The Hippo


Jul 22, 2019








Lots of love
Dine out on Valentine’s weekend

By Allie Ginwala

Since the day of hearts and love falls on a Sunday this year, many restaurants are celebrating by featuring special menus or prix fixe dinners starting on Friday, Feb. 12, and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 14. Make your dinner reservations now so you don’t miss out on a romantic evening.

110 Grill (27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443, is offering Valentine’s Day specials from Thursday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 14. Specials include a raw bar, strawberry and arugula salad, pan-roasted halibut, filet mignon and chocolate decadence. Call for reservations.
Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., 753-6631, will offer sweetheart dinners for two starting at $19.99 from Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14. Menu includes crunchy chicken with broccoli over fettuccini alfredo, tender pastry-stuffed chicken, broiled Maryland crab cakes, grilled center-cut swordfish, prime rib of beef au jus and more. Call for reservations.
Alpine Grove Banquet Facility (19 S. Depot Road, Route 111A, Hollis, 882-9051, will hold a dinner and dance on Saturday, Feb. 13, featuring hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a buffet (includes Panzanella Tuscan bread salad, chicken Milanese, braised haddock, wild mushroom beef roulades, bacon cheddar Duchess potato, chocolate mousse cake) and DJ Chris Brunelle. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing until 11 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per person. Call for reservations.
Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, has a special menu for couples who want to enjoy a gourmet meal at home. Dinner includes an entree (braised boneless beef short ribs with a zinfandel demiglace or pan-seared haddock with lobster, shiitake, leek and sherry cream sauce), appetizer (mixed green salad with herb vinaigrette or roasted winter vegetable soup) and wine (Villa Olmi chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon). Both entrees come with Valentine raviolis, glazed roasted asparagus, dinner rolls and one piece each of raspberry limoncello cake and chocolate fudge cake. Order by Tuesday, Feb. 9. Pick up on Saturday, Feb. 13. Dinner costs $59.95, $54.95 without wine option.
Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, will serve a four-course, prix fixe menu from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14. Customize the dinner with a bottle of Champagne or wine delivered to the table, a rose to lay at one’s place setting and custom flower arrangements or centerpieces. The dinner, before customization, costs $75. Call for reservations.
The Black Forest Cafe (212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500, will serve dinner specials Friday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., plus the release of the new craft cocktail menu. Small plates (shrimp bisque, bruschetta duo) and entrees (almond-crusted day boat fish, Korean braised beef pot roast, pappardelle pasta) available. Priced per dish from $8 to $19. Brunch specials (lemon ricotta pancakes, Spanish scrambled eggs, chicken and wild mushroom crepes) served Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cask & Vine (1½ E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, is taking dinner reservations for 5, 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. 
Campo Enoteca (969 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0256, will serve specials all weekend long including house-made New England lobster ravioli, dry-aged New York strip steak from Little Brook Farm and delicata squash stuffed with farro pilaf topped with Venetian onions on a bed of spicy pomodoro sauce alongside the regular menu. Taking reservations from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
• Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, is offering a one-night Sweetheart Escape starting at $339 per couple. Package includes an in-room Champagne and cheese and fruit tray, a four-course chef tasting dinner for two (wine pairing available for additional cost), and breakfast. Call for reservations.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677, is taking reservations for a prix fixe Valentine’s Dinner, served in lieu of the regular dinner menu on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14. Two-course ($59 per person), three-course ($69 per person) and four-course ($79 per person) options offered. Menu includes crab bisque, lobster tartlet, grilled pork loin, wild mushroom ravioli, turtle cheesecake, red velvet cupcake and chocolate cinnamon torte.
Cotton (75 Arms St., Manchester, 622-5488, will offer Valentine specials from Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14. The regular menu plus food and drink specials will be available. Call for reservations.
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871, is taking reservations for Sunday night from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring the regular dinner menu plus Valentine’s Day specials. Reservations required.
Dancing Lion Chocolate (917 Elm St., Manchester, 625-4043, will hold a Valentine’s Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 21, with seatings at 3 and 6 p.m. The seven-course meal includes chocolate, romance and live music. Tickets are $150 per person. Reservations required.
Epoch Restaurant & Bar (90 Front St., Exeter, 778-3762, offers a Valentine’s Day menu on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, with appetizer (Maine lobster bisque, chilled Atlantic oysters, petite arugula salad), entree (espresso dusted filet mignon, bronzed sea scallops, grilled herb and garlic rack of lamb) and dessert (flourless chocolate cake, selection of Memories ice cream and sorbet) options for $65, $90 with wine pairing.
Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, will serve from the full menu, plus several high-end specials. Open for regular hours on Sunday; reservations strongly recommended.
Flag Hill Winery & Distillery (297 North River Road, Route 155, Lee, will host a savory eats and chocolate treats reception featuring chocolate-covered bacon, a bread bar and cheese board and a glass of sparkling Cayuga, with winery and distillery tour options at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The 21+ event is $34 per couple. Reservations required. Call 659-2949 or email
The Foundry (50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, will serve from the regular menu plus a special of a dozen oysters and two glasses of sparkling wine for $30 as a starter.
