Jessica's at Swift House

4.7
283 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 30 years of bartending experience, can fix you a cocktail or help you choose the right bottle of wine. We have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list for six straight years! We also have local beers on tap including Switchback, from Burlington,Vermont; and two brews from Middlebury's Otter Creek Brewery or Drop-In Brewery.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:30 am–9:30 am
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(802) 388-9925
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robert Fenn
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Cross street
Route 7
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Parking details
Free parking on site for up to 40 cars.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 283 People Are Saying
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CD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, B&B and dinner to top off a beautiful fall hiking weekend in Vermont. We particularly enjoyed the helpful wait staff and the sommelier, David. David recommended a wonderful wine to accompany our seafood selections. We will be back!

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MF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional VT inn with superb food, location, atmosphere, and service. The duck confit, scallops, and flourless chocolate cake were perfect.

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HM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every way... we loved it! Food was delectable and beautifully presented, atmosphere was perfect and the pace of the meal wa perfect. We will definitely return!

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm never disappointed at Jessica's. Had a wonderful dinner with loved ones. Everything was perfect!

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant. Staff was extremely friendly. Food amazing.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. The menu is not large but they have something for everyone and had two specials. This was the second visit and both visits were very good. The majority of the food is local sourced. Next time I am in Vermont I will be back.

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We were seated in the library, where a party of six was celebrating a birthday. We were the only other table in the room, and felt like spectators at their event. Next time I will specify a quiet table for two when I make a reservation.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff very attentive.

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LK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We particularly enjoyed the sommelier, David. His knowledge of wine was superb and he was fun and chatty as well!

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K
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Jessica’s is our favorite restaurant in Middlebury. We have always had a delicious meal with fresh and wonderful ingredients - interesting menu with lots of options - that always changes. Desserts are also amazing. Great wine list. Love the cozy atmosphere. Staff is always wonderful and welcoming. We know if we visit Jessica’s, we will have a memorable experience. THANK YOU!

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure dining at Jessica's. I've never been disappointed. The staff are friendly and the food is outstanding! The finest restaurant in Middlebury.

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality entrees, cooked perfectly, and presented well. My Halibut was mouth-watering! My wife's Vegetable Stack was just right! Thank you for a wonderful meal.

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JR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We really liked Jessica’s Restaurant! The food was good and the ambience was very nice.

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o
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting with sufficient parking g for groups. Lisa ited but superb menu. Wild caught Halibut was amazing. Crab po' bot was loaded with crab and done to perfection. Wine list is second to none and has a fine wine for every wallet and taste.
Service was fantastic yet succinct.
This is a destination not to be missed in Middlebury.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole family enjoyed an excellent meal tonight start to finish. Service was friendly and quick. The setting was beautiful. Salads were fresh and flavorful. Had the kalette appetizer which the whole table enjoyed. Entrees were fantastic! I had the rib eye. One son had the steak au poivre; another had haddock with heirloom tomatoes, and my husband had the pork chops. We all agreed it was a perfect meal. We ended the meal with wonderful desserts - maple creme brulee, marscapone cheesecake, banana bread pudding, and ice cream with a praline topping. Just the right size and sweetness to finish this wonderful meal. We hope to be back soon.

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g
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delightful restaurant local in a very nice small Inn. I would recommend both eating and staying there.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding and delicious. The staff was friendly, courteous, and knowlegable. The food is made on site - no frozen entrees at this establishment. The home made desserts are excellent. The breakfast for the guests of the inn is also very good. The presentation was also excellent.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time dining at Jessica’s. We come from Rutland to experience Jessica’s unique menu, expansive wine list and top notch service. At this visit, we had the pate appetizer which is a chef’s secret recipe. My husband and I both opted for the evening specials- an Asian inspired halibut dish and a strip steak with garlic scape butter. Both entrees were complimented with local beet greens (delicious) and we opted for the Belgian fries (duck fat fries) as the potato side. Yum! Jessica’s offers a well rounded dessert menu. We tried the maple creme brûlée and banana bread pudding. Empty plates all around!
The staff is extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. David, sommelier, recommended a sparkling rose as a lovely balance to our entrees. We also stopped by the bar at the end of the evening. We met, Tom, the bartender, who introduced us to Japanese whiskey. Looking forward to our next visit at Jessica’s!

