The Hippo


Aug 23, 2019








Dining with love
Special menus and dinners for Valentine’s Day

By Matt Ingersoll

 From special menus and dinners to beer and wine pairings, there are many events happening across the Granite State for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to call or check online to make reservations ahead of time; seatings for these events are filling up fast. Know of a dinner in New Hampshire not on this list? Let us know at 

• 110 Grill (27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443, will serve a Valentine’s Day menu during its dinner hours, from 4 to 10 p.m.
• 603 Brewery (12 Liberty Drive, No. 7, Londonderry, 630-7745, is hosting a “Love at First Flight” dessert and beer pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. Dessert flights are courtesy of Benson’s Bakery and Cafe in Hudson and each is paired with a special release of the brewery’s bourbon barrel aged chocolate cherry stout. The desserts will include bourbon chocolate cheesecake, chocolate cherry bourbon cream pie, and chocolate brownie with bourbon-soaked cherries and a chocolate ganache. Your ticket includes two 10-ounce beers with a dessert flight with each of these shareable desserts.
• Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, is offering several Valentine’s Day-inspired appetizers, like baked stuffed artichoke hearts, lobster stew, coconut shrimp with horseradish marmalade and pan-seared tuna with wasabi, as well as sweetheart dinners for two, like crispy chicken with broccoli over fettuccine alfredo, spanakopita chicken with feta cream sauce, sirloin tips with lobster macaroni and cheese, grilled marinated lamb chops, grilled center cut swordfish and more.
• Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, is offering a Valentine’s Day pick-up dinner for two, which features a heat-and-serve menu. Options include braciole, crispy duck breast, lobster and broccoli-stuffed sole with hollandaise sauce and others. All entrees are served with a twice baked potato, julienne vegetables in a zucchini wrap, a ciabatta roll and two crème brulees — one chocolate and one strawberry. For wines, choose from a Dominant Seven chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon. The cost is $59.95, or $54.95 without the wine. Order by Feb. 9. Pickups are on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564, is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner for two. Options include your choice of Caesar or garden salad, and your choice of three entrees (chicken marsala, baked or fried haddock or steak tips), all of which are served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended.
• Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline, 371-2296, is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed wine and chocolate pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 p.m., featuring barrel aged wines like True Kiss (strawberry Zinfandel) and True Mellow (watermelon Merlot). Tickets are $79.
• The Bakeshop on Kelley Street (171 Kelley St., Manchester, 624-3500, is accepting orders for semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate dipped strawberries ($1.95 each or $22 for a dozen), a 6-inch sized strawberry or cherry cheesecake ($20), chocolate molten lava cake ($5.95), shortbread hearts ($2.50 each or $24 for a dozen), champagne, chocolate raspberry, red velvet, chocolate truffle or merlot cupcakes ($3 each or $36 for a dozen), Belgian chocolate truffles ($12 per six), and chocolate chip or chocolate dipped cannolis (ranges from $2.95 to $3.95 each). Orders will be accepted until Feb. 13.
• Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, is serving a four-course prix fixe menu on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The meal includes your choice of an appetizer (cauliflower bisque, Cape Cod oysters, potato gnocchi, mushroom and fontina arancini or roasted bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp), salad (mesclun salad or romaine and radicchio), entree (rosemary and maple-glazed pork chops, cod fillet, chicken breast, filet mignon, pan-roasted salmon or mushroom and ricotta lasagna) and dessert (vanilla bean crème brulee, cheesecake, red velvet cake or blood orange sorbet). The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required.
• Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry, 965-4359, is holding a Valentine’s Day dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The meal includes a cash bar, assorted hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of Champagne and raspberries served with dinner. On the menu is seared scallop, strawberry spinach salad, cocoa braised short rib, chocolate cake and more. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free entrees are also available upon request. The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required.
