Where to eat outside in western NH

Step away from Main Street where tables line the sidewalks and enjoy decks, patios and riverfront views in a relaxing setting. Here’s where you can find al fresco dining in western and northwestern New Hampshire.

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.

The patio at Waterhouse in Peterborough captures the essence of outdoor dining.

Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn in New London
Small twinkle light-lit patio in back is perfect for evening dining. The patio is now open — reservations are required and can be made over the phone at (603) 526-2791. See more details here.

353 Main St., New London
(603) 526-2791

Common Man in Claremont
One of the most dramatic outdoor settings in the state is offered by a Common Man Family restaurant. The Sugar River thunders by the outcrop of land that serves as a patio for their Claremont location, a gorgeous renovation of mill buildings for the restaurant and Common Man Inn. Now open for limited outdoor seating from 3-7:30 p.m. daily. Guests must call ahead and be placed on a list for outdoor seating. This is not a reservation system and doesn’t guarantee a table. It’s a system to help prevent large crowds from congregating. Please call (603) 542-6171. See more information here.

21 Water St., Claremont
(603) 542-0647

Pine Restaurant at the Hanover Inn in Hanover
The piazza outside the Hanover Inn is a great place to dine, and is now open for lunch only. The expanded outdoor seating was part of a multi-million dollar renovation several years ago.

2 E. Wheelock St., Hanover
(603) 646-8000

Waterhouse in Peterborough
What outdoor dining should be — a magical moment under the stars. At the Waterhouse, trees lit with twinkling lights set the stage for great conversations on the patio on the banks of a quiet river in endless motion. Now open by reservation only — call (603) 924-4001.

18 Depot St., Peterborough
(603) 924-4001

Wickets on the Green at Hampshire Hills in Milford
Pleasant setting on a deck overlooking the sports club’s activities with occasional evening entertainment. Outdoor seating is now available (parties of six or less). Call ahead (603-673-7123) starts at 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To make reservations off hours, email Jess at jgraham@hampshirehills.com. Visit the website for safety rules and more information.

50 Emerson Rd., Milford
(603) 673-7123

Greenleaf Restaurant in Milford
This newer, award-winning farm-to-table restaurant from chef Chris Viaud and Keith Sarasin is now open for outdoor dining. Open Tuesday-Saturday 4-8 p.m.

54 Nashua St., Milford
(603) 213-5447

Bantam Grill in Peterborough
Open by reservation only from 4-8 p.m. Please note that they are instituting a 1.5-hour limit on seating, and they are only accepting reservations up to two weeks in advance.

1 Jaffrey Rd., Peterborough
(603) 924-6633

Machina Kitchen & ArtBar in Keene
The patio just opened, and they are working on the finishing touches (lights, more umbrellas). Reservations are encouraged but not required. Seating time is limited to an hour and a half for two-tops and two hours for four- and six-tops.

9 Court St., Keene
(603) 903-0011

Oak & Grain Restaurant at the Inn at Pleasant Lake in New London
The charming patio at this lovely inn is now open with a new menu from Chef Bryan Leary. Open by reservation only Wednesday-Friday 4-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 12-8 p.m. See Facebook and Instagram for updates.

853 Pleasant St., New London
(603) 873-4833

Categories: Outdoor dining