The Bench

492 Mountain Rd, Stowe
(802) 253-5100

Recent Reviews

Karen H

Went tonight for dinner as a prior visit left a very good impression on us. Tonight, however, was a bit different. It began with the appearance of our waitress. Her fingers/fingernails were filthy. The fact that someone who is dealing in the food industry would be allowed to look that way is quite frankly appalling. She was very pleasant but we couldn't focus on anything other than her dirty hands. We shared a salad (which was plain and dry) and some mac and cheese (which was very good). At the end of our meal we were brought our bill and I paid with cash. The change due included 13¢ which the waitress opted to keep for herself and give me back the rest. Though only 13¢ I found that odd. When in the area again we will likely pay another visit but hope this review will help implement some stricter hygiene rules for employees.

Douglas Scheider

For some reason this is like the only restaurant in Stowe that is open and where it is possible to get a table without waiting for a year or two. Which is weird because this place is great. Went here twice in the same weekend and would have gone a third if fancy brunch wasn't calling. Extensive beer llst with some harder to find entries, if you're a Vermont brew head. Food is all great: chicken, lamb dip, tacos, pretty much every pizza. The waiter took our picture when we asked, everyone seemed chill overall

Carolyn Holzman

I am a salt and vinegar fries fan so that alone got 5-stars. What is really nice is it's a local, casual dining option In Stowe. The hot sandwich I ordered came on a ciabatta baked from a local breadmaker. Loved it. The cocktails are super fun and creative - I've had the lemon and maple with lemon vodka but they are all very interesting and not the run of the mill.

Dave Ingraham

Friendly staff, great outdoor seating. BBQ chicken sandwich was great! Nice selection of beers. Overall good time

Mark Monteith

Was able to walk in prime dinner time. Sat at bar. Staff was attentive and friendly, food came out in a timely manner and was cooked to my liking.

Nicole N.

The brick oven pizza is worth the visit alone. Upon arrival we didn't know we needed a reservation and was told we would have to wait a hour. As we were waiting a gentleman asked if we were ready for our take out order. He seemed very familiar with the menu and took us through the items. He described the details and made everything sound yummy. My husband asked again if we can get a seat. He accommodated us within minutes. We get our food shortly after. He followed us through our meal drinks and dessert. His service was nothing short of excellence. We later found out his name was Phil and he is the manager. Phil you were amazing and the food was absolutely delicious. We had the rastamam pizza (we added marinara sauce) and wings (maple hint of lime and spice) and apple tart.

mitchell rakita

05/12/2021. Absolutely delicious. Scallop appetizer. Terrific sauce with mustard seeds and crumble bacon. Salmon tacos (3) big solid piece of salmon on each. Nice mix of other ingredients for tacos as well. We also had a local beef burger with bacon and Terrific blue cheese. OH!!! The waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable of menu.

C N.

We went here on Friday night to feed 5 of us. It was a great experience. The portions were excellent, fries were perfect and the service was top notch. We had plenty of space between other guests and I would definitely come back. They are handling COVID-19 rules very well. This place is giving Stowe restaurants a good reputation!

Sandie P.

Great food! The Mac n Cheese was superb and the BBQ chicken sandwich with French fries was delightful!

Doctor Who 2010

Random pick in VT but what a find! Wife got the duck and I have to highly recommend. Very tender and a hint of sweet undertone. I got a pizza and very good but couldn't keep my fork off the duck!

julie b

We had a late lunch/early dinner for four. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable. Everyone enjoyed her/his selection. Poutine was a group favorite. The Tres Amigo margarita was great.

Kyle Pool

Spur of the moment visit and was I wow-ed! Just me, party of one and they were very accommodating, even without a reservation, which seemed much needed during my visit (busy at 5 pm on a Tuesday says something about how good this place is).As a beer and burger aficionado, I was more than pleased with the selection choices, the proper beer glass for the proper draught, burger (I ordered the slider) was a 10.0 ! Tons of flavor, cooked to perfection with a delicious bun.Wings were phenomenal as well. Crispy but not burnt, chili lime seasoning was amazing but not overpowering. Salt & Vinegar fries were better than anticipated and the chicken fingers were as close to perfect as you can get.Bottom line, I just needed a bite to eat after a 4 hour hike through the day, and was blown away by the service, quality of food and great drink selection.One of the better burgers I’ve had in quiet some time and now I know the 45 min drive from where I live is well worth it!

Jean Dowd

Got Poutine to go. It probably would have been better had we ordered it to eat in the restaurant. With the to go order the gravy was served separately so it did not melt the cheese so that you could eat ot right away. The whole thing was lukewarm and had to be brought home and microwaved after pouring the gravy on it. It was very good once it was heated all together.


The service was fast and friendly. The food was excellent. We had the arancini for an appetizer. So delicious! Served with a tasty marinara sauce. I had a fantastic arugula salad with bleu cheese and beets and corn and a delicious dressing. Everything was served quickly and with a wonderful friendly server.

dani s.

So yummy! There s'mores dessert is to die for . There drinks and the atmosphere is perfect vermont

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