Merrimack, New Hampshire, is a municipality that boasts plenty of art, culture and food. Local restaurants are essential to the city’s culture, and reflect Merrimack’s local history and more contemporary themes. For a range of unique dishes and good company, check out one of the establishments on our top 10 list.
Buckley’s Great Steaks
Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
A popular place for dinner with family and friends, Buckley’s Great Steaks is home to the best and most flavorful steaks in the state. Chefs and owners Michael and Sarah Buckley personally select the meat and use only the freshest ingredients produced by local organic farmers and small-scale independent vendors. The chefs have worked with some of the most prestigious restaurants in New Hampshire and in Europe and continue to prepare succulent steaks for their clientele in Merrimack. With award-winning chefs, steaks, and wine list, it’s no surprise that the restaurant is considered the best steakhouse in the area.
Filled with earthly colored walls, glowing blown glass, and the soothing sound of running water, the atmosphere at Giorgio’s Ristorante & Martini Bar transports diners to a holiday in the Mediterranean. In addition to a lively and cheerful ambiance, the restaurant offers delicious Italian and Greek cuisine, including some interesting fusions of the two like the ouzo pesto calamari.
One of the best breakfast places in the state, DW Diner offers a vast selection of original and special breakfast dishes, all of which are homemade from scratch all-day everyday. This small restaurant can get quite crowded, but the high quality of food and reasonable prices make it well worth the wait and the staff provides surprisingly fast service. Conveniently located in the Merrimack Village Mall, guests who are in a rush can also get a quick meal to takeaway.
Conveniently located in the Pennichuck Square Shopping Center, Xing Wang Chinese Restaurant offers authentic Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices. Guests can choose any of the 27 daily combination plates and expect generous proportions. What might be the most amazing aspect of this restaurant, however, is its reputation for serving hot food in less than 10 minutes for both take-out and dine-in orders. Xing Wang is known in the area for its astonishing service with breathtaking speed.
Axel’s Food and Ice Cream is a family friendly establishment created to spread joy to the community through food and ice cream in memory of the owner’s dog Axel who died two years before the founding of the restaurant. To ensure that everyone, including those who are diabetic or lactose intolerant, can enjoy their time at the restaurant, founder Kristen Costa serves regular ice-cream as well as fat free, low calorie, dairy free, and gluten free desserts. In homage to Axel, Costa has created a Doggy Sundae tradition; dogs that accompany their owners receive a free ice cream treat. As a result, many local residents spend the afternoon here with their furry pals for a creamy, flavorful treat.
A casual Italian diner, Florence’s Restaurant has been the go-to restaurant for authentic Italian cuisine in Merrimack for decades. The family-owned establishment first existed as a popular eatery in Boston and expanded to Merrimack.
Pacific Fusion serves both Japanese and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant provides a vast assortment of options from large family-sized Chinese dinner plates to sushi selections at the sushi bar to small bowls of appetisers. Not only do they have a variety of choices of food, but there’s also a range of entertainment from karaoke nights to live acoustic guitar performances. Visitors can also relax in the lounge and enjoy alcoholic beverages at the bar area. Whether you’re spending time with family or friends, Pacific Fusion is ideal.
An authentic Italian restaurant, Luna Caprese is a popular location for special occasions, private parties, nighttime excursions, and casual lunches and dinners. The restaurant offers a wide assortment of meals that can be substituted or modified; unique specials every night; a wide selection of homemade desserts; and a full bar with drink specials. Luna Caprese received consistent praised for its lively nighttime environment and its exciting Italian cuisine.
Conveniently located in the Skyline Mall, shoppers love to stop by Billy’s Famous Pizza for its high quality food. In addition to pizza, the restaurant offers calzones, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Popular dishes include sandwiches and Greek-style pizzas, which are considered by some to be the best pizzas in Merrimack.
Located along the Daniel Webster Highway among a host of other eateries, Tortilla Flat offers authentic Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. For 40 years, the restaurant has consistently received praise for its classic Mexican dishes, which are derived from family recipes and are made using fresh, high-quality ingredients.