Revolution Kitchen

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9 Center St, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 05401

Vegetarian restaurant serving meals made with local and organic ingredients. Offers beers on tap. Opened in summer 2013. Open Tue-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, International, Organic, Beer/Wine

25 Reviews

First Review by flicka

Excellent friendly service, great food - Edit

Isabella was a superb server - friendly and knowledgeable. We met the owner Peter who prepared our wonderful meal. Ambiance is dark and hip, open kitchen, creative menu, great wines.

Pros: Super friendly service, Creative menu, Hip, comfortable dining room

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Good choice for a Veg friendly night out - Edit

We really enjoy our time at Revolution Kitchen. We have been a couple of times and always enjoy ourselves. The food is always pretty good, we usually order the AMAZING noodle bowl, and the apps are equally yummy!

The service is a little lacking, we always make reservations and if its a busy night we aren't usually seated sometimes until an hour after our reservations...so why bother making the reservation? We also are always (for some reason?) sat right near the restroom..even with reservations. Although I will say the food usually makes up for these flaws and so we are happy to go back.

Pros: great food, nice atomosphere

Cons: Smells of old fry oil , ok service

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delicious - Edit

Food was fantastic. I had the vegan ravioli that was to die for. My one criticism is that we arrived after dark and it’s REALLY dim in there. In order to read the menu I had to turn on my cell phone flashlight.

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Don't bring your kids . . . on second thought, just don't go - Edit

The food was bland and short on salt, so we had to salt everything ourselves with little spoons. On a taco, this meant I got alternating bites of bland and briny. The pad thai didn't taste like pad thai. All they would do for kids was a plate of plain white noodles with butter, which my daughter suspects was dairy despite our request. The service was minimal, and the general attitude was "we can't do that." For instance, they couldn't bring us a side of rice, even though it comes with several of the dishes.

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Coconut Cream Pie - Edit

If they have it, you HAVE to get it. Its amazing! As well the maple miso glaze Brussels sprouts. It would be great if they took the leap and went fully vegan. Beautiful atmosphere.

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Still thinking about the Brussels - Edit

Traveled from NYC for a vacation and planned on eating here from the happy cow reviews. It was fantastic and I'm planning my next trip already. The maple miso Brussels sprouts were perfect. No other way to describe it. Perfect. The sweet potato tacos were pretty amazing too. It was busy, as it should be, but even without a reservation we got a table in a very reasonable amount of time. A

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Great Vegan Options!!!! Will definitely come again! - Edit

Wonderful atmosphere, make sure you make reservations ahead of time, tables go quickly.

Pros: 95% of the menu is vegan

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Blossom in NYC was my favorite until I ate here - Edit

Revolution Kitchen does everything right--it's difficult to know where to begin. Service is friendly and efficient. The menu options are fantastic. The prices are extremely reasonable. My husband and I enjoyed our meals so much that we ate at Revolution Kitchen two nights in a row while we were in VT--if we had stayed longer, we'd have returned again! It's difficult to to choose from the extensive menu because it all looks so good! We enjoyed exciting appetizers of goat cheese and fig wontons and oyster mushroom ceviche. We followed those with beautifully prepared and presented entrees which included truly "revolutionary" tacos, homemade ravioli and Seitan Piccata. THEN, there's the nightly array of splendid desserts ! And, on beverages, there are many local beer and wine choices plus the was coffee perfect. I have only previously found a restaurant with so many vegetarian/vegan offerings in NYC. Revolution Kitchen is a real find!

Pros: Food was exceptional!, Features many seasonal offerings, Very reasonable prices

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yummy and great atmosphere - Edit

Many Vegan options. Loved the brussel sprouts.

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Best Vegan Dinner EVER! - Edit

We had the best dinner here! From start to finish, from the service to the food- EVERYTHING was excellent! You seriously have not lived until you've had the Brussels Sprouts from Revolution Kitchen! Some of the reviews complain that this place is pricey- I disagree. We ordered 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 alcoholic drinks and dessert for a total of $91. I think this is a very fair price, considering how delicious everything was (and we both left stuffed)! I don't mind spending money on what is not only a great meal, but a great experience.

