City of Keene

Mar 7, 2015 9:40 AM

NH1 Top 5: The best restaurants in Keene

The beautiful town of Keene in the western portion of the state is home to great foliage, hiking, and dining.

If you find yourself hungry in the Keene area, has taken a look at which places customers most recommend on, a website where customers can post their own reviews of restaurants. NH1 understands there are likely local favorites that did not make the list, and if you feel there are restaurants that didn't make Yelp's cut, feel free to post about them in the comments section below.

5) Athens Pizza House and Restaurant at 133 Main St.

In the mood for pizza? Athens Pizza House and Restaurant has received very high marks from customers on, garnering a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. Customers have called it their "childhood pizza" place and that the staff is extremely friendly. To see Athens' menu, visit its website by following this link.

4) Luca's Mediterranean Café at 10 Central Square

Let's start with the Awards this place has earned: 2010 Yankee Magazine "Best of New England"; eight-time New Hampshire Magazine "The Very Best of NH" award winner; 2014 Keene Sentinel reader's choice award for best overall restaurant, fine dining restaurant, restaurant service, catering, appetizers, dining atmosphere and date night restaurant. Pretty impressive. Customers say they enjoy the wine selection, the exquisite deserts like the chocolate pyramid and the Pasta della Casa. To visit Luca's website, follow this link.

3) The Stage Restaurant & Café at 30 Central Square

The Stage serves contemporary American style cuisine with an expansive martini and cocktail list. Customers on enjoy the dinner menu selections that include pumpkin barbeque chicken duck, steak and pastas. But customers also feel that The Stage's brunch selections are delectable and recommend others to try it. The French Toast Baguettes received high marks as did the mimosas. The Stage averages a 4 out of 5 star rating from 75 customer reviews. To find out more about The Stage and its offerings, follow this link to the restaurant's website.

2) Keene Fresh Salad Co. at 44 Main St.

The Keene Fresh Salad Co. has received high marks from customers on due what customers are calling fresh salad ingredients and outstanding soups. Keene Fresh Salad Co. features a barbeque chicken salad that has been well received by customers as well as fresh lemonade with flavored ice cubes that one customer feels is "a nice touch." Customers also enjoy the various wraps and sandwiches. The most common complaint seems to be how crowded the place is with Keene State students, which can make getting a table more difficult. If a restaurant's problem is how busy it is, it's usually a good restaurant. 4.5 stars on from 38 customer reviews. To visit the company's website, follow this link.

1) Nicola's Trattoria at 51 Railroad St.

Nicola's Trattoria features a fine Italian dining experience. Customers write that what makes Nicola's so great is the authenticity of the Italian food. One customer wrote, "This is a very good, authentic Italian restaurant. You will not be dissatisfied if you choose to dine at Nicola's." Customers enjoy the shrimp, Vitello Saltimbocca and the expansive wine list. Out of 29 reviews on, Nicola's averages a 4.5 star rating and several customers have posted lengthy comments raving about the dining experience. To take a peek at the menu, follow this link.


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