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Jessica's at Swift House
Jessica's at Swift House

Jessica's at Swift House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jessicasvermont.com
  • Phone: (802) 388-9925
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily: 7:30am - 9:30am; Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm. Starting in May open Wednesday-Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Robert Fenn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 7
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking on site for up to 40 cars.
A word from Jessica's at Swift House
A meal at Jessica's Restaurant is always memorable. The recently updated dining room is a reflection of the casual comfort and style of this New England country inn. Jessica's Restaurant is located in the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont. Jessica's is just two blocks from downtown Middlebury, set in an 1814 stately home, surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Jessica's casual atmosphere is the perfect place for an dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for four to forty! Come early and enjoy our bar; Tom, with his more than 30 years of bartending experience, can fix you a cocktail or help you choose the right bottle of wine. We have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list for six straight years! We also have local beers on tap including Switchback, from Southern Vermont; and two brews from Middlebury, Wolaver's Organic India Pale Ale and Otter Creek Seasona. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a lovely meal at Jessicas. Service was excellent and attentive and ubhurried in a lovely physical space that is part of a larger inn. We both had duck and agreed it was one of the best duck dishes we had ever eaten. The desserts, a crete brûlée and flourlees chocolate cake were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My son recommended because of the ingratiating service and wine list. We were certainly delighted that it was all that he related and much more. Surroundings are beautiful and ambience is cosy and romantic. We had the duck, steak, and liver pâté. All were exquisite. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were in the area for a wedding and went as a group for dinner. We had the library. The service was good as was the food. The lobster special I had was cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was my first time in Middlebury with my girlfriend and wanted to do something special! Jessica"s was outstanding!!!!!!!! We both enjoy good food and we got excellent meals. Started of with the cheese and fruit plate then my girlfriend had a grass fed beef tenderloin with a local gorgonzola cream sauce and I had a line caught oven roasted halibut with locally harvested mushrooms and butter lemon sauce. The tenderloin melted in your mouth and the halibut was perfect!!!!! Could of not picked a better place for a romantic dinner!!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had the best evening dining at Jessica's. It was a dinner for one on a quiet week day. I sat at the cozy bar and enjoyed Chef Robs amazing lobster bisque followed by the special of the night, a beautifully cut piece of fresh halibut. The food was to die for! The drinks were perfectly pared and I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was second only to the service. Great to find locally sourced meals."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Pace of service - not too fast, slow enough to feel luxurious. Deliciously prepared & presented."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We travel to Middlebury infrequently, so looked for an outstanding restaurant for a post-opera dinner. We were not disappointed at Jessica's. The menu was interesting, with many great choices. The wine list had plenty of good options as well. We went with the two specials of the evening (a line-caught haddock special and a grass-fed beef filet) and were more than pleased. The food was excellent as was the service. We would return in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "wonderful wine list, charming and responsive personnel, great food, great choices, and all five of us loved it. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "good selection of food choices, great wait staff services."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is comfortable dinning experience. A quiet evening out with your significant other or a group of friends and great food is what you will experience. The ambiance is quite nice. We all enjoyed our evening and found the staff friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and skillfully prepared and plated. We will go back again soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was excellent; well prepared and presented and service was good. Liked that they used locally produced food and products."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had dinner at Jessica's just after Valentine's Day. The décor is very quaint, focused on the New England country house with the key elements which give it a warm, lived in, but extremely well kept appearance. We ate in the study room, complete with the built-in bookcases and beautiful crown molding. The dinner was excellent. The appetizer cheese plate was very well done, with a nice selection of local cheese and meats. The salad was quite good. The filet mignon was cooked to expectation and very tasty. The venison shank was amazing. It fell off the bone and the gravy complemented the flavor of the meat. Very well done and a place one needs t oexperience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I have been meaning to try Jessica's, so we made Valentine's Day dinner reservations. As we approached the restaurant I was struck by the setting - candles glowing in every window, a bright and inviting covered entryway, snow falling lightly -a quintessential Vermont setting. We had a wonderful dinner, topped off with a single rose at the end of our meal. What a nice touch!