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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 #7 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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Wakefield, MA
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

For all the hordes who just drive by Portsmouth harbor on the way to somewhere else, downtown is really humming right now: art galleries, coffee and beer brewers, bookstores, gorgeous historic houses, and of course restaurants. Jumpin' Jays is one of the very best. In a low-ceilinged diner-like setting, the restaurant focuses on higher-end, fresh ingredient-driven presentations of fish flown... More

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Once again, we were at a seafood restaurant and it was an enjoyable visit. The waitress was very good and the food selection was excellent. The portions were very adequate( or in some cases quite large). Everything was hot and specials requests were honored. We were also asked if anyone had a food allergy. Definitely a place to visit again.

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Dartmouth, Canada
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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