Savory Square Bistro
Savory Square Bistro

Savory Square Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.savorysquarebistro.com/
  • Phone: 6039262202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Heidi 6039262202

Getting there

  • Cross Street: RT. 1
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to our private lot there are abundant on street parking spaces available to diners. The Hampton Municipal lot is a free lot located one block away on High Street.
A word from Savory Square Bistro
Bonjour! Located on NH's beautiful seacoast, The Bistro provides guests with a cozy and quaint dining experience. We have a small candlelit dining room and a separate room for the lounge which offers the full menu, has high tables, two TV's, a fireplace and a 14 seat bar. Relax and enjoy a fine multi-course meal in the dining room or pop into the bar for a beer and an appetizer...The Bistro's casual yet elegant atmosphere welcomes all who enjoy good food, good wine, and good times! Bon Appetit! Open Tuesday-Saturday. Dinner only. Reservations recommended.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Savory Square Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (33)romantic (27)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent food and service,the reason to return again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Karande
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A great night with friends... everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food/atmosphere
    sanfoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The cocktails were fantastic, ambiance and table setting were very nice as well. Food was good. My only dissatisfaction was with the scallops, they were missing that good pan seat crust and I felt they were undercooked even after I sent them back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    BobG
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food and service was outsdanding. Price reasonable except for very small ice tea. I was also charged for the second one l ordered. Atmosphere was ok. Food and service made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The dining experience was fabulous! The food was amazing from the apps, salad to desserts. Everything was fresh , the presentation was wonderful. I throughly enjoyed the experience. I will be back very soon! The staff was attentive and the service was good. I loved this restaurant and will be back again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Surprisingly good food here & an interesting, varied menu. Service was friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    vtforme
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We dine here about once a month and have never had a bad meal. I love that they have "smaller" portions as an option. More restaurants should do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely gem--
    Sdmill9
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great evening dinner! Nice atmosphere. Great specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    Foodieloverstimes2
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We have been to the Savory Square Bistro several times and we've never been disappointed. The quality and presentation of the food is excellent and always delicious. The wait staff and hostess on our last visit were warm and welcoming and very accommodating. It is always a special treat and I look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    tonyd
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Found this restaurant, buried at the back of a parking lot, by accident...a very pleasant surprise! Food provides imaginative twists on some favorites...everything was very fresh and delicious. Simple apps like caesar and caprrse salads were elevated to an art form. My wife had the zucchini linguini; I had the shrimp scampi...both were excellent, and the homemade desserts wete incredible. The people were attentive, with the chef delivering some dishes himself. We highly recommend this place for a special occasion or simple dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Kimberly22
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have dined here before, but this was the best. I ordered the seafood portofino and it was truly outstanding! My husband ordered the short ribs and loved them, but was very disappointed in the quantiity. He only received two - and he left the table still hungry. Two really isn't enough when ordering them. He gets them at other places and gets 4-5. Other than the quantity, everything was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • trained Chef, ex hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Car next to me in the lot had an open beer in the console, decor inside was nice, manager who greeted us was pleasant, waitress was nice, knowledgeable, Lobster and wild mushroom app tasted good, but was way to creamy and heavy, suggestion would be less sauce. Filet was cooked perfect and truffle oil mash was great, wife's duck was ok, a little tough, sauce was good. Dessert was brought out by the Chef who reeked of fresh cigarette smoke! Creme brulee was not good, sugar topping was not done correctly and was chewy and not crisp. Overall I wish we went to a different place for our 16 wedding anniversary. Sorry to say
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Night WIth Neighbors
    Karande
