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51 Main at the Bridge

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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51 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1424
+1 802-388-8209
17:00 - 23:00
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Brandon, Vermont
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124 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Never disappointed here: tasty salads, a phenomenal veggie burger and interesting entrees. Some Thai flavors to be found as well as Asian influences. Detailed cocktail list and many beers on tap. Tuesday is $6 burger night which is wildly popular. Live music on the weekends too.

Thank lady frobisher
East Middlebury, Vermont
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We went for their burger night. Never going back! They were busy, but had plenty staff! 4-5 servers, 3 hostesses a couple bartenders and a manager on duty. We didn't mind the 20 minute wait for the table. What did bother us was only being served water while we sat for another 15 minutes. Our server made his way over... More 

1 Thank eatgoodfoods
Shoreham, Vermont
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Basically a Middlebury College subsidized restaurant in the town of Middlebury. Having said that the Tuesday night cheap burger and draft night is worth catching.

Thank VTCanuck
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

A great place to drop in (no reservations are accepted) for a good, affordable meal and some good music and people-watching! Lots of local food and drinks, a lively urban-feeling atmosphere, and friendly staff. Seems very popular with locals and students as there were plenty of folks meeting and greeting at the bar or between tables.

2 Thank Middalum91
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

51 Main was absolutely delightful! My boyfriend and I met up with coworkers there for a show. The atmosphere was excellent. It's a smaller restaurant but perfect for some music and dining. There was enough room for some folks to dance. The decor and lighting was very inviting. The service was mostly excellent. The particular waitress we had was very... More 

2 Thank Lilly C
Nashville, Tennessee
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176 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

After a long drive to Middlebury, our family enjoyed a great dinner and conversation at 51Main. The restaurant has a great selection of craft beers from breweries in the region, and develops its menu based on the season from local farms. All of our dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious. The two-story ceilings of this converted warehouse and the spacing... More 

2 Thank TomSwain
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Based on the atmosphere and quality of the food, I thought the prices were very reasonable. They were also very welcoming to our kids! I'd highly recommend it. We loved the tuna and veggie burgers.

1 Thank Darcy W
Brandon, Vermont
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We came for a photography show nd stayed for dinner. Great space and the food was excellent. I hear they have live music so we will be back.

1 Thank flatpickguitarusa
Jacksonville, Florida
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Chef Starrin put together an amazing beer pairing dinner for a private function at 51 Main at the Bridge. Fantastic job with the beer braised brisket and what a passion for food! He worked our entire beer and cider menu in with each dish. Great service from Karen and Team with a friendly atmosphere. Will definitely stop in next time... More 

1 Thank KMBud
Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
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533 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 348 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Where in town to visit our daughter, who was in a local community theater group play. Checked for places that would be open after the play, this place indicated that they were open late. The Hostess explained that their lease might menu was drinks only, but she offered to put together a cheese plate. We checked, and Two Brothers was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1424
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Middlebury
  • Phone Number: +1 802-388-8209

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