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Dine out this Christmas
Restaurants offer special dinners and holiday menus

12/18/14



Dine out this Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, or celebrate Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25. Many restaurants close for the holiday, but the following are serving special dinners or opening with modified hours. Call ahead to place a reservation to guarantee a seating. 

 
Christmas Eve dinners and special menus
Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) is serving a prix fixe dinner with seating times from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the dining room and at Corks (the Tavern will be closed for dinner). The menu includes appetizers like chestnut soup, tagliatelle, New Bedford sea scallop and Duck Trap Farms smoked salmon, salads, and seven entrees to choose from (pan-roasted Gulf of Maine monkfish, lobster, duck, veal porterhouse, beef tenderloin, roasted beef risotto and roast Christmas goose). The dinner concludes with a dessert buffet and dinner cordials served in the Great Hall. Dinner costs $79 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 10 and under (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.
Campo Enoteca (969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, campoenoteca.com) will be offering seatings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (seatings every half hour) for a traditional Italian Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner. The menu includes an amuse bouche with day boat scallop stuffed marinated mushrooms with lemon saffron aioli and tomato red wine reduction; an antipasti with Maine Hollander mussels and Rhode Island littleneck clams; oreganata with marinated sardine crostini with melted onions agra dolce with pine nuts and golden raisins; a wild-caught shrimp scampi; locally landed swordfish Milanese with saffron and Parmesan risotto; a fennel, orange, whole-leaf parsley salad with extra virgin olive oil with fried baccala croquette; and house-made profiteroles with local gelato for dessert. Dinner costs $45. Reservations required.
Common Man Claremont (21 Water St., Claremont, 542-6171, thecman.com) will be serving Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.
Country Spirit Restaurant & Tavern (262 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007, countryspirithenniker.com) will be open regular hours and serving from its regular menu with holiday specials. The Christmas Eve menu will feature pork osso buccu, roast half duck (a semi-boneless half duck topped with a raspberry chambord sauce) and a land and sea combo (with filet mignon and steamed lobster claws served with a Bearnaise sauce) for entree choices.
• Epoch Restaurant & Bar at The Exeter Inn (2 Pine St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be serving a three-course prixe fixe menu (with seven entrees to choose from, including bronzed sea scallops, speck wrapped pork tenderloin, filet mignon and Atlantic salmon) for $49 on Christmas Eve from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations required. 
Foster’s Boiler Room (231 Main St., Plymouth, 536-2764, thecman.com) will be serving Christmas Eve dinner from 4 to 8 p.m.
Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939, giorgios.com) will be serving its Christmas Eve Feast (in the Milford location only) from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with a buffet of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. The buffet costs $29.99 for adults, $9.99 for kids under age 12, and kids under 4 eat free. Reservations recommended.
Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, hanoverstreetchophouse.com) will be serving from its regular menu and from a special holiday menu for Christmas Eve from noon to 5 p.m. Reservations strongly recommended.
Old Europe (76 N. Main St., Concord, 856-7181, oldeuropenh.com) will be open until 8 p.m. with a special cocktails and dinner menu.
The Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, theredblazer.com) will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a modified menu and Christmas dinner specials.
Zampa (8 Exeter Road, Epping, 679-8772, zampa.com) is serving a special Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Restaurants open for Christmas Eve with regular menus
Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, alansofboscawen.com) will be open until 9 p.m. 
The Airport Diner (2280 Brown Ave., Manchester, 623-5040, thecman.com) will be open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Belmont Hall & Restaurant (718 Grove St., Manchester, 625-8540, belmontrestaurant.com) will be closing at 2 p.m.
Black Forest Cafe (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, theblackforestcafe.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022, coachstopnh.com) will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and serving a limited version of its dinner menu from 4 to 8 p.m.
Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, chezvachon.com) will be open until 2 p.m.
Common Man Restaurants (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463; 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-3463; 60 Main St., Ashland, 968-7030; 10 Pollard Road, Lincoln, 745-3463; 88 Range Road, Windham, 898-0088, thecman.com) will be open various hours on Christmas Eve. The Concord and Merrimack locations will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be open for gift card sales only until 5 p.m.; the Common Man in Ashland will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Lincoln and Windham restaurants will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for gift card sales only. 
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, copperdoorrestaurant.com) will be taking reservations until 8 p.m. and serving from its regular menu with holiday specials.
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871, countrytavern.org) will be open for lunch until 3 p.m.
• Cucina Toscana (427 Amherst St., Nashua, 821-7356, cucinatoscananashua.com) will be open regular hours and serving from its regular menu with specials. Reservations recommended.
The Derryfield Restaurant (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880, thederryfield.com) will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com) will be open for lunch, serving from its regular menu with some specials, and will close at 4 p.m.
Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 641-6776, fratellos.com) will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. serving from its regular menu. Seating is “first come, first served.”
Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will be open regular hours. 
Granite Restaurant & Bar (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000, graniterestaurant.com) will be open regular hours and serving from its regular dinner menu with holiday specials. Reservations recommended. 
Hart’s Turkey Farm (233 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-6212, hartsturkeyfarm.com) will be open until 2 p.m.
The Homestead Restaurant (641 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-2022, homesteadnh.com) will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hooked Seafood Restaurant (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189, hookedonignite.com) and Ignite Bar & Grille (100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064, hookedonignite.com) will be open until 5 p.m.
LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) the Bistro will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) will be serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.
Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, marthas-exchange.com) will be closing at 6 p.m. The candy department will be open on Christmas Eve, and also closing at 6 p.m.
Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, mintbistronh.com) will be open for lunch and closing around 4 p.m.
MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St., Nashua, 595-9334, mtslocal.com) will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is accepting reservations for dinner from 4 to 8 p.m.
Piccola Italia (815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, piccolaitalianh.com) will be open during its regular hours.
Republic Cafe & Bistro (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, republiccafe.com) will close early at 6 p.m.
• Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5629, restaurantteknique.com) will be open for regular hours and serving from its regular menu with specials.
• Tilt’n Diner (61 Laconia Road, Tilton, 286-2204, thecman.com) will be serving breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, tuscanbrands.com) will be serving from its full dinner menu and a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and closing at 9 p.m.
• The Windham Restaurant (59 Range Road, Windham, 870-9270, windhamrestaurant.com) will be open from 1 to 8 p.m.
• Unums (47 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 821-6500, unums.com) will be open from noon to 8 p.m. 
• XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, xoonelm.com) will be open its regular hours.
• The Yard Restaurant (1211 S. Mammoth Road, 623-3545, theyardrestaurant.com) will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve.
 
Dine out on Christmas Day
• Epoch Restaurant & Bar at The Exeter Inn (2 Pine St., Exeter, 778-3762, epochrestaurant.com) will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. with a limited menu.
• Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, gauchosbraziliansteakhouse.com) will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from its regular menu.
• Lakehouse Grille (281 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-5221, thecman.com) is serving its Grand Christmas Feast with seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The menu includes corn and lobster chowder with tarragon cream, salads, apple-roasted chicken breast with sweet onion pumpkin seed relish, herb-seared salmon with lemon butter sauce, herb-crusted and slow-roasted sirloin of beef with caramelized onion au jus and horseradish cream, crimson whipped potatoes, assorted cakes, pies and sweets, pumpkin and pecan cobbler with Common Man vanilla ice cream, and more. The feast costs $36.95 for adults, and $16.95 for children ages 12 and under (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Reservations strongly encouraged.
• Red Arrow Diner (61 Lowell St., Manchester, 626-1118; 63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222, redarrowdiner.com) is open 24 hours a day year round, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The regular menu will be available along with specials.
River Road Tavern (193 S. River Road, Bedford, 206-5837, riverroadtavern.com) will be open from 4 to 11 p.m.
• Stonehurst Manor (3351 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, 356-3113, stonehurstmanor.com) will be serving Christmas dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. with a special Christmas menu, including appetizers like smoked beef tenderloin crostini and scallops wrapped in bacon, baby green salad with Chalab Farms’ chevre and cherry bourbon vinaigrette, and 10 entrees to choose from, including maple-brined turkey, aged and pit-smoked prime rib of beef, seafood cioppino, lamb with fresh rosemary, roast butternut squash ravioli with winter vegetables and Veal Oscar. 
• Wentworth by the Sea (588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322, wentworth.com) will be serving a Festive Christmas Brunch in the Wentworth Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brunch costs $49.95 for adults, and $19.95 for children ages 2 to 12 (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Reservations are required. It will then be serving a three-course prix fixe Festive Christmas Dinner from 1 to 10 p.m. in SALT Kitchen & Bar and in the Grand Dining Room. The prix fixe dinner costs $49.95 for adults, and $19.95 for children ages 2 to 12 (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Reservations are strongly recommended. 
 
As seen in the December 18, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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