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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: 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
  • 110
    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
Most recent review
Delish!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
artsyfartsyjody
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Burlington, Vermont
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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207 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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
32 reviews 32 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
15 helpful votes 15 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 

Lynchburg, Virginia
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My husband and I wandered in here for breakfast. I had the Magnolia (Prosecco and cranberry juice) and the Lemon Ricotta pancakes. Yum! The husband had a meat hash and Bloody Mary. We didn't leave a crumb. Its a very cute and popular place to eat. Will definitely be going back.

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

So happy you wandered on in! It's great you and your husband both enjoyed everything you tried. Can't wait to have you back. Thanks, Shannon R., Owner More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We visited Magnolia for breakfast in December 2014. To start, we had some warm banana bread - which was lovely. To follow this we unfortunately chose the so called "omelets". I say so called because it was like no omelet we've ever had before and would certainly not want to EVER eat one like this again. The omelete part was... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment in reading this. "Egg sheets" are definitely not something we use, and I assure you everything is made freshly. This, of course, doesn't excuse the dishes being served cold, or missing ingredients. As you stated, our waitstaff work very hard to try to make things right when mistakes have been made. Had you... More 

Rye, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We had a lot of people recommend Magnolia for breakfast while we were visiting Burlington and I am so glad we went! The atmosphere was adorable and quaint with great service from the waitstaff. It was hard to decide what to get because there are so many things on the menu that sound good. I look forward to going back... More 

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Shannon R, Owner at Magnolia, responded to this review

I'm so happy you came in, too! It's great you enjoyed the eggs benedict, but I do apologize for the lack of raspberries on your pancakes. However, it's fantastic to hear everything was still enjoyed. I can't wait to have you join us again soon. Best, 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, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?