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Introduced a friend to this gem; it won a place in their heart too.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for dinner. Had an excellent meal. If I had to find something wrong, I would say that having a sommelier is a bit pretentious for an otherwise fairly casual restaurant!

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H
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with beautiful environment. Friendly and warm greeting. Definitely recommend.

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MD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is terrific--better and more imaginative than one might expect from the old-school decor. My partner's duck was outstanding, with a wonderful rice/black bean pilaf that sounds odd but turned out to be delicious. I had the burger, and it was great as well--the blue cheese and onion rings on it turned out to be great accompaniments rather than lamentable excess. The duck-fat fries are not be missed. The vibe of the place is genteel and old-school (in a good way--very quiet) but the food is thoughtful and at times surprising. The place to go in Middlebury!

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SD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent after I sent my duck back for additional cooking. My wife's chicken could have gone another 5 minutes, as well. Don't know what it is with a lot of high end restaurants, but duck does not taste good rare - it is a fatty meat that needs thorough cooking in my opinion - especially the outer fat. The cherry reduction was wonderful, however.

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p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very attractive ambiance and excellent food served well and with professional and friendly service. One of the best between Brandon & Burlington

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ME
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always consistently great and the service is wonderful. Great place for a special night out.

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d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner was superb. The venue is well maintained, rural, and quaint. The menu minimal and modern was complimented by a great wine list and helpful sommelier.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely birthday celebration with many delicious options for desserts. All were delighted with their app & entree choices and we agreed we will return! Service was exceptional and our meal was timed perfectly with charm & grace!

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BN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Jessica's and was a very pleasant experience. Worth the time to arrive early and have a cocktail in the bar or living room. The dining room was cozy, wine and beer were good and the food was delicious. The setting for the inn is beautiful and the grounds immaculately maintained. Will be back.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good as usual.

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Y
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us met here for dinner prior to attending activities at Middlebury College. The food was very good and the service was fantastic. I did feel the meal was a little pricey, but given the small venue and quality of ingredients, it may be justified. The mushroom soup and Brussel kale (kale sprouts), were amazing.

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed many good meals at Jessica’s. Something different this time is that they have noted gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan on the menu. Since I am gluten and dairy free this was a very welcome change. There were at least three appetizer that were gluten and dairy free and at least two entrees that were g-free, dairy free without any changes. A couple could have been served that way by substituting for mashed potatoes. Excellent if you have gluten and/or dairy constraints.

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live nearby and finally decided to visit Jessica's for a Birthday Event. Can't believe that we waited so long to dine there. The food is really good, and all the bases are covered. Service was good as well. We'll definitely return and let others know how much we enjoyed our Birthday celebration.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy eating in quiet dining area.... changing menu from time to time is always appreciated.... wait staff is excellent!

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London
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not on your list above, but what really impressed us was the list of local and Vermont growers and food/drink providers.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic Valentine dinner enjoyed by us on return stay at our favorite B&B enroute to ski trip

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a
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessica's at The Swift House is a wonderful place. From the warm greeting you get from Jacqueline to the lively conversation with Tommy at the bar to the impeccable and responsive service from the waitstaff they simply do it perfectly!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a warm and welcoming restaurant with a nice selection of food and wines. I always go for the crabcakes and the brussels sprouts salad is delicious!

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K
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 4 had a wonderfully memorable meal at Jessica’s after attending a show at the Town Hall Theater. The wine selection was excellent and the salmon entree is amongst the best that I have ever had. And the chocolate flourless torte was a divine finish to a fabulous meal.

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MC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place! The food was excellent, the service personal and helpful, and the ambiance quiet lovely. I had the scallops special, and it was outstanding! My husband's pork chop, and my son's salmon were also very good, as were the appetizers, salads, and desserts. We will be back!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessica's is always our first choice for meals in Middlebury. We had our son's 21st birthday there and this weekend was my birthday (won't say which one) with another son and friend.

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