Food + Drink

Peter Havens Restaurant in Brattleboro: A New Favorite

By Linda WarnerNov. 11, 2019

On a recent Saturday night we wanted a spot for a congratulatory dinner for my daughter who had just landed a wonderful job.  A golfing buddy of my husband’s recommended Peter Havens in Brattleboro, so we thought we’d give it a try.

Peter Haven Restaurant in Brattleboro, VTAs many times as we had driven down Elliott Street, we had paid little notice to the restaurant possibly due to the large number of restaurants in town.  Perhaps if we’d been locals we would have known all along what a wonderful find was hidden behind the door.  (After all, Peter Havens has been a fixture on Elliott Street for over 20 years.)

The restaurant itself is small and intimate with only ten tables plus bar seating. (Luckily we’d called for reservations! Had we not, we probably would not have been able to get a table as the place remained busy the entire time we were there.) Décor is simple, lighting subdued and restful. Service was typically Vermont – knowledgeable and very friendly.

Peter Havens Restaurant in Brattleboro, VTWe began with cocktails from the rather exceptional cocktail menu. Each unique drink was described by listing ingredients.  Selection was difficult as they all sounded so interesting.  I opted for the French 77 which included gin, fresh lemon, St. Germain and Prosecco. It was served extremely cold in a tall flute with a curl of lemon rind.  My daughter chose the El Borracho made from tequila, mango, pomegranate, agave and lime.  It arrived all pink and icy in a cocktail glass.  My husband selected from the interesting choice of beers.

Just as we had trouble choosing which cocktail to order, the menu created even greater problems. Everything sounding wonderful.  We ended up ordering two appetizers to share: the softshell crab and smoked trout.  We were impressed to find that the restaurant smokes their own trout. Both dishes were so good we somewhat regretted not ordering a third appetizer.

Peter Havens - DuckFor my entrée there was no doubt.  I ordered the pan roasted duck breast.  I always order duck if it is an option.  This duck was served with “French green lentils, haricots vert and sauce bigarade.” It was delicious and right at the top of the list of best duck I’ve ever eaten.

My daughter will always order gnocchi if it is on the menu.  And it was (“house made potato gnocchi, cherry tomatoes, local ramps and shaved parmesan”), so she ordered it. And enjoyed every bite.  My husband was enticed by the “brie stuffed roasted chicken, fingerling potatoes, fresh arugula, enoki mushrooms, and honey butter.”  Also a big hit.

Peter Havens - TartWhat do you do when you’ve had a wonderful meal and eaten every bite? Why, order dessert, of course. Even though it was pushing the limits, we ordered the warm apple tart, the vanilla bean crème brulee, and the coconut-maple panna cotta and shared among ourselves.

While walking back to our car, we agreed that Peter Havens would be added to our list of favorite dining establishments.  In fact, we are looking for an excuse to visit again soon.  After all, there are still plenty of menu items remaining to be tried.

Peter Havens Restaurant in Brattleboro, VTFor more information:
Peter Havens

By Linda WarnerNov. 11, 2019
Live Like a Local.
Get The Scoop.
Sidebar Signup

Vermont-Vibes-Time-to-Book-It-Pet-Friendly-Log-Cabin
Winter-Wonder-Vermont-Warmth-Peru-Log-Cabin-Fireplace

Further Field Guides

Equipe Sport Mothership Exterior Snowfall
Things To Do
Elevate Your Vermont Ski Trip with Equipe Sport's Rentals and Demos
By Adam LouisFeb. 1, 2024
Introduction: Ski Rentals Made Easy The thrill of skiing in Vermont becomes even more exhilarating when you have the right equipment under your feet. Thankfully, that's where Equipe Sport steps in, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts since 1989. Nestled in the heart of southern Vermont, Equipe Sport is not just a store; it's your gateway […]
Live Like a Local.
Get The Scoop.
Sidebar Signup

Green Mountain Lifestyle

Chic Stays: Boutique Vermont Hotels

Our exclusive guide to the state’s most Instagram-able boutique hotels. Each blends captivating design with unique Vermont flair, delivering picture-perfect moments and stylish getaways.
Sponsored by The Grafton Inn
Check it out
Grafton-Inn Exterior Summer Exterior Barn and Front Porch
Green Mountain Lifestyle

Chic Stays: Boutique Vermont Hotels

Our exclusive guide to the state’s most Instagram-able boutique hotels. Each blends captivating design with unique Vermont flair, delivering picture-perfect moments and stylish getaways.
Sponsored by The Grafton Inn
Check It Out
2024 Fall Foliage Updates
Footer Seasonal Signup

Featured Events

View All
Adventure Awaits. 
Time To Book It.
Find Rates >>>
magnifiercross