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

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.

Google Virtual Tour Example: Whetstone Restaurant and Brewery, Brattleboro VT

See Complete List of Restaurants in New England Restaurants Virtual Tour Guide

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. Bon appetite from the VisitingNewEngland restaurant reviews team! New England Restaurant Articles, Tips and Reviews from the and Weekly New England Travel and Vacation Gazette (Our Official Blog) Dining Sections:

New England Family Style Dining

New England Seafood Restaurants

Traditional New England Restaurants

Classic New England Diners, Roadside and "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 and Coffee Houses

Irish Pubs, Bars in New England

New England Ice Cream Stand Restaurants

More New England Restaurant Information

Special Features Section

Photo of Federal Jacks restaurant, Kennebunk Maine
Federal Jack's, Kennebunk, Maine (see review in Favorite Waterfront Restaurants article below) Photo by Eric

Boston Area Live Streaming Restaurant Updates Via Twitter

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

Occu"pie" Boston! Your favorite Boston area pie recipes, restaurants, bakeries, markets that sell pies

New England Family Style Dining

Beef Barn Restaurant, North Smithfield, RI
Beef Barn, North Smithfield, R.I. (see link to dining review below; photo by Eric H.)

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

Hollis Country Kitchen, Hollis, NH

Tock of the Town, Medfield, MA (Closed)

Kimball Farm Ice Cream, Westford, MA

Budabing's 50's Cafe, Millis, MA

SoupWorks, North Attleboro MA (CLOSED)

Lakeview Farms, Bellingham, MA (CLOSED)

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

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

Champlins Seafood Photo, Point Judith, RI

Champlin's, Galilee, RI (see review in Best New England Seafood Restaurants); photo by Eric H.

The Best New England Seafood Restaurants

Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Noank, Conn.

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

Pier 18 Seafood and Grille, East Bridgewater, MA (CLOSED)

Chatham Pier Fish Market, Chatham, Mass.

Lobster roll from Marc Anthony's, Onset Village, Mass.

Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook, N.H.

Costello's Clam Shack, Noank CT

Fresh seafood, refreshing views at the 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

Salem Cross Inn restaurant, West Brookfield, MA

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MA. See link to review below; photo by Eric H.)

Colonial Inn, Concord, MA

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

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Classic New England Diners, Roadside and Townie Restaurants

My Sister and I Restaurant, Bridgewater MA; see review below); photo by Eric H.

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

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

Belgian Waffles at Murph's Place, Norwood 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

Charles Cafe, Millis, MA (CLOSED)

Mike's Mess Hall, Medfield, MA (CLOSED)

The Red Arrow Diner, Milford, NH

The Traveler Restaurant, Union, CT

Vernon Diner, Vernon, CT

Tex Barry's Coney Island Hot Dogs, Attleborough, MA

Dave's Diner, Middleborough, MA

Mackie's, North Attleboro, MA

Commons Cafe and Eatery, Foxborough, MA

Coffee Sensations Luncheonette at Lord's Department Store, Medfield, MA (CLOSED)

Main Street Cafe, North Easton Village, MA (CLOSED)

Don's Diner, Plainville, MA

Milk Bottle Restaurant, Raynham, MA

Country Kitchen Donuts, Walpole, MA

Harry's Restaurant and Dairy Bar, Westboro, MA

The Restaurant, Woburn, MA

Red Wing, Walpole, MA

5 and Diner, Worcester, MA

Maine Diner, Wells, Maine

Pleasant View Diner, Smithfield, RI

Lyndon Freighthouse, Lyndonville, VT

Miss Lyndon Diner, Lyndonville, VT

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Romantic/Date Night New England Restaurants
Palm Restaurant photo, Boston, MA
Palm, Boston, MA (see review in New England's Most Romantic Restaurants); photo by Eric H.

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
Photo of Daniel's Restaurant and Pub in Henniker NH
Daniels's, Henniker NH  (see review below); photo by Eric H.

Daniel's Restaurant, Henniker N.H.

Eagle Brook Saloon, Norfolk, MA

Restaurant 45, Medway, MA

Jimmy's Steer House, Arlington, MA

Alisson's, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mt. Vernon Restaurant, Somerville, MA

Stars on Hingham Harbor, Hingham, MA

Tavern from Tower Square, Plainville, MA

Martha's Exchange, Nashua, NH

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New England Pizza Restaurants

Prince Pizza, Saugus, MA
Prince Pizzeria, Saugus, MA; photo by Eric H.

