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About Jessica's at Swift House

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.

25 Stewart Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 7:30am - 9:30am; Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm. Starting in May open Wednesday-Sunday

Cross Street:
Route 7

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 388-9925

Website:
http://www.jessicasvermont.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking on site for up to 40 cars.

Executive Chef:
Robert Fenn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jessica's at Swift House Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

service

4.8

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4.6

value

4.4

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Our group had the gnocchi, duck and salmon - all were delicious - not a speck of food left on our dishes. Desserts - key lime cheesecake, lemon tart and maple creme brûlée - nothing left on anyone's plate! Absolutely delicious, loved the ambiance and the service was wonderful!!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2017

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Swift House Inn this past Saturday night and once we saw that they had a restaurant on site, we knew we had to try it out! It was only a few steps away from our carriage house room, what's better than that?
From the moment we walked in we could feel the hospitality. Someone greeted us right away and took our jackets. Jodi was our server and she was as sweet as ever! Very accommodating. I liked that they had multiple vegetarian options. I got the mushroom Wellington and oh my god was it amazing! I honestly want to try and replicate it at home it was that good (and sadly Jessica's is a 3+ hour drive for me). I'm not sure about the other drinks but they had a great selection of wines and champagnes. I tried some of my boyfriend's gnocchi and it was delicious as well!
We were so stuffed from dinner we didn't think we could eat anything else but once we saw the dessert list, we knew we had to try the mocha ice cream with chocolate wafers and caramel popcorn. I am so glad we did because it was amazing! We were very pleased to learn all the desserts are made on site.
I do not have a single complaint about Jessica's or the Swift House Inn in general. Everything from the atmosphere to the service to the food was perfect. I will definitely come back and tell all my friends about this place!!!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2016

My brother and I had an excellent meal on Christmas day! He is handicapped, and has difficulty walking. The maître d' was amazing, he helped me get my brother seated and comfortable! I rate the service outstanding, the staff was so friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent as well, we both had the prime rib, which was done perfectly. Accompanying wine was also very good, as were the desserts. I highly recommend this restaurant for a holiday meal, business get together, or to dine for a special night out!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2016

We had lovely dinner at Jessicas with a fire to keep us warm. The service was very friendly and the noise level was great for having a conversation. Small rooms and cosy atmosphere. Food was well-prepared and good selection. Salads and dessert very good. We'll go again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

My son and I love going to the Swift House for a game of chess and a beverage. This time, with my wife away for the weekend and my daughter at a sleepover, he and I decided to eat at Jessica's. We're glad we did. The friendly service, antique decor, and gourmet cuisine easily met our expectations. His steak was perfectly prepared, and my venison shank was very good. Special thanks to our server and the highly skilled sommelier.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Sitting by a cozy fire enjoying fresh, creative food. Friendly and attentive service. I have never had bad meal here.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We had a wonderful time we entered the building. Beautiful place. Definitely want to come back. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.

Tags: Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We were very disappointed in both the food and the service. We had had excellent meals before. The duck was dry as was the chicken. We were left for long periods without service which was distressing as we had reservations and some tables were receiving timely service. We will not dine there for dinner again. The menu selections have become stale as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

We were the only ones at the restaurant for most of our meal. It was an exceptional meal, with exceptional service. One of our favorite nights out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Wonderful staff! Delicious food! Every person we came in contact with was nice and helpful

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

The dinner was fantastic! The staff was exceptional! Hope to go back, soon!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 23, 2016

I'd go back there just for the salads and appetizers alone, the Burbon and Rye selections were great, the main course was very delicious and very filling -- no room for desert although they looked amazing. Entrance and Parking lot were a little hard to find at night but I'm glad we did.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2016

The food is amazing and the presentation is excellent. Staff is superb!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We have eaten here twice, and both times were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the cooking. The space is beautiful, service was great. We will definitely be back

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We have eaten here many times and the food is outstanding , and the service is always great. We recommend Jessica's to all our friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 26, 2016

I dined at Jessica's on a Saturday evening while in town visiting family. We all loved our meals and I would definitely go back if I am in the area again. The service and food was perfect. There are gluten free and vegetarian options available. Loved that most of the food is local - farm to table.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2016

We stayed at the Swift House Inn, which made dinner even more enjoyable. The food at Jessica's was well prepared and artistically presented, the wine list extensive, and the prices comparable to similar restaurants in DC. If we find ourselves again in Middlebury, we'll definitely return to the Swift House for lodging and Jessica's for dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2016

This was our 2nd trip to Swift house Inn. The Inn is delightful, very period conscious and full of charm. Dinner was great. We had the ravioli which was wonderful, home made and very delicate. included in our stay was a fabulous breakfast . My husband the croissant French toast awesome! I had the omelet which was cooked to perfection filled with roasted red peppers, mushrooms and feta.
Wonderful overnight get away.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2016

This was not our first visit to Jessica's and as always, we had a very enjoyable experience. The food, service and ambiance exceeded our expectations. I anticipate that we will return again in the future.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 5, 2016

