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NECI on Main

4.2
621 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

Imagine the entire state of Vermont as a food experiment or as its own laboratory where food products are grown and created for this particular climate; seasonally, organically, and sustainably. Now imagine restaurants as teaching laboratories this restaurant for instance.

NECI on Main is a production lab for New England Culinary Institute. For 30 years we have been teaching students to make connections with farmers, between the landscape and our food, and between seasons and culinary traditions. Sometimes we include food items that express a particular sense of place from outside of Vermont, or culinary traditions from other cultures, and use those items or experiences to enhance the foods grown here in Vermont.

Our menu is no exception in this teaching philosophy, and reflects the best that Vermont’s farmers, and America’s next generation of young chefs offer.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
SUNDAY Closed
MONDAY Closed
TUESDAY - SATURDAY Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Lite Fare 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Farm to Table
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Phone number
(802) 223-3188
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Our Wine Room is a private room located in our Cellar area. It seats 16 guests comfortably. This space is popular for smaller gathering or meetings.

Please contact Neil Archibald for Wine Room inquiries
802-225-3314

Our Chef’s Table dining room is located on our second floor. It offers seating for up to 40 guests. In our quiet, private space, separate from the rest of the hustle and bustle of our Cellar and Main Floor.

Please contact Fawn Wells Maxfield for Chef's Table inquiries
802-225-3333
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
School St.
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Special events & promotions
Vermont Restaurant Week menus available for Lunch, Dinner & Tapas 4/26/13 - 5/10/13

Local Foods Dinner Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 6:30 PM in Chef's Table
(reservations required)

Mother's Day Brunch Sunday May 12, 2013
(reservations recommended)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on June 24, 2011

We spent 2 hours at the restaurant eating and talking. The opportunity to interact with students and to observe them in the kitchen was delightful and the food was extraordinary! We would return in a moment.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2011

My daughter and I were in town for a visit to the New England Culinary Institute so I thought it only appropriate that we have dinner at the NECI's restuarant so she could see what it was like. The food was nicely presented and very well prepared. The serving sizes where proper portion sizes not the over abundance of food that you sometimes get other places. My meal came with mashed potato's and they were by far the best I have ever had. The assortment of the spring veggies that came with the dish were very good. The only thing I didn't like was the fresh mint ice cream that was served with my strawberry shortcake dessert. The waitress immediately went and got me a dish of vanilla ice cream and a yummy chocolate cookie. Would go again.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2011

We ate outside, which for a street was surprisingly not noisy (5:30pm Saturday sitting).

Caution: we presumed the menu on the web site was real ... it was not what they were serving, I wish they either had an updated menu or place a statement saying it was a representative menu. Given this is a culinary school, we studied the menu to learn exactly what the "funky" offerings were, then we got there and found most items were totally different. That was disappointing.

For a school, I was surprised at the relative poor timing of service. It may have been related to being outside on the deck; but that is no excuse. Some of the wait time between courses and for the final payment process was very long.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2011

The food was very good and artfully displayed; the staff (even the ones that did not serve me personally) was friendly and seemed to care whether I had a good time. I would definitely recommend it to others and have done so already, in fact.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2011

Our party of seven had a lovely time at Main Street Grill. We enjoyed the spring prix fixe menu and the servers were very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2011

I was in town for work with a few colleagues, and we decided we wanted a nice meal. We were seated quickly, looked at our menus, and all decided on the prix fixe menu which included 1 choice of 2 appetizers, 1 choice of 3 entrees, and 1 choice of 2 desserts. We all decided on the salmon as the entree and went to order when we were told that they were out of salmon. So, I settled on the gnocchi which was good, but there were just 6 pieces with some greens. The salad appetizer was also good, perfectly dressed, but finished in 4 bites. The dessert, the chocolate dish which was also very small. I do not demand huge portion sizes, but I would like a restaurant to give a full serving size, which I do not feel was the case here.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2011

Overall great experience for anyone willing to have outstanding quality food prepared with ingenuity.
Everything was absolutely delicious, and the portions are big enough to both feed you and keep some room for the desert !

