Experience the best of Burlington with its vibrant outdoor dining scene. From charming restaurants, delightful bakeries, to cozy pubs, there's a wide array of places to eat in this city. Immerse yourself in the Burlington ambiance as sidewalks and streets transform into inviting seating areas. When it comes to waterfront dining, Burlington truly shines. Waterfront restaurants are the perfect choice for enjoying afternoon cocktails and satisfying snacks while basking in the radiant summer sun. Delight in the scenic views of Lake Champlain and the majestic Adirondack Mountains that create a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable summer experience. Quench your thirst with a refreshing selection of local brews from diverse draft lists or savor a delightful summer frozen specialty.
As the temperatures rise and the seasons transition to spring and summer, Burlington locals embrace the great outdoors. Take advantage of the picturesque Queen City, where people flock to enjoy meals, drinks, and leisure time under the open sky. Let the natural beauty of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains enhance your evening as you savor the best that Burlington has to offer.
Here is a list of 7 Waterfront Restaurants on Lake Champlain.
Splash at the BoathouseBack to Top of List
Hours: Seasonal (Daily: 12 - 9pm)
There is always a time and place for fine dining. There is also always a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy a sunset with a frozen drink in hand. Splash at the Boathouse is the ideal location to find yourself for an afternoon or evening on the waterfront.
Deep City & Foam BrewersBack to Top of List
Hours: Thurs - Monday (4pm - 9pm)
A Foam Brewers Project, Deep City is situated along Burlington’s Waterfront Park with a front-facing view of Lake Champlain. Serving a wide variety of epic dishes, Deep City also benefits from an extensive list of craft beers provided by Foam Brewers as well as guest beers from some of the best local, national, and international breweries.
Bravo ZuluBack to Top of List
Seasonal (May - October) 11am - 9pm
Bravo Zulu is a new addition to North Hero and Shore Acres Inn, with a beautiful setting along Lake Champlain positioned facing Eastward towards Vermont, Bravo Zulu is ready to showcase their top-tier menu and drink list. Swing by this summer for a great evening on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Shanty on the ShoreBack to Top of List
Hours: Open Everyday (12pm - 8pm)
Burlington’s premier seafood restaurant - The Shanty on the Shore prides themselves on old fashioned fresh seafood. Boasting gorgeous views over Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, the Shanty is a go to for a family dinner with a view.
Skinny PancakeBack to Top of List
Hours: Everyday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
The Skinny Pancake in Burlington is one of many of their epic crepe based franchises throughout the northeast. With a hyper focus on supporting local communities and creating a sustainable food shed. The Skinny Pancake has been a leader in our local restaurant community for a while now.
A quick stroll down Battery Street, College Street, or around Waterfront Park and you will likely pass by the Skinny Pancake. Great for a quick drink, dinner with friends, or a hearty brunch before a day of adventuring.
Farmers & ForagersBack to Top of List
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday (12:00-9:00PM) Sunday (12:00-4:00pm)
Farmers and Foragers Dockside at the Burlington Harbor Marina is a summer favorite with beautiful views over Lake Champlain and Lone Rock Point. The Food Truck based restaurant serves a variety of homestyle comfort foods from their delicious “Vermont Cheesesteak” to Lake Champlain Perch tacos, and much more.
The Spot on the DockBack to Top of List
Hours: Seasonal (Daily: 12 - 9pm)
An eclectic, surf-inspired, dockside restaurant along the Burlington waterfront. The Spot on the Dock is open seasonally, although their opening dates can vary depending on the weather. It is typically normal to see them open anytime in May and by Memorial Day at the latest.