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Blue Paddle Bistro

316 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486-4229
+1 802-372-4814
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cakes” (27 reviews)
“filet mignon” (17 reviews)
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
316 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486-4229
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Reviewed yesterday

We ate there for the first time while traveling in the Champlain Islands. The food was fantastic, the wait staff attentive, and it was a great value. We really enjoyed our evening.

Thank MtHopper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first trip (not our last), based on reviews. We went Aug. 12 and it was great! There was a last-minute staff challenge and the veteran chef Phoebe, her veteran right-hand and manager Mandy and staff overcame in superb, professional and efficient style.....well...More

Thank Mel959
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have happily been to this restaurant several times and most recently visited during the first week in July. The food this time was very disappointing. I ordered the chicken sauté and it was tasteless. The sauce was like water, there were only 2 cherry...More

Thank cosmovt
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good Thursday Afternoon, It is with such sadness that I just read your TripAdvisor Review. As a co-owner, I am so disappointed in ourselves. As you've indicated, you've visited us many times before. This experience was certainly not what we wish to be or strive...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

" Found " this popular restaurant by chance while staying near by for the weekend. Lovely ambiance, delicious food, great service and seated us at the exact time of our reservation. A must place for dinner while in the area.

Thank biobern
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Upon recommendation from a friend who lived in the area, we had dinner here while on a special birthday/biking trip to the Champlain Islands. The food is superb! The service was very good even on a busy evening. My husband and I can't say enough...More

1  Thank JudithP5
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Received a gift card from my sorority sisters to one of our favorite Northern Vermont Island restaurants and decided to use it last weekend. Mandy and Phoebe... proprietors, didn’t let us down! Be sure to make a reservation to this gem of a restaurant. Located...More

Thank Kim N
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

The Blue Paddle was a nice find with a limited menu, but the food was very tasty. I had the Mixed Grill that was shrimp, quail, asparagus, and very good mashed potatoes with sweet peppers and scallions. I could have had a bit more food...More

Thank Arrowhuntr
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Good morning, Arrowhuntr! Thank you for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor Review on our behalf; I'll be sure to share with my business partner, Chef Phoebe Bright, as well as our entire Paddle Crew! Have a great summer ... Warm regards, Mandy Hotchkiss

Reviewed June 29, 2018

It's been about 4 years since our last visit and not much has changed. The menu is somewhat small, but they do offer daily specials that sell out fast. We started with the tomato soup that was not as creamy as our last visit and...More

Thank Bill F
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

This was our first time dining a Blue Paddle and we will definitely return. My husband and I both got the Filet Mignon and it was so divine, it melted in our mouths. The staff are incredibly friendly and in such a great location.

1  Thank Jason S
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Thank you for the TripAdvisor review ~ means a lot to all of us at The Paddle! Warmest regards, Mandy Hotchkiss & Chef Phoebe Bright

Reviewed June 11, 2018

Mom and I almost drove by this beautiful bistro on our way to the North Hero House hotel. Lucky for us Mandy was able to find us a table right away! The restaurant was busy on a Thursday night so I guessed it must be...More

Thank DanielleChicagoIL
bluepaddlebistro, Owner at Blue Paddle Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2018

So enjoyed meeting you both! Hugs, Mandy P.S. And, thank you for the nice TripAvisor Review 😊

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Greg G
March 23, 2017|
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Response from bluepaddlebistro | Property representative |
OH, I am so sorry ~ I didn't see this question. Yes, whenever we offer a special brunch, Co-Owner/Chef Phoebe Bright offers a delicious extensive brunch menu. I always post the menu two days in advance on our Blue Paddle... More
September 3, 2016|
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Response from happyinvt | Reviewed this property |
There are a variety of prices. It is on the high end for what you get. Pub food is in the $12 to $15 range. Entrees are$23 to $33. Does not come with a side salad or vegetables. Dinner was served with a very small portion of... More
Erin C
August 5, 2016|
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Response from joannebF9212XF | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they have a children's menu. I do think they would do something for the kids. Call and ask.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486-4229
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  South Hero
  • Phone Number: +1 802-372-4814
  • E-mail
Located in beautiful South Hero, Vermont, The Paddle is a hidden gem nestled in the Champlain Islands. Recently, Co-Owner/Chef Phoebe R. Bright was voted "Runner-Up" for Best Chef in Vermont (Daysie Awards, 2013-16). The restaurant has won numerous awards, including "Best Restaurant" (outside Chittenden County), 2015. Only a 20 minute drive from Burlington, the state's largest city! Reservations accepted. Weekly live music. Hours change with the season. Sunday brunches served on special holidays. Visit The Paddle on facebook, "like" and you may win one of many gift certificates the owners award weekly! "Love many, trust a few, but always paddle your own canoe."
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