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401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5202
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
outstanding steak comparable to boston steakhouses

one of Portsmouth's great experiences. reasonably priced and as good as the larger expensive steak chains. Try the sides they are also amazing. The gentlemen's cut is a truly exceptional cut. great wine list. great staff. parking usually available on the street within one block.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Richard A
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

one of Portsmouth's great experiences. reasonably priced and as good as the larger expensive steak chains. Try the sides they are also amazing. The gentlemen's cut is a truly exceptional cut. great wine list. great staff. parking usually available on the street within one block.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We do not get out to eat much. Went to the Library Restaurant as we were given a gift certificate for Christmas. The weather was horrific outside, so we were a little early. We were seated right away and our server was great....The food was par, prices a little high. Our table was nice, we could see the snow falling... More 

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Center Conway, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

To me the atmosphere was awe inspiring. Being in an old library surrounded by books and enjoying a wonderful meal was pure joy! From appetizers to dessert, we loved it all!

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Barrington NH
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The restaurant has wonderful wood work, light fixtures and stained glass windows with many books on shelves. The service was very good. My husband and I both ordered the lobster pie-Lobster, vegetables and puff pastry- we did not expect peas (a lot of peas) and cubed carrots with lobster- I should have asked but it is a combination I would... More 

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Somersworth, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The night started off great as a group of us were given a nice table in a private room near the bar. We were celebrating and were given license to do so by our very patient server (Matt) and by the other party in the room with us. The server was very accommodating and did his best despite the painfully... More 

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Portsmouth NH
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you like meat, lots of it, an atmospheric darkly paneled dining room with two fireplaces, walls lined with shelves of old books, then the Library restaurant at the Rockingham is for you. The bar is pleasant and cozy and serves good cocktails. This is the place to enjoy steak with different sides and sauces, prices are high and there... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Library Restaurant is in an famous Portsmouth Ex-Hotel. The Hotel is now made into condos and has Lion Statues out frount. When you go into the Restaurant part it is elegant and even though it is an old building,really doesn't look like. The servers are old school and very polite. After ordering your meal you may read any of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

On Thanksgiving 4 of us ate at The Library 1 bottle of wine then another glass of wine 2 turkey dinners 1 prime rib and 1 fish dinner. The bartender was great the service at the table was adequate but the food was well below standard. The price $250.00. The turkey was dry the cranberry sauce tasted and smelled like... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Slow Slow Slow--seated at 7:15 food arrives at 830--yes you guessed it Cold. rejected the meal--i was looked at by the waitress like i just stole her purse.--I am not eating this Ive waited over and hr for my food and i am going somewhere else." let me get my manger." How can i make this right" "you can not"... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

Terrible service,nasty hostess place was almost empty and she sits us next to a party of 6 people that had obviously been there to long drinking then acted offended when we asked to move. Had to wait for waitress, had to ask for a glass for a bottled beer. She waited on the table on the fly this in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-431-5202

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?