Simon Pearce Restaurant
1760 Quechee Main St.
Quechee, VT 05059Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
Simon Pearce Restaurant
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.simonpearce.com/
- Phone: 8022951470x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch 11:30am - 2:45pm Monday - Saturday
Dinner 5:30-9pm each evening
Sunday Brunch 11am - 2:45pm
Reservations accepted for dinner only
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American
- Executive Chef: Chef Brian Gazda, Jerod Rockwell and culinary team
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: From black tie to Vermont casual, make the occasion and the setting yours. Experience personalized service in a unique and unforgettable setting. The Loft at Simon Pearce is the perfect place to host your next meeting or special event. This private upstairs room in the historic Mill at Quechee was once the home for Simon and his family. Tucked away from the bustle of the retail store and restaurant, The Loft features a quiet and spacious room with grand windows overlooking the Ottauquechee River and falls. Combined with the award-winning American cuisine of Joshua Duda, extensive wine selections and impeccable service, our team will design a truly memorable event for you and your guests. The Loft is an ideal setting for business lunches or dinners, wedding showers, small weddings and private corporate meetings. Guests can watch glassblowers, shop in our retail store, and enjoy the quintessential Vermont dining experience. The Loft will accommodate 72 seated or 100 guests comfortably.
- Special Events: Greetings Wine Lovers!
It is our pleasure to share with you the line up for this year's wine dinner series at Simon Pearce.
Friday, November 14th: “The Wines of Germany” hosted by Rich Girard from PJ Valckenberg and Dawn Rowlee fromGHousen
Friday, January 16th: "Tuscan Wines" hosted by lacopo Di Teodoro from Vignaioli Selection and Rafael Flores from Artisanal Cellars
Friday, February 6th: "Neyers Vineyards" hosted by Bruce Neyers Founder & Dawn Rowlee from GHousen
Friday, March 13th: "Domaine Gerard Metx - Alsace" hosted by Jim Elston from Chemin des vins and Chris Kleeman from Vermont Wine Merchants
Friday, April 10th: "Kermit Lynch Wines" hosted by Lisa Strausser from Kermit Lynch and Dawn Rowlee from GHousen
Each dinner is $85 per person excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages. Reservations are limited and may be at the restaurant or by calling us at 802.295.1470.
A word from Simon Pearce Restaurant
Simon Pearce Restaurant, recently voted one of America’s Most Romantic Restaurants by Travel and Leisure and Best of New England, VT : Meal with a View, offers Creative American cuisine utilizing fresh local ingredients, thoughtfully prepared and attentively served in a classic restored Mill overlooking the Ottauquechee River. The staff motto is "quality without pretense." The dining room is casually elegant with views overlooking the waterfall and covered bridge. Recipient of Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" since 1993, they offer a series of wine dinners monthly from November through May. They feature handmade glassware and pottery, which you can observe being made in their on-site glass and pottery workshop at The Mill. Enjoy their retail shop before or after you dine. Reservations are not accepted for lunch but are accepted for dinner. The restaurant will do their best to accommodate requests but does not guarantee any specific seating.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Simon Pearce Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
245 reviews since June 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.7Noise LevelModerate
scenic view (206)special occasion (177)romantic (156)fit for foodies (150)notable wine list (82)great for lunch (56)neighborhood gem (52)great for outdoor dining (50)good for groups (40)great for brunch (36)hot spot (18)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
- Spectacular ExperienceeuphemismoDined on 8/4/2014We had a wonderful table overlooking the river, and watching kids high dive into it. This is a magnificent restaurant with great food and service. Don't miss it, if you have a chance to get a reservation with open table.Special Features:
- California VisitorsFrannyandJimDined on 8/3/2014We drove up from Hampstead, NH specifically to take our visiting friends to Simon Pearce. We watched the glassblowers in the afternoon and came back for dinner in the evening. What a terrific place!! The view over the waterfall to the covered bridge was surreal for the Californians. They very, very much enjoyed the food and the service was impeccable. Although they invited us to come for a wine tour and dinner in Napa Valley, they were quick to state that our expectations should be set a bit below the experience of Simon Pearce. Great Job.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It apparently doesn't matterOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/2/2014We arrived at 4:00pm for a 5:30 reservation - We checked in with the hostess with our name and table preference - This was our 25th wedding Anniversary and the table location was important to us. I then proceeded to wait at the first place in line. At 5:30pm when they started seating - I was bypassed for the second and third parties in line which checked in at 5:15pm and 5:25pm respectively and we were seated third after they place couple # 2 in the seat we had requested. We have gone her for 20 years but will probably not return - the food quality has diminished and the Hostess seemed to care less when I complained about the seating - They graciously offered us either a cheese plate or our desert on the house to make up for this
