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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.68mi
  2. Distance: 0.76mi
  3. Distance: 2.97mi
  4. Distance: 3.00mi

About Canoe Restaurant and Tavern

Hello, and welcome to Canoe. We invite you to come, sit back and relax in our quaint, rustic style restaurant. Located at Lake Winnipesaukee in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Canoe's atmosphere and the surrounding picturesque landscapes capture the essence of the Lakes Region. Come enjoy a meal with us, and we're sure you'll make Canoe a regular dining stop. Executive chef and owner Scott Ouellette and his talented, creative team of culinary artists will beckon your taste buds, with Canoe's exquisitely prepared cuisine. Canoe's friendly, cheerful wait staff will see to your every culinary and beverage need.

232 Whittier Hwy.
Center Harbor, NH 03226
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Fri, Sat & Sun: 11:30am
Dinner: Sun- Thurs: 4:00pm - 8:30pm, Fri & Sat: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 253-4762

Website:
http://www.eatatcanoe.com/

Parking Details:
off site, shuttle service, pick up from town dock if coming by boat

Executive Chef:
Scott Ouellette

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View

Canoe Restaurant and Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2014

The food was just okay. However, the steak tips were inedible. We were a party of 7 and 3 people ordered them. They could not eat them, they were too salty, over marinated and an odd texture. We told the waitress and she offered nothing to compensate us. We would never go back or recommend it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2014

Not my first time at the Canoe. Every time is a great experience. Food is always delicious. A must eat at!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2013

We gathered at Canoe this year for Thanksgiving and had a great meal. A couple of us do not eat meat, so we were very happy with the selections. Others got a traditional Turkey dinner and enjoyed it immensely. We frequent Canoe when we are in Center Harbor and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2013

We have dined at Canoe many times and loved it. This was not the case on Saturday. We had made reservations in advance and let them know we would be dining with a toddler. They stuck is in a back corner and then forgot about us. The food was good but the service was horrible.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2013

Have an Ultimate Cosmo! Drinks are generous. Food was good. I had steak tips and others had seafood casserole and veal parmigiana. All food was good except the red sauce on the veal dishes. It was acidy and lacked flavor (but then again we are Italian and usual never order red sauce..doesn't anyone know how to really make it. Desserts were very good, Crème brulee was outstanding and fried dough, yep like at carnivals, was good but almost a meal in itself. Service seemed a little slow especially since it was a Monday night and not busy.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2013

Great bartender! Emily certainly took care of our group of 7 with a smile, conversation and delicious drinks!!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2013

Large portions and great wait staff. Our last visit was perfect and even brought out Birthday dessert for our daughter, unsolicited!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2013

Great food and service First time for us will definitely go again.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 27, 2013

We live in Idaho and make a couple of trips to New Hampshire a year. No trip is complete without a trip to Canoe at least once. Service is excellent and the food never disappoints. We would and do recommend Canoe to anyone and everyone that will listen! Big big thumbs up!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2013

excellent food! will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2013

Great restaurant with fresh food prepared with flair; service is excellent, view of the lake is great, ambiance of NH at its best.
We return again and again. Great for groups and families.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2013

Great variety in the menu. Delicious food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2012

We had my grand kids with me and we felt like we were bothering the other diners and staff. It felt like a restaurant that is on the edge of kid friendly and not kid friendly. Over had a great time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2012

The food and service at the Canoe is consistently very good. The staff is friendly and very accommodating.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2012

We make an annual pilgrimage to this Moultonborough gem during our stay at the lake. Great food, helpful and friendly service staff and very welcoming to families. Try it and enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2012

Great food, but their freezer wasnt working propoerly and they tried to give us half melted ice cream and sorbet. The other desserts werent very good either.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2012

Our second visit was as fantastic as the first!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2012

We were extremely pleased with our entire evening!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2012

Been to Canoe many times, always great food and good service. This time, we were
seated on the porch area on a scorchingly hot evening with no air conditioning. When
we asked to be moved we were told by our server that we couldn't. She had a terrible attitude
and we actually got up to leave. The hostess came to us and then was able to find us a
table inside. The manager came later and apologized but it still left a sour taste for us.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2012

Always a great meal. We've been regular customers since 2005 and are never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2012

