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NECI on Main

118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
802-223-3188
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Ranked #5 of 46 restaurants in Montpelier
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
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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Bronx, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Every year my friends and I go to the Vermont Brewers festival in Burlington. On the dive home our tradition is to stop here and have brunch on Sunday. This brunch is one of a kind. As a teacher I love the fact that this is a school and the brunch is staffed by students. Since we come here once... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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172 reviews 172 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
910 helpful votes 910 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a different style culinary experience prepared and delivered by culinary students. I can’t say we had the best meal ever, but it was quite good … with exceptions. Ours was a Sunday brunch, and we arrived at 1 PM for service that was offered between 11 AM and 2 PM. What’s special about NECI on Main is that... More

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Neil A, Manager at NECI on Main, responded to this review

Dear Cherry_Wonderdog, Thank you for taking the time to review your last experience at NECI on Main. I am sorry that the experience was not up to our standard. I assure you that the Students and Chef were working very hard to prepare more food and keep the buffet as full as possible. It is true that we did run... More

Redding, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The waitress was very friendly. The food was very good. We ordered the MEZZE PLATTER - Red pepper dip, fava bean dip, caponata, roasted almonds, Pita, nigella bread sticks, lavosh. We ordered one of the chicken dishes and a pasta dish. Both Very Good.

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Perth, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Neil A, Manager at NECI on Main, responded to this review

Dear Brorat, Thank you for taking the time to review NECI on Main from your last dining experience with us. Your suggestions have been shared with the Chef Instructors. I would like to apologize for the lack of flavor you had experienced with your menu selections. Our Chefs and Students strive to make each dish to highest standard and your... More

Weston, Massachusetts
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129 reviews 129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Neil A, Manager at NECI on Main, responded to this review

Dear smokeylinks, Thank you for taking the time to review NECI on Main for you last dining experience with us. I would like to apologize for the lack of service you encountered during your visit. As a result, we have instituted a new Wine Program Training for all of out Staff and Students. The goal of this program is to... More

Westfield, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Hamburg
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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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