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Permanently Closed - Lavinia's

4.2
394 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Lavinia"s is a full service dinner restaurant, located in the heart of New Hampshires Lakes Region. Lavinia's serves a variety of dinner items ranging from casual pub fare like Burgers and Fish Tacos to high end entrees like Pan Seared Filet Mignon and Lobster Alfredo. Chef Brendan utilizes fresh local farm raised proteins, daily house made pasta, and creativity to deliver a great seasonal menu to satisfy all. Save room for our delicious in house made desserts! Our newly renovated pub is an excellent place to enjoy casual dinner during the week, and our private seating in the cupola may be reserved for special occasions. We look forward to seeing you soon at Lavinia's!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday through Sunday 4:00 PM to Close

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Phone number
(603) 253-8617
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brendan McGuff
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Private party facilities
We welcome private parties ranging in size from 15 to 100 people. We have separate dining rooms that can can accommodate different sized groups and functions.
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Private party contact
Brendan McGuff: (603) 253-8617
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Catering
We offer on-site catering/functions and specialize in business events/functions, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, and private parties. Please call us directly, or visit our website for information about catering. Our restaurant is always available for breakfast, lunch, or brunch functions.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Street
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Parking details
Ample parking is available along side our restaurant, and in the rear of the building. Also, guests may park at the Senters Marketplace parking lot, where E.M. Heaths Supermarket is located. Additionally, boat parking is available at the Center Harbor Public Docks, a 3 minute walk from Lavinia's.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Our experience was great. Love the atmosphere and the food was very good!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

We love lavinias and try to go every time we are in NH. We love the food and ambiance. Its a nice place to go for couples to quietly chat. It has a tavern that is busier if one prefers that. I love that it was once on the underground railroad.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent evening out. Got seated right away at reservation time in nice room that we could actually hear each other talk. Great food with lots of interesting choices. Only downside was they were out of Chardonnay by the glass at 6:45pm on a Saturday evening.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Meals were delicious. Food very fresh. Waiter was phenomenal!!! (Sorry, I've forgotten his name, but there couldn't be any better service. He was the best.) Will definitely recommend to others and will look forward to returning on occasions.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Dinner was delicious, our Server was knowledge and very kind. Ambience was wonderful. I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised. Yelp said it was a relaxed dining experience. I would say it's a bit more upscale than advertised. The atmosphere is quiet and subdued. The menu is on the eclectic side. We tried the prime rib sandwich, the Brussel sprouts, the pulled pork sandwich and the mussels. All exceeded our expectations. Many of the menu items are spicier than normal-jalapeño, but very good. Our server was knowledgeable and pleasant. We had a very nice experience

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2017

We recently had dinner here and our salads and entrees were prepared with fresh local ingredients and were delicious. The scallops with zucchini noodles and the lobster and mushroom risotto were both excellent dishes. We will definitely return and have already recommended Lavinia's to several of our friends.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

This place was super delicious! The small plates were great munchies as well as the seared scallops and caramelized onions fantastic. We will certainly be repeat offenders.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Menu is very limited. Very little seafood choice. Prime rib sandwich greasy, found difficulty in ordering.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We have eaten there several times. We always enjoy the food. We were seated outside and service was extremely slow. They were nice but it was slow and multiple people were servicing the table. Also, I called up at 4:30pm and let them know it was our son's 30 birthday and we wanted to them to bring over a piece of cake. They told us our options and we picked out Chocolate Truffle and that they would handle it all, however, our meal ended and they brought out the check, no cake.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Lavinia's was very highly rated by several websites, so I thought it would be a great meal. It was, sort of...

I'm always turned off when the first thing you see on the way in is a chalk board with "Please wait PATIENTLY to be seated." I felt talked down to like a school child. Not an auspicious start to a great meal.

My table overlooked a piece of Lake Winnipesaukee in a smallish room of this old inn, perhaps a former parlor. My server was delightful.

The menu did not zing me so I went with two intriguing appetizers. Scallops with bacon sauce served over a bed of sauteed spinach and caramelized onions with a balsamic reduction. Excellent! Then Avocado and Butter Lettuce Cups with herb dressing, cherry tomatoes, bacon bits, and crispy potato strings. The crunch of the potato strings was just the contrast that the soft salad needed to keep the fresh flavors interesting. Also excellent! Appetizers in this place are definitely the way to go.

A nice red wine completed this meal. Worth the two hour drive? Yes. Would I go back? Maybe, but there are so many other interesting looking places in the upper Winnipesaukee area. Tough choice, but please take that chalk board away, if you want to be considered a really great place.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

I have dined at Lavinia's a couple of times this summer and it has never been anything but perfect. The waitstaff are very professional and attentive while also being very personable.
The food is AMAZING. The burger and prime rib sandwiches are excellent but even better with the garlic parmesean fries.

The pricing is a little more than what I can afford on a regular basis, however it is a great value !

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

We love Lavinia's and continue to return. We sat inside and enjoy the historic home and atmosphere. We ate inside. Friends go here and eat outside for a more casual, easier environment for the 3 young kids.
Service was STELLAR! Dan could not have been more helpful with the menu or friendly. We even bought a "round for the kitchen!" What a clever idea.
We started with cheese plate, fried asparagus, clam chowder. All were great. Chowder was a little spicy so probably not for all but we liked it.
Two of us got the scallops and zucchini noodles. What a nice addition to the menu!!! I enjoyed the avacado lettuce wraps. One of us got the lobster risotto and said it was fabulous!
We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

We had the whole yard to ourselves! It was a lovely evening topped with great cocktails, service and delicious food. Clam chowder, calamari special and dinner entre specials were very good. Overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Fabulous, best filet mignon I have ever had, great service.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

A great place for a romantic dinner. We have been repeated customers of Lavinia's for some time. We have always had a pleasant experience, and this last visit was no exception. The restaurant decor is charming and the staff is top notch. Service is always excellent. The menu has something for everyone, and everything was prepared perfectly. If you fancy a dish that includes pasta, I highly recommend it since their pasta is hand made in-house. The beef and pork entries are wonderful and while we don't eat fish we have only heard good reviews from our table guests.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

There's a great and intriguing story behind this restaurant, which is in a house that used to be used by the president of a local college, right in the middle of Centre Harbor. We really enjoyed every dish, locally sourced, creatively designed, and tastefully served.

From the featured cocktails, the Scallop and Bacon Bloody Mary was to die for!

Regrettably, we never made it to dessert because of the generous portions.

We'd go back in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Great meal, wonderful service, lovely window seat over looking the lake. This was an Open Table reservation with inside seating without calling the restaurant. We will go again.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

As always the food and service was out of this world. Can't wait to return next summer!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

NOTE: OpenTable reservations don't get you inside seating, they said you must call for that (silly)! Great place, great food, great location - wonderful!

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2017

We have been coming here for many years (vacation) , but this time was very slow and the food was not as good as we were used to

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Try the deep fired Asparagus it is excellent. Only open 4 1/2 hours.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was mediocre and the wine list quite weak..
portions were oversized
underwhelmed by ambiance
view great/table nice

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Lavinia's is one of my favorite places when I'm in the area! I love the history, the decor and the food never disappoints. The cocktails here are also great!

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2017

They have gone from fine dining to a pub menu at fine dining prices. Almost every dish had french fries for the starch... ick... They were a great, romantic restaurant that we loved to take our friends to - but no longer... I can pay much less for french fries at almost any other restaurant in the lakes region.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2017

We had a very enjoyable evening. Service was great and the food was good. Just a couple suggestions, we enjoy eating outdoors, but place mats should be provided. On most summer
evenings you'll get a lot of water condensation on glasses...we did and were constantly having
to get more paper napkins and wiping the table. Sounds minor, but was annoying and easily fixed.
Also, the menu is a bit odd and limiting. If you have a diverse or picky group, check out the menu first.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

We ate upstairs in the bar area. Quiet, comfortable feel. Great drinks. Shared the lobster risotto and the filet mignon with my husband. Both were wonderful. Will be back next year when we are in town.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2017

Eaten here many times but dissappointed on last visit. Staff needs
To sit down and get bAck to prior service and food level.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2017

Excellent food. Prompt service. Great view of Center Harbor and 4th of July Fireworks. Fabulous drinks.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2017

The Belknap burger is awesome! Get the garlic fries too.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Limited menu for dinner. Ok if you want fish taco or burgers. Only a few real "dinner" entrees. Great location and view of lake. Not the fastest service, but every request was handled. Ok restaurant but not something "special".

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2.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Food choices limited and expensive. A burger 16$. Pulled pork 19$. Neither worth that much. Desert was bread pudding with caramel sauce. Bread pudding hard. Caramel sauce same.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Let me begin by saying that the Waitstaff was excellent - from the minute we walked in we were well attended. It was an extremely humid evening and I know these folks were running around but everyone was very friendly, and seemingly unaffected by the heat. We ordered the Steak Frites, the Zucchini and Scallops, and the Mushroom Lobster Risotto. The steak was good and had a massive amount of fries. The zucchini "noodles" were good, and the other vegetables delicious (only 3 scallops). The Risotto had a good amount of lobster on it. For apps we got the roasted Brussels sprouts - which was a good sized portion - and totally yum! The Caesar salad's presentation was very nice. The New England Clam Chowder .. I have to say.. we were not so impressed with - it was spicy and the color was not what we expected. Not to say is was bad, but it should not be listed at New England Clam Chowder, as such. I will go again.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Lavinia's is a high end foodie destination masquerading as post-Hippie 'laid-back' eatery (we received a 15% discount for wearing the-die!). Food and service were very good and locally sourced; Liz had scallops that were perfectly cooked with a ginger glaze, I had the pulled pork with mac 'n cheese and house slaw. Both entrees arrived quickly and hot. We had the cheese and charcuterie plate as an app- local cheeses, 3 types of local salami and awesome pickled cherries. No dessert for us (a mistake)- wine and cocktail pours met the Westport standard (bathtub-sized). Ambiance is laid back, with dining rooms small and intimate in this converted 19th century home. Note that this was a "pre-season" dinner so the joint was pretty quiet, but as the lake district gets busy we heard it can be a tough get so plan ahead. Other good local places we tried (C and C***) were good, but Lavinia's bested them easily (better food, better ambiance). We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Second time dining at Lavinia's. Had a quiet table upstairs overlooking the waterfront. Excellent appetizers. Disappointed with one entree but it was quickly removed from the table and the bill and replaced with a more delicious option. Seamless and relaxing service completed our lovely experience! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

Over the past several years, Lavinia's has become one of our go to stops when visiting our summer house in the Lakes Region. The creative and tasty menu items, plus daily specials, keep us coming back. When visiting Lavinia's do your best to dine in the Presidential Room, which is highlighted by a wrap-around wall mural depicting the local region in bygone days. The ambiance of this room only enhances the dining experience. On our last visit, we decided to forego the traditional entrees and opted for the soup special, a heavenly carrot and tomato creation, complemented by the house salad and the scallop appetizer...scrumptious! Regardless of what we partake of, we invariably order the roasted Brussel sprouts, which feature bacon bits in the mix! When visiting the beautiful Lakes Region and Center Harbor in particular, stop in to the big white house on the hill overlooking the lake and have a taste of Lavinia's!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

We love Lavinia's! Creative, delicious, authentic, and locally-sourced are all words I would choose to describe this gem. Their cheeseburgers and hand-cut fries are always a go-to. We went for my father's birthday on 'Tie-dye Tuesdays' and received 25% off our meal for wearing tie-dye! Lavinia's is not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

We went for our anniversary and enjoyed a delicious meal and terrific service. We have never been disappointed at Lavinia's.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Great dinner. Flavors always work together. Great NH restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent food but Spotty service depending on server and Sometimes a surely maître d'

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