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Good food, wonderful service. The wine list is exceptional. I love this place."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Outstanding cuisine, knowledgeable and capable staff, a gem..."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner on a cold, snowy night in Middlebury. The fire was glowing in the fireplace and the food was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special dinner when they are visiting Middlebury."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I have enjoyed several fine meals at Jessica's and dinner on Sunday was no exception. Rob Fenn's menu is imaginative and well-prepared, using a wide range of local ingredients. My dinner of divers scallops with lobster and a light cream sauce scented with thyme was delicious."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "My family and I celebrated the start of the Thanksgiving season at Jessica's, our favorite place to eat in town. My mother, not always easy to please, was thrilled with the Misty Knoll chicken with tomato ragout. We also had the special, diver scallops with lobster. Scallops on special, whichever way, are always a must. With the delicious aromas surrounding us, it was hard to choose. Jody was the perfect blend of attentiveness and helpfulness. And as always, Tom chose the right wines to accompany our feast."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Jessica's. The staff was very hospitable and welcoming from the moment we entered. Everyone congratulated us on our anniversary and they even brought us a special dessert and champagne! When I mentioned seeing an appetizer on their online menu that was no longer on their current menu, the chef prepared it specially for us. That made our anniversary very special."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The scallops and lobster were succulent! But the caramel homemade ice cream was to die for!!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "We were amazed at the quality of the food here! Every thing from the appetizers; butternut squash risotto cakes with an apple cider reduction, Hen of the Woods bisque (shared), and cesaer salad, to the entrees; homemade mushroom stuffed ravioli and venison shank (one of the most delicious sauces I've ever tasted). The ambience was comfy and romantic, with our table facing the fireplace. Service was good, portions were more than sufficient, and the specially ordered Cosmo was spot on. A special place for sure, you will not be disappointed in the quality of the food served here. Great job Chef Rob! And thank you Dan and Michelle for hosting us for a complimentary Veterans stay, you go above and beyond."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Wonderful setting. Great service. The lamb and sea scallop specials were excellent."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Jessica's is one of my wife and I's favorite restaurants to travel to in the country. They have a phenomenal wait staff who can answer any question and the food preparation and presentation are amazing. Whether having a classic dish or a newer creation, the food is fantastic."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Outstanding food, one of the best meals we've ever had! The back of the menu said where and what farms the meats, cheeses, vegetables, etc. came from. Selections were great, from the soups to salads, appetizers to main courses...all the way through to the desserts. Atmosphere perfect! Unfriendly server, she appeared as if she'd rather be doing anything else but serving us a meal. Some time went and my husband asked her to repeat the two dinner specials. Her reaction was such that I thought she'd ask us to leave, as if how dare we ask her that! She was the only negative I could say about the restaurant."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Based on reviews, we expected a much better dining experience. First, we chose a wine, but it was out of stock. The bread was very good. The tomato caprese had good cheese, but the tomato was sliced so thinly, they might as well not have bothered. The steak was ok; the steak frites were soggy. The "half" duckling was the real disaster. First, it was not crispy. Second, they served two legs & two thighs...no breast. Then, they had the audacity to insist it was a breast. Big thigh bones don't look like ribs. My husband clearly had two legs & two thighs...no breast or wing. The coffee was good. I would assume any Middlebury restaurant would have better food than this one."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "I had the salmon which was cooked exactly to my taste, and my mother had the scallops which were very good. The crème brûlée was excellent, the flourless chocolate cake was ok but a bit too sweet and not enough 'chocolaty' for my taste."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "Great service. Wonderful meal, one of the besr we have ever had."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Very veg friendly menu and absolutely delicious food."