In a state that focuses on community and the rural economy, “Buy Local” has become the anthem of Vermont. With so much abundance within the Waterbury region alone, “Feast Local” is our manifesto. Localvore connoisseurs will find plenty of options to please the palette and families will find kid-friendly options to satisfy everyone.
Check out the complete list of places to eat and drink in Waterbury. Don't forget to use Waterbury Bucks as you support our local businesses!
Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour
Dubbed the "Happiest Place in Vermont,” take the 30-minute guided tour that concludes with a generous sample of the flavor of the day. Want more? Visit the scoop shop.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center and Cafe
Grab your coffee drink, read about coffee’s long journey “From Bean to Cup,” and shop for a wide assortment of coffee accessories, all in a meticulously restored 1875 rail station.
Hender's Bake Shop & Cafe
Known for their small and simple menu of exquisitely home-made baked goods and breakfast options.
K.C.'s Bagel Cafe
Not just a bagel shop, KC’s offer a wide variety of authentic “New York Style” bagels, wraps, soups, casseroles and fresh baked goods.
LaStrada Bakery and Catering
With cookies, pies, croissants, calzones, and more, there are plenty of options to stock up on sweet or savory baked goods.
Stowe Street Cafe
Offering a beautiful selection of made-from-scratch baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and Saturday Brunch along with fresh, healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. In their own words, local: coffee + food + art = <3
The Udder Guys (seasonal)
If you’ve just finished dinner in the village on a summer evening, scoop up an ice cream treat at the tricycle at the intersection of Stowe and South Main streets, or other locations around town.
Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.
A small coffee roaster crafting fresh coffee and hand-packed tea, served at their European style coffee bar or packaged to take home.
This hidden gem is a popular lunch spot for burritos and tacos. Pro tip: try the special of the week, it’s always delicious.
A quintessential local’s bar, with over 30 beers on tap, both local and global, has been named the best beer pub in the state. Come in for a pint or settle with something from the food menu showcasing seasonal flavors in creative yet familiar dishes, like their renowned nachos.
The Blue Stone
Featuring some of Vermont’s best pizza and proudly serves as many locally and regionally grown products, the Blue Stone has a full pub menu, a diverse bar menu with wines by the glass, craft & specialty cocktails, and 45 beer options.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill & Applecore Luncheonette
Cold Hollow Cider Mill’s onsite restaurant, the Apple Core Luncheonette, serves locally-sourced comfort food and Cold Hollow hard cider.
Hen of the Wood - Waterbury
Located in a preserved gristmill on the banks of the Thatcher Brook, Hen of the Wood serves simple, uncomplicated, and down-to-earth dinners, much of it sourced from the Green Mountains and Champlain Valley.
This is the place to go for a hearty, sit-down meal with an extensive menu that will fuel you up for a day of adventure or fill you up after one.
McGillicuddy's Irish Pub
Offering all the pub fare you could need, 28 TVs, and 40 draft beers, this is the spot to be on a Sunday during football season.
Michael's on the Hill
Chef Michael creates seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine, sourcing from a network of local farms with a menu that focuses on fresh, sustainable, and unprocessed food.
Serving an extensive selection of craft beer, including house-made brews, and serious southern-style barbecue. The main restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the brewery out back has a separate menu of lighter fare, as well as outdoor seating.
The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room
Savor delicious eats sourced locally from Vermont’s farms and have a pint from their house-made label, Big Tree Brewing. Watch the world go by from their outdoor patio in the summer.
Zachary's Pizza of Waterbury
Pizza, pasta, subs and fun - Zachary’s has all the staples of a classic Italian restaurant and pizzeria.
With a mission to build our community from soil to soul, Zenbarn is more than just a restaurant. In addition to a globally-inspired farm-to-table menu, regular live music makes this a one-stop shop for a fun evening.
Cabot Farmers' Store
Browse a fantastic selection of Cabot products, sample award-winning cheeses, and delight in many other Vermont specialty foods.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill & Applecore Luncheonette
Celebrating the tastes of Vermont in a classic country store setting with an extensive array of Vermont-made edible goods, but the cider donuts are a favorite - truly “Vermont to the core.”
Smugglers' Notch Distillery - Barrel House Tasting Room
Stop in, sample the entire fleet of spirits and let them educate you on the craft distilling process as well as their own spirits.
Sunflower Natural Foods
A natural food store that carries many local, all natural and organic products and serves the community every day.
Waterbury Farmers Market (seasonal)
Enjoy seasonal produce, prepared foods, artisans, and live music every Thursday from late-May through mid-October starting at 4 pm at Rusty Parker Park.
Woodstock Farmers' Market
More than a farmers’ market, stop by this small grocery store to pick up fresh produce, meats & seafood, grocery items, and a limited selection of prepared foods and baked goods.