The Chantecleer Restaurant

8 Read Farm Ln
East Dorset, 05253
My wife and I spent an enjoyable day in Manchester, Vt visiting Hildene and following that up with a spectacular meal at Chanticleer. My wife had a chicken selection and I had the roast duckling. Both were excellent choices. The ambience, food and service were fantastic. I last ate there about 25 years ago and remember that way back then the meal was marvelous.
Did not have a reservation but they accommodated us anyway. We tried the following: Appetizers: lobster ravioli - there were only 2 on the plate. Hubby liked it I was not impressed French onion soup - some of the best I've had Escargot- first one I tried was gritty, sauce was excellent though Main Lamb chops - medium as requested but fatty and overwhelming with mustard seed the vegetables were an afterthought clearly as was the bland mash though nicely presented The filet mignon stole the show. Best thing I ate all night.
Chantecleer, a place to visit again and again. Nestled in the mountain and valleys of the peaceable Green Mountains. After beholding the beauty, and taking in the praise of the scenery on the drive over, why not pull off the main road and try this delectable place? If you don't you will be asking yourself "What did I miss?" Sometimes, restaurant moments are right, and there is no need to explain. This was the place. And, what afforded service. Here's a former barn turned into a chateau exuding warmth and charm. Ample parking to this unfolding welcoming mood lit, an earthy place awaits. I was the guest of a host of great international distinction. And, this was my first appearance at the Chantecleer. The Dover Sole and European salad were recommended by said host, and I followed careful guidance. Had Chinatown come to Manchester? Beginning course, the Wontons. Embarrassed that I had expected them to be "meh", instead, they were a very good starter. Very attentive staff. Intimate dinning. Reservations a must. We dinned at 6 pm. By 7 pm the restaurant was completely full. Rejoicing for exceeding service in a peaceful dreamy setting. Revealed grace in humble fashion. Come early, stay late. Wow. Wow. Wow.

(802) 362-1616


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