• The Bistro at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, is offering a Valentine’s Day brunch menu on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will include hot cocoa pancakes, cannoli-stuffed French toast, smoked salmon and eggs, baked frittata and eggs Benedict. A Valentine’s Day dinner specials menu is also being offered now through Feb. 17 and features items like spiced beet and carrot soup, smoked duck salad, shrimp and scallops in carbonara cream, hanger steak, red velvet heart cake, a trio of macaroons and more.
• The Black Forest Cafe & Bakery (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, will be serving its full menu, with several specials, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day menu specials include shrimp remoulade salad, duck confit flatbread, braised pork shanks, tomato saffron seafood stew, rigatoni with mixed mushroom ragout, and desserts like French silk tartlets, raspberry white chocolate mousse baby cake and Brooklyn Blackout baby cake.
• Buckley’s Great Steaks (438 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 424-0995, will serve a special Valentine’s Day menu that will include your choice of an appetizer (a vegetarian ploughman’s plate or a Mexican shrimp cocktail) an entree (seared scallops, a 14-ounce rib-eye with caramelized onions and gorgonzola, or a chateaubriand steak for two), and a dessert (beet red velvet cake or strawberry citrus mascarpone cake).
• Carriage Shack Farm (5 Dan Hill Road, Londonderry, 716-0629, is taking reservations for a Valentine’s Day breakfast and brunch on Sunday, Feb. 11, with seatings from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The menu includes chocolate-covered strawberries, heart-shaped pancakes and homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage, home fries, a coffee station and a hot cocoa bar. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 for children under 15 and for seniors and military service members, and free for children ages 1 and under.
• Cask & Vine (1½ E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, will serve a Valentine’s Day menu a la carte, with seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. Reservations required.
• CodeX Books. Antiques. Rarities. (B.A.R.) (1 Elm St., Nashua, 864-0115, will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner for two during its regular hours on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The menu includes your choice of an appetizer (Oysters Rockefeller or goat cheese and arugula salad), an entree (confit rabbit pappardelle or coffee-crusted Angus New York strip) and a dessert (rose vodka chocolate cake or banana and mascarpone French toast). The cost is $110 for two. Reservations are required.
• Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks St., Henniker, 428-3281, will be serving its weekly chef’s menu a la carte, with several specials for Valentine’s Day, from Friday, Feb. 9, through Thursday, Feb. 15. Entree prices range from $28 to $46, and dessert prices from $8 to $12. In addition, a couples cooking class will be offered on Monday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., and includes a three-course dinner and wines throughout the evening. The cost is $115 per person.
• The Common Man (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088; is working on a Valentine’s Day specials menu that is expected to be available this weekend. Visit the website or call your local location for updates.
• Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; is taking reservations for a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, to be served in lieu of its regular dinner menu. The menu will include various soups and salads like five-onion gratinee, crab bisque, and a berry salad with arugula, strawberries, blueberries, goat cheese, toasted almond and balsamic vinaigrette; appetizers like shrimp crostini, roasted beet napoleon and chicken rangoon; entrees like lobster ravioli, cedar roasted salmon, citrus brick chicken and New York sirloin steak; and desserts like red velvet cupcakes and chocolate raspberry cheesecake.
• Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, will be serving its regular menu with specials on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The same specials will be featured on the dinner menu through Saturday, Feb. 17.
• The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline, 249-9111, is hosting a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $34.95 per person; reservations are required.
• CR’s The Restaurant (287 Exeter Road, Hampton, 929-7972, will be serving its regular menu with Valentine’s Day specials that include a surf and turf dinner featuring filet mignon and lobster, as well as atlantic swordfish, oven roasted salmon, herb and mustard crusted prime rib, seared sea scallops and other special appetizers and desserts.
• The Crown Tavern (99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, will be serving its regular dinner menu, with Valentine’s Day specials, from 4 to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Epoch Restaurant & Bar (The Exeter Inn, 90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, is serving a Valentine’s Day menu on Wed., Feb. 14, featuring menu items like house-made ricotta gnocchi, prosciutto-wrapped cod, bronzed sea scallops, and desserts like Black Forest cherry cake. The cost is $65 per person, or $90 with wine pairings included.