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2011

NECI does a very nice job providing a quality dining experience, with very well prepared foods and attentive, but unobtrusive service. It's on my short lis of local mid to high end dining locations.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2011

While more expensive than many other area restaurants the food is gourmet and the restaurant's commitement to sustainability makes the extra expense worth it.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2011

NECI provides a culinary delight with a varied and sophisticated menu, all the more impressive as students are still learning their craft.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2011

Great food, generally economical. Had the tapas menu, which in other places tends to be pricey. Not here. Fun to try various dishes.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2011

Great Sunday brunch. Lots of choices; usual steam table stuff, made to order omlets, roast beef etc. but also varied selection of pates, salmon(smoked and poached),sushi, unusual vegi stuff and great mini deserts. $19 for all you can eat was a great vlaue. Normally not a buffet diner as I don't usually eat enough to make it worhtwhile but the salmon, pate, deserts and cheese were woth it alone. Had to wait as the reservation was at the last seating at 1:00 and the table hadn't opened up but there is a nice bookstore next door to hang out in and eventually was seated in the bar downstairs which was quieter anyway. Some presentations cleared off quickly but were promtly refilled. Attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2011

The brunch has a fantastic selection of exquisite treats. The staff is friendly and attentive. You can't go wrong. We love it every time we go.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2011

The mint pea soup was a fanstastic liquid spring garden. The lamb schnitzel was the best schnitzel I've ever had. I'm ethnically German and I know what I'm talking about.

I hope the mint pea soup and the lamb schnitzel/red wine pairing from that day will both become part of your standard menu.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2011

Outstanding food and service! Can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2011

Womnderful lunch. The NECI students and staff do a fantastic job. We always dine at least once at the Main Street Grill when we visit our son in Montpelier.
Keep up the outstanding work.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2011

great prix fixe meals, excellent value, $3 pints of Vermont beers

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2011

Very imaginative Sunday Brunch menu, and the students are so much fun. They are learly trying their best, and they are successful-! Though a long drive for us from Boston, its worth the trip.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2011

Delicious food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2011

Once again a fabulous brunch! We look forward to our next meal in a couple of weeks when we are down visiting our son that is a student at NECI.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2011

Enjoyed a wonderful Sunday brunch buffet. Lots of locals. This is a culinary school with students preparing and serving so don't be too critical. However, the food was first rate and if some things aren't perfect you have to realize these are students learning. Would like to return to try their tapas menu in the lounge. Overall, an exceptional value.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2011

Great brunch! We were delighted by the quality and variety of food.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2011

Amazing food, great experience and pretty good service (the waitstaff was friendly but without personality). The only issue was that the restaurant was freezing! I know it's Vermont, but turn up the heat! When spending $100 (for two) I shouldn't need to wear my coat inside.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2011

The food was great, and the waiter was excellent about explaining menu options and describing the food. Very accommodating of kids. We were also celebrating a birthday which was handled really nicely.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2011

This was our 3rd time visiting this great NECI establishment for their brunch. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. All the food was wonderful and the staff terrific. Thank you for another great meal and hope to see you all again soon!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2011

Perfect for families and friends. Lots to choose from. Enthusiastic staff. My favs - dumplings, chicken salad, fire-roasted bread, sushi, lava cake, cookie spoons with chocolate and rose petal. Others in my group loved the smoked fish, cheese selection, pineapple dessert, among other items. Loved the service and attention.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2011

Never disappointed. The food was great. Being a cooking school's restaurant, I have experienced some delays at times, but the wait staff has always kept me updated and the food and price is worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2011

Food always interesting and well prepared. Oddly, the appetizer portions are large and the entree portions. Small. Almost the same.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2011

My seafood appetizer was fantastic as was the lamb shank.Crocker,my server,paced my dinner nicely so I could read my history book! Great place!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2011

Best place to eat lunch on a Saturday afternoon in Montpelier.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2011

The presentation of the food is kind of stuck in the 80's -- paper doilies under the soup bowl, cheese sampler on an oval white plate, tourneed vegetables, etc. It was kind of like eating in an anonymous big hotel restaurant...

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2011

The Sunday Brunch is FANTASTIC!!!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2010

Over the years this NECI restaurant has improved so much, especially in the training of wait staff, not to mention the quality of the food. When one spends nearly $30 for lunch, not a small amount for many Vermonters, one expects the best, and that is what brings me back to Main Street Bar & Grill!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2010

It was great especially celebrating birthdays.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2010

Service by Lucas was great - I can't believe he's only 18! Loved the options for vegetarians and also the local meats. Thanks for a great brunch and another wonderful memory!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2010

Absolutly fabulous dinner prepared and served by culinary students! Would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants value and a diverse culinary experience.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2010

We found the student waiter following around a bit much. The student was obviously very inexperienced. Perhaps let them start with lunch. The meal was very good except the crepe and sorbet dessert was not. The citrus caramel sauce was lame and the crepe was boring. The poached pears were tough as though not ripe when poached.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2010

Overall the meal was good. 2 meals were excellent and 2 were so-so. The variety of meal choices had something for every palate. Service is unmatched.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2010

We go to the Sunday brunch on occasion, mostly with family, and it is always superb and highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2010

The experience was great. I imensely enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Of special note was the pumpkin soup, outstanding! The service was just what I was looking for, there when I needed it, invisible when I wanted peace. Over all, it was one of the better dining excperiences I have had in a number of years.

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