Where to Eat in Hanover: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Mollie Coke

Hanover is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,260 at the 2010 census. CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the sixth best place to live in America in 2011, and the second best in 2007. "This just might be the best college town," read the headline of a story in the January–February 2017 issue of Yankee.
Things to do in Hanover

1. Morano Gelato

57 S Main St Ste 101, Nugget Arcade, Hanover, NH 03755-2093 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 7 +1 603-643-4233
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 292 reviews

Morano Gelato

Reviewed By BethinVT - South Strafford, Vermont

YUM! Seriously, this is some of the most delicious ice cream (yes, I know it's gelato, but let's get real here) I've ever had! The hazelnut chocolate is nutella-licious, and the servers are always kind and patient with my kids (and with me when I am feeling indecisive). They offer taster spoons if you're having trouble making up your mind, and they even offer loyalty and gift cards. When the weather is nice and you can sit at one of the outside tables, it's pretty much a sublime experience. Enjoy!

2. Lou's Restaurant and Bakery

30 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755-2015 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 603-643-3321
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 496 reviews

Lou's Restaurant and Bakery

A tradition since 1947 serving Breakfast All Day and Lunch. Full service bakery featuring cakes, pies, donuts, cookies and seasonal specials. Proud to be a Certified Green Restaurant with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Menu features gluten free, vegetarian and vegan specials. Dining Room opened until 3pm daily and bakery until 5pm.

Reviewed By Tileman1213 - New York

Such a cute restaurant. We had to wait, but another customer said it's worth the wait and the wait would be short! It was worth the wait and the line moved fast.

We had a salad and we shared the cauliflower Mac n cheese.....OMG!!!

We also shared a homemade donut.

We saw other dishes that looked so good as well!

We will list this restaurant as one of our favorites!!!!

3. King Arthur Flour: Bakery, Cafe, School, and Store

135 US Route 5 S, Norwich, VT 05055-9430 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 14 +1 802-649-3361
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

King Arthur Flour: Bakery, Cafe, School, and Store

Discover our flagship campus in Norwich, Vermont! Every visit is delicious—you can shop in The Baker's Store; take a class at our state-of-the-art Baking School; and peek in to watch the bakers at work in our busy bakery. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply a pastry and coffee at our popular café. Bakery + Café: Hand-shaped baguettes, hot from the oven. The perfect sticky bun. Pizza by the slice. Our bakery offers a wide selection of delicious, homemade food, all made with the finest ingredients. School: Our Baking School welcomes all bakers, no matter your skill level or baking interest. Classes range from introductory demonstrations for beginners to intensive week-long courses for the professional, with a variety of hands-on classes for both adults and children on everything from perfect pie crust to baguettes. Store: Our bright, airy store is a baker’s dream, filled with thousands of ingredients, tools, and pans. Our expert staff are on hand to help your very best baking.

Reviewed By sandiegoheidi - San Diego

a dream come true. I’m a baker who was taught to bake by mom using KAF 50 plus years ago, and having been a patron from the store and mailings, this was a great opportunity to attend the baking school with my 90 yr old mom, sister and daughter who was flying into the area from San Diego for the Thanksgiving school break. We took the eclairs baking class and had excellent teacher and helpers. We left with tons of eclairs and we ate them and brought home the filling and made them the next day to take to a Party where we ate more of them. Well done KAF. If I lived here, I’d work here. Not to mention the fortune I spent at the store and than had to have it all shipped back to San Diego, good thing, I’m a Reward member. We wanted to stay for lunch at the cafe but it was PACKED and we wanted to get on the road for the drive back to Central NY. Well done, King Arthur..

4. Dirt Cowboy Cafe

7 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755-2048 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 13 +1 603-643-1323
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Dirt Cowboy Cafe

Individually brewed coffees. Full espresso menu. Coffees roasted daily. Home-made pastries and desserts. Light-fare lunch menu. Home-made ice creams and gelato. Home-made confections. Large smoothie menu made with our own frozen yogurt and fresh fruit. Juice Bar.

Reviewed By Tapin7

The coffees are terrific, and each one is made individually and on the spot. The pastries are nice as well. Full sandwiches available for a big appetite. Seating is also available but limited. Great service and you can get anything in this quaint coffee shop with a vintage feel. It's worth the trip just for the coffees.

5. Umpleby's Bakery

3 South St, Hanover, NH 03755-2181 Takeout, Seating American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 603-643-3030
Excellent
33%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Umpleby's Bakery

Can you please add sandwiches and/or lunch spot to your type of cuisines. Bakery is so limiting and doesn't really describe many places that sell sandwiches on homemade bread and coffee and salads etc.

