Simon Pearce Restaurant

4.8
2524 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Voted one of “America’s Most Romantic Restaurants” by Travel and Leisure and recipient of the Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” – the dining room at the Mill is a wonderful way to experience Simon Pearce. Using fresh local ingredients, thoughtfully prepared creative American cuisine is served with the backdrop of the Ottauquechee River waterfall and covered bridge. The restaurant has become a beloved go-to for special occasions and casual lunch get-togethers alike.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
The Bar: Open Daily

Simon Pearce Restaurant:
Lunch 11:30am - 2:45pm
Dinner 5:30-9pm
Reservations accepted for dinner only
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Phone number
(802) 295-1470
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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
The Simon Pearce Culinary Team
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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 private dining room is the perfect place to host your next meeting or special event. It 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 private dining room will accommodate 72 seated or 100 guests comfortably.
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Large private parking located at the restaurant
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought friends visiting from CA. We had a window seat overlooking the falls. The food, cocktails, wine and service were wonderful. They loved the bar, restaurant and store. And they were thrilled to witness the glass blowing downstairs.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The location is great, the service is great (at least what I've seen)... I just wish the food lived up to the "standout" standard that this establishment appears to be shooting for. Aside from signature dishes like their cheddar soup, nothing I've had over the years is really memorable... the few times I've been here, my take away is generally, "I thought [that dish] was going to be better." Maybe they are catering to a less culinarily adventurous target audience, but the meals come across bland. Due to the nature of large tables they accommodate, noise can also be an issue--which instantly kills the romance of even the most civilized surrounding. At these prices, in this setting, I want something more than a safe place to take my well-heeled family to.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much the right ambiance and attention to everything needed for a couple to focus on small talk and each other instead of all-too-common restaurant distractions. Whether nothing went awry or our server took care of anything prior to it becoming noticeable to us, Simon Pearce restaurant behaved for us in all respects above its peers. Well done!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Simon Pearce for my birthday-- good food, friendly waitress, and a nice ambiance

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding. We were dotted at a table overlooking the river. Our lovely server urged me to go to the rooftop deck to take a picture of the sunset on the river- it was spectacular! A wonderful evening.

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JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execellent food and atmosphere. This is a must stop anytime we are in Vermont.

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C
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Horseradish Cod was exquisite and the best restaurant dinner we’ve had in 2018!

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. Great atmosphere and great food.

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New England
57 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. With the store and workroom it's always a fun place to bring out of town guests.

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AT first we were seated at a small table against a wall. I asked the host if there was another table we could have as it was our 48th Wedding Anniversary. After consulting w/staff, he wisked us to an outdoor table right on the water that could have seated 4 people although we were only two. Our waitress was very attentive and kindly wished us a Happy Anniversary. It was so very perfect an evening. The restaurant went out of the way in making our Anniversary special.

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G
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Simon Pearce Restaurant for the first time and found it to be spectacular! From the beautiful table settings to the server, unbelievable food and special special ambiance, we truly had a magical night! The Cod, the Vermont cheese soup and the Maple cheesecake were the best of their categories we have ever eaten! Thank you for making our trip from California so memorable!

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great experience!

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FG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been in the Upper Valley for 12 years, but surprisingly had never been to Simon Pearce until this week to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We sat at a two person table atop the falls separated only by glass so the setting was perfect. Literally everything about the food, from the bread to the dessert, and the ambiance exceeded our expectations. Loved the gem lettuce salad with green goddess dressing, the prosciutto and asparagus appetizer was to die for, the halibut was prepared perfectly and the maple baklava was the best I've ever had. The service was attentive and impeccable; the waitress knew the menu inside out and never let us be without. Definitely, the place in the Upper Valley for a special occasion or Saturday night date! We'll certainly be back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a damp and chilly evening for early fall and the dining room was slightly chilly.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always- great meal and phenomenal service. One of our favorite places in the Upper Valley!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating the launch of Upper Valley Buddy Up Tennis! The restaurant, glassworks, beautiful shop and the dramatic setting are truly an experience not to be missed if one is ever lucky enough to be near Quechee!! Thank you, Simon, Pia and David. Fondly, the Barbours, Columbus, Ohio.

