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Tourterelle Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in New Haven
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Our Story:In the late nineties, a beautiful event planner from Brittany met a young, American chef from New York. Before long they married and their union produced first a daughter and then a culinary revolution in Brooklyn, New York. Locals flocked to Loulou, their first French bistro, as much for chef Bill's lusty cuisine, as Christine's gracious charm. Before long, Loulou beget Cocotte, another French eatery that drew crowds. Other chefs followed them, lining the streets near the Snells' restaurants with all manner of eateries.The couple turned their sights on a life-long dream: to own an inn and restaurant in Vermont. The Snells purchased the well-regarded Roland's Place in New Haven, Vermont in July 2009, changing its name to Tourterelle to reflect its romantic theme as a serene restaurant, inn, and venue for special occasions.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

We live about 20 miles away and make the trip to Tourterelle a few times each year. Elegant country dining in a nice setting. The bouiliabasse is a personal favorite, as are the crepes. The wine list is only ok - a bit limited. One word of caution ... There is a function room out back, where they sometimes host weddings and the like. It can be a bit noisy and busy if there's a function going on. If you're going to Tourterelle on a Saturday, you might ask about functions.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

from the moment you enter this beautiful old building perched on the hill overlooking the Green Mountains of VT, we knew there was something special here. We were welcomed by the charming co-owner, Christine, then seated in a comfortable room with a warm fire in it's fireplace setting the mood for a relaxing and enjoyable evening ahead. The fabulous food is often local and cooked to order served by wonderful staff(some who have work there for 8yrs!). Not a place to be in a rush, but definitely worth every minute that you are there!

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is our favorite "neighborhood" restaurant we frequent at least every 2-3 weeks year round. I have never had a bad meal here. Christine, the owner, is beyond gracious, a fantastic host and the country French food is excellent. They always have specials which keeps the menu interesting (always great fish, I just had roast pheasant which was excellent) and even the basic bistro items like hanger steak or a local burger are excellent (and not that expensive). The wine selection is also very good with interesting cocktails that rotate each season and a stocked bar (you can eat the bar too which is a fun option). All the serving staff are dedicated and knowledgable and will always accomodate any requests or food allergies. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic but you can definitely bring kids (the fries are great and they will make chicken tenders or pasta).

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is a nice place to go for good food and good service. But the atmosphere is not what one expects when going to a country inn for French cuisine. As advertised you can "relax by our fireplace for a four course dinner", but they should add "bring a megaphone with you if you plan on conversing during your meal".

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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We came with high expectations and for the most part were satisfied. The first impression is of a beautiful bar, but no bartender on a Saturday night? No problem, we were quickly seated at a very nice table in a beautiful room. The service seemed a little disorganized initially, but both servers were very friendly and things improved. The menu selections are tantalizing and the meal was delicious, except for the Escargot which seemed a little misguided with diced sausage, but I blame myself for ordering it - I usually can't resist Escargot. All in all a very nice evening.

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