Oak & Grain

853 Pleasant St, New London NH 03257
$$$$ New American

Our cuisine is a celebration of the bounty and diversity of New England; we use locally harvested products at the peak of their season. We are steeped in New England traditions, and our food is authentic and respectful of our history. Our cuisine is regional, yet inspired by influences from around the globe.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

To ensure the best service possible, we schedule and staff according to reservations made by our guests. As a reservation-only establishment, cancellations cannot be filled last minute by guests on our waitlists. Please be respectful of this policy, and call well ahead if your plans change. Reservations for up to 6 people are available online. To book outdoor dining, or to select our 5 Course Tasting Menu, please call us at 603-873-4833.

Business Info

  • Address: 853 Pleasant St, New London NH 03257
  • Cross Street: Knollwood Rd.
  • Cuisine: New American | Sunday Brunch | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Expensive
  • Category: Upscale Casual
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Brunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Private Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: 40.00 | $40 fee assessed per 750ml bottle
  • Phone: 6038734833
  • Features: Full Bar, Hotel Dining, Sunday Brunch, Private Room, Prix Fixe Menu, Takeout Available, Tasting Menu, Working Fireplace, Cooking Classes, Chef’s Table, Free Wi-Fi, Lake View, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday
Sunday Brunch 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dinner - Inside 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
We do not have an official dress code, and we want you to be comfortable here. Many people visiting our restaurant are on vacation and dress accordingly. For the most part, our guests tend to dress business casual.
We changed our format back in the spring of 2020 to an a la carte menu. Now you can reserve a table when you'd like to dine and choose off the menu what you'd like to eat. If you only want an entree, no problem! If you miss our 5 course format, we do offer it as an alternative, which also allows us to offer wine pairings with your meal. We also offer a Chef's Whim option for the culinary adventurous.
If you'd like to enjoy a beverage on the lawn or in our living room prior to your reservation, please arrive before your reservation time. To accommodate everyone, you will need to be at your table at the time you have reserved it.
This depends on your own preferences! The 5 course is a prix fixe menu, where you have choices for most of your courses with the exception of the Intermezzo. The format allows us to pair wine with your meal, as we know your courses ahead of time. It is something many of our long term guests enjoy as it is reminiscent of our past signature experience. That being said, if you are not sure what you will want when you arrive, stick with the a la carte - our menu was designed to be coursed out!
Our Chef's Whim experience is for the culinary adventurers. It is a 6 course dining experience designed for you personally by our Executive Chef. Please be aware that this meal is created special that night - it is not on the menu. We will ask you for any dietary restrictions when you reserve, but you will not have choices to make as you would with our 5 course menu. This is an opportunity to try something new and exciting, but if you prefer choices, try our a la carte menu!
We are open to both! We love to have our inn guests dine with us, but we are equally happy to see our neighbors, friends, new friends or travelers staying locally. We offer a wonderful, personalized experience we are eager to share with you!
Due to the nature of our restaurant, we are unable to guarantee specific tables. Let us know your needs when you reserve and we will do our best to accommodate you. However, we design the tables each night based on the current reservations to allow everyone to have a nice experience. We do assign tables in the order the reservations are made. Occasionally, due to size, you may be limited to a specific table.
Send your requirements to [email protected] and we will get right back to you! We host events of all shapes and sizes and are happy to speak with you about your needs.
Yes! Our plans are to open the Patio for Memorial Day weekend, when the weather is reliably warm. Please be aware that the patio is not covered, so if it is raining, the patio will be closed. Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee indoor seating in case of rain, so please plan accordingly.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5 stars based on 372 votes

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Jan 07, 2022
Annabel M.
We had a lovely, romantic dinner at Oak and Grain. The food, as always, was first-rate: local, fresh, and creatively prepared. And the restaurant's location and charm cannot be beat. It's always a wonderful experience. My only suggestion might be to broaden the wine selection. We love Spanish reds and the Rioja could be options were limited. Nothing to complain about....just a friendly suggestion.

