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About Permanently Closed - Lavinia's

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!

18 Main Street
Center Harbor, NH 03226
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday through Sunday 4:00 PM to Close

Cross Street:
Lake Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 253-8617

Website:
http://www.laviniasdining.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Brendan McGuff

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.

Private Party Contact:
Brendan McGuff: (603) 253-8617

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

Lavinia's - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Special Occasion (9)
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Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Cozy (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Waterfront (3)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We love Lavinia's and plan to dine there whenever we're in the area. On Mother's Day, we made a reservation for their special brunch as we have in the past few years. They made sure we were well aware they were trying a buffet this year and that the food would be stationed on both levels but that someone would be available to bring food from the second floor to the first. (The second floor is accessible by two narrow and very steep staircases.) The prime rib station and omelet bar were on the first floor. Everything else was upstairs. My husband ended up doing all the stair work. While the food was the usual high quality and very delicious, the buffet presentation rendered our meal disjointed and awkward. For the price, we much preferred the special menus of previous years and the sit-down service. Fine dining, even casual fine dining, shouldn't mimic a Ruby Tuesday experience.

We will continue to dine at Lavinia's when we can order from their wonderful menu. We won't, however, be back for a buffet presentation that is split between two floors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Amanda took our reservation earlier in the day and while we were dining she came up to say hello and to see how we were doing. Brad was our waiter and he was friendly and attentive to our needs. The food was very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 10, 2017

This was our fourth time having dinner at Lavinia's. While my husband did not care for his coleslaw, he was very pleased with the rest of his BBQ pulled pork, mac and cheese and fries dinner. I had the 8oz filet mignon on a bed of house-made pasta in a creamy, roasted garlic and mushroom sauce - loved it!! I think the menu has something for everyone's taste and the ambience in this historical building is lovely. Our server was very attentive without hovering.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Delightful quiet dinner in front of fire. Staff was extremely friendly and prompt. Food was good, not too much...and excellent desserts.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Very Lake friendly place... you can come casual, or for a special occasion. Really enjoyed the diverse food. Everything was well prepared.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Great food in a pleasant setting. Friendly waitstaff. Fun time in tavern area.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Lavinia's never disappoints. We had an excellent meal, with great drinks. A very nice experience.

Tags: Bar Seating
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Ridiculously long wait for a simple order. Just overwhelmed by a crowd

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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

This is where I proposed, took out my fiancé for valentine's. Food is outstanding. Great atmosphere. 5 + star

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Expected something close to "fine dining" but instead got mediocre pub fare at fine dining prices. My steak frites was ridiculous...a massive pile of fries with the steak served on top. Everything was slathered in an unappetizing peppercorn cream, mushroom, garlic sauce. It looked like they emptied the sink trap on my plate and it was impossible to cut the steak without spilling fies all over the table. My wife got a chicken pot pie that tasted like they opened a can of chicken stew, dumped it in a bowl and covered it with dough. It was fake tasting, had dog food quality shredded chicken and about three peas and five carrots. My wife remarked it was essentially a bowl of badly made chicken gravy. The pecan pie dessert was small and tasted like it was bought at the grocery store. What a disappointing Valentine's Day dinner. We should've gone in the tavern for burgers and saved $100.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Nice to have a local restaurant serving good food at good prices.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had a nice dinner on New Year's Eve at Lavinia's. We enjoyed the warm and cozy ambiance and the food was delicious. Our reservation was at 8:00 pm but we were not able to sit at our table until 8:40 which was very frustrating. Luckily there was a seating area by a fireplace to wait and have a drink (or two). Once we were finally able to sit down, the service was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Our dinners were very delicious. The place was very quaint.
I felt as though this dining experience should have been more of fine dining. I was disappointed when my friend requested to take her leftovers home. Jeanne, our waitresses politely came over with the styrofoam container and paper bag so that the customer could scrape her own food into the container. I thought that this was so tacky and ruined the whole ambience.. The meal should have been taken into the kitchen and brought out in the take out bag. I hope the restaurant considers changing this practice.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Excellent food combined with good service and reasonable prices makes for a great dining experience. The Wednesday and Thursday night special - the $19 Burgers, Beer and Bourbon - is a fantastic deal !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Absolutely love this place! The decorations are warm, cozy and inviting. Service friendly and efficient. Food reliably delicious! We went for their Triple B, they even have Guinness on tap, cheers!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

The staff was very pleasant. The food was delicious. The courses came out timely, hot and well plated. Would go again and recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Everything was great have been un abe to be out for year I received a call asking if I would like the Coe room, where I always went. So nice for the special treatment. Make everyday special take yourself out to Lavinis's Thank you again Judy C

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Our server was not very personable, felt rushed throughout the whole experience. We had the taco flight for an appetizer, which we loved. My meal was good (pork chop) my boyfriends was terrible (prime rib sandwhich). The drinks were good, but pretty expensive. It was an ok experience, probably won't be back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups
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food3
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Apps and entrées were excellent. Our server was new. He was very personable but slow. I am sure with experience his efficiency improve. A very loud party singlehandedly raised the noise level to the point that we to be seated in a room. They understood and gladly found a less noisy table.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2016

The environment was very nice and the BBB was great, we all 3 had the same dinner, the BBB, Burger, Bourbon and Beer. They were very helpful with special diet and accommodating the right foods for our diets. The burger was delicious and cooked to perfection. The waiter was fantastic and had a great personality. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and plan to return. An easy place to recommend to friends as all will enjoy!

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2016

First time at Lavinia's after living in a second home in Laconia for many years. Not sure why we'd not seen it advertised until just recently in an obscure dining guide. We found it a surprising treat. Food was very good, albeit a bit pricey, but worth visiting

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2016

We had a great meal. Brian served us and he was very nice. We were celebrating our 42 nd Anniversary. For us it was a special evening.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Food was outstanding, but they were out of our first two wine selections and the suggested replacement bottle was only so-so.
Also, they seated us in the tavern which was significantly noisier than the formal dining area. Perhaps it was because we were a few minutes later than our reservation.
However, food and service was outstanding!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Excellent meal. Love the changing menu with the seasons. Kitchen amenable to changes/additions/deletions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2016

We went with a group of 5 for their triple b special and everyone of us loved our meal!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Lavinia's was fantastic and above expectations! We sat outside on the patio with our kids. Great evening overlooking the lake. Food was great from top to bottom, including kid's meal. And don't miss the historic significance of the home! Would love to go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Very enjoyable first-time dining experience! Fish entree and pasta entree w/added shrimp were both delicious. Seated in bar area, but will ask for table in dining room next time for more intimate dining - and there will be a next time. Service was attentive and tip top. Nice wine selection. Easy access from Center Harbor docks. Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2016

It was disappointing. The menu was not what was on the web site, only a few of the dinners were on the actual menu. The food was ok, nothing special. Our server was running so fast she actually billed us twice, but it was later corrected. The restaurant is very pretty, but they need to work on the food.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Excited to go because I had heard good things, but was disappointed. The high prices would have been okay if the quality of the food matched. Weird Caesar salad - hearts propped up on plate with a drizzle of dressing and some hard croutons. I like a nice traditional tossed Caesar. Entrees were okay, but very expensive for what they were. Spent $124.00 with a split salad, two entrees and some glasses of wine. Seemed a bit bi-polar; not fine dining, but fine dining prices; service was abrupt; atmosphere felt like a pub in the room we were in, but other rooms were tablecloth and soft lights. Sadly, won't return and I live nearby.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Local favorite. Portions could be smaller as no need to fill up on an appetizer with a good main meal still to come.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2016

When we arrived,they were going to seat us in the bar, but we requested that they move us to the dining room, which they did, (very accommodating). It would be helpful if this was an option when booking on OpenTable.
The good was excellent. We had the beet salad, which they split for us. It was delicious. My husband had fish and I had the special risotto - both were excellent.

The only complaint we would have would be the wooden chairs - kind of hard for sitting on for a couple hours.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Booked for my birthday, had mentioned it but the waiter was the only one in the dining room that night with 5 other tables and did not say anything he was a little overwhelmed. The food was great, atmosphere is nice enjoyed our evening and went next door after for an ice cream to celebrate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Great food, great service. Docked our boat then a short walk to the restaurant. Would definitely go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2016

We sat outside on a great evening. The waitstaff was very friendly and nice. The food was also excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2016

Excellent. Second time in a month we had been there

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2016

The drinks, food, service, and ambiance were absolutely horrible. I ordered a dirty martini. It was not dirty. The seafood risotto was oily, greasy, & unappetizing. The bread sat in an inch of oil. The flourless chocolate cake was a fudge cake. We were promised a table with a view of the lake. We were seated in the bar at a high top with no view! We were told we couldn't be in the dining room because of a private function. That was an out and out lie! We were there for 2 hours, & there was no private function. We will never return to this overrated restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Thought the food was quite good. Salads were too pricey. Like would a choice of a side salad for a nominal price. Felt the prices were a bit on the high end for what was being offered. For example, though the mussels were delicious, the $14 price seemed a bit high for such inexpensive seafood. The outdoor seating was nice but we were attacked by mosquitoes. Nice drink selection. We liked that the waiter was attentive but we never felt rushed. Overall, we enjoyed our experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2016

All four in our family made different choices from hearty to light summer food, and all of us were pleased with the quality and presentation of our food. I started with the hot artichoke dip with was spiced with jalapeños and served with crostini. Nice. My wife started with a fresh red and yellow beet salad which was served cold. It was light and delicious. Portions were large. One of my sons had clam chowder and liked it. Our entrees were slightly delayed but the view of the harbor and the quiet murmur of conversation in the room passed the time quickly. The best entree was the risotto special with seared scallops. I had the pulled pork dish which was surprisingly well balanced and not overly sweet. One teenage son had a burger the size of his head and was very pleased. His garlic fries were very good and shared among the table.

All of us liked this restaurant a lot for its varied selection and its ability to execute on the varied cuisine. The building was interesting and the location and view were great. Staff was attentive. We thought the food was worth the cost. Next time we might ask to eat outside and come extra early for cocktails on the porch or in the bar.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Disappointed as it was better in the past and did not live up to recent online reviews in our opinion. Food was fair to poor (the cappuccino was so small and tasted like a hot water from the tap with some flavor and was sent back). Ambiance is good and service is fine but the kitchen needs improvement.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2016

The triple B was fantastic!

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