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Permanently Closed - Orchard Street Chop Shop

90 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Northern New England's First True Prime Steakhouse featuring in-house dry-aged steaks, martini bar & Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Two floors. Fine dining downstairs with white tablecloths & table-side service. Top of the Chop upstairs featuring a more casual dining room serving our lighter "Rustic Menu" as well as our main menu. In the summer months, enjoy all of our menus out on our new deck called The Terrace. You can enjoy a nice cigar from our extensive cigar menu while enjoying a dry-aged steak or Fillet Mignon burger. "Top 3 Restaurants in NH in 2010" - Manchester Union Leader "4 out of 4 Stars for Food" - Portland Phoenix "Top 10 Restaurants in NH" - 2011 Reservations accepted for our main dining room only through
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steakhouse, Southern, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Bar open later.
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Phone number
(603) 749-0006
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris "Koz" Kozlowski
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Private party facilities
We have many private rooms that can accommodate 80 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 140 guests for a cocktail party. NO facility or room charges, unlike other places.
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Private party contact
Corey Richardson: (603) 749-0006
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Flat-Iron Catering Company is the seacoast's newest premier caterers. We specialize in steakhouse and southern cuisine. We are the preferred caterers for Rivermill in Dover. We will travel anywhere on the seacoast of ME, NH, or MA and will cater all around Lake Winnepesaukee. Preferred caterer of Kate Parker Weddings.
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Cross street
Central Ave.
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Parking details
Large parking lot right in front of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Within a few hundred yards.
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Monday - Open mic night featuring Dave Ogden starting at 8 PM. Friday - "Funkadelic Fridays", featuring a live local ensemble starting at 9 PM. All entertainment is at the Top of the Chop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

First of all it is no longer the Orchard Chop shop so that was disappointing. It is now the Ember Grill. Not as good as the chop shop but still good.

dpbbab (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

We made our reservations for Restaurant Week. We were greeted by a cheerful hostess and given menus, but we had to ask for the Restaurant Week offerings. The bread with Boursin spread was delicious and we asked for more. One of us ordered the haddock, which was dry, the other ordered Chicken in vodka sauce, which he liked and we thought was just ok, and I had the skirt steak, which I thought was the best of the three. In fact, it was delicious. We were plagued by tiny flies that pestered us throughout our meal. Fruit flies? The desserts were good, with two of us opting for the pumpkin pecan and the other the apple cobbler. Not sure if I'd revisit this restaurant until they got rid of their flies. I definitely would not order the haddock. Otherwise our hostess was lovely and the wait staff was pleasant and attentive.

GFFoodie (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Liked the Flight of manhattan's best!!

ChrisJ75 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

This is our second visit to this restaurant - we come to Dover annually for a CFA Cat Show and we make sure to dine here every visit. We we so happy to find that they have opened a wonderful Bourbon bar where the nice & friendly Bourbon expert will teach you about Bourbons and they offer sampling flights for a tasting experience. It was a wonderful addition to this restaurants offerings. They plan to expand that idea and I hope they do! The food as always was amazing...I had the petite filet with smoky/sweet carrots and sweet potato string fries. The filet melted in my mouth and was seasoned perfectly. I am a huge Ruth's Chris fan and this filet was as good if not better than RC's! And the price of my meal, with a lovely creme brulee and two Black Orchid yummy cocktails was a third of the price of RC's. The service was attentive, fun and friendly but not disruptive of our conversations at our table. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. Parking is so easy...a well lit, and new Public Parking garage is right next door with an elevator and free parking on the weekends.

PaulQ (New England)
2.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Birthday dinner with my son. 7pm reservation. Ordered 2 appetizers to split. Mussels fra Diavolo were a special. Very ordinary. Nothing wrong but def not "special". Also has alligator and shrimp souffle type dish. Interesting and unique but not memorable. Service to begin was fine. After the appetizers we had a loooong wait for our entrees. It was not very busy. We were seated on the opposite end of the kitchen entrance but we noticed there aren't any doors separating dining from kitchen. It was noticeably noisy, By the time our entrees arrived we were one of only 2 tables remaining. I ordered the flat iron steak medium. It arrived cold and more than well done. The entire plate was cold. My son ordered a delmonico and that was cooked to his liking. I sent the plate back requesting they NOT redo it. I had lost my appetite. Instead the chef came out with a new plate which I thanked him for but declined. They took the $26 entree fee of the bill and apologized. I expected more from the place. It was a disappointment.

vipEdwardW (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 1, 2016

Several had the NY Strip and was cooked properly, I personally had the rack of Lamb and it was one of the best with a side of rice and beans. We shared the calamari was not a fan for how it was cooked. I just like them fried. As for the noise level that would be hard to tell for it was on the slow side we were one of three tables. The services was great

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Not bad but expected something much better for price. Steak over charred, drinks expensive, seats uncomfortable....nice service saved night

Christine74 (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

wasn't bad, but wasn't impressed...for the prices on their menu, I would have expected better that's all...didn't seem organized and honestly the place felt a bit dirty...again when there's an $88 steak I would expect different. ..but maybe an off night for them.

