What makes a restaurant so special? Is it the food? The views? The history? The art? Well this unique restaurant in Vermont has all of that – and more! Simon Pearce in Quechee is a favorite place for many and is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.
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A truly magical time.
The Mill at Simon Pearce was voted one of “America’s Most Romantic Restaurants” by Travel and Leisure and was a recipient of the Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence.” The dining room at the Mill is a wonderful way to experience a spectacular slice of Vermont heaven.
If you think the tablescapes are amazing, wait until you eat!
Overlooking the waterfall and covered bridge, the views from the restaurant are breathtaking, especially at sunset.
Enjoy the awe-inspiring dishes.
Creatively prepared cuisine is served with the stunning backdrop of the Ottauquechee River waterfall and covered bridge. Great for brunch, lunch or for a fabulous and romantic dinner, this is a favorite place to celebrate special occasions.
Watch the magic happen.
After watching the glassware come to life at the on-site workshop, enjoy a top notch meal experiencing fresh and local ingredients. Dining at the Mill is the perfect way to experience Simon Pearce’s handmade glassware and pottery.
Quality across the board.
Whether you order the cheddar soup (an overwhelming favorite dish), a nice helping of quiche, a deliciously rich lamb burger, some corned beef hash, or a satisfying omelet, the brunch fare is consistently supurb and very reasonably priced given the quality, portions, presentation, and setting.
Sitting at a bar has never been so elegant.
Enjoy coffee and pastries at the bar or indulge in the creative cocktails and fabulous wine list paired with smaller plates, the bar is a rustic-chic space to spend time with friends and family.
Meals almost too gorgeous to eat. Almost.
You’ll enjoy the attentive and unobtrusive service and award-winning cuisine – all in a truly stunning setting at Simon Pearce. Whether you relax in the dining room overlooking the waterfall or you have a have a personalized menu from the chef in the private loft for a special gathering, the locally-sourced food will be perfectly paired with a vast selection of beverages. Pictured is the delicious short rib entree.
Simon and his wife, Pia, lived at the mill in the 1980s. It was their home, glass workshop, store & restaurant, giving "working from home" a whole new meaning!
Simon Pearce grew up in Ireland in a family of artisans, and at age 16, he began his craft as an apprentice at his father’s pottery studio. Simon went on to work with notable glassmakers all over Europe before opening his own studio creating designs that bring pleasure and grace with every use, with each handcrafted piece carrying its own unique story.
The venue is quintessentially Vermont, nestled right next to a waterfall and covered bridge, and features a large retail store that sells glassware handmade in the studios and kilns in the basement - what Simon Pearce is really known for. You can even view the hydroelectric generator that's powered by the adjacent waterfall.
Bacon corn and apple fritters?
Don't mind if we do!
Artful dishes, thoughtfully prepared.
The dining experience in such a lovely setting will create memories to last a lifetime. In fact, you’ll pass the stories down to future generations along with the quality glassware you can buy on site.
Ask for table #5 which is an intimate two-seat table set directly over the rushing river.
Just look at these colors!
The smoothie movement has made it into the Mill.
Magical candle light awaits.
The glassware and decor isn't limited to the dishware.
The fresh and local food are unmatched...
And the presentation is always perfect.
Sit back, relax and make your own memories for years to come.
Conversation not included.