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Penny Cluse Cafe

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American, Diner, Contemporary
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169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401-3817
802-651-8834
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8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch

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  • 19
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  • 7
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very cool upbeat ace to go for lunch or brunch

Great place on a side street in downtown Burlington . Funky looking young people wait on you and r duper nice. Food is homemade, fresh, with unique combinations . Always busy but waits are short. Definitely a place to go

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
988virginia988
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Burlington, Vermont
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Burlington, Vermont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place on a side street in downtown Burlington . Funky looking young people wait on you and r duper nice. Food is homemade, fresh, with unique combinations . Always busy but waits are short. Definitely a place to go

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Penny Cluse always has a line out the door on weekends, so be prepared to wait. They offer a variety of tasty food choices, including vegetarian options like a tofu scramble that is quite tasty. They like to use local food when possible. My only wish is that they would use cage-free eggs. There are so many local farms in... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love, love, love Penny Cluse Café! It is my go-to restaurant for breakfast. Only problem is that it is so popular the wait can be long – go early (before 9am) for breakfast. The breakfast burrito is great. Also you can order off the lunch menu for breakfast- in which case try the chili relleno plate for breakfast. They... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Didn't care for the breakfast because it wasn't my type of food. Also overpriced for what we ordered. Heard good things prior to going but wouldn't go back.

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Morrisville, Vermont
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My sister and I arrived around 9am and there was a 20 minute wait for a table, we opted to sit at the bar area. The whole time we were there and as we were leaving, there was a line of people waiting! A good sign of good food! I loved the atmosphere of the cafe. The menu had so... More 

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Teacher in New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

There was a crowd out the door waiting to get in for breakfast, but it was worth the wait, which was shorter than the hostess predicted. I wanted to try every single thing on the inventive menu. Although we are not vegetarians, we love meatless options and they had plenty. We had the tangerine juice, yum. My husband had an... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I thought this place was good, average breakfast fair. Nothing worth the 35 minute wait though. But that is my only issue here, how crowded it was. Their homemade sausage was really great though.

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Oakton, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We ate breakfast at Penny Clue 2 out of our 3 mornings in Burlington (would have gone for 3 but we stayed at a place that had free breakfast one night.) The Bloody Marys are delicious and the breakfast is too. Easy for vegetarians, vegans to eat here yet my meat-loving husband could indulge in what made him happy too.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Tried to go to lunch on the Saturday but was too full (1h30 wait on Saturday lunch), opted to go back early Sunday morning. Arrived fairly early (9h30) adn still had to wait a little bit. But it was worth the wait. Everything on the menu looked very interesting. From the buttermilk pancakes to the 3-egg omelet, everything we had... More 

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Littleton, New Hampshire
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My mom always says, "eat at a busy restaurant, you know the food is fresh" and that is certainly true at Penny Cluse. This stellar restaurant is popular with locals and visitors alike and has been rated as one of the top restaurants in town for years. Despite having to wait every time you go (I did observe a slight... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401-3817
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: 802-651-8834

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Diner, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?