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The WaterWheel

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1955 Presidential Hwy, Rte. 2, Jefferson, Jefferson, NH 03583-6208
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Thu - Mon 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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7 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by this place the morning on our way to the Cog Railway. The waitress was exceptionally pleasant and the location extremely easy to find. Parking is really tight, especially on a busy day. We went on a saturday and got there the place was empty. Pretty soon it filled up and there were people waiting to be seated. Our... More 

Thank Kali C
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before I get into this review, I want to make clear that the food on offer really is good and well priced. But, there are many buts... On the wall in the Waterwheel is a quote about patience (see photo) and boy do you need it here. We are a European couple and stopped here on our New England road... More 

Thank Ben T
New Windsor, New York
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was great and cheap. Huge pancakes. Service is a little on the slower side, but we weren't in a rush so it didn't bother us. The food was totally worth it.

Thank Jennifer B
Coventry, Connecticut
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

After a disappointing breakfast buffet at our hotel the day before, we decided to venture out to find a better place. We found it! We were lucky to arrive and get a table right away. The place was rustic, but homey and clean. We were greeted by Trisha, one of the owners. She instantly made us feel welcome, gave us... More 

Thank X-countryGuy
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

They have huge delicious pancakes! As they are known for the pancake being their specialty that is what everyone ordered. Different toppings/stuffings but everyone liked them. Plus they serve real maple syrup by default! No extra charge! But get there early we got in at 8:15 and as we were getting ready to leave at 8:45 their was a line.

Thank 330Greg
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Great food, nice atmosphere and worth the wait in line if busy! The portions are big and taste great! Nice gift shop also!

Thank Mtkeg15
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We got there early and they were super fast. Food was excellent. Great pancakes! There was a cute gift shop Attached.

Thank Martha J
Vallejo, California
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Its labor day weekend so waiting 20 minutes for a table was to be expected. What I dont get is why once we were seated & brought our drinks we had to wait another 20 minutes for the waitress to come back and get our order. My guess is they're over worked (NOT COOL) The food though was hands down... More 

Thank USNBreeden
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Parking is tricky. The wait for a table can be long. BUT... it is so worth it!! The pancakes are huge, light, and delicious - especially with the pure maple syrup. Big servings - go hungry! Very reasonably priced.

Thank C H
Methuen, Massachusetts
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203 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Stoped here as a family on our way North last month. Place was busy and popular we noticed with locals! We were greeted by the owner and placed near the gift shop area. Our waitress was quick to bring us "first" drinks but she seemed to be the ONLY waitress working that morning. She never came back to refill my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1955 Presidential Hwy, Rte. 2, Jefferson, Jefferson, NH 03583-6208
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  White Mountains  >  Jefferson
  • Phone Number: 16035864313
We are known for our more than adequate portions at a very reasonable price. Our more popular menu choices include pancakes as big a dinner plate and Omelets made with 6 eggs. Along with a variety of New England made products we have maple syrup, 12 varieties of fudge, and whoopie pies in our Gift Shop.

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