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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

The Black Birch

(207) 703-2294   View Website   2 Government Street, Kittery, Maine 03904

Just over the bridge in Kittery, The Black Birch is the perfect mix of a "foodie" menu served in a casual neighborhood bar scene. Share small plates like deviled eggs three ways and chicken liver pâté, and enjoy hearty classics like tomato soup and grilled cheese and coq au vin.

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.

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 Red Door

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

Both chill and upscale, this space plays host to a multitude of musical genres, ranging from acoustic bluegrass to reggae. In addition, the club also boasts an impressive line-up of comedians if you prefer to laugh rather than dance.

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. 

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.

Popovers on the Square

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

his 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.

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.

Cava

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

Located on an ivy-covered alley, it's easy to feel you've left the country when dining here. Linger over small Mediterranean-inspired plates or the expansive wine list offers, which offers over 50 wines by the glass, perfect for sipping your way around the world.

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.

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.

Black Trumpet

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

This cozy, neighborhood bistro & bar overlooks the harbor and offers craft food and creative libations.The kitchen prides itself on its use of local and seasonal ingredients, so your meal here will be the ultimate expression of the season.

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.

Earth Eagle Brewing

(603) 502-2244   View Website   165 High Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Featuring a variety of both in-house brews and guest taps, this brewery offers up both some great cocktail options and a gastropub, featuring food options like soft pretzels, to a caprese sandwich and a jambalaya bowl. 

Morrison's Lobster

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

Located in Maine on Badger’s Island, Morrison's not only offers spectacular views of the harbor,  but has super friendly service and receives rave reviews for its 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.

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.

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.

Franklin Oyster House

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

With 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.

Franklin Oyster House

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

Franklin's craft cocktail menu features unusual liqueurs and housemade ingredients. e suggest the herbal "Last Meow" with Plymouth gin, catnip cordial, green Chartreuse, and lemon juice. Happy hour, seven days a week from 4-6 p.m., brings $1.25 oysters on the half shell.

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. 

Redhook Brewery

(603) 430-8600   View Website   1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

During the summer months, you may find yourself attending a an event or festival here. Or, more likely the case, you can take a tour of the brewery for just $1. Learn about and sample several locally brewed beers and grab a bite to eat!

The Red Door

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

This hip cocktail lounge has something for everyone on its menu. The Tigerlily with vanilla vodka, coconut cream, and pineapple juice will please those looking for a warm weather escape (even if just in a drink), while the Saint Peter — Jameson, Barenjäger, lemon juice, and walnut bitters—will warm you up with its honey sweetness. Open Wednesday through Sunday evenings with live music every night.

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.

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 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.

Franklin Oyster House

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

Franklin's craft cocktail menu features unusual liqueurs and housemade ingredients. e suggest the herbal "Last Meow" with Plymouth gin, catnip cordial, green Chartreuse, and lemon juice. Happy hour, seven days a week from 4-6 p.m., brings $1.25 oysters on the half shell.

Moxy

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

The sister restaurant to Franklin Oyster House, the bar program at this small plates star features local liquors like Bar Hill gin from Vermont and New Hampshire's Art in the Age Snap liqueur. Go spicy with the Loco Hombre, a tequila-based Old Fashioned or bracingly tart with the Green Mountain Gimlet, a mix of gin and lime cordial.

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.

Earth Eagle Brewing

(603) 502-2244   View Website   165 High Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Featuring a variety of both in-house brews and guest taps, this brewery offers up both some great cocktail options and a gastropub, featuring food options like soft pretzels, to a caprese sandwich and a jambalaya bowl.