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "We stayed at the Swift House Inn for the weekend and we ate here (the Inn's restaurant) on Friday night. It was a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The server was very sweet and accommodating. All the food was wonderful, as was the presentation. I tried the steak special that night. It was prepared with a chipotle rub. It was cooked (I got it rare) and spiced to perfection and was honestly one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. The only negative aspect was that the portion size for the venison sausage appetizer was rather lacking; one "slightly larger than a breakfast link" sausage for about $11. Although very tasty, it would have been nice to not have to split up one piece."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "This is a very nice small restaurant on the first floor of an inn, so feels very much like dining in someone's home. The atmosphere was very peaceful, with only quiet conversations at each tables and (I think) some very quiet music in the background -- not really any buzz or bustle. The food was very good, especially the steak frites with peppercorn sauce, and portions were moderate-sized; service was pleasant but not overly warm. All in all, a very nice place for a quiet meal and conversation, definitely catering more to the parents/grandparents of college kids than to anyone younger."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Exceptional wine list & service by the sommelier. He picked some wines to compliment our dining choices & plates & glasses were split to create a lovely tasting menu. I would highly recommend this excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "My wife and I dined here during our stay at the Swift House Inn. The food and wine were some of ever best we have ever had. I had the steak with a peppercorn sauce and fries which was prepared perfectly medium rare and the fries were nothing short of amazing. My wife enjoyed the Chicken Marsala which she raved over as well. Over all a great dining experience!!"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Jessica's at the Swift Inn in Middlebury, VT, came with a good reputation and more than delivered. The foie gras appetizer was the best I've in years. A pork belly appetizer was also excellent. The entrees were equally good -- duck confit and venison sausage for me, veal Marsala for my wife. And the desserts didn't disappoint either. I was especially impressed with the wine list -- excellent bottles at very good prices. This isn't a list intended to impress the high rolling wine drinker. It is meant to serve the patron who loves wine and appreciates value. So many great selections from all over the world will meet every taste. A wonderful evening at Jessica's."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "This was a superb meal...the scallops were perfect, and the lemon tart with fresh fruit was a lemon-lover's dream! After an afternoon with the Wyeths at the Shelburne Museum, dinner at Jessica's was a great way to end a memorable day."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Swift House is a country inn and B&B right in Middlebury VT. Quiet and romantic ambience, good for a special occasion or just for a nice dinner out. Eclectic menu with beef, fish, game and pasta. Good appetizers and desserts, the banana bread pudding was excellent. Will definitely return again."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "I would rate it B-. Food solid but a bit overlooked. Service adequate. Surroundings pleasant. Nice wine list but our bottle of red wine served too warm and had suffered from poor storage. Hopefully more expensive wine stored better. Not a special place."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "I was lucky enough to spend 4 days in August (including my birthday) at the Swift House Inn which is home to Jessica's. My boyfriend and I dined there on a Saturday evening and were delighted with the food, the service, and the ambience. The atmosphere was intimate and although other tables were filled in close proximity to ours, I never felt that anyone was intruding in our private space. The food was absolutely mouth watering beginning with the creamy corn chowder laced with bits of seafood. It only got better when our jumbo crab cakes and grilled Scottish salmon entrees arrived. Our desserts, maple creme brulee and banana bread pudding, were stellar. Myra gave us attentive service without being over the top. Extensive wine list, too!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "My wife and I were in town to visit our son and were interested in eating at a good restaurant. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful. We chose to sit outside on the desk to enjoy the meal. The food was fresh, varied and reasonably priced. The salads were crisp and tasty. My wife ordered the Spicy Thai Peanut Pasta which was excellent! I had a fish special and my son ordered the Half Duckling, both were great. For dessert, my wife enjoyed the Banana Bread Pudding, I ordered the Blueberry and Peach Crumble and my son enjoyed the Maple Crème Brulee. All were wonderful! The wine list looked extensive. I enjoyed several glasses of Riesling. Come and dine here, I don't think you will be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Each course was not only a remarkable and mouthwatering presentation but also so flavorfull, where freshness of ingredients rules. Great care combined with obvious talent is found in every plate in this restaurant. The wine list has a solid selection of quality products and, as it is fairly priced, one can find splendid bottles in the 30$-40$ range ! As my experience at Jessica's (as well as for the other members of my group) was beyond expectations, I will have to come back soon with other epicurian friends. Combined with the charming experience of driving through the Vermont countryside, a diner at Jessica's in Middlebury makes the 3h trip from Montreal well worth it. Congratulations to the chef and the team at Jessica's."
    Dined on 8/1/2013