Pros: Everything!

Cons: My only complaint is that it isn't closer to where

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Overpriced - Edit

The food is fine if you don't eat often vegetarian meals.The wines are very ordinary, and for 11 dollars a glass, we expected more... when we complained about it at the owner, she gave us one dollar back to compensate... We finally had a hundred dollar bill for ordinary food and wine.

Pros: Raviolis

Cons: Expeditive service, Wine, Overpriced

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Nice Food, small portions - Edit

This place is pretty upscale and seems more like a place you go for a special occasion, a date, or as a group. It's a little more expensive but the food is pretty tasty. The portions are pretty small. The ambiance is very nice. Sometimes I think you need reservations, mainly weekends I believe.

Pros: Tasty Food, Nice ambiance

Cons: Small Portions, Somewhat Pricey

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You must go here! Viva la revolution! - Edit

A great place to eat dinner! Most items can be made vegan and the staff is understanding of desires. Everyone was super friendly and the pace of service was efficient, but never rushed. I had a seitan piccatta and it made me want to give everyone involved a great big hug! Absolutely amazing meal and wonderful experience all around. Recommend this place without hesitation!

Pros: Great bistro atmosphere, so friendly and amazing o

Cons: Not a single one to find!!!!

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Best of show for vegetarian dining in Burlington - Edit

This place is super adorable with the European-style bench with potted flora and foliage outside to greet patrons and allow for waiting. Inside, there is an adorable farmhouse style square table with a vintage looking couch for waiting. There is also a bar with about a half dozen stools to have an aperitif, cocktail or beverage before you are seated.

Why such adorable seating before the meal? Well, it's a small venue, hallway entry to the eating and dining area with just over a dozen tables. Reservations are recommended. They are not open on Sundays. Hours are limited.

Ok, other than that.... the food choices are mouth-wateringly delicious. They have an eclectic blend of menu items that feature what you'd expect from a more upscale veg restaurant - sandwiches, burgers, Asian stir fry, tacos, Asian-inspired noodles and appetizers, dessert, alcohol and salads. However, the prices are a bit shocking for Burlington. Still, because of it's classier environment, veg*ns looking for a cute and quieter more upscale experience really only have this choice.

Don't get me wrong, the food is worth the price tag. I just wish the hours were longer and the portion were larger.... but, who needs to be fattened up, really? If you want more calories, opt for dessert. Delicious house-made cakes with gluten-free vegan choices, and some veg*n choices with spelt flour. Chocolate cake, vanilla maple cake, peanut butter frosting, seasonal vegan fruit tarts with gluten-free crust.

This place is delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat while visiting Burlington, and hope that they are open and able to seat me.

Pros: Vegan gluten-free dessert, Gluten-free vegan food, All vegetarian

Cons: Small dining room, Limited hours

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Amazing food - Edit

I have no idea what the mixed reviews from below are about. This place is a total gem. It's fine dining, and thus a bit more expensive, but totally worth it. We enjoyed everything we ordered, and the service was first-rate. Even had delicious Vermont craft beers on tap. I thought the Vietnamese salad rolls were delicious, and so was the Pad Thai I ordered. The highlight was actually dessert - a fantastic Devil's food cake with peanut butter mousse topping that was one of the best vegan desserts I've ever had. Technically, this is a vegetarian restaurant, but vegan items are clearly marked, and most things can be adapted. Well worth the trip!

Pros: Yummy!

