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42 North Main Street, Wells River, VT
802-757-3466
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 10
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  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
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  • 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
Great place for home cooking

When you are anywhere in the vicinity of Wells River, Vermont, stop in and eat at the Happy Hour. This is a place for really good home-cooked dishes. An extensive menu would please most everybody who enjoys food your mom used to make. An extensive salad bar offers a wide variety of items, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
FJDriver
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Essex, Vermont
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Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Ditto to everything everyone else said, walked in and sat right away, greeted by savory smells,had fresh bread and drawn butter on the table before we had ourselves situated. Very attentive server. Here is my tip: for your side dish order something cooked, because the fresh salad bar also hosts the other side options like pickled beets (which were yummy).... More 

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Essex, Vermont
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113 reviews 113 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

When you are anywhere in the vicinity of Wells River, Vermont, stop in and eat at the Happy Hour. This is a place for really good home-cooked dishes. An extensive menu would please most everybody who enjoys food your mom used to make. An extensive salad bar offers a wide variety of items, and should not be missed. The staff... More 

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Keene, NH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
76 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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 North Main Street, Wells River, VT
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Wells River
  • Phone Number: 802-757-3466

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?