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

Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant, Middleborough,, MA
Lorenzo's, Middleboro, MA (see review in New England Dining Blog; photo by Eric H.

Traditional Italian restaurants

Amici's Trattoria, Shrewsbury, MA

Benevento's, North End of Boston MA

Guido's Italian-American Restaurant, Walpole, MA

Foxfire Inn and Italian Restaurant, Stowe, VT (CLOSED)

Papa Gino's

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New England Cafes, Bakeries and Coffee Houses
Image of Mike's Pastry in the North End of Boston, Mass.
Mike's Pastry, Boston MA, (photo by Eric H.)

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

Shancakes in Leominster MA

Butter Cafe and Bakery, Walpole, MA (CLOSED)

Mike's Pastry, North End, Boston, Mass.

Butter Cafe and Bakery, Walpole, MA (CLOSED)

Britley's Cupcakes, West Bridgewater, MA (CLOSED)

Blue Moon Cafe, Medfield, MA

Noah's, Stonington, CT

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 sets the standard for authentic Italian baked goods.

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

Mouthwatering baked goods at Bova's Bakery in the North End of Boston MA

Farmer in the Dell in Walpole MA features farm to table cuisine

Fresh Start Bakery, Walpole, MA (CLOSED)

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New England Bar Restaurants and Irish Pubs

Napper Tandy's Walpole MA

Napper Tandy's, Walpole MA; photo by Eric H.

The best Irish restaurants and pubs in suburban Boston

Raven's Nest, Walpole, MA

Napper Tandy's, Walpole MA

Google Virtual Tours of Irish Pubs

Inn on the Blues, York Beach, Maine

Scenic views at the Blue Fin Lounge, Foxborough, MA

The Western Hotel, Burrillville, RI

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New England Ice Cream Stands and Restaurants

Brown's Old Fashion Ice Cream, York Beach, Cape Neddick, Maine

Brown's Ice Cream, York Beach, Maine (see review in Best New England Ice Cream Stands; photo by Eric H.)

The Best New England Ice Cream Stands

Reader Feedback- Best Ice Cream Stands

Brigham's Ice Cream, various locations

Cabot's Newton, MA

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More New England Restaurant Information
Image of chicken pie, Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield MA

Chicken Pie

Best chicken pies in Massachusetts 

Sunday Brunch

Lake Pearl Luciano's, Wrentham, MA 


Minas Cafe, Norwood, MA

Chinese Restaurants

Kowloon, Saugus, MA

Three great Boston area Chinese restaurants

Chopstick's, Leominster, MA

Kihei Dynasty, Walpole, MA

Greek-American Restaurants

Christo's, Brockton, MA

Taso's, Norwood, MA

Irish-American Restaurants

Suburban Boston Irish-American restaurants and pubs that are "magically delicious"

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

The New England Restaurant Blog

Gone but not forgotten New England restaurants

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

ALLCANEAT in Randolph, Mass., goes against the grain by creating gluten-free breads, pizza shells, cakes, cookies and more.
Dining on a budget in New England

Blue collar roving restaurant critic Guy Bocabella tells it like it is

The best New England-based restaurant chains

Five hidden restaurant gems in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island that will surely please the appetite

Colonial-style dining in Massachusetts

Bubbling Brook ice cream stand, a southwest suburban Boston family tradition since 1951, to remain open; rumors of closure untrue.

Connecticut waterfront dining recommendations

The Wicked Good, Wicked Bad New England Dining Forum -- Unbiased opinions on local restaurants!

Local New England natives reveal their all-time favorite restaurants

New England restaurant meals that we recommend

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.

The best dining in New England

Great restaurants in Norfolk County, Mass.

Dining out from a baby's perspective

Best/worst dining in Massachusetts

Arlington, Mass.'s restaurant history

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

Career-changer Andrea DiReda Taber finds her dream job by creating New England farm fresh pies made from scratch at the Ever So Humble Pie Company in East Walpole, Mass.

Mini restaurant reviews


New England Chefs and Restaurant Owners: Share Your New England Recipe. New! Video on how to make Kane's apple cider donuts.

Latest New England dining news: If you are looking to save money at local New England restaurants, you won't want to miss our Discounted Boston and New England Restaurants Section

New England chef-inspired recipe of the week:
Oven-Roasted Portobello Mushrooms --
From Executive Chef Dan Dumont at the Spa at
Wentworth By the Sea (New Castle, N.H.)

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Picture of Raven's Nest, Walpole, Mass.
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


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