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“great lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce
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Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“great lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

we stopped for lunch after touring countryside for leaf peeping. we had a 1+ hour wait but we didn't mind as we looked through the beautiful glass displays for sale. there were 5 in our party & each had something different so I got many tastes. there were 2 seasonal soups butternut squash & Vermont cheddar which I ordered. It was creamy with the taste of cheddar cheese coming through. I had the sesame chicken & it was very tasty but I would have liked it to be cooked 2 minutes less. The quiche of the day & chicken pot pie were very good. the special dessert of stout beer cake w/ caramel sauce & ice cream was fantastic. They had a good selection of beers & mixed drinks. the wait staff were good ( we had Tessa) & very helpful w/ desciption of the food.
The only thing that can make your experience better is to get a table overlooking the falls

  • Visited October 2012
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“Upscale and elegant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Lunched with friends, had seating by window and waterfall, bridge work was in progress for replacement of bridge lost to Irene. The food was excellent as, was the wine. The lamb burger is amazing. Service was friendly and thoughtful. A plus is shopping for the glass and pottery and watching the glass blowing downstairs. Not to be missed!

  • Visited October 2012
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New Hampshire
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“Absolutely Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

The first thing you notice is the fabulous location right on a section of falls of the Ottoquechee River. Service is usually excellent and the food is always good. The lunch menu is short but you can usually find something to like.

Visited August 2012
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Danvers, Massachusetts
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“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

I visited Simon Peace restaurant on 9/23 to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We had made reservations over a month in advance, notifying them that we would be celebrating out anniversary, and we requested a table by the window. We arrived and were greeted by a friendly hostess who wished us a Happy Anniversary, as we had mentioned in our reservatuions. We were seated right away at a table that couldn't have been farther from the windows. The tables by the windows were filled, so there were no options to be seated somewhere else, so we accepted it and settled in for what we thought would be a fantastic meal, knowing it really didn't matter where we were sitting.

Our waiter (?Adam) was prompt and friendly, giving us plenty of time to look over the menu. We had ordered a pre-dinner cocktail, telling him we would look over the wine list to order something with dinner. When he came back to take our dinner order, he took the wine list off the table without asking us if we had decided on a selection. When he brought our first course, we asked him if he could bring back the wine list so we could order a bottle, which he did.

Our food was sub-par at best. I started off with the Vermont Cheddar soup, which was about the only part of the meal that I enjoyed. My husband started with veal sausage, which he thought was too salty, and in a sauce that didn't mix with the flavor of the meat. We both then got "roasted garlic" casear salads. There was not even the slightest taste of garlic, and we nearly broke our teeth on the crutons. The dressing did not resemble a caesar dressing in any way. It tasted bitter, and like a poorly mixed vinegarette. For our entrees, my husband got the "crisp roasted duckling", and I got the "NY roasted sirloin". The waitor did not ask how my husband wanted his duck cooked, which is usually a bad sign, and when it arrived at the table, it was way over-cooked. The entree itself was two duck wings, which were not described at all in the entree description. My husband was expecting duck breast, and was no where close. I got the sirloin, and it was terrible. It was dry, over cooked and had absolutely no flavor. It was served with apple and parsnip puree, which was also dry and did not have a good flavor. The sirloin was supposed to arrive with an herb butter, which it did not. We were so disappointed with our meal that we corked our bottle of wine (which we have never done, anywhere) and did not order dessert.

Although our waitor was professional and prompt through out the meal, I cannot say the same for the rest of the staff. The table sitting behind us appeared to have some sort of personal connection with all of the staff, almost as though they might have also worked there. The staff kept stopping at their table, loudly laughing and joking, interrupting everyone else's quiet meal they were trying to have. Even the chef came out to talk to them, checked with a few other tables to see if they were enjoying their meal, skipped our table and went back into the kitchen.

We had also used a certificate we had recieved from Simon Pearce for registering a wedding registry with them, which was a "complimentary dinner for two." The certificate only covered our entrees, and excluded alcholol and we were forced to pay a 20% gratuity to a meal that was worth far less, so our meal still ended up costing us $150. It was a huge disappointment and we will probably never go back. Luckily we had gone earlier in the day to see the view and go into the glass blowing workshop, so our trip wasn't a complete waste.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Emily B
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Simon Pearce R, General Manager at Simon Pearce, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
We are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy dinner with us on September 23. We would like to send you a complimentary gift certificate for two in hopes that you will try us again. Unfortunately, we are unable to include alcohol; Vermont state law requires us to state: “does not include alcohol”, on all complimentary gift certificates.

Please get in touch with me directly so I can send you a gift certificate and address your other concerns. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to speaking with you,

Thank you,
Simon Pearce Restaurant General Manager
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful setting for a delicious meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We celebrated our one year anniversary at Simon Pearce. The restaurant is lovely and they serve you using glassware and dishes from their own studio, simply beautiful pieces. The hostess let us know our table would be ready momentarily and offered to come find us if we'd like to wander around the glass shop. Very nice!

Once seated, we started with the tuna crudo and a baby arugula salad, both quite tasty. For our mains my husband had the sirloin and I had the short ribs. The accompaniments were wonderful - mashed apple and parsnips for him and rosemary polenta for me. The short ribs were good, slightly dry, not the best I've had, would probably choose something else next time. My husband's steak had melted herb butter over it which was good. Finally the apple cake for dessert - good, bit dry, salted caramel didn't come off as salty, vanilla ice cream on top was delicious.

Price for all this plus a bottle of wine was around $140. We would normally spend that at a nice restaurant back in Boston, so seemed fair given the ambiance, food and friendly service.

Try to get a seat by the water if possible and it's daylight - nice view (though they're still doing construction on the covered bridge after hurricane Irene last year)

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