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NECI on Main
NECI on Main

NECI on Main Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.neci.edu/neci-on-main/index
  • Phone: (802) 223-3188
  • Hours of Operation: SUNDAY Brunch Buffet 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    MONDAY Closed
    TUESDAY - SATURDAY Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Lite Fare 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Farm to Table & Mediterranean Tapas Menu
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Wine Room is a private room located in our Cellar area. It seats 16 guests comfortably. This space is popular for smaller gathering or meetings.

    Please contact Neil Archibald for Wine Room inquiries

    Our Chef’s Table dining room is located on our second floor. It offers seating for up to 40 guests. In our quiet, private space, separate from the rest of the hustle and bustle of our Cellar and Main Floor.

    Please contact Fawn Wells Maxfield for Chef's Table inquiries
  • Private Party Facilities: NECI's fabulous dining rooms are available to you for business meetings, corporate retreats, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, banquets, private dining and so much more.

    The use of regional ingredients, innovative cuisine and gracious service in an intimate setting continues on. For a one of a kind culinary experience, no matter the occasion, a fine dining experience awaits you and your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Fawn Wells (802) 225-3333
  • Special Events & Promotions: Vermont Restaurant Week menus available for Lunch, Dinner & Tapas 4/26/13 - 5/10/13

    Local Foods Dinner Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 6:30 PM in Chef's Table
    (reservations required)

    Mother's Day Brunch Sunday May 12, 2013
    (reservations recommended)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: School St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from NECI on Main
Imagine the entire state of Vermont as a food experiment or as its own laboratory where food products are grown and created for this particular climate; seasonally, organically, and sustainably. Now imagine restaurants as teaching laboratories this restaurant for instance.

NECI on Main is a production lab for New England Culinary Institute. For 30 years we have been teaching students to make connections with farmers, between the landscape and our food, and between seasons and culinary traditions. Sometimes we include food items that express a particular sense of place from outside of Vermont, or culinary traditions from other cultures, and use those items or experiences to enhance the foods grown here in Vermont.

