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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Pulled Pork Nachos
Slow braised house smoked pulled pork, barbeque sauce, caramelized onions, Cabot pepper jack cheese, scallions, sour cream
Barbecue Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Roasted Misty Knoll Chicken, barbecue and house-made buffalo sauce, red onion, tomato, Cabot pepper jack cheese, and jalapenos
Chicken Nachos
Roasted‎ Misty Knoll chicken, red onions, tomato, Cabot pepper jack cheese, scallions, jalapenos, served with sour cream and salsa
Sweet Chili Calamari
Crispy fried calamari, cherry peppers, arugula, lemon vinaigrette, Mae Ploy chili sauce, Bermuda onions, red peppers
Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic, brie cheese, with crispy tortilla chips for dipping
Sweet Potato Fries
Honey mustard dipping sauce
Chicken Fingers
Crushed almonds and corn flake crumbs, honey mustard dipping sauce
Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings
House‎ smoked jumbo wings with your choice of dry rub or buffalo sauce with house-made blue cheese dressing
Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Jumbo sea scallops, applewood smoked bacon,  Napa cabbage slaw, Sriracha mayo
Maple Brook Farms cheese curds, crispy fries, herbed chicken gravy
French Onion Soup
New England Clam Chowder
Caesar Side Salad
Romaine lettuce, homemade caesar dressing, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese
House Side Salad
Mixed greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, croutons, choice of dressing
Apple Cheddar Salad
Fresh spinach tossed with maple balsamic dressing, Granny Smith apple, Cabot cheddar cheese, spiced pecans, shaved red onion, dried cranberries
Chicken Gorgonzola Salad
Grilled chicken breast, mixed greens, Gorgonzola cheese, poached pear, candied walnuts, raspberry vinaigrette
Chicken Caesar Salad
Grilled chicken breast, romaine lettuce, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese, house-made Caesar dressing
Steak Cobb Salad
Char-grilled bistro‎ steak, romaine lettuce. grape tomatoes, shaved red onion, cucumbers, chopped bacon, house-made blue cheese dressing
Asian Salmon Salad
Tea rubbed filet of Atlantic salmon, sesame ginger dressed spinach, red peppers, celery, peanut noodles, Thai cucumber slaw, wasabi peas
Bistro Steak
Char-grilled bistro steak, roasted Brussel sprouts tossed in bechamel, Grafton 2 year aged cheddar and Yukon gold potato gratin
Atlantic Salmon
Broiled filet of Atlantic salmon, spinach, toasted farro, vegetable broth, petite carrots, roasted garlic aioli
Misty Knoll Chicken Pasta
Roasted‎ Misty Knoll Farms chicken, homemade Italian sausage, basil marinated tomatoes, red onion, parmesan cheese, fettuccine
14-Hour Beef Brisket
Spice rubbed brisket smoked in-house, Carolina barbeque sauce, cornbread, crispy french fries
Switchback Fish and Chips
Fresh Atlantic cod, Switchback beer batter, French fries, lemon-caper tartar sauce, coleslaw
Blackened Tuna
Blackened Yellow Fin tuna, peanut noodles, chilled cucumber slaw, spicy ginger glaze
Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
House smoked pulled pork, Carolina barbecue sauce, cavatappi pasta, bechamel, Cabot pepper-jack cheese, panko crust
Portobello Campanelle
Herb roasted Portobello mushrooms, spinach, caramelized onions, butternut and black truffle cream sauce, campanelle pasta, shaved Parmesan cheese, cinnamon spiced almonds
Vermont raised Boyden Farm beef, all natural Bison, Beyond Meat plant protein burger on a Brioche roll with fries or coleslaw.  Add sweet fries $2.75
The Grafton Burger
with Grafton 2 year aged cheddar
All American
American cheese and applewood smoked bacon.
Sweetwaters Burger
Sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, applewood bacon, Swiss cheese
Redrocks Burger
Chipotle BBQ sauce, Cabot pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon.
Blues Brother
Bacon‎ onion jam, Bayley Hazen blue cheese, Cabot pepper jack cheese
Comes with choice of fries or coleslaw. Add sweet fries $2.75
Grilled Cheese & Tomato
Sourdough bread, cheddar cheese and sliced tomato served with our house-made parmesan tomato soup
Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich
House smoked pork, Carolina barbeque sauce, house, Cabot pepper jack cheese, toasted brioche bun
Turkey BLT Wrap
North Country Smokehouse turkey, applewood smoked bacon, mesclun greens, sliced tomato, Maple Brook Farms feta cheese, house-made ranch dressing, all-natural flour tortilla
Barnyard Chicken Sandwich
Char-grilled chicken breast, Black Forest ham, applewood smoked bacon, provolone cheese, dill dijonaise, brioche bun
The Shirt Sleeve
Corn flake and almond crusted chicken fingers, mesclun greens, tomato, applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, all natural flour tortilla wrap
Age 10 and under – includes one side and soda or chocolate or whole milk.
Kids Meals
Choose one entree: Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dog, Chicken Fingers, Mac & Cheese, Cheeseburger
Seasonal vegetable
Carrots & ranch French fries
Bison Brew
Add a bottle of our homemade bison brew (root beer)
Apple Crisp
Streusel crumb topping Vermont’s Island homemade salted caramel ice cream
Molten Chocolate Cake
Topped with Vermont’s Island homemade vanilla ice cream
Maple Crème Brûlée
Homemade custard, Comeau Family Farms maple syrup, caramelized organic sugar
Chocolate Torte
Milk chocolate flourless torte, chocolate ganache, Vermont’s island homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream
Peanut Butter Bomb
Ghiradelli chocolate chip brownie crust topped with a whipped peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache
Island Homemade Ice Cream
Island Homemade Ice Cream Sundae
Sweetwaters is an American Bistro with an unique twist on your favorite eats. For over 30 years, we've been serving fantastic cuisine with local ingredients in a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of Burlington, on the corner of College and Church Streets on the charming Church Street Marketplace. Architecturally interesting, Sweetwaters is housed in what was the original site of the Burlington Trust Company. Built in the 1880s, the building retains its original mouldings, cornerstone, clock and architectural appointments. With a full bar, extensive menu, unique interior, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Sweetwaters certainly has something for everybody. We serve lunch and dinner
US$8 - US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Bar
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Hubby and I just stopped in for drinks at the bar. I had the Lavender Lemon Drop martini made with VT own Silo Lavender Vodka, pretty good and hubby had the Switchback Red Ale, from a local Burlington Brewery, he liked it a lot. We...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank panielsen
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Good food and service. Nice architecture. Large seating capacity if other restaurants are booked. Menu limited.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Roger H
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

