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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
+1 603-766-3474
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Ranked #8 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street
Description: Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jay's has become an overnight institution among locals who appreciate exceptional seafood. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of a gourmet sauce or marinade. The standard menu offers a more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cake, Haddock Piccata and the popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open Seven nights a week.
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84% Recommend
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Dartmouth, Canada
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Last year while visiting Portsmouth I tried to get into Jumping Jay's but the wait was over an hour (As were most of the restaurants in town that evening), so we decided to come back on another trip to New England. This trip, we arrived in town early, and booked a hotel right downtown within easy walking distance of the... More

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Durham, New Hampshire
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My husband and I ate there on 7-21-14 and we both had fish it was very fresh.I loved the grilled beets as a side vegetable very different

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Modesto, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Jumpin Jay's Fish Café had so many different types of fresh fish. The OPA was amazing with an avocado puree. There were many different salads to choose from and the wine list was extensive. The service was excellent. Loved this place.

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Southbury, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I stop here every time I come to Portsmouth. Friendly staff and the freshest fish. This trip I had pan seared Cod with no coating 5 Starts.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I have visited Jumpin Jays since about 15 times in the past years but have never paid it its due via TA. So.... Here's from a local foodie: There is no fresher, better prepared Seafood in NH or the world. If you are lucky enough to love oysters and to truly taste the subtle differences among them-including depth at which... More

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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

As Portsmouth was very busy and we hadn't booked anywhere we headed to Jumping Jay's early - 5.20pm. Within 30 minutes the place was just about full - a testimony to its popularity and quality. The surroundings aren't up market but the food certainly is. I had flounder from the 'catch of the day' part of the menu - with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Best cod we've ever had. Soft , flavorful and simply delicious. The cod is from NH and the freshness of that fish is incredible. The pear salad appetizer is another great plate. The pears are nice and warm and the presentation of the plate is great. A must go place to eat in Portsmouth! Amelia

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Mainz, Germany
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Jumpin Jay's offers a relaxed atmosphere, the interior is a little bit "Californian style". The service is excellent and knowledgeable about fish, providing good recommendations according to your taste. The menu consists mainly of seafood, but also offers a few alternatives. The best part of the entrees are the "catch of the day", where you can choose from a selection... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went in on a whim expecting it to be a more casual place. Service was great and the wine list had plenty of variety. I had the haddock piccata which was excellent. It was a generous portion of fish with a fabulous sauce, just the right amount of mashed potatoes, and plenty of asparagus and golden beets. It was... More

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Lewes, Delaware
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

A great restaurant in downtown Portsmouth. The service was great. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wines and the food menu. All of the staff were very friendly and it was evident that they worked as a team as several people assisted our table. Food was well presented and delicious. We lingered after our main course into dessert and... More

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