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Aug 19, 2008 11:52 AM

Interesting Lunch in Portsmouth, NH?

An old friend and I are driving up to Portsmouth to walk around for the day. We'd like a fun, interesting, even a bit celebratory (though not hideously expensive) place to lunch and maybe even see a view. Suggestions?

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  1. If you don't mind getting back in the car, Captain Simeon's over on the back road of Kittery has a nice view and goodfood

    1. We had a great lunch at Chiangmai Restaurant. It has very interesting Thai food, (much better than the many Thai restaurtants we've tried), and a very nice atmosphere. It doesn't has scenic views,but is right in heart of downtown on Penhallow St, easy walk to everything -- harbor, shops, Prescott Park, Strawberry Bank , etc.

      1. By the way, if you're in Strawberry Banke at lunchtime, they have some pretty good stuf. If you haven't checked out their site, you should, They have a whole page on where to eat both in the museum and in Portsmouth: My guess is they are the most definitive source

        1. My fave is the Oar House. It's consistently good and is a Portsmouth staple. If it's warm, definitely sit on the deck- it has a great view of the harbor. You wont be disappointed.

          Also something to check into is the Dunaway, located in Strawberry Banke. It's been getting poor reviews from hounds lately, but the location and surroundings are quite interesting. I was just in Portsmouth over the weekend and tried Black Trumpet and although it is quite surely one of the better eateries in the town, I wasn't that impressed by it- considering the raves it gets on this board. That being said, BT is better for dinner, not lunch since it's a dark wine bar.

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          1. re: malibu

            Dunaway, poor reviews but location and surrounding are quite nice. So, I guess I'll have to mentally dine on the view since the food is poor. Maybe there's a reason it gets poor reviews like, the food is aweful!

            1. re: malibu

              I haven't been in a while but agree with the Oar House, very nice ambiance, great food and the view your looking for.

              1. re: lexpatti

                Oar House is a good choice. For views, you may want to make the short drive over to Latitudes, on the marina at Wentworth-by-the-Sea.