Reviewed By Anssi P - Oulu, Finland

Umpleby's bakery is a popular cafeteria in Hanover, a small town largely occupied by students. Umpleby's serves tasty breakfast sandwiches and other foodstuff. Place is silent and an ideal place for a good discussion. My experience is that many customers were doing some academic exercises with their computers. I visited the place two times during my visit to Hanover and it is probably the best cafeteria if you want to discuss with friends and enjoy you coffee and eatings.

6. Jasper Murdock's Alehouse

325 Main St, Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT 05055-9453 Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 20 - SGD 46 +1 802-649-1143
Excellent
40%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 134 reviews

Jasper Murdock's Alehouse

Jasper Murdock's Alehouse, a restaurant in Norwich, Vermont, features one restaurant menu, whether or not your preferred dining venue is the Pub, Outdoor Patio, Dining Room or Terrace. The menu is extensive, diverse and moderately priced, offering Pub favorites while adding more substantial entrees. A number of items include ingredients from Jasper Murdock Ales made on site. Our Norwich, VT restaurant and brewery feature seating available on a "first come, first served" basis in the Pub/Patio while reservations are available in the Dining Room and Terrace areas. Private, group dining is available for parties of 4 to 100.

Reviewed By cmr57 - holmdel

Really just came for the beer. They had a very nice selection of their home brews. Bartender was extremely attentive and sociable.

7. Elixir Restaurant

188 S Main St, White River Junction, Hartford, VT 05001-7069 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 17 - SGD 29 +1 802-281-7009
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

Elixir Restaurant

Contemporary American Cuisine

Reviewed By Leigh I - Bedford, New York

I have mixed feeling about Elixir. It strives for fine dining in White River Junction, Vermont. However, it comes up just short of four stars, even considering its locale.

Our table had the mussels and crabmeat stuffed calamari. The mussels were considered excellent while the calamari was imaginative yet left something to be desired. For main courses we had shrimp scampi, cocoa dusted petit filet mignon and veal saltimbocca. The veal was outstanding, a superb dish at any restaurant in the world. The scampi was ordinary. The filet mignon was tender but not especially flavorful. My wife ascribed it to the way in which beef is raised today; I ascribe it to kitchen failure. For desert I had a truly horrendous chocolate cake thingy while another in our party had an ordinary ice cream sandwich.

The restaurant itself is sparse which some might describe as minimalist. Our waitress was excellent, being both personable and interesting. Most importantly, she laughed at my attempted humor. In speaking with the owner, it was clear that he takes great pride in his restaurant and strives for excellence. Perhaps this review will assist.

8. Yama Restaurant

96 Main St, Lebanon, NH 03784-1648 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 603-298-5477
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Yama Restaurant

Reviewed By Lu Z - Boston, Massachusetts

We found this place by reading reviews and enjoyed the dinner. The place was not fancy, but the food was decent. We went in at a very busy time, the receptionist was also in charge of taking phone orders, he was a bit impatient, but the waitress was very polite and responsive. Although the food was not on par with others we had at bigger cities, we enjoyed our meal.

9. Murphy's On The Green

11 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755-2048 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 603-643-4075
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 420 reviews

Murphy's On The Green

Murphy's on the Green - Exceptional Food in Hanover, New Hampshire *** Murphy's is very LOCAL. We purchase almost all of our meat, produce, dairy and bread products from our many high quality Upper Valley Farms and purveyors and we appeal to the new 'locavore' movement... eating and purchasing food within 100 miles of your location. Our 'day boat' seafood comes 'hand picked' from the docks of Boston. We are proud members of the Vermont Food Network.

Reviewed By Denise D

My son and I were in Hanover to visit Dartmouth College. We stopped into Murpheys to eat. The owner recommended the night's specials, which we got. The food was superb, and they had an excellent beer and wine selection and a great atmosphere. The bar area has a superb Irish pub vibe. The owner spent a good deal of time with us to tell us about Hanover and Dartmouth. Highly recommend for food or drinks!

10. My Brigadeiro

44 S Main St, Lower Level, Hanover, NH 03755-2099 Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, American +1 603-277-2187
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

My Brigadeiro

We make the finest handcrafted chocolates around. We are specialized in brigadeiros (bree-gah-day-ros), these luscious, handcrafted, chocolate truffle balls that consist primarily of local ingredients from the beautiful farms of Vermont and New Hampshire. We offer french press coffee, teas and hot chocolate, as well as delicious cupcakes and cakes by the slice.

Reviewed By Aartips - Lebanon, New Hampshire

Really awesome place for some good soul chocolate. I call it soul since it touches your tongue. Tummy and reaches your soul. Satisfactory and filling. Cupcakes, coffee and gift baskets are also a great reasons to go there. The owner is very kind and mostly there working....
The place is small but super cute. See my photos....
Remember to join the rewards program....free coffee abd free chocolates never hurt anyone.

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