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.

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. What to expect: Casual fare and fine dining entrées. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

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. What to expect: Dinner only during the week, opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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

Lee and Mt. Fuji in Marlborough
Enjoy Chinese and Japanese dishes like Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and General Tso’s Chicken or savor the flavors of freshly grown produce from the restaurant’s own gardens. What to expect: Family-run restaurant that makes you feel at home. Open 7 days a week.

314 Main St., Marlborough
(603) 876-3388

Pine Restaurant at the Hanover Inn in Hanover
The piazza outside the Hanover Inn is a great place to people-watch as students and others make their way across the Green at Dartmouth College. The expanded outdoor seating was part of a multi-million dollar renovation several years ago. What to Expect: Some of the best food in the state and exceptional cocktails. Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner.

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

Ramunto’s in Keene
The city-like patio has been maintained from a previous incarnation at this space. The cloistered space seems private and inviting at the same time with a variety of seating options amidst shrubbery and perennials. What to expect: Pizza is the focus of this local chain restaurant, but salad and house-made pasta are also offered. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Also open on Sunday for brunch.

176 Main St., Keene
(603) 357-3555

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. What to expect: Make reservations for the patio well in advance. Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Brunch is also available on Sunday.

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

Categories: Outdoor dining