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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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Outstanding 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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "When 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 !"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Both 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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Designed 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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Celebrating 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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Simon 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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "we 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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "If 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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in the world"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Just 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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "the 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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in New England. We travel just to go to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014