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“3 stars for friendliness and atmosphere”
Review of Lavinia's

Lavinia's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$35
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 7 September 2013

We went to The Coe House a few years back and found the setting, an older home perched on a hill and looking out at Lake Winnipesaukee, quite charming; unfortunately, the food was mediocre and expensive. When the establishment changed hands and became Lavinia's, we decided to give it a try. It was a Thursday night in August; they were quite busy, yet the staff were relaxed and friendly. Our server was efficient and happy to give suggestions. The menu is an enticing mix of flatbreads, sandwiches, appetizers and entrees. Choosing from the wine list was made easier by the server bringing us a taste of two selections. That brings us to the food. All of the appetizers sounded great, so we ordered a few: The calamari was tasty and had an interesting Creole tartar sauce but was not crisp enough for me. The stuffed mushrooms with Italian sausage and Swiss cheese were almost great, but seemed to be lacking some essential herb or spice (or salt).The vegetable pot stickers were dry. For entrees, two of our party had fish and chips and said it was "okay". The house salad with dill vinaigrette was not quite right, but the accompanying goat cheese fritters were excellent. The mushroom ravioli was recommended by our server and was delicious, but very rich. I'm sorry I can't give a rave review, but I would try them again, at least for a drink in one of the cozy bars, or perhaps for lunch on the patio; they are trying hard and it was not an unpleasant evening.

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Thank Margaret G
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We were ready for lunch after doing some touring around the New Hampshire Lakes area. This looked like a lovely place and had outdoor seating which we took advantage of on this beautiful day. The server was extremely friendly and the food was excellent. I had the steak sandwich with mushrooms and grilled onions and it was truly delicious.

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Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stopped in at 8:00 pm on a busy summer night. We had called Head to make a reservation but heavy traffic delayed our arrival. The hostess nonetheless held a table for us and seated us immediately. The service was prompt and superb. The food was excellent and the menu pleasantly varied. We felt like we had the restaurant to ourselves even though all the dining rooms appeared to be full. Overall, a delightfully pleasing dining experience.

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Thank Vacationbeard
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

My husband and I have eaten at Lavinia's twice now and the last time we brought 2 of our friends who were very impressed of the restaurant. My husband had the lobster pie which we also read on tripadvisor that it had full chunks of lobster in it and it actually did!! My favorite is the fish and chips which is very tasty. If you get there early enough you can sit and relax in the adirondak chairs and have a cocktail. In fact the night that the four of us were there they had a wedding rehearsal outdoors and it was so beautifully decorated!! Definitely will be back!!

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Thank Beachgirl2056
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We were a table of five in the dining room on the first floor. At first the service was a bit slow but once the starters came they were well worth the wait! Our main courses were delicious -- but the serving sizes were entirely too large. The plates were piled so high that it took away our appetites. One of our party ordered 1/2 portion of spare ribs and took home half of it! Our son ordered a burger and brought home 3/4 of it because his "flat bread" starter was so large. The fish taco was superb but the portion was large enough for two people plus. The member of our party who ordered the egg plant main course ate only one fourth of it and today at lunch two men ate the rest of it.

We will definitely go back but when ordering, two people will order one main and split it.

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Thank Marshall L
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