Portsmouth

A sparkling small city on the New Hampshire seacoast

Historic, yet hip. Small, yet bustling. Classic, yet culinary. New Hampshire’s only seaside city crackles with life year-round. It’s a beer-brewing destination, a growing foodie town, and was named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes magazine. Stroll the quaint city streets and revel in live music or other stellar programming at the acclaimed Music Hall. For deal seekers, Portsmouth also is home to one of the best consignment stores on the planet, Esta, just a few blocks from Ale House Inn.

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Ale House Inn

Portsmouth

Where wooden kegs once rested, guest rooms and common spaces blend history, comfort, high-tech amenities and attention to detail. Also -- the central location near the Portsmouth harbor can’t be beat.

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The Hotel Portsmouth

Portsmouth

The Hotel Portsmouth offers all the amenities of a large hotel with the historic architecture and irrepressible charm of an inn. It's grand, yet boutique -- with gracious and welcoming service and fun nooks and crannies to explore.

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Where to Dine

Row 34Buzz-Worthy

(603) 319-5011   View Website   5 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Fresh off its success in Boston's Seaport, Row 34’s newest outpost is a variation on the same theme. Situated just a few blocks off the waterfront, this locally-inspired oyster and beer bar highlights New England seafood and microbrews. Visitors to both locations will notice that the Portsmouth menu shares some similarities with its southern sister, but also some delicious differences.

Street 360

(603) 436-0860   View Website   801 Islington Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

An eclectic, casual restaurant and cocktail lounge that satisfies both your hunger and your wanderlust. From falafel to pho, burgers to bánh mì, Street 360 serves the world’s most flavorful street food in one lively place. Also one of the hottest evening destinations in Portsmouth. 

Surf Seafood

(603) 595-9293   View Website   207 Main Street, Nashua, New Hampshire 03060

So you’ve come to the seacoast and you want seafood? Surf is the place. Fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood.Waterfront views from most tables.

MoxyBuzz-Worthy

(603) 319-8178   View Website   106 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Tapas with a New England flair. Moxy is super-creative with unique pairing/tasting menus and snazzy flavors. A fun atmosphere and impressive wine and beer pairings. It holds the title of “buzziest” of all of Portsmouth's buzzed-about restaurants at the moment.

Franklin Oyster House

(603) 373-8500   View Website   148 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

The reincarnation of this historical building was a long time in the coming - a seriously long time. The Franklin House started shucking and serving oysters to the locals back in 1867 and recently got back into the business. In addition to an impressive array of oysters from the left and right coasts, the menu is full of modern takes on traditional seafood dishes and craft cocktails.

Black Trumpet

(603) 431-0887   View Website   29 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Family-owned bistro and wine bar in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic old port. The menu changes every six weeks to capitalize on the freshest seasonal ingredients. The wine list features a variety of unheralded gems that pair well with the bold flavors of Chef Mallett’s cuisine. If you’re a fan of “Farm-to-table” then this is your place. We prefer to dine upstairs in the Wine Bar.

CavaNoteable

(603) 319-1575   View Website   10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Featuring two wine bars, one on street level and one in the Wine Cave, the owners offer a diverse and always changing selection of international wines to be paired with Chef Sessler’s modern and classic Mediterranean cuisine. A notable and always solid dining experience.

Anneke Jans

(207) 439-0001   View Website   60 Wallingford Square, Kittery, Maine 03904

Located just over the bridge in Kittery, this acclaimed, bistro-style restaurant is a favorite. Old and new friends gather to eat, drink and be merry. Menu changes often.

Where to Drink

Red Door

(603) 373-6827   View Website   107 State Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Simply marked by a red door, and no sign, this hidden lounge serves up an extensive martini list with DJs spinning nightly. An intimate venue that holds about 50 patrons, we suggest showing up prior to 11PM if you want to gain entry. Located directly above Dos Amigos. 

Press Room

(603) 431-5186   View Website   77 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

For over thirty years, the Press Room has been the Seacoast’s live music source. Open seven nights a week, expanding the entertainment to include blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and even Latin jazz. They offer a full selection of spirits and wine, with an extensive list of imports and micro-brews on draft. From snacks to entrees, their menu has something for everyone.

Portsmouth Brewery

(603) 431-1115   View Website   56 Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

New Hampshire’s original brewpub has been serving outstanding handcrafted beers (not to mention great, uncomplicated food) in a friendly, lively atmosphere since 1991. Large, varied menu.