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Savory Square is our 'go to' local restaurant. Food and service are consistently fantastic. This week we dined in the Tavern and we had the added pleasure of young musician - who was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • solid
    blueknight
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    staff very attentive, food enjoyable, price reasonable considering quality
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in the middle of Hampton
    Hamptondoc
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In a non-descript building that used to house a local newspaper's offices is a bit of Europe-- dark wood, intimate seating, sparkling wine glasses, attentive waitstaff in black and white. The owner teaches cuisine and his commitment to "the dining experience" is clear in every detail. The menu covers the spectrum of food tastes. We had the duck breast and curried tilapia. The duck was perfect-- medium rare, tender and flavorful. Even though we were assured the fish was fresh, it seemed a bit mealy and bland although the sauce was good. The strawberry shortcake was the best I have ever had!... warm biscuits, minced fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce and just enough whipped cream.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were very happy with our experience at this restaurant. The food was exceptionally good. The portion size was ample. The atmosphere was delightful -- an intimate bistro size place. We ordered the tenderloin and shrimp combination and the seafood portofino. I would definitely come here whenever I am in Hampton and would wholeheartedly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heidi
    Heidi
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Hello, Our dinner experience @ Savory Square Bistro was fantastic! The staff, ambiance and of course the food was spectacular. Thank you so very much for making our "girls week-end away a memorable & tasty experience! We will be back and look forward to another great meal. Kind regards, Heidi
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    friendlyfoody
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We found this place through restaurants.com. The food was spectacular and we tried things I had never tried before. I don't eat meat, and found plenty of options that suited my palate. My boyfriend and were still talking about how great dinner was the next day. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was excellent. Service was great. Needs better quality control in terms of dishwashing- I had my spoon replaced twice because there was some gunk stuck onto the spoon and dried up on both replacements. Scallops were slightly saltier than expected, but texture was excellent. Overall the food's taste outweighed the spoon issue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • phatman
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I look forward to the interesting menu items that are so carefully prepared. I got the duck which was cooked perfectly and the seasoning was excellent, just enough without overbearing the perfectly seared meat which was prepared exactly as ordered. My wife got the cedar plank salmon which she finished every last bite. The wine list is an interesting mix of well thought out selections that compliment the menu at reasonable prices. The owner personally greeted us and brought us to our table. It is a friendly comfortable atmosphere and all the staff are friendly, knowledgeable with just the right balance of attentiveness. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates interesting, well prepared, quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Place was great for date night! Had excellent meal and wine list is great as well!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Night Out
    GoodNightOut
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We stumbled upon this restaurant and it was excellent. Both of us had the filet and they were cooked perfectly; medium for her and medium rare for me. Staff was well trained, courteous and friendly. You need to be aware that it is a small restaurant so reservations are a must. The building is set back off the street so it is easy to miss. The owners have erected some signs which does help. We will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elizabeth
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food is fabulous. Innovative combination of flavors and textures, well prepared and nicely presented. Service is friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food Experience
    jandsouttoeatVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is a special place. You can have outstanding food at the high or lower cost end. We had a delicious salad with scallops, and a great tasting flatbread for around $30. They have a mid-week special of $50 for two three-course meals which we look forward to trying. The restaurant is a part of a French cooking school.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable French
    smartdiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The seafood and fish were tasty and nicely prepared. Good value. The desserts were excellent specially the poached pear and the chief's version of chocolate smores. I feel, the "Citrus Salmon" could be extra special if Blood Orange was used. Best location -- in the old train depot with lots of cute shops and not far from " the Beach."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!!
