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Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank CT
Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank CT (photo by Eric)

Article and photos by Eric H.

Welcome to our dining guide, presented to you by "the locals." At Visiting New England, we just don't write dining reviews, we live and breathe the part as lifelong New England residents constantly looking for the best New England restaurants for ourfamilies and friends. The results are passed along to you, gaining an "inside track" on what places New Englanders hold dearest to their hearts. Our dining section, for years, has appealed to the New England traveler, as well as the native New Englander looking for great New England clam chowder, lobster and "cheap eats" appealing to families and college students looking for affordable restaurants. Additionally, we feature hidden gems, fine dining, charming New England restaurants, romantic New England dining, Boston restaurant recommendations and the latest "scoop" on terrific ice cream stands. We even feature the first-ever New England Virtual Tour Restaurant Guide to give you a taste of what local restaurants look like before ever visiting.

An eternal appetite tempered with enthusiasm, humor and lively writing in a fair and balanced style creates a dining guide that is the next best thing to being there.

Without further ado, here are our New England restaurant articles, tips and reviews from and Weekly New England Travel and Vacation Gazette (Our Official Blog), starting with categories:

Napper Tandy's Walpole New England Family Style Dining

New England Seafood Restaurants

Traditional New England Restaurants

Classic New England Diners, Townie Restaurants

Romantic Date Night Restaurants in New England

Steak, Chicken Seafood Restaurants in New England

Pizza Restaurants in New England

Italian Restaurants in New England

New England Cafes, Bakeries, Coffee Houses

Irish Pubs, Bars in New England

New England Ice Cream Stand Restaurants

More New England Restaurant Information

Special Features Section

Live, steaming updates from Boston area restaurants

The best fried clams in the Boston area

Favorite waterfront restaurants in New England

The best restaurant New England clam chowder

Food and dessert photos from New England restaurants

New England Family Style Dining

Kid-friendly restaurants in and around Boston, and New England

Hollis Country Kitchen, Hollis, NH

Kimball Farm Ice Cream, Westford, MA

Budabing's 50's Cafe, Millis, MA

Nicky's, Wrentham, MA

Kelly's Roast Beef, various locations

Parker's Maple Barn, Mason, NH

Wright's Farm, Harrisville, RI (specializing in chicken)

The Beef Barn, North Smithfield, RI

Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

Brothers Deli and Restaurant, Wakefield MA

George's Surf and Turf, Mendon, MA

Howard's Drive-in, West Brookfield, MA

New England Ice Cream Stands and Restaurants

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New England Seafood Restaurants

The Best New England Seafood Restaurants

Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank, CT

Fisherman Restaurant, Noank, CT

Jake's Seafood Restaurant, Nantasket Beach, MA

Markey's Lobster Pool, Seabrook, NH

Woods Seafood, Plymouth, MA

Docksider Restaurant, Northeast Harbor, Maine

Fox's Lobster House, Nubble Point, York Beach, Maine

Lobster Pot, Wareham MA

Lobster roll from Marc Anthony's, Onset Village MA

Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH

Costello's Clam Shack, Noank CT

Chatham Fish Pier, Market, Chatham MA

Finding the best and biggest lobster roll from a New England restaurant.

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Traditional New England Restaurants

Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA

The Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MA

The 1761 Old Mill, Westminster, MA

Sweetheart Inn and Tavern, Methuen, MA

Best New England traditional restaurants

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Classic New England Diners, Roadside and Townie Restaurants

Our favorite breakfast spots in New England

Experience New England's best diners

The Town Common, Hopedale,  MA

H.B. Provisions, Kennebunk, ME

Morin's Diner, Attleboro, MA

My Sister & I, Bridgewater MA

East Side Restaurant, Millis MA

Kool Kone, Wareham MA

Uncle Ed's Back Porch, Norton MA

Olneyville New York System hot wieners, Providence RI

Aunt Aleda's Bakery and Country Kitchen, Mansfield MA

Feasting on a Belgian Waffle at Murph's Place, Norwood MA

The Little White Market, Hopedale, MA

JD's Restaurant, North Attleboro MA

The Tavern at Wrentham, Wrentham MA

Intervale Farms Pancake House, Henniker NH

Assonet Inn, Freetown, MA

Wendell's Pub, Norton, MA

Deluxe Station Diner, Newton,  MA

Bob's Family Restaurant, Millis MA

Miss Mendon Diner, Mendon, MA

The Red Arrow Diner, Milford, NH

The Traveler Restaurant, Union, CT

Tex Barry's Coney Island Hot Dogs, Attleboro MA

Dave's Diner, Middleborough, MA

Mackie's, North Attleboro, MA

Don's Diner, Plainville, MA

Milk Bottle Restaurant, Raynham MA

Country Kitchen Donuts, Walpole, MA

The Restaurant, Woburn, MA

Red Wing, Walpole, MA

Maine Diner, Wells, Maine

Lyndon Freighthouse, Lyndonville VT

Miss Lyndonville Diner, Lyndonville VT

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Romantic/Date Night New England Restaurants

New England's most romantic restaurants

Clay Hill Farm, Cape Neddick, Maine

Palm Restaurant, Boston, MA

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Steak, Chicken, Seafood Restaurants in New England

Daniel's Restaurant, Henniker NH

Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, MA

Restaurant 45, Medway, MA

Jimmy's Steer House, Arlington, MA

Alisson's, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mt. Vernon Restaurant, Somerville, MA

Tavern from Tower Square, Plainville, MA

Martha's Exchange, Nashua NH

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New England Pizza Restaurants

The Best Pizza Places in Massachusetts

Pizzeria Regina, Boston, MA

Mystic Pizza restaurant, Mystic, CT

Santarpios, East Boston, MA

Spruce Pond Creamery, Franklin, MA

Prince Restaurant, Saugus, MA

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Italian Restaurants in New England

Traditional Italian restaurants

Benevento's, North End of Boston MA

Tommy's Pizza, Cranston RI

Guido's Italian-American Restaurant, Walpole, MA

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New England Cafes, Bakeries and Coffee Houses

The Boston area best bakeries, donut shops, ice cream and general dessert destinations!

Just Desserts Bakery and Cafe, Bridgewater MA

Mike's Pastry, North End of Boston MA

Shancakes in Leominster MA

Blue Moon Cafe, Medfield, MA

Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, CT

Somethin's Brewin' Cafe, Lakeville, MA

New England Soup Factory, Newton, MA

Modern Pastry in the North End of Boston MA

The legendary Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin makes a seasonal comeback at Jordan's Furniture in Avon, Mass.

Bova's Bakery in the North End of Boston MA

Farmer in the Dell, Walpole MA

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New England Bar Restaurants and Irish Pubs

Napper Tandy's Walpole MA

The best Irish restaurants and pubs in suburban Boston

Raven's Nest, Walpole, MA

Google Virtual Tours of Irish Pubs

Inn on the Blues, York Beach, Maine

Blue Fin Lounge, Foxborough, MA

The Western Hotel, Burrillville, RI

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New England Ice Cream Stands and Restaurants

The Best New England Ice Cream Stands

Reader Feedback- Best Ice Cream Stands

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More New England Restaurant Information

Chicken Pie
Best chicken pies in Massachusetts

Sunday Brunch
Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham, MA

Minas Cafe, Norwood, MA

Chinese Restaurants
Kowloon, Saugus, MA

Chopstick's, Leominster, MA

Kihei Dynasty, Walpole, MA

Greek-American Restaurants
Taso's, Norwood, MA

Mexican Restaurants
Jalapeno's, Walpole, MA
Alamo, Milford, MA

Del's Lemonade, throughout Rhode Island

Ever So Humble Pie Company, East Walpole, MA

State fair food: the best part of a state fair?

Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Aioli

Harrows Chicken Pies, Reading, MA

General Dining Reviews

Gone but not forgotten New England restaurants

More Memories of New England Restaurants from the 60s, 70s and 80s

The best New England-based restaurant chains

Massachusetts restaurants that actually never went away

Hidden restaurant gems in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

Connecticut waterfront dining recommendations

The best cheap eats restaurants in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Dining near Gillette Stadium for New England Patriots game day

Norwood, Mass., has suddenly become the hotspot for Boston suburban dining.

Great restaurants in Norfolk County, Mass.

Dining out from a baby's perspective

Arlington, Mass.'s restaurant history

Route One in Saugus and Lynnfield, MA, is a strange slice of dining Americana

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The Raven's Nest, Walpole MA

Enjoy this authentic traditional Irish pub serving contemporary cuisine and upscale pub fare at this neighborhood favorite located in the heart of downtown Walpole overlooking the town common. The Raven's Nest serves lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch, offers daily specials, 15 different draft beers, an extensive wine list and many signature cocktails.

Mark McAuliffe created The Raven's Nest the way a pub in his native County Cork, Ireland, would look today. He and his wife Maura welcome you to their comfortable, full service restaurant that features seven plasma TVs, a fireplace in the dining room,
open air windows, outdoor patio and live music every weekend, including traditional live Irish music every Sunday!

Logo of Raven's Nest, Walpole MAThe Raven's Nest, 998 Main St., Walpole MA. Tel. (508) 734-9377

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The Coffee Perch, Walpole MA

Overlooking the beautiful Walpole Town Common, The Coffee Perch features a wonderful small community coffeehouse vibe with local fresh roasted coffee, soups, wraps, salads, pastries and desserts -- not to mention an art gallery and some great music!

The Coffee Perch

Fancy That Walpole MA - Tea Room