Amazingly creative courses that tasted heavenly, served by a wonderfully kind chef and hostess. 10/10 would recommend. Worth every penny for the experience and the tastiness.
Wonderful way to ring in the new year!
A perfect evening and a dining experience to be savored. Each course is a magnificent expression of culinary skill featuring local ingredients. The food is unique and we enjoyed watching chef Evan preparing it. The wine pairings were outstanding. This should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Stages is a restaurant for serious foodies. It's hidden away on the third floor of an old mill in Dover NH. Diners, 8 max, sit in the kitchen where Chef Evan prepares a 12 course prix fixe tasting menu for you. The menu changes from day to day depending on whats available from local farmers, fishermen and foragers, you should expect to experience many unfamiliar ingredients and familiar ingredients prepared in unfamiliar ways. As each dish is presented Evan explains what's on the plate. Expect to spend about 3 hours , this is not fast food.
We go to Stages two or three times a year and we are always delighted, it's our favorite restaurant and in our opinion the best restaurant in New England.
Evan Hennessey is a culinary genius. I have never in my life had such a wonderful dinning experience. He is so creative and talented. He comes up with ways to pack so much flavor into these small dishes that you literally can't believe what you are tasting. Me and my guest each got the 8 course meal and there were at least 8 times that my eyes rolled into the back of my head while tasting each dish. Truly incredible!! We opted out of the wine pairings but the couples seated at the bar next to us chose to do the pairings and they said they couldn't believe how well they went with each course. I love the dedication to preserving the beauty of each individual ingredient and I love the time and resources he exhausts to make sure that everything is local and top notch. Watching him plate each meal got my blood flowing! I was on the edge of my seat all night! If you love great food and the hard work that goes into it then Stages is a MUST! If possible I definitely recommend being seating in the kitchen so you can really appreciate all of his passion for his creations!! A true gem in Dover, NH.
The food was amazing and we got to sit at the bar and watch Evan prepare our dinner while we chatted. It was a wonderful time!
Stages is creative, fun and really delicious. The chef and the staff makes you feel welcome from the moment you arrive, and the food is incredible. We are lucky to live close by, however even if we didn't we would drive hours to get here. Visit their website so you can view the menu and enjoy!
Always amazing. Rivals the world's best restaurants.
A Wonderful Experience
An interesting experience, a number of small plates and I ate things that I wouldn't normally touch, interesting combinations and nice presentation. I had no idea it was so small (8 seats watching the chefs), not for frequent dining but worth a try once in a while.
Absolute gem! What a privilege to have this in Dover Nh, the chef's home town.
Chef Evan Hennessey connects the earth, cuisine, and community. He and his staff are extremely open and interactive. We took three teenagers here after going our selves for an anniversary dinner. They loved it and we all know teenagers are hard to please.
The Chef and his team, take local sea fare with items they foraged and create extremely creative and new dishes. Crazy cool wonderful flavors and textures.
The seats at the Chef's table are fantastic and the wine paring divine.
A truly amazing dining experience. Each dish was unique and the chefs are right there to describe the dish, the ingredients, where everything is sourced and how it is prepared. I will definitely return.
This was our third time to Stages and it was another win on all levels. Chef Hennessey and his staff are the epitome of hospitality. The food is creative, presented in the most inventive way and offers flavors that are unfamiliar yet delectable. The experience of the chef's counter overlooking the food preparation is not only fun, it provides a view, literally, into what goes into presenting food of this caliber that diners don't often see. The wine and beer list is smart with some unusual (in the best possible way) finds that pair beautifully with the food.
Very much worth the drive from the NY metro area.
This was a spectacular meal. You want to sit in the kitchen where they can seat 8 at a bar facing the Chefs and watching them cook close up. It is a tasting menu based on certain fresh and local ingredients which they list for you beforehand. It is an experience as well as a meal and interactive with the chef and the other couples. Unbelievable food. One of my top 5 restaurant experiences.