Eat & Drink in Stowe

Stowe, Vermont is surely one of the prime dining destinations of the Northeast. The variety and quality of restaurants in this small historic town is impressive. While we don’t like to choose favorites, here are a few standout dining picks in Stowe.

Doc Ponds

Located on the Mountain Road in Stowe this relatively new addition is a welcome one. William McNeil and Eric Warnstedt off the Hen of Wood fame add to their portfolio of successes with an addition to Vermont’s casual dining scene. Doc Ponds has a relaxed feel and local vibe. There is a distinct marriage of urban style and regional focus. Serving comfort classics the menu is straightforward and approachable. The beer list is well developed and shows some serious expertise with over 60 varieties and 5 local ciders. Calling all vinyl heads and music lovers, the bar has a huge collection of records that can be played on a set of turntables. This hipster newcomer has the perfect menu for after a day on the slopes, from housemade favorites such as french onion dip (yum), to a local cheese and charcuterie plate. Service is friendly and informed offering easy descriptions of beer and food selections. Doc Ponds is definitely a local favorite.


Located on Main Street in Stowe Village this American fusion restaurant combines local Vermont flavors with the healthy food styles of California. The owners are Los Angeles transplants and focus on the freshest ingredients and making as much of the menu from scratch as is possible. Plate is a 50 seat restaurant with an open kitchen and fantastic eat in bar. This is a great option for everyone from hearty meat eaters, to vegetarians and vegans. And not be excluded in the fun are our gluten-free friends with a broader selection of options than one usually sees. Described as romantic, this Stowe hot spot is often bustling with activity and enthusiastic diners, reservations are recommended.


Idletyme is both brewery and friendly bistro. Including lots of fresh local ingredients the menu is great for the whole family. A few of our favorites are the homemade super cheesy mac-and-cheese, the Vermont cheddar fritters and the grilled bratwurst. The space exudes a homey ski lodge feel with a  stone fireplace and oversized banquettes. The onsite brewery is an experience all of its own. You can enjoy your site made brew with a view of the striking copper brewhouse. The beer offerings are diverse so get started with a 6  taste “Brew-ski” sampler to experience the variety of homemade options. Simple excellence best describes this Stowe favorite from soup to beer nuts Idletyme delivers quality.

Finding a delicious place to dine in Stowe is as easy as driving to your next destination. The value and quality of product that the local restaurateurs put into their businesses is unmistakable. In addition to a Mountain destination Stowe can also be described as a flavor destination.

What are your favorite spots to eat and drink in Stowe?