Killington will help make sure you don’t go hungry after a day of fun.
We know when you are looking to find and book that perfect place to stay, you need to know where are the best places to go to fill your stomach, have a few drinks and have a great time with friends and family alike. Well we have you covered to help you with that. With more than 100 restaurants, bars, and shopping options throughout the region, skiers, foodies, and shoppers alike can enjoy all the terrific Killington restaurants and bars that this friendly ski town has to offer.
No matter what type of food or atmosphere you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it in Killington, a laid back but high-energy ski town that has no dress code (except no ski boots) and where vacationers and locals alike are always in a good mood.
So just what are some of our favorite Killington, Vt. restaurants and bars?
Back Behind Restaurant (Walking Distance from Cedarbrook at Killington)
The building, now known as the “Back Behind Saloon Restaurant”, was previously owned by Ed Dwyer, a merchant marine and naval officer (his photo is left of the fireplace). Constructed in the early 1900’s the building was moved to its present location upon the reconstruction of U.S. route 4. In 1958, the Killington Ski Area was opened by Preston Smith, an ambitious ski area visionary from Connecticut. At that time, the building provided lodging for skiers in winter and good times for summer visitors as well. In 1973, three friends from Long Island moved to Vermont with a goal to create what you see now. Eight months before opening on July 5, 1974 renovations began. An old barn sacrificed it’s siding and beams for much of the interior design. The caboose, a dining area favorite was built over 100 years ago. The unique fireplace was made with collected stones including fossils and petrified wood. The brightly colored juke box is an authentic 1946 post war model 1015 from Wurlitzer Music Machine Company. The magnificent stained glass bar back was rescued from an old ice cream soda fountain shop in Methuen, Massachusetts. There are many treasured pieces here, so please browse and enjoy.
The name, “Back Behind Saloon Restaurant”, was selected since the building was not visible from any road at the time of opening in 1974.
Our sincere thanks to Dick Blaney and Jill for the opportunity to continue the legend of the “Back Behind Saloon Restaurant.”
The building Lookout Tavern is in what was originally Killington ski area’s first lodge, but is now a family-owned-and-operated bar and restaurant. With in addition to the Lookout Tavern, the building is home to Killington’s famous Basin Sports and Effie Dudley. This sports bar and restaurant has a high-energy atmosphere and a place where skiers and non-skiers come together for upscale bar food or a specialty cocktail The chances are high that you’ll end up in a conversation with someone you’ve never met while sitting or standing around the U-shaped bar, especially during happy hour from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Call ahead to reserve a seat and try some of the best wings around or if BBQ is your thing, try their Barbeque St. Louis Style Ribs. If you need to fill that sweet tooth craving, do not pass on in-house made deserts, including cheesecake and Toll House cookie pie.
Choices is Killington’s oldest chef-owned restaurant, celebrating 30 years in 2016. Claude, the owner and chef, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is known for his rotisserie lamb, chicken, and stuffed pork. The 60-item menu and daily specials offer a wide variety of “choices,” from nachos to escargot, and from burgers to rack of lamb. As part of the VT Fresh Network, Claude partners with local farms to give customers fresh and local food. They also support local artists by hanging their work on the walls. Although there are tablecloths and cloth napkins, the staff recognizes that Killington is a ski town and doesn’t have a dress code; they like to call it “casual elegance.” Join them in the bar area for the same menu options, local and organic rotating beers, and a 70-item wine list. Whatever you choose, we promise your meal will be delicious. They also offer Sunday Brunch, and their host is definitely one of the friendliest in Killington!
Casey’s Caboose is one of the best known Killington restaurants. With a fun family friendly atmosphere you can enjoy many options from fresh seafood ranging from the daily oysters on the half shell, fish’n’chips and specials to locally caught Vermont lobster, amazing steaks, hand crafted gourmet burgers to some of the best craft beer selection around. Need something to stick to your ribs, make sure to try on of their hearty Mac & Cheese creations. They didn’t forget about the kiddies either as they have a great menu just for them.
If you need to wash your clothes after a long day on the mountain, you’re in luck. JAX bar is located directly above Killington’s only laundromat, Scrub-a-Dub Pub. So belly up to the bar and have a drink or two while your clothes in the spin cycle. JAX offers live entertainment 7 nights a week, many nights by local artists. JAX is also a great place to watch a game, with a big projection screen and smaller TVs throughout the bar area. They also have a great game room for all ages. Try their self-proclaimed “Best Grilled Cheese in Killington” with caramelized onion and apples or one of their many other delectable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, or flatbreads. Open 7 Days a week.
Liquid Art draws a more professional crowd and is an upscale restaurant/café, which offers an espresso bar, specialty cocktails, and healthy fare. This family-owned-and-operated restaurant serves breakfast sandwiches, crepes, homemade bread, and more, starting an hour before the ski lifts open. If you’re taking the day off from skiing, sit by their fireplace, access their free Wi-Fi, and drink a Vermont coffee or specialty latte. Don’t forget to try the Jitterbug, which is a blend of espresso and hot chocolate. If you’re more in the mood for a cocktail, try the warming Jacked Up Chai, made with chai tea, Jack Honey, vanilla, steamed milk, and cinnamon.
Hopefully we were able to help you with a few of our choices for some of the best places to go when you get here in Killington. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have more amazing spots for you. Visit our “Things To Do” page for more eateries, bars, restaurants and other great year round activities.