• The Farm at Eastman’s Corner (267 South Road, Kensington, 347-1909, will serve a Valentine’s Day-inspired farm-to-table dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., with a grand shellfish bar and cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes winter citrus and farm greens salad, New Hampshire mushroom risotto, Maine salmon en croute, Angus beef and a buffet of sweets like truffles, petit fours and Champagne gelee with chocolate-covered strawberries. Tickets are $65.
• The Farmer’s Dinner (, will present Bitter Sweet, a farm-to-table Valentine’s Day-themed dinner, on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Foundry (50 Commercial St., Manchester), courtesy of chefs Keith Sarasin and Chris Viaud. Tickets are $59.99 at
• Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, will be serving its regular lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner menu with food and drink specials from 4 to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
• Flag Hill Distillery & Winery (297 N. River Road, Lee, 659-2949, is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. On the menu are salmon mousse tartlets, shaved cauliflower salad, and a wild Cornish hen paired with Flag Hill’s classic cocktail with rye, ginger ale and cranberry liqueur. The cost is $70 and reservations are required. 21+ only.
• The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, will be serving its regular dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, with specials, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, beginning at 4 p.m. Specials include beef bourguignon, oysters on the half shell, pan roasted scallops, boursin chicken and more.
• Forty-Five Market Street Bakery & Cafe (45 Market St., Somersworth, 692-4511, is taking reservations for a four-course Valentine’s Day-inspired dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $37.50 per person.
• Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460; 6 Elm St., Nashua, 881-3663; is taking reservations for its regular dinner menu on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m.
• Granite Restaurant & Bar (The Centennial Hotel, 96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, will host a multi-course Valentine’s Day dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings beginning at 5 p.m. Choose one first-course option (cheese and charcuterie board for two, truffled arancini, a local oyster flight or seared foie gras), one second-course option (mesclun greens, classic wedge salad or tomato and Parmesan bisque), one entree (pan-roasted Long Island duck, seared cod loin, grilled filet or African couscous stuffed zucchini) and one dessert (Champagne layer cake, flourless chocolate cake or a mixed fruit tart with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and kiwi). The cost is $70 per person.
• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, will serve a four-course meal for two, with reservations from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $195 per couple.
• Hooked Seafood Restaurant and Ignite Bar & Grille (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189; 100 Hanover St., 644-0064, are both taking reservations for Valentine’s Day, offering their full menus, a raw bar and specials, plus complimentary Champagne toasts.
• IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-2477, is hosting a wine and chocolate pairing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $50 per couple and includes a take-home bottle of Incredibrew’s chocolate raspberry port. Reservations are required.
• Merill’s Tavern & Stagecoach Grille (Atkinson Resort & Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 362-8700, is taking Valentine’s Day dinner reservations for Wednesday, Feb. 14, featuring the regular dinner menu plus specials and featured wines and cocktails. Reservations are encouraged. Sunday brunches with Valentine’s Day specials will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The Country Club is also offering a “Romantic Rendezvous Package,” which includes a one-night stay, dinner for two at one of the restaurants and a complimentary bottle of champagne with a specialty cheese and fruit platter. The cost ranges from $199 to $239 per night.
• Michelle’s Gourmet Pastries & Deli (819 Union St., Manchester, 647-7150, is taking orders for chocolate-dipped strawberries and heart-shaped cakes, as well as various cupcakes, cookies and more. Order by Feb. 12. Pickups are on Tuesday, Feb. 13, or on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, is taking reservations on Valentine’s Day between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. The restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu includes an entree with your choice of one appetizer, salad and dessert. Each entree also includes a choice of potato (Swiss, baked or rice pilaf) and vegetable (green bean Provencal, honey-glazed carrots, pickled beets or applesauce). Entrees include prime rib, grilled rack of lamb, grilled duck breast, chicken Marsala and baked eggplant Parmesan.
