Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts highlighting outdoor dining options. Check back for upcoming lists of outdoor seating in the Monadnock, White Mountains, Seacoast, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee, and Lakes Region areas.
After two months of cooking at home and picking up takeout, New Hampshire restaurants safely and successfully reopened for outdoor dining last week. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we’ve compiled our recommendations for some the best outdoor dining spaces in the Merrimack Valley.
Some things to remember as you return to your favorite restaurants!
Restaurant operators and staff are following strict guidelines for safety and sanitation, including spacing tables 6 ft. apart and wearing masks. But safety is a shared experience! Customers should wear a mask when they’re not eating and stay home if they’re exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
Other tips? Many restaurants are requiring reservations or call ahead seatings. Some are also strictly limiting times at tables so that they can safely clean in between reservations. Check the restaurant’s website before visiting to understand their current policies.
Don’t feel safe eating outside yet? That’s okay! All of the restaurants below offer takeout and/or delivery.
Martha’s Exchange & Brewery – Open daily from 11:30am – 9pm. First come, first serve.
Fratello’s – Reservations or call ahead seating is required. Open 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
Odd Fellow’s Brewing Co. – Monday-Wednesday 3:00pm- 8:00pm and Thursday-Sunday 12:00pm- 8:00pm
Stella Blu – Tuesday-Thursday 4:00-8:00pm, Friday 4:00-9:00pm, Saturday 2:00-9:00pm, & Sunday 2:00-8:00pm
Millyard Brewery – Wednesday – Friday 5:00-8:00pm Saturday 1:00-7:00pm Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
Liquid Therapy – Reservation required.
Burton’s Grill – Reservations strongly suggested as outdoor seating is limited. Located in the Pheasant Mall so convenient stop if you’re shopping on Exit 1.
110 Grill – Beautiful patio space with fire pits right off of Amherst St.
Fody’s Tavern – 4:30pm-8:30pm Sunday-Thursday | 4:30pm-9:30pm Friday-Saturday Reservations recommended.
Surf – Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Reservations only.
MT’s Local – Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Reservations only.
La Carreta – They’ve turned their parking lot into a festive outdoor seating area.
Red Arrow Diner – Recently opened! Located on DW Highway where Friendly’s used to be.
Lui Lui – Tented outdoor seating is available in their parking lot. Have your phone ready as your approach the host stand because they a quick scan with direct you to their online menu. Call ahead for a reservation.
White Birch Brewing – They’ve taken over the courtyard area of their building with plenty of tabletops and Adirondack chairs.
Frontera Tacos & Tequila – Open from 11:00am-8:00pm daily.
Boston Billiards – Patio and beer garden opens daily at 11:30 am.
You You Japanese Bistro – They’ve created an outdoor bistro along the side of their building. Tables of 2 or 3 only. Reservations required. Good choice for people who want to avoid crowds or lots of people walking by.
Buckley’s Bakery & Cafe – While they are not offering table service, you can order inside and sit down on their patio to enjoy your food and drinks. Staff will clean the table before you sit down.
The Alamo Texas Barbecue & Tequila Bar – Please call ahead as reservations are required. Call 603-721-5500. Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00-8:00pm.
Hollis Country Kitchen – Patio is now open Thursday and Friday nights, and all day Saturday and Sunday with waitstaff. First come, first served. (Takeout is daily 8:00am – 8:00pm and you are free to sit at the tables to eat your takeout when they’re not staffed.)
The Souhegan Valley – Greater Merrimack Chamber of Commerce also has a listing of open restaurants in the area.
Homestead – Call ahead required.
Giorgio’s – Reservations required. Also has locations in Milford, Manchester.
Buckley’s Great Steaks – By reservation only.
The D.W. Diner – Open 7:00am-2:00pm.
Common Man – Open for limited outdoor seating from 3:00-7:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
T-Bones – Call ahead on day of only.
Labelle Winery – Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome!
T-BONES – Takes call ahead seating. Open Monday through Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12:00pm-8:00pm.
Copper Door – Open Monday through Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm. Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Taking reservations.
Bedford Village Inn & Kitchen – The BVI Patio is open 11:30am-7:00pm daily. Call ahead seating is available. Please call 603-296-3904 30 minutes before you plan to arrive to be added to the waitlist.
Backyard Brewery – Open daily from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Does take reservations. Call 603-623-3545.
Shoppers MHT – Open for special seatings Thursdays through Sundays. Check their website for house rules.
The Crown Tavern – Open for dine-in service Wednesday–Saturday from 3:00pm–8:00pm. Reservations only. Call between 3:00pm–8:00pm the days that they’re open, or book online at OpenTable.
Airport Diner – Next to the Holiday Inn Manchester Airport. Limited outdoor seating from 7:00am – 7:00pm.
Stark Brewing Co. – Outdoor dining by the river! Reservations required. (603) 625-4444
Red Arrow – Outdoor dining with traditional table service at our new picnic tables from 6:00am until 8:00pm daily.
Restoration Cafe – Call ahead seating recommended. Reservations required for brunch.
Murphy’s Taproom – Murphy’s is one of the largest patios in the state and reservations are filling up quickly! Call ahead is suggested.
110 Grill – Takes reservations.
Fratello’s – Call ahead or reservations required.
The Foundry – Deck dining is open. Reservations required.
Penuche’s – They even have outdoor live music on some nights.
Firefly American Bistro & Bar – Patio is open for drinks while you wait for takeout.
900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria – Deck seating from 11:30am until 9:00pm daily. Accepts reservations.
Consuelos Taqueria – Order inside and then enjoy the small tables on the patio area on the sidewalk.
Campo Enoteca – 3:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Saturday. Reservation only.
Taj India – Nice outdoor seating area on Elm Street.
Ignite Bar & Grill/Hooked Seafood & Restaurant – Reservations recommended. Monday — Saturday, 2:00pm — 8:00pm | Sunday, 12:00pm — 7:00pm
Chez Vachon – Five outdoor tables open for first come first serve. Opens at 9:00am.
Rockingham Brewery – Open Tuesday-Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm | Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm-6:00pm. Reservation only.
Stumble Inn Bar & Grill– They’ve added 3 huge tents out front.
Fody’s Tavern – Outdoor seating on deck and under tent.
Pipe Dream Brewing – Large outdoor seating setup.
603 Brewery – Wednesday-Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm
For another list of Concord restaurants and their current offerings, please visit the Concord Chamber of Commerce site.
Revival Kitchen & Bar – Limited number of tables. Reservations fill up quickly!
Alan’s of Boscawen, Inc. – Reservation required.
Concord Craft Brewing – By reservation only.
Makris Lobster & Steakhouse – Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm | Monday: Closed | Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm | Friday – Saturday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
The 99 Restaurant & Pub – Outside Seating Available: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Northwoods Brewing Co. – Picnic tables are available for you to sit down at after you order takeout.
Red Arrow Diner – Outdoor dining with traditional table service at new picnic tables from 6:00am until 8:00pm daily
The Red Blazer Restaurant – While Red Blazer is not offering table service, they do have outdoor seating for you to enjoy after picking up your takeout.
O Steaks and Seafood – Outdoor dining services Monday-Saturday starting at 2:30pm. Last reservation 6:30pm. Closed Sundays.