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NECI on Main

) #10 of 47 Restaurants in Montpelier €€ - €€€ American, , Gluten Free Options
118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
+1 802-223-3188
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
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1 - 10 of 234 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I decided to have dinner with at the restaurant run by the New England Culinary Institute. We made a very good decision. The four types of breads offered at the beginning of the meal was crunchy and delicious. We had the cold...More

Thank stuartled
Reviewed 29 April 2017

With top notch prices, we were really looking forward to experiencing fine dining. Unfortunately, the food was pretty standard (my entree was a hunk of meat and seasonal vegetables cooked with some spices), the waitstaff got our order wrong, and then we were over-charged. We...More

Thank TourLocalLife
Reviewed 10 April 2017

young server was friendly but not highly efficient. the wine list is extensive - with many high priced bottles.

Thank johnmF809KE
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The food was excellent and wait staff did a fine job. If you enjoy cooking shows, take a quick walk down the hall towards the bathroom so you can peak into the kitchen to see them making your food.

Thank tamshel
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I was all set for a nice dinner at NECI, but was turned away at 5pm since the chef wasn't quite ready. So disappointing!

Thank 349Charles25
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We made reservations for eight for New Years Eve and was very pleased. Our server was Elijah and he was excellent. We had the multiple course meal including a great desert. All were quite pleased. The French chef visited us twice and he was very...More

1  Thank michaelsegretto
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Perhaps I didn't order well... ate at the bar and had the salmon/ deviled egg appetizer which was good. The Arctic char main course was very fishy and strong for char. Overly salted.

Thank Ragushill
Reviewed 19 November 2016

We stopped in NECI one of the nights of our stay and had a glass of wine with a cheese plate sampler. It was very good. Nice atmosphere. You can talk, and the lighting was very good.

1  Thank Bob M
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We had business in the state's capital of Montpelier on the day that happened to be my wife's birthday. We wanted something a little special to celebrate the day and we decided to return to this restaurant that held fond memories of about 18 years...More

1  Thank Mikeatsea03242
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
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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