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120 Church St, Corner of Church and College Sts, Burlington, VT 05401-8401
+1 802-864-9800
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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120 Church St, Corner of Church and College Sts, Burlington, VT 05401-8401
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We wandered in for lunch on a very cold weekday. My friend opted for a burger, and I opted for mac and cheese with pulled pork. Both dishes were very good. I ordered a side dish of coleslaw, which was very good. Our waitress, Autumn...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank kitsou
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Sweetwaters, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank for the review, kitsou. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed both the food and service. As for the bathrooms, we are housed in the old Burlington Trust Buiding, built in 1850. We are working within the archetectural constraints of the space. And in...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Quintessential Burlington experience for the serious palate or traveler. Warm welcoming atmosphere with a relaxing upbeat vibe. After being gone for three decades this was my first choice to meet friends and family and as always, it was the PERFECT choice. Great drinks, fantastic friendly...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 7rebekab
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Sweetwaters, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We hsared your review with Megan and she was thrilled! Thank you so much for the shout out and welcome home!

Reviewed 4 days ago

We’ve enjoyed this place in the past and figured we’d go back for late dinner. Huge Mistake! They were out of our favorite beer and the woman behind the bar was extremely indifferent. She messed up our dinner order and then sort of tried to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank lm5131
DavidMelincoff, Owner at Sweetwaters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Im5131, I'm so sorry to hear of your experience. Please know that we would have been more than happy to rectify the situation on the spot had we known. We have worked hard to achieve our Trip Advisor Award of Excellence and I assure you,...More

Reviewed December 2, 2018

Nothing fancy but a very nice dependably good place to eat. Moderate prices, great friendly service and a good selection on the menu. Super in the summer when you can eat outside while people watching and the enclosed porch is nice and toasty during cold...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank denmicone
Terri M, Owner at Sweetwaters, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Great service, good food and selection and an all around good place to eat are what we were going for! Thank you for noticing.

Reviewed November 12, 2018

This was our first time here. The staff is Pro. Friendly, funny and on point. Went for Lunch. BBQ Brisket slices on a perfectly fresh sourdough roll. Next dish was Chicken crusted with cornflakes and almond slices, so perfect as the center of the chicken...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Terri M, Owner at Sweetwaters, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

JacksBack, you can barge into the kitchen and yell dude any time. Thank you for the entertaining and spot-on​ review.

Reviewed November 9, 2018

took a group of friends there for dins, overall food good but unfortunately the fish and chips were burnt to bits, everyone else enjoyed theirs

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Rachgen
David_Sweetwaters, Owner at Sweetwaters, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

We do hope​ you said something! We are always more than happy to remake or replace a dish that is not to your liking.

Reviewed November 6, 2018

I live in Burlington and there are a lot of nice places to go to these days. Sweetwaters has been around for like 30 years and I rarely go, but, friends and I went recently and I must say, we enjoyed our meal. My caesar...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MK_in_VT
Reviewed October 31, 2018

We were here on a quiet Sunday lunch hour and had very good food around the table -- fish tacos, chicken wraps, salads (the now standard foodie greens, cheese, nuts, craisins, etc.). The highlight of the meal was the GF flourless tort. Good portion sizes,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This was our first stop in Burlington for lunch. We had the brisket sandwich and our server was Kate. She was pleasant and attentive and the food was delicious, we also got to watch the snow from our seats.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank mcantale
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Our grandson was with us and his huge appetite was very satisfied with his dinner. Sweetwaters is casual, fun and busy. It has an energetic vibe and good food.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Heather R
August 9, 2017|
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Response from bovalin | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I see many families there.
Jane M
September 23, 2016|
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Response from DavidMelincoff | Property representative |
Hi Jane, sorry for the delay in my response but it looks like you got great support from the community. We do not take reservations for groups of that size on Saturday evenings.
March 26, 2016|
Response from DavidMelincoff | Property representative |
Yes we are from 11 am - 11pm.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$8 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
1:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Church St, Corner of Church and College Sts, Burlington, VT 05401-8401
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-864-9800
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Sweetwaters is an American Bistro with an unique twist on your favorite eats. For over 30 years, we've been serving fantastic cuisine with local ingredients in a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of Burlington, on the corner of College and Church Streets on the charming Church Street Marketplace. Architecturally interesting, Sweetwaters is housed in what was the original site of the Burlington Trust Company. Built in the 1880s, the building retains its original mouldings, cornerstone, clock and architectural appointments. With a full bar, extensive menu, unique interior, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Sweetwaters certainly has something for everybody. We serve lunch and dinner daily, with a late night menu for all you night owls out there.
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