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“Just okay”

Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse
Ranked #9 of 59 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: North Road
Description: Welcome to Nipper's Cafe and Steakhouse. Offering the best outdoor dining in Southern VT. We offer magnificient views of Mount Equinox. We strive to make every meal you dine with us a memorable experience. Nipper's has become popular amongst the locals and tourist for serving up outstanding fresh food at reasonable prices. We serve only Certified Angus Beef (CAB) steaks and fresh seafood. Whenever possible we use all local produce or preferably the vegetables come from our own organic,hydroponic gardens and all of our sauces are handcrafted on the property. We invite you to join us for a delicious home-cooked meal either in the morning or evening hours. Nipper's is the perfect setting for any size gathering and we want to make sure that your dining experience is enjoyable so you will return. We have added a large flagstone patio and fire pit for lounging.Catering, private parties and to go orders are available. We offfer a casual dining experience at a reasonable price. We look forward to serving you in the future.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Just okay”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

I suspect that we're not the target group for this place, or that it is more suited for outdoor (read: warm weather) dining. It just didn't click with us. We tried it mostly because of the reviews here.

To be fair, the menu is quite varied, and what we had was good. But it seems the place is better suited for laid back family with kids dining, yet it did't feel like a pub. The interior dining space is very small, and it didn't have neither the feel of a local pub/inn, nor of a restaurant. Weird, I know :)
Our waitress was okay. Not engaging, but knowledgeable. Our food arrived promptly and it was (again) okay. Nothing notable.
We paid quickly and left.
Sadly, that's it! Nothing worth mentioning.

We plan to return to the area during the warm weather season. Maybe we'll give it another shot, but at the moment, there's nothing that compels me to try it again.

Visited December 2013
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SallyH123, Owner at Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
just an average customer - I'm sorry I don't remember you since you were unable to give much of description and we must not have made a connection. I have serviced everyone during the month of December. We primarily service people looking for a good home cooked meal. We are not a four star restaurant and perhaps that is where you thought you would be dining. We see that you ate at the Brasserie - we can't compete and we don't try - I think you may have been better suited dining at Mistral's, Chantecleer or the Ye Olde Tavern. Many people love us for what we are and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal. We are very sorry we didn't live up to your expectations or you expected something that we are not. Many places have outdoor dining and we believe that you will be better suited for one of those options this summer :) safe travels
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Albany, New York
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Good Value and Best Pumpkin Pie!”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

This small restaurant (seats 25 per website) is just one-and-a half miles north of the center of Manchester on 7A and is worth looking for. It is primarily a place for steaks and burgers but also has a fairly varied menu with fish and chicken dishes. There is a good selection of wines and a smaller but still sufficient number of beers, including 3 local craft beers on tap. Karen, the waitress (and maybe owner) was very friendly, pleasant and helpful. My wife and I ordered burgers which were delicious and prepared as requested. Afterwards, we ordered a piece of pumpkin pie to share. Now, we are big fans of pumpkin pie but are often disappointed with the pale orange, mild-flavored product we usually get in restaurants. Not Here! This was a thick, creamy piece of pie, almost brown in color it was so laden with spice. If you like your pumpkin pie on the mild side, this kick-a** pie might not be for you. But for us, this was the best pumpkin pie we had ever had! It was a perfect blend of pumpkin, spice and sugar in a flaky crust. I would guess this to be a seasonal item, so probably it's only available in the latter months of the year. The burgers and fries were excellent; this pie was outstanding.
The cost of our meal--two burgers with fries, two beers, and a piece of pie--was $40 before tip, a good value. In contrast, at the hotel we were staying, the cheapest cut of steak was $42 and didn't even include sides.
A bit of trivia: Nipper is the name of a dog image which was the symbol of the RCA Victor Company, producer of phonograph players and records. (Ask your grandma what those are.) You'll find a small statuette of Nipper on the reception desk at Nipper's Cafe.

  • Visited November 2013
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SallyH123, Owner at Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Thank you so very much very such a long and excellent review. It was a pleasure meeting you and your wife and I look forward to serving you again.
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place, great value!!!”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

This place is a hidden treasure in Manchester!!! Great atmosphere. Had burgers and wings and they were perfect. Excellent casual place to enjoy an evening with friends and family!
Definitely would go back again!! Very friendly and accommodating service as well. Loved the pictures of old baseball parks on the wall!
Wanted to return for breakfast the next day but had to leave too early. We plan on eating there again on our next trip to Vermont!

  • Visited October 2013
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SallyH123, Owner at Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
It was a such a pleasure having you guys stay with us this past fall. We look forward to you returning again next year. Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We greatly appreciate your business. Best in 2014
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Montville, New Jersey
1 review
“Small but excellent”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We found this restaurant on trip advisor and decided to give it a try. Very glad we did. The food was excellent, the service was great, the price was reasonable and the owners are very friendly. The atmosphere is cozy and attractive. Also went the next day for breakfast. Again it didn't disappoint. Everything tasted so fresh and the apple smoked bacon was delicious. We went there again this weekend with a friend and had the same great experience. Nipper's has now become our favorite restaurant and we will go back every time we are in Vermont.

  • Visited November 2013
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SallyH123, Owner at Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
It was a pleasure meeting you and your husband. We are so happy that you guys have enjoyed our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Wishing great things in 2014. Many many thanks for taking the time to write the review.
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Ashland, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Hidden Jewel”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We passed by this quaint restaurant several times but decided to dine there after reading some excellent reviews in Trip Advisor. The outside appearance is very unpretentious and quite misleading, so we were pleasantly surprised by the cozy, charming ambience inside this small restaurant. The food was superb. I had some delectable pork chops prepared in a unique way. The service was excellent as well. We enjoyed it so much that we returned for breakfast the next morning (breakfast only on Sat. & Sun.) and found that to be just as good. We will undoubtedly make this our "go to" restaurant destination on future trips to the area. I'm not sure if they accept reservations since we didn't attempt to make them, but we were seated immediately.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank mcl31
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SallyH123, Owner at Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to write the review. We greatly appreciate it. We are a very small restaurant and quite honestly on busy nights we can't handle any more tables than what we have. We do take reservations with a credit card only - new policy - for dinner only - cancellation is at 4pm day of without penalty otherwise you will be charged $10 a head per person. Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you again.
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