Easter brunch was fantastic. waitress was extremely busy but that was to be expected.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sat upstairs for the first
Sat upstairs for the first time...It was quiet and I didn't feel like people were always walking around our table as they were up and down to the brunch line. Attentive waitstaff...clearing plates and refilling glasses. A wonderful Easter Brunch!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a must
This restaurant is a must when visiting Montpelier
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to NECI on Main
We have been to NECI on Main several times and continue to be amazed by the food each time we go.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
C'est si bon.
A wonderful restaurant for business or romantic dinners. The crab cakes and crispy duck are delectable. The desserts are beautifully presented. The $28 three-course menu is a great attraction. I have enjoyed several dinners here this spring and past winter and liked the French wine selection by the glass. The service is always professional and friendly.
All in all, the best restaurant around.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall the food was very
Overall the food was very good, the service excellent. Will recommend.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was delicious and the
Food was delicious and the service was prompt and friendly! A really nice evening !
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food on way to Burlington
ALL the dishes we ordered gave pleasure: the cold pea soup was a real winner; ditto the vegan, salmon, duck & pork we chose. We did not sample the wine as we were driving some distance and returning at a late hour.
I would go again in the blink of an eye.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a Find
The room is elegantly sparse l with large photos of the produce they access locally. We were having lunch so our sample was small, but everything we had was perfectly prepared and plated. The Main House salad had a lovely light dressing and the right amount of walnuts and blue cheese but the apple shreds would have been better a bit larger so the apple taste would be noticable. The braised chicken leg couldn't have been better with just the right amount of sage in the gravy. The beer selection was notable, and the wait persons suggestion of choice was right on. We want to return when we have bigger appetities to try more.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem...in our own backyard!
Whenever we come to NECI , we always leave saying that we have to come back more often. The service is impeccable, the food is just lovely...so well prepared, imaginative and just tasty! We went to their brunch for our anniversary and we couldn't have been more pleased. And to top it all off, the price was so reasonable...well worth the price.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The duck breast wasn't crusty enough, and the potatoes my companion asked to be substituted for the white bean ragout were not substituted. We didn't mention it until half through the meal, or it would have been corrected. Still, we would have let it go except that our student waitress (Liza?) ought to be graded on her error.
The roasted potatoes with my chicken schnitzel were soggy and too few (I would gladly have traded some schnitzel for more potatoes).
By comparison, our dinner in March was fantastic. My vegetable strudel was an unimaginable discovery. My companion's boneless pork was praised to me bite by bite. That meal was why we resolved to find an excuse to drive from Burlington without waiting for next year's film festival.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a treat!
Delicious, beautiful food - check out the menu of well-prepared classic dishes from extrordinary-quality ingredients. Service was swift, knowledgeable, and smiling. Desserts are little works of art. Please note: I may have shared forkfuls of my entree but I did NOT share one molecule of my creme brulée.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
While the food quality and presentation were both excellent, the portion sizes and wait we're both substandard.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was tasty and service
Food was tasty and service was great as well. We went for lunch and sat outside. I'd go back again to try dinner.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
FRESH & INVENTIVE - LOVE IT HERE
Ordered the burger - DELICOUS bread, fantastic burger & the smoked bacon really made it wonderful. Delicious, dependable, divine. Love it here!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed every bit of the experience. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. My dish was the pork with the mustard glaze. The best! Everyone enjoyed what we ordered and shared bits of our plate to get all the flavors.
I usually don't order dessert because it isn't made in house but we all decided to take the time and try the homemade confections. The mint chocolate mousse cake was to-die-for and the others enjoyed theirs also.
Kudos to the student chefs and our waitress for an all around enjoyable dining experience.
Don't miss it if you are in town.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Interesting and delicious
Our waiter was obviously learning: he was very careful and a bit nervous. The food was confident, however, and nicely presented. We would happily visit NECI again when in Montpelier.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for brunch with a group
Went for brunch with a group of friends and my children (2&5), and have eaten lunch there a few times in the past. Everyone had a great experience; the food was fantastic, the service very nice. I wouldn't say that the NECI on Main is kid friendly, but it is definitely not kid unfriendly. The little guys had a great meal, too.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A true favorite
Always the freshest of food, most interesting dishes, well prepared and simply fantastic. Appetizers, entree's and desserts all amazing, truly brilliant! Thank you again for a fantastic dining experience!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
california couple loves NECI
We own a time share in Stowe and really look forward to a special dinner at NECI'S when we come every year. We usually bring a friend or relative. The use of locally grown or produced food is imaginative and tasty.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the best brunch buffet
This is the best brunch buffet I have ever experienced. The food is delcious, but also creative and sometimes surprising in the combination of flavors the chefs create. I recommend it unreservedly. We have been back every summer for as many Sundays as we are here!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good dining in Montpelier
Had a dinner here with my wife( Saturday 6pm late July). We sat at the outside terrace on a warm summer evening. We were seated quickly(reservations made) but service was slow at first. The young waitress seemed quite unsure of herself and the evening's specials. The wrong wine was brought but corrected before being opened.
Complimentary starter was a nice recovery, though. We both started with a seafood bisque( quite nice) and my wife chose herb roasted chicken for her entrée. Mine was pan sautéed trout. Good job done on both. Tasty and well presented.
They pride themselves on using locally produced foods where available and it showed.
Pleasant overall experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Wedding night dinner
We came on the first night of a new menu and despite such, the food was executed deliciously! I had steak that was cooked perfectly. My husband had gnocchi that was seared perfectly; There could have been a little more EVOO but it was delectable. We began with three starters and the lamb kabobs were tasty. If you come here, you'll be satisfied!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have a family of 6 and we thought the brunch was outstanding! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Vermont! This will be a staple in our visit and a recommendation to others.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
The service was excellent, very attentive. The bar service was very good including the wine selection. The meal was very very good and expertly presented. Would have no reservations to reccomend this dining experience to anyone who is looking for a varied and delicious menu.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over All A great Place to dine
Love the atmosphere and enjoying the culinary creations and parings.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
On a road trip through Vermont
On a road trip through Vermont finding points of interest is important. Ben and Jerry's was for the kids and the NECI was for me, although we all enjoyed both. I really enjoyed my duck confit, it was a real treat. My 15 year old son was really happy with his selection and kept telling us how good the chicken pesto sandwich was. My husband had the fish and chips and said it was cooked perfectly. Overall, a really nice lunch.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty good experience
NECI on Main is a teaching school restaurant, so I accepted the occasional confusion on the part of the waitress as to be expected; she was a very nice woman. The menu is ambitious. It was wine down Wednesday, all wine by the glass was $5 and I had a lovely sparkling white that usually goes for quite a bit more. Appetizers were good but I felt skimpy for the price, which was unfortunate since they were delicious. My duck breast entree was outrageously good and hubby also enjoyed his pork tenderloin. The two desserts we ordered we both delicious, a banana cake concoction and a s'mores named dessert both accompanied by ice cream. Bill with tip was $90, worth it for a special occasion.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
As title says. Its a great place. Not as pricey as many think.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Future Chefs in action
We went for Sunday Brunch and the food was incredible. When you consider that everything you eat was made by students in the various classes at New England Culinary Institute, it makes the feed all the more special. To think that these students are just learning to cook and are turning out cuisine this good gives hope for the future of the culinary world.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
NECI is a gem that I return to every chance I can get. Deciding on lunch was difficult because there were so many delicious choices. At least 8 things I would have liked to sample. I had the cold cucumber soup, unlike any other in the best possible way. It wasnt what I was expecting, but it tingled the palate. The BLT croissant was a perfect size and scrumptious. My lunch partner had the salmon club, which was enormous, particularly when accompanied by a plate full of French fries. And not just any frenchfries, amazing, more-ish tempting calories. Therefore dessert wasnt possible.
