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“Beautiful Setting and good food”
5 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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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
New Hampshire
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“Beautiful Setting and good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

One of the best things about Simon Pearce is the location. It's in an 19th century brick mill that's sitting right over a waterfall (man made dam from the 1800s) and looking at a covered bridge.
The food is always excellent though I wish there was more of a selection. If you go for lunch, they serve what they called Irish Scones for the bread and they are really delicious.
The wait staff is very pleasant and, if you have to wait for a table, you can watch their glass blowing operation in the basement.
Overall, a wonderful treat.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Okay, but not a destination”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

They served better cheddar soup at Red Rooster despite all the hype here. Our meal was average, but not worth a return visit. Beautiful ambience. Great service, but the food fell short for the price.

Visited March 2014
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Saint James, New York
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“Unique and very special Restaurant and Glass Blowing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

When visiting Vermont we always make sure to pay a visit to Simon Pearce. This special glass blowing gallery/shop is filled with glistening artisan glass and pottery and is set against the natural raw material of the building it resides in. After admiring these beauties in the shop we sit in the restaurant and are served food and drink on them. Every meal that I have ever had has been absolutely wonderful.
The quality and presentation of the food is the finest around. This place is a destination!

  • Visited February 2014
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San Diego
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“Amazing every year.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

My parents live nearby and this is one place we must visit every year. Yes, the food is wonderful, but the scenery and ambiance help to make your meal exceptional. Perched over a lazy river falling over giant granite boulders, the original brick building shows true craftsmanship not just in itself but in the beautiful glass and ceramic wares they sell. Enjoy the simple yet elegant fare made from local and high quality ingredients while gazing at the newly rebuilt ubiquitous covered bridge. The owners are active in perfecting their idea of being the perfect hosts and they succeed on every count. I have my favorites, the lamb burger and shepherd's pie, but I would love to see the menu change from time to time. Still I look forward to eating here all year long.

  • Visited August 2013
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Derby Line, Vermont
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“What a Wonderful Surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

Located in the lovely town of Quechee, Vermont, loaded with arts and crafts of various kinds, is the the welcoming oasis of Simon Pearce. Showroom and store for the superb quality glassware of Simon Pearce, it also houses a first rate fine dining restaurant of the same name. On a snowy and generally unpleasant Thursday night the comfortable and well appointed restaurant was nearly filled and at high end prices this is a testament to both the kitchen and the excellent service. It is everything that the nearby Norwich Inn is not. An appetizer of crispy spring rolls, stuffed with minced duck and well flavored sliced celery and bean shoots, in a perfectly balanced duck confit could not have been improved upon. My wife's sauteed monkfish was deemed to be beyond exquisite. A maple seared chicken breast was artfully separated in half, with a bed of fluffy polenta in between and the chicken perfectly moist and tender. Wines by the glass were varied and well priced. If you are going to venture into the wine list, be prepared for some sticker shock. Total bill, including 20% tip, was $160, putting it mostly into the let's splurge or special occasion category. All in all, an A rating and we look forward to returning. The attached SImon Pearce store is stunning in every respect. Well worth a detour if you anywhere near.

  • Visited February 2014
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