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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 #5 of 190 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $32
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Special occasions
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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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Had a very good clam chowder; service was very good and so were the drinks. I also tried the crab cakes. We got there early and got a table with no reservation, but it got crowded by 6:30.

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Elmsford, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We've been a few times over the years, moved away and was back in the area this past weekend and enjoyed another great meal at Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe. . I'm not a fish guy but enjoyed the shrimp Provencal immensely... This dish is fill of wonderful fable and is offered with other mains besides shrimp... Always very tasty. My... More 

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Stow, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I recently visited Jumpin' Jays Fish Cafe for dinner. We had reservations for a table, but when we arrived, we decided to sit and eat at the bar - just something we like to do. The restaurant was bustling and the wait-staff seemed incredible busy. Even with how busy it was, the service was great. We were waited on and... More 

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Lebanon, New Hampshire
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Holy mackerel! (Note: mackerel is not on the menu) I ate here last night and can't stop thinking about what a lovely dining experience it was! You walk in and it's a combination of casual and classy, with nautical undertones that are not cheesy in the slightest. The place is very clean and hip, with mid-century modern inspired decor. The... More 

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Revere, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

i have now been to this place several times and the fish is always fantastic! Always busy, oysters are great and are offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays. This place is hopping!

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Pretty much in the heart of Portsmouth, this mostly seafood restaurant has more than the expected fried food of the area. Tasty food with excellent service, and good ambience. It was busy the night we went, Tuesday 12/30 but we did not feel rushed or overwhelmed. We would definitely go back!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The fish here is always great. Best seafood in town! Also if you like oysters it's the place for them!

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Brentwood, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Been here several times...good food and nice atmosphere. Would return for the seafood...can't think of a better place to go for nicer seafood.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

When we first walked in, I was kinda let down with the tables & diner style bar BUT then, I watched the staff as they moved easily around & it was actually very conducive to good service. I like that the servers did not have to walk through a maze of tables to bring out food from the kitchen. Our... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Nantucket Scallops to die for - great service - nice atmosphere - a wonderful meal in a trendy restaurant. Fish in the name makes fish its game and a winner in our book.

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Additional Information about Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
Phone Number: +1 603-766-3474
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 22 - 32
Cuisine: Seafood, Oyster Bar

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