3 of the Best Brattleboro Restaurants

Brattleboro restaurants provide a little something for everyone. From Italian food to local cuisine, from luxurious and expensive to cheap and simple, Brattleboro, the oldest town in Vermont, has a great variety of restaurants. However, with so much to choose from, how will you know which ones are worth going to while staying in a Brattleboro Inn? Here are a few excellent restaurants in the artsy little town that BBOnline highly recommends.

Chelsea Royal Diner
487 Marlboro Road (Route 9)
West Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
(802) 254-8399

Open from 6 AM to 9 PM everyday, the Chelsea Royal Diner is the place to go for quality home-style cuisine. You will find all of your favorite classic foods on the menu, including the reuben, grilled liver and onions, mom's meatloaf, vegetable lasagna, and many more. The diner's specialty is the CAB Burger for $6.99 USD. This 8-ounce angus burger is covered with blue cheese, chipotle, aioli horseradish, carmelized onions, and smoked chedder cheese, in addition to the standard tomato, onion, lettuce, and pickle. Do not forget to check out the blue plate specials as well, such as Friday's New England Clam Chowder along with your choice of the fish fry or the Maryland crabcakes for $8.99. The Chelsea Royal Diner has the best local cuisine out of all of the Brattleboro restaurants, and with over 30 flavors of ice cream, it might just have the best dessert as well. It is the perfect place to take kids of all ages.

Peter Havens Food, Wine, and Spirits
32 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, Vermont
(802) 257-3333

Peter Havens is a Brattleboro classic. Opened in 1989 by Chef Gregg Van Iderstine, with a focus on seafood dishes, this elegant and creative restaurant was an instant hit. The high ceilings and walls filled with interesting pieces of art really give the restaurant a distinctive atmosphere. With main entrees costing between $25 and $30, Peter Havens is not a place to go to every day. However, for those special occasions when you really want to go somewhere nice, it is the perfect choice. Some popular dishes include the roast duck with black currants, port wine, and sour cherry sauce, and the jumbo shrimp made with rice wine, vinegar, ginger garlic, and chili peppers. Desserts are unique as well including maple creme brulee, tiramisu, and chocolate pots de creme, each costing $8. This is a great restaurant to go to for a romantic meal or a family celebration. Be aware that Peter Havens is not a very kid-friendly place, especially for picky eaters.

Adagio Trattoria
132 Main Street
Brattleboro, Vermont
(802) 254-6046

Adagio Trattoria is BBOnline's pick for the most romantic restaurant out of all Brattleboro restaurants. If you want to take that special someone out to dinner for a delicious meal, this is the place to go. With an elegantly Italian atmosphere, high-quality cuisine by Chef Erik Craw, and live music on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Adagio Trattoria is sure to impress. Prices may seem a bit high, but a nice meal at this classy restaurant during your vacation at a cozy Brattleboro Bed and Breakfast is worth the money.