- Beautiful settingnovelwriterDined on 8/1/2014We celebrated our 30th anniversary at Simon Pearce. I made our reservations months in advance after hearing how popular it is. We were blessed to get a waterfall table, right in the corner - the best table in the house - it was amazing! The food was good but I felt my chicken was a bit dry and be aware that you might not know what the items on the menu are. It's a very limited menu and very trendy ingredients. The best part of dinner was the dessert, dark chocolate mousse with pureed raspberries. Our waitress was a little slow, but she allowed us to enjoy our evening and didn't rush us to turn the table. A definite go-to if you are in the Woodstock/Quechee VT area. Reservations are highly suggested.Special Features:
- Wonderful!YummyDined on 7/31/2014This was a real treat. The food, ambience and service were wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An ideal spot for a special nightKellyDined on 7/30/2014My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a Vernont getaway, including a beautiful dinner at Simon Pearce. While we didn't get our requested table with a view of the falls, we enjoyed the ambiance on the enclosed terrace with the sound of the falls. Service was excellent. Wine selection very good and the Vermont Cheddar soup???? Well, forget calorie counting because this is a must try. I enjoyed that the restaurant is connected to their glass blowing facility and retail store. Nice to take home a little something to mark the occasion! We thought about stealing the wine glasses at dinner but added them to our wish list for next year. 😉Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- special eveningNHFriendDined on 7/28/2014The food is always good and it is an enjoyable evening. However, we always seem to lok at the menu and ponder what interests us ... something about the menu/choices/description that leaves us cold.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great location, but only OK foodYonkersDined on 7/27/2014Even with a reservation you'll likely need to wait for a table by the water, but if you're willing (and we are) the view of the waterfall and covered bridge is very special. Sometimes the food is very good; this time it was only good. The four cheese plate was "fine" without offering much variety, but the cod wasn't day-boat fresh and although a beef short-ribs special was nicely cooked like the cod it could have used better mashed potatoes (or better yet, a more interesting accompaniment). The special peach tart desert, however, tasted like a school-lunch regular and in keeping with her overall level of absence and disinterest our server barely feigned concern to our reply regarding why it was left 95% uneaten (and brought no replacement).Special Features:
- Great experience at Simon PearceTransfoodieDined on 7/26/2014Outstanding food and ambience! We got lucky and were seated at the best table in the room, open air directly overlooking the waterfall and covered bridge. Chicken and cod entrees were excellent and creme brulee is highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- HungrypeopleDined on 7/26/2014Felt the menu had limited choices- but the cheddar soup was delicious and so was the vanilla bean creme brulee!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special RequestRibeyeDined on 7/26/2014When I made dinner reservations months before, I admit I was sceptical whether my noted special request would be met. Not only was it met.... it exceeded my expectations! Best seat in the house !!! Food and service were phenominal. I was hopeful too that we wouldn't be rushed and we definately weren't. A romantic dinner that will be remembered for a long, long time !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very disappointed for dinnercrmimiVIPDined on 7/21/2014Both my husband and I were disappointed with dinner here. We have had lunch and loved it. I had swordfish which was well overcooked, and my husband had the duck. One duck leg was very good and the other one was very tough. In fact you could not cut it. I had started with the Vermont cheddar soup, which I wish had been described as with very sharp cheddar cheese. The taste was rather overwhelming. We decided not to try a dessert.Special Features:
- Very Good RestuarantOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/20/2014This was our second visit to the restaurant. Great food in a great setting at reasonable prices for what I call fine dining. However, we were a little disappointed that two of the menu items were sold out by the time we ordered (one appetizer and one entree). Our reservation was for 6:30 so not overly late in the evening. A bit of a surprise for such a fine restaurant.Special Features:
- exceptionalLocalReviewerDined on 7/20/2014Designed to showcase Simon Pearce's wares (for sale, conveniently outside of the restaurant), this beautiful restaurant is always busy because it is that good. Our dinner featured multiple courses--and all were exquisite and delicious. The service was also exceptional. Highly recommended restaurant.Special Features:
