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

Salt and Kitchen Bar

(603) 373-6566   View Website   588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, New Hampshire 03854

It’s all about the Bubbles and Jazz Sunday brunch at this Portsmouth area favorite, which overlooks the Pisqataqua River. Serving only the finest in locally-inspired food and craft cocktails, the Sunday brunch experience wouldn't be complete without a visit to their Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. Available every Saturday and Sunday, you can create your own custom concoction from a selection of over 40 artisan components.

Shio

(603) 319-1638   View Website   2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

A Japanese restaurant with full lunch and dinner menus featuring authentic sushi, sashimi, and a wide variety of rolls.

Spring Hill Tavern

(603) 431-5222   View Website   15 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Housed in the tavern portion of the Dolphin Striker restaurant, this intimate space offers a variety of mostly acoustic music in a traditional tavern setting.

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.

River House

(603) 431-2600   View Website   53 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Classic seafood favorites complemented by contemporary dishes are served overlooking the Piscataqua River.

Radici

(603) 373-6464   View Website   Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Brunch at Radici means a combination of breakfast and lunch with an Italian twist. In a small bistro setting, Radici offers five different savory frittatas and a make-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, with 20+ fixings to kick it up a notch.

Ristorante Massimo

(603) 436-4000   View Website   59 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Nestled in historic downtown Portsmouth, Ristorante Massimo’s world-class Italian cuisine and quaint brick and stone ambiance transports guests to Florence, Rome, and Venice.

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 Restaurant

(603) 334-9855   View Website   99 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Located on the waterfront, Surf Restaurant offer fresh seafood with a view of the harbor at Surf Restaurant. The variety of oysters and clams on the half shell rotates daily, and seafood towers add a luxurious touch. Mix up your oyster experience with some shooters. Surf has four styles from spicy Bloody Mary with vodka to jalapeno tequila with fresh lime juice, cilantro, parsley, and chive.

The Wellington Room

(603) 431-2989   View Website   67 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

An intimate dining room where all guests enjoy the spectacular view of the Piscataqua River. Features handmade food from hand-selected local meats, produce and products of the highest quality. Special requests are welcome. 

Warren's Lobster House

(207) 439-1630   View Website   11 Water Street, Kittery, Maine 03904

Warren's is not only huge, but has been a mainstay southern Maine destination lobster joint since 1940. Built on pilings over the river, the 350-seat restaurant houses a bakery, a lobster pound capable of holding 28 tons of lobsters, a gift shop, 40-foot boat dock, and an open-air deck this is a seacoast mainstay.

When Pigs Fly Pizzeria

(207) 438-7036   View Website   460 U.S. 1, Kittery, Maine 03904

Don't dismiss When Pigs Fly in nearby Kittery, Maine as another ho-hum pizzeria—with menu items like Thai curry mussels, tempura squash with tamari caramel, and falafel with hot pepper jam, this family-friendly joint is not run-of-the-mill. Wood-fired pizza rounds out the crowd-pleasing offerings.

The Wallingford Dram

(207) 703-4298   View Website   7 Wallingford Square, Kittery, Maine 03904

It's worth the 10-minute walk over the bridge to this wee speakeasy in Kittery. With its British-style pub vibe and long cocktail list, you'll never want to leave. Their Mai Tai is one of the best around and The Duke of Earl, with bourbon, Earl Grey tea syrup, citrus oil, bitters is perfect for a cold winter's night.

The Oar House

(603) 436-4025   View Website   55 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

With items like Salmon Cake Benedict, Steak & Eggs, and Monte Cristo this is a top choice for brunch-goers. Situated along historic Ceres Street in Portsmouth’s Olde Harbour area, a stroll among all the boutique shops and art galleries in downtown Portsmouth will help you digest all that deliciousness. 

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.

The Friendly Toast

(603) 430-2154   View Website   113 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Funky 50′s vinyl vibe and classic high-end diner breakfasts. Huge servings of the stuff you want to start your day — pancakes, French toast, scrambles, etc.

Popovers on the Square

(603) 431-1119   View Website   8 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

This centrally-located café has something for every one. They've found creative ways to incorporate their namesake baked good into every day part. Enjoy a popover smothered with maple butter in the morning, alongside a fresh Caesar salad for the lunch, and as a bowl for clam chowder in the evening.

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.

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.

Ceres Street Bakery

(603) 436-6518   View Website   51 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

From-scratch coffee cakes, sticky buns, scones, brioche, as well as simple breakfast wraps and sandwiches.

Colby's

(603) 436-3033   105 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Quaint and charming on a nice neighborhood side street in Portsmouth. Killer eggs benedict and cinnamon swirl French toast.

Bridge Street Bistro & Wine Bar

(603) 430-9301   View Website   64 Bridge Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

A small, chef-owned corner cafe serving modest, down to earth food and wine.

