Poll: one dinner in Portsmouth, too many great reviews on this board!
There are great reviews of so many different places on this board, that I'm having a hard time making a plan! My husband and I will have only one dinner in Portsmouth (Sunday night) and want to be within walking distance of the waterfront so we won't have to drive. We want something yummy and memorable, but it's vacation and I wear a suit every day for work so would rather not dress up for dinner or eat in a place that has a formal or stuffy vibe. With that in mind, I've read good things on this board about the following, and am wondering how you guys would vote if we were to have only one dinner in Portsmouth:
106 Kitchen and Bar
Pesce Blue (is it open or closed? can't tell!)
Thanks so much!!
103 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
86 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Well, now there is also Surf, on Bow St. Plenty of people on here have probably tried the original in Nashua...I haven't been in a few years, but it was excellent and their restaurant group has a great reputation.
In my opinion (re: dress code) NH is a pretty laid-back place. Even in some of the nicer establishments, many people go out pretty casual...my husband really likes that, while I enjoy the opportunity to actually dress up...and I usually feel that I'm one of the few that bothered to dress up. I probably haven't been to the fanciest of places around, but to me, it's the general vibe here.
I can only comment on where I've been recently. Jumpin' Jays is quite informal. The seafood is nicely done and kept pretty simple as it should be.
I haven't been to the River House. Of all the rest of those, I think Massimo's (haven't been there in a while) is the only one where you'd have to dress up a bit. Nice shorts and flip-flops are definitely ok in all the rest.
Black Trumpet would be my choice on that list. Upstairs at the bar is a little more casual and you don't need reservations. But it's still the same menu and similar service.
If you don't want to spend that much money, go to 106. The menu is nowhere near as creative as Black Trumpet, but everything is prepared really well and it's a fun place.