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Above the Notch

Italian, American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
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729 Main Street, Franconia, NH 03580
603-823-8077
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    Very good
  • 11
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good pizza

We had read the Trip Advisor reviews so decided to have dinner here. It was Friday night, so for us it meant pizza. We created our own with different toppings and really enjoyed it with a bottle of wine. Our waiter (a young man) was great, very friendly and fast.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2014
AprilinParis2012
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had read the Trip Advisor reviews so decided to have dinner here. It was Friday night, so for us it meant pizza. We created our own with different toppings and really enjoyed it with a bottle of wine. Our waiter (a young man) was great, very friendly and fast.

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St. Augustine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This was a delightful surprise…laid back atmosphere, but attentive service. Absolutely delicious entree, and the drinks from the bar were suburb. Reasonable prices. We loved it, and hope to enjoy it again!

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North Bay, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Casual dining, good pizza and dining options. Nice stop for a drink and food with a bar to linger longer if you want to. Recommend trying it if you are in the area. Been there as a solo and couple - works fine for both.

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Seekonk, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by Stonybrook Motel down the road. We were early for dinner and enjoyed a beer at the bar while we checked out the food offerings. Above The Notch is not a fancy restaurant, instead it is more of a bar with a separate section for food and a larger area for dining/ drinking or pool. The... More 

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Amherst, NH
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217 reviews 217 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Went here on a cold Tuesday night in February on a ski trip to Cannon. Best Western hotel recommended this place, and it was a good choice. Not busy at all - just a few patrons in the bar and in dining area, plus a steady stream of takeout customers. Ray Fredericksen, the owner, was working the bar, and quickly... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We went to Above the Notch on the recommendation of the hotel. The dining room was very small in comparison with the bar area and rather cramped. Perhaps this was our fault, but we couldn't find much on the menu that appealed to us so we chose fish and chips - which was very good, but quite expensive.

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Bethlehem, New Hampshire
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Rustic setting, interesting and unusual antiques to view on the walls, and truly good pizza, calzones, steak...

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Cincinnati
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137 reviews 137 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is more a bar and party place. We had pizza and a greek salad which were good. Service was slow but we chalked that up to a big party that was going on in the bar. For a casual, after hiking place it was fine. For more upscale fare go to the horse & hound inn.

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Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

It's been a few years since I last visited this restaurant, but it was as good as I remembered. We ate outside on the patio. Service was good (a little slow), food was delicious, portions very generous, prices reasonable, the atmosphere was casual and the location ideal. We enjoyed visits from the owner's adorable little dog (Stoli). Restaurant seems to... More 

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Massachusetts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

If you're looking for a low-brow apres-ski pub, this might be your place. Above the Notch has a huge bar and a small dining room, and the waitstaff are focused on the bar; that must be where the money is. We stopped here for an early dinner on a Friday night. The place was nearly empty, but still we waited... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 729 Main Street, Franconia, NH 03580
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  White Mountains  >  Franconia
  • Phone Number: 603-823-8077

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta

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