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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