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401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #51 of 189 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
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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2 reviews
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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Litchfield, Connecticut
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Arrived for lunch on a rainy cold November day. the fireplace in the bar drew us in there first. It is a charming little cozy bar with friendly staff. Dined in the beautiful dining room which makes you feel as if you are in a library. My husband had a french dip sandwich and I had a salad. Both were... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Went for dinner. Friendly staff greeted us immediately. Great waitress...knew her menu. Got the chili to start. Sweet, luscious,and meaty. Cobb salad was large and filling. Very fresh vegetables. Grilled cheese made with cheddar and American on wonderful thick toast grilled perfectly. Cheese warm and runny. Retro 50's diner homey and welcoming.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The library is not an everyday restaurant but excellent for special occasions. My husband and I have been twice - first for my birthday when it was just the two of us and then again with our parents when the met for the first time after our engagement. On both occasions the restaurant was fairly empty which is usually alarming... More 

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Hampton, New Hampshire
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Tonight my wife and another couple tried The Library during Portsmouth, NH restaurant week. Words cannot fully convey how bad a dining experience this was, starting with cocktails and ending with dessert. The evening began on a bad note when we were seated 45 minutes late for a 6:30 reservation. My wife's Cosmo was not very good and our friends... More 

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Hampton, NH
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Went here for Restaurant Week to try a different place. Expected during Restaurant Week for the place to impress us to come back again when it isn't Restaurant Week. Started off wrong. Went to the lounge since we were early for a 6:30 reservation. Got the check with the drink, and glanced at it before handing a credit card. When... More 

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The "Library" is a beautiful restaurant located in an historic renovated building. Numerous luminaries have dined here. You should. Food could not be better, service was right and the atmosphere was beautiful. The "Library " is expensive; two for dinner with drinks and tip was $175.00 but a meal here is truly fine dining. This is a special restaurant, great... More 

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Additional Information about The Library

Address: 401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 603-431-5202
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Continental

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