A ten course extravaganza that finished with outstanding just baked cookies. There are restaurant destinations that should be on everyone's bucket list and this is one of them. We are lucky that we live close by.
The dishes are very creative, very small, and delicious. The whole meal takes 2-3 hours with lots of waiting, which is one of the main reason why we went because it gave our group plenty of time to bond. The wine list was created with a lot of consideration so I recommend the wine pairing. I think there should be a couple more vegetables dishes when the menu is low on protein, or one of the protein dishes should be more generous. I hope the chef continues to experiment, take risks, and evolve and look forward to dining there again.
Chef Hennessey writes a love letter to where he hangs his hat with his hyperlocal tasting menu. An ever changing menu to what is in season, and where he has explored. My husband is not a "foodie". I am. We were both mesmerized by the thought, care, flavors, and the staying spine of the meal as each course came.
We had the best preparation of duck we have ever tried, and cannot stop thinking about it. Chef's preparation of ramps was incredible, and really brought a sense of my Appalachian home to me during the meal. Emma's Cookies were an incredible end to our meal, and we left with full bellies and full hearts.
Of particular note: Every other reservation cancelled due to inclement weather the night of our reservation. Chef kept his kitchens open for just the two of us. We were humbled by his thoughtfulness, and it made our special night of celebration just a bit more...that.
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.
What a unique experience! Great food in an intimate setting. Highly recommend this restaurant!
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.
Superb in every way. Evan and Justin were the most hospitable hosts. They take their craft very seriously and every dish is well planned and executed. The ingredients are fresh and original. Every presentation is a work of art!
Evan Hennessy rocks!
A real find—foodies in seacoast New Hampshire need look no further than the wonderful Stages, an intensely creative restaurant that offers one of the most interesting and marvelous tasting menus I have had in many years. I hope to patronize them on a regular basis.
If I could rate it higher I would. Stages was an experience. Reservations were easily made and we quickly found ourselves spending 3+ hours enjoying dishes made from ingredients foraged by the chefs that morning. I haven't stopped talking about my visit, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable culinary experience hidden in Dover NH.
Stages is not just a restaurant. It is truly a culinary dining experience. If you are fortunate enough to sit at the Chef's table in the kitchen, you can watch the unique and exquisite creations come to life. And, you may just be served by the Chef himself with the ingredients of each course explained to you in detail. Truly a rare blend of efficient yet friendly service, excellent wine pairings, and food prepared by a world-class Chef who is most willing to engage his diners in casual yet personal conversation. Not just a dinner out, but an honestly extraordinary dining experience.
WOW! Chef Hennessy surprised and delighted us with every bite. We enjoyed watching as he and his team crafted each course. We ordered the 8 courses with the wine pairing. It was the perfect date night.
The chefs were fabulous. My husband and I really had a private meal with very personalized attention. I loved the ramps! Extremely creative menu.
Super hard to find the restaurant. My GPS had it on the other side of the street. Even more complicated because it is a one-way. I felt bad because we were a half-hour late because we couldn't identify the building. They were all very gracious and made us feel very welcome though.
Overall, it was exactly what I expected for food. Don't expect to get full, but be amazed by the flavor and science of molecular gastronomy. The wine pairing was very good, and food and wine brought out the nuances of each other. Definitely consider tax and tip above the number of courses and wine pairing if you're budget conscious and you'll have zero regrets.
Had an amazing 8 courses with wine pairing while visiting from Brooklyn over graduation weekend. Everything was incredibly creative, balanced, and complex -- very excited to have something of this caliber in Dover.
We were thoroughly spoiled, as usual. Can’t wait to got back next month.
Impeccable service and a wonderful experience, as usual. I can't wait to go back. What a show - Bravo!
Stages is brilliant!!
A cool setting high and quiet in a great old mill building. It's like visiting your coolest friend's loft apartment (if your friend happens to be an AMAZING chef with a kitchen and roomates to match).
Evan and his crew made an amazing meal and were fantastic company. The wine pairings were fantastic. The food... Don't worry about it, tell them how many courses you want and sit back and enjoy the ride. You will leave stuffed, happy and looking forward to your next visit.
Evan, Justin and the woman working there (I'm sorry, I'm awful with names guys) were so pleasant and engaging but completely unobtrusive so we had plenty of privacy as well to enjoy each others company as we enjoyed this amazing anniversary dinner.
I don't know how to recommend Stages enough. I would say if you are looking for a high end dinner experience, you absolutely must go.
Absolutely fantastic -- Manhattan in Dover! Recommended to several people in the area within hours of leaving!
This is a standout in Dover for flavor, texture, and art with food. This was my first experience with a multi-course meal focused on a unique experience with each dish (we did the 12 course). The food was incredible, and beautiful. I plan to go back every season with the changing menu.
Cheers, and thank you for the experience.
The Stages Restaurant is very cool Place in an old fashion Mill Building with lots of character.
My Girl Friend and I dined there for Valentines Day. We had an 8 course preset meal which the chef actually added a few goodies to. The food at the Stages is top notch, taste, variety, and presentation. Our only hang up was we were there for a little more than 3 hours. Tapas style plates would come out roughly every 10 to 15 minutes, but half way through the meal something happened. Not sure if we were forgotten, or the kitchen got super backed up, or there was just not enough wait staff. We waited just shy of 40 min. for a micro salad. The wait staff reluctantly checked in on us telling us food would be out soon but still took another 10 to 15 minutes. we did not make any complaints or ask for comped drinks, although I feel that they should have been offered. Over all the experience was good, with wonderful food and drinks, the length of the dinner was our only issue seeing as how we arrived at 6:50 pm and didn't get back into our car till after 10:10 pm leaving quite tired. I will try the stages again in hopes that the service will be better because the food is pretty amazing.
Amazing food, great atmosphere, attentive wait staff... overall a fabulous dining experience!!
We enjoyed it very much. Creative menu. Delicious food. Definitely recommended.
We had a wonderful dining experience. One aspect of our very cool meal was how ordering is structured. You order 4, 8, or 12 courses and can also order wine pairings to go with your courses. I was surprised that my date and I received different courses and wines each time. We both ordered 4 courses with wine pairings (plenty for regular appetite eaters) and, because we shared, we both got to enjoy 8 wines and 8 different plates.
The staff were wonderful and Evan was a very gracious host. It was fun to watch them work their magic and they are very much in the zone, so it doesn't feel like you're being watched, even when seated in the kitchen. This was easily one of the most unique dining experiences I've ever had and made for a very special night out with my date.
We go to Stages several times a year. It's the best restaurant in New Hampshire and one of the two best in New England.
Stages is a unique experience. It's hidden away on the third floor of an old mill. It's very small, usually just eight seats in the kitchen although they have a front room which they use on special occasions suc as New Years. It's a Prix Fixe menu. Each dish is prepared in front of you. The food is highly innovative, it varies day to day depending on what's available from the local farmers and fisherman.
Fantastic way to celebrate the holiday with my husband and parents.
Words can not describe the amazing experience. We sat at the "Chef's Table". It felt like I was in his home. You will feel as family.