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T. J. Buckley's

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132 Eliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-257-4922
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Thu - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Pricey but great, or is it great but pricey

A little known gem, T. J. Buckley’s is a tiny chef-run restaurant in a gorgeous old dining car. The menu is prix fix, though it has sadly gone up considerably recently, leading to sticker shock on our last trip. Every course evokes moans and we have never had anything that did not strike us as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Hartford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Hartford, Connecticut
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A little known gem, T. J. Buckley’s is a tiny chef-run restaurant in a gorgeous old dining car. The menu is prix fix, though it has sadly gone up considerably recently, leading to sticker shock on our last trip. Every course evokes moans and we have never had anything that did not strike us as outstanding. The wine list is... More 

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Northfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have eaten at T.J. Buckley's quite a number of times and have had the opportunity to try many of the dishes. I have to say if you want to take a special loved one anywhere that will make a lasting impression, this is the place. A little high in price but well worth it. The food... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I had a wonderful meal from beginning to end Being a professional Chef from New York and have owned a half dozen restaurants I am rather picky when it comes to dining out We were driving to Burlington and stopped for dinner we looked at the top 3 spots on trip advisor and decided on this gem a funky converted... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

T.J. Buckley's is such a special place to dine, truly a hidden gem! The restaurant is in an unassuming diner, but when you walk in it's like you're transported to another time and place. The open kitchen is so fun to watch, a real show! Everything presented was beautifully plated, and tasted amazing! They source their ingredients locally and from... More 

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West Dover VT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Three things I have known about TJ Buckley's for as long as I've lived in Vermont: the place is tiny, the food excellent and the cost pricey. And for some reason I've never found the right occasion to try it. The right occasion arrived and friends joined us to celebrate our daughter's 20th. The restaurant is less than noticeable- a... More 

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Bernardston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Having eaten here 3 times over the last eight years, there's a certain fondness for the experience. Three times over EIGHT YEARS; where's the emphasis you ask. Well the problem isn't the setting, the service, or the food. Every time it's been very good. It's just the total for the tariff, tax, and tip, that gets me to question, was... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

In honour of Sarah Buckley, our daughter's childhood best-friend, our family of four decided to go out to T.J.Buckley's for an intimate meal, a kind of paradox: cozy in public. An 8 table converted dining car with a kitchen right there for all to see, like at home, with a staff of three, a waitress, and an assistant, and one... More 

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Francestown, New Hampshire
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I must say I was surprised to find this gem in Brattleboro. The experience is so intimate and while you can watch your dinner being prepped, the dining area is so warm and unique I didn't notice as much of the cook as one would thought. Everything was so fresh and tasty, it did remind me of eating in a... More 

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Carlisle, Mass.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had a great time last night here. Wonderful restaurant, excellent food. Interesting ambience. Really nice wait staff. So much characier in this restaurant, felt like being in a play. Really enjoyed ourselves! Lovely experience from food to service to environment!

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Willemstad, Curacao
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Don't get me wrong, most of the dinner was delicious. But I ordered scallops since they are very difficult to cook well and over cook easily. Everything else was delicious but they did in fact over cook the scallops a little so they lost that sweetness one tastes when they are cooked perfectly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 132 Eliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Brattleboro
  • Phone Number: 802-257-4922

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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