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The Downtown Grocery

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41 Depot St, Ludlow, VT 05149-1323
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpected gourmet food

This restaurant offers such an unusual menu, it's surprising to find in this small town. The aromas which greet you are just the beginning of a wonderful meal. Pricey, but worth it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Tisha H
Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant offers such an unusual menu, it's surprising to find in this small town. The aromas which greet you are just the beginning of a wonderful meal. Pricey, but worth it!

Thank Tisha H
Wilton, Connecticut
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow. This is a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant with a Vermont flair. Start with the bar - if you like cocktails, try some of the updated versions of 50's drinks. I had an Old Fashioned that was crisper and less sweet than the typical version. Everything we had for dinner was delicious. I started with a butternut squash soup with creme... More 

Thank BigRick56
Bonney Lake, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is the restaurant lead ever been to in a long time. The service was great the food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody.

Thank Cindy D
New Jersey
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The waitress went through every special on the very large chalkboard and explained all the ingredients and how each dish is prepared. When I asked about one of the wines, she gave me a very detailed description. They are passionate and serious about the food here. At the same time, there is a relaxed vibe about the place with the... More 

Thank Bhappy122
Naples, Florida
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My husband and I love this restaurant. We make sure to have dinner here every time we're in Ludlow. The menu is so creative and always tasty. The waiters/waitresses are great and very friendly. Be sure to make a reservation; Downtown Grocery books up fast!

Thank Diana H
Warren, New Jersey
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Loved this restaurant! The food was imaginative and absolutely delicious! The only disappointment was the chocolate souffle. It's not your traditional souffle and is not light and airy. It is more like a molten lava cake and the chocolate "fudge" in the middle is overhelmingly heavy. Our server was extremely professional, knowledgable (which I LOVE!) and fun. I would definitely... More 

Thank finerthings2
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

On multiple friends' recommendations, I FINALLY got a reservation at TDG for my husband, myself, my 4 year old and my 8 year old. No this is not a typical "family" restaurant so don't be scared away by my kids... they happen to be foodies, pretty well behaved, and used to going out... so they did well here. On my... More 

Thank travlnmommO
Waco, Texas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We had a group of 12, and although the food was good, it did not meet up to our expectations, being told that it was the best in the area. We had eaten at 2 other restaurants with in the Ludlow, Weston, Londonderry area which we felt were as good, if not better. However, the atmosphere was fun, the chocolate... More 

Thank Laura M
Auburn, Maine
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A quaint little place in Downtown Ludlow. The chef has great credentials and his food is very creative! The bloody marys are made with horseradish infused vodka and the edge of glass is dipped in sea salt and fine bacon bits! They were terrific! The French toast was amazing!! A huge serving of thick toast and accompanied by blueberries, mango,... More 

Thank yiayia330
South Windsor, CT
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98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Had the skatewing for dinner, with tomato and ricotta appetizer. Everything was great. Small place. Need to get reservations or just be lucky. Service staff is extremely knowledgeable about all the dishes, and really promotes a casual yet fine dining experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 41 Depot St, Ludlow, VT 05149-1323
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Ludlow
  • Phone Number: 802-228-7566

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?