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Delightful and Amazing - Edit

We made the long haul up to Burlington to check out Revolution Kitchen. It was well worth it. We read all these postings and see the major mixed reviews. My best guess could only tell me that people that were "hungry" after leaving or thought the food was average must not be vegan, over-eat or must not have taste buds. I was just starting a cold so without even feeling well and with a stuffed nose the food was still flavorful and perfection. We got the nachos, tempeh tacos and mushroom ravioli. Each was great. You can tell when the chef actually eats and enjoys the food. The service was top notch and the pace was packed at 9 pm. Burlington has had veg restaurants before ( I grew up here and know of 3 that didn't make it) but this place is special. It's full of caring, charismatic people and truly delectable food. Don't listen to the haters. I left full, happy and already making a plan to make the long trek again!

Pros: Great service, clean space, So many vegan choices

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Pretty good but expensive - Edit

A friend brought us here. He works in Burlington and is thrilled to have a high end veg restaurant here.

When I looked at the menu, I was shocked. $8-9 for a starter and $17-18 for a main course. Our friend assured us it was worth the price.

Our friend almost always orders the curry. My husband and I shared a veggie burger and the mushroom ravioli (the type of ravioli changes daily). While the fresh rolls looked lovely, I couldn't bring myself to order one at that price.

The veggie burger was good, though the accompanying sweet potato fries could have been crisper. Worth $14? Not even close. I tried my friend's curry: it was ordinary at best. I'd had a much better curry at a Thai restaurant the day before.

The highlight was the ravioli. Perfectly cooked pasta with a nice mushroom filling. The sauce was fine (I got the vegan version) but was a bit heavy on the garlic and light on the sage.

We didn't get dessert. Our friend loves the banana cream pie, but they didn't have a vegan version that night so we skipped it.

My husband and I are both pretty big eaters. We spent $40 (with tip), for a burger and one entree, and both left hungry. I'm glad I tried it, and glad there's a restaurant of this type, but for me it wasn't worth the price.

Pros: Plenty of vegan options, Friendly

Cons: Expensive

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LOVED this place - Edit

Everything both my husband and I got here was awesome. Started with vietnamese style rolls with a spicy peanut sauce, got a kale salad with cranberries and housemade cashew cheese and got a hot pot for the main dish. The kale salad usually has cheese it in but when I asked for no cheese, they offered to just substitute their housemade cashew cheese which was nice and very tasty. Everything was super flavorful and fresh, beautifully presented and just really good.

Another reviewer commented that there wasn't much in the way of protein and I don't think that the menu that I saw reflects that- the menu is small but there were several main dishes that had seitan and/or tofu in the them. Also got the devils food cake for dessert (sadly, the pies aren't vegan, which is a bummer because the servers were talking up the banana cream pie!) which was great, really fluffy icing and moist cake. The service was good- very friendly and attentive, and I liked the atmosphere too. It is upscale but not super expensive. I will definitely go back here the next time I'm in Burlington.

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Expensive - Edit

Their Menue seems to be comprised of side dishes or starters. Very little in the way of protein. And not much in the way of original vegan or vegetarian fair. Most of there Menue is just the side dishes vegans can get at any other restaurant in town, but for twice the price.

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Welcome addition . . . . - Edit

RK can be a little difficult to find--if you ask a local, ask for directions to the well-known "Daily Planet" since RK is right next door.

Onto the food . . . it was good and I am glad we made the trip. The menu changes often. We had five or six appetizers and five or six entrees to choose from. We ordered the "nachos" and had to order another plate as everyone was fighting over them. Black beans on a bed of lettuce surrounded by five or six pan fried wontons filled with guacamole. I had read here about the tacos and wanted to try them, so we also ordered them as an appetizer. Tasty, but not mind blowing, and I have to agree with the person who complained about the portion size. If those tacos were your entree there is a very good chance you could leave hungry.

We also ordered the chickpea sweet potato soup, the Korean hot pot and several orders of the seitan piccata. All of these were fine, but I think when a veg restaurant puts seitan piccata on the menu they are inviting comparison with some of the very well known restaurants that also serve that dish. So although we were happy to encounter seitan anything in Burlington, it was not nearly as good as the piccata dishes served at the Candles or Blossom or, quite frankly, the one I make at home. The chickpea sweet potato soup was fine but a bit watery and the Korean hot pot was sort of a miss, although I am sure some people would enjoy it.

