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Black Trumpet Bistro

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29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3727
603-431-0887
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Interesting

Interesting mix in the menu. Great mix of flavors! Cheese board was great. Had our choice of 3 cheeses and a pâté. Yummy. Followed by light dinner. Didn't try the main dishes. We were unfortunately not very hungry. Would come back!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
Mary L
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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204 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
boston,ma.
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Last night's dinner reminded us why Black Trumpet is the only place we ever dine in Portsmouth; the only Portsmouth dinner spot where we LOOK for an excuse to drive an hour from home (Boston) - to the pleasures that we know await us there ! Owner/chef Evan had a rare evening off, and his wife warmly greeted us on... More 

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Newburyport
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Back Trumpet's menu struck me as the kind of place that has such unusual ingredients and unfamiliar combinations that I found it hard to anticipate what I was ordering. But in the end it didn't matter because everything was quite good. We came here on a recommendation from our niece and I'd definitely go back. Liked also that they took... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Interesting mix in the menu. Great mix of flavors! Cheese board was great. Had our choice of 3 cheeses and a pâté. Yummy. Followed by light dinner. Didn't try the main dishes. We were unfortunately not very hungry. Would come back!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

The food is outstanding with expert use of seasoning. I have never had a meal I didn't enjoy and always look forward to dining there. The atmosphere is charming with the tugboats as your view. The wait staff are friendly and very knowledgable regarding the menu. If you are in Portsmouth I would highly recommend you dine at the Black... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

An outstanding dinner. You will not be disappointed with any seafood selection. The waitstaff were knowledgeable and helpful so you can trust their suggestions.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Wonderful atmosphere, but food was just so-so...we had been told such fabulous things that maybe our expectations were too high. We loved the choices but when offered a ham steak were expecting just that. What we got was a porch chop and we all know how tough to get right those can be. I doubt for the money I would... More 

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Thomaston, Georgia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Don't go here if you are not adventurous and willing to try new and different food options. This place is great for foodies willing to branch out for a culinary experience. I started with the seafood and corn chowder and it was fantastic. The corn made the texture creamy and it was filled with seafood. It would have been nice... More 

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Barnard
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were fortunate enough to stroll into the Black Trumpet about one minute after they opened on a Sunday evening. We were lucky because you usually need reservations. We were able to get a seat at the bar and we found out why this place is so busy - the food and service are fabulous! We were here at restaurant... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My husband and I visited Black Trumpet Bistro for Portsmouth Fall Restaurant Week. It is not an inexpensive restaurant so we seized the opportunity to get the most out of the value. My husband chose the chefs meze plate for an appetizer which consisted of a turnip leek bisque with a scallop, fried oysters over a bed of seasoned brussel... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Black Trumpet Bistro has moved into the space formerly housing The Blue Strawbery which was a wonderful innovative restaurant. They have picked up the torch and are serving delicious, creative dishes with style. The restaurant itself is located on a charming wharfside street and has brick walls and a cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3727
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-431-0887

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?