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1 Lawson Ln, Ste 10, Burlington, VT 05401-8447
+1 802-862-7446
Today
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Magnolia Bistro is...
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Magnolia Bistro is Burlington’s best kept secret. We are the first certified-green restaurant in Vermont, with a menu of breakfast and lunch favorites made with the highest quality ingredients available. We feature a great selection of local, organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meat-loving items to suit any palate.
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Visitor rating
  • 114
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ate here every morning for breakfast

Delicious food, great staff, reasonable prices. My friends and I ate here each morning we were in town. I had banana French toast, and an omelet. The homemade jam was amazing! Staff was friendly and helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
princess1
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Ma
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
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214 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Burlington, Vermont
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Ask for vegan substitutes...French toast is large enough to share. Delicious,fresh,local ingredients...

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

Delicious, fresh and local are three words we keep very close to our heart, so I'm so happy that those are the three words you used. However, it looks like we probably could have done a little better. I hope you'll come back, so that we have an opportunity to give you the five-star experience you deserve. All the best,... More 

Ma
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Delicious food, great staff, reasonable prices. My friends and I ate here each morning we were in town. I had banana French toast, and an omelet. The homemade jam was amazing! Staff was friendly and helpful.

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

Delicious food, great staff, reasonable prices? 3/3 ain't too bad! Seriously though, thanks so much, girl -- this review was such a pleasure to read. Come back and see us again soon. All the best, Shannon R., Owner More 

London, Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We grabbed a bite to eat at this restaurant before we hit the road on our road trip East. It was close to our hotel (just a few minutes walk from the Hilton) and was included in a quiet, pretty little alley. I had the big breakfast with the hash browns, sausage, eggs, the lemon ricotta pancake and toast. All... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

I'm so glad you decided to swing by, and I'm even happier that the food was all delicious for you! Local and delicious is what we're all about. If you're ever back in town, come see us again -- we'd love to welcome you back. All the best, Shannon R., Owner More 

Framingham, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We went for breakfast on a Sunday morning. We were fine with the wait for a table. We were not, however, fine with a 45 minute wait for our food after we ordered, with no updates or apology from our server. My "crispy steel cut oatmeal" was not the slghtest bit crispy. I indicated my disappointment to the server and... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

I'm very sorry to hear of this experience. I can assure you this never happens, as our servers are usually so attentive and on point. I encourage you to give us another try if you're ever in the are, if only so we can show you how great an experience you can have. All the best, Shannon R., Owner More 

Revere, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was so excited to return here for breakfast! They have great food and service, our waitress Valerie was so nice and attentive. Their banana bread with the cranberry cream cheese is a MUST, as is their Bloody Mary and mimosa. I ordered a pretty simple breakfast of eggs and toast and it was delicious. The fruit was fresh and... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

We can't wait to have you back, Stephanie! Great food and service is so important to us, and it's awesome that you walked away happy. I can't wait to see what you're gonna order next time. Have a great day, Shannon R., Owner More 

Burlington, Vermont
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I visited on a Sunday morning for brunch and had a lovely meal. Food choices on the menu were classic with a twist with very reasonable prices. We were able to be seated at the bar immediately but I think we got lucky being as though people were waiting roughly 30 minutes. This is a green restaurant... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

We're honored to be your go-to in Burlington, Marcy! It's fantastic to hear that you had a lovely meal -- great food, reasonably priced is what we're all about. Sourcing local, and being green is so important to us and our values, and it's always the best thing hearing back from happy customers who've picked up on that! Thanks for... More 

United States
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife and I ate here for breakfast and were blown away by how great the place was. The best way to describe the atmosphere is "cool". Very relaxing, nice light, just comfortable. The food was simply awesome. Portions were huge, flavors were great and all natural. This is a place you have to go to for breakfast/brunch. Just a... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

This review is simply awesome! And we may not have started our day with it, but it was great to read nonetheless. It's fantastic to hear that your expectations were exceeded. We hope to see you back in here sometime -- we'd love to welcome you back! All the best, Shannon R., Owner More 

Burlington, Vermont
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Adore this place. ALWAYS packed, because the food and menu are awesome. Local art on the wall. The strawberry jam on the table is incredible. If there is a wait time, I suggest you wait. So yum!

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

artsyfartsyjody, we adore you too, especially after reading this glowing recommendation. Thank you so much for the kind words! The local art and strawberry jam are here to stay -- come back soon for more of what you love. Best wishes, Shannon R., Owner More 

Hartland, Vermont
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Had lunch at Magnolia a few days ago with a family group at lunch time when there were only eight other customers in the restaurant yet it took more than 45 minutes following ordering to receive our food, a simple selection of sandwiches and soup. My Cuban sandwich was good, but certainly not a Cuban sandwich, but rather a grilled... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

Michael, this is a shame to see. We've been a staple in the Burlington community for a while, and that's because we're known for delicious food. Hearing we fell short on that is a true disappointment. Please know I'll be speaking with my staff regarding your feedback. While I understand your hesitation, I'd love for you to give us another... More 

Pittsfield
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I love going to Magnolia for breakfast any time we're in Burlington, it's always so worth the wait (and there is usually a line by the time we get there on a weekend). The food is always amazing, I've had French toast, eggs, and some other things; never disappointing. The atmosphere is cozy, warm, and boho hip. What's not to... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

Mary, I love that you love coming in for breakfast. It's truly wonderful to know how much you enjoy the food. I cannot wait to have you in again for more French toast! Take care, Shannon R., Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Lawson Ln, Ste 10, Burlington, VT 05401-8447
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-862-7446

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Large groups

Description

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Magnolia Bistro is Burlington’s best kept secret. We are the first certified-green restaurant in Vermont, with a menu of breakfast and lunch favorites made with the highest quality ingredients available. We feature a great selection of local, organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and meat-loving items to suit any palate.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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