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NECI on Main

118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
+1 802-223-3188
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

Thank Sally B
Reviewed February 14, 2018

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

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

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.

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

Thank Gail M
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

Thank Paul G
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

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed August 12, 2017

The Chicken Tangine was very good, but lacked a few traditional spices; the 'Beet' burger was delightful; the Tapas was interesting and tasty too. Declining enrolment has hurt NECI but it's raison d'etre is still there.

Thank Gourmand2
Reviewed July 25, 2017

Restaurant is staffed with students of the Institute (" La Brioche") but actually is quite diversified in its menu. Had dinner for one. Service was excellent (Paul), prompt, courteous. Enjoyed sitting sitting outside at a small terrace which is not as dark as inside. Lower...More

Thank Jlu2903
Reviewed June 19, 2017

We had one hilariously wacky waitress, i.e., "Don't think about the beef cheeks while you're eating them" -- apparently she'd had a taste in the morning and thought it was a roast beef dish until she discovered it wasn't. And, oh, when I had just...More

Thank kathleenhoverter
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $26
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
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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