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Penny Cluse Cafe

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American, Contemporary, Diner
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169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401-3817
802-651-8834
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6:45 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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 264
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    Very good
  • 19
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  • 7
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  • 4
    Terrible
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
Brunch was great

Went for brunch/lunch on a Friday morning. Surprisingly packed for a Friday morning. We had a party of 8 and they were able to accommodate us within 30 minutes. All the staff were very nice and accommodating. The food was spot on! Bucket of spuds, biscuits and gravy, and the banana bread are musts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Jordan K
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Went for brunch/lunch on a Friday morning. Surprisingly packed for a Friday morning. We had a party of 8 and they were able to accommodate us within 30 minutes. All the staff were very nice and accommodating. The food was spot on! Bucket of spuds, biscuits and gravy, and the banana bread are musts! Weird Vermont rule - no alcohol... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

They make a really nice breakfast with some of the best fried potatoes I have had. The place is crowded so you might have to wait for a while.

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Manchester, Vermont
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Long wait to get a table even on a Monday but totally worth it! Biscuits and gravy! Chile rellenos!!! Coffee and beer! A great place to enjoy food and conversation. Not my first visit and definitely not my last!

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Burlington, Vermont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

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 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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, Contemporary, Diner

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?