It was a perfect spot to
It was a perfect spot to celebrate my friend's birhday.
It was quiet and relaxing and very comfortable
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this restaurant!
We went for our second time, could't wait to return after our first visit and want to return again! We love the ambiance,the decor, the comfy seat, THE FOOD, the drinks...everything was PERFECT. Try the marinated Hangar Steak, it was a yummy surprise!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place was great!! It
This place was great!! It was a quiet night so nice for a romantic birthday dinner. Food was amazing, staff was very friendly and attentive, and the history of the place is interesting as well. The bar looked like it had great atmosphere too! Would recommend it without hesitation!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere. Menu offers
Great atmosphere. Menu offers both casual and fine dining. Food and service is very good. Definitely recommend!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The dining experience was
The dining experience was very nice and memorable for my wife and me. We reserved the cupola dining space which was very private and romantic. There is an excellent view of Lake Winnipesaukee and a panoramic view of the mountains. The food and service were excellent, with reasonable prices. We highly recommend Lavinia's and will return.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waitress did forget to
The waitress did forget to bring a requested glass of wine. Not a big deal.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Make the trip to Lavinias!
Why did we wait so long to go to Lavinias? There were plenty of options for our gluten free friends. The menu offerings varied in price so you could choose a light inexpensive meal or go "all out!" All of our food was exceptional. Kudos to Jeff Wooley and the kitchen. Service was attentive and thoughtful. The meal was definitely worth the 30 minute drive and we will be going again soon. I'm so glad the owner changed from the more formal Coe House to the more relaxed Lavinias!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great time at Lavinia's last week. Service was spot on and the food was good. They even let us explore the old house - early 1800's I think.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best restaurant in the area!
Great menu, food, service and atmosphere! Doesn't get any better!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very quiet, relaxed atmosphere.
Very quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Housed in a historic home with a lot of history. My wife and I had the salmon filet and roasted beet stack which were both very good.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great good in the white mountains
Extremely friendly staff, Vanessa was very attentive and able to accomodate a very low salt diet. Food was excellent, will definitely be back.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the Lounge
We have enjoyed the Lounge at Lavinia's several times. The menu provides a nice variety of light meals, which we enjoy.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Lavinia's. Love the
We love Lavinia's. Love the atmosphere and food- its the best in the area.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Center Harbor Gem
My husband and I dined at this location a couple of times when it was The Coe House. We thought we would try it under the new name/ownership. We were already familiar with the ambience and charm of this restaurant, so were happy to see that this element had not changed. We found the menu selection, the food quality and the service, by both our server and the manager, to be spot on. It is a little pricey but well worth it for a special occasion. I highly recommend a visit to this historical treasure!
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful meal. I highly recommend this place for dinner
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is one of the best restaurants that I have ever been.
Perfect location, interesting history , good selection of wines and remarkable menu.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable seating, beautiful décor, lovely Center Harbor location, good food, excellent bartender - who could ask for anything more?
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Now one of our favorites
We rent a house in Meredith once a year. We have our favorite restaurants that we go back to every year. The owner of Ripple Pottery in Rumney NH told us about Lavinia's and we decided to give it a try. It has now made our favorites list! My husband and I had dinner at their very cozy bar. The food was delicious, the ambiance and service were great. We chatted with some locals and owner who appeared behind the bar to ask us how our evening had been. Thank you Lavinia's for a wonderful evening out! See you next year.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally, good lakeside dining
Lavinia's is a rarity in the area around Lake Winnipesaukee - an attractive restaurant with good food and a view of the lake. We ate outside rather than dine upstairs with several family groups. it was a good choice. Our server was terrific, the food better than good if not quite great and the ambiance outstanding. We will return
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit but not our last
What a fun evening at Lavinia's. we arrived before the rest of our party so decided to sit in the bar. We were greeted by a friendly bartender who made a great Manhattan and we were so chatting about the changes since the Coe House. When the rest of our party arrived we were seated in a lovely room at a spacious table. Our server was friendly, fun and attentive. The food was delicious and we even treated ourselves to dessert. All homemade and yummy! We love Canoe down the street but it is nice to have another top notch spot in Center Harbor.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinig experience
The private dining area is the copula is perfect for two celebrating a special occasion. Great view, outstanding service and good food!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Dinner
We went for an early dinner, and it was fantastic. This is our second time visiting, and we were equally impressed on both occasions. In a time that service and hospitality seem to be lacking, we found it at Lavinia's. We are always greeted promptly and make to feel welcome. Food is fantastic and the atmosphere is just perfect.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were in the area for a day trip and looked for a nice place to have a nice dinner. We stumbled on this gem as we scrolled our options on Open Table.