Fratello’s (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, will serve from their special holiday menu, plus a blackboard special dinner for two with choice of soup or salad, entree (petit filet, pan-seared duck breast, Sicilian chicken, pesto-encrusted salmon) and chocolate lava cake for $60. Serving from 4 to 9 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.
Funktion Spirits & Spoonfuls (931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365, will serve dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. The regular Sunday brunch will also be served along with Valentine’s Day-inspired specials.
Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, will have live Brazilian music and martini specials on Friday (dinner starts at 4 p.m.), live Brazilian jazz and wine specials on Saturday (dinner starts at 4 p.m.) and live music and a Bloody Mary bar on Sunday (brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner starts at 3 p.m.). Call for reservations.
Giorgio’s Ristorante & Bar (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939; 707 Milford Road, Merrimack, 883-7333, will serve specials alongside the regular menu. Call for reservations.
• Granite Restaurant & Bar at The Centennial Hotel (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005, is offering a Valentine’s Day weekend package starting at $259. Includes three-course dinner for two with a special menu and chocolate-covered strawberries and Champagne. Book the package at and call the restaurant for the dinner reservation.
• Hanover Street Chophouse (149 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-2467, will serve a four-course Valentine’s menu from 4 to 8 p.m. for $185 per couple. 
The Homestead Restaurant (641 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-2022, will serve a limited menu on Valentine’s Day. No reservations, but call ahead welcome.
Hooked Seafood Restaurant and Ignite Bar & Grille (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189; 100 Hanover St., 644-0064, is taking reservations at both locations for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a Champagne toast and dinner specials offered alongside the regular dinner menu. 
LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, will serve meals prepared and paired with LaBelle wines from the Bistro Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 672-9898, ext. 1,  for reservations.
Mile Away Restaurant (52 Federal Hill Road, Milford, 673-3904, is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. Entrees (options such as baked stuffed shrimp, lobster ravioli, grilled duck breast, prime rib, maple salmon) include a choice of appetizer, salad and dessert (options such as ice cream puff, peach melba, cheesecake with raspberry sauce, strawberry shortcake). Call for reservations.
Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, will serve the full menu plus select specials such as shared dishes for two during regular restaurant hours.
O Steaks and Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925, is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. The regular dinner menu plus a special course menu will be offered. 
Old Europe (76 N. Main St., Concord, 856-7181, will serve a fixed menu on Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, with three or four courses, each with two or three options. Cost will be around $60 to $70 per person. Call for reservations.
Pasquale’s Ristorante (143 Raymond Road, Candia, 483-5005, will serve from a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring favorite dishes and special desserts like raspberry torte. Dinner is by reservation only from 4 to 9 p.m. There will also be live music. Pizzeria open on a first come, first served basis.
Piccola Italia (815 Elm St., Manchester, 606-5100, will serve from the regular menu plus appetizer and entree specials from noon to 9 p.m.
The Quill (2500 N. River Road, Manchester, 629-4608, Southern New Hampshire University’s restaurant will serve A Quill Valentine dinner on Friday, Feb. 12. The Italian dinner features choice of appetizers (squash ravioli, fried artichoke hearts, sauteed oysters, mozzarella and tomato brulee), salad and entree (sole, sauteed boneless chicken breast, coffee brined and rubbed roasted pork loin, truffled mac and cheese). Doors open at 5 p.m. with service at 6 p.m. Cost is $35.
The Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, will serve Valentine’s dinner specials from Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 14.
Republic Cafe (1069 Elm St., Manchester, 666-3723, will serve specials all weekend long including dry-aged New York strip steak from Little Brook Farm, kabocha squash bread pudding and a New England-landed catch alongside the regular menu during regular hours.
Restaurant Tek-Nique (170 Rt. 101, Bedford, 488-5629, will serve on Valentine’s Day from 4 to 9 p.m. featuring a six course choice menu and a glass of sparkling wine. Cost is $100 per person. Call for reservations.
Speaker’s Corner Bistro at Crowne Plaza Hotel (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, 595-4155, will serve a special Valentine’s menu on Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13. Menu includes potato-crusted haddock, cracked pepper flat iron steak, free-range chicken andria, Dijon-brined pork tenderloin and wild mushroom and short rib ravioli. Call for reservations.
Sunny’s Table (11 Depot St., Concord, 225-8181, will offer a prix fixe menu with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
Surf (207 Main St., Nashua, 595-9293, will serve a special menu alongside the regular menu starting on Friday, Feb. 12. Valentine’s Day dinner reservations for any size party are recommended, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tuscan Kitchen (67 Main St., Salem, 952-4875, will serve La Festa di San Valentino from Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 14. The menu features fennel poached shrimp cocktail, red snapper, Porterhouse steak for two, caramel chocolate mousse roulade and more. Reservations are strongly recommended; serving lunch from noon to 4 p.m., dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.
• UnWine’d Key West Cafe & Grille (865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463, is taking reservations for dinner from Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14.
Veranda Martini Bar & Grille (201 Hanover St., Manchester, 627-2677, is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner starting at 4 p.m. serving from the full menu, plus specials, prime rib and a treat for the ladies.
• XO on Elm (827 Elm St., Manchester, 560-7998, will serve from the regular menu along with specials.

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