We recently spent a long weekend in Woodstock, Vermont and enjoyed so many family friendly activities and attractions: everything from hiking to museums to plenty of good meals. You can read our full City Guide to Woodstock here; it includes other nearby Vermont villages and the town of Hanover, New Hampshire (home to Dartmouth College and just over the border from Woodstock). This week we thought we’d share 13 great spots for a meal, drink, or snack in the greater Woodstock area. Disclaimer: Some restaurants had restricted hours due to pandemic restrictions and time of year when we visited in February of 2022. It’s always best to check a business’s website and give them a call to confirm before heading out to explore.
- Mon Vert Cafe: Open for breakfast and lunch making fresh breakfast favorites, sandwiches, salads, and hot and cold drinks. We also spied a full espresso bar. There is some indoor seating (with more available in the warmer months) but consider it more for take out.
- Red Rooster at Woodstock Inn & Resort: An AAA Four Diamond Award winning restaurant, the Red Rooster offers upscale dining inside the beautiful Woodstock Inn, with views overlooking the backside of the resort. Open everyday for a breakfast buffet, and then for lunch and dinner.
- Richardon’s Tavern at Woodstock Inn & Resort: The Tavern has a more relaxed atmosphere than Red Rooster and offers alfresco dining in warmer summer months or fireside dining in colder winter months. The tavern offers a variety of craft beers and small plates.
- Mountain Creamery: Open 363 days a year for breakfast and lunch and famous for making everything from scratch, with most items coming from the restaurants’ nearby Hinterland Farm. Make sure to leave room for ice cream- there are almost 20 flavors!
- The Prince and the Pauper: Open for elegant and intimate dining for dinner only. The restaurant is currently featuring a pre-fixed menu and is closed on Sunday and Monday.
- Worthy Kitchen: Located on Route 4 right before the entrance to the village, Worthy Kitchen serves meals made with ingredients from local farms and almost two dozen draft beers. Open for dinner Wednesday through Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Worthy also has locations in Waitsfield and South Royalton.
Nearby villages in Vermont:
- King Arthur Baking Company Cafe in Norwich- Open for breakfast and lunch and serving homemade breads, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and every imaginable pastry and dessert. Small dining area, with chairs and tables available, and tons of picnic space, outdoors. Be sure to check out the bakers in action.
- Simon Pearce Restaurant at the Mill at Quechee- A stunningly beautiful restaurant that overlooks the Ottauquechee River waterfalls and Quechee Covered Bridge. Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday and serving American cuisine using local ingredients. Be sure to leave time to shop in the Simon Pearce retail store
Hanover, New Hampshire:
- Molly’s in Hanover: Open for lunch and dinner and serving great pub food and lots of Dartmouth trivia and memorabilia in the heart of the Dartmouth College area.
- Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery in Hanover: Open for breakfast and lunch, Lou’s is an institution and a favorite of locals. There are dozens of breakfast options and plenty of sandwiches and burgers offered all day, too. Make sure to leave room for the (seemingly) endless sweet treats like cakes, pies, cookies, and donuts.
- My Brigadeiro in Hanover: The best spot for homemade sweets like truffles, cupcakes, and cakes. The name brigadeiro is a traditional German dessert and this spot in downtown Hanover serves over two dozen homemade varieties.
- The Nest Kitchen in Hanover: Open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday offering a variety of sandwiches (with many meatless options) and “smashburgers.”
- Jesse’s Steaks, Seafood and Tavern in Hanover: Open for lunch and dinner in an old log cabin (that has since expanded) with great steaks and seafood and attentive service.
Check out our City Guide for Woodstock, and our full posts on the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Montshire Museum of Science, and Billings Farm and Museum. And follow along on our adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.