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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 20 restaurants in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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90% Recommend
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Food is great with a local touch. Ask for a table on the edge of patio, the view of the dam and covered bridge makes this place well worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went out for dinner for our anniversary (won't say which one, but well into double digits) last night, a Sunday. We're locals, and it was destination, not an impulse. Hostess pleasant enough, nice table overlooking the river. Drinks are over-priced. Food is good, but portions are skimpy. But here's where the whole experience really went south:... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We arrived a bit before 7:00 on Sunday night, August 17, 2014, to celebrate our anniversary. We were told if we wanted a seat by the windows, we would need to wait about 15 minutes. We decided to view the glass blowing and wait the 15 minutes. We both were very happy with the table where we were seated, although... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

From the moment we sat down...perfection! Our waiter was super accommodating to our family with small children. He was patient and pleasant, making us feel very welcome. The food was superb. Vermont cheese soup was wonderful. My daughter had the brûlée'd French toast which was outstanding. Even the little rolls and butter were perfect.

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This restaurant has all the makings of a five star establishment, absolutely wonderful front desk staff, a great showroom to browse and shop, glass blowing and a great setting on the river. However the food was inconsistent with great moments mired by careless cooking. My scallops with corn salsa and greens looked beautiful, but they overcooked the scallops....twice! I could... More

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Henderson, KY
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The restaurant is lovely, the service is very good, the food is fit for a foodie but the view of the river will keep you coming back. Be sure to come early and see the glass works, the art to blowing glass is amazing to say. We had the cheese tray which I loved the blue cheese and the beets... More

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Syracuse, NY
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115 reviews 115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were passing through at lunch time on a Monday afternoon. We put our name in and asked for a seat by the water- they said is would be about 20 minutes, it was exactly that. We were on the inside by the water, the 'outside' porch seemed to give closer exposure to the lovely falls. The service was excellent-... More

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Palm Beach, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

it's hard to describe this in just a few words. the restaurant is part of a larger complex which needs to be explored. BUT, sticking to the restaurant, its attractive, lovely setting/views, good food and attentive service. a little touristy but one can get past that. enjoy!

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new york, new york
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We dined here twice for dinner. The setting is spectacular, especially on the outside porch overlooking the falls. If you are inside and fortunate enough to get a window table, then you can see the falls below, but the noise can be daunting from the hard surfaces that echo the noise of some of the very loud people that might... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The restaurant is located in the Simon Pearce glass factory - a part of the restaurant is cantilevered over the Ottauquechee River and has a view of the covered bridge just yards away. Table setting included Simon Pearce glass. The cheddar soup was worth the 20 minute wait (which gives you an opportunity to shop and watch the glassblowing). Also... More

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