Blue Mermaid Island Grill

(603) 427-2583   View Website   409 The hill, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Independently owned and operated for 20 years serving up Caribbean inspired cuisine like famous guava braised short ribs and homemade fire roasted salsa. Plenty of gluten free options, too. Stop in for lunch or dinner and stay for live music. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

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.

Block Six at 3S

(603) 294-9060   View Website   319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

This buzzy restaurant is located in the 3S Artspace, so it's a great place to eat before seeing some live music, an art show, or a performance. The menu stands on its own though, and a new chef has recently revamped it with entrees like slow-roasted pork shoulder and mushroom pappardelle.

Flatbread Pizza

(603) 436-7888   View Website   138 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

New England chain featuring hand-tossed flatbread pizzas baked in a wood-fired clay oven. Locally sourced ingredients and great regional beer list. The salads here are a must.

Franklin Oyster House

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

Franklin's offers the best oyster happy hour in town, with select oysters $1.25 available from 4-6 p.m.seven days a week. Grab a seat at the bar that curves around the raw bar, so you can watch the shucking in action. If raw oysters aren't your thing, try one of the many cooked preparations: wrapped in bacon and grilled, stuffed with chorizo and breadcrumbs, or fried and served with tartar sauce.

Martingale Wharf

(603) 431-0901   View Website   99 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Hands down the best waterfront deck in downtown Portsmouth. An upscale American bistro featuring one of the most unique glass topped bars we’ve come across.

Morrison's Lobster

(207) 439-2501   View Website   11 Badgers Island West, Kittery, Maine 03904

Located in Kittery, Maine on Badger’s Island, Morrison's not only offers spectacular views of the harbor but also has super friendly service. They receive rave reviews for their lobster bisque in addition to lobsters off the boat. Don’t forget to bring cash because they don’t take anything else, and you’re encouraged to BYOB as they don’t serve alcohol.

Louie's

(603) 294-0989   View Website   86 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Is there anything cozier than a big bowl of handmade pasta? Louie's delivers on the comfort food with its Italian staples like tagliatelle bolognese and ravioli filled with celery root, leeks, and truffles.

Library Restaurant

(603) 431-5202   View Website   401 State Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Visions of cigars and a neat glass of scotch fill your brain when you enter this classic steakhouse located in a historic 1785 mansion. Great slabs of meat and comfort food, such as French onion soup and shrimp cocktail.

Fresh Press

(603) 373-8886   View Website   90 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Just a few short blocks from the inn, this juice and smoothie bar offers fresh and healthy fare fast.

Lexie's Joint

(603) 319-4055   View Website   212 Islington Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

The seacoast’s premiere burger destination features inspired daily specials, refreshing mocktails, frosty shakes, and ice cream floats.

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

The Wallingford Dram

(207) 703-4298   View Website   7 Wallingford Square, Kittery, Maine 03904

It's worth the 10-minute walk over the bridge to this wee speakeasy in Kittery. With its British-style pub vibe and long cocktail list, you'll never want to leave. Their Mai Tai is one of the best around and The Duke of Earl, with bourbon, Earl Grey tea syrup, citrus oil, bitters is perfect for a cold winter's night.

The Waterfront Decks (Summer months only)

Portsmouth, NH

Want a cocktail and a sunburn? Simply take a right onto Ceres Street as you head down Bow Street. Directly to your right, you will find a cobblestone-lined alley that includes 4 outdoor bars with wooden decks lining the Piscataqua River on the backside of Bow Street. Open in the summer months only.

Tributary Brewing Company

(207) 703-0093   View Website   10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, Maine 03904

Tributary's head brewer, Tod Mott, is the one for Portsmouth Brewery's Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout, which has a huge following. After years of running Portsmouth Brewery and Harpoon, in 2014 Mott's opened Tributary. You'll find a wide variety of beers on tap, reflecting Mott's skill with the brew kettle—everything from saisons to schwarzbier. Enjoy an afternoon in the tasting room, where you can bring in your own food and frequently will find live music.

Two Ceres Street

(603) 433-2373   View Website   2 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

A petite martini bar with an understated atmosphere. A great spot to grab a drink before heading to dinner.

The Music Hall

(603) 436-2400   View Website   131 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Since 1878, The Music hall features live music, theater and dance performances. Great independent films are also screened here. This 900 seat theater just underwent a complete renovation and is simply a five minute walk from the inn. Have a look at the calendar near the elevator for current events. 

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. 

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.

Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

(603) 430-8582   View Website   64 Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Hot pizza, cold beer, and an outdoor deck make for the perfect venue for catching live music in warmer weather.

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.

Great Rhythm Brewing Company

(603) 430-9640   View Website   105 Bartlett Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

This brewery just opened its tasting room in Portsmouth, although the couple has been producing their beer at other breweries since 2012. Great Rhythm focuses on hoppy pale ales and IPAs, like Squeeze, a tropical citrus IPA, and West End, a light summer session ale.