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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.

    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:


      1. Even as someone that isn't big on seafood I love Jumpin' Jays in Portsmouth:

        The other new place I recently ate at and really enjoyed was Four:

        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.

            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

            1. Anneke Jans in Kittery Maine (next to Portsmouth) gets my vote. A small bistro, excellent food and service. You can reserve on Open Table. I love fisherman's Catch in Wells, but you should know that it is casual (picnic tables with rolls of papertowels hanging overhead), crowded and noisey. Not for a relaxing dinner.

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              1. re: emilief

                Just curious how this trip went, where you decided to eat and how it was??

                1. re: bewley

                  We had a superb dinner at Black Trumpet last Monday night. I can't recommend it highly enough. Great service, fresh ingredients, extremely creative preparation. I had the seafood chowder and the paella. Every flavor popped and the combinations all worked. Others at the table derived similar pleasure from their meals. We shared a wonderful fruit crisp for dessert. A hit. A small service note: the waiter noticed that my wife put some ice cubes in her red wine (something she almost always does) and brought her a taste of a chilled rose, suggesting it might be to her liking if she wanted a second glass. Smart guy, and observant.

                  This place is a gem and was far and away the culinary highlight of our week in New England.

                  We also had a very good meal at Pepperland on Thursday night. Not the same kind of fine dining but some extremely tasty food.

                  1. re: alan

                    Thank you for the follow-up, I've had similar experiences in both places.