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“Excellent Meal, Wonderful View” 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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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, 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.
Indianapolis
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal, Wonderful View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had dinner at the Simon Pearce Restaurant in August. Our table was overlooking the waterfall--just wonderful. The food was excellent. Carrot soup was outstanding. The cod was excellent. Everything was very tasty and the service was great. It is pricey, but worth it for a very nice dinner.

  • Visited August 2014
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Hartland Four Corners, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great views , Delicious Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

We have been to Simon Pearce multiple times over the years. We have had only one problem and that was with the waitress getting our order mixed up. The food is consistent and the cheddar soup The Best. Always fun on a hot summer day watching the kids in the water in the falls below. The Glassblowers are amazing to watch.A great local restaurant.

  • Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good But ONLY Good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014

EVERYONE recommended this restaurant to us and while it was good, it was ONLY good. The cheddar cheese soup was delicious, as expected. We had 2 entrees, the duck was very good and the cod, while fresh and flaky, didn't quite work over the mashed potatoes and the sauce, while flavorful with vinegar added for tartness, just didn't make for a winning combination with the fish. The ambiance is all about the waterfall, ok it's nice but I disliked the overall appearance which was bright wood and very "standard", something like a slightly upscale Olive Garden. Bottom line: it's ok but there are better options in Vermont to be sure.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newbury, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“3-5 TIMES A YEAR...ALWAYS A TREAT!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014

Even though we live nearly 45 minutes from SP, we go there several times a year for special occasions and sometimes functions. This night 2 other couples joined us. We were seated promptly at our reservation time at a center table with views of the dam, falls and millpond of the Ottaquechee River..just beautiful! Four of the others at the table all ordered Horseradish Crusted Cod served over mashed potato, one ordered small lobster plate off the appetizer menu, and I opted for Ahi Tuna crusted with sesame seeds served with black rice/mushroom combination. I love tuna, but it needs to be seared lightly for me to completely enjoy it. When it arrived, it was too well-done and I sent it back for a rarer version. within 4 minutes, a perfectly done Ahi plate arrived and was enjoyed to the maximum. All of the others commented that their meal was very good as well. I tired my wife's cod and it was indeed, very good.

This is not a cheap restaurant: average entree price around $30, pricey drinks and appetizers and desserts can easily add $30 more, however in my opinion, you get what you pay for, and as such this is one of my family's favorites.

If you've never been here before, arrive early or stay late to see the glass blowing exhibit downstairs. These artists create beautiful blown glass object right before your eyes; most interesting. On the restaurant level, the have a medium size store/outlet for Simon Pierce glass
objects. While the prices seem high to me, I'm told that they are better there than anyplace else.

Note: Elderly or handicapped patrons should be dropped off and picked up by the entrance since the walk to the parking lot (shared by another popular restaurant) can be a long walk!

  • Visited August 2014
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Bardyah
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“Great service and beautiful location !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014

Food is great with a local touch.
Ask for a table on the edge of patio, the view of the dam and covered bridge makes this place well worth it.

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