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“On Golden Pond Dining Delight”

Van Horn Dining Room
Ranked #4 of 6 Restaurants in Holderness
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Shepard Hill Road and Route 3
Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“On Golden Pond Dining Delight”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

This restaurant is located within the Manor On Golden Pond, a hillside inn overlooking Squam Lake (where the movie of the same name was filmed). This was a first visit for a group of 5 couples who annually get together for the Labor Day weekend. The inn is affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels and Select Registry, so we had high expectations.

Reservations were made well ahead of time and the restaurant was ready for us. Instead of the Van Horn Room, we were seated in a cozy room off the small and inviting bar area. We were greeted upon arrival by a delightful college age intern from England and shown to our table. We were pleased to have two waitresses attending to us.

The menu had sufficient variety to please all of us. Appetizers and entrees were creatively appealing - for instance many of us selected "Bacon and Parmesan Encrusted Shrimp" or "Lobster Crepes". There was also Maine Coalfish (a mild white fish like haddock), a brined pork chop, tournedos and other tasty offerings. Presentation was high caliber and all of us were served at the same time.

A couple of nits - one of our white wine selections was exhausted after only one bottle and the restroom was unisex, although exceptionally clean.

After dinner we toured the Van Horn Room which wasn't in use that night. If given a choice, we would opt for that setting over the room we had, although we weren't disappointed in the least.

The restaurant made us curious about the Manor's lodging, as it seemed to be a great spot for a weekend getaway or small wedding.

In the lakes region, there aren't many top drawer restaurants, but this is certainly one of the few worth a special trip.

We plan to return next year, same time.

  • Visited August 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The food was top notch and the service relaxed yet unobtrusive. Made out stay at the Manor on Golden Pond well worth the long drive.

Visited November 2013
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Massachusetts
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Upscale dining in country in”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

Excellent beef fillet, nice wine selection and great risotto. Delicious elegant desserts. Great service.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank savann8h
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Teaneck
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Heavenly delights!”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Everything we ordered was pure perfection! Seasonal menu with wonderful touches! The breakfast was consistantly good every morning, and the dinners were cooked to perfection. I loved trying different takes on dishes, like pork with a puree. Delish!

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Patricia0216
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Meredith, New Hampshire
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“The Inn on Golden Pond”
Reviewed 15 February 2013

Valentine's Dinner in the Van Horn Dining Room at the Inn on Golden Pond was one the top dining experience we've ever enjoyed. This is our third visit to the Inn and each experience has been top notch. We chose the Chef's Tasting for Two, a seven course dinner highlighted by the best chateaubriand ever tasted. The Inn boasts a great international wine list for every taste and pocketbook. The Inn's owners will greet you and sit you at a roaring fireplace or if you're like us, in the quaint Three Cocks Tavern as your dining table is prepared. This is the" go to" Special Occasion restaurant in New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

  • Visited February 2013
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