There are many fun things to do in Portsmouth including fantastic places to celebrate romance. From hip bistros serving delicious tapas and craft beers to historic candlelit taverns that offer traditional New England cuisine, the charming city has a spot for every occasion. Stroll through the riverside gardens and boat docks of Prescott Park before heading to one of these fabulous restaurants for an intimate dinner. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Moxy

Moxy

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Moxy is a contemporary restaurant that serves traditional tapas and other modern American cuisine alongside creative cocktails, fine wines, and craft beers. Drawing inspiration from the energy, spirit and style of Spanish dining, Moxy serves an array of tapas such as chili salt fried clams, buttermilk ranch spicy green beans, toasted garlic bread, marinated beets, and seasoned ranch beef tartare, along with entrées of corned beef brisket, local pollock fresh corn polenta, crispy Rhode Island calamari, and roasted pepper Pomodoro. The cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails.

Moxy, 106 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-319-8178


Anneke Jans, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Anneke Jans, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Anneke Jans is a popular neighborhood bistro in Kittery Foreside that serves European-influenced American cuisine and craft cocktails in a classy, cosmopolitan setting. Owned by longtime restaurateur Jason Canty and wife, Moira, the restaurant exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is the perfect place for a quiet romantic evening. Guests can dine in the main dining room or fireside in the elegant lounge and enjoy a variety of farm-to-fork cuisine such as Wild Maine Mussels, Coriander Crusted Tuna, Roasted Statler Chicken with Scallion Polenta, House Made Scallion Gnocchi, and Grilled Swordfish with Spinach Artichoke Puree. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails.

Anneke Jans, 60 Wallingford Square, Kittery, ME 03904, Phone: 207-439-0001


Atlantic Grill

Atlantic Grill

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Located on the Foyes Rotary in Rye, close to Downtown Portsmouth, the Atlantic Grill is a comfortable and contemporary restaurant with a full-service bar and a charming patio with lush greenery that specializes in fresh seafood and locavore fare. The restaurant boasts a well-appointed dining room with high vaulted ceilings, a 75-seat bar with high-top tables, and expansive wrap-around windows that flood the interior with natural light. A spacious outdoor patio is ideal for alfresco dining in the summer, and a casual lounge with a tall, tubular jellyfish tank is an excellent spot for relaxing with a signature cocktail before dinner. Market-driven menus feature fresh farm-to-table cuisine such as creamy Clam Chowder brimming with clams, scallops, lobster, shrimp, and white fish, French-style Prince Edward Island mussels, Seared Yellow Fin Tuna, Bouillabaisse, and the signature Five-Star Reserve “Cowboy” Ribeye Surf and Turf. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, high-end spirits, and classic cocktails. Browse our best places to visit in New Hampshire guide to find more ideas.

Atlantic Grill, 5 Pioneer Rd, Rye, NH 03870, Phone: 603-433-3000


Black Trumpet Bistro

Black Trumpet Bistro

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The Black Trumpet Bistro is a family-owned eatery and wine bar in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic old port that is renowned for its cozy and romantic ambiance and outstanding cuisine. The intimate bistro features comfortable dining on the first floor with exposed brick and wooden beams and soft flickering candlelight, and a casual, pleasant wine bar on the second floor with a vibrant atmosphere. Seasonal menus market-driven cuisine prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients features dishes of mezze platters, crispy pork belly, homemade meatballs, house-made fettuccine, shrimp and poblano etouffee, chicken-fried pork steak, seafood paella, and gourmet burgers. An assortment of wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails are available from the bar.

Black Trumpet Bistro, 29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-431-0887


Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

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The Bridge St. Bistrot & Wine Bar is a small, chef-owned café and wine bar in the heart of the historic seaport of downtown Portsmouth that serves traditional French-style cuisine and young, drinkable table wines from around the world in cozy, stylish surroundings. Formerly known as Café Mirabelle, the Bridge St. Bistrot & Wine Bar is owned by Chef Stephan Mayeux and his wife Christine who specialize in authentic Parisian and country French cuisine. The charming café transports diners to France with chic décor, hanging lights entwined with branches and an intimate ambiance, and a menu of classic dishes such as Crêpe Aux Champignons, Magret of Duck, crab, and lobster stuffed salmon, and desserts like crème brulée and chocolate cake with crème anglaise. The full-service bar features over 30 casual wines by the glass, bottled and draft beer, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Browse the best NH day trips and explore the surrounding area.

Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar, 64 Bridge St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-430-9301


Cafe Mediterráneo Ristoranti Italiano

Cafe Mediterráneo Ristoranti Italiano

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Café Mediterráneo Ristoranti Italiano is a lively Italian restaurant with a full-service bar and a friendly, a classy bistro-like ambiance. Open for lunch and dinner, Café Mediterráneo is owned by chefs and co-owners Mounsif Ghninou and Adel Semmar and serves a notable menu of modern Italian cuisine such as lobster ravioli, New Zealand rack of lamb, roasted half duck with golden sherry reduction sauce, and housemade pastas like Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina, Tortellini Al Proscuitto, and Primavera. The wine menu features vintages from Italy, Spain, and France, and classic cocktails are prepared using organic herbs, and top-shelf spirits.

