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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Ristorante Massimo restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2702)
$31 to $50
Italian
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Please Note: Online Reservations are for our Main indoor dining room ONLY. Please call us directly for WIne Bar options at 603.436.4000. We reserve the right to charge $20.00 per person cancelation fee, please call us by 12:00p.m.. the day of your reservation to avoid possible cancelation fees.~~~~~~ Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the world's most celebrated restaurants. **limited dining room availability offered online**
Top review
LesleeSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Our waiter, Johnny, was very helpful, pointing out menu highlights. Loved the half portions of pasta! Best octopus appetizer ever! Everything was great!
A photo of The Carriage House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (754)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rye
About the restaurant
The Carriage House, an oceanfront, modern New England restaurant and raw bar, is open at 2263 Ocean Boulevard on scenic Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Committed to honoring the restaurant’s rich traditions rooted in hospitality. Join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, sip a cocktail by our working fireplace, or take in the ocean views!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This was our first time at the Carriage House - decided to go for my birthday. Excellent experience - food was delicious, service was fantastic and the atmosphere was nice! Will definitely return!
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4.9
4.9 (128)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Nashua
About the restaurant
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @PrimeAtSkyMeadow
Prepare to be wowed by the unparalleled dining experience at PRIME - the premier steakhouse and seafood restaurant in Southern New Hampshire. Our menu features the finest cuts of steak and freshest seafood, complemented by a wine list that's constantly evolving to bring you the best selection possible. As you savor your meal, take in the stunning views that only PRIME can offer. With exceptional cuisine, top-notch service, and unbeatable vistas, PRIME at Sky Meadow is the only choice for a truly unforgettable dining experience.

*PLEASE NOTE OUR DRESS CODE*: NO gym wear, hooded sweatshirts, shorts or ball caps are to be worn. *MEN MUST WEAR PANTS*. All male shirts must have a collar. No tank tops. Jackets are not required
Top review
JeremiahS
Dined 3 days ago
We had a wonderful experience. It was our anniversary and between the waitress and the manager we felt that everyone was attentive and also respectful of our moment. The final bill was expensive but expected with the high quality of food and service. We will definitely be back.
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4.8
4.8 (3898)
$31 to $50
Steak
Manchester
About the restaurant
We are committed to serving food that will be creative, yet “classic,” service that will be impeccable but not intimidating, in an ambiance that will be elegant, yet comfortable and inviting, ensuring a dining experience that will be extraordinary and memorable!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The best food we have ever had, everything was phenomenal apps, entrees and dessert.
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4.8
4.8 (1207)
$31 to $50
American
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Cure is located at the corner of State and Penhallow Streets in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. We are within walking distance of Prescott Park, Strawberry Bank, Seacoast Repertory Theatre and Portsmouth Music Hall.
Our restaurant offers American Bistro cuisine, in a fine dining environment, at affordable prices. Cure is a great place for friends to meet, business functions, and romantic dining .
Top review
JeffreyFvip
Dined 3 days ago
All around excellence. Kristi was a great server and the food - my wife had the Halibut special and I had the Salmon - was awesome. Also recommend the Tuna Lettuce Wraps as an appetizer.
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4.8
4.8 (684)
$31 to $50
American
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Located on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Puddle Dock Restaurant proudly offers Modern Colonial feel and fare! Led by esteemed Executive Chef Derek Clough, the Puddle Dock Restaurant will take you back to Colonial America featuring English and American favorites, then snap you back to the present with our modern twists.

Chef Derek takes great pride in growing a lot of our vegetables, foraging our mushrooms, and presenting beauty for your palate. His care is evidence in some of our best-loved dishes, Yorkshire Pudding, Portuguese Salted Cod, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, and our signature Hoe Cake. Be sure to save room for dessert! All our desserts are made in house - Cinnamon Rum Breading, Dark Chocolate Pudding, and Posset are among the favorites!

