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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, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 14
    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
Excellent food with good variety and fair pricing

First off the wait staff are all students learning to be chefs. Student chefs don't necessarily make for good waiters. Service was reasonably slow and haphazardly competent but very friendly. They had to run back to get answers to virtually anything we asked, they forgot some of the silverware... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
1HotCherry
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NY
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

First off the wait staff are all students learning to be chefs. Student chefs don't necessarily make for good waiters. Service was reasonably slow and haphazardly competent but very friendly. They had to run back to get answers to virtually anything we asked, they forgot some of the silverware, made errors on the orders, took forever to bring anything we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

If you are in the town around Sunday, do not miss the NECI Sunday brunch!! Students of NECI give their best food for brunch and you get a lot of options to choose from- be it salad, soup, entrée or dessert, one cannot find fault in their dishes. You will be overwhelmed with their unique and creative dishes!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Stopped here for lunch and glad we did. All the food was very good and well presented. The Gazpacho was outstanding and the chocolate desert is a must. Worth a visit.

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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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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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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic

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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