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6 Best Restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee

Dining on Lake WinnipesaukeeYou will never be far from a unique and delicious dining experience living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The variety of cuisine is certain to tempt the palates of the most discerning individuals. You will enjoy upscale dining, and more casual dining (including a horse stall in a beautifully restored barn) as you discover your favorite restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee. Here are a handful of the best restaurants on Lake Winnipesaukee to start your culinary adventure on the right foot. 

O Bistro at The Inn on Main: Enjoy the simple pleasure of a burger and fries in an elegant setting at this historical 1853 Wolfeboro inn and estate. That simple pleasure is prepared with American Kobe beef and served on a brioche roll (VT cheddar, caramelized onions, and NH mushrooms are available to sweeten the deal). The dinner menu includes an American Kobe Beef & NH Mushroom Meatloaf (with cheddar mashed potatoes & roasted baby carrots) and a Pork Chop Milanese (with potato & caramelized shallot puree and roasted baby carrots). 

Lakehouse Grille: You will be treated to views of Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee as you enjoy New England dishes: with a touch of world fusion to keep things interesting. The Lakehouse Grill is part of a family of restaurants in New Hampshire from the owner and founder Alex Ray, a New Hampshire native who opened his first restaurant in 1971. Menu items include a Cauliflower Curry Bowl (roasted cauliflower and spaghetti squash in a red curry sauce) Short Ribs (ale-braised short ribs served with whipped potatoes and pan-fried chili maple Brussels sprouts) and an interesting and alluring Short Rib Nacho on the shared plate menu (Vietnamese spice-braised chuck, onion, cheddar, pineapple salsa and Napa Cabbage on wonton chips).  

Country Cook’n at the Lakeside: If you and your family are looking for simple and delicious local fare this Gilford, NH spot will fit the bill. The restaurant is one of four family owned NH restaurants offering homestyle cooking with fresh ingredients. Start your day with a heartwarming helping of Kielbasa ’n Eggs, a Farmer’s Breakfast (two eggs, pancakes, baked beans, bacon, ham, or sausage), or a short stack of Blueberry Pancakes. Stop back for lunch and enjoy a Farmhouse Burger (with American cheese, bacon, and fried egg) while you peruse the dinner menu and plan your next visit with family or friends, and fuel up properly before the next fishing trip or a round of golf.  

Ellacoya Barn & Grille: The 1843 barn has been lovingly restored and bringing delight to locals and tourists since 2005. The original feel of the barn has been preserved. You can choose to enjoy your dinner in a horse stall! The menu includes a Braised Lamb Shank (with spinach risotto and rosemary mint jus), Ahi Tuna (crusted with sesame seeds with bok choy, pickled ginger, tomato jam, and soy wasabi), and Lobster Ravioli (with sautéed shrimp in a sherry tomato cream sauce). Lighter fare includes a Filet Mignon Sandwich (served on garlic ciabatta with caramelized onions and swiss). 

Pop’s Clam Shell: It isn’t fancy (it’s a seafood shack) but the Clam Boats, Scallop Boats, and Lobster Rolls are piled high and have kept loyal customers coming back for more since 1945! 

The Carriage House Restaurant: Enjoy a delightful lunch with breathtaking views amidst the Ossipee Mountains in Moultonborough at the estate of Tom and Olive Plant. They built the country estate in 1914 and called it Lucknow. The estate has been owned and operated by the Castle Preservation Society since 2006. The lunch menu features a Lobster Casserole (local lobster baked with butter, sherry, and rich butter crumbs) and mouthwatering sandwiches including the Tom Foolery (oven roasted turkey, warm brie cheese, cranberry aioli, and applewood smoked bacon on grilled panini). Dinners are available during the Dinner Music Night series in the summer. 

The team at Maxfield Real Estate is passionate about life in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home and connect to the lifestyle and culinary treasures of Lake Winnipesaukee. Contact us today! 

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