Where to Eat in White River Junction: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Yuk Petri

White River Junction is an unincorporated village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Hartford in Windsor County, Vermont, United States. The population was 2,286 at the 2010 census, making it the largest community within the town of Hartford.
Things to do in White River Junction

1. Lou's Restaurant and Bakery

30 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755-2015 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 603-643-3321
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 496 reviews

Lou's Restaurant and Bakery

A tradition since 1947 serving Breakfast All Day and Lunch. Full service bakery featuring cakes, pies, donuts, cookies and seasonal specials. Proud to be a Certified Green Restaurant with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Menu features gluten free, vegetarian and vegan specials. Dining Room opened until 3pm daily and bakery until 5pm.

Reviewed By Tileman1213 - New York

Such a cute restaurant. We had to wait, but another customer said it's worth the wait and the wait would be short! It was worth the wait and the line moved fast.

We had a salad and we shared the cauliflower Mac n cheese.....OMG!!!

We also shared a homemade donut.

We saw other dishes that looked so good as well!

We will list this restaurant as one of our favorites!!!!

2. Yama Restaurant

96 Main St, Lebanon, NH 03784-1648 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 603-298-5477
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Yama Restaurant

Reviewed By Lu Z - Boston, Massachusetts

We found this place by reading reviews and enjoyed the dinner. The place was not fancy, but the food was decent. We went in at a very busy time, the receptionist was also in charge of taking phone orders, he was a bit impatient, but the waitress was very polite and responsive. Although the food was not on par with others we had at bigger cities, we enjoyed our meal.

3. Elixir Restaurant

188 S Main St, White River Junction, Hartford, VT 05001-7069 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 17 - SGD 29 +1 802-281-7009
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

Elixir Restaurant

Contemporary American Cuisine

Reviewed By Leigh I - Bedford, New York

I have mixed feeling about Elixir. It strives for fine dining in White River Junction, Vermont. However, it comes up just short of four stars, even considering its locale.

Our table had the mussels and crabmeat stuffed calamari. The mussels were considered excellent while the calamari was imaginative yet left something to be desired. For main courses we had shrimp scampi, cocoa dusted petit filet mignon and veal saltimbocca. The veal was outstanding, a superb dish at any restaurant in the world. The scampi was ordinary. The filet mignon was tender but not especially flavorful. My wife ascribed it to the way in which beef is raised today; I ascribe it to kitchen failure. For desert I had a truly horrendous chocolate cake thingy while another in our party had an ordinary ice cream sandwich.

The restaurant itself is sparse which some might describe as minimalist. Our waitress was excellent, being both personable and interesting. Most importantly, she laughed at my attempted humor. In speaking with the owner, it was clear that he takes great pride in his restaurant and strives for excellence. Perhaps this review will assist.

4. Morano Gelato

57 S Main St Ste 101, Nugget Arcade, Hanover, NH 03755-2093 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Late Night SGD 4 - SGD 7 +1 603-643-4233
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 292 reviews

Morano Gelato

Reviewed By BethinVT - South Strafford, Vermont

YUM! Seriously, this is some of the most delicious ice cream (yes, I know it's gelato, but let's get real here) I've ever had! The hazelnut chocolate is nutella-licious, and the servers are always kind and patient with my kids (and with me when I am feeling indecisive). They offer taster spoons if you're having trouble making up your mind, and they even offer loyalty and gift cards. When the weather is nice and you can sit at one of the outside tables, it's pretty much a sublime experience. Enjoy!

5. King Arthur Flour: Bakery, Cafe, School, and Store

135 US Route 5 S, Norwich, VT 05055-9430 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 14 +1 802-649-3361
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

King Arthur Flour: Bakery, Cafe, School, and Store

Discover our flagship campus in Norwich, Vermont! Every visit is delicious—you can shop in The Baker's Store; take a class at our state-of-the-art Baking School; and peek in to watch the bakers at work in our busy bakery. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply a pastry and coffee at our popular café. Bakery + Café: Hand-shaped baguettes, hot from the oven. The perfect sticky bun. Pizza by the slice. Our bakery offers a wide selection of delicious, homemade food, all made with the finest ingredients. School: Our Baking School welcomes all bakers, no matter your skill level or baking interest. Classes range from introductory demonstrations for beginners to intensive week-long courses for the professional, with a variety of hands-on classes for both adults and children on everything from perfect pie crust to baguettes. Store: Our bright, airy store is a baker’s dream, filled with thousands of ingredients, tools, and pans. Our expert staff are on hand to help your very best baking.

Reviewed By sandiegoheidi - San Diego

a dream come true. I’m a baker who was taught to bake by mom using KAF 50 plus years ago, and having been a patron from the store and mailings, this was a great opportunity to attend the baking school with my 90 yr old mom, sister and daughter who was flying into the area from San Diego for the Thanksgiving school break. We took the eclairs baking class and had excellent teacher and helpers. We left with tons of eclairs and we ate them and brought home the filling and made them the next day to take to a Party where we ate more of them. Well done KAF. If I lived here, I’d work here. Not to mention the fortune I spent at the store and than had to have it all shipped back to San Diego, good thing, I’m a Reward member. We wanted to stay for lunch at the cafe but it was PACKED and we wanted to get on the road for the drive back to Central NY. Well done, King Arthur..

