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Michelle's On Market Square

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10 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH
603-427-8253
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Reliable bistro French

Been here 3-4 times in last year, dinner and brunch. Somewhat modernized take on traditional French food, always tasty and well prepared. Leans toward local seafood. Nice space. Service has always been ok. Wine menu is somewhat pricey, but overall pricing is ok.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Boston
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Been here 3-4 times in last year, dinner and brunch. Somewhat modernized take on traditional French food, always tasty and well prepared. Leans toward local seafood. Nice space. Service has always been ok. Wine menu is somewhat pricey, but overall pricing is ok.

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Lebanon, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Went here for brunch this past Sunday - 5 April 2015 (Easter!). Accompanied by wife and daughter. Small little place, cozy I suppose. We were seated upstairs near "pooh corner". Lots of restaurant speak amongst the staff, we were the "three top in the corner". Anyhow, menu review showed a wide variety of choices, including a burger, so they have... More 

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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123 reviews 123 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Because of impending blizzard on top of snow, snow, snow, we ventured to Portsmouth for brunch as we knew dinner would be impossible. It was a totally lovely experience. We had a window table overlooking the square which made for interesting people watching. The staff was efficient and very personable, offering great suggestions. I had the scallops and pasta which... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Overall this was an OK dining experience. We each had an appetizer. I had the salmon patty which I thought was very good. For me it was not too salty but was for my boyfriend. I felt the menu lacked vegetarian dishes. I think owners get into a rhythm and forget to step back and see what needs to be... More 

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We recently visited this restaurant for brunch. The food was very good, my husband had the eggs Benedict - veggie option, and I had the scrambled egg/smoked salmon breakfast. We both had fruit on the side ( not very good - pineapple with a few blueberries). I also had a very small, pricey ($11) mimosa. The service was very good.... More 

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Amherst, NH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We went for dinner last night. We had a reservation for 6:45 and were promptly seated at the table by the door, when we had specifically asked for, and were assured on the phone, that we would be seated upstairs. We were given menus and the wine list. After a 1/2 hour our drink order of sodas and wine were... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Michelle's is an authentic French bistro right on Market Square in Portsmouth. We have had several great meals there with friends--a good place to bring out-of-town visitors. The service is especially friendly (in that way much more Portsmouth than Paris) and very accommodating--we brought one friend with some real dietary restrictions and the staff and chef were most willing to... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

This was our fourth visit to Michelle's....four of us for lunch during a lovely Saturday snowstorm ....we have never been disappointed...two of us had the roasted vegetables Neopolitan ....serving piping hot ....it got rave reviews...one of us had the salmon and goat cheese and pronounced it heavenly...I had the lobster salad with baguettes slathered with melted Brie ...fabulous...we shared a... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This was our first time in Portsmouth so we weren't familiar with the local restaurants. We decided to try Michelle's after seeing the reviews on TripAdvisor and were not disappointed! As soon as we came in, we LOVED the atmosphere! I told my wife it felt like we were having dinner at a friends house. We had a great table... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Honestly, when we arrived I was a bit nervous as the location is quite small. Our business rented the place out for the evening and wasn't sure they could properly accommodate a large group. They more than exceeded my expectations! I started with the Mussels which were awesome along with the homemade bread. My main course was Salmon - and... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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