10 Best Historic Restaurants in New Hampshire

Whether it’s the building in which they’re located or their longevity as an eatery, some restaurants have historical significance. This no doubt lends itself to their popularity. New Hampshire’s storied restaurants have been attracting curious tourists and long-standing locals for years. From taverns dating to the late 1700s to diners that have been named historic landmarks, here are the 10 best in the state.  

The Fox Tavern at The Hancock Inn, Hancock, NH

The Fox Tavern at the Hancock Inn qualifies as an historical restaurant in New Hampshire since it was established back in 1789. Technically a bed and breakfast, the dining room will be open to the public once again in March 2019. It has been open to overnight guests only for a while, as it underwent some renovations.

Red Arrow Diner, Manchester, NH

The Red Arrow Diner has been in operation in Manchester since 1922. Named a Manchester Landmark in the year 2000, people travel from all over the country to eat here. The compact diner doesn’t seat many people, but the food is well worth the wait. Enjoy traditional diner fare, including huge breakfasts, as well as the old-fashioned blue-plate specials.

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The Library Restaurant, Portsmouth, NH

The Library Restaurant is a Portsmouth icon, but it’s not housed in a library, as many unsuspecting customers assume. Instead it’s located in the Rockingham House, once occupied by Judge Woodbury Langdon. Built in 1785, it became a hotel in the 1800s, and the Library Restaurant in 1975. They serve one of the very best steaks in the entire Seacoast area.

The Old Salt & Lamie’s, Hampton, NH

The Old Salt & Lamie’s are a tavern and inn located in the old Lane Estate, which was built in 1740. Today the restaurant specializes in seafood and steak. Their wine list is impressive, and it’s a popular place to meet friends for drinks and appetizers, too.

The Black Trumpet Restaurant & Bar, Portsmouth, NH

For an historic wine bar and bistro setting, visit the Black Trumpet Restaurant & Bar. Located in a former chandlery, in one of the Federal-style buildings known as Merchant, its setting dates back to 1803. Just across the street from Portsmouth’s famous tugboats, the location, food and drinks are all exceptional.

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The Foundry, Manchester, NH

Helping keep Manchester’s rich mill history alive, the Foundry is located in the city’s former mill yard. Known for its certified Farm to Table offerings, the view of the Merrimack River is a nice plus for patrons, while enjoy good quality—and delicious—food.

Tavern 27 Tapas & Piano Bar, Laconia, NH

Located inside a 235-year-old farmhouse in Laconia, Tavern 27 Tapas & Piano Bar is rich in history. Because the owners have maintained the integrity of the building, they strongly suggest making reservations in advance, except in the off-season. Serving tapas with an international flair, delicious food in a quaint atmosphere makes it a popular eatery.

Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, Meredith, NH

Located in an historical mill building in Meredith, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante has been serving up delicious pizza and Italian fare for 30 years. Located in the historic Mill Falls Marketplace, it’s open—and very popular—all year long.

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The Dolphin Striker, Portsmouth, NH

Located inside a 1630 building on the corner of Portsmouth’s Ceres and Bow Streets, the Dolphin Striker has become a landmark of its own since opening in the mid-1970s. The brick walls inside the restaurant—and especially those in the bar downstairs—take diners back to a time in Portsmouth they’ve only read about in history books. Specializing in seafood, there’s plenty for the landlubber, too. Be sure to ask about the nightly specials, as they vary and are typically sublime.

Epoch Restaurant & Bar, Exeter, NH

Known for serving upscale American fare, Epoch Restaurant & Bar is located inside the historic Exeter Inn. Built in 1932, the inn is known for housing the families of students at Phillips Exeter Academy, located adjacent to the inn. Note the fine woodwork in the bar, and you’ll be transported to a post-Gatsby era where even a trip to a bar was an exploration into local finery.

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