Cafe Mediterráneo Ristoranti Italiano, 119 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-427-5563


Cava Tapas & Wine Bar, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Cava Tapas & Wine Bar, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Established in 2008, Cava Tapas & Wine Bar is a Mediterranean-inspired bistro that serves delicious tapas, small plates and a tasting menu along with casual wines. Located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, the rustic-chic bistro and wine bar is owned by Chef Gregg Sessler and John Akar and features a beautiful vertical garden and native outdoor living wall under which guests can dine in the summertime. The bistro also features two wine bars that serve a diverse selection of over 50 wines from around the world that can be enjoyed by the glass, along with a wide range of Spanish tapas and sharing plates.

Cava Tapas & Wine Bar, 10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-319-1575


Cure

Cure

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Located at the corner of State and Penhallow Streets in historic downtown Portsmouth, Cure is a cozy brick-walled restaurant with a refined but elegant ambiance that is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. Owned by award-winning chef, Julie Cutting, the bistro serves contemporary American menu of farm-to-table New England cuisine with dishes like crisp-skinned chicken and lobster bisque, maple-glazed salmon, pan-roasted duck breast, beef ribs slow-braised in red wine, and horseradish-sour-cream mashed potatoes. Served with virtuosic flair in a cozy 36-seat dining room, the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of classic cocktails, a curated list of fine wines, imported beers, including non-alcoholic Beck’s, and high-end spirits.

Cure, 189 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-427-8258


Durbar Square Restaurant

Durbar Square Restaurant

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Durbar Square Restaurant is a homey Nepalese restaurant in downtown Portsmouth that serves traditional Nepalese fare in a cozy atmosphere. Named for a landmark in Kathmandu, Durbar Square is owned and operated by Bhola Pandey and features Nepalese art on the walls and a bar serving non-alcoholic drinks like strawberry and mango lassis, however the restaurant is BYOB so guests can bring along their own beers and wine. The bi-level eatery serves a menu of Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine with other Middle and Far Eastern influences like choila, a vegan Gundruk soup, paneer and spinach, Chinese steamed dumplings stuffed with lamb, chicken, vegetables, and a selection of Indian and Nepalese curries known as takari. Durbar Square Restaurant caters for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Durbar Square Restaurant, 10 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-294-0107

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Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar

Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar

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The Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar offers vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike a welcoming spot for mindful dining. Established by chefs and owners Dan Sriprasert and Bob Wongsaichua, the Green Elephant serves Asian-inspired vegetarian cuisine prepared with locally sourced and regional produce and boasting global tastes and flavors from exotic countries like China, India, Malaysia, and Thailand. In addition to delicious Pan-Asian cuisine, the restaurant also offers a variety of casual wines, craft beers by the bottle, creative cocktails, hand-mixed teas, and locally roasted coffee.

Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro & Bar , 35 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-427-8344


Latitudes Restaurant

Latitudes Restaurant

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Based in the luxurious Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa, Latitudes Restaurant is contemporary-chic eatery that celebrates the Portsmouth region's culinary bounty with an innovative bistro-style menu of New American cuisine and classic cocktails. Boasting breathtaking views of the ocean from large windows and a stunning waterfront deck, the seasonal restaurant focuses on locally sourced ingredients and produce from farmers, fishermen, and artisans to create sublime dishes like New England Clam Chowder, Maine Lobster Salad, Local Fish Tacos, Latitudes Surf & Turf, and Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut. An assortment of fine wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails are available from the bar to pair with cuisine.

Latitudes Restaurant, 588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854, Phone: 603-373-6592


Martingale Wharf Restaurant & Bar

Martingale Wharf Restaurant & Bar

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Martingale Wharf Restaurant & Bar is a casual-yet-sophisticated restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere that caters for gourmet dining experiences. Located at 99 Bow Street, the elegant restaurant features a beautifully-appointed dining room and a sprawling waterfront deck with spectacular views and serves inventive menus of contemporary New American cuisine. Signature dishes range from fresh seafood and prime USDA steaks and chops to house-made pasta, fresh salads, and vegetarian dishes, and the cuisine is accompanied by a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails.

Martingale Wharf Restaurant & Bar , 99 Bow St Suite W, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-431-0901


Massimo

Massimo

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Massimo brings the quintessential Italian dining experience to Portsmouth with a contemporary menu inspired by the regional cuisines of Italy. Owned by Massimo Morgia, the bi-level restaurant is stylish and sophisticated with modern décor and a full-service bar and lounge, offering two distinct dining experiences – a tuxedo service formal dining experience at Ristorante Massimo or a more casual, relaxed dinner at Upstairs at Massimo’s. Market-driven menus feature traditional Italian cuisine of fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, and organic, locally sourced herbs, salads, and vegetables. An impressive wine list boasts unique Italian wines from small boutique Italian winemakers and world-renowned estate, along with vintages from California, Spain, and South Africa.