It’s seasonal, but management has done nothing to curtail flies in restaurant. Wait till they clear.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JamesR353
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

It’s a great standby. My sons and their roommates have loved it over the years. I wish they had a more robust menu. Service is good and we love the inside and outside dining spaces.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cape-SoCal
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Good food at reasonable prices located in the heart of Church Street. I had the Cajun Salmon salad and it was delicious! We visited twice during our vacation. Very friendly staff!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ruthmet3
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

In all fairness only had coffee and dessert and both good . Service was quick and friendly. There is a bar inside with tv for sports

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Budmanri
Reviewed 13 September 2018

We chose this place for dinner because it seemed to have a great menu. Three of our party of four chose the Wasabi encrusted Salmon. While the Salmon was very good the fried Wonton (too large) and house made Kimshi just weren't that good. Overall...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank HarryRCT
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Really a very possible visit! Great selection of local beers gave an opportunity to get to know the Vermont beer scene, which is pretty good. Food more than held its own and the service was very good as well.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 207blainec
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Church street area is busy and we didn’t book. The wait here was only 10 minutes so we went for it. It was nice to sit outside, European style without the (European) smoking habits. The food was well cooked, very pleasant and my go to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank discoveringUSA
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

My group of 5 dined here at Sweetwater's on a Monday night. It was very good. We had steak, salmon with pork belly and pountine dish was okay. The guys thought it would be better. Overall good food and location on church street.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Companion488983
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Heather R
9 August 2017|
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Response from bovalin | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I see many families there.
Jane M
23 September 2016|
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Response from DavidMelincoff | Property representative |
Hi Jane, sorry for the delay in my response but it looks like you got great support from the community. We do not take reservations for groups of that size on Saturday evenings.
27 March 2016|
Response from DavidMelincoff | Property representative |
Yes we are from 11 am - 11pm.
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