Food + Drink

Where to Find the Best Seafood in Portsmouth

Located on New Hampshire's Seacoast, Portsmouth has some incredible restaurants serving up the area's best seafood. From steamers and oysters on the half shell to lobster and local fin fish, you'll find New England's finest seafood on the menu in Portsmouth. Next time you're on a lark to one of our two boutique Portsmouth hotels, enjoy these recommendations for the best seafood in Portsmouth.

The Franklin | 148 Fleet St, Portsmouth | (603) 373-8500

Known best for its $1 oyster happy hour, The Franklin has a dozen varieties of oysters, many local, on offer at its large, round raw bar. Grab a seat at the bar to watch the shucking and drink shaking in action. There's also a wide variety of unique seafood dishes at The Franklin, with four different kinds of grilled oysters, calamari, octopus stir fry, Thai steamed mussels, and a nightly fish special. With its specialty cocktails, pressed tin ceiling, and a casual vibe, The Franklin is one of our favorite spots to enjoy a seafood happy hour or dinner in Portsmouth.

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café | 150 Congress Street, Portsmouth | (603) 766-3474

This downtown Portsmouth restaurant is a longtime local favorite for its great bar scene and fresh seafood. Jay's is known for serving up not just local seafood like cod and scallops, but more far-flung varieties like Faroe Island salmon and Alaskan king crab. A variety of preparations from brown butter lobster to the popular haddock piccata keep things interesting. Because Jay's is so popular, reservations are recommended.

Row 34 | 5 Portwalk Place Portsmouth | (603) 319-5011

With another location in Boston, this Portsmouth seafood restaurant and craft beer bar has proven to be as popular as the first one. Row 34 keeps it simple, with minimalist decor and unadorned seafood dishes. The raw bar has an impressive variety of oysters, crudos, and ceviches, while the hot menu includes some of the best clam chowder in the area, as well as other fish and shellfish dishes. Whether you're going casual with fish and chips or decadent with the overflowing seafood bouillabaisse, Row 34 delivers fresh seafood with a buzzy atmosphere.