The Reluctant Panther Restaurant

4.9
724 reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features locally sourced American cuisine in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. Menus are complemented by a multiple year Wine Spectator award winning wine list. With excellent service and outstanding ambiance, the Panther Restaurant boasts the highest Zagat rating in northern New England. The Reluctant Panther is happy to accommodate well behaved children but does not offer a children's menu.
Reservations Required.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 724 People Are Saying
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4.9
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4.5
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VictoriaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We come here often and have never once had an experience short of amazing. The food is great, but the service is truly spectacular! I recommend to every person who I know comes into Manchester. So amazing!

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TheodoreR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding in his service and attention to details. We were downstairs on Thanksgiving and enjoyed a wonderful holiday dinner.

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Strattonvisitor
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect! Service, food, ambience all amazing. Highly recommend!

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vipMargaretH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sarah our waitress was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb. Impeccable service centered upon details. Food was spectacular. We shared the lobster fondue and the pate. To die for. Both entrees were wonderful. The stuffed trout was an item I rarely try. And was matched in quality by the lamb loin. A finishing of a monster chocolate dessert of some kind culminated a wonderful meal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the most spectacular dining experiences I have ever had in my life. The staff were so incredibly kind, helpful, and accommodating! The menu was full of too many delicious choices to pick from. What we did end up ordering was PHENOMENAL!!! I am so so so happy we had the opportunity to support this amazing small business!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was excellent including presentation and pace of service. Ambiance was low key, formal but not stuffy.

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RobertaB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We thorough enjoyed our dinner last night! We both ordered the trout dinner which was delicious😋. Our waiter’s name was Tom and he couldn’t have been better! Tom was friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and detail oriented. For example I asked for a glass of wine and he poured me a taste at the table to make sure it was to my liking.
We had a great table right in front of the fireplace, but was disappointed that it wasn’t going. It was a warmer evening, but we like a fireplace for its atmosphere and ambiance.

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vipgillianm
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the Reluctant Panther! Food is refined, imaginative and always consistently delicious. The service is about the best in town and very adaptive. For example, lat night our daughter was with us so we could only do dinner and dessert before getting back home and on a night a few months ago we wanted to linger with friends longer - the team was great at pacing us to both of those circumstances - which we really appreciate. We even made a couple additional reservations for the coming months so we can be back and enjoy the Reluctant Panther again. Thank you to the team!

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LindaK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best restaurants we have been to. Terry and Tom were amazing and make the Reluctant Panther a great experience. Great personalities, attentive and professional. Food was fantastic and great martini with a generous pour, unlike the skimpy $18 martinis we had elsewhere in Manchester. The chef pays attention to details and serves only the best. Will be back and highly recommend The Reluctant Panther!

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CVCC
Pinehurst
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Staff was excellent, and the food was superb!
Lamb was great for the meat-eaters, and stuffed trout was excellent for pescatores!

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vipmdmusketeer
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful dinner and great to see many of our old friends from the Equinox, who have joined the team at the Reluctant Panther. The Reluctant Panther is now on our top list for dinner in Manchester area,

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LourdesQ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. The staff is eager to make your experience a wonderful one.

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PatriciaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining at the Reluctant Panther restaurant is truly an exceptional experience. The ambiance, service and food far above most highly rated restaurants. Each dish is expertly prepared and presented; fresh with locally sourced ingredients; the staff attentive and pleasant; cocktails perfectly balanced.
Wether a casual dinner or special celebration this restaurant is not to be missed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great locally sourced food served in a beautiful and welcoming setting. Great service and cocktails!

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NOREEND
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fine dining at its best without being pretentious. Servers were attentive; courses arrived at a good pace; food items, cooked to perfection, were exceptional in presentation, portions and taste. The restaurant offered a wine selection for all palates. Diners even received two additional surprise treats from the chef, one with our first course and the other at the end of our meal. This restaurant should be on everyone's list when visiting or living in the Manchester area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service.

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MarthaL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and creative food in a lovely setting (out back, under the tent by the pond). Friendly, knowledgeable & attentive waiter.

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DonP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Sigal Rocklin is extremely talented. Such incredible preparations, and creativity. Every dish is spectacular!
Friendly professional service, in a charming, relaxing venue.

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FirstTimers
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our wiater Tom did a wonderful job tonight. The food was superb but the service was better

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vipVermontBud
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service in a great boutique hotel restaurant. Our server Thomas was perfect, as was the food from appetizers to desert. Plus they have a great wine list and full bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner experience - knowledge waiter. Food was plated beautifully and was delicious.p

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LauraR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Very attentive staff explaining menu options, making recommendations, making everthing was to our liking.

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vipFredericH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding. Our waiter was very helpful and had a great sense of humor. The tables were spaced far apart which was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic dining experience. The food and service were excellent.

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CindyS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Definitely get the cheese plate and the short ribs. Delicious!

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THE best restaurant in the region. Superior service and food It’s our go-to restaurant for special occasions and a night out.

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MelissaA
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Outside patio was perfect with cozy heaters. Highly recommend.

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MarcelaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. Fantastic food, elegant yet cozy ambience. This is a very special place!

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vipVinceK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent and the food magnificent! I can’t wait to dine there again.

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Summit
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal, creative menu, delicious flavors -can't wait to go back!

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Normachibel
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only the food was delicious and beautifully served. But the Service was remarkable. The owner paying attention to customers well being, the waitress Terry, knowledgeable sand gentle. Loved the restaurant. Will return!

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JimTinCT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We had a reservation and arrived about 15 minutes early. We were seated immediately at a very nice table outdoors as we requested. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive and did not hover or tried to rush us. In all, it was a delightful evening in late Summer. We would certainly return if in the Manchester area.

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josephF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Nice setting with friendly service. The Lobster & Brie Fondue is worth the trip.

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GregoryC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and excellent service! After an awful experience at the Equinoix you saved our day. We are Vermonters and know times are hard with COVID in the mix and everyone is struggling with staff and other things to keep places like yours running. But you hit it out of the park with no disruption! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience and kind, attentive staff.

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GailT
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The short ribs were better than the filet mignon. There is such a thing as getting too carried away with creating a phenomenal recipe, which I fear this was the case. I was looking for to a meal that earned a Zagat rating. Sadly we didn't find it at the panther, which may be why he is reluctant. On the good side, it was within walking distance of the inn, which was good as it was raining when we left!

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cindyr
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly spectacular! The food was devine. The service was friendly and attentive. We had such a wonderful experience. The Chef is so talented. From apps to dessert we were overwhelmed with wonderful flavors.

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SWMBO
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the outdoor seating and the warmth of overhead heaters on a cool night. The food was perfect as was our server, Michelle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dinner I’ve had in quite a while and I eat out a lot. Everything was delicious, from start to finish and including all aspects of each dish. I had the Yoder salad and seared sea bass. Highly recommend both and the Reluctant Panther overall. Yum, yum, yum!

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The Reluctant Panther Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 724 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.