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Blue Paddle Bistro

316 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486-4229
+1 802-372-4814
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cakes” (27 reviews)
“filet mignon” (16 reviews)
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American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
316 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486-4229
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time to this establishment. The first visit was years ago and I certainly was not wow'ed then. Food is good but certainly not out of this world. The service side is to be desired. I have had conversations about this place...More

Thank clubdilligaf
Reviewed 18 February 2018

WOW, extraordinary, wonderful, excellent, there just aren't enough adjectives to describe the incredible dining experience we had last night at the Blue Paddle! In terms of the inspired, delicious food, the attentive service, the warm and friendly ambiance, etc. it just doesn't get any better...More

Thank Mark R
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Mark & Nancy, WOW! Thank you so much for both your wonderful email and The is TripAdvisor Review! Truly, you made our night! Thank you so much for taking the time, on our behalf. The Paddle means the world to us. I’ll be sure to...More

Reviewed 18 January 2018

When we arrived and confirmed our reservation, the hostess asked us if we had ever been there before, It was our first time. She led us to our table and introduced us to the owner/chef. I thought it was very cool to have the owner...More

Thank KL1471
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2018

Hi! Thank you so much for your nice TripAdvisor Review. I was the "hostess" (and co-owner) that greeted you. Just wanted to let you know that I shared your review on The Paddle's Facebook page. And, that Chef Phoebe says "Hi!". Take care and, again,...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

To drive onto South Hero island from Burlington is beautiful and interesting in the daylight, not so at all at night. But this fun, casual, very personal restaurant is worth it any time. Absolutely need reservations as there are just a few tables. But the...More

Thank NLV-E
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review on our behalf. And, what a lovely one at that :) I'll share with Chef Phoebe and the entire Paddle Crew. Again, thank you ... Mandy Hotchkiss Co-Owner

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

What a great find! We had a memorable meal...started off with Spring duck rolls (Delicious !), then moved on to crab ravioli (Devine!) and finished off with apple crisp (Oh so yummy!). Top off this amazing meal with a unique setting in a historic home...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I called Blue Paddle late on a Thursday eve for reservations on Friday. We were taking my 90yo grandfather out to dinner. Luckily they had a table available at 5 as he likes to eat early. We had an awesome dinner. Always great to see...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

-Crab cakes 9/10 very nice -Chicken Cesar salad 8/10 good -Sea scallops 4/10 ingredients fresh but taste of sauce totally overpowered the scallops. Disapointing flavor. - long hair in the water glass. Ickyy

2  Thank john_the_traveller50
Reviewed 9 September 2017

18 of us ate at the Blue Paddle bistro last evening. Service was excellent,food was awesome, and all of us give the staff and restaurant an A+.

Thank NHToni
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Excellent, fresh, and creatively prepared food in a casual atmosphere. My crab ravioli with an awesome crab cake was delicious! Everyone else in party loved their choice. Wonderful service at this very popular restaurant.

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 3 September 2017

You don't expect to find a first-rate restaurant on an island in Vermont, but this one rates all the superlatives, from our drinks to our main courses. We weren't in the least surprised that walk-ins had to be turned away; fortunately, we had a reservation....More

Thank Debbie E
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Greg G
24 March 2017|
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Response from bluepaddlebistro | Property representative |
OH, I am so sorry ~ I didn't see this question. Yes, whenever we offer a special brunch, Co-Owner/Chef Phoebe Bright offers a delicious extensive brunch menu. I always post the menu two days in advance on our Blue Paddle... More
4 September 2016|
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Response from happyinvt | Reviewed this property |
There are a variety of prices. It is on the high end for what you get. Pub food is in the $12 to $15 range. Entrees are$23 to $33. Does not come with a side salad or vegetables. Dinner was served with a very small portion of... More
Erin C
6 August 2016|
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Response from joannebF9212XF | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have a children's menu. I do think they would do something for the kids. Call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486-4229
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  South Hero
  • Phone Number: +1 802-372-4814
  • E-mail
Located in beautiful South Hero, Vermont, The Paddle is a hidden gem nestled in the Champlain Islands. Recently, Co-Owner/Chef Phoebe R. Bright was voted "Runner-Up" for Best Chef in Vermont (Daysie Awards, 2013-16). The restaurant has won numerous awards, including "Best Restaurant" (outside Chittenden County), 2015. Only a 20 minute drive from Burlington, the state's largest city! Reservations accepted. Weekly live music. Hours change with the season. Sunday brunches served on special holidays. Visit The Paddle on facebook, "like" and you may win one of many gift certificates the owners award weekly! "Love many, trust a few, but always paddle your own canoe."
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