La Festa Brick & Brew

Bar, Eatery

300 Central Ave
Dover, New Hampshire, 03820-4133
United States

(603) 743-4100 | map

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drocpsu from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

LaFesta has a fantastic selection of pizza and a great selection of beers on tap. You can buy pizza by the slice from usually over a dozen different pizzas, or as whole pies, (including brick oven cooked). They come up with some very unique combinations that may sound odd at first, are are excellent once you try them. Plus, a small but quality selection of craft beers on tap makes this place a win if you're looking for a quick bite. Tends to get very crowded around dinner (esp. Fridays) or weekend lunch times though, so be prepared to stand in line for a bit.

Jun 05, 2014
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pieface22 from New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Great place to grab pizza by the slice and have a craft brew. The pizza is excellent and with around 10 craft brews on tap, you can almost always find a great beer. No crap beer here. Just a solid craft brew selection that's rotated regularly. Grab a cinnamon knot, if you have a sweet tooth -- you likely will not be disappointed.

Jul 29, 2013
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spence3208 from Maine

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This is the place to get Pizza in the Dover area. they sell pizza by the pie and the slice. (BBQ pizza was off the hook) also got some cinnamon knots ( very good) while I was there had 2 brews. selection was very good for a "pizza place" mostly all crafts. the tab for all of it was just over $20 so real reasonable. would for sure recommend this to my friends.

Jun 07, 2013
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ShipFaced17 from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was unbelievable impressed by this little Pizza place. Great location and some pretty great slices of pizza for a New England pizzeria. When I was waiting in line I noticed a few taps and moseyed over, I was then greeted by a super friendly bartender who was enthusiastic and you could tell knew and loved his beers. Considering it was a pizza place I wouldn't expect such a great little list of beers. On tap ( what I can remember) there was Green Flash IPA ( which I ordered two of), Allagash, Smutty, Rouge Dead Guy and A few other good brews. Including a bottle list that consisted of 5 A.M saint Dales Pale ale, and a few others. All in all if your looking for a fun place to stop by in Dover I would suggest this to anyone looking to have a good time.

Sep 19, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was surprised at what a nice little selection of taps and bottles this pizza joint has. The place is a little on the dark side, but wide open, with lots of seating. Great environment for a group or a family. The food was great...we ordered a few pizzas, and they are huge. They came out really quick, too. They had 6 or 7 brews on-tap, and I didn't inspect the bottle list too closely this time around, but will give it a look next time through. Lots of local offerings, even reaching up into Maine, down to Mass, and into VT and NY. Service was very place your order at the counter, get your drinks and have a seat. They call out numbers and bring everything to you. I've heard that on weekdays during the lunch hours there is a more cafeteria-like line through where you can order by the slice. The prices were a little on the high side, but the quality is definitely there to back it up. Definitely a decent place, and it shines when you look at the lack of beer spots currently in Dover.

Sep 02, 2011
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

An unassuming order and pick up yourself pizza place proves that there is more than meets the eye.

For starters, the pizzas, sold by the slice or the pie, is quite good. As are the garlic knots, rather the savory kind for the meal, or the cinammon sugar dessert versions.

The ambience is fine - the joint is roomy, plenty of space to stand and mull over your order, with a separate room for seating. Lots of flat screen TVs as well.

The beer selection is what puts this place over the top - I won't remember them all, but we had Rogue Dead Guy, Peak Organic Pale, Sebago IPA, Smutty Shoals, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Red Hook, among others - with a notable absence of crap. Even had a few interesting bottles including Unibrou.

The prices were silly - four slices plus a full size beer, plus two bottles of lemonade for the kids, and we're only about 20 bucks.

Highly recommend - stop by after spending the morning at the children's museum across the street!

Nov 10, 2009
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rbowser from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The concept behind La Festa is fresh pizza, in a bunch of varieties available by the slice, and a decent selection of beer. If you are looking for a decent brew, a quick bite of pizza, and a casual place, this is just about perfect.

It really is not a bar, most people are grabbing some food, a mix of families, teenagers getting pizza, and couples. They do have decent tap beer selection, about 8-10, usually a couple of local (NH,ME) beers and a Rogue, etc. The bottle selection is minimal. If you are looking to just drink, then walk the 50 feet to the Barley pub for a bar atmosphere and a much better selection of brews (conversely, if you are hungry walk the 50 feet from the Barley pub back to La Festa).

Note: the Barley pub does not open until 3:30pm, so La Festa does also fill in the crucial day time lunch time drinking spot.

The layout is a serving area as you enter, with the main pizza ovens off to your right. and a selection of already made pies. The taps are straight ahead. Grab some slices, have them reheated, grab a couple of pints, and go to your right to the sitting area.

Really can't beat it for a casual meal. Good pizza and beer is a fundamental combination.

Aug 22, 2009
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

On a cold, wet Sunday afternoon in February, this place had all the ambience of a cave. Brightly colored signage on the outside. Enter into a large room, faintly lit, with an L-shaped counter along the left wall and back. High tables on the right, and a couple TVs. Off to the right of this room is another large, even darker, room with booths along the wall, and tables in the middle. Minimalist decor, not very inviting.
There's no table service, so go up to the counter to look at the menu and place your order. Your food is brought to your table, however.
When ordering, the taps and bottled beers are visible from the counter. Ten beers on tap and I think about twenty bottles. The draft beers on our visit were Shoals Pale Ale, Harpoon Celtic Red, Tuckerman Pale Ale, Long Trail Blackberry Wheat, Monty Python Holy Grail, Allagash White, Magic Hat Circus Boy, Moat Mountain Brown, Full Moon, and Sam Adams Lager. The beers were all served in chilled mugs.
My wife and I each had a small pizza. The menu looked to be all fast food Italian. Our pizzas were average at best.
I suppose if I wanted decent beer and palatable pizza quickly, I might go back.

Feb 25, 2009
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SevaTse from New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Always an amazing selection of taps and bottles. On tap there is pretty much always a Moat draft, an Allagash, as well as Shipyard, Smuttynose, and various quality imports.
The only relative downside is the fact that the same glassware is used, but to many people it is not a deterrent. Mugs are also at times frosty.

The pizza is sold by the slice, as well as, obviously, entire pies, so you can always get a quick snack and a beer on the fly.

Seating is restaurant style, with some high tables in a couple of places. No "bar".

Feb 03, 2009
La Festa Brick & Brew in Dover, NH
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 15 ratings