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1 Lawson Ln, Ste 10, Burlington, VT 05401-8447
+1 802-862-7446
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, 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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    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
Best Breakfast

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Stephanie A
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Revere, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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210 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Revere, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
42 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
44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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 

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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
12 helpful votes 12 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 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My sweetheart and I enjoyed this spot so much on our weekend getaway that we decided to go both days we were in VT. The food and staff were both excellent! Places like Magnolia are what makes it such a wonderful experience in Vermont- local ingredients, and excellent atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

Alicia, knowing that you came in both days you were in Vermont is amazing. Wow! It's fantastic to hear such high compliments. I truly hope you'll come see us again if you're back in Burlington. Take care, Shannon R., Owner More 

South Burlington, Vermont
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Church Street, just a block away is Magnolia. It's tucked away in a little courtyard. When you go down the stairs you're greeted by a friendly host and a room of nice booths and tables, stone floors and walls. It really is a hide-a-way kind of place. Very... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

So happy that you enjoy our little hideout! It's fantastic to hear how tasty you've found so many of our dishes to be. Further, I'm thrilled you had a waitress who was friendly and attentive. I hope we'll see you back in soon. Best, Shannon R., Owner More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I can not tell you how pleased my husband I are with all of our experiences here. Our latest was no exception. The Mimosa I had to drink was perfect. They use Prosecco and fresh squeezed orange juice which is the perfect amount of sweetness. We stated with a fruit and cheese plate all of the fruit was perfectly ripe... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

I'm so pleased to know how much you and your husband enjoy our place! Hearing what a wonderful brunch you two had here is a true treat. I'm so excited to pass on the kind compliments to the rest of the staff. Please know how eager we are to have you both back soon! Best, Shannon R., Owner More 

Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is my girlfriend's and my favorite breakfast/brunch place in Burlington. The atmosphere is great with the exposed brick and stone foundation, large wood beams, local art on the walls, and lots of live plants around the seating area. The menu is diverse and has something for everyone. I am very happy that they changed to more shredded hash browns... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

James, I'm so happy that Valerie was able to save a birthday! The service you've gotten here during your last few times in is definitely not up to the standard we want to have. I really appreciate you speaking up about it and want you to know we're looking into what happened here. I do hope we'll see you back... 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, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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