Welcome
to the
Blue Paddle Bistro


Established 2005

The Paddle is a special little bistro nestled in the
beautiful Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont.
Experience delicious, unpretentious food
and a unique getaway in South Hero!

Only 20 minutes from Burlington - we're closer than you think!

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Bienvenue au Blue Paddle Bistro!

Créé en 2005

Le Paddle est un petit bistrot spécial niché dans le belles îles du lac Champlain du Vermont. Découvrez une cuisine délicieuse et sans prétention et une escapade unique à South Hero! À seulement 90 minutes de Montréal - nous sommes plus près que vous ne le pensez! 

La frontière est maintenant ouverte; à cet  été! 

- Mandy et la chef Phoebe
 

Thank you for nominating us for 6 Daysie categories!

YIPPEE! 

We are now finalists in 6 categories of the 2022 Daysie Awards:


*Best Restaurant (Outside Chittenden County - OCC)
*Best Family Restaurant (OCC)
*Best Chef - Phoebe Bright (pictured)
*Best Brunch (OCC)
*Best Eggs Benedict 
*Best Steak


The final voting round will go live on Monday, June 20 on the Seven Days web site. Voters will choose one finalist from each category, and the finalist with the most votes in Round 2 will win the Daysie! All winners and finalists will be published in the Daysies magazine that is inserted into Seven Days newspaper on Wednesday, August 3.

PLEASE VOTE!

Check out our
dinner menu!

Updated daily.

Dine-in & take-out.

DINNER MENU

Thursday,  June 30th,
5:30-7:30pm

(Weather Dependent)

Come for the food,
stay for the fun!
Shane Murley Band















Mandy's Photo Pick of the  Week

Customize your own
eGift Card!
No extra charge. 

How many other businesses offer this special service? We actually don't know but we do! 

It's easy!
1. Choose your own photo.
2. Write a short title and
3. Write a description.
4. And, submit to me using the blue button below and I will customize your very own gift card that you can electronically send! Please give me 24 hours.

Check out our E Gift Card page here!

Please include your best phone number in case I have a question. I'll let you know when it's uploaded so you can purchase it. Thanks, Mandy 

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Thank you for
17 years of support, friendship
& thousands of hugs!
 


March 14, 2022 

Send us a greeting!

       
Celebrating
       17 Years 

                                    

toast bread with blueberry on black plate

We appreciate
folks sharing
their time with us!

March 14th, 17 years – our longevity is because of all our wonderful Paddle friends who have shown us loyalty and kindness over the years.

Because of them - old and new friends alike - we are here going strong in South Hero.  

Continued hugs,

Chef Phoebe Bright & Mandy Hotchkiss
Proprietors 

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fruit salad on gray bowls

The Paddle Pups!

AKA "The Ws", these German Wirehaired Pointers are our official mascots!
Please meet Wyeth, Wilbur, Willoughby, Watson* & WyNott.

*RIP, dear Watson (January 2022)

Too cute! I want to see more!

Address

316 US 2
South Hero, VT
US

Phone

802-372-4814

Our hours change
with the season!
To make a reservation,  call us directly at 
        802-372-4814.

We answer the phone daily at 8:00am, 
       and return messages very quickly.

  • Monday - Wednesday

    Closed

  • Thursday

    04:45am – 08:30pm

  • Friday - Sunday

    11:00am – 02:00pm

    04:45pm – 08:30pm

All-Time Favorite Snaps Gallery

Well, at least some chosen ones ... 

I've had the pleasure of taking literally tens of thousands of photos over the past 17 years.  From time to time, I will delve into my archives and post some of my faves.  Please let me know if you wish to have a photo taken when you visit - I always have some sort of a camera!
Hugs, Mandy

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you dog-friendly?

We love dogs at The Paddle!  Dogs are welcome to dine with you at one of our outdoor tables during the warmer months. You bring the leash.  We have the water bowls and treats!

What do you specialize in?

Well, we're what you may call a "New American Restaurant."  That being said, Chefs Phoebe & Brandy make a little of everything.  What you can count on is consistent delicious, unpretentious food!

Do you cook with gluten-free pasta?

Sorry. No, we don't at this point. Stay tuned. 

Do you have a bar or may we bring our own wine?

Yes, we have a full bar;  therefore, Vermont state law dictates you can not bring your own alcohol of any kind.

What's your dress code?

Be comfortable & dress the way that makes you happy.  Of course, the standard "shoes and shirt" requirement is in effect.

Do you have entertainment?

Yes.  During the winter, we offer music on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.  During the summer, live music every Wednesday & Sunday.  We call this our "Haymeadow Music" because it's located in our Back Forty where you can view some of the best sunsets in the Islands!

I've got a question for Mandy!

Email me your question here.  Thank you.

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Recognition by others!

We're proud, and humbled, by all the press and media we've received over the years.  Here's a sampling ...

WCVB, NBC

Award-winning anchorman, Anthony Edwards, from Boston highlighted us!

CLICK HERE for the story!Great piece about two
of our "neighbors, as well ... (July 26, 2021)

Gayot

2022 Best Restaurants with the Best Food in Vermont Area

CLICK HERE ...

Fox 44 TV

44's Finest

Voted "Take Out Superstar" (co-winner)

CLICK HERE for story!

Voted "Best Brunch"
CLICK HERE for story!

Voted "Best Eggs Benedict"
CLICK HERE for story!



Vermont Lottery

The Paddle Pups were featured on a Vermont lottery scratch ticket for over a year:  "It's a Dogs Life."  

Lufthansa Magazin

Talk about sky high!

Worth a Dam

CLICK HERE for the story!  It's funny, too. 
Phoebe, Tamara and I tried to save our local beavers on the causeway.

The New York Times

Wonderful, unexpected mention ...

Yankee Magazine

Multiple stories; made us blush. Still does ...

7 Nights

Chosen for the annual Dining Guide cover story.  

Burlington Free Press

Multiple stories over the years; great coverage for all our good deeds and just being The Paddle 

CLICK HERE for one story ...

WPTZ

Multiple stories

CLICK HERE for one story!

Seven Daysie Awards

"Daysie Awards" (won or runner-up) ...
Best Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Eggs Benedict, Best Breakfast/Brunch, Best Steak, Best Restaurant Service,

WCAX

Karl Lagerfeld in Vermont. The Paddle catered the photo shoot. We would would go on to cater a second shoot for him a year later at Shelburne Farms.

CLICK HERE ...

Vermont Magazine

Awesome read about us ...

Trip Advisor

Multiple years ... 

NECN

Remembering Hurricane Katrina
community fundraiser
CLICK HERE for story ...

Only in Your State

15 Restaurants In Vermont That Belong On Your Dining Bucket List

CLICK HERE ...

Money Inc

The 20 Best Restaurants in All of Vermont

CLICK HERE ...

UVM Medical Center

$100,000 Pledge

Vermont Woman
Magazine

Local chefs serve up exceptional cuisine.  CLICK HERE.

A lovely video ...

Music:  "I Love My Dog"
Cat Stevens


This 2012 lovely video montage was a gift from a customer of our restaurant, the Blue Paddle Bistro. It really captures the essence of our little bistro and the warmth and enthusiasm of all the folks who visit us. Of course, the underlying theme is the love Chef Phoebe and I share for my German Wirehaired Pointers, Wyeth and Watson. I hope you enjoy.  

- Mandy

Click on the button below for a short YouTube review of The Paddle;  please submit your YouTube Review of us and you'll receive a $25 Gift Card!

Love many,
trust a few,
but always paddle your own canoe.