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Dancing Lion Chocolate

917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
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Ranked #1 of 349 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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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited this tiny little shop and found it delightful. Although it was on the main drag it was not easy to find as the sign is dark and not large. We were glad we persevered as the cold chocolate was very good and the brownie was exceptional. Would have had a second but it was a little pricy! I... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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339 reviews 339 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Dancing Lion specializes in unique hand crafted chocolates. We sampled a few plus Mexican drinking chocolate; even our non-chocolate eater enjoyed. Chocolate ginger brownie was delicious. We didn't sample any of their other lighter fare. They can ship some of their artisan chocolate. Owner was great and answered our questions.

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Walkerton, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We walked by the restaurant and checked Trip Advisor on reviews. We returned the next morning to enjoy a simple breakfast. We are so used to fast food breakfasts, this restaurant put time and effort into the food preparation. Each bite of the breakfast sandwhich was sinfully amazing. Who would have thought to put a chocolate smack dab in the... More

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Quebec City, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We only had a hot chocolate but we never had a better one. It was absolutely divine. The owner travel all around the world to get the best cacao and you can taste the difference with others products usualy offer in chocolate places. It is a bit expensive but, in life, you usualy have to pay more for quality. Worth... More

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Kerrville, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went for lunch and had bean tacos(5star). EVERYTHING is made with some chocolate, in the case of tacos it was milk chocolate in the tortilla as well as a subtle sauce. The owner and chef, Rich, came out towards the end of meal and displayed his extensive knowledge of chocolate as well as his extensive inventory of the World's best... More

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Wolcott, Connecticut
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the Dancing Lion's selection of chocolate upon our arrival to Manchester. The chocolate was very detailed and at times ornate. I enjoyed a chocolate croissant with an iced chocolate drink that was a little too strong for me but nonetheless very good. James enjoyed a sampling of four of their dark chocolate bites. Overall it was very good.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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60 reviews 60 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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