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First-rate dinner within 45 minutes of Dover, NH

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My wife and I will be enjoying the hospitality of some friends the second week of July and we want to plan a really good dinner. Since we live in the Midwest I, of course, would love to take advantage of the wonderful seafood that we don't normally get to enjoy. On the other hand, most goods restaurants in the region undoubtedly serve good seafood so I'm open to any suggestions. This could either be a fine dining establishment or else someplace that simply knows how to prepare food in a way that will make me glad I went. Ideas, please?

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  1. Dover is about 20 minutes from Portsmouth. I suggest you search this board for Portsmouth.

    A personal favorite of mine in Portsmouth is the Black Trumpet.

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    Black Trumpet Bistro
    29 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    1. Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick, Maine

      Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, NH

      Anneke Jans in Kittery, Maine

      Fishermans Catch in Wells, Maine

      You may also like to refer to your previous post on the same topic:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615629

      1. Even as someone that isn't big on seafood I love Jumpin' Jays in Portsmouth:
        http://www.jumpinjays.com/

        The other new place I recently ate at and really enjoyed was Four:
        http://www.fouronstate.com/

        The sticky rib appetizer and double thick pork chop were spot on.

        1. My favorites in Portsmouth are:
          Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
          The Blue Mermaid
          Cafe Mediterraneo
          All have websites, so you can check out the food and prices before you go. Happy eating!

          1. I have clients and friends in Portsmouth, a *great* restaurant town. My favorites for dinner are:

            Black Trumpet (French bistro style)
            Jumpin' Jay's (San Francisco-like fish house)
            Blue Mermaid (funky, fun - try the Pad Thai)

            There are also a few nice places in New Castle, just south of Portsmouth.

            But you almost can't go wrong in Portsmouth, due to competition. Good fine dining, ethnic, pizza/beer/wine, etc.

            Places tend to come and go.

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            Black Trumpet Bistro
            29 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

            Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
            150 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

            Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel and Spa
            588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, NH 03854