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“Outstanding!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Simon Pearce Restaurant

Simon Pearce Restaurant
The Mill at Quechee, 1760 Main Street, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
802-295-1470
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Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Quechee
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, Late Night, 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.
NJ
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Outstanding!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We had lunch here after watching and interacting/interviewing/questioning the 8 glass blowers downstairs for 40 minutes before lunch--fascinating!!!--the menu here is as varied as Simon Pierce's glass items and as well put together!!-- people come for miles around to see glassblowing and this first class restaurant--it was just 2 years ago that tropical storm Irene wiped out all glassblowing on lower level and 2 feet up into restaurant--all rebuilt!!

Visited August 2013
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Haifa, Israel
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111 reviews 111 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Not cheap - but worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

A beautifully designed, spacious restaurant, on the river, serves good food – tasty and made from fresh, top-quality ingredients.
The location, right inside the Simon Pearce glass workshop and store is fun.
We did not launch a shopping spree – it is soooo expensive, but we tremendously enjoyed watching the glass blowing team – so well coordinated, like a clever dance. Watching them create a wine glass is magic, I will never look at a wine glass the same way… (We have also been to the Simon Pearce bigger factory at Windsor. It was not as fun and we could not watch the glass blowers so closely. The Quechee one is a much better place to enjoy it!)/
They have buzzers that you are given if you need to wait for a table, a great idea that allows you to not be confined to the door while waiting. We were told that we’ll have to wait 20 minutes, and were “buzzed” after 10 minutes.
The service was wonderful, polite, friendly, warm and professional.
Cheddar soup was lovely. Spinach and mushroom Quiche was good, but not what I had in mind – more like a soufflé, very cheesy- eggy with some spinach and mushrooms in it, light in texture, but heavy as a dish. Couldn’t finish the whole serving. Falafel was a nice, light, local interpretation of the Mediterranean dish.
The dessert was great, a light chocolate mouse with raspberry sauce. Loved it.
Some young men were jumping into the water by the waterfall; it was fun to watch them.
Go, Enjoy and don’t rush it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A Fabulous Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This place is a complete experience. First we watched the glass blowers at work in their workshop, which was fascinating in itself, but then we shopped for their wares in the store upstairs. Finally, we dined upon a delectable meal while sitting by a table with a gorgeous view. The service was very friendly and helpful too. A must-do for any Quechee trip.

Visited August 2013
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Kansas City
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great View, Great Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We made reservations for 6:30 and arrived five minutes late. She said we had the best timing and we were given the "best table in the house".
It was on the corner overlooking the falls and a nice view of the new covered bridge at Quechee.
Our services was impeccable and the food was great.
We both enjoyed the Vermont Cheddar Soup along with some fresh bread.
Our waitress accommodated us when we asked to mix up the menu - I wanted the spaetzle along with the braised pork rib and my husband wanted the mashed potatoes instead of the fingerling potatoes with his filet minon. Plus - he ate his spinach!
For dessert, he had the vanilla bean creme brulee and I had the house specialty, white chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce.
Everything was excellent!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

What a treat!! I was so fortunate to have lunch today in the most amazing location!
Wonderful service! Wonderful menu! Wonderful view of the new Quechee covered bridge (yeah)!! Make this place part of your plans next time you are in the area!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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