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NECI on Main

$$ - $$$American,
118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
+1 802-223-3188
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  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

Good food, even though menu is somewhat limited. Nicely presented. Very attentive wait staff (all students of the institute.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Peter P H
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We have eaten at the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) before and it never disappoints. Always delicious and always good service.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank susanbK2046FZ
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Up market restaurant where culinary students have a chance to practice their skills but this results in excellent prepared and presented food. We started with the charcuterie board which I can highly recommend followed by the day’s special of tenderloin, which was superb. Restaurant has...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ray T
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the delicious food, the beautiful interior and the excellent service! We shared the Vermont tapas platter, the chicken and the dessert trio. Perfect! And our bill was very affordable.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank G2906ICsallyb
Reviewed February 14, 2018

Be prepared for excellent food, made by students who work hard to give diners a special treat, every time.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank 3heidid
Reviewed February 8, 2018

In Montpelier on business and tried NECI on a cold snowy night. Great choice. Nice dining room with good separation between tables. Not an extensive menu (I understand it changes seasonally) but a good variety of farm to table options. I had a delicious salmon...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Frank A
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Great menu with choices for all taste. Many option for Vegetarian and allergies. Great value.The bar offer a selection of VT beer and a good choice of wine by the glass.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank jlrestaurant
Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

I am a close-to-vegetarian. If I eat meat, it has to be done thoughtfully, with a respect to the animal.... I eat red meat a couple times a year, and we did a splurge at NECI last night. Rarely do I take a bite and...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank 999gailm
Reviewed November 2, 2017

A very well presented restaurant with an intimate atmosphere, perfect for couples dining out. The staff weer friendly and very helpful. The food was very good, we had fish and chips and steak; both very well cooked and they tasted great. Well worth a visit...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank 262paulg
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Had a meal in passing before going to the theatre. Shared a burger. Was good enough - not bad, not exceptional Also shared the tapas plate. A bit mixed Spicy feta - nice Beans salad -OK Beet hummus - tasteless Pickled shallot, and melon (?)...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank PipPaul W
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I do not know. Is that a dorm?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $26
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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: +1 802-223-3188
  • E-mail
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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