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The Library

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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: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 121
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Elegant dining in a historic building

A very nice meal was served with wonderful flavor and sizable portions. The decor in the main room is dark polished wood with bookshelves holding lots of old books. Your check is brought to you in the middle of an old book. It was VERY busy so wait staff had a hard time being attentive to our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
PDK5
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Hartford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Dining at the Library Restaurant in Portsmouth is always a wonderfully unique experience. Knowledgeable wait staff, an extensive wine cellar, and a truly fabulous kitchen staff make a meal at the Library a relaxed, culinary delight. I highly recommend The Library for any occasion.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

A very nice meal was served with wonderful flavor and sizable portions. The decor in the main room is dark polished wood with bookshelves holding lots of old books. Your check is brought to you in the middle of an old book. It was VERY busy so wait staff had a hard time being attentive to our needs. And it... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The shrimp appetizer is fantastic ! White table clothes, silverware, and china set the stage for a first class lunch or dinner.

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Stratham, New Hampshire, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Had a great Sirloin, Cooked perfectly. Good salad and desert. Parking on street not bad because its on the outside of downtown.

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Been to the library three times now and in different situations- groups, girlfriends, solo Have to say this places reputation is better than the food Staff could be a bit nicer in general- on two different visits, I had the experience of the the staff being slightly rude. Slight enough for you to notice but not enough to take action.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place is a must see for restaurants! From the moment you walk in the experience is great. The decor is awesome and the food is wonderful. The steaks are so tender and the sides are just great! Serve was good too. It was neat that the didn't have AC on but rather the windows open, ceiling fans, and a... More 

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Ledyard, Connecticut
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was my 1st time dining at The Library. In fact, this was my first time (that I can recall) being in Portsmouth for an overnight stay. The parking was quite difficult. We circled the block for near 15 minutes until we finally found a place to park. The 4 feet of snow on the ground didn't help. Traveling with... More 

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Lakewood, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We went there for a late brunch - around 14h30. We were the only one. The restaurant is inside a library. It means that there are books all over and while waiting for the food you can get a book. Led Zeppelin for me, Harry Potter for older kid. There was no kids menu but it was not a problem... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had a late night dessert and drinks at The Library. The place was gorgeous and it was one if the best desserts I ever had. The bartender, Emily, was so great too! She gave us a great breakfast spot and she took some pics of my husband and me to remember the trip by. It was just a one... More 

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Bedford, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It's a steak place but we had seafood and were not disappointed. Baked stuffed haddock with lobster - and lots of it. Swordfish was delicious. Drinks were reasonable. Setting was very nice.

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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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?