Enjoy the ambience of our historic exposed beam building, once a general store offering penny candy, or enjoy our front and rear patios for dinner in the open air.
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Social
Dined 1 day ago
Great service! Delicious meals! Loved sitting outside! Loved the duck and the fish and chips!
A photo of The Foundry restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2303)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Manchester
About the restaurant
We are an American Style Restaurant with a French flair located in the beautiful Manchester Mills in Manchester NH.

**At this time we are excepting reservations for parties no larger than 6 people. There is no exception to this policy. Parties over 6 people may be booked by calling the restaurant. Any parties over 6 people will be sat at separate tables.

**We accept reservations for INSIDE DINING ONLY. Reservation made with patio requests do not guarantee an outdoor table will be available upon arrival and may require an additional wait time. Due to frequent changes in the weather we do not accept reservations for outside and all reservations are for inside dining with preferences noted.

**Due to limited seating availability there is a 2 hour time limit on all patio tables without exceptions.

Masks are mandatory during this time in the restaurant is non-negotiable, Thanks for your patience at this time while we focus on giving the best service possible.
Top review
Alby
Dined 4 days ago
It was our second time and we had a great family dinner with great food. I was surprised how busy it was on a Wednesday night, but the waits for food were not long, the new spring menu had so much to choose from we had some challenging deciding. We loved the poutine and the charcuterie board.
A photo of CR's The Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2355)
$31 to $50
American
Hampton
About the restaurant
Nothing beats an inviting dinner after a drive up the coast or a day on the shore. Indulge in a selection from our award-winning wine list, try a local beer on tap or a specialty cocktail.
CR's is a favorite stop to 'chill out' with friends!
It's where you want to be!
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KathrynS
Dined 5 days ago
Awesome food. We will definitely go back. My wife enjoyed her rack of venison very much. I ordered the duck, and it was SO tender and juicy. We ended up drinking water because while they offered extensive wine and cocktail choices, they seem to have given little or no thought to providing interesting beverage options for people who prefer not drink alcohol. The after-dinner cappuchino I ordered was excellent.
A photo of The Bistro at LaBelle Winery Amherst restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1564)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Amherst
About the restaurant
We look forward to welcoming you to The Bistro at LaBelle Winery! Our dining environment is relaxing and visually appealing. You will find out why we consistently receive top reviews and the Best of the Best award from TripAdvisor for our cuisine, beverages and atmosphere. If you're in a hurry, we offer our full Bistro menu to-go; order online or by phone. Visit www.LaBelleWinery.com for general information.

*Note: Reservations are strongly suggested, especially on weekends.
*For parties of 7 or more people, please call to make your reservation.

Interested in Private Dining? Feel free to give us a call to discuss availability and details at (603) 672-9898.

Top review
Luv2eatoutvip
Dined 3 days ago
Nice outside area! Amanda the server was super attentive. Love that the menu is different enough from Derry’s Americus.
A photo of Americus at LaBelle Winery Derry restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1254)
$30 and under
American
Derry
About the restaurant
The menu at Americus Restaurant focuses on New England contemporary farm-to-table cuisine with an international flair and a full bar serving LaBelle wines, craft cocktails, craft beers on draft, and non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy the ambiance of our restaurant, designed with your comfort in mind; soothing colors, oversized seats, and round booths. Our large outdoor seating area provides a beautiful view of our picturesque pond, and you can enjoy our firepit at night. Americus Restaurant is located at LaBelle Winery in Derry, NH - join us to experience the best cuisine in New Hampshire!

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AllanP
Dined 3 days ago
Our dinner at Americus was good even though the restaurant was quite noisy. This made it difficult for my husband and I to talk and to hear what the waiter/waitress were saying. The wait staff was wonderful though - allowing us to take some time between our first & second courses. Wish they had senior/smaller portions as our burgers were delicious - but huge. Bathrooms need to be updated to accomodate senior citizens.
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