BethanyT (London)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2016

Very good food, as usual; good wine list, good service, very quiet evening.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

I chose this restaurant because I wanted a special place for our 28th Anniversary dinner. I knew it might be more expensive than we normally go with, but I also knew we deserve it. I also knew it had good gluten free options (for me) and especially on the dessert menu (which I seldom find). My husband and I both enjoyed our meals. The steaks were probably the best we had every had. So very tender and easy to chew. And desserts were amazing. We seldom ever have dessert out but we both made sure to save room and so glad.
The only drawback (but not a big one) was that it was a bit noisy, but likely due to the people around us who had those voices that are loud and carry. We look forward to going back.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 5, 2016

Went there for my anniversary. The service was very good overall and we were given a cozy corner table. The restaurant was fairly empty. Steaks were pricey and were cold, along with the sides. Sent it back and it came back completely charred. My steak was rare and I ordered it medium. I would not go back.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Interesting menu, good portions and not afraid to spice it up. Pricing better than I remember from years past, certainly one of the better restaurants in Dover and new parking garage next door is a plus.

vipnathan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

We were greeted by the owner chef and Maitre d' and felt right at home like old friends. He discussed dry aging and we viewed some in his aging room.. our drinks were great and my wife's short ribs and russoto was " to die for".
My 35 day dry aged Prime rib eye did not disappoint, the chef and I discussed the merits of grilling vs cast iron pans. The wait staff was attentive and couldn't be more helpful.
Upstairs the bar is amazing! We drove 25 miles from wells Maine and I'd do it again!

BSH43 (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

The food was all ok- nothing special. The alligator shrimp cheesecake wasn't too flavorful and was crumbly. We think perhaps it was frozen prior to heating due to the texture. The server was friendly and professional and the beer and wine choices were quite good. The meals were also just ok- the rack of lamb which has a mustard crumb topping was a little soggy and too mustardy. The spinach was fantastic. A very unfortunate situation was that I asked to have my meal packed and they only packed the ribs and the spinach and potato were missing.

For the price, the restaurant was just ok.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Very impressed with the overall atmosphere of the dining room. All the staff were cheerful, professional and knowledgeable; the wine list is extensive and to the novice (like us) a bit worries - the server's wine recommendation was spot on delicious and went well with what we were eating. We were mixed in our opinion of the steaks. My aged Cowboy Ribeye definitely got better reviews than my wife's Delmonico. (I think it was that she preferred the aging of mine to hers!) I have never tasted a better steak in my life. Well worth it, and you can really tell the advantage of the aging process to the taste of the meat.
It was a real treat to meet the chef/owner, who brought us out our steak knives for our meal. His demeanor was one of a person who truly wished a great experience upon his guests. Oh, and you must try the carrot cake.....

LinT (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

The Chop Shop has always been our go to spit for special occasions.
They must have been having an off night.
Worst meal ever. Steak was tough and flavorless - even the filet.
Pasta Mac and cheese was over cooked,
Smoked carrots very undercooked,
And flourless chocolate usually delicately flavored with Kahlua, was drowning in it.
Very disappointed.

LisaH (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

An hour and 1/2 wait for entrees for 6 people. Apps came out quick, then the 1 1/2 hour wait for our food. The only time that there was an apology was when the waitress said at the 1 hour mark "sorry, but we got slammed at lunch today". Sorry, but at an average of $40 per meal, we had no alcohol, and I am not including our $50 tip (the waitress didn't cause the wait) you need to come up with something better than that as an apology. We were not offered a free drink, a free dessert, or any bread or food to get us through the wait. There was one other table of 6, 2 tables of 4, and a table of 3 - It was not a busy night. Chop Shop, you've been Chopped from our list of restaurants!!

vipMarie (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

I was super disappointed with Orchard Street Chop Shop. I love a great steak. What we had was mediocre steak, mediocre food, mediocre service.

We all got steak of various cuts, and I decided to splurge on the wagyu (which was ribeye rather than strip, which seemed fine). I've had wagyu before, and it's been the most deliciously meltingly succulent steak I've ever had. This was a slightly tough, medium-rather-than-medium-rare, ordinary steak. No detectable marbling, no succulence, no delectableness, dry and chewy. For $65.

The appetizers and sides weren't any better -- "Five Onion Soup Gratin" is just average French onion soup (lots of tasty cheese, but also too much bread and nothing-special broth). The "Chop Shop Crab & Lobster Chowder" was super unappealing -- it had an incredibly strong flavor of smoke (like somebody had spilled a whole bottle of Liquid Smoke in it) and was just hard to eat and unpleasant tasting. The "Smoked Carrots in Pecan Butter" were luckily not so over-smoked, but they were overcooked (mushy) and oversweet. Blackened asparagus -- meh and overcooked. Truffled mac & cheese -- meh and gloppy. Twice baked potato (which they forgot to bring me, but brought later, obviously reheated under a heat lamp) -- meh and bland. Shoestring & sweet potato fries -- meh, underseasoned and limp. The only side that I would order again was the "Sauteed Mushrooms & Baby Onions" -- not great, but pretty good.

Service was slow, distracted, and inattentive. Oh, and we were seated where we could see into the kitchen, with a nice direct view of the chef constantly wiping away the sweat on his head and face with the back of his sleeve and a rag that he would flip back over his shoulder. Not appealing.

I wouldn't go back. I hope they were just having an off night, but it seems unlikely. I thought this place was seriously overrated. If you're looking for a nice meal in Dover, go to Sonny's Tavern or Stages instead, depending on your budget.

ChrisJ (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The Delmonico Steak was tender enough to cut with a fork. My wife had the 8oz filet, also delicious. Great service. The owner was there and made us feel at home. Great choice of dining for my brief stay in NH.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

My wife and I celebrated our Sixth Anniversary here. It was a beautiful setting with fantastic service and a definite first pick for next year! Although a couple large groups dined in close proximity of us and the noise level increased, we were still able to hear ourselves communicate and enjoyed each others company. We recommend this charming place for any couple of all ages!