The food was amazing: We had the stuffed mushrooms and Scallops in Asian BBQ sauce for appetizers, followed by a great meal of Lobster Carbonara and Seafood platter which was perfect. Portions are just right, not too little, not too much.
For dessert we had the Chocolate Lava Cake and it was outstanding. Although the charged us $4.00 for a scoop of ice cream to make it "a la mode" - that was dumb.
Service was outstanding and we ate on the patio on a great summer evening and that was just right.
Will go back, even just drive there for a repeat! Want to try their grouper special.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our go-to local place. You can get everything from lunch to a light meal to a wonderful dinner. The menu is varied, and everything we have had is delicious. If you are on a budget, don't let the beautiful building and furnishings stop you - you can have fish and chips for $10/$12 (two options) and a large scoop of lobster salad for $8. Also there are burgers, salads etc. along with wonderful entrees - really something for every taste and budget. Elegant but not "stuffy" dining.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I highly recommend this restaurant. The facility is beautiful, an old home with a view of the lake and the food and service are outstanding. Highly recommend.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good All Around
Used to be the Coe House which was good. This tops it. Try to reserve the dining room with the hand painted wall paper. Or, if you are in a romantic mood, there is a cupola for two only. My Appletini needed more pucker which they gladly added. Clam chowder, chunky with clams and thick; & seafood sampler yummy. Unfortunately, they ran out of Osso Bucco and Crème Brulee even though it was only 8:00 pm....Lobster ravioli was filled with lobster, but the dough was not thoroughly cooked.
The big disappointment was really running out of food we wanted.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Center Harbor - memorable
We ate at this restaurant with our children and were pleasantly surprised. The food, the ambience and service were simply excellent. They offered a children's menu that was varied and good "kid friendly" and the food really was good. Our appetizers and entree's were generous portions and the presentation of the food was nicely presented and seasoned well. The waitress was gracious and accommodating and the views Center Harbor in a distance made the experience that much more memorable.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and View!
Awesome view and atmosphere overlooking Center Harbor bay and sunset over Red Hill. Historic feel and great menu options. Everything was delicious. Can't wait to go again.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food and Service!
I had a wonderfully simple yet elegant dining experience in the fresh air of NH, with a superb background of homegrown, live music. Excellent food and friendly, knowledgable waitstaff.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked for dinner with
We booked for dinner with only 1 days notice during the peak of the summer season. Our reservation was made immediately and honored as promised.
The restaurant is relaxed yet dignified. Service is impeccable. My Ossobuco was the best I have ever had, my wife's Tenderloin was flavorful and cooked exactly as requested. John, our waiter, was very efficient and pleasant.
Overall, an excellent restaurant.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vacation Fine Dining
Excellent appetizers - scallops and calamari - particularly the scallops, accompanied by "bacon and egg" spinach salad, the taste of which infused the perfectly seared scallops.
My wife and I each had a lobster-based main course: she the lobster carbonara, I, the lobster pot pie. Both were excellent, and while the puff pastry was an excellent complement to the lobster, if your goal is the dish with more actual lobster, go with the carbonara.
The potatoes in my clam chowder were slightly overcooked, but, meh, who cares? If I'd waited a few more minutes, they would have continued to cook to perfection, and, besides, there are plenty of places around the area to get excellent clam chowder.
P.S. The Kobe beef steak is not Japanese Kobe. :-D
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have become regular diners
We have become regular diners at Lavinias. The food and service are great. Lavinia's is housed in a meticulously restored and decorated 200 year old New England home and yet the restaurant has a casual and comfortable feel to it. We highly recommend it.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our very good friends from Wisconsin visit our lakes region home each summer for several days. A highlight of their visit is a dinner out at a local restaurant.
