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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
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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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English first
Tampa, Fl.
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is located near The Hotel Portsmouth and so we happened upon it. Glad we did. Very nice interior, menu and food. We ate raw oysters which are hard to find in Portsmouth. Yummy.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

After a day at the beach we could not find any acceptable restaurant in Hampton so we decided to go here. It's a really nice place with friendly staff. The food is good but not exceptional. Fortunately the serve European style so there are 10-15 minutes between the courses. Expresso coffee was horrible. You can skip that one if you... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Get the mussels omggggg the broth is amazing!seriously some of the best mussels I've ever eaten. Raw platter is a nice selection- share with one person... We ordered it for four of us but it was not enough. Calamari melts in your mouth. If you like garlic, get the clams and spaghetti... Fantastic! Honestly, I don't think you could order... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

From outside it looks like a small cafe but it is a great restaurant. The menu is small which I like because that usually means the kitchen can manage the orders. The service was great and the food was amazing. I will definitely go back.

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Plymouth, MA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We walked in without a reservation at about 6 pm and were seated right away. If you go much later, I'd suggest making a reservation as it was busy and people were waiting for tables when we left. My husband had clam chowder and swordfish, which were excellent. I had oysters on the half shell, which were wonderful, and the... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A friend of mine recommended this resto. And now I am recommending it to you! :) The ambiance was great as well as the customer service. But the greatest of all is the food! :p I loved their crispy calamari and their lobster from the raw bar. A lobster tail is not enough! A little pricey but the food here... More

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Alexandria, VA
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A curious blend of the good and the disappointing: the staff who greeted us and served our food were friendly and pleasant and yet detached: as if they had been told to be friendly, but were just reading a script and not really invested. Even on a Monday night, with a not-quite-full dining room, the servers were moving at warp... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Never let it be said that a great seafood restaurant can't also prepare other menu selections with flair. While our calamari was flaky and melt in your mouth good, JJ's signature pear salad with gorgonzola and filet mignons were the hit of the evening. Kate, our hostess heard that we loved our meal and kindly printed out a copy of... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Can get your choice of the daily selection prepared any number of ways. Smaller menu, but the options are vast!

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Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Extremely busy seafood restaurant located in the heart of Portsmouth. Reservations are a must, but walk-ins can usually get seating at the bar, with a full menu. Seating at the front end of the bar is advised...side bar seating gives you a view into bar sinks as well as a kitchen prep station. The menu is small. Although the bartender... More

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