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

The view over the waterfalls was breathtaking! The food was amazing. So fresh and creative. A perfect night!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb from salad to dessert!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic

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KL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant ever! I am 59 from Upstate NY and have frequented this restaurant over the span of 20 or so years. Never ever did I find even one little complaint. A must go to when in Vermont!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The entries (haddock and roast duck) were outstanding in quality and presentation. The surroundings are also exceptional with views of the falls and the adjacent Simon Pearce gallery which, of course, supplies all the dinnerware.

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LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful birthday dinner at Simon Pearce. They accommodated my request for a lovely private table for two on the patio overlooking the river and waterfall. The evening was splendid and so - as usual - was the food.

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SF
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Across-the-board great as always. Love, love, love the setting.

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Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I've eaten here 20 times over the past 20 years. It used to be my go to place for the Woodstock and Hanover area. I found my experience this week to be average. Below-average at the hostess stand. Average service. Average food. Nothing exciting. I was quite sad actually. Too much horseplay and chatting between the staff. Everything was delayed. Not at all the professional atmosphere I used to see at Simon Pearce. Just boring. I used to feel so special. That was not my experience Sept 2018. Maybe next time it will be back to the standards we used to enjoy.

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spectacular especially the manager who was delightfully helpful when our gift card had trouble being applied to the bill. Many thanks to her for her efforts.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance. View of th he waterfall is spectacular.

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AV
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dinner with college roommate as we remininsced and celebrated 50 yrs of friendship.

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Disappointed in menu and lack of fresh, brightly colored vegetables accompanying the main courses, e.g. the roast duck with its overall brown appearance. Has the chef no imagination with all the lovely vegetables available in farmer's markets everywhere in Vermont. One should not have to order a salad for some color. Also recommend not adding lemon curd to meringue. The latter is already sweet and needs unsweetened whipped cream for a Pavlova!

Also restaurant reported that we has not shown up for our reservation. Unacceptable!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Simon Pearce many times and each visit has been wonderful! The food is always amazing and the chef does an excellent job incorporating local farm products into a creative menu. One of our favorite restaurants in New England!

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DG
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed with our seating and the food was not up to the level of our previous visits.

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D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food-- good service-- great ambience -- we enoyed it

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Woodstock area for 3 nights - we dined at Simon-Pierce 2 of the 3 nights. We had a romantic table setting, our dinners were creative & delicious, the wine list was to our liking. Great service, always helpful & courteous. Highly recommend!

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b
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance - service needs to be stepped up a bit - not very attentive waitresses on the 2 occasions i donned there in the past week

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NP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here with friends for my birthday. The food was fabulous-we all loved our meals but the cod won the prize-best I’ve ever had! It’s a lovely setting even though we didn’t have a “falls view”. Our waitress Kim was very personable and had a great sense of humor. She really made it fun and gave great recommendations on food. If it wasn’t 300 miles away we’d come back next week!

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PS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to SP since it opened and have never been disappointed. The food, staff, ambiance and drinks are always something special. Can't wait to go again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant & Woodstock are such a special place. We love visiting from the CT Shoreline.

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PO
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was well presented. Beautiful dining room with a view. It was surprising that we had to wait in line for a table even though we had a reservation. One of us at the table had an allergy to dairy and asked for the dessert without the ice cream. Ice cream was still served with the dessert. Not all ingredients are listed in descriptions of the dishes. You need to be sure to ask for details if you have food allergies.

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SW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Disappointing--way below average. What is the kitchen doing here? Our food had no flavor: the peach/buratta appetizer contained unripe, uncuttable peaches and a bland buratta. It was served ed in a stylish but utterly unusable bowl which made it impossible to deal with its contents. My prosciutto/asparagus/melon appetizer was made of a dried-out slice or two of prosciutto, several tough stalks of asparagus, and a couple of thin slices of some sort of tasteless melon. Main courses: tagliatelle pasta with ordinary cherry tomatoes, and a very dry tough pork chop, accompanied by some more tough asparagus, and a few undefinable other tastes. The service was poor: our server had too many tables to serve. It took us TWO HOURS to be served two courses--and the dining room wasn't busy! There were many unoccupied tables all around us. On the plus side, the ice cream was very good--it came from a nearby dairy farmer. Speaking of that--they boast of the many Vermont farmer they use, but this entire dinner could have come straight off the Sysco truck!
Although we've eaten well there before, we aren't likely to return. Good-bye, Simon!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, delicious food!

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returning once again, great all over

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