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Stages at One Washington
Stages at One Washington

Stages at One Washington Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.stages-dining.com
  • Phone: (603) 842-4077
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, European
  • Executive Chef: Evan Hennessey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Stages at One Washington Team also runs Flavor Concepts Catering which provides catering services above all others. Please visit www.flavor-concepts.com to view our catering options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Most of our dining events are in the evening making parking fairly accessible. Parking is available in any spot around the mill after 5pm. Additionally, there is metered street parking that is available in the front of the mill building which is usually available and free in the evening. The parking lot across the street from the mill building is no longer available at any time for parking.
A word from Stages at One Washington
Stages at One Washington provides an upscale, unique, and enjoyable dining experience to guests. The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef and Owner Evan Hennessey, who is an acclaimed local chef with experience working at some of the country’s top restaurants. The cuisine is contemporary American and European, as Chef Hennessey is known for his avant-garde style. Stages offers nightly tasting menus with beverage pairings, and the menu changes frequently with what is seasonally and locally available, so check the website for the current menu. The restaurant is reservation only and typically limits its nightly seating to the 6 seats located at the kitchen table which allows guests to watch and interact with the chefs throughout the meal. Stages also periodically offers unique theme dinners and popup dinners which tend to revolve around a specific inspiration for the event. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Truly a place to expand your dining horizon. Chatting with the Chefs lets you open areas of food preparation and variety you never realize existed. I now "experiment" with foods and condiments and combinations that vastly expend my dining preparation. Meals are now new adventures, not a chore!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our experience was wonderful. I recommend the experience highly"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife is a farmer and phenomenal cook and as a result delicious meals made from the freshest incredients are a standard for us. Far too often when we eat out, we come away feeling like we would have had better food at a far cheaper price by just staying home. This was not the case when we recently ate at Stages to celebrate our 29th anniversary. Sitting in Evan's kitchen, watching him work, and eating his amazing creations was like nothing we had ever experienced. His knowledge, creativity, and obvious joy of food were a delight. We ate foods we did not even know were edible including mugwort, solomon seal, and red clover flowers. He even created a special course just for us to honor our anniversary. A truly unique experience!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It was a unique experience watching the chef prepare our food. He explained all the choices beforehand and we made our 3 course choices before he started the preparation of the food. He then prepared the food and presented it very artistically. He explained in detail how the food was prepared, what ingredients went into making it and how some of these ingredients were made. We had the wine paring with our meal which we enjoyed very much."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our experience was with the French Laundry menu and wine pairings. It was exceptional from appetizer to dessert. The preparation and presentation was superb. We felt like we were in Yountville, CA!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Stumbled across this outstanding restaurant, lived in Dover my entire life, thought I kept up on what was here, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a fine dining experience, we will defiantly return to this hidden gem."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I loved dinning at Stage One. Chef Evan made some great dishes and it was fun to watch him cook. We enjoyed the intimate experience - it was like having a chef come to your home. I highly recommend this as a fun evening out!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Stages is a restaurant that serves 6 to 8 guests a fixed four-course menu. The two cheeks are the entire staff- they serve and cook in front of the guests who are seated at a bar around the kitchen and watch as dinner gets made. There were two options for each course so my wife and I managed to try everything and can confirm every dish was creative, harmonious, attractive, and delicious."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It is hard to know where to begin when giving praise to, Executive Chef and Owner of Stages at One Washington, Evan Hennessey. This restaurant is a vehicle for many of his passions; community, food, family and customer satisfaction. Anyone that is fortunate enough to experience a dinner at the chef's table of Stages will leave having been entertained and educated in the joys and challenges of a socially responsible restaurateur. This is not the place for someone looking for a meat and potatoes meal but rather those with an adventurous palate and an appreciation for fresh, locally grown ingredients served in the most extraordinary ways. Congratulations Mr. Evans on a life well-lived and thank you for a truly memorable experience. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food is a delight to the eye as well as to the palate."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Truly outstanding food in an intimate setting. They only sit six customers a night along a counter/bar at the edge of the kitchen. You are right there watching everything the chef and his assistant are doing. No wait staff, no Maitre d. Just two guys that are dedicated to their craft. And they are good at it. I suggest you go with their wine pairing selections. Superb!!!! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Best dining experience I've had in New England. Hands down. I'm from NY and big into the foodie scene; this restaurant is comparable to the best in NY."