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Jessica's at Swift House Inn Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 48 Restaurants in Middlebury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$32
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 7
Description: A meal at Jessica's Restaurant is always memorable. The recently updated dining room is a reflection of the casual comfort and style of this New England country inn. Jessica's Restaurant is located in the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont. Jessica's is just two blocks from downtown Middlebury, set in an 1814 stately home, surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Jessica's casual atmosphere is the perfect place for an dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for four to forty! Come early and enjoy our bar; Tom, with his more than 30 years of bartending experience, can fix you a cocktail or help you choose the right bottle of wine. We have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list for six straight years! We also have local beers on tap including Switchback, from Southern Vermont; and two brews from Middlebury, Wolaver's Organic India Pale Ale and Otter Creek Seasona.
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We were a party of nine so I understand it's hard for the staff. This was an excellent meal and every entree was really good.
Only low points were the slow service and the fries could have been awesome but they were over seasoned which masked the underlying excellent fries.
These were minor issues and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

I would recommend then again for high end dining in Middlebury.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

My husband and I LOVE Jessica's Restaurant and Chef Rob - we are never disappointed and choose Jessica's any chance we get to go out for a nice meal. We recently celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Jessica's and enjoyed caesar salads, the special - center-cut beef tenderloin with a blue cheese and horseradish cream sauce, served with mashed potatoes and asparagus, finished off with various desserts including the strawberry shortcake. I have never had a steak cooked so well - perfectly medium rare. Easily the best steak I have ever had.
Give Jessica's a try - you will absolutely not be disappointed!

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

I was looking for a reasonably priced but somewhat special restaurant for a birthday dinner. We made a reservation the day before for 6 and were placed in what ended up a private room. The decor is lovely - B&B/victorian style. The service was excellent and the menu had a wide variety of price ranges so we could all eat well and keep the cost to about $100 - not bad for 6. We did not order drinks, or desserts, but even my teenagers left well fed. The vegetarians in the group thoroughly enjoyed the Mushroom ravioli. The lobster bisque - a special that night was one of the best I have ever had. We look forward to visiting again.
The only possible bad thing whihc was incredibly minor was that our server told us the veggie of the day was bok shoy and when the plates arrived, it was haricot vert. And they were delicious.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We arrived early and could not be seated - no problem; we just hit the bar and sampled one of the three local brews on tap when seated, instead of a packed dining room, we were seated along the edge in a room with three other full tables and four empty tables in the middle. It became clear they were simply understaffed as it took some time for our order to be taken, drinks delivered, and bread to arrive (the latter after three reminders). The poor waitress was running all over the dining room. The menu does not appear to have changed in the four years since John visited. It also advertises that local farms and their food are highlighted, but it is clear from the menu that it is hard to find a complete entree featuring locally produced food. Three of the four entrees were good, although the ravioli was over-sauced. The medium-rare burger came well done (although the steak did come medium rare - how do you get the steak right and the burger wrong?). The fries were barely warm and were soggy and flavor-less. They did offer to cook another burger, but the wait for our entrees was long enough for me to be concerned that I would be the only one eating. I passed and they didn't charge for the burger - nice touch (especially since half went back to the kitchen for the chef to see). Not sure we will return as there are plenty of other options in the area.

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Vermont25, Owner at Jessica's at Swift House Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

We missed on this occasion. There is never a good excuse for slow service, we just were not on our game and have discussed this night's service as a team. Compounding it with an improperly cooked burger never helps. I am happy to say that Chef Rob seldom misses the temps on his meats and the staff reacted properly with their attempts to remedy the problem. Our menu changes both seasonally, with availability of products and the Chef's interest in keeping the menu and himself fresh. There are staple items and signature items that stay and rotate on the menu. The menu is always changing. Our menu is currently 30% bigger than four years ago; comparing the two there are only 3 items the same as they were 4 years ago. We take advantage of as many locally produced products as we can, which vary significantly by season in Vermont. We stand by and will continue to support the 37 local purveyors with whom we are partnering!

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We're lodging at the Swift House while spending a few days enjoying the good life in Vermont (review to come after we check out!), and so this highly-rated in-house restaurant had to be on the itinerary. We were not disappointed; everything was competent, and the food was on a par with the finest places we've dined.

We arrived at our reserved time and the place was not quite full--but it was a gorgeous evening and we requested a table on their porch. It was full, but we were given the option of waiting maybe 15 minutes while on table finished desserts, so we got a couple of glasses on wine from their bar and lounged on their screened-in side porch, wife reading their USA Today while I admired the immaculate grounds. It seemed like only a few minutes until our table was open.

We'd skipped lunch so appetizers were in order. She had the chicken liver pate, and my sample of it was toothsome; a perfect baguette toast slice thickly topped from the little jar of pate, with my application of a little dijon and a halved cornichon on the side--the flavors were BRIGHT (caps intended). Mine was fried calamari; technically proper, but the sort of calamari dish I delight in because it was an adventure. The rings themselves had a fresh lemon flavor and that was delicious, and there was a savory dipping sauce, but the real joy of the plate were some sweet pickled red onion rings, which paired with a similar-sized calamari ring provided a perfect bite every time.

My wife's entree was mushroom ravioli, and she cleaned the plate. I had already determined that I was going for the saltimbocca, first time I'd tried this classic. It was a delectable pork tenderloin wrapped in bay leaves and Prosciutto da Parma, nicely sauced. The sides were white fingerlings, oven-roasted but not quite as caramelized as I might have done them, and asparagus, restaurant cut (but conservatively, no woody bottoms!) and steamed to the height of flavor.

The only flaws were a few cases of dropped utensils by the wait staff, which was otherwise faultless, and a half-bottle of Malbec that was, sadly, two-note in flavor profile (I won't blame Jessica's for that, they didn't make the wine).

In all, there I was on a pleasant June evening with the Vermont sun descending while I got a top-notch gourmet dinner after a pleasant day of sight-seeing. A taste of the good life--no, make that the very best life!

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