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Shio

2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #1 of 186 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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English first
Amherst, Massachusetts
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198 reviews 198 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

First, we did not eat sushi here, and might try that another time. This review is only about the yakitori and other small plates, often called izakaya-style in Japan. Most of the food on Shio's menu is izakaya, or bar food. We started with edamame, and shrimp and vegetable tempura. The edamame were good. The tempura was tasty, but the... More

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tallahassee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Good selection of sushi and entrée options, but the yellowtail was tough. Tofu was best ever: light batter, silken tofu, and balanced broth with delicate touches of bonito and nori. Could eat this weekly if I lived nearby. Very nice staff as well.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My Husband and I went here last night. I'll start off by saying that I am not a big fan of sushi, but my Husband loves it. I decided to take him here based on the reviews. I am so happy I made the choice to go to Shio. I had made reservations, and we arrived a little early, but... More

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I go to Shio about every other week. It is by far my favorite place to go for sushi, and very reasonably priced. The food is great, and the staff are very attentive and friendly. It's a great place to go with family, or a friend. I never go wrong with the Philadelphia roll, and the chicken tempura roll. They... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I had heard that this was an excellent restaurant and it did not disappoint. We had a group of 4 for dinner on a Sunday night and everything was great. We sat at a regular table and shared a mixture of dishes between us. Everything we tried was delicious, the service very good and the ambience nice and welcoming. The... More

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Boston
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32 reviews 32 reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

We just discovered this place, only 30 minutes from home. What a restaurant! Really creative sushi and everything we had was fresh and DELICIOUS. Wow! If it weren't for the embarrassing whale boat we ordered, I could have easily had more :-) We will be regulars here. Anytime a restaurant is jammed at lunch? What a great sign! Shio will... More

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Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Best sushi I've had. Fresh and plenty of great choices. All of the food here is high quality and prepared well. They have really good "non-sushi" Japanese food too.

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Oceanside, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This was one of the best places we ate in Portsmouth. We were on our way back to our hotel after a day of shopping for our son's apartment when he found this place on Yelp. Oh my gosh, it was the best sushi/Japanese restaurant we have been to! Wish we could transport it back to California! We sat at... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Sushi is a favorite of mine, and Shio is the best we've had! Don't be fooled by it's appearance in a strip mall, Shio is the best sushi on the NH seacoast by far. The menu is huge, and their specialty rolls are amazing. Freshest, most inventive combinations we've seen. We have never had a bad experience at Shio.

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Campton, New Hampshire
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65 reviews 65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

My only regret was not being able to try everything on the menu. Our waiter was rather stiff and unfriendly. The food was too good to fault the chefs for that though. I would love to go back on my next visit to the Portsmouth area.

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