- ClaremontFoodieDined on 7/19/2014Celebrating a birthday with my daughter. Food was terrific and service was attentive. The tuna was perfection and the steak melted in your mouth. Even the appetizers worth a lot of mmmmms and satisfied sighs! Pricey but worth it once in a while!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beet App & Duck Meal DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/19/2014We ordered the beet appetizer and there couldn't have been more than 3 small beets on the plate along with some greens. It was very tasty but not an $11 appetizer. We mentioned this to the manager and nothing was done about it even after she admitted that they had some concerns about the portion for this appetizer. Also the most popular entree was crispy duck. Very disappointing as it was very dry. Herb crusted cod apparently was very good though. Bottom line choose your menu selections carefully.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WONDERFUL1234Dined on 7/19/2014The restaurant at Simon Pearce is truly special. The setting is both elegant and comfortable. As you sit overlooking the beautiful scenery, hearing the rush of the waterfall, you are served wonderful food with glassware made by the artisans you can watch just below the restaurant. It one of our favorite Vermont experiences.Special Features:
- Great food, priceymurph65nhDined on 7/18/2014Simon Pearce is the highest-quality restaurant in our area, but it comes at a price (at least for NH/VT). Plan on over $125/couple. Wide variety of excellent entrees, good wine list, appetizers and desserts are great. Served in wonderful atmosphere overlooking the river, waterfall, and covered bridge with local kids jumping into the water. All with Simon Pearce crystal and dinnerware. Attentive but not obtrusive service. Our local favorite.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FINE FOODpbchiDined on 7/17/2014we had a wonderful dinner here. The service was excellent. When we arrived a bit early, we were seated immediately since the bar area had a private party. The food was perfectly p[prepared and arrived at just the right temperatures. It is interesting to have the Simon Pierce Glass blowing work area in the same building as well as Miranda's fine pottery. All in all, a perfect evening.Special Features:
- Great Setting, Pricey, but worth itRobertDined on 7/15/2014If you are familiar with Simon Pearce glass, this is where the artisans ply their trade; and you can watch them blow and mold the glass pieces before and after you eat. Really amazing to watch. The restaurant and shop are right on a waterfall over the Quechee River -- an unbeatable setting and view. But, if you have bought a piece of Simon Pearce glass, you know it's pricey. The restaurant follows this model. The food was good, the portions were small, the setting is amazing. If you go here, do it for the entire experience. The food is good, but not a value without the other parts of the setting thrown in. I will go again.Special Features:
- lambieDined on 7/13/2014We have dined at Simon Pearce many times but this was the first time we were with our daughter and grand daughter. This capped a wonderful 4night stay at the Kedron Inn. We were in South Woodstock for the Horse Show and to cheer on our grand daughter who was a competitor. I don't know which of us had the cleanest plate at the end of dinner. To say we enjoyed the meal is an understatement.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/11/2014Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in the worldSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- American CraftmanshipJoe4640Dined on 7/11/2014Just like the glass, Simon Pearce restaurant generates a high quality product to be proud to say is made in the U.S.A. High quality food & friendly service in a beautiful space overlooking a waterfall on the Ottauquechee River. My wife had the Asparagus & Frisee salad and the Wasabi Pea & Pistachio Crusted Tuna while I had the Heirloom Beets & Crisp Roasted Duckling, then we shared the Walnut Meringue for dessert -- all were outstanding!! We will be back soon.Special Features:
- A little disappointingjustOKDined on 7/11/2014We had a great time visiting the Simone Pearce workshop, store, and restaurant. The sitting is idyllic, situated along side the river. The selection of entrees was rather limited. The tuna was just OK and the dessert was flavorless. I would go again if I was in the area, but hope for better next time.Special Features:
- Disappointed in Simon PearceJoanieCVIPDined on 7/9/2014We have been to Simon Pearce several times and always enjoyed it. The food is pretty straight forward, but in the past, we've had no complaints. We went again last week with another couple while we were on vacation. My friend ordered the steak medium rare, and they brought her two small slices of overcooked meat for $33. It was almost a joke. I had the duck which was over-cooked , although a generous portion. The two men had the cod which they thought was fine. When my friend complained, the waitress quite pleasantly told her they would bring her a different entree, which they did. However, when the bill came, she was charged for both entrees. It was of course not intentional, but it added to the general feeling that no one cared.