This is a teaching restaurant but it was painful to watch our restaurant waiter fail to pronounce simple ingredients etc
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't get up to Montpelier as often as I'd like to, but my wife and I decided to catch a concert up there and turned it into a romantic evening with dinner at NECI. Wonderful, as usual - although usual is every 18 months or so. Delicious food, extensive wine list (with good modestly priced bottles to offset the connoisseur selections) and impeccable service (thank you Sarah!) $$$ for dinner and wine, but well worth the cost for a special night out in our beautiful state!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Sunday brunch
Have had wonderful experiences with brunch here, everytime. Great food, very relaxing atmosphere, perfect stopping spots between bookshops and other walks, completing a lovely day. Reservations might be essential as it was very full by the time I left.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As a retired CFM I found exactly
As a retired CFM I found exactly what I expected. My wife and I had a great lunch and will return whenever we are in Vermont.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best last minute reservation ever!
I found this hidden gem online while are searching for restaurants in Montpelier. I made a last minute reservation as I decided to join my husband on a business trip. The staff was friendly and attentive. The menu is stacked with local seasonal produce, sustainable fish and grass fed beef. The atmosphere on this crisp autumn Thursday evening was nice and low key. There were a few families with children who were well behaved. Casual to business casual dress. One guy was wearing his taxi pullover!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whether dropping by or requesting a special dinner, this restaurant and its' staff will serve a mouth-watering meal in style. Dessert is a must!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic. Great to support
Fantastic. Great to support chefs in training. Food was first class.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch for business and pleasure
I come here every chance I get. I am hoping to sample everything on the menu :-) this time I tried a burger - altho it can't be in the same category as any where else I have been. I ate e entire bun for the first time ever. The blue cheese was amazing. The extra bacon was another entire sandwich. Simply yum!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family of 6 had reservations to celebrate my son's birthday and start of his school year at NECI. The atmosphere and food and service was outstanding and we will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
lacks professionalism but good food
this is nice place, good food, ambiance, service and price. But you have to be prepared for your waiter to mispronounce minestrone and say things like "I think de jour means something in French". It is clearly a school and not a gourmet restaurant. What is described on the menu is not what is delivered to your table, but it was very good - I would recommend it and I would go again. It's an experience, but you won't regret it. I had a very good duck confit - but on the menu it was a "special chef's duck creation", I was surprised, but not displeased.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always worth the trip
This is one of my go to places in Montpelier. Always enjoyable, both upstairs and downstairs.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent place for leisurely lunch
We were visiting Montpelier for the day and wanted to try the NECI for lunch. We were favorably surprised with the food and very friendly service. As starter, we split the Autumn salad, which was delicious. The main course I selected, pork medallion, was perfectly cooked. The only problem was that the espresso we ordered after dinner missed the mark. It was more a normal, but small coffee than an espresso. A second try didn't solve the problem, so it probably was the machine. The waiter was very friendly and immediately offered to take the espresso's off our bill. All together a very good lunch experience. Highly recommended.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good all around
Excellent experience, from the quality of the food at a reasonable price to the service
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made reservations very quickly (Hours ahead of time) to ensure they would have space for my party of 10. They were very accommodating, the head server was knowledgeable about both the menu and beverage menu. The student waiters did a great job running food and assisting Anthony. He is one of the best waiters NECI has and I have always had great service from him. The food came out timely, hot, and tasty. One guest had a problem with a dish, it was replaced and dealt with swiftly and professionally. Great job NECI
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinners were delicious,
Our dinners were delicious, and the service provided by Sarah and Louisa was both helpful and professional. We dined at the institute on a Wednesday evening which happened to be $5 wine night. Very enjoyable.
Thanks and continue the great work educating your students.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
a great brunch!
The food was all delicious - as most of your reviews reflect, I'm sure. So I will tell you of my VERY MINOR observation. The small apple tart on the dessert table had absolutely no apple taste. Other than that, it was a delight. The students do very well indeed.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent ; food
Service was excellent ; food was very good. It compares favorably with the Québec equivalent. Will recommend to frieds going to Montpelier
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food at NECI
Always have had excellent food & service at NECI. Decent beer list (did not peruse the wine list) and all around an excellent experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good brunch buffet
Nice selection of items. Omelets, waffles and other items to order.
Wouldn't mind a wider selection of fresh fruits. Didn't care for the style of home fries (diced up small and possibly deep fried), but I understand the potatoes change from week to week.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Slightly more expensive than
Slightly more expensive than what I'm used to there. The prices have been going up slightly each menu change. For the size of the appetizers and certain entrees the price is too high to be considered reasonable.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM