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Looking for best food in Portsmouth, NH for "special occasion" dinner

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My husband and I are heading to Portsmouth in mid-August and are looking for a great restaurant at which to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We generally like all types of food, but prefer fresh, local ingredients, want an attractive setting, and are ok splurging a bit. Please let me know your recommendations. We will be staying at Wentworth-by-the-Sea, so if the recommended spot is not exactly in downtown Portsmouth, we'd be ok with that too since we'll have to drive no matter what.

Thanks for your recommendations!


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  1. What about Cafe Mirabelle? We went there for Valentines Day. The food and atmosphere were both wonderful.

    Cafe Mirabelle
    64 Bridge St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

    1. Consider Anneke Jans, a small "modern bistro" across the bridge in Kittery, ME.

      Anneke Jans
      60 Wallingford Sq., Kittery, ME 03904

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      1. re: HDinCentralME

        I agree, there are a lot of choices: Cava is fun tapas, Four is a new favorite, The Wellington Room (great view, too), The Black Trumpet, Brazo, - but Anneke Jans is a step above the rest.

        Anneke Jans
        60 Wallingford Sq., Kittery, ME 03904

      2. Jumpin Jay's Cafe

        1. Black Trumpet, I couldn't recommend it enough. I think it matches all of your requirements more than the other suggestions so far.

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          1. re: peedee360

            Definitely Black Trumpet. Romantic and the food is great.

          2. Thank you all for your suggestions!! I can't wait to try at least one or two of these recommendations.