New Hampshire casual dining restaurants treat the guest as king

New Hampshire's casual dining is a treat of magnificent variety in style and traditions. You’ll find something for everyone and for every taste and whim from comfort food to classic cuisine to smoothies and shakes. Accompanying your meal is relaxed indoor and outdoor seating, cozy or majestic settings, and welcoming hosts. Chefs know their customers and offer creative menus from full plate to lighter and late night fare. Pubs, bistros, cafés and that favorite little restaurant turn local ingredients into simple and savory dishes. Fabulous beer lists abound as do children’s menus at most establishments.

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Lakeside Bar - Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee - Laconia, NH
Margate Resort on Winnipesaukee

76 Lake Streeet Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-524-5210 Toll-Free: 800-627-4283

Beach bar a blast with tempting menu, soothing waterside atmosphere

Dining at the Gazebo Beach Bar at The Margate on Winnipesaukee means sitting back with an order of fish and chips and a craft cocktail while enjoying unparalleled lake views (including fabulous sunsets). Start with tomato crostini or loaded nachos, move on to a Cobb salad or Margate burger (topped with mozzarella sticks and bacon) for lunch or, for dinner, chicken Parmesan or pineapple chili chicken tacos. Signature drinks include blueberry mimosas, frozen strawberry daiquiris and the Paugus Bay Sunset. There’s also a complete beer and wine list. Families will love the children’s menu with chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese and a PB&J basket with fries. Breakfasts at the resort are complimentary and grab-and-go, with everything from chocolate chip muffins to yogurt and fruit.
PINE Restaurant New - Hanover Inn - Hanover, NH
PINE Restaurant at the Hanover Inn

Two East Wheelock Street Hanover, NH, 03755 Phone: 603-643-4300 Toll-Free: 800-443-7024

Simple flavors served with flair in a charming atmosphere this restaurant’s specialty

Bright American flavors inspired by New England’s culinary heritage making dining at Hanover Inn Dartmouth’s PINE Restaurant an experience not to be missed. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (and Saturday and Sunday brunch) in a welcoming, casual ambiance, including a scenic patio, the restaurant showcases seasonal menus sourced from regional farms and markets. Simple yet vibrant dinner offerings might include small plates of gnocchi or tuna tartare and bigger-plate offerings from slow-roasted salmon to grilled prime strip loin. Sip a seasonal cocktail or glass of wine, and relax in a lovely setting overlooking the Dartmouth College green.
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Casual Dining 500x250 - Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club - Jackson, NH
Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club

179 Carter Notch Road Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-383-9111 Toll-Free: 800-966-5779

Classic comfort food, ageless ambiance elevate these resort restaurants

For almost a century and a half, visitors have been enjoying the ambiance and rustic charm of the Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club. Part of that charm is the comfortable, casual dining available in the resort’s three restaurants. The Highfields Restaurant, with panoramic views of the mountains and the Wildcat River, offers twists on classic comfort cuisine like fish and chips as well as more sophisticated entrees like maple miso salmon. At the Eagle Landing Tavern, guests enjoy classic cocktails and relaxing light meals. And, in season, you cannot beat dining outdoors on the Veranda Cafe, set on the resort’s amazing 280-foot wraparound veranda, where you can dine watching the sun set over the White Mountains.
Enjoy a Slice! - Mt. Washington Valley Chamber - North Conway, NH
Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

A feast of different dining experiences in the Mount Washington region

The menu of food experiences in the Mount Washington Valley region is extensive indeed. Go for something traditional like Indian pudding at the Indian Head Resort or a lobster roll at The Little Red Schoolhouse. Or try something a little different, like the Woodstock Inn Brewery’s duck wings, or the veggie burrito at the Margarita Grill. Want something really different? How about lunch or dinner aboard a train as it chugs up a mountain? Or a (literal) farm-to-table meal at a family farm? From burgers cooked over open flames to blueberry delights at a pancake parlor to delightful nibbles at farmers markets and general stores, there is something for every casual diner in the popular region.
Carriage House Restaurant - Castle in the Clouds - Moultonborough, NH
Castle in The Clouds

Route 171 - 455 Old Mountain Road Moultonborough, NH, 03254 Phone: 603-476-5900

Menu matched by the views at this mountain-top carriage house restaurant

Great food, great service, great views: Who could ask for more in a dining experience? The Carriage House Restaurant at Castle in the Clouds features an appetizing array of classic recipes like homemade mac and cheese as well as twists on old favorites (like maple hummus with those sweet potato fries). The lake and mountain views from the restaurant’s winter location, the Winnipesaukee Room, are spectacular. In the warmer months, enjoy those sweeping vistas from the outside terrace, or go for something truly fun by dining inside what, way back in the day, were horse stalls! The restaurant menu at this breathtaking estate has plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as kid-friendly choices. And stop in for the Sunday brunch buffet!
Dining - The Wolfeboro Inn - Wolfeboro, NH - Credit Callan Photo
The Wolfeboro Inn

90 North Main Street Wolfeboro, NH, 03894 Phone: 603-569-3016 Toll-Free: 800-451-2389

Rustic tavern by the lake is warm, welcoming spot for locals and visitors

For more than 130 years, rustic Wolfe’s Tavern at the Wolfeboro Inn on Lake Winnipesaukee has been this town’s warm, welcoming gathering place. This authentic New England pub is casual dining at its finest, with a varied menu featuring ingredients from local farms and producers, craft cocktails and more than 100 beers. Stop by for a burger, for Sunday brunch, for drinks with friends or for a not-to-be-missed appetizer like asparagus fries or sautéed mussels and entrees from grilled bourbon steak tips to seafood pasta with shrimp, scallops and mussels. A kids menu has all their favorites, including fish and chips and grilled cheese. And why not plan an overnight? The lakeside inn offers packages that include dining at the tavern.
Pease Golf Course/Grill 28

200 Grafton Drive Portsmouth, NH, 03810 Phone: 603-433-1331

Grill 28 and Bar open year-round to the public

Challenging golf and great food and drinks go together at this popular golf course on the New Hampshire seacoast. Meet friends in this relaxed setting. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Grill features casual fare and special “Tee” golf function menus specifically designed for golf tournaments played on the Golf Course. The Reds, Whites, Blues, and “Tips” menus offer options that include deli, grill, and entrée selections. Food is prepared with American and Mediterranean influences and you’ll find local beer and international wines. Starters include pork bellies, olive tapanade, Italian Meatball sliders and 8rish Nacho’s. Tasty appetizers, salads and soups introduce flatbread pizzas, classic sandwiches, a salmon stir fry, and signature steak tips finishing with great desserts including chocolate mousse.