasions or while vacationing in the area.

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