My husband and I visited Jessica's during a overnight trip to Middleberry. We walked over from the Middleberry Inn - by the end of our evening we had wished that we were staying at the Swift House Inn instead! The ambience was lovely – a classic Vermont inn atmosphere. Our service was exceptional and our server was just the sweetest young lady. The food was delicious – the watermelon salad was memorable and one I will be trying to re-create, but probably not as successfully! Be sure to order the blueberry gelato – fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

the food was great and the restaurant was very nice we will be coming back in the near future

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2016

With three rooms and a roofed deck, you will find a setting to your liking. Waitress was friendly and came to the table promptly. Nice wine menu,but house wines were just ok.
Warm bread and soft butter we were just the right touch while awaiting our meals.
The crab cakes were sublime with just the prefect amount of seasoning. Vegetable dumplings and deep fried calamari and peppers for appetizers were great starters and nicely presented. Desserts looked simple but delicious, however we passed for a brandy nightcap. Reasonable prices and good value make this a must visit restaurant when in Middlebury, Vermont.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner on the porch, as it was a beautiful night and our food was quite lovely as well! You don't often have crab cakes that are ALL crab! The seasoning of the food was particularly good!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Disappointing. Not a busy night but service was slow and not attentive. Waited several minutes before being recognized. Food was ok but not outstanding as it should be. Will have to think about whether I will return.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2016

The food was exceptional and a wonderful value for the level of cuisine that you receive. We were just passing through or this would become a regular indulgence.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2016

We went back this week, as we had a very good experience last time.
We had a delicious intimate dinner for two! 👍

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2016

We visit Vermont every summer and Jessica's has become one of our favorite go-to restaurants. The ambiance and decor are beautiful-- gentle and warm-- and the service is excellent! The food is beautifully prepared and presented--and especially delicious! We particularly loved the warm beet and spinach salad this year, as well as the corn and crab bisque. The wine selection (always of interest!) is excellent.

It's wonderful to feel so welcomed upon arrival. The Swift Inn, quietly located just off Rt.7 in Middlebury, is beautifully landscaped, and one can sit with a drink on the porch or back lawn, contemplating the flowers and greenery before heading in for a sumptuous meal.
Jessica's is truly a find!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Always great food and service! we always select a special of the evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

This is a real treat. It was a hard decision to choose what to order. Everything looked an sounded terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

We ate at Jessica's at the Swift House for the first time last Saturday evening. We had a wonderful experience. Excellent food and service. Very relaxed and enjoyable. We all had different entrees--steak, fish, lamb and pork. Everyone was very happy with their dinner. We can't wait to go back!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2016

We had such a nice meal at Jessica's this week. The food was delicious, the wine list fabulous, and the service excellent. The atmosphere is cozy and elegant, and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2016

The food here is constantly fabulous. Who would believe you can get great crab cakes and scallops in Vermont. Well believe me when I tell you, you can. We have yet to have anything that was anything less than delicious. Tom is very accommodating and you can be sure to have a great dinner at Jessica's

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2016

Our waitress was very nice and the food was just OK.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I've lived in the area since 1999, but wasn't even aware that Jessica's existed until I received a gift certificate for Christmas. I went with my husband and another couple. I loved the atmosphere; I felt like I was eating in the dining room of a grand, old house (which, I guess I was). They have an amazing wine list. The menu was small and not exciting or eclectic, but of the four of us, we each ordered something different, and everything was good. Pork was cooked a little too thoroughly, making it tough, but that's the only complaint. The service was professional and pleasant. We ordered wine and four courses each, so the bill was very high; however, I don't think their prices are higher than Fire & Ice, and the whole experience was better so there was value to it. Definitely a great special occasion gem.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Jessica's is a real find. The brussels sprout salad was light and very tasty. The venison steak was cooked perfectly and the chef changed things around to accommodate "no dairy" on several entrees. The wait staff was extremely efficient and friendly but never rushed or hovered. We liked it so much we had dinner there the next night, had different entrees but the same great service. I highly recommend Jessica's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2016

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant, very warm and romantic! The calamari with the soy sauce was a most delightful appetizer. The sauce was so good that we started to break apart our bread to dip in it. I had the Tuscan Chicken and my husband the Pork Chop dish, both were very tasty. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2016

The restaurant has a nice, cozy feel. The service is attentive, friendly, and efficient. The portions are not large for the price but we did bring home leftovers. I especially love the crab cakes. It's hard to find a good crab cake in Vermont and these are the best I've tasted outside of Maryland!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2016

My family and I had an outstanding dinner! We were very pleased with the ambiance and the service. Whenever there is a special occasion to celebrate, our first choice is Jessica's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2016

Although the restaurant has open tables, they don't want to seat you if you are early because the back up is the kitchen. Keep that in mind if you arrive early and are hungry.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Living in Middlebury, we've had the pleasure of enjoying this restaurant for years, and I honestly think it gets better every time we go. I just can't decide which is more exceptional - the food or the service, because both are incredible .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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