XO on Elm
XO on Elm

XO on Elm

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.xoonelm.com/
  • Phone: 6035607998x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater any event, we offer a variety to choose from our function menu, contact us for further details, we ll do it all!!!!!
  • Entertainment: Live music on the weekends in our patio during our summer season. (weather permitting)
  • Special Events: We offer a spacious, beautiful function hall. Great for corporate functions, pharmaceutical talks, rehearsal dinners and much more. Offers full bar, dance floor and cater the menu to your needs! Call for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Manchester Street
  • Public Transit: Public Transit stops only a block away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available.
A word from XO on Elm
XO on Elm located in the heart of Manchester features recognizable cuisine from all over the globe with our chef's fresh twist on it, artfully presented and consistently delicious. Upon opening we were featured in The Hippo Magazine for "Best of the Best" and "Best of Manchester" for tapas. We are proud to say our daily specials are the most unique in all of the area. Sit in our dining room or lounge and feel at home while surrounded by beautiful contemporary decor not to mention our one of a kind street side patio, whether it be for a tapa or a signature martini join us on your next night out.We also offer a spacious, beautiful function hall. Great for corporate functions, pharmaceutical talks, rehearsal dinners and much more. Offers full bar, dance floor and cater the menu to your needs!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
XO on Elm reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (18)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (12)hot spot (11)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Service, Very Good Food
    Bert
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pre-Show
    SnowG
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Had dinner before the Pops with a small group. Small plates for us - really nice, and really great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid small restaurant
    2fromAmherst
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did Not Disappoint
    outandabout
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Dinner was to celebrate one of our 30 year employees and his wife. They choose XO for it's gluten free items. Service was very good. Food was very good. We had appetizers, dinner, dessert and drinks - reasonable pricing. Wine menu is limited with few higher end wines. All in all a good experience and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob
    RJGJAGVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    Paul
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening with Friends at XO!
    FrequentAreaDiner
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Yummy in My Tummy
    AlwaysontheroadVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Always great service, food and ambience at XO on Elm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun Meal at XO
    Genny
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad bad service
    Bagger56
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    We enjoyed several different small plates and everything was really prepared well. The chef did well. The service was very very very slow. It took at least 10 minutes to place our drink order. We had to ask the table to be clear. We ordered desert, Chocolate Lava cake and 25 minutes later it was still not there. Our server was not getting orders place. The place is small so make sure and get a booth. Do not sit at a table in the middle or prepare to be bumped a lot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Gary
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This was our 3rd visit to XO on Elm, this visit was less than stellar. Our reservation were at 6:45 and by that time they had already sold out of the evenings specials and several menu items. I ordered the Spinach salad with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Disappointed to find only one blueberry. We got more attention from the hostess than our waiter, he obviously had more tables than he could handle. The tables are too small to hold the plates, very tight area to sit and have wait staff whipping by you constantly. Wish they had opened the function room to spread out a little. Not worth the pricey menu and chaotic atmosphere to visit again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XO
    ReenyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    This was my first time at XO and was overall pleased with the restaurant. We dined with some friends and the casual, energetic environment and diverse menu made for a very pleasant evening. The mussels were some of the best I've ever had! However, my scallops entrée was slightly undercooked for my liking. Prices were reasonable and service was friendly. Overall, I recommend and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bait and switch
    SubieVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    restaurant did not update website menu so I arrived to find nothing I wanted at the prices charged (which seemed high for several of the items which were nothing special). I left.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary date
    goodfood1
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • XO on Elm didn't disappoint again!
    FoodForThought
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    kdur
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Just what we needed, good food, good service and a night out on our own.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Danielle
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Food was great! Atmosphere is unique and beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Diner
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...not so great service.
    Iheartfood
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We set a reservation, arrived on time, had to wait 10-15 minutes for our table to be cleaned. Sat down waited at least another ten for our drink order. I had to ask for someone to take our food order. The saving grace was how delicious the food was when we finally got it. However, I won't return because of the stressful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We just had tapas.
    JPDouglas
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it - can't wait to go back!
    DanD
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GO!
    SuzieQNH
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Food was good. Service was good but was with a difficult person. Most likely would never make them completely happy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not open!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    I booked an 11:30am reservation for a lunch meeting in Manchester. Despite the fact there was someone outside, they wouldn't open the door. So we went next door and had a great lunch. They need to update their hours on OpenTable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and fun with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the personal attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The reservation system allowed
    Notopen
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    The reservation system allowed me to make a reservation for 11:30am for lunch. When we arrived at the resturant it wasn't even open. Not good considering I was taking 6 fellow co workers out to lunch. We had to go to Portland Pie Company across the street and they were more than accommodating.
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  • Pricey but worth a try.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    First visit last weekend for dinner. Cocktails very good, wine selection by the glass no better than typical. The plates and tapas were hit or miss but better than average. Ordered 2 cocktails, 2 glasses of wine, 1 salad, 2 small plates, 5 tapas, 1 desert and 2 coffee. $170 with tip. The last time I spent this much for dinner for 2 I was in Boston. I will return at least once more to order off the entre menu. Ambience is a bit noisy, style is contemporary/modern. All in all pretty good for Manchester, NH.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1st time was the charm
    sc99
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I have been to XO twice now, and encountered two menus. I was at the restaurant the first weekend of June, and had an excellent meal, and good atmosphere. However, the second time was not as impressive, the Lobster Mac n Cheese (which I had both times) lacked the amount of lobster meat I had the first time, and I preferred the type of pasta used then compared to the bowtie pasta the second time. Also seemed much louder the second time and had a hard time hearing each other over the music, which we asked to be turned down a few times before it finally was.
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  • Great Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They don't really care if
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    They don't really care if you have a reservation or not at all! When I finally sat down at the bar. There were some empty tables surrounds me. And the couple sitting next to me at the bar said they have been sitting at the bar and wait for the table for an hour already. Bad services....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun downtown spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time..... Won't be the
    Rick
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    First time..... Won't be the last!!!! Lamb shank was out of this world. Kudos to the chef
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent...there were 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Excellent...there were 10 of us and we all enjoyed it. Food was delicious too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drinks= excellant definately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Drinks= excellant definately recommend the berry lemondrop martini. Food fair, selection not great compared to other Manchester restaurants-steak a little chewy, potato with meal...poor. Our Irish waitress=excellant!
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