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Surprisingly disappointing; it just wasn't anything special. Nothing jumped off the plate and made us want to come back. Sure, dishes were creative & looked good on the menu but were unimpressive on the palate. We expected a memorable experience but less than 2 weeks on I don't even remember what we ate. It was Restaurant Week so we got a better deal but it was still WAY overpriced. The microscopic portion sizes were expected (grabbed a slice of pizza after dinner) but the unremarkable food wasn't. Even if Stages' prices and portions we equal to, say, the Orchard Street Chop Shop or Patty B's we would't return because the food at those other places (and more in Dover) makes us crave it. Stages' food didn't, and we are surprised."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was a total let down!! service was sooo bad 5 of us started laughing about it. She had no idea About the menu items then gave the wine for the pairing 30 mind before that course was ready. Reservations were At 7:30, did not walk out until 11:15... That is litterly how long it took and the food was not worth the time And money none if us said we would go back or recommend it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fabulous food, astonishing presentation, works of art and the flavors, just superb."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you haven't experienced an evening at Stages, well you simply haven't experienced one of the most memorable dining events of your life. We had a fabulous time at the kitchen dining bar watching Chef Evan Hennessey and his sous chef prepare 4-courses of artfully presented and delectable plates paired with wonderful wines suggested by our host. This was our third time at Stages and the experience of dining with a small group in the kitchen was so much fun we will sure to be back again. We've dined in high-end restaurants in NYC and in Boston and for certain, Evan can compete with all of them. Stages is a great value and a truly memorable place."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Pre-fix chef's table is such a wonderful concept. 8 lucky diners each evening get to sit in the kitchen and watch the three chefs create your dishes with expert precision and gorgeous plating. The combination of flavors and textures on each plate are an explosion on the palate. Foodies need to try this place! It really makes one respect the amount of work that goes into the plate! Reservations necessary."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Stages is hidden away on the third floor of a converted mill, if it weren't for Open Table we never would have found it. This is a restaurant that's strictly for foodies, it's very small, only eight seats located in the kitchen. The menu is prix fix and changes depending on what's available, for example i had the razor clams for one of my courses which were only on the menu the night we were there because they managed to get a few from their clammer. The chef prepares and serves each dish with explanations and wine recommendations, because you are at a bar in the kitchen you can interact with the chef as much as you want. The meal was innovative, perfectly prepared and delicious. Stages has the potential to be our new favourite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A unique dining experience! Lots of fun to be seated right in the kitchen watching your food being prepared."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is a most extraordinary dining experience. The chefs were friendly, accommodating, and they clearly enjoy creating exceptional cuisine. This is the place to go for a great gourmet experience!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Yet another dinner service complete with a show from the kitchen. Cozy, warm, delicious. Everything that happens has been well thought out with preference going to locally sourced proteins and vegetables. Such a treat - everyone should have this 'experiential eating' experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Was a great night, experiencing four creative chefs pairing with various White Birch beers. Liked the slow pace of the meal, liked the commentary very much, interesting creations that I would probably not had anywhere else. Would come back for a special occasion. Thank You."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Stages was the best valentines dinner spot I've been to. The staff was so friendly and there attention to the little details made the night."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "If you want to understand the future of imaginative cooking, Stages is a must destination. Granted a little hard to find once your inside the renovated artist warehouses of Dover,once inside it is magnificent. The artful blending of flavors is nothing short of stellar. You really have a hard time thinking your in Dover, NH. Chef Evan and his charming wife have created a must destination for Seacoast foodies. Our waiter was as professional and unassuming as any I've experienced. The artwork on the walls adds to the definition of a truly memorable dinner excursion to the future of what fine dining will be. Chef Evan's lineage from cutting edge chefs Thomas Kellar and Grant Achantz really shine through. A great dining experience for foodies."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The pork belly was the best I ever had. The beef needed some salt or something. The ceviche seemed bland. Difficult to pair chocolate with food for every dish. Some went better with chocolate than others. I expected more. This is only my second dinner here but I would try it again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I made reservations for my wife and I to try this restaurant for a Valentine's Day dinner. I expected the four-course prix-fixe menu; at $40 pp, expensive but worth a try. When we arrived we learned that tonight was a special eight-course prix-fixe menu, $80 pp, with chocolate in each of the courses. We decided to forge ahead (it was too late to leave without embarrassing ourselves). The food was certainly 'avant-garde' -- miniature-sized portions in artistic presentation. Tastes were unusual (chocolate with fish?) but surprisingly better than I expected. In the end the experience couldn't justify the expense for us. Others with a more refined pallet and a larger bank account might find this this restaurant more to their liking."