Situated on the banks of the Merrimack River in southern New Hampshire, Manchester is a bustling riverside city with plenty of choices when it comes to romantic restaurants, cozy cafés and intimate eateries for celebrating love. Head to Cotton in the Historic Millyard District for exceptional farm-to-table cuisine; enjoy delectable Italian favorites at Villaggio Ristorante or Piccola Italia, and tuck into traditional steakhouse at the Hanover Street Chophouse.
Best known for its inventive cocktails, Cotton is a popular spot for fine dining and romance. Situated in Manchester's Historic Millyard District, the restaurant is helmed by award-winning chef/owner and author Jeffrey Paige, who is famous for creating exceptional cuisine prepared with local ingredients and artfully presented. The charming neighborhood eatery has a casual, inviting atmosphere and serves sophisticated and eclectic comfort food like Grilled Delmonico Steak, Creole Jambalaya, Pistachio Crusted Salmon, and Butternut Squash Ravioli. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list featuring over 40 wines by the glass, as well as innovative cocktails, top-shelf spirits and fine wines from around the globe. Cotton is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
75 Arms St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-622-5488
2.Firefly American Bistro
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Firefly American Bistro & Bar is a contemporary American bistro situated in the heart of Manchester's downtown district that serves classic American fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere. The restaurant features a welcoming dining room with exposed brick walls, a lively full-service bar that serves a variety of libations from global wines to creative cocktails, and an elegant lounge with a relaxed ambiance that is ideal for post-work drinks or a pre-dinner cocktail. Created and presented by Chef David Becker, the seasonal menu celebrates American cuisine with inventive dishes prepared using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and bursting with flavors from around the world. Firefly American Bistro & Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily, and Sunday brunch.
22 Concord St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-935-9740
Republic is a certified farm-to-table restaurant that specializes in the sun-kissed tastes and flavors of Italy, France, Spain, and North Africa. Committed to using on the freshest, local ingredients sourced from farmers, fishermen, artisans and producers in the region, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of market-driven fare such as ocean-fresh seafood, fish and shellfish, naturally-raised and grass-fed beef, lamb and chicken, and organic and handpicked where possible salads, herbs and vegetables. The laid-back restaurant boasts walls adorned with local artworks, and a relaxed, casual vibe, and is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1069 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-666-3723
© Villaggio Ristorante
Villaggio Ristorante produces outstanding Italian food prepared with fresh, high quality locally sourced ingredients, cooked with hand-crafted family recipes, and served with passion. The menu includes appetizers and antipasti plates, freshly made salads, homemade pasta and sauces, gourmet wood-fired pizzas, and hearty entrées of fresh seafood and meats. House specialties include made-from-scratch gnocchi with a selection of sauces, including pesto, arrabbiata or marinara sauce and desserts like the tiramisu and pannacotta are made in-house. Villaggio Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
677 Hooksett Rd, Manchester, NH 03104, Phone: 603-627-2424
© Campo Enoteca
Located just one block away from sister restaurant, Republic, Campo Enoteca is a modern bistro and bar serving authentic farm-to-table Italian cuisine and casual wines by the glass or bottle in a laid-back, unpretentious space. The charming Italian café serves a market-driven menu of Italian charcuterie and cheeses, artisan bread and homemade dips, house-made pasta and sauces, small plates, hearty entrées, and regional specialties. All dishes are prepared from scratch using top quality imported Italian cured meats, cheeses, and San Marzano tomatoes, along with locally sourced beef, chicken, and pork from NH farmers and wild-caught seafood from the North Atlantic landed on the New England coast. The full-service bar serves classic cocktails and Italian wines, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
969 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-625-0256
6.The Foundry Restaurant
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Located in the historic Manchester Mill-Yard on the banks of the Merrimack River, The Foundry is a trendy, industrial-chic farm-to-table restaurant with gorgeous river views that serves contemporary cuisine, craft beers, and creative martinis. Modern Manchester meets the Industrial Revolution in this hip, urban space, which boasts stylish designer décor, cozy riverside booths, a sleek bar with comfortable bar stools, a casual lounge for relaxing with drinks and enjoying live music, private dining spaces. The farm-to-table menu features market-driven dishes of ocean-fresh seafood, fish and shellfish, naturally-raised and grass-fed beef, lamb and chicken, and organic and handpicked where possible salads, herbs, and vegetables. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list, innovative cocktails, top-shelf spirits and craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and the restaurant is open for dinner nightly and Sunday brunch.
