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About Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar
Welcome to Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar. We are located in the center of downtown Burlington in a little alley called Lawson Lane. In our cozy corner of the town we serve all Certified Angus Beef (CAB) steaks and a variety of fresh seafood and vegetarian options. We use local produce whenever possible and feature a rotating selection of Vermont cheeses. Our wine list contains three-hundred labels from all over the world with an emphasis on big, bold, steak-friendly wines. The proprietors, Mariasha and Ozzy Giral are always on site to help you find the perfect wine for any occasion. We hope to see you soon.
...and please keep in mind that we are available for private events of all sorts 7 days a week; we'll do the catering or bring in your favorite caterer.
Burlington, VT 05401
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 4:30 - 8:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm,
Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Blue Cat Cafe & Wine Bar is the only downtown restaurant with on site, free parking. Our customers can park in the lot on Saint Paul/College Street. However, take heed; the lot is monitored by a towing company, and our customers must use a permit. Simply send a member of your party into the restaurant, and we will give you a temporary permit which will allow you to park for the evening.
Private Party Facilities:
The Blue Cat Cafe and Wine Bar is available for private functions of all sorts, from small, intimate events to parties of up to forty. We offer many options for food and drink and can procure many specialty items such as rare wines and high grade meats, as well as tailor our menu to meet a budget.
Private Party Contact:
Ozzy Giral: (802) 363-3639
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please consider us for your next private function. Our intimate space seats up to 40, and you can bring in your own caterer or let us entertain you with our exciting, tailored menus. And for a special treat, try one of our private wine tastings for 10 - 30 people!
Blue Cat Steak & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
It was a busy Sunday night at the Blue Cat. None the less, the service was excellent as always. Everyone in our party enjoyed the meal. Steaks were prepared just as ordered. I had the NY strip which was a bone-in cut. One of the best I've ever had. The Rutherford Cabernet was a perfect compliment to the meal.
In town for my anniversary. Did a little research before heading up to Vermont and landed on Blue Cat. I wanted a place we could get a good bottle of wine and a decent steak in a comfortable yet romantic setting for our anniversary dinner and Blue Cat did not disappoint! The ambiance was cozy, dim and romantic with rustic decor. I ordered the bone-in NY Strip, which came with a side of cooked greens and garlic potatoes. The greens alone were incredible, my steak was fantastic. I would equate this location to Gibbet Hill back home in Massachusetts. Best to limit yourself to a small party - it's a small restaurant but worth it. It can be tough to find, we circled the block before finding the entrance. Grant yourself enough time to locate it!
Our entrees took way too long. Didn't know why because the place didn't seem that full. I don't fault our waitress because you can't bring the food out until the kitchen produces it. Other than that, nice atmosphere, delicious food and wine. I'm hoping the long wait was an exception, I'm not giving up on The Blue Cat.
Unfortunately there was one waitress for all the tables and bar on a Friday night. She completely ignored our table and went to the table next to us (who sat after we did) twice before coming to us. They ate and had desert 30 minutes before we even got our dinner. It took over 2 hours to get our meal. 7:15 reservation, we ate after 9:00 Cute place and good food, a bit overpriced. It's unfortunate the running of the place clearly needs some work.
We found out about this restaurant from the bartender at our hotel. Blue Cat is tucked away inside an otherwise nondescript building so you have to know where you are going but once you find it, you will be greeted by friendly staff and quickly lead to your table. The location only holds about 15 tables so it is cozy. The decor is nice and the music is well selected and played at a suitable level so you can have a conversation with your table mates. Our waitress knew the wine list well and allowed me to taste a few options before I made my selection. This was a nice touch !
My wife ordered the filet mignon and found it tender but lacking flavor. Perhaps horseradish sauce would have been a help. I ordered the ribeye and found it rather tough. Instead of a nice marbling of fat, my steak contained a lot of tendon that was not edible. My son's ribeye was the same as mine. We ordered a side of cream sauce to share that contained locally sourced chanterelle mushrooms for $10 but received a $3 serving size. While flavorful, the portion size did not fit the price tag. The garlic mashed potatoes were good and grilled asparagus was prepared well but a couple more stalks (we each got three) would have been nice.
