Barrows House

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Gastro Pub
Barrows House Restaurant is an American gastropub with a modern twist on traditional New England tavern fare that pairs great food with craft beers. Our menus and beverages showcase Vermont’s abundance of local products and celebrate its farms and producers. These quality ingredients are simply prepared demonstrating classic culinary techniques offering guests uncomplicated seasonal tastes of Vermont. Set against the historic backdrop of a circa 1803 building, the ambiance is at once warm and welcoming, sophisticated yet casual featuring Dorset white marble accents and historic black & white photos from the local Norcross-West Marble Quarry, one of the oldest in the country. Paired with our large outdoor terrace and colorful gardens, Barrows House Restaurant is the ideal setting for outdoor dining and all types of special events.
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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place for casual dining in the Manchester Dorset area, with friendly service and a creative, delicious menu (best Putine in the area).

NY
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, very good meal! The cobbler was exceptional!!

LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christopher was a great server and had a wonderful sense of humor that made our service one of a kind. Everyone is always so friendly and the food is always so fresh! Always look forward to coming back!

s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb. Beautiful, cozy dining room. The meal was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, perfect meal!

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I ordered beef borguignon which arrived barely warm. I tracked down my server to ask for it to be reheated. When my food was returned to me the meat had clearly been microwaved but the mashed potatoes were cold, I am sure they sat on the counter while the meat was heated. All in all very disappointing.

EJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time on New Years Eve. Party hats and favors were on all the tables. But the best is that all the food is local and pasture raised for the most part. It was delicious.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was ok but far from excellent. The Chilean bass was served on a bed of what tasted like pickled cabbage that was too strong and acidic. Not a pleasant combination.

S
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food for Our Jewish Christmas dinner. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and attentive. From appetizer to entrees every dish tantalizes your taste buds. Yes I would recommend this restaurant.

H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience for Christmas Eve, will definitely be back next year!!

SN
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The restaurant was decorated nicely for Christmas! Our waiter was very good and just a nice guy...Had pasta, cooked well, just needed more sauce. SIster had Eggplant , tasty, but spicy. Good vibe.......

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening at Barrow's. This time we brought our children and they loved it too. Great server as well! Do kind and friendly.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We were looking for a cozy Thanksgiving Dinner with the ambiance of a Inn and our visit to The Barrows fell short of that expectation. While the Turkey entree was good the Gnocchi was disappointing and overpriced. Our service experience was awkward and we left feeling not happy with our decision to go there for Thanksgiving.

BW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is great.

GT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for restaurant week and while the special menu for restaurant week was a little limited (no choice on appetizer or dessert and no vegetarian/meatless entrée option) we were extremely impressed. The homemade salad dressings were good, the fried chicken was great, but the meatloaf was amazing, stole the show! Dessert was also very good, LOVED the candied pecans. It was $20 for the 3 courses which was a steal in my opinion. They also sat us right next to the fire place so the atmosphere was cozy and romantic. I'd love to go back for a special occasion and since we're engaged figured we'd look at this venue as a possible wedding option.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and menu. Service was outstanding. We got salmon and shrimp & grits. Both were excellent. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Room was on the small side but very clean and comfortable. Grounds and overall atmosphere were wonderful. We will see you next fall!

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

First time visiting after seeing it on the Chronicle show. From the time we sat down, ate and left it was exactly 30 minutes. Food came so fast leading us to believe it wasn’t freshly prepared. Service was very uninviting and we were seated at a small table at bottom of the stairs when there were more comfortable tables around us that were empty. Would never go back.

PM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time at the Barrows. Great meal and atmosphere

SM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time there. I wasn't in love with my cacian chicken with bone tie pasta but that is my fault. I always try something on a menu I've never had before so I don't know what to expect. It was the spices I didn't care for. The garden salad was so fresh and it had just the right amount of dressing, did not cover up the freshness of the vegetables. Cocktail was perfect
I look forward to going back to try something new again. My daughter in law went with me and she is ready for a return visit also.