• Molly’s Tavern and Restaurant (35 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston, 487-1362, will serve its full menu on Valentine’s Day with specials like shrimp cocktail, escargot, prime rib, boiled lobsters, filet mignon and desserts like chocolate-covered strawberries.
• MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, is taking reservations for its Valentine’s Day specials menu, which includes appetizers like roasted oysters and corn cream soup with house made chorizo bread; entrees like caramelized scallops and rack of lamb; and desserts like red velvet cake with coconut white chocolate cream and strawberry citrus mascarpone cake.
• North End Bistro (1361 Elm St., Suite 108, Manchester, 232-3527, is offering several Valentine’s Day specials, like butternut squash soup, lobster bisque, spinach salad, a surf and turf dinner, chicken carbonara, grilled swordfish, and desserts such as red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and a chocolate drizzle, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
• Old School Bar & Grill (49 Range Road, Windham, 458-6051, will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner for two on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The meal includes a garden salad and your choice of bacon-wrapped scallops or a colossal shrimp cocktail. For an entree choose between filet mignon and Alaskan King Crab legs, as well as a special chef’s dessert TBD. Wine pairing options include either Chloe pinot grigio or Dreaming Tree cabernet. The cost is $99.
• Paradise North (583 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 262-5886, features upscale tapas-style small plates like alligator tail, soft shell crab, Portuguese kale soup, lamb, duck and more, as well as signature cocktails and prime rib nights. They are currently accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day. Call for details on Valentine’s Day specials.
• Pasquale’s Ristorante (87 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 434-3093, will serve both its regular menu on Valentine’s Day as well as a specials menu with a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts for the occasion. A dinner for two in which you can share an appetizer, two dinners, a dessert and a bottle of wine is also available for $90. Reservations are required.
• The Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, will serve a Valentine’s Day-inspired menu on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu includes appetizers like sesame-encrusted ahi tuna and seafood bisque with crème fraiche and crab meat; entrees like rib-eye steak, seafood casserole (with haddock, shrimp, salmon and scallops in a lobster sherry cream sauce), and five spice seared ahi tuna; and desserts like chocolate cake and chocolate-covered strawberries.
• Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, is hosting a three-course dinner for two on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes a salad, main dish, dessert and 16-ounce beer. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.
• The Puritan Backroom (245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 669-6890, will be serving its regular menu with specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
• Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, will serve a six-course choice menu for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14, between 4 and 9 p.m. The cost is $100 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine to start. Reservations are required.
• Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store (9 Riverside St., Hooksett, 485-7761, is serving a Valentine’s Day farm-to-table dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. The menu includes stuffed fig and goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto, oysters on the half shell with Champagne mignonette, a salad with roasted beets, blood oranges, candied pecans, good cheese, endives and radicchio, seared scallops, cocoa dusted seared beef tenderloin, whipped herbed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a chocolate pecan tart with a caramel drizzle. Champagne and wine pours with homemade chocolates and floral arrangements will also be available. Reservations are required.
• Surf (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, will serve a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu that will include smoked salmon and caviar, lobster bisque, your choice from two entrees (pan-seared diver scallops or filet mignon and jumbo lump crab) and your choice from two desserts (beet red velvet cake or strawberry citrus mascarpone cake).
• Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, will serve a three-course Italian dinner with wine pairings on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The menu will include yellowfin tuna, your choice of an entree (roasted beef tenderloin with pan-seared potato gnocchi, or white shrimp with tomato and Swiss chard), and chocolate hazelnut truffle cake with chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert. Tickets are $109.
• XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, will be serving its regular menu with specials on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., including a new Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., in which tapas are free with purchase of drinks.
• Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, is hosting a four-course dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu includes roasted red pepper bisque with herbed crème fraiche, crisp arugula candy cane beet with fresh goat cheese, carrot greens and a pickled onion vinaigrette dressing, cast iron seared halibut with lobster and citrus fennel butter, beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon, and molten chocolate cake with chocolate-covered strawberries and a white chocolate icing. The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required. 

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