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Dancing Lion Chocolate

917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
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Ranked #1 of 345 restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert, Café
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dessert
Description: I first encountered the True Soul of chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years I have sought her subtle nuances, studied her moods, struggled to understand her complex temper. She is a most difficult mistress; coquettish and proud, quick to anger, open only to the most patient of overtures.I’ve learned to prepare her in the ancient ways of the Maya and in the gleaming kitchens of the finest Parisian chocolatiers. I have studied her at ecole Chocolat in Vancouver and at the prestigious Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in the Rhone Valley of France. I am proud to count among my friends some of the finest chocolatiers from Montreal to Melbourne to Guatemala.Chocolate is my passion. I will never master her–who can master one so willful and tempestuous? But I will continue to woo her and to craft a small bit of her soul into each truffle and bonbon I create.For chocolate is art. And as art she is magnificent.
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Good atmosphere I came here with my partner for a coffee and a croissant and I will be back it was really lovely I've seen people complaining of the prices but you get what you pay for very nice indeed

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Keene, New Hampshire
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A delightful treat for lunch. Serves one choice a day but it was great. Hot chocolate (lite and dark were delicious. A small, beautiful and very friendly place.

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Traverse City, Michigan
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Defiantly a very interesting place. High quality coffie and gourmet chocolate. Nice place for tacking a rest while exploring NH...

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Manchester, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Looked up my hometown on Trip Advisor, and found this little Cafe. Went with my wife and another couple fom town who also had not heard of it. Both couples have gone back! Hot Chocolate in a drinking bowl, with a chocolate croissant on the side, to die for. What a treasure in our home town.

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Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Stumbled into this place accidentally and was very impressed. Spent a long time talking with the proprietor about Manchester in general and their business in specific. Very nice people. Then I had the products - can't beat them. A little pricey but you absolutely get value for money. This ranks with the finest chocolates in the world and it's hidden... More

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Enfield, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Understanding good chocolate and ingredients are expensive, I was a little thrown off by the pricing here. It was quite expensive. The chocolate, however, was just about worth the expense. The staff is very friendly and excited about chocolate. At first it was a bit much when you first enter, but I understand how it is to be excited about... More

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Duluth, Georgia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

If you're looking for a really great gift, the limited edition Partridge and Pears piece is amazing. It's hard to believe something so beautiful is entirely edible! I also love the dairy free hot drinking chocolate. It's better than any regular hot chocolate and gives me back something a food allergy took away!

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Dancing Lion Chocolate is like a hidden treasure of Manchester, NH. I savor chocolates and like to try as many flavors as possible. A friend of mine introduced me to Dancing Lion and I am really happy that he did so. The chef of Dancing Lion knows his craft very well and can easily compete with any other chocolate factories... More

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Bristol, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We visted the Dancing Lion in Manchester as a birthdy treat for me. The cozy atmosphere and luscious aroma of choclate were so inviting and greeted us the moment we came through the door. We enjoyed a smooth hot chocolate drink and double chocolate brownies, dusted with a hint of cinnamon from a far off land. Truely a gourmet treat.... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Fantastic! Gourmet chocolates as tasty as they are beautiful. Unique flavor combinations that constantly change based on what is available, in season, and on the chocolatier's mind. They took the time to tell us about each creation so we could decide what we wanted to try (everything!). Highly recommend the zen brownie!

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