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Black Trumpet Bistro

29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3727
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Ranked #28 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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  • English first
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English first
Dartmouth, MA
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210 reviews 210 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a great experience at the Black Trumpet, with excellent food and service. The hostess greeted us and offered us a choice of tables, because the restaurant wasn't full. We sat downstairs by the window overlooking the street and harbor in the old dining room. I love the historic feel of the old buildings on that small street. Our... More

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New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We celebrated my wife's birthday here with our two young boys. The staff was incredible accommodating and helpful with everything. The whole place has an warm informal vibe where you can easily come in dressed in jackets or in Bermuda's. Importantly, as we was a special occasion, this was meant to be a splurge-y night where good food was a... More

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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Excellent location right on water. Fabulous filet and wine choices. Good service. Pricy but worth it for a special night out.

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Raleigh, NC
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went alone and sat at the bar. The staff attending were both friendly and helpful --not afraid to make recommendations which were well taken.Tthe menu tho small offered small, large and medium plates which were varied and innovative. I had a blue cheese entree which was so tasty and well presented as well and a medium plate of Moroccan meatballs.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We went for a birthday celebration, and the location and atmosphere were superb. Ordinarily I would have loved to linger for 3 hours over a wonderful meal, but this did not happen. The waitress was almost surly at times, and gave me a dirty look when we wanted to split our bill into 3. Our water glasses were not refilled... More

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dallas, tx
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122 reviews 122 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We wanted to have a glass of wine but ended up having some appetizers as well. They have small plates so that was perfect for late afternoon. Quite a nice wine list and an excellent cheese plate with cheeses from Vermont and Maine. We enjoyed it very much. I would like to go back for dinner!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My husband and I travel frequently and have eaten in restaurants all over the US, Caribbean and Europe. We both agreed that this was one of the best meals we have eaten in a restaurant. We started by sharing the Chef's Meze Plate which consisted of three small appetizers - mackerel in a biscuit, tomatoes with feta cheese and a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Black Trumpet is right next to the harbor on Ceres St. Make sure you get a table by the window upstairs in the Bistro. Tim's Dessert was the Best.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Right on the harbour side, this was a recommendation from the friend of a friend, and worked out brilliantly. You will need to book. The local fish dish changes each night, and I had a three dish Meze plate to start. Service was very good, attentive, but not intrusive, and the quality of the food was top notch. Faultless.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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