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“Excellent food and service but big mistake on bill and quite pricey for Vermont”

Michael's on the Hill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Michael's on the Hill is located within a circa 1820 farmhouse, picturesquely set on a hill, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains. The restaurant can comfortably seat 84 guests, and has a full bar with a piano lounge and outside porch available for dining. We boast a large enclosed wrap-around porch dining room (with a view from each table) and a beautifully renovated barn room where guests may dine in luxury, all the while being reminded of the history of the barn. Michael's on the Hill emits a sophisticated charm without the pretentious attitude so commonplace in a restaurant with fine food. We offer locally driven, innovative European cuisine and a welcoming, refined atmosphere. When it comes to elements as vital as flavor, taste and preparation, a great respect for the ingredients must exist. As we believe, a chef's ego should never outshine the true stars, the ingredients. Our dishes are innovative, flavorful and fresh, focusing on local ingredients, and created in a European style. The evening always turns Michael's on the Hill into a romantic, warm, and festive atmosphere for guests to enjoy dinner expertly created by Chef/Owner Michael Kloeti. All dinners start with a warm, linen-wrapped sourdough baguette, sweet butter, and a bowl of marinated olives. Whether sitting near the fire, or on our grapevine-surrounded porch, guests are enveloped in a pleasing comfort, while enjoying the piano and personalized attention. Come for a visit, and allow us to share conversation, hospitality and a bit of home.
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We went for a special occasion, my daughter's 30th birthday. The food was really good, corn soup, calamari, duck breast appetizers all good. Two of us had lobster and one had the pork chop. The sides on the pork chop were shy of excellent as the collard greens were a bit too chewy and the cheddar mashed potatoes were too bland. The desserts were outstanding and the wine recommendations were too. The chardonnay they recommended for the lobster was just amazing. BUT, then they added two lobster entrees to the bill despite the fact that we had ordered two fixed price "platinum" dinners which already included the lobster. They were apologetic and fixed it but this kind of a restaurant shouldn't be making a $75 mistake. Also about $340 for 3 with moderate bottle of wine, 4 drinks and 2 fixed price dinners was quite pricey for Waterbury, Vermont. The restaurant sits on a hill and if you get a window table you can see the sunset which definitely adds value. Finally, the bathroom was freezing!. For those prices, for Pete's sake turn on the heat in the loo!

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We were in Stowe in August for a week, We were traveling with friends, Skip and Kathy White, who had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. We wanted to take them out to celebrate, and we picked Michael's On The Hill for what turned out to be a wonderful meal. The service was great, the experience was excellent. From the view outside our window to the menu, it was just what we had hoped for. We heartily recommend it.

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Table was ready when we arrived. Cocktails were a little different and improved (Manhattan with home crafted cherry syrup. Not sweet). Salads were extraordinary. Lobster was the best we've every had. Tender. Perfectly cooked. On a bed of fresh corn. Lamb "stew" was incredibly tender, with Moroccan spices. Just delicious. And our two desserts were both wonderful. Service was perfect. Music was very good, but interrupted by Pandora? ads. That detracted from the ambiance.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We celebrated my wife's birthday here and it was an occasion we will always remember. Fine dining at its best. Each course is prepared and served with such precision and care. This is an epicurean delight you have to experience at least once in a lifetime. The menu features a variety of exceptionally fresh and carefully prepared farm-to-table food. The calamari salad was the best I've ever had. We both had the beef for the main course and it was exceptional. Chocolate cake with cherries and coffee topped off a dining experience that made this birthday celebration very special. Well done, indeed.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We had an excellent experience several years ago, and wanted to see if it was still as good as we remembered. The good news is YES! The quality of the dishes is superb and the wine selection is equally good. The beef tenderloin was a perfect medium rare, and the roasted chicken was tender and moist. Flavors were well balanced and the portions were adequate. Reservations are a must at this place.

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