A Romantic Meal at Peter Havens in Brattleboro

Though Brattleboro is a relatively small town, like so many other towns across Vermont, you’ll find plenty of independent spirit here. This spirit is felt everywhere, from independently owned shops and boutiques to unique restaurants in Brattleboro—including one of our favorites, Peter Havens Restaurant. Exploring local eateries and discovering new culinary gems are among our favorite parts of visiting new places. Surprisingly, Brattleboro boasts a remarkably varied food landscape for a town of its size.

Whether it’s your first time or you’re a returning guest, our Brattleboro Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by a delightful mix of restaurants you’ll want to experience. From cozy pubs ideal for unwinding after a day of adventures to romantic venues like Peter Havens Restaurant, you’ll find something here for every palate. While we’re eager to introduce our guests to the exceptional dining options in Brattleboro, VT, the town offers much more to explore throughout the year.

As you gear up for an exciting year of adventure ahead—whether hiking to the panoramic vistas in the Green Mountains or planning fall foliage adventures—we’d love for you to stay a few days in our charming Vermont Bed and Breakfast, located near the heart of downtown Brattleboro. Our six-room Inn, which features two exclusive units in our carriage house, offers the perfect retreat to unwind. Book your room at our Brattleboro, Vermont Bed and Breakfast now!

Black couple enjoying a romantic meal out at Peter Havens Restaurant in Brattleboro

A Great Dinner at Peter Havens Restaurant

Peter Havens Restaurant has long been a cozy and charming fixture in downtown Brattleboro. It first opened in 1989 and, ever since has been serving as a fantastic romantic destination for locals and visitors alike. Here, you’ll find a refined menu of New American cuisine focused on the bounty of Vermont. 

The menu at Peter Havens is upscale and diverse, featuring something for every palate. You’ll find classic dishes like a New York Strip Steak, Rainbow Trout with a lemon Meuniere sauce, and Roasted Duck Breast with an Orange Gastrique drizzled on top. 

But you’ll also find plenty of unique twists on the menus at Peter Havens Restaurant, including Hearts of Palm Cake and Escargot—both selections on their current appetizer list. Aside from these great-sounding dishes, one thing Peter Haves Restaurant in Brattleboro is really known for is its oyster bar. 

The Oyster Bar at Peter Havens Restaurant focuses on small plates and appetizers, particularly those featuring fresh seafood. The raw bar changes daily and is a sensational place for those who enjoy dishes like oysters on the half shell, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Salmon-Belly Ceviche, and other seasonally-inspired dishes. They even have a Tinned Fish Board on their menu.

In addition to this delicious food, Peter Havens also offers an exceptional cocktail menu and a vast selection of wine, beer, spirits, and other mocktails or non-alcoholic selections. Peter Havens has it all, and that’s why it’s regularly on our list of fantastic restaurants to recommend in Brattleboro. 

Couple enjoying wine and a great meal at great restaurants in Brattleboro

More Great Restaurants in Brattleboro

It doesn’t matter what brings you to Brattleboro or the time of year you visit. Whenever you’re here, you’ll need to have a few fantastic restaurants up your sleeve. Not everything needs to be planned out in advance, but having some idea of where you want to eat makes daily travel planning a little easier. From fantastic eaters like Peter Havens restaurant in Brattleboro to these other fantastic eateries, you have plenty of great options! 

Whichever establishment you choose, you’ll find a delicious range of locally sourced ingredients, many of which come from local farms and purveyors right here in Vermont. Our Brattleboro, Vermont Bed and Breakfast is just a short drive from downtown, placing you near some of the finest restaurants in Brattleboro, VT.

  1. Peter Havens Restaurant is excellent for romantic meals with your sweetheart, but there’s another unique and cozy space to consider! T.J. Buckley’s is housed in a renovated dining car, and the menu features hyper-fresh and seasonal cuisine that changes frequently. 
  2. There are plenty of great vegetarian restaurants in Brattleboro. One of our favorites is the Mediterranean-focused Yalla Vermont.
  3. Another delicious option for vegetarians and vegans is Superfresh! Organic Cafe. This community-supported cafe works with regional farmers to craft its menu.
  4. Echo Restaurant and Lounge serves various Italian dishes, including wood-fired pizzas. The outdoor patio is lovely during the warmer months, too.
  5. On a warm, sunny day, the casual pub-style fare and beer at Whetstone Station, which overlooks the river, are great options. 
  6. If you’re looking for a great lunch spot – especially if a picnic is in store – consider the Vermont Country Deli. It’s located in a country store and is a great place to pick up delicious picnic supplies.

We take pride in celebrating these exceptional Brattleboro, VT restaurants. Not only do we enjoy visiting them ourselves, but they play a crucial role in keeping Brattleboro the thriving destination it is. We’ll take care of breakfast for you in the morning, and from there, we hope you explore to your heart’s content. We’re more than happy to make personalized recommendations to help you make the most of your time in our corner of Vermont. If you’re ready to experience the best of Brattleboro, it’s time to book a room at our Bed and Breakfast today!

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