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“It felt a little bit like being film "Ratatouille"”
Review of T. J. Buckley's

T. J. Buckley's
Ranked #7 of 111 Restaurants in Brattleboro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“It felt a little bit like being film "Ratatouille"”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

It is a tiny place. The kitchen is right next to the dining area and I'd say it seats about 20 people.
It is probably in the top 5 meals I've had in my life. Two were in Brattleboro. I don't know why meals in Boston and New York city aren't comparing but it's true.
How do you make mashed potatoes so amazing? It wasn't MORE seasoning, etc. It was like someone picked a place in Vermont. The perfect field next to a crystal clear river and when the moon was waning, planted a seed potato. The farmer then checked on it everyday. Two times. At the perfect moment he called the chef. The chef went over and picked up these potatoes in a basket lined in a gingham kerchief and cooked them for me that night. I just don't get how you make mashed potatoes taste like something I want to drive a couple hours for.
The restaurant is intimate enough so you can hear each person's response when they take a bite. There is a lot of "Oh my god"s and "Amazing"s.
Each dish is carefully prepared. When your salad takes a little while you don't feel impatient since you are watching them prepare it with care right in front of you.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Emporium, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Four Visits - Five Star each time”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Extraordinary food, artistic presentation, and an atmosphere that makes you feel catered to. Be sure to make a reservations! The chef is a presenter - wonderful to watch him preparing the meals and his prep chef adorning the plates with such skill!

No menu needed, a savory description of each dish flows from your waitress's lips. Wherever you are seated the layout / interior design allows you to view kitchen preparations and the sights, sounds and smells are a great prelude to tastes that will be delivered to your table.

If only we hadn't already dug in before I thought to take the picture below!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Mary M
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Montpelier, Vermont
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Truly great meal”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Step inside the tiny, wood paneled former diner and let the magic begin. Open kitchen allows the patrons to witness the meticulous preparation and presentation of outstanding meals. There are four appetizers, four entrees and four desserts, and it is almost impossible to make a choice-nor does it really matter, since everything is expertly done and perfectly plated. Nice selection of wines/beer/cider to accompany meals, and wonderful coffee to ring down the curtain. Certainly one of the finest dining experiences in Vermont.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank MWitz
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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
331 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Otherworldly”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

If you've never dined here before you can't imagine the experience. Every fork is a delight to the senses. Unusual fresh baked breads. Appetizers that you cannot choose amongst. Salads that are innovative, artistic, and delicious. The main courses are always, fresh, expertly prepared, delicious, and just fill me with the joy of life every time I get a chance to visit. Great accompanying wines, naturally. I can't pile on enough superlatives to describe how delightful dining at TJ Buckley's can be. The staff is perfectly attentive. The intimate diner experience with 13 seats provides a full view of the kitchen and the staff creating masterpieces!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank David D
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Alstead, NH
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Special Dining Experience”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Small, intimate, lovely setting where you can watch the Chef prepare each course before it hits your table. There is no formal dinner menu; the server reads the 4 app and 4 entree options for the night with impeccable detail. The meal itself was VERY good. The cod dish we had was well thought out - well executed and had a level of complexity I've personally not seen at any restaurant since moving to northern New England 3 years ago. Savory, crunchy, salty, sweet - there is obviously great thought given to each dish and its components and it did not go unnoticed. My only quip: the prices are outrageously high, but we did not know until the bill came since no menus are given. Because of the prices (about $100/pp), we will have to save TJ Buckley's for very special occasion meals.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Greer W
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