For the desserts, most of their desserts are dairy affairs. We ordered some of the dairy cakes plus their famous banana cream pie. Of vegan desserts, that night they had a special vegan banana cream pie which we also ordered. The dairy desserts were all really good, but the vegan banana cream pie had the taste and texture of a congealed smoothie. They also had a vegan fruit/nut torte of sorts on the menu which we did not order.

There is no complimentary bread basket or anything like that offered. It is possible for regular people, not just gluttons, to leave hungry. The prices are steep and the portions are modest to small and even though I ordered a lot of dishes, I was still a bit shocked at the bill. Quality food is expensive, but I think they need to up their game if they want to charge the prices they do. If all the dishes had been fantastic I would have felt fine, but it was only "pretty good" and I could not suppress tiny ripples of resentment as I searched for my credit card.

But I am glad Burlington has a veg restaurant.

Pros: friendly service, lovely decor, tofu and seitan menu choices

Cons: need better vegan desserts, steep prices for small portions, food is good but not great

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fantastic, as in dream-come-true - Edit

Outstanding in every regard: fabulous flavors beautifully presented by skillful, knowledgeable servers. Revolution Kitchen is absolutely top-drawer. It's fancier and more expensive than I prefer for every day, but for a special treat you can't do better.
And let me add: the menu is extensive, but from the several dishes I tried it seems safe to predict every item is carefully designed with complex, subtle and often exquisite flavor combinations. Many are extremely rich. Small portions are therefore not only appropriate but necessary. When the first bite knocks your socks off, 40 more of the same can only ruin the effect. The reviewer complaining because he didn't order enough should head over to Winooski for spaghetti at Papa Frank's. If the goal is to stop being hungry cheaply, that's the place. Revolution Kitchen satisfies different desires.

Pros: elegant presentation of, delicious, complex food by, extraordinarily nice people

Cons: only open 5 days, 5 hours/day

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Amazing food and service!!! - Edit

I can't say enough about this restaurant! I never review but after enjoying such fresh, homemade, delicious food and IMPECCABLE service I just had to share my experience with others! Make sure if you're ever in Burlington you swing by this restaurant! Not only are the portions sized perfectly but the service was outstanding! Thank you to Revolution Kitchen for such a pleasurable dining experience!

Pros: Value, Taste, Service

Cons: NONE!

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Minuscule portion sizes - Edit

I was super excited to go into a restaurant and have multiple choices on the menu as a vegan...but after spending too much money, went home HUNGRY. The portion sizes are ridiculously small. My pet peeve of restaurants are those that assume you want the anorexic portion if you order the veggie item...wouldn't expect this assumption at a vegetarian restaurant!?! This is Burlington, plenty of veggie options around town...GO ELSEWHERE. p.s. they got two stars bc that's the lowest this site allows for a vegetarian restaurant, they deserve less.

Cons: portion sizes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, taste of food was nothing special, prices

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At last in Burlington - Edit

At last there is a vegetarian restaurant in Burlington, and one that also is organic and sources locally. The menu is creative. Many dishes can be made vegan, some can be gluten free. We had the sloppy joe taco nuevos, Bangkok curry, and the special wild mushroom udon. The wild mushroom entree was especially delicious. The restaurant is spacious, and service was attentive and friendly.

Pros: first vegetarian restaurant in Burlinton, dishes can be vegan, pleasant atmosphere

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Delicious - Edit

Finally BVT has a vegetarian restaurant + it was worth the wait. We've been twice since they opened + have LOVED everything. Hard to decide with so many amazing choices - pad Thai + vegan ravioli were most amazing. Nice space - friendly + passionate owners. Signature vegan chocolate cake worth a trip alone!

Pros: Only veg spot in Burlington, Use many local + organic food, Pleasant - small cozy spot

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