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

Jessica's at Swift House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jessicasvermont.com/
  • Phone: 8023889925x
  • 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: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • 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 a 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 Burlington,Vermont; and two brews from Middlebury's Otter Creek Brewery or Drop-In Brewery.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Jessica's at Swift House reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)notable wine list (22)fit for foodies (19)romantic (19)great for outdoor dining (14)neighborhood gem (12)scenic view (10)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Consistently excellent
    vocallocal
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A destination for superb food and wine; gracious setting, beautiful new England inn. Most items locally sourced; menu changes often, with superb specials. Every several months there is a special wine and food pairing dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another pleasant visit
    MiddParent
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We just made another visit to Jessica's when dropping off our daughter at Middlebury College. When asked where she wanted to go, she chose Jessica's. She is a vegetarian and Jessica's had several options for her. She chose a stuffed squash which she loved. My wife and I chose non-vegetarian meals and loved ours as well. It is easy to hold a conversation and the service is attentive without being overbearing. A nice experience overall.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • middlebury dining
    houseboy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great atmosphere. Reasonable prices varied menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    KDG14
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My daughter and I were on a college visit to Middlebury during my birthday. We stayed at the the Swift House Inn and arrived in the veining. It was nice to have a wonderful restaurant on the premises to enjoy a birthday dinner. The food was delicious, the room was beautiful and service spectacular. I would highly recommend eating here even if you aren't celebrating an occasion. We also had the pleasure of having breakfast at Jessica's the next morning. It was delicious too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Dining Experience
    BlueMax
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Fabulous food; value-priced wines; an excellently stocked bar; wonderful, relaxing, romantic ambiance; a beautiful view; perfect service and a reasonable tab, all this in green Vermont, far, far away from the Big Apple. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ssl2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were very pleased with all aspects of the evening. I believe that this is probably the premier restaurant in the Middlebury area, and would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    wearvino
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Jessica's at the Swift House serves excellent food with service to match. When our table was delayed well past the time of our reservation, we were graciously accommodated in every possible way. Dinner was served in appropriate portions in an unpretentious way.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday delight!
    Satisfiedplus
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We totally enjoyed my husband's birthday celebration at Jessica's! The entire meal was superb, from the appetizers, fresh baked bread, crispy salads and fabulous main courses! The chef had a homemade with scrumptious chocolate frosting as requested brought to the table. We all had a wonderful time! Thank you Jessica's! Your chef is a keeper!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic restaurant in Middlebury
    Louisvilletraveler
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Attentive service and fantastic food in this b+b-just a short walk from the Middlebury Inn-very impressed with the selection of entrees and wine list. would highly recommend to anyone visiting
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Dinner4U
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful food,great ambiance, inviting wine list and a terrific waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChuckDVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    the deck is the place to be when the weather is nice interior decor needs work
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DiningdivaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!!!!!!
    Greg01
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious.
    happy2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    steaknom
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was second only to the service. Great to find locally sourced meals.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Pace of service - not too fast, slow enough to feel luxurious. Deliciously prepared & presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent after-opera dining
    BobM
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great great surprise
    FanofgreatFandS
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    wonderful wine list, charming and responsive personnel, great food, great choices, and all five of us loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 95 reviews are from the Jessica's at Swift House reviews archive.
  • cozy and quiet
    GICHVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    good selection of food choices, great wait staff services.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of the Ordinary
    Allie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent; well prepared
    Leen
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly a Wonderful Experience
    LittleJohn
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Topped off with a Rose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jessica's at the Swift House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Excellent restaurant. Good food, wonderful service. The wine list is exceptional. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special place
    Jimtls
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Outstanding cuisine, knowledgeable and capable staff, a gem...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in Middlebury
    jb61290
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My family and I celebrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch service
    Foodie83
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    The scallops and lobster were succulent! But the caramel homemade ice cream was to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and romantic!
    Suzie
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dining experience
    OpenRoad
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Wonderful setting. Great service. The lamb and sea scallop specials were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic new American cuisine.
    VTVisitor
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food in lovely environment
    Stacy
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Rated
    MoonstruckOneVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Marie
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Wonderful meal,
    TRGR
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great service. Wonderful meal, one of the besr we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for vegetarians
    Tk20000014
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Very veg friendly menu and absolutely delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall