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49 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH

A Seacoast institution, the Hammer is a comfortable place to enjoy good food and good company, not to mention one of the area's most popular bars.

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111 State Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 427-5300

Relax and indulge in an upscale Mexican Bistro with Authentic Mexican Cuisine accompanied with the perfect Margarita. All of our food is prepared with the freshest ingredients. Come enjoy our tableside Guacamole in a flavorful atmosphere. Open 7 days each week at 11:30 a.m. Complimentary valet parking available Thursday through Sunday.


High & Hanover Streets
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 427-2583

Experience the festive and flavorful foods from the Blue Mermaid's wood burning grill. Our award-winning menu features cuisine inspired by the Caribbean Islands. There is always something refreshing to quench your thirst - choose from one of tropical coolers, twelve different margaritas, one of our locally brewed beers on tap or a fine glass of wine from our list. And every weekend, we feature the best in live local music. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Stop by and find out why we are a Frommer's Travel Guide Favorite. Outdoor dining in season. Children's menu and many vegetarian entrees served.


75 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-0050

Welcome to Brazo. Where the flavors of Latin and South American cuisine are completely at home in northern reaches. And fresh robust ingredients are never overly complicated by preparation or presentation. Its everything an exotic journey below the equator should be, without ever leaving home. Join us for dinner, drinks, a late night meal, Sunday brunch, live latin music - or to simply bask in the warmth. Viva Brazo!


64 Bridge Street
Portsmouth NH
(603) 430-9301

Bistrot (from Bistrotière FR): "A small, chef owned corner café serving modest, down to earth,food and wine". Chef Owner Stephan Mayeux and his wife Christine invite you to enjoy Dinner, Appetizers, Wine, Cocktails and Desserts in our newly remodeled Restaurant and Wine Bar. The Wine Bar opens at 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday and offers a creative light menu and wine list featuring unassuming country wines. Dinner is Served Monday through Saturday Nights and features Stephan's outstanding Country French Cuisine.


119 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 427-5563

The flavor of the north end of Boston has come to Portsmouth in the Italian bistro, Café Mediterraneo. Fresh vegetable antipasti, veal, chicken and seafood, including lobster ravioli and more, are all cooked to order with the freshest Italian herbs and homemade cheeses including mozzarella. Moderately priced.


10 Commercial Alley
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 319-1575

Cava is located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth. It is the dream of two long time friends John Akar and Gregg Sessler to combine their years of experience in the restaurant business to build Cava. We feature two wine bars and a chef's bar serving modern and classic Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Sessler uses only the freshest seasonal products available to create his innovative menus. The "tapas" or small plates are all meant to be shared and enjoyed amongst friends.


3612 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth NH
(603) 766-0001

Demeters is a spirited celebration of the classic American steakhouse experience in a comfortable, modern atmosphere. We feature hand select USDA prime steaks, fresh local seafood, housemade pastas and more than 250 varieties of bottled wine, plus a casual bar and grill menu with burgers, sandwiches and shared appetizers. Join us for live jazz every Friday night. Plenty of free parking. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.


15 Bow Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-5222

A full-service restaurant and bar specializing in contemporary American cuisine, The Dolphin Striker emphasizes creative presentation. Our food is prepared from the freshest ingredients and served by a cordial, knowledgeable staff. Join us for dinner or simply cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. And don't forget the lively Spring Hill Tavern where you can listen to outstanding live music seven nights a week.


107 State Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 373-6001


2 Bow Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 610-4227


138 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-7888

We are just loving it here in downtown Portsmouth! Our Flatbread crew has only one thing in mind, to give our guests a fun and fabulous experience. Serving mostly local and organic foods, local and organic brews, you can get a taste of Portsmouth here for sure. Awards, yeah, we got some&but dont take anyone elses word for it, come on down and relax and enjoy the very best pizza that we can imagine. Make that a Tuesday night and you can help support a local organization that needs all of our help. Until we meet, thank you for supporting Portsmouth and all that the town has to offer.



                             148 Fleet Street


In 1867 the Franklin House of Fleet Street shucked and served oysters to the Portsmouth locals. Nearly 150 years later the Franklin Oyster House revives the tradition, serving oysters from East and West to pair with progressive dishes and cocktails. 



250 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 559-2626

Cuisine: Modern American

Our food is made with local ingredients, and our restaurant has really transformed into a place where families, businesses, and friends can gather and enjoy the experience. The menu offerings include Sesame Seared Tuna, Crab Cakes, Braised Short Rib, Roasted Haddock, and other seasonally inspired dishes. Complimentary Valet parking. Reservations suggested.



124 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-1200

1981 Woodbury Avenue
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 766-5566

2968 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 610-8444

Lunch dinner or late night the best slice of pizza you can get in town. Made with our secret NYC recipe and lots of love.


150 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH


Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jay's has become an overnight institution among locals who appreciate exceptional seafood. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of a gourmet sauce or marinade.


401 State Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-5202

Located at one of the Seacoast's most historic and prestigious addresses, The Library Restaurant has long been known for fine dining in an elegant yet casual atmosphere. Traditional dishes with a contemporary flair are served in the dining room and lounge of this former hotel of which past guests include George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. Also join us for cocktails, entrees or dessert after the Music hall. Open daily from 11:30 am.


106 Penhallow Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 319-8178

A modern American tapas restaurant focusing on smaller plates meant for sharing and taking inspiration from our local farmers, culture, and history in New England.


218 State Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 427-8972

At Orange Leaf, you're the master of your dessert. We provide the best tasting frozen yogurt on earth, specially selected toppings, and a bright, fun environment where everyone feels welcome!


37 Bow Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-5967

Poco Diablo. Cooking up the flavors of old Mexico and the new Southwest.Generous portions prepared with the freshest ingredients. Creative cuisine complimented by fresh seafood selections and daily lunch and dinner specials.We are a popular spot on the waterfront whether you're enjoying your dinner overlooking the tugboats from our dining room (or seasonal deck), listening to local musicians week nights in our cantina, or relaxing with a mimosa on Sunday brunch. Open seven days a week, available for private functions and catering, call for information. Poco Diablo, come join us and we'll bring out "a little bit of the devil" in you.


56 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-1115

The Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire's original brewpub, is a large, lively place famous for its award-winning beers, outstanding food and great service. Mozzarella sticks? We ain't got no stinking mozzarella sticks! What we do have is fine lagers and ales, brewed right on premise, a varied and extensive menu, the best-stocked bar in town, seasonal outdoor dining, and the tastelessly understated Jimmy LaPanza Lounge downstairs. Serving lunch and dinner (till 11PM), 7 days a week, and late night menu (till 12:30) on weekends.


64 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 430-8582

Four venues, under one roof, known for wood-fired cooking and live entertainment!


142-144 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 373-6464

Benvenuti! Welcome to Radici! We invite you to get back to the "roots" of "la dolce vita." The "good life" should be about simple pleasures: time together with family and friends in an inspiring and intimate atmosphere full of fabulous food, wine, music and art. Enjoy culinary creations like Osso Buco or Oven Roasted Tuscan Chicken. Vegetarians will delight in the Seacoast's most extensive vegetarian menu choices, including Wild Mushroom Cannelloni or Vegetable Napoleon.


22 Market Square
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 319-1680

No trip to Portsmouth is complete without visiting Ri Ra Irish Pub. Every effort has been made in the renovation of 22 and 26 market street. Originally constructed in 1803 as The New Hampshire Bank, it is the oldest bank building in America. The interior of the pub was meticulously restored in Ireland before being shipped to its new home in Portsmouth. Ri Ra is a proud new member of the Portsmouth community and would like to welcome you for lunch, dinner or drinks daily.

Formerly Anthony Alberto's

59 Penhallow Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-4000

Nestled in historic downtown Portsmouth, Ristorante Massimo offers guests world-class Italian cuisine and outstanding hospitality in a quaint brick European ambiance that transports guests to Florence, Rome, and Venice. Massimo's selects the freshest seasonal ingredients, cures its own meats, and makes bread and pasta from scratch. With a selection of exquisite Italian and Californian wines, Massimo's has won numerous awards. This charming ristorante has been a consistent destination dining spot. Private party accommodations. Open Monday-Saturday, 5:00p.m. Complimentary weekend Valet parking.


20 High Street, Portsmouth, NH (603) 430-RUDI

Rudi's Portsmouth serves savory American-style dishes in a cool, quiet, classic modern atmosphere adjacent to Market Square. Relax in our original brass and oak lounge, and listen to music from the baby grand piano. Or stop by to try our scintillating lunch or late-nite menus.(603) 430-RUDI (7834)


80 Hanover Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 427-2959

Some of the best Indian food anywhere can be found right here in Portsmouth at Shalimar. Delicious and unique!

Located on Hanover Street, midway between Bananas and the parking garage.


268 State Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 431-4357

The saloon/restaurant is celebrating 15 years as a neighborhood tavern and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu caters to hearty appetites and fits any budget. Sports fans enjoy darts, pinball, and big screen the lounge. Come join us!


21 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 608-8415

The Thirsty Moose Taphouse is the cure for the common bar. With beer and food to suit your mood. You’ll find over 160 tap lines with 116 brews to choose from. You also enjoy American bar and grill style cuisine, all made from scratch.



2456 Lafayette Road
Portsmouth, NH
(603) 501-0648

Modern Mexican cuisine using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Come enjoy life with soulful food and imaginative cocktails.





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