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“Good food and service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Perfect Wife

The Perfect Wife
2594 Depot St / Rte 11 - 30, Manchester, VT 05255
+1 802-362-2817
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Ranked #16 of 63 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Eclectic
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Amy's creative approach to combining ingredients results in an intriguing and delicious menu. Enjoy a memorable fine dining experience while relaxing in our rustic cobblestone walled restaurant and greenhouse garden room. Our broad wine list and extensive selection of spirits will provide just the right accompaniment for your meal. And as a reward for eating all your veggies, you should treat yourself to a delicious homemade dessert. Afterwards, feel free to stop in at our spirited local tavern for an after dinner drink or a game of darts, with live music in the tavern on most Friday evenings.
Scottsdale
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

The food and service are very good. Most of the patrons are much younger than us (60ish) and so we did not feel that the music and atmosphere were best for us. However, the younger people who were there were certainly having a wonderful time and this was the definite place to be

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Good food but needs to be server warmer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

Aug. 23, 2010 I ate in the tavern because the restaurant area was not open. Had the Salmon with maple drizzle. This was excellent. However, the rice was not hot, the 4 string beans were hard, the 1/3 of an ear of corn was cold. No bread or salad. Not worth $17. The meatloaf was probably a better deal at $10.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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New York City
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“The Perfect Wife -- Okay, not Perfect”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

The Perfect Wife is basically two restaurants in one. The more casual restaurant is basically a bar that serves food and then there is a more formal restaurant downstairs. I am going to guess that the menu is the same at both with a few more fancy add on in the downstairs restaurant. We ate at the more casual restaurant and had the Daily Soup Special which was okay; the Bistro Chicken which was also okay and the Salmon. I would say if you ate at the more casual restaurant you got a good meal at a decent price, but probably would have felt cheated if I had eaten at the more fancy restaurant downstairs. Service was friendly (as it is in most of Manchester).

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cliffsid
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Great if you have a sweet tooth”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

On arrival, The Perfect Wife was exactly what we hoped for in Manchester fine dining - cozy, comfortable atmosphere, attentive service. Things started out well with the bread basket (warm and freshly baked - heavenly) and the appetizers (particularly the duck pancakes and the crab cakes) were excellent. However, we were not as thrilled with the entrees. Everything was well cooked and presented but a little sweet for our tastes. If your dinner preferences trend toward spicy and savory, this is not the place for you, but if you enjoy some sweetness in your meals definitely give it a shot.

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Manchester, Vermont
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Everyone should have a perfect wife!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

This is one of my favorite restaurants in town! (yep, I'm a local) The upstairs area is a tavern, casual, relaxed. The menu has a great selection of comfort foods. Meatloaf, burgers, pot pie, salads, sliders. Delicious! The noise level can get kinda high the later it gets (they have live entertainment). The service is excellent, each and every time. Definitely try the eggplant fries! Have tried to find the recipe..mouthwatering! If someone in your group wants a more sophisticated dish, you can order off the restaurant menu from downstairs (more formal) .

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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