6. Murphy's On The Green

11 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755-2048 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 603-643-4075
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 420 reviews

Murphy's On The Green

Murphy's on the Green - Exceptional Food in Hanover, New Hampshire *** Murphy's is very LOCAL. We purchase almost all of our meat, produce, dairy and bread products from our many high quality Upper Valley Farms and purveyors and we appeal to the new 'locavore' movement... eating and purchasing food within 100 miles of your location. Our 'day boat' seafood comes 'hand picked' from the docks of Boston. We are proud members of the Vermont Food Network.

Reviewed By Denise D

My son and I were in Hanover to visit Dartmouth College. We stopped into Murpheys to eat. The owner recommended the night's specials, which we got. The food was superb, and they had an excellent beer and wine selection and a great atmosphere. The bar area has a superb Irish pub vibe. The owner spent a good deal of time with us to tell us about Hanover and Dartmouth. Highly recommend for food or drinks!

7. Thyme

85 N Main St, White River Junction, Hartford, VT 05001-7134 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 802-295-3312
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 319 reviews

Thyme

Eclectic and creative menu featuring local ingredients. Located in the Old Tip Top Bread Bakery building which is home to numerous artist studios and retail shops in downtown White River Junction, Vermont. Outdoor seating when weather permits.

Reviewed By Alexoz02 - Montreal, Canada

Overall this is a good restaurant. We especially like their specialty fries. Meat loaf is fantastic. Though their pasta (kids menu) is really bland and tasteless. Portebello mushroom is also sour and not good at all.
I would still recommend Thyme, but would not recommend all the dishes on the menu.

8. 4 Aces Diner

23 Bridge St, Lebanon, NH 03784-1102 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 603-298-5515
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

4 Aces Diner

Elvis is Back !!!! Open 7 Days for Breakfast and Lunch from 6am to 3pm and 7am to 3pm on Sundays. Simply the Best !!! Come see what all the local hub-bub is about !

Reviewed By Snowlettes2006 - New York

This is a fairly crowded, family style and inexpensive diner. I was on a road trip with my boyfriend and stopped in for breakfast. Lines were long, but was seated rather quickly. Everything went downhill form there.

We sat down for over 15 min and the waitress never took our orders while we watched other sat down after us got their meals and coffee was served. We flagged down another waitress that was there to notify our server, both acknowledged, but still took another 5 min to come and get our order. She took our order and finally, filled our coffee.

We waited an additional 20 min and still, no food. I tried to get the attention of our server again, she acknowledged, but still, didn't come by for another 5 min. Her demeanor was less then enthusiastic when we asked about our order and if she can please refill our coffee. By now, we have been sitting in the booth for over 45 min with minimal to no service.

However, I saw how lovely she was serving a couple and talking to them non-stop, pouring them refills and also taking care of the table right behind us to settle a bill. Never once did she came by to inquire if we were ok. Our food finally came after sitting in the corner booth for over 50 min.

We finally understood why we were treated that way as I sat there to observe, while flagging her down numerous times to help us and no help was given. We are people of color. We felt so mistreated by her and felt so disgusted to be in her presence. I will vow to NEVER return there again as that is how she made us felt.

I was and still am in utter disbelief and will make sure that this doesn't get unnoticed. Shame on her for making us feel that way. She may not admit it, but we know for sure that was how she made us feel. Apologies definitely not accepted from a racist!

9. Jesse's Steak and Seafood

224 Lebanon St, Hanover, NH 03755-3225 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 603-643-4111
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 435 reviews

Jesse's Steak and Seafood

Reviewed By Summersnuggles - Greenwich, Connecticut

In Lebanon for a college hockey game.
Read about Jesse's figured we would try the brunch.
First Kathy had a omelette and the eggs came burnt. That started everything bad.
Salad bar is very nice. The prime rib was excellent. Had the special which was beef with rice maybe a terrackie style. It had blobs of fat. That was it for me.
In and out in 35 minutes
Service was excellent

10. Three Tomatoes Trattoria

1 Court St, Suite 100, Lebanon, NH 03766-1358 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 603-448-1711
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 321 reviews

Three Tomatoes Trattoria

Three Tomatoes Trattoria opened on November 20th, 1990. Over the years I have traveled extensively throughout Italy in search of new ideas, recipes, and great wines to bring back to Three Tomatoes. The source of inspiration continues to be the simple, fresh, healthy and local foods of Trattoria style cooking. Eating in a Trattoria in Italy is like eating with an Italian family. The mood can be relaxed or boisterous, but always friendly. It is a home away from home and a gathering place for friends. I have tried to capture the warmth of the trattoria kitchen with its open fire, the aroma of simmering sauces, roasted meats, grilled fish and pizza baking in our custom built wood fired oven. Our newly revised wine list has been enhanced by selections of distinction and value inspired by attending Vinitaly, Slow Food's Terra Madre and visiting vineyards throughout Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. Three Tomatoes has captured some of the spirit that makes wine, food, and conviviality such an important part of trattoria life. Salute and buon appetito! Robert

Reviewed By Clarice G - Madison, New Hampshire

Riding back into NH from the New York Finger Lakes on the Harley we stopped at this great Italian restaurant on the green common near Dartmouth Hitchcock College. It was a beautiful day so we opted to eat outside area which has plenty of seating...MoreThank you so much for your review and the 5 star rating. We appreciate it.

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