    Guera
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was SO delicious!! Great service!! Loved the atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint,pricy but yummy
    Bubby
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As we were staying in a near by hotel, thought it would be fun to check out a great restaurant within walking distance. Even though the dining room is small, the tables were always full and there didn't seem to be any people waiting, despite it being a Fri pm @7. The host Brian was terrific, very out going, friendly with a great smile. Our server seemed new as she was a little unsure of a couple of our questions. She did fine but didn't seem as smooth as some of the other servers .The food was great, to start we had escargot,my husband ordered the steak with lobster scampi and I had fillet mignon portabella. With the exception of it being just a bit more expensive even with our $25 restaurant .com certificate than we thought, it was nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delectable Dining Experience
    Nora
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I cant remember when I have had such a wonderful time. I highly recommend the Cheese Board and also try their Fresh Pea Risotto. The service was outstanding. The staff were genuinely friendly. Very refreshing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another wonderful experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We visited on Friday night (6/13) and had Craig J. from start to finish everything was exceptional. We can't stop talking about Savory Square Bistro and we've recommended it to several people. We want to thank you for making each of our experiences so personal and amazing. From the atmosphere, to the service, to the food it's all wonderful! I also want to make a note at how much we appreciate the chef (Paul) taking a moment to come out to the dining area to visit and ask everyone how their meals are. Thank you, thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Dining Experience
    chemguy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    In an area where there are many fine restaurants, Savory Square Bistro stands out as one of the best we have tried. Attentive and professional staff, a diverse menu and great wind list - with wine priced at an affordable level. We started with the cheese plate which is ample for several people, followed by French onion soup (best I have had in years) and a salad. Our entrees were the Surf& Turf Bluegrass Style and Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto - both well presented and superb. Sadly, we had no room for desert. Overall, a superb meal. This is instantly one of our favorite restaurants in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vik661
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I loved this place, the dining room is relatively small with a casual, cozy elegance. The seafood chowder was fantastic, best I've had. The Seafood Portofino was delicious as were the sauteed scallops. The "Poached Pear" dessert was amazing. Our server was gracious and knowledgeable about the menu. It is not inexpensive, but we felt the price was well worth the quality of food and service. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Local Gem
    DoughboyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We went here one night and enjoyed our meal and then had friends come to see us the next. We told them about this location so we went back. Our friends felt it was one of the best meals they have ever had. This was from the drinks, to salad to the entree. Would definitely recommend you try it. The menu is not too large, but all the entrees are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • by chance
    satisfied
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    decided to gamble and try savory sq. bistro based on a gift certificate from a Russian business man that told me the food was great and I didn't know about the bistro and used to live nearby ... a little pricey for someone who doesn't really go out much but the food and service couldn't be better....I am fussy about eating out the only 2 things I could possibly change would be the ceiling...I know strange huh...and add a dessert menu online...I would be happy to spend here again and hope to soon....Thanks
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the Savory Square Bistro reviews archive.
  • SeacoastWillye1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and service. Small mall location but easily accessibile.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really is a gem ...
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    From outward appearances, you would second guess the restaurant. However, be sure to go in for dinner. And the Mushroom Risotto is one of the best I have had. I am a retired chef and was very impressed. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ald5
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for the Mother's Day Brunch. What a great way for the restaurant to do it - service was attentive and efficient as they did not have to serve the foods, food was of a great variety and delicious, had reservation for the 2PM sitting and did not have to wait at all. It was a smart way to do it on a holiday. I am sure it also cut down on staffing so that staff could spend Mother's day any way they wanted. Been there on a regular weekend evening and it is delicious!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointed - has potential
    Donteathere
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    There is very interesting menu but this place misses on just about everything! Understaffed, which accounts for the slow service. Very small and not intimate at all. I bit into a random piece of plastic from the butter, I pray it was only a chip from a mixing bowl! Told waitress and got a mere "I look into it" My wife ordered salmon which was fair at best. I ordered their signature tenderloin with lobster- my meal terrible. The steak was served sliced and all the pieces were cooked differently like the save scraps from the person before. The asparagus were burnt, the potto or cold in the middle and the lobster pieces were the most stringy pieces if junk I've ever had! Sent the entire mess back and left.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 40 Years and Counting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    In wanting a special dining experience to help celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, my wife and I chose the Savory Square Bistro. It was an outstanding experienced based on the food, service, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic experience
    MMcE
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was awesome. Our wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. A great spot can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    Tilly
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The host claimed not to have received our reservation, but had a party ready to leave! About 15 mins later we were seated. Another 15 mins later the waiter dropped by and said he would return soon. When he returned to take the drink ordered ordered dinner. I ordered a dish and specifically asked for no onions. Returned a little later to say it did have onions and to choose an alternate dish. Gave him a couple of options. Entrees finally arrived after a long wait with onions and stone cold. Returned it and a new dish arrived, this was hot, but covered in sliced scallions (onions)! Decided after this long wait to just scrape then off. Final insult was when the bill arrived for the two of us, it had 4 entrees on it. Will not return!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall