This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to this restaurant and we were very happy! The food was outstanding!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and a show
I was part of a party of 4 who dined at XO on Elm prior to attending a show at the Palace Theater. The restaurant is just a short walk from the theater - park in the Citizen's Bank garage after 5:00 (it's free), walk to Elm St. (the restaurant is a block from the garage, on the corners of Elm and Manchester), then walk from the restaurant to the theater, across the street from the garage on Hanover St. This was my first time dining at XO on Elm and I will definitely go back!!! Two of us had the pistachio sea bass, which was fabulous, one had the fried chicken and enjoyed it very much, one had the eggplant parmesan and felt that it was a bit too spicy for her taste, but others may thoroughly enjoy it. Don't hesitate to dine at XO on Elm!!!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, friendly service.
We went with the visiting family, including elders. They put us in the back room that normally hosts private parties and this was great----nice and quiet, very friendly servers and great food. We'll go again.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent...there were 10
Excellent...there were 10 of us and we all enjoyed it. Food was delicious too.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time..... Won't be the
First time..... Won't be the last!!!! Lamb shank was out of this world. Kudos to the chef
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun downtown spot
We ate at XO on a rainy Friday night. (Outdoor seating is a nice option there in good weather) It seemed to be a busy night - unfortunately there was no one to greet us when we arrived, on time for our reservation. Eventually a busboy came over and attempted to seat us at a small table in the center of the room near a loud group. We looked a bit unhappy, and then luckily the manager showed up to get us set up at a table along the wall, in a more private spot. This rocky start improved once we had food and drink in hand - food was tasty, not over the top innovative, but enjoyable. Many small plate options, which is our eating preference. The cocktail menu is fun, and there seemed to be a decent wine selection. Overall a nice night out.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The new menu (June 2013) has a great selection of Tapas. We started by ordering 3 each, two that we wanted, and one that was a stretch (to try something new). By the end of the night we had around 6 each, and they were all great. We came back the next day with a larger group, and ordered meals (instead of tapas) and they were fantastic as well. We look forward to the next visit.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was excited to try the new tapas, which were good, but on the smaller side...though I do understand the size of tapas. I will say that they did not come out hot though so maybe a temperature/time issue. But overall was very happy. The beef skewer with oyster shooter was great. Beef could have been hotter and more vodka for an actual shooter...but delicious oyster. Well done.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and fun with friends
The food is very good at XO. However, it is not exactly tapas as you expect. They are only meant for one person to have, almost like a small appetizer. We went with friends and had very good service and food.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the personal attention
We love the personal attention and how the owner and staff make a point to remembering us! The jazz and outdoor dining are the most comfortable by far. The new menu items are so good. We shared the soft shell crab and risotto, the lobster tail with risotto and seafood ceviche guacamole. All were very tasty. We continued with many other dishes and fun drinks and all were exceptional. Thanks for adding such a cool vibe to downtown Manchester! We will frequent often and tell everyone to go, so good!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
XO had outstanding food with a menu that offered lots of choices without being overwhelming. They offered a variety of clearly identified items that were vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten free. We had everything from Tapas to dessert and everything was delicious. Our server was courteous and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. Food came out at an excellent pace, drinks were a little slow but worth the wait. Overall, this is one of my favorite restaurant experiences.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it - can't wait to go back!
I've been wanting to try XO for a long time, and finally was able to go last weekend. What a treat! Comfortable rooms, beautiful atmosphere (especially the bar), fantastic food from start to finish, and the SERVICE!!! Our server was Alexia - hands down, the best server I've ever experienced in the Manchester area. When the bar was too busy, she made the cocktails herself (and made them WELL!). She was extremely professional and personable. *WHEN* (not "if") I return to XO, I am going to request her in advance to make sure that I have her as my server every time. XO is a gem in the improving Manchester dining scene - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our 1st time at XO on Elm was a treat! The food was beautifully done with respect to taste and presentation. The range of tapas was unusual and the mains were filling. We didn't drink much but viewing the range of wines and cocktails there is something for everyone. GO!....it's pure pleasure.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just had tapas.
Service was great. Martinis are the best around. Crabcakes were very good. Crab Rangoon was wonderful. My wife said there was too much blue cheese on the flatbread, I personally don't understand the phrase "too much blue cheese'! A lot of reviewers seem to like the bread salad. (don't remember the name of it) It was interesting but not my favorite. But all in all it was an enjoyable time and we will be back.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant!
From cocktails outside to the last drop of wine, this was a delightful evening. Lisa, our beautiful Irish waitress gave recommendations that were spot on. Have the gigs for an appetizer. They are the perfect combination if sweet and savory. Small enough to meet the chef, large enough to have an excellent bar and wine selection.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time Diner
There was a good selection of appetizers and meals to choose from. The chicken tortilla soup was delicious, it was served in a crock so there was plenty to satisfy the taste buds. There were 3 of us and each of us liked the taste and presentation of our food. Eggplant Roulade, Lobster Mac n Cheese (Ritz cracker topping seemed a little heavy) and Butcher steak with Parmesan gratin potatoes. I would recommend this place for a dinner that is tasty and relaxing.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good night out
Just what we needed, good food, good service and a night out on our own.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great! Atmosphere is unique and beautiful!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
XO on Elm didn't disappoint again!
Second time dining at XO on Elm, our server Steve was friendly, upbeat, knowledgable, and attentive which ade the great food and atmosphere only better.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I chose XO for an anniversary date. At first the hostess went to seat us at a table in between two other active tables, but was gracious when we requested a quieter spot. The food was overall very satisfying, and service gracious and genuine. We'll visit again.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful evening my boyfriend and I had here! Our waiter was funny and attentive and seemed to take pride in his job, which is very rare nowadays. The wine list is not too bad, lots if options at fair prices. We ordered 2 tapas and an Italian antipasto; just enough food and so very yummy! Overall, great experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, however not really kid friendly on a weekend evening. My boyfriend and I can't wait to go back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Fun Meal at XO
The highlight of the XO menu is their small (tapas) dishes--they were all excellent. We had the antipasti, calamari, and stuffed grape leaves. For an entree I had their crab cakes--best I've had in awhile--with perfectly grilled asparagus. My husband had the duck--he thought it was ok. Our friend had the seafood pasta--same reaction--ok. And her husband had a very good steak. The wine list is excellent.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always great service, food and ambience at XO on Elm!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yummy Yummy in My Tummy
A terrific find in downtown Manchester. Every dish was a unique combination of ingredients and flavors that produced an amazing meal. Each dish was well balanced and artfully done. Service was top notch and flawless, anticipating my every need with impeccable timing.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
An evening with Friends at XO!
We met friends at XO the other night as we know the food has been great, and it was. Very good beer selection, especially the Dog Fish Head 60 Minute ale and Double Bag. Good wine selection. Good service too, the only thing that might be improved is it was a bit chilly in the front dining room where we were seated. Wasn't busy on a Tuesday night, which was great. Really nice selection of Tapas, small plates and entrees.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at this restaurant. Very pleasant experience, food was really good. My only complaint is that the water tasted funny, not sure why.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a party of 6 and everyone liked their meals and we all felt the service was very good. The only slight negative we all felt was the seating, no round tables and no booths. This makes conversation for a party of 6 or more a bit awkward. We would definitely return.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of downtown Manchester's best
Consistently good food quality at XO with a nice selection of small plate choices. We usually order 3 or 4 of the Tapas and/or appetizer dishes for a light, but interesting meal for two.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Splendid small restaurant
Would dine here again without a second thought....... two considerations; it is fairly small, so reservations are a must and there is only on-street parking. It is on a corner, so if you take the first right turn, that street has a fair number of curbside parking spots available. We would park on the roof, if we had to.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Pre-Show
Had dinner before the Pops with a small group. Small plates for us - really nice, and really great service!
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service, Very Good Food
Although we made reservations and had to wait 20 minutes for table, the staff was very attentive and responsive and provided excellent service. The food was very good and the wine list embraces a wide selection. Would recommend this to others.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM