The best outdoor dining restaurants in the Lakes Region
Grab a margarita and put your toes in the sand (or maybe the big lake) and check out our list of NH’s best lakefront dining options for the pier at Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee and Wolfeboro.
Here’s a roundup of our favorite outdoor dining spots, updated with information related to COVID-19 (the following restaurants are open for outdoor dining only). Please check with each individual restaurant for “house rules,” as many are reservation-only and may have additional requirements. Read the entire Stay-at-Home 2.0 reopening guidance for restaurants here.
Bayside Grill & Tavern in Wolfeboro
A few tables aside Back Bay offer a quiet respite for basking in the sun. Open starting May 22, 2020 for lunch and dinner. Call (603) 515-1002 for reservations.
51 Mill St., Wolfeboro
Carriage House Restaurant at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough
Not yet open — reopening July 1, 2020. One of the most impressive view of the state is from this mountaintop restaurant. In season, don’t miss the open-seating Music Nights on Tuesday, or purchase tickets for Mondays and Thursdays.
455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough
Fratello’s in Laconia
Newer, expanded deck on the second level offers views of the lake. Now open from 4-8 p.m. daily. Be sure to call ahead as seating is limited.
799 Union Ave., Laconia
Lovely patio deck with views of Wolfeboro Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee. Watch the antique mahogany boats come and go while enjoying a 7-ounce burger or kale salad. The patio is open and reservations are required by calling (603) 569-7788.
6 N. Main St., Wolfeboro
Inn Kitchen + Bar at the Squam Lake Inn in Holderness
Small, sunny patio off of the Squam Lake Inn offers an upscale lunch in a pleasant setting. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for outdoor dining by reservation only. Visit Facebook for updates and more information.
28 Shepard Hill Rd., Holderness
Lago at The Inn at Bay Point in Meredith
Ahh … this is one of the most gracious outdoor spots to enjoy a meal or sip wine. The views across Lake Winnipesaukee to Church Landing are the best, especially at sunset. Open for limited outside seating and takeout orders from 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 3-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call ahead for seating availability.
1 Route 25, Meredith
O Steaks & Seafood in Laconia
Outdoor dining is now open by reservation only Monday-Saturday starting at 2:30 p,m. The last reservation will be taken at 6:30 p.m. Closed Sundays (except for Memorial Day Weekend). There are 38 seats under cover (porch) and 32 lawn seats. Lawns seats will not be confirmed until 48 hours prior due to the weather. See Facebook for more information and updates.
62 Doris Ray Ct., Laconia
T-BONES in Laconia
Spacious, two-level deck offers views of Paugus Bay. They are accepting call ahead seating requests at all T-BONES and CJ’s locations. Open Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 12-8 p.m. All other Great New Hampshire Restaurants (T-BONES in Bedford, Derry, Salem and Hudson, the Copper Door in Bedford and Salem and CJ’s Great West Grill in Manchester and Cactus Jack’s Grill & Watering Hole in Laconia) are also open for outdoor dining.
1182 Union Ave., Laconia
The Big Catch in Bristol
Catch the sunset over Newfound Lake from the deck across from a narrow slice of beach. What to expect: Casual dining with fried seafood, lobster rolls and a separate ice cream window. Opening for the season for takeout and seating at their outdoor tables.
150 Shore Dr., Bristol
Newfound Lake Inn in Bristol
This beautiful inn is home to an excellent restaurant and a charming veranda situated right on the lake, and they are serving dinner and drinks on the lawn. Follow them on Facebook for updates and more information.
1030 Mayhew Tpk., Bristol
Town Docks in Meredith
Get sand between your toes at this Common Man eatery that has quick bites and more, all on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Open with limited outdoor seating and takeout daily from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Call (603) 279-3445 to get on our call ahead list for seating.
289 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith