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All 46 Montpelier Restaurants

NECI on Main

118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
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Ranked #9 of 46 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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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

It is always a joy to visit NECI, Vermont's answer to Johnson & Wales or the CIA. Set in the state's capitol, Montpelier, one can always find a nice assortment of food choices, be it for lunch or dinner, or more recently, "small bites" in their bar area. They also have a very nice Sunday brunch for a fairly modest... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We were really looking forward to our dinner but service and food were both lacking. Bread was brought without bread plates.

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A wonderful place to visit. NECI lost some of its flavor when it replaced student servers with hired staff. Yet, the quality of the food is excellent. We enjoy the duck or the "fish of the day." Dinner is always well presented. Pacing is good. The student chefs prepare a nice meal, whatever you order.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Excellent food in a marvelous setting with exceptional service. What a gem of a restaurant that even offers a Chef's table.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We saw NECI described in the AAA guide and decided to try it. It was good that we called ahead for a reservation as they were very busy. The hostess who took our reservation gave us perfect instructions on how to find easy nearby parking on a busy evening. There were many interesting menu suggestions. The ones we picked were... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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136 reviews 136 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had visited here several years ago and enjoyed it. This time we enjoyed it enough to return the following night as well. The menu is replete with interesting dishes for omnivores as well as vegetarians. Out meat dishes were well prepared, although my pork chop was a little tough. The flavors were well balanced and interesting. They were able... More

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Bronx, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
1,019 helpful votes 1,019 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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