WW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barrows House is a gem reminiscent of a time gone by. We were in Manchester, Vermont shopping with family and Barrows House (a short 10 minutes away) is a favorite of one of our nephews. I can see why! The ambiance in the main dining area was cozy and almost felt like it had been set just for us. We started with a bottle of 2016 Trig Point Cabernet Sauvignon and the Brussels Sprouts and Neuskes Bacon. I think these are the best Brussels I’ve ever had and paired with the Trig Cab was perfect. Then I had the Jambalaya pasta. I’ve eaten Jambalaya many times and Barrows House version is delicious. The sauce has a wonderful smoky flavor but none of the ingredients overpower each other. For dessert we had the molten chocolate cake. Overall it was a wonderful fall dinner in a delightful setting!

LG
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal in a beautiful dining room with an excellent server who knew the menu well!

SD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Three of us diner outside-a very pleasant setting-guitarist was pleasant and sound level very good for talking. The Manhattan was excellent. Service excellent. All in all a very pleasant evening.

D
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic meal. Cozy bar, beautiful outside seating.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Amazing service! We will definitely go back the next time we’re in town :)

MR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always dinner at the Barrow’s House was excellent. It was a gorgeous summer night for sitting out on the patio. Afterwards we went to the Dorset Theater Festival which is sponsored by the Barrow’s House for an amazing world premier play. It can’t get any better.

CN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The place was nice. Unfortunately there was a VERY LOUD group of people at the table next to us. Not one person asked if they could be a bit more quiet. Other tables actually asked to be re-seated. We didn’t request to move as We were hoping something would be said but that didn’t happen. The food was good but I thought a bit overpriced. Overall experience wasn’t the best. Maybe better luck next time.

TC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service and atmosphere were great. Our meal was fine and the food was well prepared but wasn’t outstanding. The menu could use more choices and variety.

F
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, very knowledgeable server who answered all questions. My husband enjoyed his dinner but unfortunately I did not care for mine. I selected the wrong item so it was my mistake. Everything else was very good.

GG
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us are at Barrows House before going to a world premier okay at the local playhouse. Food, beverages, service, and timing all worked perfectly. Thank you.

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great night out on patio!

M
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great fries. Delicious Thai chicken wraps. Server so poorly described the beer selection that I simply couldn't drink half the beers in my flight. Shrimp and pasta was good. The dessert, however, was so embarrassingly small that it barely stained the plate, yet they still charged me $9 for this sample-ette. What a terrible way to mar what was supposed to be a special evening. Yes, I did say say something; no, no one so much as apologized or explained anything.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Smelled like a college bar and was too hot inside to enjoy dinner.

T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience.

KM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Delicious food and perfect atmosphere.

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting
Good Service
Overall, a special experience.
The food was expensive but we knew this beforehand and thus we were not surprised/shock.
Great place to spend a Vermont summer nite.

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the lobster roll, best ever!

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food has deteriorated noticeably since we were last there several months ago. We have frequented Barrows House, but will probably wait to hear of improvements before returning. First, my wife’s glass of Falanghina was clearly from a bottle opened long ago. My mussels appetizer was far too large for an appetizer size and the sauce and taste were very bland. My wife ordered the lobster roll, which was also bland and needed seasoning. The home made chips were stale. I had eggplant Parmesan which had a tasty tomato sauce; however the slices of eggplant were quite thin, heavily battered and fried to a deep crisp. Overall, a very poor showing and definitely something has happened in the kitchen. They have lost their good chef or something.
The service was okay, although the waitress’ sole response of “excellent” was annoying.
The space is great and the ambience very nice. The food, however, must improve.

W
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional service and a super friendly vibe is why we love the Barrow’s house. We sat in the pub room at a very pretty window side table. Scott the maitre d’ always makes us feel welcome! He’s just one reason why we love it there!

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Constant Companion and I enjoyed soft-shelled crab salad with fried green tomatoes. It was quite good. The Nuns of New Skete key lime cheesecake was even better. I thought the music was played too loud for the acoustics in the room.

I'd place Barrows House number three in the Dorset trilogy behind the Inn at West View Farm (#1) and the Dorset Inn (#2). That's not bad though, as these are three very good restaurants in a gorgeous little town.