Xo Bistro

4.4
133 Reviews
$30 and under
American
XO Bistro, located downtown in Manchester, NH, is an American/Latin American restaurant that proudly offers a delicious menu sourced from local farms and craft food makers with an international twist, artfully presented by our Chef and consistently delicious. We cater to vegetarians, vegans and gluten sensitive.
XO offers a stylish and spacious function hall for up to 100 guests. Great for corporate functions, pharmaceutical talks, rehearsal dinners and private parties. Full private bar, dance floor and we cater the menu to your tastes!

Support Xo Bistro during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

Martini Monday!

Starting Jun 22, 2020·Mon 11:00AM-9:00PM

$5 select house martinis and half off select apps!

What 133 people are saying
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DianeM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Drinks good but a little pricey.

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Kirsten
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place, great breakfast food, except for the gf pancakes (no flavor). Smallish portions. No water refills, but clearly short-staffed.

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NancyK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Food was not good was given rice instead of Asian vegetables tuna was dry

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great people, big drinks, kid friendly

JW
vipJackW
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious. The menu selections were varied and offered many choices for all the different tastes in our group.
The service was somewhat slow and not smooth. It seemed as though the staff had not been trained in working with customers. No one to greet guests and seat us. Our waitress chewed gum through the evening. We watched another waitress sucking on her hair as she moved through the dining room. The quality of the food (high) was disconnected from the service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service were good. A bit pricy for what you get, though. Lamb shank and steak pretty good, want to try bowls next time. Caught XO on slow night and 2000s popular hip hop music was playing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. Food was great, staff was so kind!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was great but the drinks were terrible and nothing like their description. The service was okay but not great and it was pretty loud. Vegan chicken wrap was phenomenal though as were the real chicken and steak tacos!

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CharissaG
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my mother out for her birthday and we had a wonderful meal! The staff there is super nice!!

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vipSangpei
New England
47 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall good. Though my chicken was very over cooked. But the other meals looked good. Service was excellent.

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vipJordan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love XO! The staff is really friendly, it has a really nice ambience (live music!), and the food is delicious! Not your average menu, with some South American inspired dishes, but definitely still comfort food - you can’t go wrong. Try something new!

We sat at the bar, but there’s also a nice big modern dining room and some tables outside. Beware - Elm Street can be pretty loud if you opt for the sidewalk seating.

We got empanadas to start. The appetizer portions are definitely small, (it was actually only 1 empanada) but I actually liked how it didn’t spoil my appetite! My boyfriend got the Peruvian lomo saltado (steak with peppers, onions, tomato, rice, and fries) and I got the mushroom risotto with filet medallions. Both dishes were perfect! Flavorful, juicy, great texture. Just great food. We went back again last night and also tried the taquitos appetizer and a scallops entree, which I’d definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Honestly just so so

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amys
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful and delish! 1 hick up with service the bartender was speaking to probably a manager very close to us and she was giving her notice....shop talk shouldn't be in ears reach of your guests....

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Manchesterfoodie
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere. Server was attentive. Menu was diverse.

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vipARNH
New England
29 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It’s been years since dining here, I had high hopes. We sat at the bar, the service was literally non existent. It took FOREVER to place app order and took FOREVER to get it then it took FOREVER to place dinner orders. I was asked how I wanted my Risotto cooked and that was a sign … I was like properly, I want it cooked properly. Dinner finally arrived, and mine was fine, my husband steak was literally mooing - he ordered it med. the girl actually asked how everything was and we were like this steak is unacceptably undercooked. She took it off the bill and NEVER offers to have it cooked to satisfaction. It really was a sucky experience from start to finish.

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Bumpa
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was OK and the wine excellent but XO has really gone down over the last year, it was once a nice pretty high scale place in downtown but lately it has become a bit rundown and shabby. Just walking into the little lobby you'll notice it's dirty.

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TedC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wife and I had a great meal (interesting appetizers, salmon special was fab) and the service was very attentive and friendly. Music was in the other room and our table area was quiet (just what we needed that night). First time at XO and we enjoyed it a lot!

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BrunoS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely friendly. The steak and cheese was superb!

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JeffP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Location was great and the ambience was really nice also. Loved the number of glutten free options. Service was a little slow towards the end of the evening, but overall it was a nice dinner.

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SteveE
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server, very attentive and professional. We tried a couple appetizers, main courses and of course drinks and dessert. The empanadas were delish and the chili glazed salmon was very tasty and prepared as requested.

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TG409
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our server was great until the end of our meal. She was so concerned about getting us out the door that she was grabbing our food plates and offering the check while we were literally still eating our meal. (which took a very long time to arrive) I don't know if we had reached our "Covid Time Limit" of being in the restaurant or what but she was hell bent on getting us out. There were several other open tables in the dining room so it's not like they couldn't have sat the next party somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an intimate dinner. Cocktails are incredible- options for everyone! They also have a very inclusive menu with gluten free, and/or vegan options. Specifically the vegan Paella is out of this world. So much flavor and so good for you! Will definitely be coming back.

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vipRaymondF
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food is great and the portions are huge on the entrees. I asked the waiter and was told the entrees wer not big but they came and no way the two of us could even finish one entree let alone the two we ordered.

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Claudia
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu - something for everyone, with an emphasis on seafood and Mediterranean options. Friendly, prompt but unobtrusive service. Creative cocktail menu. Outdoor seating option right on Elm Street. Casual atmosphere but with a fancy feel.

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JoanneM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Weds night where there was only us and one other couple. We go during the week and at less busy hours so to feeling safer. First time here and would go back. Prices our a little pricey but bartender/waitress was very nice and food was good. Nice place. Have a band on weekends but not ready for a crowd. Outdoor seating also.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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SamB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing vegan selection and drinks! It was a wonderful night filled with live music and great cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Enjoyed live music and was an excellent evening for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party! Food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and funny bartenders.

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Nicole11273
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Great drinks but the food was ok. The lobster bisque was watery, not creamy at all and we didn’t find any lobster meat in it whatsoever. The ceviche was not technically ceviche.....it was just shrimp and about one whole raw red onions which made it inedible. We told the waitress but she didn’t have any resolution for us. The steak was good and the creme brûlée was outstanding. The star of the night were the espresso martinis and the very sweet waitress. The bill was over $200.00 for 2 people although we got drinks, appetizers, entrees and desert so we knew it would be pretty high.
Not sure if I would try again. Maybe just for drinks!

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LauraC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant! Starting from the food, the service and the atmosphere. I will definitely be coming back for more.

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vipKrista
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was very good and festive for Valentines Day

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vipSara
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amber is so personable! She aims to please every customer. Very friendly and cares about each person she waits on. She keeps us coming back!

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peterr
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Promptly seated. Good prime rib and good drinks, very good sangria.

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Elvin
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never made it in the over booked so we couldn’t get in

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SharonO
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the variety of the menu. The “specials” the Bowls and vegan choices.
Of course my fav, was the Dirty Martini.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I was really looking forward to try somewhere new. When I got there the asked if we wanted that high top in the bar area (where there was one other couple) or the dining room (where there were several parties). We assumed there would be better service in the bar area. Little did we know that the people at the bar were going to be extremely loud.
Next was the server. She seemed ok at first, but then as she visited the people at the bar we became less of a priority. She also did not seem to know the menu. We had to wait with empty drinks. I’m not sure if we weren’t on the radar because we are young guys, but I was clearly planning on spending good money all dressed to the nines.
When we ordered dessert, my partner’s crepe brûlée was a soup. When he mentioned it to the server, she seemed to not understand what he was saying. But after explaining it to her, she did put in for a new one, which was much better.
Then came the check. She ran my card and dropped off the receipt, without a pen to sign it. She proceeded to go back to her conversation at the bar, and finally we ended up having to be loud to get some attention.

The food was good, but for the amount I paid for it, I would expect exceptional service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have now been here twice and it is always a great experience the staff is amazing and I think the manager is the one who is always going up to tables checking in and they have some really good specials every time we go!! My boyfriend is hooked on their French onion soup, such a great spot!

FAQs

Xo Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Xo Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (603) 560-7998.

Xo Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

Xo Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://anycard.ca/store/XOonelm.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.