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The WV Gourmet Reviews The Lantern

December 23, 2012

OK, so I’m not a gourmand worthy of writing a journalistic ‘review,’ but I’ve eaten enough restaurant meals over the years to know good from bad and everything in between.

I joined my friend April for dinner at Waterville Valley’s newest restaurant, The Lantern, last week.  I can summarize my evening out in three words:  Clean.  Delicious.  Attentive.

The Lantern is located in the former Diamond’s Edge North space on the second level of Waterville Valley’s Town Square.  When we entered, we were met by an energetic and attentive (one of my top three words!) young man who showed us to our table.  As we walked by the bar, I noticed that its signature ‘U’ shape looks the same – which, is a good thing.  It’s one of the most comfortable and fun bars in the region.  The dining room has a fresh coat of paint, including a rustic rendition of The North Church Tower from Paul Revere’s Ride – significant because the name ‘The Lantern’ is derived from one of New England’s most famous stories of Paul Revere and his midnight ride to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the Red Coats were coming to get them!

The Lantern restaurant, Waterville Valley, NH

The tables were all dressed in white tablecloths, which contrasted elegantly with black painted chairs.  The dining room was spotlessly CLEAN (one of my top three words!), and although I didn’t see the kitchen, I heard it is clean enough to eat off the floor.  Our fun and attentive server presented us with a menu that features something for everyone – but don’t worry, it’s not so huge that it’s overwhelming.  The Executive Chef is John Richard, known for his celebrated menus at the Sunset Room at Owl’s Nest Golf Course.  He’s created a menu that will satisfy all ages and is very reasonably priced (especially for a resort town!).

April and I shared an order of mozzarella sticks with homemade marinara sauce.  I ordered a garden salad and April ordered an arugula salad.  Both were delicious (my other top three word!).  April said the salad rivaled the tasty salads she enjoyed on a recent trip to Italy.  We both ordered the beef filet, which were cooked perfectly.  For dessert, I had cheesecake and April had tiramisu, which we both planned to bring home, but they were so yummy we ate three quarters of each, to the disappointment of our families waiting at home.

There was entertainment the evening we ate at The Lantern – an acoustic guitarist/singer.  The big, open dining room with tall ceilings make it somewhat loud, but with music in the bar, it was much too loud for my liking.  I mentioned this to Tom Powers, the restaurant’s general manager, and he said they are aware of the problem and have some ideas of how to mitigate.   The good thing is that the entertainment was really good and I loved the music!

Check out The Lantern.  It’s definitely worth it.  I know I’ll be returning with my family – many times.


About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

6 thoughts on “The WV Gourmet Reviews The Lantern

  • Karen says:

    I’m glad you had a good experience. I had the complete opposite experience. We were there Dec. 26th. First, no one greeted us. We sat ourselves at the bar. The bartenders finally took our drink orders. After three times of asking for menus, we were told that the kitchen was “on hold”. The bartenders never met our eyes. Finally, we left and went to Legends where we saw many of our friends who had also left The Lantern. Legends may be even busier this year thanks to the miserable experiences people are having at The Lantern!

  • David says:

    We (a family of four – two young children), went to the Lantern on opening night. The staff was a little nervous and overenthusiastic, but that’s not a bad thing. The food was quite good and reasonably priced. We feel that this is a wonderful addition to the Valley and raises the bar. We still love the Coyote Grill, but it is always good to have more choices.

    We did notice and note the noisy atmosphere. Many people will not mind this as the open restaurant concept is quite popular. The music was good, and we hope they can mitigate it in a beneficial way.

    We do dine out a lot, and can tell whether a restaurant is a winner or not. The Lantern is definitely a winner and will no doubt do well. The chef, John Richard, is excellent. We have dined at his previous venues, and hope that his creativity is allowed to flourish.

    • Jan Stearns says:

      Thanks for sharing, David. I agree that it’s good to have dining options. The restaurant just opened AND it’s one of the busiest holiday weeks of the year, so it’s not surprising that they might encounter some ‘hiccups’.

  • Howard K. says:

    Tried the Lantern last weekend. Food C+, service C. Music way too loud…do everyone a favor and turn down the volume so that we can hear the waiter describe food! Overall a step down from Diamond’s Edge. Best bet is to go to Campton or Plymouth for dinner IMO.

  • Mary says:

    Prices are high. Food is average. We asked the price of house wine. We were told 7 dollars. When we got the bill, it was 8 dollars. We asked and was told that evidently it went up. We eat out about 4 times a week and are here for the summer. We will not go back there. Actually anything would be better.

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