Buckley's Great Steaks

4.6
2092 reviews
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Steakhouse
Buckley's Great steaks, located in the historic Riddles Tavern, provides a warm New England atmosphere. We offer Mid Western grain fed beef seared over a hardwood fire and prepared with uncompromising quality. We are part of the Michael Timothy's Dining Group representing the finest cuisine and hospitality in Southern NH by award winning Chef/owner Michael and Sarah Buckley.
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HE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience from the host desk to our waitress. We were seated promptly for our reservation and greeted immediately at our table by our server. The food was amazing and so many options for the steaks! We loved the mussels, wedge salad and Caesar. We ordered a filet and a prime rib. Both we requested as medium rare and were closer cooked to medium well, but that didn't stop us from enjoying them. They were very flavorful. Dessert was a cheesecake and it was just as tasty as the previous courses. This would have been a 5 star rating if the temp on the steaks was spot on. Our server was very knowledgeable and very available if needed. We will be back!

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CB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly enjoyed my dining experience the evening I had been there. I do wish that salads or soups would have been offered as part of the main meal rather than having to order separately. The food was excellent and well worth the price. Our table attendant had been very knowledgable and answered all of our questions. At one point the dining area we were seated in had filled up and did get quite loud but that is hard to control in an upstairs room. We will be back!

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PR
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.. we expect excellence and consistency and get it every time.

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JP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently well done in all aspects of a dining experience.

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NS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been here in a long while! Our mistake. Everything was perfect. Great service really great service! She’s superb! Excellent food and wine. Thank you!! Well done👏👏👏

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BB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nice place, but felt like I was eating at my mom and dad's favorite restaurant...decor was a bit dated and the food was just ok for the price

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EC
New England
65 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience enhanced by serve Bill C who all the all the difference!

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service friendly staff the steak was cooked perfectly

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LL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group has absolutely no complaints. Everything was fantastic!!

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. Great place, really enjoyed the dinner with my family. Food was very good, perfectly cooked and nice and warm. Bravo! Need better wine selection when buying a glass of wine only.

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ND
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were celebrating an anniversary. This was the restaurant that we went to when I proposed to my wife.

The food was good, however the service was mediocre for the price point for this restaurant. The server described the specials, honestly, nothing sounded outstanding. However, I heard another server describe the same appetizers and entries and I found them appealing.

Buckley's is associated with the Buckley's cafe right next door. The cafe boasts its bread and the server indicated that they get their breads and deserts from there - yet, the bread was just a plain white bread? Nothing special here.

We ordered our entries and beforehand requested wine. The entries were brought to the table and not till a few minutes afterwards did the wines arrive - note, we ordered the wines about 15 minutes earlier?

After dinner, my wife noticed that her side had crumbs, etc. She pointed this out only to be told by the server that 'it happens'. What, Buckley's cant afford to provide a crumber to clear the table? The server did not even offer to sweep it into her palm or put another napkin on the table...

The deserts were very good however it seemed like we looked for our server for the bill for a long time.

In the end, remember, this was a anniversary dinner that I disclosed on OpenTable as a special event. There was absolutely no acknowledgement (I wasn't looking for anything but a nice table and perhaps a congratulations!?!)

Having come here a long time ago, I don't ever feel the need to come here again. There are other restaurants in this price point that are far superior and execute on all cylinders.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant atmosphere, great service, food on the whole was very good. Appetizer, wings, was excellent. Bread excellent. Rib eye steak perfect. Fish and chips very good Prime rib was very good but have had better. A bit pricey but we knew that going in.

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Because we made reservations our seat was ready for us! The appetizers, salad, entree, and desserts and coffee were all outstanding!! The steaks were the best we have ever eaten!! Our only one thing that happened was our dessert took alittle to long to come, coffee was almost gone maybe our waitress forgot about it?

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JF
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great meal at Buckley’s and this time was no exception. The steaks are the best in the area; Hanover street chop house doesn’t come close to Buckley’s, if you’re deciding between the two, we pick Buckley’s every time!

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MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner and lovely service. Haven't been for a while, now I am wondering why? Will need to start going much more often!

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The cuisine was simply excellent. Unfortunately, our table was right by a door, we felt like we were sitting in an entrance and it really took away from the dining experience. We could see the wait staff talking in the hallway (they were upset over something, which delayed our order placement with our waitress), people were walking by regularly, and it didn't feel as wonderful as it could've been. Next time, I'll ask for a different table right away but perhaps you should rethink the table configuration.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great appetizers, steaks cooked perfectly and perfectly seasoned/marinated and drinks extremely well made.

