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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, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 5
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Value and Yummy Food

Very friendly service, wide menu options, very reasonably priced and food is fresh and delicious. They often have a line but the wait is never too long and they have coffee while you wait!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
CMTPortsmouth
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very friendly service, wide menu options, very reasonably priced and food is fresh and delicious. They often have a line but the wait is never too long and they have coffee while you wait!

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NH
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Slow spotty service Cold food Toast is served as cold buttered bread Homefries are burnt but still cold Omlettes are sad After being sat, waited about 10 minutes for waitress to even stop by table. Waitress only came by once to top of coffee, waited over 10 minutes to get bill once finished and another 7 for waitress to come... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Took the family for breakfast while we were in town for a basketball tournament. Some of the best Belgian waffles I've ever had. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the atmosphere was very nice as well.

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Portsmouth NH
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The food is good The staff is friendly. You can easily get in and out in an hour.. What I dislike is that I can't afford to eat lunch daily there.!!!

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Boston MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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
22 helpful votes 22 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
130 reviews 130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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885 reviews 885 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
361 helpful votes 361 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
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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