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Shio

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2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 12
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  • 5
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  • 5
    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
Great place for sushi!

My son and I have been here several times because we both like sushi. The place is quite large and is usually full at lunchtime -- lots of business people go there. Service is very attentive, the atmosphere is welcoming for such a large room, and the portions are reasonable. We always get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
NHjojo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and I have been here several times because we both like sushi. The place is quite large and is usually full at lunchtime -- lots of business people go there. Service is very attentive, the atmosphere is welcoming for such a large room, and the portions are reasonable. We always get different types of sushi and not much... More 

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Thank NHjojo
Eliot, Maine
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reserved one of their private rooms for a wedding rehearsal group of 11 family and friends. We have dined hear numerous times and although the food is always excellent, they have one major detractor. Dishes are rarely served to the entire group simultaneously. Appetizers and entrees are almost always served at varying times to various diners. On this particular occasion... More 

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Thank riederc
Raymond, New Hampshire, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It has a very open atmosphere. If you're looking for any sort of intimate setting be sure to reserve a private room prior to showing up. The sushi is great, though at this restaurant I prefer to keep my rolls simple. I find their classic rolls be fresh and delicious. Their specialty rolls are good as well... Though a little... More 

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Thank Amanda M
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is known for being the best Japanese food in town. Everyone goes early, especially now that the Movie theater opened up. Take out is great, but you can call 20 times before they pick up. Good Service, great food. Sushi bar is a let down and not a good choice to sit at.

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Thank ddd1017
Minneapolis, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Shio is a place where you can always go back for great food. We have been there many times and have never been disappointed. Depending what you like, the sushi is great, the noodles dishes are too. Love their miso salad dressing.

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Thank Eszter B
London, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I wanted to eat food that was both fresh and tasty and someone recommended the Shio Japanese restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which was quite close to the hotel I was staying in. Set in a small mall, this restaurant does not look much from the outside. Inside, though, it has a very Japanese feel to it - simple decor,... More 

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Thank JiffTuna
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

We love this place! Fun seating with private booths and sunken tables. Sushi is the best here with many signature rolls. Plenty of choices for picky eaters. They took care of us at the end of the lunch service, we really appreciate that, it was special.

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Thank Kmousie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

I think I may have had sushi one time in my 54 years and my son insisted I try it again. He took me to Shio in Portsmouth and the service was immaculate. They were very attentive. Xtremely polite. They seat you with a hand wipe and wicker basket to dispose. The have soy dishes and mixing dishes. Clean simple... More 

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Thank Dana L
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Always super fresh, delicious and expertly crafted rolls. No change in quality or service any time we come here. LOVE it. so lucky to have this place in Portsmouth.

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Thank evabvictoria
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Excellent! We had a terrific meal, and we even has some non-sushi eaters with us. Sushi is the specialty here, but there are options for everyone. We were there on a Monday night around 7:45, and it was hopping! Despite that, we were seated immediately and even got a Tatami Room (without a reservation, but that was a fluke...if you... More 

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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, Asian, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
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?