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Black Trumpet Bistro

29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3727
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Ranked #26 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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76% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Apple Valley, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I ordered the daily special, flounder was mushy, overcooked. My husbands chicken was better. Overpriced for food. Great place for good wine and a local cheese plate. Have entree elsewhere.

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Arkansas, U.S.
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Both a charming lower level very romantic and dark or upstairs bar with views...your choice but food fabulous..paella wonderful. Service the best.

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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112 reviews 112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were attracted by the Black Trumpet's location in an old ships chandlery across from the tugboats. While it's on a narrow waterfront alley, it is near the center of this great walking town and close to the public garage. We ended up being very impressed by its menu. The menu is very focused on local ingredients and changes with... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Came with high hopes. After all it is expensive and has a good reputation. Sad to say the food was mediocre and unimaginative. About as good at any mid-priced hotel. The wine was expensive and served too cold. My glass and fork were both dirty, and that waiter was an exceptionally unhappy and humorless boy with a huge chip on... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We'd eaten at the Trumpet several times and it's been good to great BUT it's now looking like a victim of its own success, too pricey for the quality. The wait service was just OK (why does one have to ask for an additional cup of coffee? We finally gave up on asking for two). Better training and slightly more... More

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Buffalo, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There are more restaurants in Portsmouth than meals to be consumed. Many are good. The Black Trumpet was great. We ate there twice in the nine nights we visited and were highly impressed each time. The meals were cooked to perfection, the wait staff highly professional and the restaurant ambiance serene. The first night I ordered a lamb shank that... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

First of all our server was great! He was very enthusiastic and our requests weren't a burden at all. My mom has a lot of food allergies and they were very good about accommodating. They made her a different version of a drink she wanted and made sure she would be able to eat her food. Overall great food, atmosphere... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We loved this place.....great atmosphere, superior service, and food that was off-the-chain delicious. Imaginative presentation and super fresh ingredients. This was a really wonderful night out for us!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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82 reviews 82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We loved this restaurant when it was the Blue Strawberry, but I think I like it even better now. The menu is limited, but what they do they do very well. The service is top notch. This place is always on our fine dining list when we visit Portsmouth.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We had a post-graduation dinner for my daughter's Pinning ceremony here. The food is very innovative, marrying flavors you wouldn't think of going together. The food is delicious, but expensive and in small portions ala fine cuisine. I had a Berber Burger which was angus beef with lamb. Very tasty, but at $19.00, I dunno. We had some goat cheese... More

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