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Dancing Lion Chocolate

917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
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Ranked #2 of 347 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $6
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Not only are the staff welcoming, the chocolate is superb. They have hands crafted chocolate..Even chocolate art made to order. This place is a gem in the middle of a very small town. Lunch is served here. Also if you go in leave your email in their register. Special events do happen here..they throw chocolate themed evenings with savory and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The perfect place for a pot of tea and a delicious chocolate treat. Wonderful service, beautiful space and unique foods. And the drinking chocolate is a must have!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

With many options for a tasty treat in Manchester, there are few that compare with dancing lion. Tea brewed perfectly with a window side view of the city center. Amazing chocolate creations that are always fresh and unique. Our favorite place to unwind for an hour while have a pot of tea and zen brownie.

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Durham, New Hampshire
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98 reviews 98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I dropped in to buy chocolates and also procured a Ham & Cheese Mallorca, that I elected to eat in my auto. It's the sort of small, sweet sandwich one would get in France in mid morning or afternoon, in this case a combo of Black Forest ham (allegedly but seemed too thick and not smoky enough) Vermont cheese, toasted... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I am definitely a chocolate lover, and while I enjoyed the chocolate bars I purchased I found the place overpriced. Still, service was wonderful and very helpful.

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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137 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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
16 reviews 16 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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Additional Information about Dancing Lion Chocolate

Address: 917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
Phone Number: 603.625.4043
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Manchester
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 3 - 6
Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert, Café

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