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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!
Center Harbor, NH 03226
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday through Sunday 4:00 PM to Close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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