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NECI on Main

118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
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Ranked #8 of 46 restaurants in Montpelier
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: School St.
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.
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129 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
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Perth, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Lots of choice, delicious food, different choices, great staff, this restaurant is always a delight as the student staffers work so hard. The food is good and the brunch buffet is good for seeing what they are bring taught.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We have been coming to this place for several years (driving from upstate NY for lunch, Sunday brunch, baked goods, etc.) and this dinner visit was a major dissappointment, especially because we had brought friends who were looking forward to a great meal. The watery fish soup starter had no rich fish flavor, other than a few pieces of shrimp.... More

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Weston, Massachusetts
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129 reviews 129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Our group of four had three disappointing meals and one that was better. The waiter was not a student, but a full-time employee. He served the men ahead of the ladies, and forgot to pour the wine. Tuna putenesca had no discernible tuna. Mahi mahi had no seasoning. Lamb ragu had no lamb and no seasoning. The best dish was... More

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Westfield, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I visited NECI with my husband this evening. I have to say, this is the best meal I have eaten in years. The fresh local ingredients, creative cuisine, and excellent service and atmosphere add up to a winner. We shared the Charcuterie small plate as an appetizer. The meats, olives and pickled veg were delicious. Plus, they split it and... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Simply the highlight of our trip as far as dinning goes. The quality and taste were impeccable. Finally a dinning experience that is worthy of five stars. And, five stars is seldom given by me.

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Dayton, Ohio
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128 reviews 128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We stopped in for the "small plates" menu and were well pleased. The students prepare the food and run the restaurant as part of their course of training. Well done.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Being part of a student education is wonderful, and the food was great too! We happened upon the institute by chance and are glad we did. The meals were wonderful and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was great for visiting with friends on the patio. We loved that the institute was committed to sourcing from local farms and artisans. A great... More

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Waitsfield Vermont
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

First of all, our server was exceptional: professional, attentive and enjoying his job. While this seems a small point compared to the food, the restaurant was very busy (Easter) and visits a year or more ago were marred by poor service. The brunch itself was amazing - creative, high quality ingredients and many different stations which were replenished frequently over... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Duck, steak, ribs, soups, salads with fresh local ingredients done to perfection. My chocolate parfait dessert was especially awesome. There were 9 of us and everyone agreed that the meal was superb. Thumbs up to the culinary students and the waitress was very personable yet professional.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We live in the area and enjoy NECI on Main (and La Brioche, its sister) as a great option when we are out and about. There are high standards for the quality of the ingredients, and real creativity in the kitchen. It is a teaching restaurant, but those high standards extend to the preparation. Always fun, with friendly service and... More

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