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Kim Lai Chinese Restaurant

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599 Lafayette Rd Ste 12, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 430-0761
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Terrific Food!

Small place that might be crowded. Service is excellent! Food is VERY good! Prices are great. Drinks are generous. Love this gem!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
shartzerj
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Ponce Inlet, Florida
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14 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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NH
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Won't order from here again. Everything is salty, cold, and generally bad. Better off going to Hong Kong Express on Islington.

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Ponce Inlet, Florida
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Small place that might be crowded. Service is excellent! Food is VERY good! Prices are great. Drinks are generous. Love this gem!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

In my opinion this is the best chinese food in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. Several others that I have tried are not very good. A number have closed. Nothing I have tried is to my disliking.

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always get my take out and delivery food here. Courteous staff and great basic food. Delivery guy so nice.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I have been ordering food delivery from here for 5 years. It is always delicious. I usually get the General Tsao Chicken and today was no different. The pieces of chicken were huge, and all white meat. The delivery is extremely fast. Sometimes I wonder how they even have time to cook the food because it arrives faster than I... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I like that they use white-meat chicken in their dishes, the quality is a bit better than most Chinese food places. It's not something that is going to make you say "wow, that's an amazing meal", but it is better than normal Chinese food fare. I am always satisfied, and never disgusted by the grease and low quality meat.

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Olympia, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Had another great meal at Kim Lai - owners are very gracious and food is great. Soup is flavorful and hot. Great meal and will order more often!

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Tampa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Maybe I'm used to NY style chinese food but this was bland, the fried rice had no flavor. The portions of food were pretty big so order small. But for the price I did not enjoy the taste.

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Hooksett, New Hampshire
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132 reviews 132 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Had an appetizer platter & shrimp & lobster sauce luncheon special - The appetizers were very good ! beef teriyaki, chicken fingers, boneless ribs & egg roll were excellent !!! The shrimp/lobster sauce was marginal. The place was small, but nice & clean. Service was average

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Milan
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

This is a little jewel of a restaurant in an ugly strip mall. The GPS will not take you the right way, missed it after several tries. The service is friendly, the drinks are great and the food is fantastic. This is the place to go for Chinese. They also do take out. Reservations not always needed but good to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 599 Lafayette Rd Ste 12, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: (603) 430-0761

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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