Portsmouth Restaurants

Harborfront dIning on one of Downtown Portsmouth restauant decks

Portsmouth is legendary for its Harborfront dining including at the River House and Old Ferry Landing, pictured above, among others

Portsmouth is said to have more restaurant seats per capita than any city in America (indeed it has 36,000 registered restaurant seats for its 22,000 residents), and anyone who lives or visits here would agree that the Port City (as it is sometimes called) has an abundant variety of restaurant options that run the gamut from to lobster shacks and informal seafood restaurants with outdoor seating on the waterfront decks, to fine dining in Portsmouth’s centuries-old red brick buildings.  Happily, if every man, woman and child in Portsmouth picked the same evening to go out to dinner, there would still be about 14,000 seats left for visitors. 

It is our pleasure to recommend (or not recommend) the following Portsmouth restaurants, based entirely upon anonymous, unannounced and uncompensated visits to the various establishments.  

We want to give you good advice, because we want you back, so “we call ‘em as we see ‘em”, and we rarely “call ‘em” with a particularly high recommendation, or a particularly tepid one, based upon only one visit.  Indeed, we have frequented most of the restaurants reviewed here on multiple occasions.


Portsmouth’s Best-in-Class Dining Establishments

Toscana Restaurant Interior
Downtown Portsmouth's Best Restaurant


 Not Yet Best-in-Class  

Watch this space for additional restaurant reviews coming soon.  The foregoing and future restaurant reviews reflect the candid opinions of Visit New Hampshire’s editors, and are published without any compensation.  We have begun with restaurants that most warrant early recognition, and going forward, for good or ill, we will call them as we see them.