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800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-334-3407
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6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Many benes

A big choice of eggs benedict--classic, spinach, crab cakes--and corned beef hash that they make with lots of corned beef. Big serving, nice service, simple decor--more peaceful than many places that serve similar breakfast-brunch-lunch menus.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
grannyB
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Boston MA
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boston MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A big choice of eggs benedict--classic, spinach, crab cakes--and corned beef hash that they make with lots of corned beef. Big serving, nice service, simple decor--more peaceful than many places that serve similar breakfast-brunch-lunch menus.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had a great experience for our first time trying this place out. I called early in the morning to make a reservation, since I had heard that they get busy after about 10am on Saturdays. We arrived at noon, and were seated in the back room. We had six kids in our party, ranging in age from (almost) 2... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

There always seems to be a wait here on the Weekends, but it moves quickly because the service is very good and the kitchen must be well organized. We mostly come for breakfast or brunch. It is only open till 4. Food is good, the omelets are a little on the thin side but they have many options to choose... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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822 reviews 822 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Coffee is a passion here and whether American or Cubano I'm sure you'll be happy. I had the Eggs Benedict with home fries and didn't need lunch!

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is not really a cafe it is more like a diner. They have a large menu even lobster and many daily specials. The food is average but desserts are more like backery style flourless chocolate cake 4 layer chocolate cake with butter cream frosting.Food is fine service was good decor ? not sure what it is. But they have... More 

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Fennville, Michigan, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stopped for both breakfast and lunch on different days. Staff was very friendly and even remembered us from a few days before.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

First time here. Went on a Tuesday around 9:30 am. We were seated right away. Good size breakfast menu. Daily specials too. Food was good and hot. Staff are friendly. Plan on returning.

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Bethel, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Smaller hole in the wall location in a shopping mall but it was suggested to me so I thought I would try it. Turns out it was very good. Never would have discovered on my own but Best Western desk staff told me about it.

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gjwoodsjr
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Food was good, but the servicee was slow. My wife's food was cold but did'nt see our waitress until after we finished our food. Might have only been ours as every other table seemed to have someone always checking on them... Portions were pretty big and tasty.

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seacoast
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Went to this cafe, believe it or not, in a small Plaza outside of downtown! In a city full of restaurants, this Cafe is a true gem! They excel at breakfast. I had a Blarney Stone bene, poached eggs on top of Homemade hash, toasted English and Chipotle Hollandaise. It was as good as I've ever had. My wife had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-334-3407

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

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