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Simon Pearce Restaurant
Simon Pearce Restaurant

Simon Pearce Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.simonpearce.com
  • Phone: (802) 295-1470
  • 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 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.
  • Private Party Contact: Meghan Mahoney (802) 295-2711 x3319

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large private parking located at the restaurant
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The 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+"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful presentation of perfectly prepared food. The tuna was fantastic! Service was attentive and friendly while not being intrusive. Just a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Our 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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Probably the finest restaurant I have ever eaten in."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "No 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Any 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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This 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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A 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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Simon 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 ?"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Once 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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. The table was overlooking the dam and it was sunset, the combination was awesome. Our waitress was helpful, considerate, and prompt. She was there exactly when we needed her, and made sure that our glasses were never empty. My husband had steak, and I had codfish, they were both perfect. Desert was delicious as well. Highly recommended, and though it may be a little pricey, it's worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had lots to celebrate and chose Simon Pearce. It was perfect. The Quechee Balloon Festival was happening, so hot air balloons were sailing past our window, together with the natural beauty of the river and covered bridge. The service was perfect--intuitively attentive. The food was perfectly cooked--great duck, halibut and the beet salad was perfection."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "2nd 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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We love going to Simon Pearce. You have to try the Vermont cheddar soup. Your life will never be the same. The chef will give you the recipe upon request. Very friendly. Come as you are. No need to dress up but you can if you wish. Always a memorable trip. Right next to the Quechee covered bridge, overlooking the waterfall."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is our third time at this restaurant. The quality of food and service continues to be high and an evening here very enjoyable. The setting is outstanding, too. Only criticisms: the A/C was turned on when it was not needed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We celebrated my mom's 80th birthday here. She was very pleased.. The service was polite and welcoming. Viewing the glassblowers after dinner and the raging waterfall under our table was breathtaking. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Simon Pearce is one of the best locations for that perfect romantic evening out in the area. The food and service are exceptional and the view is un surpassable. After dinner take a stroll through the glass blowing studio (located in the same building) and watch the artistic creation of simon piece masterpieces. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "From soup to salad to entrée to dessert -- all were fantastic. We had carrot ginger soup, kale Ceasar, all 3 fish entrees offered that evening, and pot au creme to finish -- all wonderful. And the table is of course set beautifully. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in New England. We travel just to go to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fantastic meal with friends and family. Between the adults we had the chicken, duck and cod and all were delicious. The white chocolate moose is decadent, the meringue and creme brûlée were amazing!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We drove 90 minutes to meet friends for dinner and it was so worth it. The wait staff were perfect, the menu was wonderfully varied, and the presentation was beautiful. One member of our party had the salmon and said it was the best he had ever had."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was delicious--I recommend the lobster bisque, kale caesar salad, Vermont cheese plate, and the cod. The wine list was ample and there was an abundant selections of wines by the glass. The view is spectacular can't be beat. The service was top notch, never obtrusive. Finally, one of the best parts of the evening was the experience of drinking out of lovely Simon Pearce glassware and eating off of lovely stoneware. In short, a pretty perfect evening in every way."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We've enjoyed several scrumptious dinners at Simon Pearce and we are always completely satisfied. It is a spectacular setting, the food is exceptional and interesting and the ambiance romantic, rustic and comfortable. I would recommend without reservation (but make one just in case!)"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Super dining experience as always. We come here for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I love going to Simon Pearce for the great view, great service, and lovely atmosphere. However, I always expect the food to be better than it is. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I thought this might be a tourist trap, but our dinner was much better than expected. Our cheese board was very nice. My short rib with potato puree and harve covert was delicious. My husband's strip steak was good, but they seem to do a funny thing here in Vermont with a steak---they serve it sliced?? It was the second night in a row my husband ordered strip steak (at two different restaurants) and both arrived sliced in thirds on the plate. It's very odd, and the steak is not that hot when served because of it. You would never see that in a steakhouse. Unless it's london broil----please don't slice a $30+ steak."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "So much more than just wonderful dining! They also have their glassblowing studio and retail store on site. Get there early to take in these other interesting components. Maitre-d kindly honored my request on Open Table for window seat for husband's birthday dinner and he also wished my husband a happy birthday. Upscale-casual atmosphere with an amazing view overlooking the river, covered bridge, and waterfall that powers the entire complex with hydropower. Food was exceptional and portions were perfect."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "After touring the entire facility, we then had an amazing meal! The service was great. It was so much better than we expected. We will stop again when we are in the area. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food, ambiance, service are all impeccable. The view of the waterfall is dramatic. As an added bonus, I enjoy the beautiful creations Simon Pierce shop offers. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Simon Pearce for many years, but remembered it as a fine restaurant. We were not disappointed. Excellent attention to detail. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I have come to, and brought friends from far and near to Simon Pearce Restaurant for years. After the beauty of its natural setting, the most notable aspect of Simon Pearce is the high quality and local freshness of the food - every time. It is my favorite restaurant in our whole area."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The ever-changing, inventive menu plus old standards (horseradish baked cod!) plus excellent but affordable wine list and gorgeous views of the dam and Ottauquechee River make Simon Pearce a very special place. We've been here 25-30 times for both dinner and lunch and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant a several times over the years and it has never been a disappointment. This last visit was this past Saturday evening, celebrating my daughters college graduation. The view is amazing, and our waitress, one who has served us before, was super attentive. The food was typically good, and the experience contributed to our celebratory mood. . Hope to return to Simon Pearce again someday."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Simon Pearce is Wonderful and I highly recommend! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Very pleased with the overall experience. Food was fantastic. The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant.Staff is very attentive. The area is nice to walk around to see the covered bridge, glassblowing below the restaurant. I can't wait to go back! What a treat it was. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I love coming back here once or twice a year for a solid foodie experience. The specialty cocktails are amazing."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated his birthday on a Friday night in April. The restaurant was not crowded and the noise level was low. The food was wonderful, the wine list extensive, the waitress very knowledgeable and attentive and the ambiance lovely. It was a completely delightful evening. I recommend saving time to view the glass blowing downstairs which is very interesting and to visit the beautiful gift shop filled with gorgeous Simon Pearce glass ware. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014