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NECI on Main

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American, Contemporary
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118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar) (School St.)
802-223-3188
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Imagine the entire state of Vermont as a food experiment or as its own...
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 over 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.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely staff, good food

Three generations my family went here for my mom's 80th birthday. The service was a little slow but it is a teaching restaurant so we were ok w/ it. The food and drinks were good - no complaints. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. The kids liked being able to watch the kitchen in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
vtnynvvt
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Burlington, Vermont
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Burlington, Vermont
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Three generations my family went here for my mom's 80th birthday. The service was a little slow but it is a teaching restaurant so we were ok w/ it. The food and drinks were good - no complaints. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. The kids liked being able to watch the kitchen in between courses.

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Iowa City, Iowa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

four of us -- one of the main hot courses was cold. all the food looked thrown together. the wait was incredibly long. no one liked what he/she ordered. it was not busy, but the service was still terrible. food was worse than mediocre.

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Enfield, Connecticut
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My husband treated me to a birthday dinner at NECI on Main in Montpelier, Vermont. The food was great and the setting is very pleasant. The waiter we had was wonderful about explaining terms on the menu that I wasn't familiar with. We found the prices to be reasonable for food prepared on premises and not, like chain restaurants, frozen... More 

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Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere of the downstairs. It felt like I was eating in someone's living room. I knew this was a training school so set my expectations accordingly. Even still, I have no complaints about service. The menu had a nice variety and was quite flavorful. My companion ordered the chickpea fries for a starter which came... More 

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Montpelier, Vermont
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I think I already reviewed this place. Most expensive place in town. Training facility for a "Cooking School" The food is about the most expensive in town. The students make average to crappy food and the Managers push it out of the kitchen. Locals don't eat there. Save you $$$$$; stay away.

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NEW WINDSOR
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372 reviews 372 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I guess I tend to hold a restaurant to a higher standing that would label itself a Culinary Institute. Two members of my immediate family are Master Chef graduates of the CIA in New York. We were hoping the NECI would be a good, sorry folks but the grade in only Average. Let start with the easy items. We came... More 

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Vermont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The food and atmosphere were great, the service was a little less than very good. I would certainly go again!

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Los Angeles
Top Contributor
198 reviews 198 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I made a point to bring a group here- and overall most of us enjoyed it but I know a few did not. Not sure if we came on a day when there were less students but it felt like less students working the floor waiting on tables which makes for slow service. Good mix of menu options from fish... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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90 reviews 90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

When you first walk into NECI on Main you are immediately impressed by the ambiance of the restaurant. As a lab for aspiring young culinarians, it is quite impressive. The menu reflects a classic and contemporary approach with a strong emphasis on "farm to table and sustainability". It was their first week in front of the general public after many... More 

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New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I recently stopped in for a drink at the bar at this restaurant because it seemed really chic from the street. We were directed to a bar in the basement that was strangely super brightly lit w/football playing on the TV. I ordered a cocktail and what I was served was so bad I had to just leave it. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
    (School St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Montpelier
  • Phone Number: 802-223-3188

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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 over 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?