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“Lovely chain” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Common Man

The Common Man
Ranked #3 of 65 Restaurants in Merrimack
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lynn, Massachusetts
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310 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Lovely chain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

A quaint little restaurant in a 200 year old historic house.There is a cozy lounge on the upper level and they serve drinks and food up there if you like. The downstairs is very well decorated and has a pleasant atmosphere.The blueberry lemon mock tail is very good, I had the tofu and vegtables with ginger soy sauce and it too was very well made.My fiancé had the steak with mashed potatoes and vegtables, the steak appeared to be a bit smaller than expected, but was seasoned and cooked perfectly. This place is filled to the brim with unexpected perks.Firstly, while you wait there is a free crackers and cheese stand with two types of cheese dip, both are very good.Then with every entree they will bring a small basket of dinner rolls and a fresh baked dessert bread (ours was blueberry) both very good and moist.Lastly, the waiter/waitress brings a slice of home made white chocolate.The whimsy and special touches set The Common Man aside from the rest♡

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English first
New Brunswick, Canada
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Ate for the first time at this restaurant. As you walk in this old and well kept building, you notice the door is linked to a bucket on a pulley, which I hadn't seen for quite a long time. The building has been kept with its' original rooms, with tables set up in each and every one. We sat in the parlor area with the fireplace. As you walk to your sitting area, you hear the creaking of the floors. The staff is very friendly and helpful with the menu, and service is quick. Thought if having dessert, but meal was plenty and had no room for more. Will definately return when back in the area, as it is a must.

Visited June 2014
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Elkin, North Carolina
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good Eating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

The portion sides are generous. The atmosphere is relaxed. Whether or not you ordered a starter the restaurant offers you cheese and crackers. Lastly the food is exceptional. My wife had the Portsmouth Pie and I had the Yankee Pot Roast. Both were cooked to perfection.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dayton, Ohio
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4 reviews
“Fantastic restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Everything about this place is great. There are crackers and dips available to snack on while you wait, as well as a huge block of cheese. Homemade breads that come with your meal...yes, home made. This is what your (great) grandma used to make for you or your parents. Beyond good. The meals are great, and a good variety of options. My biggest regret is that I was too full to try the desserts. The place feels like the type of inn that would have been there in the 1700s for travelers to stop in on their way through. I can't say enough good things about this place.

Visited May 2014
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Not the Old Common Man”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

I am not sure if the Common Man has over-extended itself with all of its restaurants or what the problem is, but over the past few visits to the Merrimack Common Man, service has slipped. Now add the food to that. I ordered turkey pot pie and I'm not sure what the alleged cubed meat product was, but it sure didn't resemble turkey in taste or texture. $20 with tax and tip and no beverage and I ended up eating only a little of it. Ready to give up on them.

Ate at their restaurant, Town Docks, recently and very good as usual.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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