Our menu is no exception in this teaching philosophy, and reflects the best that Vermont’s farmers, and America’s next generation of young chefs offer.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband & I were recommended to try NECI on Main from some friends and we decided to do so on a recent day trip to Montpelier. The ambiance is nice & the staff was friendly and professional. Service was great - our waiter made suggestions throughout, none of which disappointed. My hat is off to the students, they do great work and this is a good way for them to hone their craft. Food was excellent - fresh, hot, nicely presented and delicious! Portion sizes were fine and the value was fantastic! I will definitely return and recommend others to try."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had eaten at the Chef's Table, just upstairs, about 11 years ago. Decided to try NECI on Main, and it was amazing. Food was served beautifully, the wait staff gave excellent recommendations on beverage and food pairings. Would absolutely recommend, and can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very good food. Creative combos. Very pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Visited NECI with family members...food excellent in all courses, wine list also excellent,except choice of Pinot Noir a little on the thin side..our server, while very personable, forgot one starter, forgot to mention one type of whiskey not available for drink and so did not request a substitute until very end of of dining experience and (2) desserts ordered were quite late in coming although probably already pre-plated. I think the server was fairly new (not a student) and will improve with experience...other than that...rewarding dining experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Although a training culinary school, the food was delicious and the service was very attentive. Will be going again when in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We visit this restaurant once a year, when we vacation in VT. We have never been disappointed there. The staff is very pleasant, and the food is a very good combination of modern without being gastrotechy. It's prices seem reasonable (especially compared with comparable places in Boston)."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had the Lentil soup, it was not described as pure'ed but was still very good. I had the Trout over mashed potato with string beans, very good. The service was average, no bread served."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "No trip to Montpelier is complete without lunch here. It makes a lovely day (even better if you can get something at la brioche to take home for dinner or another day as a reminder of the lovely food). Mussels were light and nice portion, French fries were vastly improved over recent ones. (I do wish they didn't include hem with nearly every item on the menu though- I recall some amazing potatoes chips, or even sweet potatoe fries). It was leisurely, enjoyable, quiet lunch, rather a rare dining experience, all the more enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was a special day and they made it a great event. There was fantastic food, of every kind. With special thoughts to Dad food (BBQ, roast, omlettes, cookie desserts). Standards of salads and smoked salmon were exceptional. Seating was completely full, with more people wanting to come in after hours, we lingerd to fully enjoy yet another perfect sized dessert!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our server for the Father's Day brunch was very friendly and attentive. The food quality was good but there was no communication of farm to table, and many of the buffet items were not identified."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went to Montpelier for the day, with the farmers market, booksales, shops and perfect walking and exploration day. Had friends join me for lunch as NECI never fails. Most of the meals were delicious and interesting presentation. Same menu as two weeks ago. But that's good. However, the French fries were nearly the worst ever, and not appropriate accompaniment to the smoked salmon club sandwich (which is scrumptious! But huge and too much bread). Server was new, but not attentive, and the restaurant was not full. Two salads were large and Both guests thought them delicious. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Neci on Main never fials to satisfy..friends and we had a late lunch and it served as dinner..so good and abundant...don't pass on bread, this time rye with caraway, whatever you do."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our server Chris was excellent with his menu knowledge and descriptions. The food was perfectly prepared and plated. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We dined at the NE Culinary Institute for dinner. We had a lovely meal with good service. Some of the food was a bit inconsistent, but to be expected considering they are student chefs. We will definitely pay another visit when we are in the area."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My first meal as a returning snowbird took me straight to Montpelier and NECI! The spring menu had SO much choice, but that didn't bother me as I will be returning soon, in hopes of sampling everything :-) astonishing smoked salmon club sandwich (fries were a bit heavy with this, crisps instead?) it all melted in the mouth. Their ice tea is simply divine, fresh, fragrant, chilled. We shared desserts as everyone wanted to taste the gorgeous creations. You won't be disappointed by any. It was first day for the waiter, so service was somewhat inept. But he was not intrusive for our delightful reunion."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "While my dinner partners seemed to enjoy there meals, both my Caesar salad and mushroom barley risotto were far too salty for me to give more than 3 stars for the food. Better to under-salt than over!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Do not miss dining at NECI on Main when in Montpelier! Our experience was lovely. A rare treat to have an excellent dinner and a tasteful quiet setting. Well done NECI!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I dined in the basement which I feel is a cloistered mecca of quiet ambiance. A feel of secrets and mystique envelope the dining experience in an aura of calm. Is it day or night, is it sun or rain...all thoughts leave and allow one to revel in good companionship, food and drink. The food, napery and service is perfection. I could go on...but there must be imagination for your own visit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had Sunday Brunch on Mothers Day. The only thing I did not like was being seated upstairs, a bit inconvenient when all of the food is on the first floor. Service was great, food was amazing! Save room for the deserts - the selection of varied deserts was overwhelming. I sampled as many as possible! We have primarily done Sunday Brunch in and around Burlington. Sadly the choices in Burlington are either real good (over priced or no reservations available) or just not that good. Decided to make the short drive to Montpelier to try something different. Very happy we did so."