The Best 10 Restaurants In Rochester, New Hampshire

Dinner at Jimmy Jones Locker
Dinner at Jimmy Jones Locker | Courtesy of Jimmy Jones Locker
Lani Seelinger

Rochester has been in existence since 1722, so those interested in American history will love this place. It has a number of beautiful old buildings, and all the charm of a small New England town. More than that, though, it has a great restaurant scene for a town its size. Yes, seafood is a definite highlight, but there’s something for everyone. Here are our 10 favorite places to start.

1. Granite Steak & Grill

Restaurant, American, Steakhouse, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

The Cocheco River and central Rochester
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You get two in one with Granite Steak & Grill, as you’ll find the cozy Smokey’s Tavern in the downstairs section of the restaurant. Their menu has something for everyone, whether it’s some of the best steak around, rich pasta dishes, fresh seafood, or colorful salads. For the ultimate comfort food, try their macaroni and cheese, which you can get with honey ham, prime rib, buffalo chicken, or lobster.

2. Windjammers Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Seafood, Vegetarian

Windjammers may not look like much from the outside, but inside is bright and nicely decorated, and the high quality of the food really speaks for itself. What they’re really known for is the clam chowder but they also have a fish chowder that is fantastic. They’ve got so many great fresh fish options that it’s often a good idea to go with the Old Salt seafood combination meal, which gives you haddock, sea scallop, shrimp, and clam strips all together.

3. Governor’s Inn

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, American

The Governor’s Inn gives you a two in one restaurant offer. They’ve got Spaulding Steak & Ale, which has various sections that include one room with a pub-like atmosphere and another, fancier section, and the very casual Garage restaurant. Garage has an impressive list of sandwiches and burgers, whereas the food at Spaulding Steak & Ale is slightly more upscale. For some of their best entrees, try the panko pecan dusted salmon, or the steak tips and scallops with a Scotch glaze. Both have weekly specials, so check in advance to see what tempts you the most.

4. Revolution TapRoom & Grill

Revolution TapRoom & Grill

New Hampshire is very tightly connected to its revolutionary history, so Revolution TapRoom & Grill takes its name very seriously. Beer lovers will immediately find a home here, as they have plenty of taps and an ever changing, varied list of microbrews from near and far. Their menu is no less enticing, particularly because they use locally caught fish, locally raised beef, and locally grown vegetables. For a really fun night out, they have menu of small plates, or tapas-sized dishes that you can share with your friends.

Revolution TapRoom & Grill, 61 N Main St, Rochester, NH, USA, +1 603 244 3022

5. Pink Cadillac Diner

Diner, American

Dinner at Jimmy Jones Locker
Courtesy of Jimmy Jones Locker
Pink Cadillac Diner will take you back to a simpler time to the 1950s. No matter what time you go, don’t bypass the breakfast menu, as it’s a real local favorite. They serve it all day too; who wouldn’t like sausage eggs Benedict for dinner? Their lunch and dinner menus are full of comfort food favorites from around the United States, including some delicious southern dishes that will make you think you’re well south of the Mason Dixon Line and also, of course the New England seafood.

6. Jimmy Jones Locker

Jimmy Jones Locker

Jimmy Jones Locker’s heading plates of seafood won’t be winning awards for presentation, but that’s because they try to cram as much of their amazing food onto the plate as possible. Their menu is a veritable paradise for seafood lovers, and you can rest assured that the quality of each and every item you’ll find here is backed up by years of both experience and good reviews. If you can’t decide what to order, try the first mate’s plate and get a taste of just about everything.
Jimmy Jones Locker, 531 Columbus Ave, Rochester, NH, USA, +1 603 332 9447

7. Benedict’s Grill

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Benedict’s Grill may not be a big place, but the fast and friendly service will make sure that you don’t even notice. Their menus, both breakfast and lunch, have diner classics from around the country, plus some special touches. If you really want to feel like a kid again, or if your kids want a real treat, try the Girl Scout cookie pancakes, which are pancakes made from chocolate batter that come with an actual Thin Mint cookie on top. Their homemade hash, which you can get with many of their main dishes, is another favorite.

8. Little Miss Sophie’s Country Kitchen

Little Miss Sophie’s Country Kitchen

Good barbecue in New England can be a difficult thing to find, but not in Rochester. Little Miss Sophie’s Country Kitchen has something for any time of day, from a full breakfast menu to the main event: the barbecue. They have BBQ brisket, pulled pork, and pork ribs, all of which will put you in mind of somewhere much more southerly. Order them as stand alone entrees or in sandwich form, or have them throw the pulled pork into a burger with pepper jack cheese.

Little Miss Sophie’s Country Kitchen, 9 Farmington Rd, Rochester, NH, USA, +1 603 332 2700

9. Lone Oak Ice Cream

Dessert Shop, American, Fast Food, Ice Cream, Dessert

Fajita sala
Courtesy of La Corona Mexican Restaurant
Fresh seafood and homemade ice cream together in one classic restaurant; what could possibly better? Lone Oak Ice Cream really has it all. It’s a seasonal joint, so if you come in the winter, you’ll just have to come back again in the warmer months. You can get the ice cream in just about any form imaginable, from root beer floats to banana splits to their Polar Joes, which blend ice cream and coffee. Their generous seafood platters come with fries and coleslaw on the side, and if you’re not in the mood for fish, they also have some excellently priced and very tasty meat and sandwiches from the grill.

10. La Corona Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican

The owners of La Corona Mexican Restaurant, are very proud of their Guadalajara roots and share it with you, with every meal they serve. They strive for perfection in everything, and you will not be disappointed with the scintillating flavors and fresh ingredients. Their menu is long and might be difficult to choose from, but know that you’ll be pleased with anything you get. Those who have trouble choosing can, of course, try one of their combo dinners and get a wider variety.

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