- Dine, Wine, And ShineCinCinVIPDined on 7/9/2014The evening meal here was worth the hour and a half drive from our vacation location in Vermont, and in fact, it might even have been worth the trip from our home state of Texas. The whole experience was dreamy. I followed the trusty standby recs from Open Table diners and stayed on a course of perfection...the cheddar cheese soup, the horseradish cod...all perfect in my view. But, speaking of view, I only have one other to compare it with, and that was in France. For here in the USA, natural beauty and waterfall sounds ranked this place number one. The table settings, just shimmered in the Simon Pearce manner, (those glasses made my wine shine), & the waitresses were careful and thoughtful. A+Special Features:
- CaroleDined on 7/8/2014Absolutely wonderful presentation of perfectly prepared food. The tuna was fantastic! Service was attentive and friendly while not being intrusive. Just a wonderful experience.Special Features:
- Notable menu & fabulous staffLSJKDined on 7/8/2014We arrived early and were seated promptly. The menu choices were outstanding. We chose swordfish, the daily special, crispy duckling and roast chicken. All was prepared perfectly and presented flawlessly. The waitstaff was wonderful and knowledgeable about the menu.Special Features:
- Felt rushedOptimistDineDined on 7/7/2014My wife and I had a 6pm dinner reservation on a Monday evening for a special occasion. The food and ambiance we're delicious and lovely respectively . Our server really hustled us through the meal though, which was disappointing. Wanted the entire order at once and acted a bit befuddled when we knew what we would like to drink and try for a first plate but hadn't yet picked an entree. We are hardly difficult customers and this is the extent of a stink I'd be willing to make about it, but the cold/hurried approach put a damper on the $192 meal.Special Features:
- Always Excellent Always amazingchelsDined on 7/6/2014the best restaurant! this is a bucket list place that offers a beautiful (albeit over priced) glass shop on a water fall. we have been in Quechee for 22 years and never get tired of coming here.Special Features:
- MagicalOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/6/2014Our table on the falls was incredible and our experience exceeded our expectations. The waitress was tuned into our needs (we had 3 kids), she made great recommendations and the cheddar soup was a big hit, as was the chess platter.Special Features:
- MickeyDined on 7/4/2014Probably the finest restaurant I have ever eaten in.Special Features:
- Beautiful elegant diningrutgDined on 6/29/2014No fussy- but beautiful elegant dining on a beautiful outdoor patio ( screened) above a waterfall, with the sun going down and the moon rising very romantic. The menu is all local and very seasonal. The food was prepared beautifully and everyone in our party of 8 enjoyed their meal. The rhubarb- strawberry crisp was unbelievable, and this comment form someone who had just spent the day baking at King Arthur. Since we split the salads ( which they will plate for two and are big enough) and were not over the top with Alcohol ( one bottle or wine and 3 drinks) 5 deserts etc. The bill came to $150 per couple including tip.Special Features:
- Pam's choice in Vermontpam525Dined on 6/27/2014This place continues to offer good menu selections; great service; scenic views; and historic local opportunities. First choice for a place to dine and browse the glassware creations. Ask for a table overlooking the waterfall!Special Features:
- The following 1101 reviews are from the Simon Pearce Restaurant reviews archive.
- New York prices in VermontCheddieDined on 6/27/2014This is a very popular restaurant; few tables were available on a weekend even with some notice. One reason; the ambiance - if you get a window table, you either look out at a covered bridge & waterfall, or a scenic country river. But the restaurant takes advantage. The food is very good, but not better than other finer establishments nearby, and the price point is pushed to stretching. Example - an app of beets (four baby beets), with a few greens, sold for $13. Another minor point - Pearce is a master marketer and the restaurant is geared to sell. All the artwork shows store products, and the menu includes mention of the particular glasses, etc. you're served with, in the event you wish to buy them.Special Features:
- A perfect dining experience!NYCMomVIPDined on 6/21/2014A truly perfect dining experience, only wish this restaurant was closer to where we live. Had a fabulous dinner during a recent trip to New Hampshire/Vermont. The food is absolutely delicious, the service friendly, gracious and very attentive. The Vermont Cheddar soup is decadent, worth stepping off your diet, swordfish amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- XxxxVIPDined on 6/21/2014Simon Pearce has lost its edge, and I hope it's only temporary. The menu is uninteresting, and the swordfish preparation that I had was poor. Combining good fresh fish and beans is not a good idea. What has happened to the innovative, fresh, and delicious food that they once served ?Special Features:
- Another great experienceDaveinMassDined on 6/21/2014Once again, my wife and I had a wonderful meal at Simon Pearce. We've been there several times and every one has been excellent. Food is really outstanding but not at all pretentious. Service - consistently excellent is the only way to describe it. Just remember, you have to get there well before the restaurant opens if you want a seat along the outside windows.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A wonderful eveningJimBobGADined on 6/20/2014Any ten-day vacation needs to have at least one meal in an upscale restaurant, and we chose Simon Pearce to be this summer's memorable dining experience. We had never eaten there before but, based on the restaurant's website, took a chance. Luckily, we had reservations, and were seated promptly, drink orders were quickly taken and delivered, and the service was perfect: efficient, careful, and friendly. From drinks to dessert and coffee, almost everything was perfect. The only negative experience was the soft-shelled crab appetizer, and I can't blame that on the restaurant. I'm not a soft-shelled crab fan but thought that perhaps Simon Pearce would do it differently. They DID it differently; I still don't like soft-shelled crab.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great viewdddineDined on 6/15/20142nd bad year in a row. Last year terrible service, this time terrible dinner despite communicating this with the server. I guess that's it for Simon Pearce. Too bad after 13 years of enjoying myself there!Special Features: