Awards and Accolades
1760 Main Street, Quechee, Vermont • 802.295.1470
Simon Pearce Restaurant and its private dining area, The Loft, have earned awards and accolades from such prestigious publications as Travel + Leisure and The New York Times. High praise for the restaurant's superb food, service, and ambiance.
Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence
Travel + Leisure - America's Most Romantic Restaurants
February 2013, 2011
"Glassmaker Simon Pearce's restaurant,housed in a restored mill overlooking the falls of Vermont's Ottauquechee River and its covered bridge, is a food destination worth its out-of-the-way address…"
Fodor's Travel Guide: Central Vermont - Fodor's Choice
"Candlelight, sparkling glassware fromthe studio downstairs, exposed brick, and large windows overlooking the fallsof the roaring Ottauquechee River create an ideal setting for contemporary American cuisine. The food is widely considered to be worthy of a pilgrimage. Horseradish-crusted blue cod with crispy leeks, herb mashed potatoes, and balsamic shallot reduction as well as roast duck with mango chutney sauce are house specialties; the wine cellar holds several hundred vintages. The lunch menu might include a roasted duck quesadilla or Mediterranean lamb burger."
Boston Weddings - Featured Venue/Locales: The Loft at Simon Pearce Restaurant
Featured Venue/Locales: The Loft at Simon Pearce
The New York Times - Simon Pearce Restaurant featured in Glassmaking in Vermont
"It doesn't get any more Vermont. Warmed chèvre, roasted beets and fresh focaccia,served in an old mill house over a rushing river, with views of graceful covered bridges spanning Quechee Gorge in central Vermont. The Green Mountain tableau continues next door, in a glass-blowing workshop… The Mill at Quechee remains the flagship of the fleet - a favorite destination for locals and weekenders alike."
Passport - 10 Most Romantic Restaurants
Boston Magazine - Best of Vermont 2011: Meal with a View
"Be prepared for Simon Pearce [Restaurant] to take your breath away… The dining room juts precariously over the rushing falls of Quechee…. [The] cooking presents the real drama…tasty horseradish-encrusted cod with herb mashed is a perennial favorite, and new preparations like maple-and-miso-glazed trout keep guests pleasantly on edge…."
The Gazette - The Simon Pearce Restaurant featured in Country Roads: The Woodstocker
"One of Livesley's favourite dining spots - arguably the most sophisticated in the region - is The Mill at Simon Pearce in Quechee, a five-minute drive from Woodstock…. The service is impeccable, the menus are light and innovative and the setting beautiful….Surrounded by glass walls… you feel as if you are outdoors…. Simon Pearce also is an enterprise that thinks and acts 'green.' The glassblowing furnaces and the kitchen are powered by a turbine rushing by his workshop…."
Phantom Gourmet - Rave review for Simon Pearce Restaurant
"Dinner at Simon Pearce [Restaurant] is a must for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. The dishes and stemware are crafted in the on-site glassblowing and ceramics shop of internationally known artisan, Simon Pearce. Simon Pearce is a glass blowing shop and restaurant that displays its very best in a rustic,but polished setting. The building is an old restored mill that's long and narrow, so virtually every seat overlooks the waterfall."
Boston Magazine - The Best of New England: Best Restaurant, New American
"Glassblower and potter Simon Pearce is beloved for his airy interpretations of classic forms. So it's no surprise that the food served inside the blond-wood dining room echoes his contemporary style…."
"The setting here can't be beat. Housed in are stored 19th-century woolen mill with wonderful views of a waterfall, Simon Pearce is a collage of exposed brick, pine floorboards, and handsome wooden tables and chairs. Meals are served on Simon Pearce pottery and glassware…"
Outstanding! As extremely well traveled people (20-22 weeks every year for the last 35 years)we consider your superb restaurant one of our top favorites in the world.