Otis Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Otis. Restaurant is located in the former historic Otis Sleeper jewelry store. Bringing you modern american food in a small intimate environment.
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

CS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous customer service. Great attention to detail by both the staff and owner/chef. Thanks for a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and had a great experience.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at chefs table. Totally delightful watching, chatting and eating.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I recently visited and had a lovely meal at Otis - I’ve been dying to try it. Overall we had a great experience. Food was delicious, the only gripe would be a medium/well done steak vs. medium-rare, but it still had great flavor and stayed pretty tender.

I will warn visitors, it’s very loud. We were OK with it and just also tried to speak loudly to each other , but I know that can be off putting for some.

Overall a fun experience and we’ll definitely be back to try the chefs 5-course menu again.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food around, creative, local, fresh and menu changes regularly.

RB
New England
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Approached the menu with an open mind. Glad we opted for the chef’s tasting menu.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience! We ate at the counter near the kitchen, and it was great to see and talk with the chef about the food, which was beautiful and delicious. Otis is my favorite go-to for a fun night out!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fantastic food. Noise is a tad high, but after a few mins you notice it less.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food in NH gets no better than Otis. The chef cooks with creativity and you can taste the love that is put into each dish. The waitstaff/ Bar Staff is equally as fantastic. This is our goto spot and favorite restaurant to recommend to others

HS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience all around - from ambience, to servers, to the world-class food. Now, one of my favorite restaurants!

JM
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is excellent, though it is not any better than Epoch (at Exeter Inn) or Blue Moon Evolution. The service is SO-SO; we waited for the server 5 minutes before she took our order, then I had to remind her that I ordered a glass of wine with my entrée.

I would return, except for the most overriding issue, the noise level is exceptionally LOUD. In the fashion with today's restaurants, it is minimally decorated (which is fine), but has no noise-absorbing materials whatsoever.

F
New England
39 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought a friend who'd never been to Otis and wanted to try it based on our rave reviews. He was not disappointed. Service is excellent and friendly, with any questions about the menu and/or drinks $ wine answered. We were all very happy with our meals (New England Fish Monger Tuna, Pork Tenderloin, and Duck breast). All excellent, along with a flavorful cold cucumber soup and the beet salad for apps.

SP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a gem!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great presentation. Great service. What else can we say!

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive wait staff, perfect drinks. Wonderful restaurant

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Maybe. But with reservations.
It was sooooo loud we could NOT have a conversation and the nice waitress could barely hear our order. I actually could hear every loud word chef/owner in the back was saying and I was sitting as far front as one could. 🙄. So between the sun/heat and noise level we skipped the second drink and dessert so we could leave ASAP.
So I might recommend the place but would mention the concerns. AND maybe the owner SHOULD read the reviews. Be brags that he doesn’t care. Really???

B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Sat at the bar. Mike is an awesome bartender. Our drink are ready by the time we sit down.

PV
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wha struck us right away and affected our whole experience is that neither the chef nor his assistant greeted us when we sat at his table. Not even a nod! It would be so easy and so appropriate to spend ten seconds greeting people who choose to sit there!!!! I finally introduced us to the assistant. I also thought the chef's apron looked a bit dirty. Why not a crisp clean white one, or something like that? It created less than a fun ambiance for us and wasn't what we anticipated. Just a mood?
We got there at 5pm and didn't have our order taken until 5:30 which was long. There were already about 6 or 8 people there. But no comment, no 'we'll be right with you', etc. The waitress needs to be trained about these kinds of details, so we feel taken care of.

We thought the food was delicious. I am a vegetarian and the chef made me a pasta dish that was just right, and my husband liked his meat dish. The cucumber soup was delicious but I thought it wasn't right that the sous chef filled the small bowl only 1/2 inch or more inch from the top. A bit cheap I thought!