50 Commercial St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-836-1925
7.Fratellos Italian Grille - Manchester
© Fratellos Italian Grille - Manchester
Fratello’s Italian Grille is an unpretentious, family-friendly restaurant that serves delectable Italian cuisine and drinks in a warm and welcoming setting. Named after the Italian word for ‘brother,’ the restaurant boasts a charming, vibrant dining room, a Casual lounge with live music, and an outside deck for alfresco-style dining in the summer. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Fratello’s Italian Grille offers a variety of Italian dishes ranging from appetizers and fresh soups and salads, pasta dishes such as fettuccine alfredo and lasagna, specialty pizzas, which are available by the slice for lunch, and calzones, as well as hot and cold subs and sandwiches. Entrées include breaded chicken dishes like chicken scarpariello and chicken piccata, baked eggplant parmesan and delicious seafood fare such as deep-fried calamari and seafood risotto.
155 Dow St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-624-2022
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© Mint Bistro
Mint Bistro is an elegant restaurant that serves healthy, delicious contemporary cuisine, Spanish-style tapas, and fresh, handmade sushi every evening for dinner. The classy restaurant boasts a hip, yet unpretentious atmosphere and serves fusion bistro fare such as maple-glazed sea scallops, braised beef short ribs, steak frites, and coconut vegetable curry, and herb-baked haddock filet, along with an enormous selection of fresh sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, and seafood plates. A trendy bar serves a curated selection of fine wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits and innovative cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
1105 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-625-6468
© Piccola Italia
Piccola Italia is a welcoming, home-away-from-home Italian restaurant with a rustic, old-country vibe, muralled walls, and a lovely patio for outdoor summer dining. The homely, neighborhood trattoria boasts a Roman feel with mottled walls covered in murals, comfortable décor and soft lighting and serves a menu of traditional Italian fare cooked from old-country recipes with such as antipasti plates of bruschetta, meats and cheese, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas, ample helpings of gnocchi and house-made sausage, and entrées like lamb shank and risotto. A wine list offers easy-drinking wines to complement the food along with craft beers and colorful cocktails. Piccola Italia is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
815 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-606-5100
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© The Birch
The Birch is a warm, brick-lined eatery with quirky décor that serves small, sharable American tapas plates and inventive cocktails. Helmed by Executive Chef Nick Provencher and General Manager Joel Soucy, the charming bistro serves locally sourced, small creative dishes and globally-influenced tapas that push culinary boundaries like Seared Avocado with toasted pumpkin seeds and pomegranate, blistered shishito Peppers, tempura fried house-made pickles, and their famous French-Canadian poutine. Soft leather couches, hardwood tables, and long hardwood bar serve casual wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and craft cocktails. The Birch is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and lunch on the weekends.
931 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-782-5365
11.XO on Elm
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Located downtown in Manchester, XO on Elm is a stylish and sophisticated hideaway serving creative New American fare, Spanish-inspired tapas and inventive cocktails in a classic, lounge-like atmosphere. The award-winning eatery serves seasonal menus of market-driven fare sourced from local farms and craft food makers and artfully presented with a modern and international twist. Dishes range from Venezuelan arepas and vegetarian bowls to sharing plates and tapas, hearty entrées, and freshly made soups and salads for all tastes. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of signature cocktails and martinis, local and global wines and craft beers and high-end spirits, and XO on Elm is open for dinner only Monday through Sunday.
