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2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 116
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
FIRST-RATE AUTHENTIC JAPANESE FOOD

When we arrived about noon, there were about 1½ dozen patrons already dining. We were greeted cordially and escorted to a table that my friend selected in order to see other people dining and to be surrounded by them. Not long after being seated, the first waitperson came to take our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Maurene_K
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Dover, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dover, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
516 reviews 516 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
1,561 helpful votes 1,561 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

When we arrived about noon, there were about 1½ dozen patrons already dining. We were greeted cordially and escorted to a table that my friend selected in order to see other people dining and to be surrounded by them. Not long after being seated, the first waitperson came to take our drink orders. The drinks came in about two minutes.... More 

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South Berwick, Maine
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Please understand that the first time (first several times) I visited Shio, I was highly impressed by the variety of the menu, the premium, attentive service and the reasonable bill...until I started getting sick every time I ate there. It seems to be particularly dangerous when the restaurant is slammed. I sat at the sushi bar last time (yes, THE... More 

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Campton, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This was my second visit in about a year. The food was fantastic! The first time I went, I was not happy with an unfriendly, distant server. This time, my friends and I had a real nice server with a great smile, Raven. Loved my Zombie (I wasn't driving) and loved the garlicky scallops, tempura & sushi. Can't wait to... More 

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Gilroy
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great food, staff and service is excellent. Gets very busy and there will be a wait without a reservation during peak hours. Well worth the wait!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sake is also very good, but there is something about the servers and the environment that makes this restaurant take the prize. They offer a fun environment to dine and the servers are very personable and always accommodating. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Its worth the trip they are located about three miles outside of Portsmouth but the service, value and food make it worth the trip, always consistent. They have some creative rolls. It's in a strip mall so not a scenic location.

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Rye, New Hampshire
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Server could not communicate well with us and they tried to rush us out with no one waiting to get in. Don't go if you want to relax and not feel pressured

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I've been going to Shio since they opened. Three strikes and you out of my top 5 restaurants in the Portsmouth area. The service we experienced last night was horrific. We were heading to a late movie, which we ended up missing because the service was that bad. We were seated at 7:45pm plenty of time to get to the... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We have dined at Shio many times, for lunch and for dinner and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding, service exempary. Most recently we celebrated our daughter's birthday with her favorite dinner...at Shio. Imagine a meal where you find yourself slowing to savor every bite, every chew, every taste...that's what it was like for us all night. We... More 

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This place is excellent. It's all good! Been there a gazillion times and will keep on going! It gets busy early so I suggest reservations unless you want to wait. It's a big restaurant, but it's hugely popular.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?