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Stages at One Washington is a terrific restaurant. The prix fixe menu is a steal at $40.00 for four courses. The current menu is phenomenal! Modernist cuisine combined with delicious and incredibly inventive cooking. Beautiful, unique, and tasty, with artistic plating. Sit in the kitchen and ask the chefs all the questions you can think of."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My children have me a gift certificate to Stages at One Washington and I am so grateful. Our meal last Saturday evening was awesome. We were the only ones there so we had plenty of attention. The food was. Prepared expertly and was delicious. Pricey but definitely worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It was my wife's birthday and we wanted a very special dinner. Dinner was a four course prefix with two choices for each course. The meal was prepared in the kitchen for 6 patrons and the chef explained each course. The combination of ingredients and the flavors were sensational. Each bite was an absolute delight. We haven't had a meal this good/special in years. You can select a flight of wines to accompany the dinner which I would recommend. Stages is a gem and I highly recommend it for a special night. The menu is constantly changing and Chef Hennessey is always experimenting."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing. Fantastic flavors, textures, combinations. Go!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I am not a foodie, and frankly, not very adventurous when it comes to food, so I was a little nervous about going here. It turned out to be amazing. I ate things I never would have thought I would, thinks I didn't think I even liked, and loved every bite. Sitting in the kitchen was so much fun, being able to watch Chef Evan and his team work. I can't say enough good things about Stages, and can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great for foodies who can appreciate the work that went into the planning and preparation of the meal. I really enjoyed the direct interaction with the chef who took our order and served the meal. There is no waitress. He only seats 6 people at a time. Great opportunity to meet other couples who are probably also foodies. This is a very unique dining experience that is unlike anything in the local area or Portsmouth. The food is high end cuisine and not for everyone. Although the food and wine was delicious, I think there is room for improvement to achieve a 5 star meal. I think the food concepts are great but not yet perfected. I think this will improve with time and experience. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Our party of seven dined at Stages on New Year's Eve. We went there with great excitement and anticipation of a wonderful and unique experience. The entire dining experience was just that, a wonderful time with the most unique food. The setting was simple yet elegant. The food was absolutely delicious and served in a most appealing way. Our waitress was informative about the various dishes and yet not intrusive. We had a long, leisurely dinner and enjoyed every aspect."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I had several friends go to Stages this fall and they raved about Stages. I was excited to finally try it out for my birthday this past weekend. The intimate setting is great for a date night or special event and they have dining events throughout the year for larger groups. The food was incredible! Evan and the other chefs were welcoming, informative and entertaining to watch prepare our dinners. I loved it and can't wait to go back. In fact, we made reservations for the NYE Great Gatsby event while we were sipping coffee and finishing off the gingersnap ice cream. So excited! Make your reservation now. It is so worth it!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Evan Hennessy is one of the premier chefs on the East coast and lives up to his reputation. In his very advanced kitchen setting he personally cooks and serves up to six diners who get to interact with him and his talented staff. Evan chooses the menu and the paired wines and describes every aspect of how the amazing dishes are created. It was a culinary experience that is unforgettable. I look forward to a follow up experience with my gourmand friends."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "A must do experience for a top-notch culinary delight.......the chefs prepare all the courses right in front of you using a vast array of local products from area farms and fishermen......the presentation is fabulous as well! Don't be put off by the initial price as remember you get a 4 course meal which you and your partner would undoubtedly pay just as much at any area restaurant if you do the math to include appetizer and dessert."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "A hidden gem of pure dining experience. If you enjoy top quality food served to you befitting royalty, this is a must! Make sure to let the chef pair wines with the food. Where else can you go to see your dinner created in front of you and ask the chefs questions? I took my sister as a thank you but this place is definitely a romantic hideaway that will impress your date Third floor, left ; took a few minutes to locate it off the elevator because it is in the old mill building and the place is large."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "We've been to Stages a few times now and we are never disappointed with them. Chef's Hennessey and Flintosh have an amazing talent to bring dishes to the table that are uncharacteristic of our area. It's plainly evident that they think carefully about every single ingredient that goes onto their plates ensuring that everything has its place and that it is true to the dish. If you're a foodie, or even a casual diner looking to try the best that NH (or NY for that matter) has to offer then you should check out Stages."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "One new combination of flavors (and colors and textures) after another. Your palate never tires, you'd like the dinner to go on and on. Beautifully and imaginatively presented food."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Stages at One Washington is a gem. I have dined all over the world and it is one of my favorite restaurants- ever! It is on par with El Bulli. I can't say enough good things about it."
    Dined on 6/29/2013