This year, we brought our friends to Lavinia's. My wife and I have eaten there a number of times over the past year or so, and it has always been a wonderful experience. We were a party of four and sat in the Presidential Room. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was doing a great business.
The service and food was first-rate...we had clam chowder, the house salad (with outstanding goat cheese fritters), entrees included the pan-seared salmon filet and the swordfish special. We binged on blueberry pie and Snickers pie! Everything was excellent, really excellent!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Relaxed Dining" a fitting name
Excellent dining experience from beginning to end. Choosen for a first date so was VERY important. Easy online reservations, prompt seating, outside but (but with heat), attentive and friendly wait staff, and superb dinner (presentation, taste). Thanks for making for a successful first date.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Think Luke has found a winner
Think Luke has found a winner here. The food is very good, the building is historical and the staff is delightful. We live here and will continue to return
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good food and service,
very good food and service, although not outstanding
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great dinner. I had the tenderloin steak and my wife had the beet salad with salmon. The salmon was so good that next time will end up getting that has a meal. Our waitress Amanda was terrific. The rolls were pretty bad. Normally we can tell a lot, by how good the rolls are but in this case the rolls were bad but everything else was perfect.
The drinks were terrific. The view of Center Harbor Bay was beautiful.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The main asset of Lavinia's, beyond their central location, is the friendly and helpful attitude of the staff. The host was accommodating and the waitress eager to address our questions and needs. Soft music is piped outside to greet you as you walk to the door but no music is playing inside that we could hear which would have been nice. Drinks were good but overall the food was not up to the standard we previously enjoyed at the Coe House (former name). Presentations were nice but food itself was slightly lacking. Also, the bread is the first thing placed on the table with the water and should be fresh and something beyond a Pepperidge Farm re-heat. Maybe by next summer, they can infuse the decor and food with the oomph of the staff!
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Local restaurant with city service
This is our second time dining at Lavinia's. The first time, a sunday, we were disappointed as they had run out of osso bucca and crème brulee at 8:00 pm!
This time I asked ahead of time for them to save me a crème brulee. The calamari were tender and crisp; crab cakes great. Flounder was outstanding...Also, the bartender is very generous with his martinis (although $12 a bit much for the area).
All in all, good food, the wallpaper room is lovely and the service is friendly and professional.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been on several occasions
We've been on several occasions and this place is right on for great food, ambiance, and service.
Even to just go for drinks and apps this is just a great place to sit back and relax.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back!
A wonderful dining experience. The Presidential room was quiet, beautiful, and very comfortable. Our server was attentive and pleasant. This place is a real gem in the Lakes Region!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a party of four. Three meals were great. The fourth, Lobster Carbonara, only had two pieces of Lobster in it BUT....The server and manager were great about it. They didn't charge for that meal and wanted to replace it with a different meal. Super customer skills. We are only here for the summer but will return to your restaurant next summer. Thank you.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time at the
It was our first time at the restaurant and we will definitely return. Our server was very pleasant and friendly and most accommodating. I liked how the other servers assisted with delivering the food to the table. The Kobe beef meatloaf was an interesting menu item that you certainly don't see every day, and it did not disappoint! Would order that again! The lobster pot pie was surprisingly full of lobster meat! Another item that we would order again.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Lavinia's for the first time for our wedding anniversary. We have always had hit-or-miss service and food in the Lakes Region so were a little apprehensive. We shouldn't have been nervous! The food was excellent, the server attentive and thoughtful. I only wish there had been a fire lit in the fireplace, that would have made it perfect. I ordered everything off the specials menu and my husband had the lamb, and all were very good. When my salad came slightly late the manager was on it immediately, and the server was very apologetic. We will be back, and bring the kids next time!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I love the relaxed atmosphere and the warm and inviting decor -a great place to bring our guests winter and summer. Have also had lunch outside on the patio with a great view of the lake. Staff is always friendly and helpful. Food selections are interesting and not overly expensive -excellent carrot cake!!! We would always recommend Lavinia's to anyone looking for a suggestion in the Lake's Region -we always return!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service, and fair price
Had dinner with friends that have been there several times. This was our first but will not be our last. What a nice experience. Everything about the place was outstanding. Way above my expectations.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM