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The River House Restaurant

53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
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Ranked #37 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

View was awesome. The staff was nice. The food for price was rough at best. Frozen Lobster is not something I would expect for the price. Salad with Lobster pushing 20+$ If you are looking for a good local seafood or lobster. This is not the place to go.

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Albany
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We just returned from our dinner here which we thoroughly enjoyed. We loved the variety of foods we could eat (non-shellfish, non-meat). The miso cod, blackened salmon, and salmon burgers were all great. Awesome key lime pie and asian wontons (more like nachos really). Coffee was weak but I can handle that. Kourtney was a great waitress as well! Lovely... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

They have the best chicken tenders bar none! And they are gluten free don't let the title of appetizer fool you, there are ten huge gluten free tenders that are so delicious. I favor the honey mustard sauce for dipping, it's more honey than mustard so it fits my palette. I always wait for a table on the deck, the... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We visited the River House on June 22nd and enjoyed a late lunch on the outside deck. The service was friendly, and helpful explaining the menu items. The three members of our party tried the lobster artichoke dip to start and I recommend it! I had the lobster roll with fries, members of my party had a pulled pork sandwich,... More

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Humble, Texas
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

It was great sitting out by the water and the service was very prompt but food was just average.to good depending on what you got. Everyone got the award winning seafood chowder and it was good but not great. I guess it depends on what you like and I'm a big New England clam chowder and seafood chowder eater. Definitely... More

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East Douglas, Massachusetts, United States
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The River House is a much older appearing restaurant with a bar that has character. Has a nice view of the Piscataqua River and bridge but the fog kept rolling in and out to play with the view. The staff was very friendly but some of the younger staff mebers did seem tohave a limited understanding of wine basics. Thus... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've been to The River House multiple times and its always great! However last time we chose to sit in the dining room and ended up with a bunch of loud high schooler's. I would suggest sitting outside or on the balcony if you go. The seafood chowder is homemade and to die for! Be careful though it's very filling!... More

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DeSoto, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My sisters and I ate at the River House for the first time in June 2013 while on vacation. We had the lobster roll, seafood chowder and chips. The meal was wonderful. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed a wonderful view while eating wonderful seafood. In June 2014 my sisters and I visited Portland, Maine and every restaurant boasts... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Our hotel recommended this place and it did not disappoint. We got there right before they were closing but they did not rush us what so ever (which was nice!) We had a great view on the deck. We ordered the lobster artichoke dip YUM! Then had a cup of seafood chowder and 1/2 of turkey panini - it was... More

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

When my cousin and I learned that The Common Man had decided not to renew their lease in Portsmouth, we needed to find another location for our annual get-together. We chose the River House after reviewing the menu. We had our dinner there this evening, on a Sunday afternoon in June with absolutely gorgeous weather. We met at 5:00 pm... More

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