Jessica's at Swift House

4.8
429 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A meal at Jessica's is always memorable. Jessica's Restaurant is located in the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont, 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 a dinner for two, or a celebratory dinner for four to forty!

Our Sommelier, David, can help you choose the right bottle of wine from the riches of our extensive cellar. We have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our wine list every year since 2006 and as of 2019 we are the recipients of the Best of Award of Excellence! There are fewer than 1400 restaurants world-wide which have won at this level!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 429 People Are Saying
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ashleyd
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint and historical restaurant with AMAZING food!

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KathrynS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This brunch was a gift of my 2 adult children and husband for my 7birthday 70th birthday so it was an especially lovely time in the beautiful dining room. And I was gifted a box of Lake Champlain Chocolates!

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Jessica
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good but not a lot of food.
Everything and everyone was very pleasant. Great for special occasions.

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vipShannonS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant with great food (pate, beet salad, scallops and steak) and great cocktails (gin-ger gimlet) and wonderful, extensive and well-priced wine list. The service was exceptional and I appreciate the fact that Jessica's takes COVID very seriously and has numerous precautions in place. I can't wait to return during my next visit to Midd. This will be a regular stop for us when visiting our son at Middlebury College.

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MATTHEWB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was very good. Wine steward was very personable.

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sheldon
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food and presentation were rather ordinary. Hope you’ll be able to spiff it up in the coming months.

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MarcV
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming host and excellent food and Service as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good meal, great staff & service...its our go to place!

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KatherineS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for an anniversary dinner. We had a lovely meal.

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vipCynthiaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were amazing. Had a great time

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SusanL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, food and service were all wonderful. Rack of lamb was cooked to perfection and was tender as could be. Others in my party had an excellent pasta dish with delicious and abundant shrimp, and the scallops which also got rave reviews. The lemon tart and flourless chocolate cake finished off a perfect meal.

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tomf
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner in Jessica's/The Swift House's very comfortably elegant Vermont setting. We all loved the crab cakes and tomato bisque, and our dinners (Ribeye Steak, pasta, Shepherd's Pie) were delicious although the plates could've benefitted from a few more veggies on the side. Dessert and lattes were indulgent. Service is awesome and welcoming, and the fact that there's a friendly sommelier, David, on hand always inspires me to drink more wine, and even learn a little about it.

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Anonymous
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Rib Eye steak was too thin...and most of the pieces were tough to cut through...disappointed!

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WilliamP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual David and Jody are perfect hosts and the chef is excellent.
Duck, Scallops, Pasta, and even a Burger...all great. Thanks.
Please put the Duck fat cooked fries on the regular appetizer choices again...they are great for the table while looking over the menu.

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Aunt
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is covid. We have not eaten put in Middlebury for months! They were very conscious of spacing and we enjoyed ourselves

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LynnJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful selection, flavor, and presentation. A bit challenging during Covid due to mask wearing mandate, but lovely nonetheless.

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susie
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were met with inviting , open arms. My 92 y.o. Mother was asked if she needed any help w anything. The staff was suited up w masks, and gloves. Everyone was extremely friendly!
I would most definitely reckoned this beautiful restaurant.
Susie Holdman

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KenS
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner on the porch in the fresh air. Service and atmosphere was friendly and excellent. Fantastic wine list and wine service is somewhat of a rarity in VT. David was very knowledgeable. Being super picky- Would have liked the option of having a french chardonnay by the glass; not just CA. Menu selection was interesting and diverse. Crab cake appetizer was a rare thumbs up for a Maryland girl. Duck and Thai peanut noodles were outstanding. Can't wait to go back and try a recommended wine but I won't say what it is or it would be long gone. Will definitely go back soon.

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wendyf
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dining room was attractive, the food was well-prepared and of high quality, and the advice we received from the sommelier was outstanding.

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GaryG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good menu choices prepared well. Caring staff.

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AlexandraT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals and dining experiences I've had in Vermont in five years of eating out in the state. Wonderful ambiance, great care taken with Covid precautions, and the food was fresh, perfectly prepared, and absolutely delicious. Great wine selections as well. Will recommend to all my friends and look so forward to a return although we live a couple of hours away!

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MargaretE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food are always outstanding. They seating out on the porch was lovely and felt very safe. Health precautions were very well observed. It was a wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice to sit out on the deck and enjoy a very good meal. Dave, the sommelier, was great and very attentive. Staff was pleasant and happy to engage. We look forward to going back.

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vipShamus
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality, quantity and creativeness was excellent! Ate in 2 nights at Jessica's in the Swift Inn.

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FrankF
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapointed at Jessica’s, from presentation to flavor a great jewel of a restaurant in Middlebury VT

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Madrid
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the side porch as the sun set and had a very lovely and delicious evening. Servers were friendly and very knowledgeable. I had delicious mussels to start and the vegetable stack, both perfectly prepared. My husband's scallops were also perfectly prepared and presented. The setting at the top of an emerald green, tree-lined lawn is so very peaceful, as if you are far from town, even though the place is right in the middle of Middlebury. We love this place and look forward to returning on another special occasion.

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vipRobK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful & delicious. Very good price for this quality of food. Not cheap but worth it!

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Jane
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica's is a wonderful place for a special meal out.

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EricM
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I ate on the small westerly porch that only had one other table on it, so it was very quiet. Great service as my glass of water was refilled repeatedly. We had the corn and crab chowder and crab cakes for appetizers which were both very nice. My wife had a German Riesling off of the extension wine list which was sweet like she likes. For the main course, my wife had the scallops and I had the special of the night which was duck with fois grai sausage. The duck had a perfectly done crust, but the star was the sausage. To die-for. I've been to Germany and had many a sausage that I've enjoyed, but this may have been the best sausage I've ever had. Melt in your mouth texture. This was our first visit to Jessica's and we will surely return.

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EricD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We requested outdoor sitting but they had no record of the request!!!

Open table error!!!!

They said this has happened many times before!!!

We were truly disappointed! Not the restaurant but open table!!!

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Martin
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica's is one of Middlebury's hidden secrets. The food is excellent, the wine list is the best in the area. Sitting on the porch for dinner with beautifully prepared food, exceptional service and a nice bottle of wine can not be beat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Will definitely come again

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JulieA
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An interesting and varied menu. Every dish was exceptional. Service was impeccable. The Inn itself is quaint and lovely.

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JudyA
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the loveliest meal at Jessicas on my daughters birthday. It was our first dining out experience since the pandemic kept everyone home and we felt very safely distance From other customers outside On their covered patio. The food was fantastic!!!

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AliZ
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming sommelier and a lovely location. Probably the best choice in Middlebury.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Jessica's at the Swift House Inn. They are professional, knowledgeable, and hospitable. In this COVID-time, they take every precaution to make sure their guests and staff are safe.

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Martin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica's is one the best place for dinner in Middlebury and one of the best in the state of Vermont. Great food, solid wine list and excellent service.

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vipNicoleL
10 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot on the deck, great service and great food. Our favorite place to dine!

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mike
Denver
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, starting with the Maryland crab cakes, our entrees of Salmon and local pork chops, and the wonderful desserts of Flourless Chocolate Cake and a Strawberry Puff Pastry. The service was excellent and with great care as we dine under the new normal protections. Masks and social distancing was in force in a very positive way. An evening at Jessica's in the Swift House Inn is a very special treat and dinner. It was our 51st Wedding Anniversary celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice dinner and treated like royalty. Wonderful evening on the porch.

FAQs

Jessica's at Swift House offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 388-9925.

Jessica's at Swift House is rated 4.8 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.