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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, Takeout

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  • 123
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 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
Excellent every time!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Marian E
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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English first
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

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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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Though there is an entire extra room with more seating, the yakitori room to the right of the door with ample comfortable booths aNd tables seems permanently closed. I ask every time and they say they don't have enough staff to reopen. They seem content to squish people in to sit elbow to elbow. The food is still good but... More 

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Center Barnstead, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My wife and I went here for sushi, as our usual favorite Japanese place was closed for renovations. We had to wait over an hour for a seat, which is fine, however the issues started once we were seated. I don't know if I've ever had slower service, the waitress was definitely busy, however our meal took nearly 3 hours!... More 

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Boston
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Food was JUST ok. The service was extremely slow. Waiters and Waitresses seemed unhappy to work, they sounded like robots. Overall, doesn't have the feeling of an authentic asian restaurant. When we mentioned our poor experience to the owner, she gave us the fakest smile and the most insincere apology. I wouldn't recommend this place.

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Augusta, Maine
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Food was excellent, price in line and value was worth the visit. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting this area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Shio has the best tasting sushi around! My favorites are the spicy crunchy tuna maki roll and the Alaskan maki roll. I would also recommend any of the fried rice options!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I am so glad that I found this place. Their food is absolutely amazing!! I had sushi+sashimi deluxe, curry with pork, and spicy miso ramen. Sushi and Sashimi was very fresh and their food was very delicious. I have been to over 100 different japanese restaurants (including very expensive and fancy ones) and this is definitely on top of my... More 

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Cape Neddick, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Sushi is a passion of mine and I have dined in some of the most acclaimed sushi bars in the continental US and Hawaii. Shio rates in the top 5 for certain and without a side-by-side taste test, it would be difficult to rate any sushi bar higher than top 5 at this point. Everything is fresh and served COLD.... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It's a shame this place isn't downtown because it would blow the doors off the other restaurants in the city. Located in a strip mall (but has parking!) this large-ish sushi and Japanese restaurant simply has the best quality sushi/sashimi and Hibiachi style food. There is a huge turnover (lots of clientele) and fresh, flavorful fish - every time. Service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Authentic Japanese Food and one of my favorite restaurants. The service is very good. I would recommend the fried soft shell crab and the spicy crunchy scallop roll. It has been very busy every time I have visited.

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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, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?