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118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
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Ranked #12 of 47 Restaurants in Montpelier
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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English first
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
357 reviews 357 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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196 reviews 196 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

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
11 reviews 11 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My friend and I decided to head to Neci after looking at the menu online. We have both been here before, but the last time was quite a while back, and the experience was pleasant, the food good. I cannot say the same this time around. The online menu did not reflect what the true menu was, and I could... More 

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Sherbroke, Québec, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

First time to the brunch, but had gone for dinner. As usual it was awesome food. Great deal for the price.

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Ontario, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This restaurant is operated by the New England Culinary Institute, so we were not sure what to expect. The menu does vary with the season, but it is posted on the NECI website, so it's easy enough to see what treats you may find when planning a visit. Rather than an entrée, my partner chose a selection of appetizers, which... More 

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Additional Information about NECI on Main

Address: 118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
Phone Number: 802-223-3188
Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Montpelier
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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