Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to plan a romantic getaway to New Hampshire's beautiful Lakes Region. Known for its natural beauty, charming small towns, and picturesque lakes, the area provides the ideal setting for couples to celebrate their love. And what better way to celebrate than with a delicious, romantic dinner at one of the area’s best restaurants?
Some of our recommendations are below, but if you have a personal favorite romantic dining destination in the Lakes region, we'd love to hear about it in the comments!
The Hilltop Restaurant is located on site at Steele Hill Resort, and offers a mixture of cuisines that may appeal to anyone looking to dine out without having to travel off the property during their stay. The restaurant has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, and delivers stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. The menu features a variety of delicious dishes like Shepherd's Pie, a grilled salmon with maple and soy glaze, chicken parmesan with linguine and homemade garlic bread, grilled bourbon steak tips and more.
Next up is O Steaks & Seafood. Nestled inside the Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, this steakhouse offers a variety of delicacies from boneless ribeyes to tender filet mignons, as well as mouthwatering seafood options like dayboat scallops, ahi tuna and lobster mac & cheese (a local favorite!). You’ll also enjoy exquisite desserts and more than 24 wines by the glass.
Fratello’s offers an Italian dining experience that showcases menu items like wood-fired brick oven pizza, baked stuffed haddock, Seafood Fra Diavlo, and traditional Italian favorites like chicken marsala, piccata or carbonara and an incredible selection of pastas with homemade sauces. Fratello’s also hosts live entertainment including live piano nightly and additional performances in the upstairs bar during the weekends.
Laconia Local Eatery offers upscale dining with a menu that primarily showcases dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes frequently so each visit will be unlike your last. And for those who still have a bit of an appetite after their main course, Laconia Local Eatery also offers an array of desserts like Irish Creme Creme Brulee, Coconut Snowball Cake and Fried Beignets. We also recommend capping the night off with a Wayfarer Espresso Martini or another exceptional signature cocktail.
Bernini Italian Pizzeria and Wine Bar offers a full course Italian menu that will tease your taste buds. The menu features a variety of unique Italian dishes like Limoncello Shrimp, Veal Milanese, Spagehtti Carbonara, speciality pizzas and more. Guests can also enjoy an extensive wine list and Bernini exclusive cocktails and martinis. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty meal or drinks and appetizers, Bernini Italian Pizzeria and Wine Bar is sure to exceed your expectations!
Lemongrass Restaurant & Sake Bar, located near our own Center Harbor Inn, serves some of the finest Asian Fusion Cuisine in the Lakes Region. This carefully crafted menu features a wide selection of all-natural ingredients, creating truly amazing flavors worth the visit. The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, from appetizers like Tempura Shrimp and Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna to entrees like Shellfish Green Curry and Korean Braised Short Ribs. They also have a selection of signature dishes like Lemongrass Basil Fried Rice, as well as a variety of vegetarian options. And if you're looking to top off the experience, be sure to try one of their signature cocktails!