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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in New Hampshire

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in New Hampshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor restaurant
4.8
4.8 (859)
$30 and under
Afternoon Tea
Dover
About the restaurant
Serving Luncheon and High Tea, from soups, quiches, sandwiches, and salads to the fancy 3-tiered "Duchess" featuring delectable mini-sandwiches, scones w/Devonshire cream & lemon curd, finished with petite fours - for a full menu please see our website - you can reserve from there as well. Come enjoy our relaxing atmosphere in our beautiful 1871 Victorian Bed & Breakfast in historic Dover, NH. We also sell gift certificates, tea pots & accessories, over 30 flavors of loose leaf tea, tea wallets and cozies plus jewelry and other fine gifts! Reservations are preferred to be able to offer optimum service and availability.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
This is the 2nd time my friends and I have come for high tea. What a lovely experience.
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4.8
4.8 (2731)
$31 to $50
Italian
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Please Note: Online Reservations are for our Main indoor dining room ONLY. Please call us directly for WIne Bar options at 603.436.4000. We reserve the right to charge $20.00 per person cancelation fee, please call us by 12:00p.m.. the day of your reservation to avoid possible cancelation fees.~~~~~~ Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the world's most celebrated restaurants. **limited dining room availability offered online**

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
beautiful atmosphere and fantastic service. the food was outstanding as well!
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4.9
4.9 (3932)
$31 to $50
Steak
Manchester
About the restaurant
We are committed to serving food that will be creative, yet “classic,” service that will be impeccable but not intimidating, in an ambiance that will be elegant, yet comfortable and inviting, ensuring a dining experience that will be extraordinary and memorable!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
An amazing evening! Excellent food, drinks, service and atmosphere. We loved the bonus of a piano player for the night, too.
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4.8
4.8 (718)
$31 to $50
American
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Located on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Puddle Dock Restaurant proudly offers Modern Colonial feel and fare! Led by esteemed Executive Chef Derek Clough, the Puddle Dock Restaurant will take you back to Colonial America featuring English and American favorites, then snap you back to the present with our modern twists.

Chef Derek takes great pride in growing a lot of our vegetables, foraging our mushrooms, and presenting beauty for your palate. His care is evidence in some of our best-loved dishes, Yorkshire Pudding, Portuguese Salted Cod, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, and our signature Hoe Cake. Be sure to save room for dessert! All our desserts are made in house - Cinnamon Rum Breading, Dark Chocolate Pudding, and Posset are among the favorites!

Enjoy the ambience of our historic exposed beam building, once a general store offering penny candy, or enjoy our front and rear patios for dinner in the open air.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The staff was wonderful. As always we were made to feel at home. The “catch of the day” was superb.
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4.9
4.9 (386)
$31 to $50
American
Bethlehem
About the restaurant
The Adair Country Inn was built in 1927 and sits on a 200-acre grand estate with views of the surrounding White Mountains. This former private residence offers intimate and casual dining indoors all year, plus patio dining during the summer. Curbside pickup is available as well. Open Wed thru Sun from 5 to 9 pm.

Enjoy Executive Chef Steve Learned's exquisite cuisine. Made with the freshest ingredients and artfully presented. We welcome guests of the Inn, visitors to the area and local friends and family to enjoy New England Style cuisine.

Relaxing ambiance in a casual elegant atmosphere. Many birthdays and anniversaries have been celebrated at Adair Country Inn & Restaurant and the uncompromising attention to detail with highly personalized, warm service makes every celebration special.

The dinner menu is complimented by a carefully selected wine list, fine selection of beers and a wide variety of cocktails and seasonal specialties.

Top review
BarbaraC
Dined 6 days ago
As always everything was amazing. Food, service, atmosphere wonderful. We were seated on the patio and it started to get cool, we were offered a table inside to finish our meal. Haley was excellent as always. Can’t wait to return.
A photo of CR's The Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2375)
$31 to $50
American
Hampton
About the restaurant
Nothing beats an inviting dinner after a drive up the coast or a day on the shore. Indulge in a selection from our award-winning wine list, try a local beer on tap or a specialty cocktail.
CR's is a favorite stop to 'chill out' with friends!
It's where you want to be!

