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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Events & Special Hours

New Years Eve 2023
Dec. 31, 2022 Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
New Years Eve 2023
Dec. 31, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2024 Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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

4.78 out of 5 stars based on 676 votes

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Value: 10/10
Dec 03, 2022
David L.
Being new to the area it was our first time at Oak and Grain (O&G), but it most certainly won't be our last. O&G is a lovely restaurant in a lovely inn, and the food was fabulous. It's so nice to be able to enjoy a fine dining experience in an unexpected location. We last dined out at Pine at the Hanover Inn, and the food at O&G blew Pine away - it wasn't even close. Definitely worth the trip to Pleasant Lake Inn to dine there and can't wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 7/10
Nov 15, 2022
Sidney A.
Farm to table with a fine selection of locally sourced items on the a la carte menu (a tasting menu is also available). Our server was friendly yet professional with helpful explanation of choices. We very much enjoyed our tasty appetizers, main course and dessert, all freshly prepared and presented with good pacing; we neither felt rushed nor impatient for our food to arrive. Portion sizes were just right for us.

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Nov 13, 2022
William S.
Exquisite food as always!

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Oct 07, 2022
Jean O.
Had a delightful dinner last evening and was thrilled to have Alex as our server!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 21, 2022
nancy w.
One of us ordered NY Strip steak, too much grizzle and fat. Staff was superb and compensated us with a free dessert to make up for the below par steak.

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Sep 18, 2022
Thomas F.
Waitress Paige did an excellent job

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Sep 09, 2022
rosemary d.
We will recall this dinner as one of our finest dining experiences. Our server was delightful and the entire meal was in every way fabulous. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the setting and perfect late summer evening. Thank you for an exceptional experience and we plan to visit again.

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Sep 01, 2022
Susan A.
Always an excellent experience.

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Aug 26, 2022
Greg H.
Olivia was wonderfully helpful and accommodating!!!

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Aug 20, 2022
Charles C.
The chef knows his/her business, and the food is superb. The turbot special was incredible, and the rack of lamb was done just right. Well worth a visit.

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Jul 22, 2022
Bill C.
Room 11 was a disappointment. Other than that everything was great. The staff were very good and our server was the best. Alexa I think. Overall wonderful. This is our third visit and better each time

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Jul 22, 2022
Tom B.
Great waitstaff. Creative menu.

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Jul 15, 2022
Stacey C.
It was excellent. I didn’t think the endive salad was very good. The old endive salad was much better.

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Jul 08, 2022
Barbara G.
Oak and Grain never disappoints. I had the pork belly and then the duck breast. Both were outstanding.

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Jun 24, 2022
Meera C.
We loved the fresh ingredients, beautifully composed dishes, gracious, kind staff and pretty view

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Jun 12, 2022
Marie-Claire L.
My husband and I celebrated our 5th anniversary with a lovely dinner. The food was delicious, and the staff was wonderful. I would totally suggest making the flight of sauces an included part of the entree. It was fun to help curate our meet and sauce pairings! Thank you again!

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Jun 10, 2022
Anne P.
This was one of the best meals we have ever had. Thank you!

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Jun 03, 2022
Karla K.
Loved everything about Oak and Grain. Food was delicious, service excellent and well paced. They had a nice card for our Anniversary which was a nice touch. It was expensive but worth it!

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May 26, 2022
Jean O.
Being outside was a real pleasure. We appreciated the staff making it happen.

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May 24, 2022
Thomas T.
My wife and I enjoyed our dinning experience 5/22/22 .our waitperson was attentive and knowledgeable, the Al la cart menu worked with a variety of choices and sauces. Wine list was sufficient, however only a few glasses of Chardonnay left but the savion blanc was fine . The chocolate cake was suberb. Well worth the hour drive to dine . Will definitely return

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Apr 13, 2022
Leslie W.
We had an amazing meal and great experience at Oak & Grain. Excellent fine dining with lovely views and attentive service.

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Value: 7/10
Apr 06, 2022
Rebecca W.
The service and ambience were outstanding and the staff gracious and extremely accommodating. They went above and beyond to make our time there wonderful. My only comment is that the grain bowls received by 2 of our guests were a little scant-they were sized more like appetizers than a main course.

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Mar 29, 2022
Joyce P.
Ambiance lower rating as only one other table occupied.

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Mar 19, 2022
Kim D.
Very good service and excellent food . Especially liked the duck and the cod special

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Mar 07, 2022
Kate V.
Superb in every way from the minute we walked in to the end of dining. The chefs choice of sauce for both scallops and tuna was impressively splendid. Wait staff was professional and the best dining experience we have had since moving from CT to NH. We applaud you. Kate and Jacques Vanden Borre

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Feb 19, 2022
James G.
Stayed at inn and enjoyed 5-course fixed menu. All courses were superb and server picked the perfect wine to accompany. Definitely will return.

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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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Ambience: 8/10
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Dec 14, 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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Value: 8/10
Nov 24, 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!

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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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!

Overall: 10/10
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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

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2021
Gillian T.
A wonderful romantic evening - the food, service, setting and ambiance were perfect.

Overall: 10/10
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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.

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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.