Simon Pearce Restaurant
Simon Pearce Restaurant

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 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 8022952711x3319

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Simon Pearce Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (172)special occasion (149)romantic (125)fit for foodies (121)notable wine list (62)great for lunch (49)neighborhood gem (43)great for outdoor dining (43)great for brunch (35)good for groups (27)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was a return visit for us and it did not disappoint. The scenic view and outstanding food are definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rick
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was very good, but portions were extremely small, especially for the price. Our entres costs upwards of $30 and the four of us went home hungry!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • abrondeau
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food and service were superb. Everything about the evening was perfect. I would return again in a hearbeat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Writer
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Consistently, the Simon Pearce restaurant is wonderful in every way. This time we had a new server in training, so the service was a bit off. The food was fantastic. We love that they use many organic ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    Antonius
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The hostess wanted to to give us a better seat out on the terrace so we waited a little longer but it was worth it. The seat was right above the waterfall. My wife has a gluten allergy and she was impressed by how easy you guys accomidated her. She was pleasantly surprised to recieve a gluten free dinner roll. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Treat
    dubt8
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went on a weeknight evening and were seated in the best seat in the house. It was a thrill for all the senses, gorgeous scenery, outstanding food and drink, sounds of the relaxing waterfall - just spectacular! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simon Pearce
    Michelle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were a party of 3 and had the tuna, chicken and cod dish - all were amazing!! For appetizers the vermont cheddar soup, beet salad and scallops were over the top. We were all too full for dessert. Definitely would go back. A beautiful, picturesque setting both inside and out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A meal with a view!
    Bluesteak
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my wife there for her birthday and our anniversary. They seated us right on time and we had a beautiful view of the water. Our server was very professional, not pushy and checked in with is just right. I asked for my steak rare and it was just right! Overall we had a wonderful and romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of a kind place
    Urchin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We love Simon Pearce and have been going there one a rwgular basis for over a decade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View and Great Food
    sgtlefteye
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As you approach this site you will see a scenic waterfall and above it is the seating area for the restaurant. Seated in the back of the restaurant you have a view of the river and possibly the falls. The menu is small but whatever you order is going to be great. I had the NY Sirloin and it was cooked perfectly and was not over portioned at all. I would recommend this place to friends and if I travel back to the area I would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prettiest restaurant ever!
    Alexa
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, and they don't leave it at that. The food is phenomenal! Really unique dishes done perfectly every time! I love this place and the waterfall it looks over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fare and Setting
    hubdoc
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Top notch dining in VT. The only shortcoming is the lack of a bar, given their lack of flexibility around early arrivals. Probably somewhat intentional, given that one then wanders through the Simon Pearce showroom to kill time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lbcca
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent in every way. Met all expectations. Food outstanding, wonderful choices with wine pairings, Not often dark and stormy or Pimms cup available without request. Showroom in building a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning and delicious
    JessVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have eaten at Simon Pearce many times and it never disappoints. We sat on the patio overlooking a covered bridge and waterfalls and Vermont scenery from various angles. The food was terrific, with several menu favorites I choose every time. Service was excellent and the waitperson delightful. Always delightful looking in the gorgeous shop before dinner...just a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversaries
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As always our experience was fantastic. We attend annually ( OCCASSIONALLY MORE)the weekend of the Scottish Highland Games which coincides with our wedding anniversary. (58 years this year) We have recommend it to many friends and no one has ever complained. The food is always prepared to perfection, our table was reading and waiting for us and the service was the best. Already looking forward to next year if not before for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • XxxxVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our food was delicious and we hope that Simon Pearce is back on its customary pace.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Night of Great Food
    87thbirthday
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a beautifully designed, spacious restaurant, inside the Simon Pearce glass workshop is located on a river. The food is made from fresh, top-quality ingredients. We sat at a table in the corner overlooking the falls with a view of the new covered bridge. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Simon Pearce Reserve '10, was an excellent choice. Our appetizers were a beet salad and a pan seared scallop. Both were excellent. Sadly, the Swordfish special was 86ed. The vegetarian option that my partner chose was not to her liking so we were not charged. I had Horseradish Crusted Cod and loved it. Dessert was similarly well executed. The excellent service made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Simon Pearce is well worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    JaguarX
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Creative food that is plated well to be appealing to the eye is becoming rare, but can be found at this restaurant. The service matches the creativity of the food preparation. Our service was a bit quick, but I am sure if you tell the staff that you are not in a hurry you will receive more traditionally paced service. My wife and I have found our new "go to" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But ONLY Good
    ManhattanWiliam
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    EVERYONE recommended this restaurant to us and while it was good, it was ONLY good. The cheddar cheese soup was delicious, as expected. We had 2 entrees, the duck was very good and the cod, while fresh and flaky, didn't quite work over the mashed potatoes and the sauce, while flavorful with vinegar added for tartness, just didn't make for a winning combination with the fish. The ambiance is all about the waterfall, ok it's nice but I disliked the overall appearance which was bright wood and very "standard", something like a slightly upscale Olive Garden. Bottom line: it's ok but there are better options in Vermont to be sure.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic in every possible way!
