Outdoor dining is a token of the Burlington experience in the summer months. Restaurants, bakeries, and pubs block off sections of the sidewalk or street to allow for additional seating while buskers, performers and more keep the entertainment alive through downtown. In Burlington, waterfront restaurants are the go-to for afternoon cocktails and a snack when the sun is at its peak. Soak up some rays while sampling local brews from the many different draft lists, or mix it up with a summer frozen specialty.

As the warm days of spring and summer begin to set in, the people of Burlington will start to move everything outside, be it eating, drinking, or just hanging out. With Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains providing a picturesque backdrop for a summer evening in the Queen City.


Here is a list of 5 Waterfront Restaurants on Lake Champlain. 


Splash at the Boathouse      
2 College St, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 658-2244

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. 






The Spot on the Dock     
1 King St, Burlington, VT 05401
 (802) 540-0480

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. 



Farmers & Foragers

75 Penny LN, Burlington VT 05401


Open seasonally May through October

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.


Shanty on the Shore     
181 Battery St, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-0238

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.


Deep City at Foam Brewers   
112 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 800-1454

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.  


Skinny Pancake
60 Lake St Unit 1a Burlington VT
(802) 540-0188

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.