This is the best place in Middlebury Vermont to have a great meal hands down! There's something for everyone on the menu and the chef always prepares amazing specials! I can't wait to eat there again! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is hungry and in the area.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and the service was amazing. The unique menu was fantastic and the banana bread pudding was incredible.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a fabulous dinner with
Had a fabulous dinner with several friends, all "foodies", and high praise from everyone. Service was warm and helpful but not overbearing. Bartender offered perfect wine pairings from a stellar and affordable wine list. Steak with a gorgonzola cognac sauce melted in your mouth. Others enjoyed the Pad Thai, and the veal piccata. Jessica's is truly a neighborhood gem - great for both special occasions, and for daily fare. Highly recommended.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A lovely Vermont country Inn,
A lovely Vermont country Inn, friendly staff, and locally produced delicious food. What more could we ask for!
If you are looking for a lovely place to have dinner in Middlebury, I would definitely go to Jessica's.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Jessica's is our favorite
Jessica's is our favorite restaurant in the area, and always superb, from the wine selections of the bartender, to the fabulous scallops with ramps and wild mushrooms. It's a great place to bring out of town guests, or just to stop in for a casual bite. And soon one can enjoy the lovely deck with the view of the gardens. Highly recommended.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten at Jessica's many times and are never disappointed. The mood is always warm and friendly. The food is delightful. My husband had the lamb special and I had the scallop special. The only thing I didn't care for was the odd pilaf side dish - very dry. But everything else was delicious. I especially loved the warm spinach and yellow beet salad. During this visit our server, Daniela, was very attentive and polite. She did a great job!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We selected Jessica's on a whim, not knowing much about Middlebury restaurants. What a pleasant find. Beautiful surroundings, wonderful food and excellent service. We could not have asked for more. In particular the salmon offering was superb. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone serious about fine dining.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food/wine choices excellent;
Food/wine choices excellent; use of all "local" suppliers and natural ingredients resulted in an exceptional meal;
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food good location
We enjoyed our meal and the hospitality. Good selection and well prepared and presented.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I just love this place!
Jessica's at the Swift House Inn is without a doubt, the BEST restaurant in Middlebury. I will eat there again and again!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Jessica's
Going away for just one night we wanted everything to be perfect -- and it was! The food was superbly prepared and beautifully presented. I had salmon -- exquisite! My husband had blue crab cakes -- best he or I had ever tasted! Dessert options so tempting I wanted all of them, but had crème brulee - masterfully prepared. Husband had delicious in-house made blackberry ice cream and a huge shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate. Portions were adequate, not over-sized or too small. Service was impeccable. Maitre'd or manager came to check on us - always a plus. A memorable meal. Can't wait to go again. Our dinners and a drink and dessert each neared $100, but worth every penny.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just what we expected.
This is probably the best restaurant in Middlebury...an upscale, charming and very typical New England Village. But it isn't a large community and there's not a lot of upscale restaurants to choose from. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to my "foodie" friends. It's not a 5 Star New York restaurant...but what is in Vermont?
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sophisticated yet affordable
Each course was not only a remarkable and mouthwatering presentation but also so flavorfull, where freshness of ingredients rules. Great care combined with obvious talent is found in every plate in this restaurant. The wine list has a solid selection of quality products and, as it is fairly priced, one can find splendid bottles in the 30$-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.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as advertised!
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.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious from start to finish!
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!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Swift House Middlebury
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.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in Middlebury, VT
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.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wine & Great Service
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.
9/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
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!!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A quiet meal and conversation
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.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best steaks ever eaten.
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.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for vegetarians
Very veg friendly menu and absolutely delicious food.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful meal, one of the besr we have ever had.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food in lovely environment
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.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic new American cuisine.
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.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice dining experience
Wonderful setting. Great service. The lamb and sea scallop specials were excellent.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty and romantic!
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.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The scallops and lobster were succulent! But the caramel homemade ice cream was to die for!!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top notch service
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.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family and I celebrated
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.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Best in Middlebury
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.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM