Hanover Street Chophouse

★★★★☆
  • 149 Hanover St 200

    Manchester, NH 03101

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  • 603-644-2467

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Hours
Sun 4pm-8pm, Mon-Tue 5pm-9:30pm, Wed-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat 5pm-10pm
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This was our first visit. We had heard about the Hanover Street Chophouse from the radio. What a beautiful restaurant. The food and service were fabulous. What a great selection of wines too. We're looking forward to our next dinner at the Chophouse.

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★★★★★

This was our first visit. We had heard about the Hanover Street Chophouse from the radio. What a beautiful restaurant. The food and service were fabulous. What a great selection of wines too. We're looking forward to our next dinner at the Chophouse.

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I'm a tripadvisor fan, so I brought my husband to this place for his birthday based on the positive reviews on this website. This is a nice but expensive restaurant, especially considering the location. Our meal was close to $200 ($170 to be exact) for two people with wine, appetizers, and tip. Since we were there for my husband's birthday, it was an acceptable "special occasion splurge".

THE FOOD: The food was good but not the best I've ever had... The appetizer of Tempura Shrimp was good but unexciting, as was the Fried Calamari... It was on par with other Fried Seafood I've had when out at restaurants in Boston's North End or even the great seafood choices along the New Hampshire shore or dining along Cape Cod's coast. Good, but nothing to write home about.

The meals themselves fared better than the appetizers, and my scallops were wonderful. I ordered the New Hampshire SEA SCALLOPS, which were big, juicy, and seared with pancetta, which was served in a kind of "round" alongside the scallop. The tomato-zucchini risotto, market vegetables and basil-garlic oil were a delicious accompaniment. At $26, it was perhaps a little overpriced but pretty good nonetheless and I would say "worth it" because I enjoyed it thoroughly. My husband ordered the SURF AND TURF, which included a butter poached lobster tail, 8 oz. filet mignon, sour cream mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus (like, 5 of them). It was good, but at $48 it was pretty expensive even for what it was. It was good, but not phenomenal and not as good as my scallops.

THE WINE: The wine was excellent, I do have to say, and the choices were great. We ordered the 2003 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino, an Italian wine that at $90 a bottle isn't exactly budget priced, but we were surprised to learn that on Tuesdays, the "reserve" wine is half price. At $45, this brunello is a great price... You'd pay about $50 in a liquor store, so it's a great deal in a restaurant to have a bottle at the table for about the same price. They have a great list and Tuesday is the night to go, at least it was when I went!

THE SERVICE: Here's where I take issue. I had mentioned it was a special occasion, and we were seated promptly by a friendly hostess (it was Tuesday, after all). The manager(?) greeted us at the door as well. We were seated in a booth near the bar, and we were right next to a very LOUD table of businessmen (after work crowd, I guess) who waxed poetic about some bus trip through Italy. LAME. Our waiter (Richard?) was mostly friendly, amicable, and helpful. HOWEVER, when came to our table to take our wine/appetizer order and LEFT halfway through to help the "boys table"... I had just asked a question about the wine list, and he was like, "hang on a sec" and he went to help them (replacement silverware?)... I was left speechless and my husband just said to me "that was rude"... THEN he left AGAIN after bringing us our wine, which sat unopened on the table for at least 5 minutes. IT WAS A TUESDAY NIGHT. I worked as a waitress for 5 years, so I'm not unsympathetic, but I just felt belittled, like we weren't treated as "specially" as the regulars even though it was a special occasion for us.

So, in short, I would still recommend this place, but maybe not for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. I would go back, but only for wine at the bar or in a group situation... It wasn't too romantic or quiet in there. Also, even on a Tuesday, the parking lot was totally full and we had to search for a spot on the street, which we found a few blocks over. No biggie, but just FYI (it's New Hampshire, after all... Lots of snow and rain!). I would recommend Unums in Nashua for a truly spectacular experience... It has a great wine list, better food, more value, portion size was heftier, and the manager was AMAZINGLY gracious and incredible. I think they were about the same price, too.

3
★★★☆☆

I'm a tripadvisor fan, so I brought my husband to this place for his birthday based on the positive reviews on this website. This is a nice but expensive restaurant, especially considering the location. Our meal was close to $200 ($170 to be exact) for two people with wine, appetizers, and tip. Since we were there for my husband's birthday, it was an acceptable "special occasion splurge".

THE FOOD: The food was good but not the best I've ever had... The appetizer of Tempura Shrimp was good but unexciting, as was the Fried Calamari... It was on par with other Fried Seafood I've had when out at restaurants in Boston's North End or even the great seafood choices along the New Hampshire shore or dining along Cape Cod's coast. Good, but nothing to write home about.

The meals themselves fared better than the appetizers, and my scallops were wonderful. I ordered the New Hampshire SEA SCALLOPS, which were big, juicy, and seared with pancetta, which was served in a kind of "round" alongside the scallop. The tomato-zucchini risotto, market vegetables and basil-garlic oil were a delicious accompaniment. At $26, it was perhaps a little overpriced but pretty good nonetheless and I would say "worth it" because I enjoyed it thoroughly. My husband ordered the SURF AND TURF, which included a butter poached lobster tail, 8 oz. filet mignon, sour cream mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus (like, 5 of them). It was good, but at $48 it was pretty expensive even for what it was. It was good, but not phenomenal and not as good as my scallops.

THE WINE: The wine was excellent, I do have to say, and the choices were great. We ordered the 2003 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino, an Italian wine that at $90 a bottle isn't exactly budget priced, but we were surprised to learn that on Tuesdays, the "reserve" wine is half price. At $45, this brunello is a great price... You'd pay about $50 in a liquor store, so it's a great deal in a restaurant to have a bottle at the table for about the same price. They have a great list and Tuesday is the night to go, at least it was when I went!

THE SERVICE: Here's where I take issue. I had mentioned it was a special occasion, and we were seated promptly by a friendly hostess (it was Tuesday, after all). The manager(?) greeted us at the door as well. We were seated in a booth near the bar, and we were right next to a very LOUD table of businessmen (after work crowd, I guess) who waxed poetic about some bus trip through Italy. LAME. Our waiter (Richard?) was mostly friendly, amicable, and helpful. HOWEVER, when came to our table to take our wine/appetizer order and LEFT halfway through to help the "boys table"... I had just asked a question about the wine list, and he was like, "hang on a sec" and he went to help them (replacement silverware?)... I was left speechless and my husband just said to me "that was rude"... THEN he left AGAIN after bringing us our wine, which sat unopened on the table for at least 5 minutes. IT WAS A TUESDAY NIGHT. I worked as a waitress for 5 years, so I'm not unsympathetic, but I just felt belittled, like we weren't treated as "specially" as the regulars even though it was a special occasion for us.

So, in short, I would still recommend this place, but maybe not for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. I would go back, but only for wine at the bar or in a group situation... It wasn't too romantic or quiet in there. Also, even on a Tuesday, the parking lot was totally full and we had to search for a spot on the street, which we found a few blocks over. No biggie, but just FYI (it's New Hampshire, after all... Lots of snow and rain!). I would recommend Unums in Nashua for a truly spectacular experience... It has a great wine list, better food, more value, portion size was heftier, and the manager was AMAZINGLY gracious and incredible. I think they were about the same price, too.

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We arrived at our reservation time of 7:30 pm, for my husband's birthday dinner. Our first time there. We dressed nicely for the occasion, and I was looking so forward to a wonderful dining experience. Upon arrival, I asked for a booth and hostess made remark that I should have asked for one when I phoned in the ressie. How was I to know! It looked like several booth diners would be finishing within a short while so we made our way to the bar. Several walk-ins were seated in booths. I noticed a booth free up, then hostess came by and said it would be a couple of minutes. More like another half hour. Two Gin & Tonics were $17. and we were finally seated 8:40pm - 1 hr & 10 minutes later. Waited 10 minutes for a menu, another 15 minutes for our wine, another 15 minutes for bread.Salad came 20 minutes after that and finally dinner arrived at 10:10 pm and we are the last two people in the place! It took forever. I spoke to the manager about the unwarranted snail's pace of the whole evening. The waiter said our dinner was delayed because of our salads. PUH-LEEZE. I can't eat that late at night and ask that my entire dinner just be bagged up to take home. We were comped a bottle of wine, but I am still so ticked off at spending $175 of my hard-earned money for the most disappointing dining experience I have ever had in my life. Food was 7 on a scale of 10, - However, being served dinner 2.5 hrs. after arrival is ridiculous. This was so bad that I will write a letter to the owner, and I am usually a very tolerant, calm person. In my business life, I have dined at many high-end steakhouses throughout the U.S. and this was the worst. Never again. Ever. I will not recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

We arrived at our reservation time of 7:30 pm, for my husband's birthday dinner. Our first time there. We dressed nicely for the occasion, and I was looking so forward to a wonderful dining experience. Upon arrival, I asked for a booth and hostess made remark that I should have asked for one when I phoned in the ressie. How was I to know! It looked like several booth diners would be finishing within a short while so we made our way to the bar. Several walk-ins were seated in booths. I noticed a booth free up, then hostess came by and said it would be a couple of minutes. More like another half hour. Two Gin & Tonics were $17. and we were finally seated 8:40pm - 1 hr & 10 minutes later. Waited 10 minutes for a menu, another 15 minutes for our wine, another 15 minutes for bread.Salad came 20 minutes after that and finally dinner arrived at 10:10 pm and we are the last two people in the place! It took forever. I spoke to the manager about the unwarranted snail's pace of the whole evening. The waiter said our dinner was delayed because of our salads. PUH-LEEZE. I can't eat that late at night and ask that my entire dinner just be bagged up to take home. We were comped a bottle of wine, but I am still so ticked off at spending $175 of my hard-earned money for the most disappointing dining experience I have ever had in my life. Food was 7 on a scale of 10, - However, being served dinner 2.5 hrs. after arrival is ridiculous. This was so bad that I will write a letter to the owner, and I am usually a very tolerant, calm person. In my business life, I have dined at many high-end steakhouses throughout the U.S. and this was the worst. Never again. Ever. I will not recommend this place to anyone.

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We went to the Chophouse on 4/25/09 for a special occasion. First of all money is no object for us when it comes to Fine Dining as we have dined in some Fine restaurants in NYC and world wide restaurants We got there an hour early and went into the bar -The hostess told us our table was ready when we were and to just let her know when we were ready to be seated - We had a drink and started chatting with some other people at the bar About 20 mins later the Hostess came over and escorted us to our table - gee, we weren't ready yet. At the table I had requested a second martini - We had our Appetizers which were fabulous and just relaxed for what we thought would be a nice evening. I requested another Martini (I wasn't driving and 3 is my personal limit. I was informed that there was a 2-martini limit --- Excuse me? yet I could have any other kind of cocktail or wine - THAT makes no sense - So I had a glass of wine. My partner had the special salad - the Waiter described it as baby Spinach leaves with a Bermuda onion sauted in a nice reduction with a slice of aged parmesan and drizzled with a 12 year Balsamic Vinegar - They salad was brought to the table and It had maybe 5 baby spinach leaves and was mixed with Radicchio and Arugula - Both bitter tastes. He called the waiter over and explained to the waiter that the salad combination 'Didn't go together" - the waiter agreed and asked another waitress HER recollection of what the special salad was and she repeated verbatim what our waiter had told us. Then came the Meal - Both the waiter and bartender recommended the Steak Diane - Which is what was ordered along with a side of the lobster Mac and Cheese - The beef was extremely tough - the Potato was cold and the Mac and cheese tasted as if it had been made with Velveeta cheese - Bland - the Manager came over and we explained our extreme Disappointment - We have eaten in some very fine restaurants world wide and this one wasn't even CLOSE to fine dining. The Chef came out, We explained the salad incident and he said that BOTH the waiter and Waitress had been grossly misinformed and relayed incorrect information. We then asked about the cold potatoes and the Bland "signature" Mac and cheese dish and asked if the Chef tried anything before it came out of his kitchen - He did not answer the question - We then asked them to remove our plates - We did not pay for the Meals - the Waiter brought us the Dessert MENU (Are you Kidding?!) Most fine restaurants have a DESSERT TRAY - And we promptly paid for WHAT WE ATE and left - Never again will we enter this horribly over-priced "upscale" excuse of a restaurant again

5
★★★★★

We went to the Chophouse on 4/25/09 for a special occasion. First of all money is no object for us when it comes to Fine Dining as we have dined in some Fine restaurants in NYC and world wide restaurants We got there an hour early and went into the bar -The hostess told us our table was ready when we were and to just let her know when we were ready to be seated - We had a drink and started chatting with some other people at the bar About 20 mins later the Hostess came over and escorted us to our table - gee, we weren't ready yet. At the table I had requested a second martini - We had our Appetizers which were fabulous and just relaxed for what we thought would be a nice evening. I requested another Martini (I wasn't driving and 3 is my personal limit. I was informed that there was a 2-martini limit --- Excuse me? yet I could have any other kind of cocktail or wine - THAT makes no sense - So I had a glass of wine. My partner had the special salad - the Waiter described it as baby Spinach leaves with a Bermuda onion sauted in a nice reduction with a slice of aged parmesan and drizzled with a 12 year Balsamic Vinegar - They salad was brought to the table and It had maybe 5 baby spinach leaves and was mixed with Radicchio and Arugula - Both bitter tastes. He called the waiter over and explained to the waiter that the salad combination 'Didn't go together" - the waiter agreed and asked another waitress HER recollection of what the special salad was and she repeated verbatim what our waiter had told us. Then came the Meal - Both the waiter and bartender recommended the Steak Diane - Which is what was ordered along with a side of the lobster Mac and Cheese - The beef was extremely tough - the Potato was cold and the Mac and cheese tasted as if it had been made with Velveeta cheese - Bland - the Manager came over and we explained our extreme Disappointment - We have eaten in some very fine restaurants world wide and this one wasn't even CLOSE to fine dining. The Chef came out, We explained the salad incident and he said that BOTH the waiter and Waitress had been grossly misinformed and relayed incorrect information. We then asked about the cold potatoes and the Bland "signature" Mac and cheese dish and asked if the Chef tried anything before it came out of his kitchen - He did not answer the question - We then asked them to remove our plates - We did not pay for the Meals - the Waiter brought us the Dessert MENU (Are you Kidding?!) Most fine restaurants have a DESSERT TRAY - And we promptly paid for WHAT WE ATE and left - Never again will we enter this horribly over-priced "upscale" excuse of a restaurant again

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The service was excellent, the waiter was very informed and explained each dish with great detail.
The appetizers were outstanding, (crab cocktail and a caramelized onion tart) I ordered a Kansas City steak cooked medium, it came cooked rare, my wife had the filet mignon cooked medium well and it was excellent, the veggies, Brussels sprouts and summer squash were undercooked to the extent that they were inedible.
We did not send the food back because it was something we could "live with" but at these prices I would expect that knew how to cook. The desserts however were outstanding, great value for the money, carrot cake with vanilla ice cream, and a cinnamon cake brule and pear with cranberries.
Bottom line, a bit overpriced for Manchester, I think better meals can be found for a lot less money in greater Manchester, the service was great.

4
★★★★☆

The service was excellent, the waiter was very informed and explained each dish with great detail.
The appetizers were outstanding, (crab cocktail and a caramelized onion tart) I ordered a Kansas City steak cooked medium, it came cooked rare, my wife had the filet mignon cooked medium well and it was excellent, the veggies, Brussels sprouts and summer squash were undercooked to the extent that they were inedible.
We did not send the food back because it was something we could "live with" but at these prices I would expect that knew how to cook. The desserts however were outstanding, great value for the money, carrot cake with vanilla ice cream, and a cinnamon cake brule and pear with cranberries.
Bottom line, a bit overpriced for Manchester, I think better meals can be found for a lot less money in greater Manchester, the service was great.

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I went here recently with a business colleague and it was quite good.

We didn't have a reservation so we were asked to sit at the bar by the (stereotypical) host. We didn't wait long, though, and we got a table even though it was a busy night. The waitress was friendly and the food came rather quickly.

We ordered steak, and while the steak was small - about the size of a fist - and it was $23, it was delicious.

The atmosphere was good. Nice wooden bar, good seats. Not bright, but well lit, unlike some places in town.

I noticed some influential people eating there that night, including a state senator. This place has some "buzz" going for it. I don't know how long that will last, but it seems well deserved at this point.

I would go again, on a very very special occassion.

PROS: Fast service, great steak, the place is all the rage right now
CONS: Pricey, small portion steak

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★★★☆☆

I went here recently with a business colleague and it was quite good.

We didn't have a reservation so we were asked to sit at the bar by the (stereotypical) host. We didn't wait long, though, and we got a table even though it was a busy night. The waitress was friendly and the food came rather quickly.

We ordered steak, and while the steak was small - about the size of a fist - and it was $23, it was delicious.

The atmosphere was good. Nice wooden bar, good seats. Not bright, but well lit, unlike some places in town.

I noticed some influential people eating there that night, including a state senator. This place has some "buzz" going for it. I don't know how long that will last, but it seems well deserved at this point.

I would go again, on a very very special occassion.

PROS: Fast service, great steak, the place is all the rage right now
CONS: Pricey, small portion steak

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I was pleasantly surprized with this menu. It was wonderful. The atmosphere, food, and service was impecable. From the momment I walked in I was treated very well. I highly recommend to ask the waitress for the daily specials. This place is very expensive so if your no a budget I would go for lunch. Their lunch menu is also impressive.

PROS: Great overall experience
CONS: Pricey

5
★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprized with this menu. It was wonderful. The atmosphere, food, and service was impecable. From the momment I walked in I was treated very well. I highly recommend to ask the waitress for the daily specials. This place is very expensive so if your no a budget I would go for lunch. Their lunch menu is also impressive.

PROS: Great overall experience
CONS: Pricey

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