    NaPa
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything was wonderful but our waitress (very short hair - cant remember name) was fantastic! Not only did she provide outstanding service but she also provided fantastic tourist guidance which we did everything on the list. Our son and wife recommended SP so the whole family will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience for a family
    VTvacation
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our experience at Simon Pearce Restaurant was outstanding. We had our three children along, which could have been a challenge in such a nice restaurant, but it was great from the start. Kids menus with crayons, sitting over the river, a server who was so good with the kids and knowledgeable about the company and food, and the list goes on. The food was delicious, we loved the root beer and the icing on the cake was when a hot air balloon took off just up the river from the restaurant. What a great view we had and such a fun experience for all of us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    NHTransplant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Once again, we had a great meal with outstanding service. Our only negative was that the night was a bit too chilly to enjoy the outdoor seating (which is actually a dining room with sliding windows, Carribean style), but we can't fault the restaurant for that. Vermont weather can be fickle. Now, we have an excuse to return again this season when it is warm enough to dine "outdoors."
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful riverside restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Simon Pierce restaurant remains a solid choice in central Vermont--strong menu, charming setting, beautiful views over the river and dam. Not visionary cuisine, but well executed and a strong menu. Ask for a table by the windows!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continues to impress
    Ekfrancis
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the first time we visited for dinner and were very impressed. Andrew was our server and he was extremely kind with my dairy free restrictions. It was the final touch to a lovely day Vermont day trip from Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We really enjoyed visiting Simon Pearce in Vt. Their old location on the Brandywine River in PA was a favorite and this one did not disappoint. Our server was very professional and friendly. We even bumped into her on the hiking trail the next day. The striped bass was delicious and the brown bread was so yummy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    suebieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Based on all the reviews and accolades, we were psyched for a great meal. Unfortunately, the food didn't deliver. Scallop appetizer and striped bass specual were over cooked. Go to watch the glass blowing but eat elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful restaurant-uneven service
    NYCLESdiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We returned for dinner the other night after happening upon the restaurant a year ago. Last year we had a great meal, great wine, and service. It was not at the same level across the board this visit. Nothing awful, but service and food delivery was uneven. I had to pour most of our own wine, we were very hungry when we sat down so we especially noticed that it took a while for our bread to come, and our salad course was skipped, but they politely took our entrees back and brought the salad. Again, nothing awful and the food was good. We'd still go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best resturant on our trip
    LuvSockESooshe
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our waiter was very helpful in picking out great food and wine combinations. Food was outstanding, desert great, wine excellent, service fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a view! a lovely dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The restaurant is lovely, the service is very good, the food is fit for a foodie but the view of the river will keep you coming back. Be sure to come early and see the glass works, the art to blowing glass is amazing to say. We had the cheese tray which I loved the blue cheese and the beets salad was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tripfoodies
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The setting is scenic ... A old mill building set along a river, which rushes over a dam creating a waterfall. Wonderful views for window tables! Food is excellent. We had roasted duck and short rib for entrees, beautifully plated. Servers were pleasant to all customers and helpful with special requests. As we left for the evening, the young man who was bar tending thanked us and wished us well as we left! Adjacent to the restaurant is Simon Pearce glassworks and retail store. There are glassblowers working until 11 PM on production pieces. These artisans are friendly and willing to speak to you as they work. The glass is beautiful but can be expensive. Altogether very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Simon Pearce
    actonite
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This restaurant has been probably the most consistently good spot of any we have gone to over the years. We've been dining there a few times a year for almost as long as its been open, and has never disappointed. We had mentioned on our Open Table reservation that it was our anniversary and they gave us one of the best tables in the place, directly overlooking the falls on the screened porch. Since we're usually there during the winter, it was wonderful to experience this "other side" of Simon Pearce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Summer Evening
    BirdGirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The setting was perfect for a beautiful Summer Saturday evening. Our table by the window overlooking the falls as the sun faded could not have been nicer. The colorful hot air balloon that floated unexpectedly close by completed the picture. And the food! Horseradish encrusted cod was accompanied by unusual crispy leeks and creamy mashed potatoes. A cheese sampler, fresh green salad and colorful beet salad were all delicious. A highlight of the meal was a homemade blueberry sorbet made by the woman tending bar. Refreshingly tart without too much sugar. Yum! The service was friendly and efficient. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a lovely meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Every time we go to Simon Pearce we have a wonderful meal and remind ourselves we should go more often. Request a table near the waterfall. The view is spectacular. My mark of a good chef is the salad. The frisée salad here is delicious. Cod with horseradish crust is my favorite entree. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out!
    floyd59
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service was outstanding, the food was great and our table was amazing, we had fantastic view! Our only complaint was that we ordered a scallop appetizer to share and there were just TWO scallops on the plate!! At $13, that's $6.50 a scallop! They were delicious scallops, and it would have been nice to have a few more. Otherwise, everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always outstanding!
    Sprucegoose
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Plan on arriving at 5:30PM in order to get a waterside table on the porch. You will not be disappointed with the view. Food is always great here, local ingredients, well portioned and balanced, but it's the view taht makes the experience memorable!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful ambiance and food
    Carolina
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    always a pleasure to enjoy the view and wonderful presentation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Experience
    euphemismo
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California Visitors
    FrannyandJim
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We 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:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It apparently doesn't matter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We 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
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  • Beautiful setting
    novelwriter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate