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42 North Main Street, Wells River, VT
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11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A great find

We were traveling and hungry, so we were looking for a roadside sign signifying food at the exit. It's usually a gamble but this one paid off BIG TIME! we stopped in and were seated right away, the food was great and it didn't bust the bank. Very pleasant atmosphere and we will not hesitate to stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2014
Drkknight03431
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Keene, NH
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Keene, NH
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were traveling and hungry, so we were looking for a roadside sign signifying food at the exit. It's usually a gamble but this one paid off BIG TIME! we stopped in and were seated right away, the food was great and it didn't bust the bank. Very pleasant atmosphere and we will not hesitate to stop by there again... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The place is an oasis in rural Vermont and there is literally nothing else in the entire town (except a few massive crayfish kicking around in the creek). The fare is decent and not too overpriced, the service is not bad and the atmosphere is warm. Salad bar will please.

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NYC
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123 reviews 123 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were tired and hungry and we pulled off the highway and stumbled across this lovely restaurant. Walked in on a weeknight to find delicious smells, lots of animated guests and friendly hosts. The food was delicious and freshly prepared, the service excellent, the salad bar was full of fresh produce, freshly washed and neatly laid out. It was just... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This restaurant has been here since I was a kid and believe me that is a long time ago. After moving from VT one of my favorite stops when back visiting. We went there on Fathers Day and they had a special menu for the day. After looking at it we decided we didn't want anything listed. We asked the... More 

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Lisbon, New Hampshire
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Nothing fancy, but well-prepared food by a friendly and efficient staff. The restaurant prepares its own dishes in a traditional manner in a well-weathered traditional atmosphere. They have a nice variety of standard American cuisine and a good salad bar to begin your meal.

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Wells River, Vermont
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Have gone here a few times and it seems like I never learn. Went with some friends recently because it was the only place open in Wells River on a Saturday night (sad but true) and we didn't want to travel 20 minutes to any place else. The salad bar has a nice variety and the menu has a few... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Family establishment, the place to go for decades. Good lunch selections, full menu available all day. (Not open at breakfast.) Creditable lobster roll at a reasonable price in warmer months. Sinful desserts--try the "brownie" sundae. Decorated with pix of Wells River's glory days as a railroad junction.

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Churchill, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Stayed locally in a bed and breakfast who recommended this restaurant - not busy during the week but offered some good wholesome food which was freshly cooked. The staff were all friendly and ready to please. We noticed a family arrive after closing however the staff ensured they were all fed before they finally closed. Good American service and none... More 

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Vermont
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99 reviews 99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

The Happy Hour offers up a consistently good meal at reasonable prices. My favorite is the French Dip which is always excellent and is large enough to take some home for lunch the next day. The salad bar has a great selection of fresh produce and other items. The waitstaff really makes this place. Many have worked here for here... More 

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Windsor, CT
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270 reviews 270 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were driving from Hartford to Bretton Woods. Hunger sets in near Wells River. We parked in from of the Wells River Library and walked across to the restaurant. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was fresh and well prepared. The check was small.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 North Main Street, Wells River, VT
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Wells River

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?