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Simon Pearce Restaurant

The Mill at Quechee, 1760 Main Street, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
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Ranked #1 of 18 restaurants in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Simon Pearce Restaurant, recently voted one of America’s Most Romantic Restaurants by Travel and Leisure and Best of New England, VT 2011: Meal with a View, offers Creative American cuisine utilizing fresh local ingredients, thoughtfully prepared and attentively served in a classic restored Mill overlooking the Ottauquechee River. The staff motto is "quality without pretense." The dining room is casually elegant with views overlooking the waterfall and covered bridge. Recipient of Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" since 1993, they offer a series of wine dinners monthly from November through May. They feature handmade glassware and pottery, which you can observe being made in their on-site glass and pottery workshop at The Mill. Enjoy their retail shop before or after you dine. Reservations are not accepted for lunch but are accepted for dinner. The restaurant will do their best to accommodate requests but does not guarantee any specific seating.
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English first
Concord, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

What a special setting for an amazing dinner......anything on the menu would be advisable. We chose scallops & salmon & they were prepared to perfection & presented on their gorgeous Simon Pierce plates. Of course the table was set with their glass ware & utensils & votive candle lights. The staff was impeccable & this is highly recommended for any... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Must have the cheddar cheese soup. It was a bowl of velvety, cheddar goodness ! The views of the waterfall from the restaurant and the option to view the glass blowing operation just add to a lovely experience all around

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My family and I came here for a special lunch to celebrate our mother's retirement. We couldn't have picked a better spot for the special occasion! The atmosphere was comfortable and classy, and the location is very picturesque. All of our lunches were fantastic - the cheddar and black bean ravioli, lamb burger, crab cakes, and VT cheddar soup. Everyone... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

You will have difficulty picking your dinner off the menu because everything is great! The duck and the cod are both excellent dishes. You will not be disappointed and will want to come back!

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We visited here on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. I had the crab cakes with black bean salsa...my husband had the guiness stew. His was much better than mine. Just being in the place was wonderful....the Simon Pearce glassware on the table, seeing the frozen waterfall out of the window, people browsing in the store....it was a wonderful experience. I... More

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Nottingham, New Hampshire, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Elegant yet casual. Setting is a beautiful old mill used as an outlet for Simon Pearce glass blown collectibles. The dam turbines are used to power 80% of the glass furnaces. Our meal was great from start to finish. The food fresh and locally sourced. The service staff knowledgable and friendly! A great place to take in the local history... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This place is a must stop on your way north in Vermont. The scenery is amazing on the river, the restaurant is set up perfectly with views of the river and covered bridge near by. Of course all the classes and decorations are Simon Pearce perfection. The food was great and the service was also exceptional. What makes this place... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you are looking for a wonderful dinner with the added benefit of atmosphere - this is the place. It is so picturesque - they way it is situated over the falls. The food is top notch - as good as any fine restaurant in a major city. The service was excellent. Another nice perk is to visit the Glassblowers... More

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New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

One of the best things about Simon Pearce is the location. It's in an 19th century brick mill that's sitting right over a waterfall (man made dam from the 1800s) and looking at a covered bridge. The food is always excellent though I wish there was more of a selection. If you go for lunch, they serve what they called... More

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New Canaan, CT
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

They served better cheddar soup at Red Rooster despite all the hype here. Our meal was average, but not worth a return visit. Beautiful ambience. Great service, but the food fell short for the price.

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