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401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5202
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11:30 am - 9:30 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
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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 17
    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
Decent food. Feel bad for the staff.

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
Fred Z
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Somersworth, 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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Somersworth, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
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
27 helpful votes 27 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 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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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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?