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“Always a fun adventure”
Review of NECI on Main

NECI on Main
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Ranked #11 of 58 Restaurants in Montpelier
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$26
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: School St.
Description: 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.
Vermont
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Always a fun adventure”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We live in the area and enjoy NECI on Main (and La Brioche, its sister) as a great option when we are out and about. There are high standards for the quality of the ingredients, and real creativity in the kitchen. It is a teaching restaurant, but those high standards extend to the preparation. Always fun, with friendly service and casual comfort.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Tanvandriver
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English first
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Innovative”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Neci should be proud of the amazing food they serve. Market beef cooked to mouth watering perfection. Bar service very professional and personal. Will definitely be back.

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Thank Hbgates
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“a bad taste in our mouths”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We travel globally and enjoy a multitude of dining experiences.
We had dinner at NECI mid March, 2014, on a cheese tasting trip to VT.
Montpelier was centrally located with many dining choices. We chose NECI since we liked the culinary institute concept and the menu looked good.
Service was marginal at best,friendly but grossly inadequate.
Food was ok to good; we questioned if the regional cheeses on the cheese board were identified properly. We were assured they were right and we were wrong. (possible, although the week was spent sampling cheese and visiting creameries, dairies and cheese shops, the cheeses in question in particular).
The head waiter stopped by several times to see how we were doing. We explained our issues in a constructive manner, he thanked us and went about his business without addressing any of them, or ever coming back to check on us.
Unfortunately, (to make matters worse, although not their fault) their credit card provider was
down that evening. We agreed on the cost of our dinner and that they could run the card the following day.
Because of the inconvenience, they promised to call us the next day before processing any charges on our credit card.
We never heard from them, and when we returned from our trip to Vermont, there was an unknown charge. The charge turned out to be our dinner plus a tip that we did not authorize!
(which is illegal, by the way).
Summary:
nice location
ok food
marginal service
negative on attitude
Sorry we spent our time and money at NECI.

  • Visited March 2014
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Montpelier, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Really Great for a Teaching Resturant!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

I've been to NECI on Main several times and havent had a bad meal yet! The service is usually good and the atmosphere is top drawer!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank peckingchick
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“Good.....”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

For the area, it is one of the better restaurants. I honestly like the fact that it is essentially a classroom for the students at the culinary school nearby. The food and atmosphere are nice. The staff - all very nice.

I'll give an example: I once ordered a steak medium rare from the restaurant. It came out charred on one side, and properly cooked on the other. They served the properly cooked side up and the charred side down. (I had to laugh a bit because it was clearly a young new chef) Now I have only sent back food back 2-3 times in my life and this was one of them. Now you might ask why I give them a 4 star rating?

Where they excelled was taking ownership of the problem. I was served a perfectly cooked steak thereafter and they really made an effort. I like the fact that they really are teaching these kids and the food is very good. With the exception of that one instance, they always served very good food.

I have eaten there maybe a dozen times and it is one of the best restaurants in the area. I used to live in the area and this is where my wife and I would go if we wanted a good meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank BethelInsdr
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