If you are looking for a cozy place with a nice wine list and friendly & helpful staff, this is a good choice - just be prepared to pay handsomely. If you are looking for Chicago quality steak, you'll have to get on an airplane.
First of all, there were normal tables free, even we left, but they put us in a minuscule table with very uncomfortable chairs. The environment tried to be European but missed the point.... said by one European....just poor illumination and red curtains doesn't make a local "European"
Waitress was robotic, saying 'learnt' sentences without really listening or establishing a conversation. She mistook the wine and every time she left there were at least 5 minutes before she was back....and there were a total of 5 tables with people
We await 55 minutes for our food, basically steaks, and the people on the table close to us awaited almost one hour and half.
Food was good, not wow, but for then our experience was ruined. Just wanted to eat, pay and go.
There are much nicer places in the area.
I was instantly a fan just by the name of the place. The food and waitress were fantastic. Excellent wine. I couldn't recommend this place enough. My ONLY issue is that there wasn't enough of the "blue cat" decor. I was a big fan of the cat theme on the sign and was slightly disappointed when there wasn't any cat decor in the place. Being a crazy cat lady I was hoping for some cat salt and pepper shakers or something.
Excellent meal, we were a group of 6 for a birthday celebration! Isabelle was our server and she was super! Good wine selection ! We had appetiser salads ( not complicated but good, complementary humus on arrival , filets were great the menu is not complicated but served spot on! Would not recommend children definitely adult and cozy! Expensive but depends on how much you drink!!
Food was excellent. Went for a special occasion on June 10, 2017 and had purchased a Jump-On-It coupon in March 2017 which expired June 8, 2017. Was disappointed that with a check exceeding $500 that the coupon was not honored for it's full value. Otherwise, very nice dinner!
This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. The menu is terrific and the food is wonderful, Service is impeccable and the food presentation is inspired. We're particularly fond of the steak selection and have always been very pleased with the overall dining experience. Blue Cat is a small place tucked away on Lawson Lane - you won't stumble on it accidentally, and it's worth finding. The atmosphere is casually elegant and the table setups ensure an intimate dining experience where while other tables seem close, it never feels crowded or that you are intruding on anyone else's dining experience or they on yours. Wine and cocktail selection is good though we're not experts. Can't recommend Blue Cat more highly.
The food was excellent but the service was subpar. Our appetizer was brought in a timely manner but it was 1 hour and 20 minutes until the next course arrived and it was our entrees. They had forgotten our second course. They were very nice and brought the second course after our entree-less than ideal though. The place is very small and upscale so I think the waitstaff should have realized they did not bring us any food for a very long time. They did give us a free cocktail to say sorry but... The food was very tasty so we will likely give them a second chance.
They were out of several things on the menu and when we paid our bill we were immediately asked to leave because they had people waiting for the table. I have never been asked to leave a restaurant before. Unbelievable especially since it too nearly 45 minutes for our food to be brought to our table after we ordered.
The food and presentation is outstanding at Blue Cat. We were quite disappointed in a few things though...the servers do it all. They seat and bus their tables AND bartend their own drinks which slows everything down. We sat for 35 minutes before a cocktail arrived, and appetizers. This restaurant was full and to not have a bartender in a restaurant is unheard of. We were also disappointed in that there were a number of items on the menu they were out of which was not communicated to us at all until we ordered and had our minds made up. This should be told when the menus are provided to the guests. It was a three hour dinner for two people because of the slow bar service. But did I say the food was outstanding??!
We went on a Friday with friends. We sat down at 7:10 and left at 11:00. The server was pleasant and the place has a European atmosphere. Drinks were very good. Food was average but our salads reached us at 8:30, second plate at 9:30 and entrees at nearly 10:30. The kitchen is clearly unequipped to handle a capacity restaurant.
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