Pangaea Restaurant & Lounge

Bar, Eatery

1&3 Prospect St
North Bennington, Vermont, 05257-9545
United States

(802) 442-7171 | map
vermontfinedining.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.14
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
4
pDev:
4.59%
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Reviews by AHaytko:
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AHaytko from Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Atmosphere at pangea lounge is very warm and welcoming, mostly stained wood and warm colored walls. After walking in you first notice the wooden bar. Small but comfortable with about 8 seats. drink glasses hang overhead and candles are usually lit. The beer and liquor are seated behind the bar sitting like books on a shelf. giving a very nice visual to the written menu. With four ever changing beers on tap its hard to give a accurate account of what was there.

My latest trip yielded Carlsburg, Hobgoblin, Harppon Winter, and Belhaven scottish stout. There were also a very nice selection of bottled beers that the barman would gladly pour for you. The 2$ bottled specials were also a nice touch. A lot of the beer is local northeastern breweries, but they do carry a fair amount of imports and national micro brews also. I think any one could find a beer they liked here. and if you are worried ask the staff they are all very knowledgeable.

You meet a lot of local people so friendly conversation is always available, the staff is great too always willing to have a conversation while not sacrificing service at all. the food is good but a bit pricey, it is a fine dining restaurant after all, but 7 for good homemade nacho's I was ok with.

There is a few separate areas fir sitting in the summer the patio is open. All year round they also have a few couches and comfy chairs which are nice for just relaxing in if there is no room at the bar. the dining areas are slightly separate but waiters are very attentive and are always around when you need them

Nov 10, 2011
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OnryAndMean from New York

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sep 22, 2015
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FloppyTopper from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Small but usually excellent taplist. Recently had Lost Nation Gose and Victory DirtWolf on tap. A few good VT and standard craft bottle selections. Excellent atmosphere at the bar and tables in the lounge. I've always had excellent service, esp at the bar. In the summer you can eat on the patio by Paran Creek - recommended!

The food is good quality. Mostly hits, but I've had a few misses. The salsa is the bomb!!! A+! Get a side of it! Haven't been to the fine dining side, but I've heard it's very good.

Jun 09, 2014
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krberg from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pangaea is interesting in that it is both a fine dining establishment and a very pub-like bar. This review is for the Lounge which I found to be a wonderful beer bar and truly a hidden gem.

The atmosphere is classy but relaxed. Most of the customers seemed to be regulars and were known by name. The music played was quiet and unobtrusive. The crowd was also fairly quiet and consisted mainly older folks and 30s-ish Vermont couples. Children seem welcome.

Great beer list! On tap they had:
Abbot ale, Pilsner Urquell, McNeill's Firehouse and Wolaver's oatmeal stout.
I cannot remember all the bottles they had but a few are a follows:
Sam Smith's brown, oatmeal, imperial and pale, Orval, Castelain blond and biere de garde, Hennepin, Franzikaner... Overall there were about 30 bottles. Pangaea also uses the correct glass style, if not the brewery's glass for their beers.

The service, on the night I was there, wasn't the best in the world. Our waiter was new and read off the wrong specials, one of which I ordered. He also couldn't find the Castelain I ordered and it took him about 15 minutes or so to bring it to the table. The bartender came over after a while, explained the situation and comp-ed some of check. Bad service + great service = average service.

Food is also where Pangaea shines. The menu is fairly limited, but solid. I started with hand-breaded fried oysters with a (divine) chipotle aioli and followed up with a wonderful, but very rich Cobb salad. My GF had a nice house salad and and bread followed by a goat cheese and veggie stuffed pasta dish that was also very rich. It was actually rich to the point of being unbalanced. I was told that the menu will be changing soon for the spring, but right now Pangaea is not very vegetarian friendly.

Overall, Pangaea's Lounge is a really great place to go. Small quiet pub, off the beaten path and worth the hour drive it takes me to get there. The food items are a bit expensive ($9-14 an entree), but great quality. A really great casual date place. They also have the fine dining side, for those looking for a more formal date and I imagine all the Lounge's beers would be available there as well.

Feb 03, 2005
Pangaea Restaurant & Lounge in North Bennington, VT
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 4 ratings