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent night out for an 80th bday. Wine was smooth (recommended by our server), filet Mignon was cooked perfectly and the creme brulee for something sweet was outstanding. Another fantastic meal at Buckleys.

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BB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful night out! We were 2 couples celebrating an anniversary. Just perfect!

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r
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, highly recommend. Steak was cooked perfect

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steaks! Awesome every time

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Apps were great. Paid good money for steak that were not good. Will not go back

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Crispy Calamari was delicious, my husband had a cowboy steak and it was cooked perfectly, atmosphere is good, drinks are strong- I would highly recommend their Cosmo!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both great, as always.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Our waitress was terrific but the food was not great and they messed up BOTH of our steaks (overcooked) and apparently there was a new person on the grill. Also, it was rather greasy/ too buttery. The bread and salad were amazing though!

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TT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food, a little over priced, great service. We had a wonderful server who was attentive to our needs!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lauren was attentive. The food was excellent as always. We give rave reviews!

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I don’t think you can get a bad meal here. It is pricy but worth it

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WT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & great service as always. Can’t go wrong with Buckley’s but a bit on the pricey side. Still worth it!

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great food and drinks. Service is always awesome, we loving going to dinner at Buckley’s.

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RS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buckleys was excellent as usual.
Food and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

$40 Steak was ok. Wasn’t as tasteful as a ribeye should have been

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P
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minutes reservation and our table was waiting when we arrived. Our server was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about the menu. She was attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere was comfortable. We saw several folks leaving with leftovers and recalled the portions were generous so we decided to share a scallop appetizer and a rib-eye steak entree. All was delicious. The steak was prepared perfectly to our request. We topped the evening with a dessert of blueberry crisp and ice cream from the Buckley bakery. So yummy and we were happy we had not eaten so much we would have skipped a dessert. We thoroughly enjoyed our choices and will definitely return here.

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SR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is only the 2nd time I've dined at Buckley's Great Steaks. I love Surf, where we go at least once a month. The 1st time we went to Buckley's Great Steaks was with a couple of friends, and everything seemed perfect - the service, the food, the ambiance. So this time the experience was a big letdown. We had to wait and wait for every course to be served. The scallops appetizer was exceptional,' the bread was warm and crunchy. But this good beginning was followed by very mediocre entrees and a chocolate cake that was dry as last week's bread. I really wish Buckley's restaurants would have more variety in their desserts: it used to be worse than it is, but they still have 3 blah choices over and over again along with just two new creations. You have a great bakery - why not serve more choices from there???

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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is Awsome and the service is wonderful!That is why I keep coming back!I tell all my family they have to eat here they will love it!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I’ve had in a long time. The staff was great I had an 8:15 reservation and was seated by 8:00. There’s also a bar in the adjacent room where you can grab a drink and the staff will come get you when your table is ready.

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LN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I've ever had! Everything was amazing! I cant wait to go back again

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We were upstairs and it was loud. I ordered tips with no sauce.. .it came with sauce which gave me an upset stomach. I am not a sauce type person. I ordered brocalini and got green beans. The best part of the night was our waitress. She was very professional and kind.

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BF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had reservations for a few weeks. Understandable that it was busy as it was Valentines weekend - took 20 mins for a bartender to notice us. The food was subpar for the price - $47 for a steak with nothing special was a little ridiculous. My medium rare prime rib was plated and handed to me at cold/lukewarm like it’d been sitting. The au jus wasn’t runny - starting to thicken/clump like it was cold. It came highly recommended but I doubt I’ll be going back.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit after hearing friends rave about this place. We went on the Saturday after Valentines. Got lucky and scored a table for 2 that morning. I made the reservation on line and must have hit a cancellation at just the right time.
The place was packed but you wouldn't know it. It is comprised of many smaller dining rooms so you never felt crowded and the noise level was very low and easy to have a conversation. In spite of the crowd , the service was prompt and professional. Food was cooked exactly as ordered and arrived hot and quick considering how busy it was. We split a wedge salad that came on 2 plates and was at the perfect temperature ( most places can't get that right with salad) I had the sugar cured sirloin strip and my wife had the salmon. Both were very good. We will definitely go back and try the tavern. The appetizers sound fantastic .

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