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NECI on Main

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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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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 28
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always excellent food

Food is always top notch at NECI. This visit, the draft beers weren't available but other than that, food was excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Southeast_Traveller
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Southeast USA
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Naperville, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We happened by chance upon NECI on Main when we stopped in Montpelier for dinner. I had the trout with roasted potatoes and green beans. The meal was done to perfection. My dining partner was impressed by his meal as well. He ordered the turkey burger with a side salad. The staff was very friendly and eager to do a... More 

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Portland Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

NECI on Main Street is one of my favorite restaurants in Vermont. Had a wonderful schnitzel last week. Perfectly cooked. The head chef is German and his talent shows.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

can not believe that the food served here is all student made...delicious!!! We were there driving and visiting colleges and came across. Don't miss it.

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Southeast USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Food is always top notch at NECI. This visit, the draft beers weren't available but other than that, food was excellent.

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Carnation, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

You know those hair academy places with the cheap cuts? Here, its student experimentation at full price! The service was really slow. My arctic char was drowned in some kind of liquid, without nearly enough (any?) advertised leeks, and no flavor - I had to add salt & pepper. The two tiny potato halves were undercooked. There was a "duck... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you think that the food is prepared by students, the instructors are doing a great job. Nicely plated and well balanced entrees.

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Tuftonboro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

While on our way to Burlington, we decided to stop in Montpelier for a look around. While walking up and down the streets, we happened to see NECI on Main and thought we'd try it for lunch. The dining room is very attractive and comfortable. Enjoyed the light fixtures over the bar that featured kitchen gadgets such as funnels and... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We enjoyed our evening - starting with coctails downstairs at a warm, welcoming bar - followed by a nice meal and good service upstairs in the quiet ( while quite busy) and lovely dining room.

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
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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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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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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Bar scene, Doing business

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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