Jessica's at Swift House

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393 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A meal at Jessica's Restaurant is always memorable. The recently updated dining room is a reflection of the casual comfort and style of this New England country inn. Jessica's Restaurant is located in the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont. Jessica's is just two blocks from downtown Middlebury, set in an 1814 stately home, surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Jessica's casual atmosphere is the perfect place for a dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for four to forty! Come early and enjoy our bar; Tom, with his more than 50 years of bartending experience, can fix you a cocktail , and our Sommelier David can help you choose the right bottle of wine. We have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list every year since 2006 and as of 2019 we are the recipients of the Best of Award of Excellence! There are fewer than 1250 restaurants world-wide which have won at this level!
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Martin
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica's is one the best place for dinner in Middlebury and one of the best in the state of Vermont. Great food, solid wine list and excellent service.

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vipNicoleL
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot on the deck, great service and great food. Our favorite place to dine!

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mike
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, starting with the Maryland crab cakes, our entrees of Salmon and local pork chops, and the wonderful desserts of Flourless Chocolate Cake and a Strawberry Puff Pastry. The service was excellent and with great care as we dine under the new normal protections. Masks and social distancing was in force in a very positive way. An evening at Jessica's in the Swift House Inn is a very special treat and dinner. It was our 51st Wedding Anniversary celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice dinner and treated like royalty. Wonderful evening on the porch.

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AandCSteinmetz
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica's is the perfect place for a relaxed, upscale dining experience. The food is so tasty, they have a great selection of wines (and a sommelier on staff!), and the service is excellent. They are also following precautions for COVID-19 times and the outdoor seating is great for the summer, on their screened in porches, safe from bugs! If you're looking for a wonderful dining experience, I would highly recommend booking at Jessica's!

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vipNicoleL
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

FAthers day. We asked for porch and Jody and got deck and new waitress . It wasn’t an issue, but would prefer waitress requested.

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LaurieR
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service exceptional. Asked for advice in pairing wine with my dinner, and I couldn't have been more pleased. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DaleB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We highly recommend Jessica's at the Swift House! It was delicious!

PF
vipPantonFoodie
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Jessica’s is a quaint Victorian inn in charming Middlebury in a quiet neigborhood with an excellent menu and a strong chef. The wine list and David, the sommelier, is personable and knowledgeable. It’s a pleasure to dine and drink at Jessica’s.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. And the wine menu is fantastic

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JohnS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Inn with a lovely restaurant And cozy little bar. Really enjoyed chatting with the bartender who was very friendly and interesting. Staff was professional and fun. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and excellent, welcoming service

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CBChase
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building, great atmosphere - engaging, friendly, knowledgeable staff, fantastic food. Limited menu, but it doesn't matter because the choices are so good. The rating says it's a "$$$" restaurant, but it's so classy, and the staff treats you so well, you'll feel more like your at a "$$$$+" place. Highly recommended.

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AlecP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, wonderful service, sommelier was personable, friendly & gave a great wine pairing!

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JeremiahP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Jessica’s is our go to place for great food with friends. It is quiet so it is easy to have a conversation, the acoustics in so many restaurants have an echo that makes hearing difficult. We are both vegetarians and we are never disappointed with the changing menu.

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ToddP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jessica's Restaurant. Always an excellent meal, great wine list, friendly staff and classic Vermont charm.

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vipJodyG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Swift House Inn and stay there regularly, but this was actually our first dinner at Jessica’s! We had no idea what we were missing...great wine and fabulous food in a relaxed, charming VT setting.

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MickeyF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUPERB, Absolutely Wonderful Place. Food, Drinks, Service, Atmosphere were Unmatched!! Highly Recommend!!!!

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ThomasW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. The service was excellent. And the drinks exceedingly well made.

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BarbaraS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! So lovely from the host/sommelier to server to the food. All was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Jessica's Restaurant. Everything was exceptional. Our daughter enjoyed sharing Belgian fries, Greek salad and even the Duck two ways. We will definitely return.

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TeriS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Small portions. Food cold. Waitress snippy. Husband got sick that night from bad piece of Salmon. Sad to say, won't be going back.

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CharlieI
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful
Can't wait until next time
LOve the fireplace

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silverfoodie1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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MarioC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful experience at Jessica’s. The braised lamb shank melted in the mouth. The Argentinian Malbec was not very good. Disappointed that they took the Meiomi Pinot noir off the list.

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PittinVt
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place to dine. One can go out to eat at a multitude places but this is one of those places where one can truly dine. The food was exceptional as was the service and atmosphere. When you leave you will only be thinking of when you can make it back. Treat yourself to this experience. The food alone will blow you away but the rest of the whole experience will only make you want to come back.

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EricD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening with close friends who were visiting from Texas. The atmosphere was great, service was stellar and the food was fantastic. More good memories from Jessica's and the Swift House Inn

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GinnyA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was my first experience at Jessica's, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone desiring fine dining! My only issue was the noise level in the room we were in, and I have hearing issues regardless! All other aspects of our experience were superb, and I can't fault Jessica's for noisy patrons who were also enjoying their high-quality meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went smoothly, the staff couldn't be better

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JayH
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very special evening. The service set the stage for an exciting dining experience and the food was lovely. Thanks so much.

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chris
Essex
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice homely vibe and feel , good wine list , cheeses excellent, mains ok

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vipDennisS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and what a wine selection!

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JodyK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at a Vermont Inn. The food and service were excellent. I had a vegetarian entry of stuffed squash. The seasoning was spot on and I left feeling full. Of course, topping it off with the banana bread pudding helped.

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HeidiC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! The menu has a bit of variety for anyones liking. Always a great experience!!

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DonZ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and sommelier quite knowledgeable when helping us choose a bottle of wine. As to ambience, white tablecloths would help. Also we had requested a table by the fireplace when making reservation, but were not even offered a table in that room. As we walked through, we saw the fireplaces weren’t lit anyway - a bit strange for October in VT! Overall though, we enjoyed the food and wine and feel it was a good choice for a special occasion.

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vipBrendaL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the Swift House Inn (which we highly recommend) and ate at Jessica's. The meal was absolutely lovely. The food was delicious and we felt that we were dining in someone's home. The manager walked table to table to talk to guests, which was a nice touch. Highly recommend! We only spent one night there but it was the highlight of our trip as far as accomodations and food go.

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Dineout
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David, the sommelier, was very knowledgeable about the extensive wine list. Our waiter, Drew, looked after us very well and tuned each course to perfection.
Our meals were delicious.
We plan to return!

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vipmclwbl
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation and looking for a memorable local restaurant. This was a great choice with an outstanding wine list and great service.

CS
CarrieS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed at the Swift House Inn

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Snackboy
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

One night in Middlebury, we decided to give Jessica’s a try, having heard good things. We are glad we did. This was certainly the best meal we had in Vermont during an extended vacation. Menu was nicely varied, allowing diners to just graze, or have a (very good) burger, or enjoy something more elaborate, many things incorporating regional ingredients. While food was upscale, setting was relaxed and informal. Clientele was a combination of locals, inn guests and visitors to the college.
Wine list was a pleasant surprise, featuring some overlooked gems, both American and European. Beer drinkers would be happy with something from the short list of craft beers.

I have only given 3 stars for service. The host and server were both very nice, but we were ignored for some time after being seated, and had to wait quite a while to get the bottle of wine we ordered, while the manager was busy bussing tables and scurrying back and forth to the kitchen. I can only assume they were under-staffed that particular evening, and this is not the norm. We would definitely return.

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Jessica's at Swift House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 388-9925.

Jessica's at Swift House is rated 4.8 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

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