SK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very unique and enjoyable dining experience. We were celebrating a friend's 50th birthday and this was the perfect meal for the three of us. Loved the decor, the ambiance, the aroma from the kitchen, and just the overall feel of the place. Lee, the chef and owner, was very hospitable and friendly. He made a special vegetarian meal for me which was delicious. I also highly recommend the cucumber gin collins - quite refreshing on a hot summer's evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at the chef’s counter and had the tasting menu, which was an amazing value. Appropriate portions of amazing food for a reasonable price. We were one of the last parties seated. The chef still had the energy at 9pm to spend time with us walking through the plates and acting as a welcoming host. What a gem in the center of Exeter. Can’t wait to go back!

GV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a feeling of pride goes into every dish served... Absolutely beautiful and extremely tasty! Came all the way from Chicago!

k
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently great!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was amazing! Decent portions. Good timing. Great ambience

BH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is always very good at Otis. My halibut was very fresh. My appetizer included sauteed fiddleheads which were lovely and so seasonally perfect for New Hampshire. It's always a bit noisy in this space but for me it feels festive. Otis is the best thing that's happened to Exeter gastronomically.

M
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Despite having made a reservation well in advance we were seated 40 minutes late with barely any acknowledgement. The place is quite small and they clearly overbooked. Instead of seating us at the 2 tables that cleared out as we stood awkwardly in the entrance they sat people who came in after us insisting that an occupied table was “ours”. No one offered us a drink or an appetizer or even kept us informed - we had to ask for status. When we were finally sat I would have expected that the chef would send an amuse or a round of drinks but we had to ask for it. Although the food was nice, it didn’t make up for the terrible treatment. Very disappointing. .

j
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, delicious, and beautiful plates of food for a reasonable price. Plan on returning many times.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value. Sat at bar watching chef prepare meals

NB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous and so was the service. The food is so fresh and the chef is very accommodating. The restaurant is small and can get a bit loud, but the food and service make it totally worth it!! Looking forward to returning

H
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The glass of Rose was 15$ and not on the Menu so I had no idea. The Fish entree was delicious! The dunks mushroom appetizer was not very tasty and smushy.

AN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Anniversary dinner! Recommend the sleeper five, get try a little a bit of almost everything, so worth it!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff....delicious meals!
Very loud on arrival- quieted down as our meal progressed as we had one of the latest reservations.
Would definitely visit, again.

MJ
New England
48 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so creative, beautiful and delicious... and different every time we visit!

TB
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our second time at Otis- we love it! If you love food and inventive ways to experience it (without getting too fussy), Otis is for you. Sophisticated and casual at the same time.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were wonderful. Seasonal entrees. Farm to table. Creative wonderfully prepared. Will be back, and soon!’

F
New England
39 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal at Otis! Local ingredients and a small but varied menu ensures meals prepared fresh. Attention to detail shows in the beautiful presentations. My bacon-wrapped pork chop was perfectly cooked, moist and tender with a locally sourced polenta that was more flavorful than any other polenta I'd ever tasted. The other entree, a duck confit, was equally delicious. Apps, cocktails, wine are all of the same quality. Nice atmosphere and friendly, attentive service.

LG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Dining and Great Staff! This is our favorite restaurant near the Seacoast!

L
New England
25 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute little restaurant in the center of Exeter and its easy to park. Overall it was very good. Interesting drinks and reasonably priced. They are a little short on apps to share and we tried the beet salad. It was excellent, but you have to like beets. Hubby had the duck - their menus are sparsely worded - though cooked beautifully and delicious, he was still hungry. Perhaps a bit more carbs would have helped. I had the cod which too was delicious. Fresh and seasoned to perfection. It filled up quickly so you need a reservation.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! Highly recommend the sleeper!

RW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I really enjoyed our dinner experience at Otis. I had reserved the chef's counter for four of us as it was the only available option but put a note in the ressie that we'd like a table if one became available. As soon as we got there the chef owner was there to greet us and let us know they could be flexible and accommodate. The carrot soup was a bit salty but the beet salad was wonderful. All of our entrees were prepared and presented beautifully. Next time we go we will try the chef's counter. Definitely planning another visit. I found it a great value, very comfortable, and the people were friendly.

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