I was disappointed with this place. Mostly that they lump all families with kids in one room..which makes for a very loud and unpleasant experience. If you wonder why they want to know if you have kids under 11 in your party..that is why! Ironically, one of the parties in the room had only one child..and 6 adults! The adults were so loud, we had to ask them to try and be a bit more quiet!! And their server was too loud as well.
The place was extremely busy and the staff was eh. The servers seem to have a weird way of placing meals on the table; they tended to reach across one diner to get a plate to another diner across the table. It made for a very awkward set up. I doubt we'll be back..but I am curious how the adult-only dining room is

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2012

We were seated at a remote table in the front of the restaurant with a view of Route 25. When I asked to be moved to a table in the main restaurant nearer to Lake Winnipesaukee views I was told the only tables in the restaurant for my group of 8 were in the small room with the road ambiance. Not exactly what i had in mind for the 3 couples that were visiting my husband and I for the weekend. Luckily the food was delicious and our ability to have a great time overcame the lack of "lake" feeling. Too bad 2 tables for 4 people each could not have been pushed together to make room for our party of 8 people but it was not able to be done. The server couldn't reach the diners with food and drinks so we constantly had to keep passing things down

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2012

If you are looking for a tavern experience, this is your new spot. As a restaurant, the atmosphere is decidedly more bar than bistro. The food was great, the menu diverse. It was a bot empty at 7pm on a Monday night, but that was more a sign of the times and indicator of the early summer season than a reflection on the food. For an empty place, service was a bit uneven.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Great restaurant! Went there for Mother's Day this year and last year.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2012

Try the apps...we had the Canoe Chips and the BBQ Pork Flatbread, both are fantastic! We have never had a bad meal at the Canoe. A little pricey but if everyone at the table can't talk because the food is so delicious and the plates are all empty it is worth it. Oh and don't forget dessert....Canoe dough....heavenly!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2012

The restaurant was on the water and provded beautiful views. The food was good. My mother really liked the lobster mac & cheese. All the portions were huge except for the ravioli which was rather small. If rating the restaurant on the food alone, I'd say it was very good. Unfortunately our server was subpar. If I lived in the area I am sure I would go back and try the place again with a new server and see if I was left with a more plesant experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2012

Great experience, great food, and a fantastic waitstaff. An alltogether great experience that left everyone feeling pleasantly full and planning a return trip. The stuffed peppers appetizers were a particularly nice surprise and the Mac and cheese was a favorite for all.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2012

Always an impeccable experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2011

Canoe is a great place for any occasion; food, service, cocktails all are A+++++ Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2011

We are vacation owners and frequent Canoe regularly but Sat. the food was the best it has ever been....just a fantastic evening! The Special with Shrimp over corn avocado salad was delicious and should be on your menu permanently!! Thank you so much1

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2011

I had the seafood cakes and they were filled with mostly bread very little seafood. Had them before and they were delicious. Will try something different the next time.Thanks

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 5, 2011

Excellent food and wine, as always. We like to treat out of town guests to the "Canoe experience."

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2011

We love Canoe. Over the last 25 years there have been a number of restaurants in that spot - all with some problem or another. Canoe's arrival was very welcome. It has been there for many years now and it has been consistently good. My whole family thinks their Mac'n'Cheese is the best around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2011

Have been here twice now. We will come back every time we are in the area (which is every summer.) We've enjoyed everything we've eaten here so far. The back porch is wonderful if the weather is nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2011

Always an excellent meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 26, 2011

We have been to this restaurant several times and each time the food and service are always excellent. I have never been disappointed and recommended the Canoe to many family and friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Probably one of the 20 best places to eat in Nh! You will love this place, special food prepared well. Very strong following, make a reservation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2010

The food in general was excellent. However the first "bag" of rolls were dry and cold (day old?). We asked for another and they were better. One annoying fact was where we were seated. We made the reservation several days in advance and said this was an occasion of celebrating our adult daughter's birthday with her family. They placed us in the bar room next to 2 large swinging doors from the kitchen with TV screens on both sides. This made it difficult to hear and made us a little nervous about plates landing on our table.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2010

We had a marvelous time at Canoe on Saturday. We arrived by boat, and Canoe sent a shuttle to pick us up. The young man driving was very personable. We were seated right away on the back porch and greeted by our wait staff. Service was excellent - food was excellent. It was a great experience. And yes - they did give us a ride back to our boat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2010

excellent meal and service...great to have our table ready for us too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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