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Dancing Lion Chocolate

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917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
+1 603-625-4043
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast
Description: I first encountered the True Soul of chocolate in 1995. For fifteen years...
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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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
chocolate as art form

Once you taste the creations from this master chocolatier you'll never go back to plain old chocolate. Taste combinations are truly creative and sublimes. This tiny corner of Manchester is well worthy he trip. Hopefully, you will meet the owner, his passion for his work is infectious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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  • Romantic
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English first
Manchester, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Once you taste the creations from this master chocolatier you'll never go back to plain old chocolate. Taste combinations are truly creative and sublimes. This tiny corner of Manchester is well worthy he trip. Hopefully, you will meet the owner, his passion for his work is infectious.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Because of the prices, I only buy here for Christmas gifts. The recipients of said gifts are always thrilled. The chocolates are all painstakingly handmade, artistically beautiful, and exceptional on the palate. This is definitely a special occasion product. They have a few tables inside where you can enjoy lunch or a cup of steamy hot cocoa. The staff is... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Amazing place the owner is very passionate about his process And his chocolate worth a visit after dinner.

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New Hampshire
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This place is really expensive so I would suggest only going once in a while I had spicey (not noticeable)hot chocolate and if you don't really like a lot of sweet in your hot chocolate then it will be good for you for myself It was too bitter but you could definitely tell it was legit the sandwich I got... More 

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ALTON
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I love everything about this place even the education about the chocolate is great the sipping chocolate is wonderful. I live a hour and a half away and I come here a few times a year and it's never a disappointment.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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11 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 917 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: +1 603-625-4043

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 7
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Bakeries, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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