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I had a wonderful 3 course, 6 small plate dinner. Everything arrived on time and was delicious. As usual NECI is outstanding"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We chose this venue for our graduation celebration and it was excellent. Small enough to be intimate but a very diverse and fun menu. Food was excellent"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I already commented at the restaurant. To me, NECI is a "find." It was the second visit for me, and both were enjoyable: meal excellent and staff most-pleasant. I wish a NECI existed closer to where I live, in Venice Beach, California. Maybe one of these days. Robert Kelm"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Food was good and waiter very attentive. Quickly corrected a miscommunication re ingredients with a new plate that was perfect. Accommodating to vegans. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, wonderful service, and very good food."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Easter brunch at NECI on Main. We especially appreciated that the staff worked hard to find us a better table--they originally had us in the downstairs bar area, rather than the more pleasant and lively main upstairs dining room. They were completely booked, so it was very nice for them to take the time to find us another table. The brunch is very reasonably priced, given the range of choices offered. In short, good value, and a very pleasant, festive brunch. By the way, we had eaten at NECI the evening before with friends, because we wanted to hear our conversation. So if you are looking for a quieter dining room for dinner, and some tasty eating, this is a good choice."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed brunch, but were disappointed in lack of bread, fruit running out and no butter or margarine. We were used to better brunches with you!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "For Our 11th Anniversary we dined there and it was the Challenge of the Chopped Champions and it was FANTASTIC. It was so fun! Our server was GREAT! Enjoyed her a lot."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There are not a lot of options in Montpelier to start with and most are chain type restauraunts or so small getting a table is near impossible. This was my first time at NECI and the food and service were great and high end food for a place like Montpelier."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal here! The staff were very friendly and professional. They made our night extra special when they heard we were there to celebrate a special occasion, and made it that much more memorable."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We've dined at NECI for some years, during Green Mountain Film Festivals; it's one of the high spots. The conflict with films can make a dinner rushed, but Sunday brunch is leisurely. Brunch, dinner - they're all creative and fantastically good. I'm amazed that such innovative menus, exquisite preparation, and memorable flavors can be achieved in a teaching restaurant. The venue is blessedly quiet, elegant without show, the personnel friendly without exuberance, and quietly knowledgeable. This is one place where you have confidence that praise for a particular dish will be passed along to the chef responsible,"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Whether for lunch, brunch or dinner, the many times we have eaten at NECI on Main has been pleasurable...good food, great wine list and affordable......especially enoy going with close friends. The restaurant has updated dining room and it appears more expansive, in a good way."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Variety, great presentation and food made with skill and care. The best!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed brunch with an elderly (older than we were) friend. We had reservations, but she was quite late. The wait staff never pushed us to eat, just brought coffee, then a little pastry teaser, allowed us as much time as needed to chat, catch up, and finally eat. Food all excellent, nice variety of "main dishes" as well as salad and desserts. Could have used some plain bread or rolls--the other pastry was great but couldn't manage too much of it. Would certainly come to brunch again."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our waiter, Drew, was pleasant, attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. He made everything else about our experience.at the restaurant excellent! We had a great variety of wonderful foods for brunch."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "NECI on Main is such a treat -- top-notch food and warm service. We were there on Valentine's Day, and the prix fixe menu was delicious from amuse-bouche to dessert. Comparable with fantastic NYC restaurants and yet using the best local purveyors, NECI on Main is a wonderful evening in Montpelier."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "NECL is a "training restaurant" for folks wanting to learn the business of high class dining. As such, they provide central VT with a dining experience that is hard to beat at any price. By local standards, it is a very expensive place to eat, but the quality of food and its preparation is commensurate with that cost. It was a great time for myself and "my valentine" to do something special. We arrived near on time, were immediately seated. Service was prompt and friendly, the multi-course dinner was served in a timely fashion, the Malbec was great. Food was well prepared, and nicely presented. The desert was neat, a little chocolate fondue pot, with all sorts of unusual goodies to dunk in it. We'll be back. :>)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "NECI reminded me what good food is. I took my wife there for Valentine's Day and it was excellent. It was a little more expensive than it felt like it should have been, but the food was excellent and the service was as well. I will go back many more times I'm sure."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was our 4th anniversary when we ate at neci on main. Not only was the service excellent they made our anniversary very special and memorable! I would highly reccomend this restaurant!!! My husband is in the military and when we got married 4 years ago neci made our wedding cake as well. It was really cool to come back 4 years later and dine with them!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We were a large party. Service was a little intrusive and awkward, but attentive. As for the food, some menu items are wonderful; others seem like good ideas but lack in the execution. Ox tail ravioli were tasty but salty and swimming in grease. Faro risotto had a weird balance of over sweet and over bitter. But the atmosphere is very pleasant and conducive to conversation, and the menu has a nice mix. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I have been to NECI Main Street many times and have never been disappointed. Their ever-changing menus are filled with amazing tastes and presentations and we have had many "the best evers"!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014