Massimo, 59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-436-4000


SALT Kitchen & Bar, Portsmouth, NH

SALT Kitchen & Bar, Portsmouth, NH

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Located in the elegant Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa, SALT Kitchen & Bar is one of Portsmouth’s top restaurants and offers an unrivaled dining experience. Seamlessly blending sleek, contemporary style with historic charm, the modern restaurant features four distinctive dining areas, including the main dining room, an elegant lounge, a live chef’s bar, and cozy enclaves perfect for intimate parties. The restaurant serves seasonal menus of farm-to-table cuisine prepared with prime ingredients fresh from the garden and the sea. Signature dishes include Tuscan Chicken Liver Pate, Lobster Bisque, Rustic Hand Rolled Gnocchi, Maine Lobster Ravioli, and Pan-Seared Northern Harvest Salmon, and a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails are available from the bar.

SALT Kitchen & Bar, 588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854, Phone: 603-373-6566


Surf Restaurant

Surf Restaurant

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Helmed by Chef and owner Michael Buckley, Surf Restaurant specializes in fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood served in imaginative ways. Offering a stylish combination of outstanding cuisine, fine wines, and gracious hospitality and service with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, the restaurant has a sterling reputation for serving creative, coastal cuisine with global accents using only the very freshest fish and shellfish. The restaurant has a lovely outdoor deck with spectacular ocean views for alfresco dining in the summer, and the adjacent Surf Room offers several spaces with 180-degree views of Portsmouth Harbor for private events and functions.

Surf Restaurant, 99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-334-9855


The Franklin, Portsmouth, NH

The Franklin, Portsmouth, NH

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Dating back to 1867, the Franklin Oyster House in Portsmouth is a contemporary tavern and oyster bar that has been serving fresh oysters and seafood for over 150 years. The historic tavern serves seasonal, progressive menus of seafood-centric tapas, house-made charcuterie, fresh vegetarian plates, and a variety of locally-harvested oysters, along with handcrafted cocktails, fine wines, craft beers, and top-shelf spirits. Signature dishes include baked oysters with a BBQ flavor, whale cakes, spice-rubbed shrimp, and pineapple and crab meat, and the full-service bar offers new twists on cocktails such as A Smoke and A Pancake.

The Franklin, 148 Fleet St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-373-8500


The Library

The Library

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Set in an elegant, 1785 mansion with a refined clubby ambiance, the Library Restaurant is a classic, traditional steakhouse that serves authentic chophouse fare and fine wines. Exuding timeless elegance, the restaurant serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. The English-style pub has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails, along with over 140 bottles of vodka and one of the largest scotch and bourbon selections on the Seacoast.

The Library, 401 State Street #5, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-431-5202


The Oar House

The Oar House

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Located in the historic "Merchant's Row" building at the edge of Portsmouth's old harbor, The Oar House is an elegant restaurant that serves a seafood-centric menu of fresh New England bounty in a casual and relaxed environment. Boasting breathtaking views from large windows and a stunning seasonal waterfront deck where guests can dine in the summer months, the restaurant features contemporary décor and mementos that celebrate the city's long and proud maritime heritage. A full-service bar serves fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails, and live music can be enjoyed on certain weekend nights.

The Oar House, 55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-436-4025

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The Pointe on Badgers Island

The Pointe on Badgers Island

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The Pointe on Badgers Island is a casual, intimate restaurant located at the water’s edge with spectacular views of the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth. The warm and welcoming eatery serves a menu of creative New American cuisine of fresh seafood and shellfish, prime meats and chicken, farm-raised favorites and vegetarian options, and a curated selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails are available from the bar. Outdoor seating is available for alfresco dining in the summer months. Stay at one of these awesome New Hampshire resorts on your weekend getaway.

The Pointe on Badgers Island , 31 Badgers Island W, Kittery, ME 03904, Phone: 207-703-2987


The Wilder

The Wilder

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Located in the former Coat of Arms space on Fleet Street, The Wilder is a modern New England gastropub that serves New England fare prepared with fresh local ingredients and an innovative, ever-evolving craft cocktail program. Owned and operated by local restaurateurs Julian Armstrong and Michael Pazdon, the family behind Anju Noodle Bar and The Wallingford Dram in Kittery, the Wilder’s kitchen bridges the old and the new, with creative dishes like Duck Bolognese, Seared Gnocchi, Korean BBQ Ribs, and Pan-Seared Panko Chicken. A curated selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails are available from the bar.

The Wilder, 174 Fleet St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: 603-319-6878


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