827 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-560-7998
12.Hanover Street Chophouse
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The Hanover Street Chophouse is an old-school steakhouse that is renowned for serving the finest cuts of aged steak, prime rib, and beef. Boasting traditional steakhouse décor with dark wood and leather accents, elegantly dressed tables and gleaming silverware, the steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. A club-like full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Hanover Street Chophouse is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
149 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-644-2467
13.North End Bistro
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The North End Bistro is a charming American-Italian bistro with an intimate dining space with cozy inside and outside tables and a busy bar that is popular with neighborhood residents. The bustling, vibrant spot serves a menu of contemporary farm-to-table fare such as appetizers of arancini risotto balls, house salad with house-made balsamic vinaigrette, and entrées of Frutti de Mare packed with shrimp, scallops, mussels, and haddock served over linguine, and stuffed haddock with shrimp, scallops, and crab. A buzzing bar serves a curated selection of fine wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits and innovative cocktails, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
1361 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-232-3527
14.The Crown Tavern
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Located in the heart of Manchester’s central downtown, The Crown Tavern is a buzzy venue with a large outdoor patio that serves inventive New American cuisine in stylish, retro digs. The charming culinary gem celebrates the iconic history of Manchester from its North End Victorian neighborhoods to its industrial mill yards with a seasonal menu of contemporary cuisine. Signature dishes include inventive wood-fired pizzas, and shareable plates of oysters on the half shell, chicken wings, peppered bacon strips, and roasted garlic. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list, innovative cocktails, top-shelf spirits and craft beers on tap and by the bottle. The Crown Tavern is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner on Saturday.
99 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-218-3132
Giorgio's is the place to go for traditional Greek and Italian cuisine in the heart of New Hampshire. Serving the freshest Greek and Italian fare to southern New Hampshire for the past 20 years, the family-friendly restaurant presents an inventive menu of seasonal dishes of housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, fresh seafood and prime meat and chicken plates, homemade soups and salads, and fresh bread baked daily. Signature dishes include Italian stromboli, veal parmesan, chicken piccata, and Mama’s lasagne, and a full-service bar offers a variety of libations from craft beers and creative cocktails to easy-drinking wines and top-shelf spirits. Giorgio's is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
270 Granite St, Manchester, NH 03102, Phone: 603-232-3323
16.Mangia Italian Restaurant
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Mangia Italiana is a casual, family-friendly restaurant that serves a diverse array of Italian-American cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. The comprehensive menu features appetizers, freshly prepared soups, and salads, traditional and specialty pizzas with a variety of toppings, entrées of house-made pasta dishes, fresh seafood, fish and chicken plates, hearty sandwiches, and a tempting dessert list. Seasoned waitstaff serves saucy classics such as creamy alfredo, outstanding carbonaras, and steaming marinaras, and house specialties like veal parmigiana and saltimbocca, and prime filet mignon. Mangia Italiana is open Monday through Saturday dinner.
33a Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, Phone: 603-647-0788
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The Bavaria Restaurant is a locally-owned, family-operated restaurant with an intimate, old-world atmosphere that specializes in traditional German and Canadian fare and an extensive beer selection. Established in 1975, the restaurant has been a neighborhood staple for the past 45 years, serving a menu of authentic German dishes such as Bratwurst and Goulash Soup, as well as schnitzel, prime steaks, and chops, fresh seafood and lobster. Vegetarian options include Risotto and Baked Portabello Mushrooms, and a full-service bar offers bottled and draft beers, casual European wines, and imported spirits. The Bavaria Restaurant is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
1461 Hooksett Rd C7, Hooksett, NH 03106, Phone: 603-836-5280
17 Best Restaurants in Manchester, New Hampshire
- Cotton, Photo: Cotton
- Firefly American Bistro, Photo: Firefly American Bistro
- Republic, Photo: Republic
- Villaggio Ristorante, Photo: Villaggio Ristorante
- Campo Enoteca, Photo: Campo Enoteca
- The Foundry Restaurant, Photo: The Foundry Restaurant
- Fratellos Italian Grille - Manchester, Photo: Fratellos Italian Grille - Manchester
- Mint Bistro, Photo: Mint Bistro
- Piccola Italia, Photo: Piccola Italia
- The Birch, Photo: The Birch
- XO on Elm, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Hanover Street Chophouse, Photo: Hanover Street Chophouse
- North End Bistro, Photo: North End Bistro
- The Crown Tavern, Photo: The Crown Tavern
- Giorgio's, Photo: Giorgio's
- Mangia Italian Restaurant, Photo: Mangia Italian Restaurant
- Bavaria Restaurant, Photo: Bavaria Restaurant
- Cover Photo: Viktoriia/stock.adobe.com