Barn Restaurant & Tavern

RR 30
Pawlet, 05761
Thought we'd try this place out after a coworker mentioned it on Facebook. We made reservations for 7:30 on a Saturday evening during the peak foliage season---the place was PACKED. We were seated promptly, right on time. The menu has a variety of choices with all entrees (except the specials) costing $13. My husband and I both ordered French Onion Soup($6), Filet Mignon (yes, for $13) and a side salad ($2.95 when ordering an entree). The salads came out quickly, as did the entree, but the soup got lost in the shuffle. We ended up asking to have it taken off the order, as we didn't want the filet to get cold. We rounded out the meal by splitting a piece of pumpkin cheesecake and it was delicious! For the price, the food was very good. Don't expect a filet you get elsewhere for $20+, but good, just the same. The setting is delightful. So why not 5 stars? It comes down to service. We never got water and the soup was forgotten. Yes, they were busy, but it wasn't the first night they've ever been busy, I'm sure! The staff were efficient, but not personable. Very focused on getting food ordered and delivered, but not on making guests feel welcome. We felt rushed, and, in fact, we were out the door a mere 65 minutes after we were seated. Not exactly a relaxed, romantic meal. We will try again, hopefully on a night when they aren't too busy, so we can slow down and enjoy it more.
What a bargain for such tasty food. Great atmosphere. Try sitting in the lower level tavern with all the regulars as well as an enormous stone fireplace. The wood fire warmed up the whole room. Service was perfect and so was the food. Nice selections of wine. Appetizers: Dumplings and Calamari were delicious. Calamari was so fresh and tender. Perfectly cooked VT steak & tasty grilled shrimp Caesar Salad. This place is worth the trip from anywhere in VT for a cozy supper. Open at 5PM Wed - Sun.
Atmosphere was great, try to get in the loft. Kids loved it. Food and service was good. Portion size seemed small but left full. Like said before, $13 for an entree not bad.

(802) 325-3088

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