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Dec 28, 2021
Lindsey S.
We had a wonderful night at Oak and Grain. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. We can’t wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 13, 2021
Susan F.
Wonderful food and service. Ambience could have been a little warmer and more romantic, but you can’t have everything. I will definitely come back. And prefer the food and service over the ambience anyway.

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Dec 07, 2021
Polly M.
Always a special evening!!

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Dec 02, 2021
Thomas F.
Wonderful dinner, as usual. Service was attentive and discrete. These folks always turn out an excellent product and try hard to make sure the customers have a nice experience.

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Nov 23, 2021
Mark S.
Great location, food service etc. only gave an 8 for value not as a knock on the place, just a nod that it’s expensive to eat out these days…

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 20, 2021
Brian M.
Everything about this dining experience exceeded our expectations even tho we were returning patrons who had loved our previous experience with the 5 course dinner with wine parings! We were treated like the 'most important people' as soon as we arrived and enjoyed a beautifully paced meal without ever feeling rushed or unattended to!

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Nov 15, 2021
Lynn D.
Had a great meal!

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Nov 14, 2021
Barbara G.
Oak and Grain never disappoints. My duck breast was cooked perfectly! Everyone else enjoyed their meals just as much. Oak and Grain is our favorite restaurant,

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Nov 13, 2021
Debbie S.
I ordered the kofta appetizer and hanger steak and my husband had the scallop appetizer and filet mignon. All were delicious! The only thing I didn’t like was the curry sauce (too heavy/spicy) but I got it on the side and the waitress brought me a different sauce. Service was very attentive but not intrusive. Prices are high so we only visit for special occasions.

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Nov 11, 2021
Margaret H.
Excellent food, service & ambiance. Definitely worth the visit

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Nov 05, 2021
Lawrence L.
Great restaurant!

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Oct 25, 2021
Debora K.
I don't normally do surveys like this but our experience was so amazing I have to post. Our server was so professional and attentive especially given my food allergy. The table setting and ambiance was romantic and lovely. But the food was beyond amazing, creative, tasty from start to finish. I am still dreaming about the special soup that had a coconut curry to it. Even the desserts have a different flair on a New England favorite like my husband's cheese cake. Hats off to your chef! We will definitely come back! Thank you Debora

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Oct 12, 2021
Gillian T.
A wonderful romantic evening - the food, service, setting and ambiance were perfect.

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Oct 10, 2021
Ken G.
Excellent food and service. Looking forward to a return visit?

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Oct 09, 2021
Bob M.
Great experience

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Oct 04, 2021
Steve N.
Everything was terrific. Food was outstanding, service was warm and hospitable, and ambience was perfect. No suggestions on improvement as it was wonderful.

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Sep 30, 2021
RC M.
The Staff at Oak and Grain were perfect! The meal and wine pairing was awesome! Great way to spend our anniversary!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 15, 2021
Dan S.
Delicious to the last bite!

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Sep 13, 2021
Felix C.
Uniquely fine dining experience in this area. Perfect dinner music at just the right unobtrusive level. Angelo was a very professional waiter & part of the overall experience. O&G is 2for2 for us; we’ll be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 12, 2021
Brooke R.
We're huge foodies and we've eaten at more fancy restaurants than I can count, but this was one of (if not THE) best food and experience we've ever had. The ingredients were so incredibly fresh, and the meal was clearly made with love and care. It really was an exceptional experience.

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Sep 11, 2021
Anne L.
We had a wonderful time enjoyed terrific food and great service

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Sep 10, 2021
Melissa S.
I had a wonderful dinner, thank you so much!

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Sep 04, 2021
Annabel M.
Another impeccable dinner at Oak and Grain. Very element of the meal was first rate. The catch of the day offering is always very special. The best fish dinners ever. Our server, Angelo, was friendly, extremely professional, and on top of everything. Can’t wait to go back.

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Sep 04, 2021
Dan W.
Excellent in all facets!

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Sep 03, 2021
Christine C.
We celebrated our 25th Anniversary at Oak and Grain. It was exceptional! The service was spot on and the food, oh the food!! The lamb bao buns were out of this world and the cheesecake was one of our best dessert experiences ever if not the best. Kudos to the whole team at Oak and Grain!

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Aug 25, 2021
Kim C.
Very very delicious food and thoughtfully prepared . Nice view of lake too!

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Aug 19, 2021
Mary Ann L.
Everyone was so pleasant. Food was amazing!

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Aug 08, 2021
Victoria A.
The food and wine pairing was a pleasant experience.

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Jul 24, 2021
Linda T.
Angelo is one of the best servers ever, love him! And Chef Bryan never ceases to amaze me, love him too!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 24, 2021
Michele G.
Wonderful time, fabulous food, interesting selections, friendly, informative, attentive server and a great view! Couldn't have asked for more.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 7/10
Jul 24, 2021
Barbara S.
Delicious food, great service and ambiance. A little pricey.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 18, 2021
Jim G.
My wife and I enjoyed one of the best meals ever. Every aspect of our even was perfect, including Chef Bryan's soup du jour. With cauliflower as a base, it was the most delicious soup we've ever tasted. Ever. Olivia could not have been a more gracious, friendly, and knowledgeable server. And her cocktail making skills are unparalleled! All in all, a wonderful evening.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 19, 2021
Dave J.
Our favorite restaurant in New England

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 17, 2021
Diane K.
Wonderful experience! Food was superb, the wait staff exceptionally accomodating and profession, location was beautiful. A really nice evening that never disappoints.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 15, 2021
Linda C.
Portions were small but everything we tasted was excellent!

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Jun 12, 2021
Jen E.
We love this restaurant. Beautiful setting, attentive and charming service, and every bite is to be savored. Best restaurant in the area!

Overall: 10/10
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May 23, 2021
John M.
Trul a fine dining experience! We look forward to dining outdoors in the coming weeks!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 29, 2021
Pam S.
The evening was fantastic. From start to finish, service, was beyond perfect. The food, it's presentation and taste...a masterpiece. I was celebrating my birthday with special people, and this will be a memorable evening for a long time. Thank you

Overall: 9/10
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Jan 23, 2022
Nancy A.
We were both delighted with the creative dishes and good portion control) nice endive salad and perfectly cooked pork chop duck) our daughter runs several restaurants in Paris and brooklyn, incubators for young chefs( Fulgurances) so we taste a lot of food. Your chef and staff are doing a great job.congrats

Overall: 9/10
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Jan 13, 2022
Kyle A.
Everything was excellent

Overall: 9/10
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Jan 09, 2022
George G.
Excellent restaurant, great location, extremely kind staff. Have been before and will go again!

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Oct 29, 2021
Catherine M.
Nice location. Service a bit slow...I like my coffee with my dessert, which never showed up until 15 minutes after I had the coffee..never offered a second cup. Food is wonderful, but only 3 green beans for the vegetable..come on s/b at least 6!!!! Everything very tasty, quality excellent, ambience great.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 8/10
Oct 03, 2021
Timothy S.
We had a great experience. Our server Juliette was very good. The food was well prepared. It was hot and was served in a reasonable time. We would go back for dinner again.

Overall: 9/10
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Aug 18, 2021
Jennifer K.
Excellent meal and service. Really happy about the a la carte menu changes.

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Aug 17, 2021
Susan G.
We all think charging $1.50 for a slice of bread detracts from the overall experience and value.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 4/10
Nov 17, 2021
Darlene A.
Place was lovely and service was great. Food was good but definitely not worth the price. The description made it sound much more higher end than what was served.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 7/10
Oct 16, 2021
Nelson D.
The menu is organized like a mix and match deli - you choose a protein, then choose a sauce. At this level of dining I expect individual presentations of dishes. This set of choices puts the puts the food on the level of a sandwich shop. The last time we we there, several years ago, the chef gave a 20 minute presentation on our meal before it was served. I can't imagine a bigger contrast in presentation.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 4/10
Sep 03, 2021
Chris L.
1st time visit. Enjoyed very much but did feels prices were a bit inflated.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Jul 30, 2021
Mitchell H.
The Parker house rolls were not fresh but reheated. The menu is fairly limited but the quality of food high. Very expensive for what it is