The Best Exeter New Hampshire Restaurants for 2023

Whether you’re visiting Exeter, NH to drop off or pick up a student at the Philips Exeter Academy, are attending an event in town, or are just here to explore and enjoy a couples getaway on the charming Seacoast of New Hampshire, you’ll want to enjoy great meals. Luckily, there are some truly fantastic Exeter New Hampshire restaurants to enjoy in 2023, including those at the Inn by the Bandstand, one of the best hotels in Exeter, NH.

When you join us for meals at these Exeter New Hampshire restaurants, you can expect more than great food. This is particularly true when you savor a meal with us at our own restaurant in Exeter, NH. At Ambrose, owned and operated by the Inn by the Bandstand, the dining experience is tantamount to the exquisite food you’ll share over the evening.

Adjacent to our Inn in a shared and historic part of our building is another of the most popular Exeter New Hampshire restaurants, Otis. Restaurant. At both of these exquisite restaurants in Exeter, NH, you’ll enjoy the seasonal freshness the Seacoast of New Hampshire has become known for. Combine these sensational meals with the quaint, historic charm of the town of Exeter, NH itself, and it’s easy to see why guests return so frequently to stay and dine with us at one of the best hotels in Exeter, NH.

Our luxurious Boutique hotel in New Hampshire offers unique and elegant accommodations on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. We’re located in the heart of downtown Exeter, NH, just down the street from the Philip Exeter Academy and 20 minutes away from Portsmouth. It’s the perfect place to get away, no matter the reason! Book your room at our elegant Hotel in Exeter, NH today!

One of the many sensational small dishes that can be found at one of the best Exeter New Hampshire Restaurants, Ambrose

The Best Exeter New Hampshire Restaurants for 2023

When it comes to finding great food in Exeter, NH, you don’t have to look far. For such a small town, there are a surprising number of great Exeter New Hampshire restaurants, including spots like Vino e Vivo, Sea Dog Brewing Company, and Epoch Restaurant. However, if you’re truly after an unforgettable meal in town, two Exeter New Hampshire restaurants stand out from the rest: Tapas-style Ambrose Restaurant and the modern-American cuisine at Otis Restaurant.

Both of these exquisite Exeter New Hampshire restaurants are located at but also happen to be one of the best hotels in Exeter, NH, the Inn by the Bandstand. Otis. Restaurant sits in the historic space once occupied by the Otis Sleeper Jewelry Store and still retains the historic charm of this building. Ambrose is located next door on the bottom floor of the Inn by the Bandstand and also offers a gorgeous outdoor garden patio to enjoy during the warmer months.

These Exeter New Hampshire restaurants are worth a visit – preferably more than one! – and you should be mindful about making reservations at both establishments. They are popular, small, intimate dining spaces that tend to fill quickly!

Ambrose Restaurant

We were thrilled to bring Ambrose Restaurant into the mix of other Exeter New Hampshire restaurants. We are even more thrilled that this Tapas-style establishment has quickly grown to be one of the most celebrated spots to wine and dine on the Seacoast. Our head Chef, Stanley Ornaldo Orantes, has earned his reputation at several notable Boston Restaurants like Ostra, Cultivar, and Ecco. We’re thrilled to have his expertise in the kitchen treating diners to inspired dishes – which also happen to pair perfectly with our exceptional house-made cocktails.

Though the menu is inspired by our homelands and served as sharable small plates, you can still expect to find seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients at the forefront of everything we do. This, among other things, makes us one of the best Exeter New Hampshire restaurants. Our dining room is small and cozy, perfect for intimate dinners and special occasions, and in the warmer months, you’re welcome to join us to dine al fresco on our beautiful garden patio.

Dinner isn’t all we serve at Ambrose, though. You can also enjoy a Saturday or Sunday morning brunch at this delightful space, and breakfast is also available for our guests by request.

Otis. Restaurant

After you’ve enjoyed a meal at Ambrose, make sure to snag a reservation for our friends at Otis. Restaurant is located on the ground floor in the same building as the Inn by the Bandstand. Otis. Restaurant has long been a favorite among Exeter New Hampshire restaurants, and it’s thanks to Chef and owner Lee Frank’s vision for a casual, intimate space and his dedication to serving up creative, inspired, and seasonal Contemporary American Cuisine.

Otis. Restaurant serves dinner Thursday – Saturday, with two seatings: One at 5:30 pm and the other at 7:30 pm. Given the creative and seasonal nature of the food at Otis. Restaurant, the menu is ever-evolving, but you can also expect something simple, elegant, and divine. Opt for a table overlooking the historic Bandstand, or choose a table at the intimate chef’s counter.

Enjoy a delicious dinner on this patio at the best restaurants in Exeter, NH

The Best Hotels in Exeter, NH for 2023

Finding upscale, fine dining in towns as small as Exeter, NH is not always possible. However, these Exeter New Hampshire restaurants are here to change that – and they are helping to put this charming town on the map for more and more visitors to the Seacoast of New Hampshire. If you’re looking for a great getaway, let us introduce you to one of the best hotels in Exeter, NH, the Inn by the Bandstand.

From the moment you first arrive at our Federal-style 1809 mansion, you’ll be swept away to a bygone era. Inside, despite elegant touches reminiscent of New England’s Gilded Age, you’ll find an understated elegance perfect for a relaxing and romantic weekend away. Whatever your reasons for visiting the Seacoast of New Hampshire, this is an unforgettable place to rest your head at night.

Our boutique hotel in New Hampshire belongs to the Select Registry group of boutique properties and is a rare Four Diamond, AAA-rated property. Our intimate hotel offers just eight guest rooms, each outfitted with luxurious amenities, antiques, fine art, and the creature comforts you crave from home, including working fireplaces in seven rooms.

Unlike at home, you’ll be treated to our award-winning hospitality, including our concierge service. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why the Inn by the Bandstand is rated as one of the best hotels in Exeter, NH. Book your room today!

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