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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

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The Farmhouse Tap & GrillThe Farmhouse Tap & Grill
BA SCORE
97
world-class

65 Reviews
Reviews: 65
Visits: 179
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

160 Bank St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-4411
United States
phone: (802) 859-0888

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fhtgburlington

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Place added by: liquidlife on 05-20-2010

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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 179
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Yes, Marvin, I’ve heard about the new taproom in Burlington. I mean, really. Stalled at the rainy hotel, holding this off as long as we could thinking (knowing) it would be stupid jammed, and it was. An hour and a half on a table, they say. We’ll wait downstairs in the lounge. Seeing dinner and drinks things in reverse this time around...

6 seat “L” bar with seating on the stretch only. Barback is a wood unit split in half with a dozen taps in a row on panel backing. Wines on the counter between the taps on center and a few random display bottles, and that’s about all. Lamps imbedded over the taps and glassware shelved below. Wood box overhang above the bar, with pressed tin inlayed and buttercup lamps dangling. A single banquet table seating a dozen adjacent to the bar, and a ½ dozen tables on the far wall sharing bench play. Down on the end, a church pew on shorty tables, seating to both sides of the fireplace, and light bar counter space on the opposite wall below a 4 x 8 mirror. A real comfy room, our table called too soon.

Now back upstairs again, seated up front this big open room along the large windows there. Garage doors to both sides roll up to penned streetish side seating in warmer weather, which is now not. Beige walls papered & painted over plank lowers, and some drop copper lighting giving good ceiling swirly pattern fun. Roughly 30 tables riddled about. Just shy of a dozen 2-seat tables sharing a wall of bench, hightops on the other end, and low recs and a few banquet tables in between. In the rear left corner, a slab straight marble bar seating less than a dozen, with a pair of handpumps about midway along. Barback holds a pair of row towers fronting a pieced horizontal mirror on center. Wine and glassware boxed vertically to both sides and shelved glassware below. A trio of angled horizontal blackboards listing tap selections sits above. Upright bottle cooler on the end. Cheese off the other side of the bar, with peek a boo views of kitchen window above and a board listing cheese selections atop. And a ‘Thank you farm’ board on the far wall, nicely done.

24 taps, ¾ of which are American craft beer offerings from Vermont (Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale, Abner Impy IPA, Rakau & Amarillo Single Hop Pales, Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, Long Trail Goodnight Irene, Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout), and coasts East (Allagash White, DogFishHead Festina Peche, Victory Helios, Flying Dog Tire Bite, Blue Point Rastafa Rye, Hoptical Illusion, and No Apologies Imperial IPA, Southern Tier Backburner Barleywine), and west (North Coast Pranqster, Old Rasputin RIS, and Scrimshaw Pilsner). The remaining ¼ is a mix of imports (Ayinger Brau Weisse and Oktober Fest-Marzen, Weihenstephaner Festbier), a cider (Original Sin), a root beer (Rockies Root Beer), and a wine (Shelbourne Vineyards Cayuga White). And lest we not forget the single cask offering (Berkshire Brewing Lost Sailor IPA).

And 100+ bottles; nearly 3 dozen American craft (including local hero Heady Topper, a pair from Hill Farmstead, and goods from Lawsons). Upwards of 2 dozen Belgians, including some Trappist play (Orval for $11). Roughly a dozen vintage/rarities (2007 Orval for $15, plus Belgian and Stone offerings), and another 3 dozen beers of the world, with a prominent amount of Canadian & German offerings. And Ciders, Gluten frees, N/A’s, and 50+ wines, a few of them by the glass. We split a bottle of the Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (Saison with honey & dandelions), which we missed earlier today at the brewery but happily caught now. It did not suck. And then I had a Trapp Family Lodge Vienna Lager, ‘cause did I mention it’s pretty goddamn good?

They started with the delicata squash salad (mixed greens frisee, Cabot clothbound cheddar, cider vinaigrette, croutons of good) and the steak tartare (local grass fed beef on house made potato chips). I took in a pair of cheeses; Champlain Valley Triple Crème (cow), and the Blue Ledge Farm Lake’s Edge (goat). I dug on the goat, more so. Came with the things you’d want with the kind cheeses. Ben, the basic burger (kimchee and an egg, sunny side up), and Bethy, the lamb burger (feta, apple, parsley, and delicious). I burgered as well, with the Jericho Settlers’ Farm grass fed beef (Landaff Creamery cheddar, VSC bacon, charred onions, locally sourced awesome). Burgers were money (sooo money), ‘and they know it’, added Ben. We all opted out on the salad for fries, they were no joke. And pickles even Randy would approve of. Bethy wound down with the ice Vermont cider. Now add a spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon, and goodnight.

Apparently, there is beer garden space out back, with a limited food menu (snacks and a smoker of things meat), and a handful of taps. It’s just a bit too autumny for me to hunt out at this time. Great house; upscale, but accessible. Amazing damn food, and a real nice beer selection. Excellent joint, Burlington. (5,002 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of zotzot
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Best place in Vt for good food and great beer (45 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ajlvt
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Strong game with 20 different beers on tap, including multiple Hill Farmstead. Small pours are fantastic, allowing you to drink a few without putting yourself and others in danger.

Heirloom tomato salad top-notch, charcuterie plate good but not great.

Probably expensive for Burlington, though as an Acela corridor guy the prices didn't make me blink much. (358 characters)

Photo of emeyer
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of FFreak
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Farmhouse has an incredible selection of beer. The tap list was pretty good, but the list of bottles and cans was truly impressive. Food and service were both good, although the food prices have gone from expensive a few years ago to outrageous today. The acoustics could be better, as it was only about half full and already very noisy. Overall, I'd say it's a great place to have a bite and some great beers - if you can afford it. (437 characters)

Photo of user785335
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of KOrtyl
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

My guess is review below is from competition or someone who has a bone to pick with place. Came up from MA with family. Awesome place. Great food options. Nice beer menu. Cool beirgarten in rear as you wait for table. Loved it. Nice people. Waitress was a tad slow. But food was yummy. Atmosphere happening. Would like to go back again with just adults and drink more and share diff apps n entrees.

Highly recommend this place. (439 characters)

Photo of Baab200
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of mjstern70
4.75/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of VTMLB
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of cherche
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mikeynas
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.48/5  rDev -44.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

The most overrated restaurant in Burlington.

Blah food, expensive menu, poor service, bad acoustic.

I hate going there, but it's your best bet for limited releases on draft. (177 characters)

Photo of Ironstutz
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jkane101
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BMMillsy
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Awesome spot. Friendly service. Was even packed on a Monfay night. Hill Farmstead and Lawson's on tap, Heady cans. Lots of other good stuff. Burger was delicious. A must stop if in Burlington. Only complaint is that $17 is a bit steep for a burger, especially a small one. But the beer prices seemed just fine. (310 characters)

Photo of colby600
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of smanson56
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rudy611
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT
97 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.