We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

NECI on Main

118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
+1 802-223-3188
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (15 reviews)
“tapas” (5 reviews)
“cheese plate” (10 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (250)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 236 reviews

Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Chicken Tangine was very good, but lacked a few traditional spices; the 'Beet' burger was delightful; the Tapas was interesting and tasty too. Declining enrolment has hurt NECI but it's raison d'etre is still there.

Thank Gourmand2
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Restaurant is staffed with students of the Institute (" La Brioche") but actually is quite diversified in its menu. Had dinner for one. Service was excellent (Paul), prompt, courteous. Enjoyed sitting sitting outside at a small terrace which is not as dark as inside. Lower...More

Thank Jlu2903
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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 4 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 30 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 11 April 2017

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

Thank johnmF809KE
Reviewed 5 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 20 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 7 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 13 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
Nearby Restaurants
Three Penny Taproom
298 reviews
.03 km away
Skinny Pancake
230 reviews
.05 km away
142 reviews
.17 km away
Down Home Kitchen
97 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby Attractions
Vermont State House
352 reviews
.48 km away
Vermont Historical Society Museum
80 reviews
.36 km away
Hubbard Park
60 reviews
.56 km away
Lost Nation Theater
33 reviews
.18 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
18 August 2015|
Response from nadia m | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. Is that a dorm?
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing