3 Best Restaurants in Durham, The Seacoast

Stages at One Washington

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Offering stunning, reservation-only prix-fixe dinners featuring 8 to 10 small courses, this intimate open-kitchen space occupies the third floor of a converted redbrick mill building in Dover. The daily menu is based on what the talented culinary team here has sourced from farms and fishing boats—perhaps cured monkfish with green pea dashi and ramps, or lobster mushrooms with coffee, razor clams, and hazelnuts. Expect the unexpected.

Hop + Grind

Students and faculty from UNH, whose campus is just a few blocks away, congregate over mammoth burgers with flavorful, original sides (kimchi, fries topped with cilantro-pickled peppers or black-garlic-truffle aioli) and other creative takes on gastropub fare. This is a hot spot for craft-beer aficionados, who appreciate the long list of options, including a rotating cache of rare and seasonal selections.
17 Madbury Rd., Durham, NH, 03824, USA
Known For
  • Impressive local beer selection
  • Fun and lively student crowd
  • Malted milk shakes with unusual flavors

Savannah Kitchen


Located inside a restored mill building on the Lamprey River in the historic village of Newmarket, this festive tavern and bar with boldly colored walls and timber-beam ceilings specializes in flavorful—if decadent—regional Southern dishes like classic shrimp and grits, braised pork shoulder with Creole spices and red gravy, and grilled New Orleans–style oysters. It's also a fun spot for cocktails and conversation.

55 Main St., Durham, NH, 03857, USA
Known For
  • Colorful drinks served in tiki-style tumblers
  • $1 oysters on the half shell at happy hour
  • Warm blueberry-peach bread pudding
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

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