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The Library

401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #41 of 186 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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181 reviews from our community

75% Recommend
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English first
Austin, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A group of 12 made an evening of it! Great place to visit... We could actually hear each other. Rainy night in Portsmouth did not ruin a great night of food and fellowship. We had plenty of time on our hands. Our server was courteous and friendly. The seafood tower was excellent. Great wedge salad and 8oz filet cooked a... More

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Newbury, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For our 48th wedding anniversary, we spent the day in Portsmouth and dined at The Library. What drew us was the Kobe beef (aka Wagyu beef), which I'd only heard about but never tasted. The 12 oz sirloin was expensive ($60) but a special occasion treat I'm unlikely to find elsewhere in NH. For ambiance (dark paneling, lots of books,... More

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Grafton, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We have been to The Library Restaurant several times and never miss dining there when visiting Portsmouth. It is simply one of the top places to eat in Portsmouth. The steaks are the best anywhere. My group had filet mignon, lamb, and the porterhouse on our most recent visit. The food is always prepared perfectly. The side dishes are also... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Was I just robbed? That is a question that should never enter your mind as you walk out of a restaurant. I hate reading long reviews so let me sum this up for you: Spoiled New England clam chowder. How is this possible? How can a restaurant, in Portsmouth NH, known for seafood, have spoiled clam chowder? When mentioned to... More

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Top Contributor
254 reviews 254 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

What an outstanding restaurant! From A-Z, this establishment has every marker in the correct position. My companion and I shared two different steaks, mushrooms and a side dish of spinach. There was enough left over to take a hefty take home package. Excellent wait staff! Nice Ambiance!

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was my first visit to the Library for dinner with some friends. We first took some time to review the large selection of martinis and wine offerings – so many choices. We tried The Library during restaurant week in Portsmouth, so we ordered from their special menu. The table started with Tomato Bruschetta and salads, all tasty. The entrees... More

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Needham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Charming place. Extensive Martini menu. Great rack of lamb. Fair prices and good service. We've been there several times and have never had a bad meal. Suggest reservations.

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Alessandria, Italy
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Discovered by chance in a business trip, will be for sure a fixed stop in future. Very nice, very friendly, it seems they just were waiting for you. Great foods are served In an old charming library, all woods and leather in an old building of red briks of Portsmouth downtown. Steaks and Seafood in the best American way. Very... More

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New York
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I've eaten here twice before on business trips and was anxious to treat my wife to a great dining experience! She loved it! Yay!!!!! We shared the wedge salad, along with a steak, asparagus, potatoes au gratin and three oysters! In order of favorite; the steak, the potatoes, the wedge salad, the drinks, oysters and asparagus. When we come back,... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We've spent quite a few getaways here and never made it to The Library until today. Kim and Hailey were amazing! So friendly and open. My husband and I sat at the bar had a few drinks and appetizers which were wonderful. I'm very picky about my Cosmos and Kim made me a delicious Cosmo! So much so that my... More

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