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Michelle's On Market Square

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10 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Romantic night out

Very nice food and wonderful atmosphere. Fantastic salads, great menu for anyone. Really great food at a reasonable price. Have been two times and it is nice to see that this looks over the square of Portsmouth

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Jeff C
Hampton, New Hampshire
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New Castle, New Hampshire
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Michelle's is an authentic, colorful, eclectic, happy, country European-style bistro and wine bar, with a bird's-eye view (from the second floor dining rooms) of Market Square in the heart of historic Portsmouth, and limited seating, seasonally, on the sidewalk outside. It is, hands-down, the best purely continental cuisine in the City. We love the imaginative if not to say unique... More 

Thank J Michael D
Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wife and I visited from out of state and arrived in town looking for some place to eat on busy Saturday night. The menu looked attractive and so did the decor. The wait staff at first was very attentive but then somewhere along the line just dropped off the map. A drink took a while to arrive. Bread that was... More 

Thank Christopher M
Portland, Maine
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Had a family reunion Brunch ..... Great experience including food and staff ..... In a great part of town walked the stores all day after the fabulous meal " try it ...you will love " and be back again and again!

Thank damainer
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We've eaten here many times, but no more. My wife was there on Sunday, 8 November at 1:40, well before the 2pm closing time. Lurch met her at the door, blocked the door, and said simply "We're closed." Not "I'm awfully sorry ma'am, but it was slow so we let our hard-working staff go early" or "So sorry, there's been... More 

1 Thank foodiepilgrim
Bellingham, Washington
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149 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Decided to try this at the last minute. Cook took us upstairs and was extremely friendly. Started worrying because of one waitress working hard to bring satisfaction to all. French onion soup was very nice followed by a great seafood pasta dish (extremely generous on the seafood) and a cassoulet with wild boar that had great flavor. Found a bottle... More 

Thank Donald J
Center Harbor, New Hampshire
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We had breakfast there last year in late October 2014. We got right in and they took us up a very narrow stairway to the second floor. nice French looking windows and tables. Not a lot of room and that's OK. But as we entered from the street to see the kitchen... It looked more like a meeting place... It... More 

Thank SL J
Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I walked in and immediately asked if they were opened for brunch, given the limited number of tables on the ground floor. I was immediately greeted by one of the cooks who made light of my tourist's. attire and had us promptly seated at a table for two upstairs. The restaurant is absolutely charming with multiple rooms and seating arrangements.... More 

Thank Darlokee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Walked out after drinking water and waiting for 45 minutes with " the kitchen is small and they are working on it" from the bartender. Cant comment on the food since we told the bartender to cancel our order after 45 minute wait to which we were told "OK" without any apologies.

1 Thank bowking
Hampton, New Hampshire
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Very nice food and wonderful atmosphere. Fantastic salads, great menu for anyone. Really great food at a reasonable price. Have been two times and it is nice to see that this looks over the square of Portsmouth

Thank Jeff C
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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117 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

brunch for 6 so there was a lot of comparison available. the greeting at the door was exceedingly friendly. service was courteous. sunday at noon, busy but not overwhelmed. seating is comfortable. restaurant is somewhat crowded in an old building, but has charm and is cosy. not too loud. among us, coffee, mimosas, variety of omelettes, pork belly, yoghurt, fried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-427-8253

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?