Top review
Kahuna
Dined 1 day ago
Everything outstanding Chuck R runs a first class operation. A must for a special place and a special meal Gotta try it!!!
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4.9
4.9 (785)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rye
About the restaurant
The Carriage House, an oceanfront, modern New England restaurant and raw bar, is open at 2263 Ocean Boulevard on scenic Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Committed to honoring the restaurant’s rich traditions rooted in hospitality. Join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, sip a cocktail by our working fireplace, or take in the ocean views!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing dining experience! The food was unbelievable, service was outstanding and great ambiance. We brought my parents there for the first time and they are hard to please! My dad said the short ribs were the best he’s ever tasted. Highly recommend!
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4.9
4.9 (140)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Nashua
About the restaurant
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @PrimeAtSkyMeadow
Prepare to be wowed by the unparalleled dining experience at PRIME - the premier steakhouse and seafood restaurant in Southern New Hampshire. Our menu features the finest cuts of steak and freshest seafood, complemented by a wine list that's constantly evolving to bring you the best selection possible. As you savor your meal, take in the stunning views that only PRIME can offer. With exceptional cuisine, top-notch service, and unbeatable vistas, PRIME at Sky Meadow is the only choice for a truly unforgettable dining experience.

*PLEASE NOTE OUR DRESS CODE*: NO gym wear, hooded sweatshirts, shorts or ball caps are to be worn. *MEN MUST WEAR PANTS*. All male shirts must have a collar. No tank tops. Jackets are not required

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Manager and staff was welcoming and professional Highly recommended
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4.9
4.9 (4610)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Manchester
About the restaurant
Cotton features the cooking of award-winning chef/author/owner Jeffrey Paige. Located in Manchester's Historic Millyard District, Cotton is known for exceptional farm to table comfort food, friendly yet professional service, and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. It's the place the New York Times calls hip, named one of the best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast by Bon Appetit Magazine and holds the distinct honor of Best Martinis in New Hampshire year after year by NH Magazine and The Union Leader.

RESERVATIONS:
Patio dining is available April through October. To request a patio table please note this when you make your reservation. Weather permitting, we will call early afternoon the day of your reservation to confirm if patio seating is available. We cannot guarantee specific seating at this time but we always do our best.

Top review
AliciaB
Dined 1 day ago
Our first time here and won’t be our last. We started out with the Asian potstickers that were fried crisp on one side and lightly steamed on the other. Filling was flavorful and all 7 disappeared in under two minutes.  We both ended up getting the Delmonico, cooked medium rare. The cook was on point, the steak had amazing flavor, and the sides- the lightest, pillowiest mashed potatoes and “seasonal vegetables”, which were zucchini and carrots. Everything we ate was seasoned well, not overly salted, which was great . We each took a dessert home, the flourless chocolate cake, and the lemon cake. Both were decadent, the flourless chocolate had raspberry Coulis and the lemon had a strawberry Coulis. Our server was attentive without being over the top and in your face, the host/manager? Was attentive and checked in with us. We are looking forward to our next trip back. 
A photo of The Foundry restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2323)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Manchester
About the restaurant
We are an American Style Restaurant with a French flair located in the beautiful Manchester Mills in Manchester NH.

**At this time we are excepting reservations for parties no larger than 6 people. There is no exception to this policy. Parties over 6 people may be booked by calling the restaurant. Any parties over 6 people will be sat at separate tables.

**We accept reservations for INSIDE DINING ONLY. Reservation made with patio requests do not guarantee an outdoor table will be available upon arrival and may require an additional wait time. Due to frequent changes in the weather we do not accept reservations for outside and all reservations are for inside dining with preferences noted.

**Due to limited seating availability there is a 2 hour time limit on all patio tables without exceptions.

Masks are mandatory during this time in the restaurant is non-negotiable, Thanks for your patience at this time while we focus on giving the best service possible.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
They were wonderful gave us ample time to order without making us feel forgotten, food was phenomenal and well priced as well, and the customer care 10/10 gave us free champagne for our 4 year anniversary cant say enough great about them. We will definitely be returning
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