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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 139
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 8
    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
A must for fine dining in Portsmouth

Black Trumpet is one of the best for fine dining in Portsmouth. Even just having a glass of wine and apps at the wine bar upstairs is worth the trip. The space gives you a feel for old Portsmouth and the food is top notch. The menu may be a bit eclectic for some, but go ahead and try something... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 8, 2015
Tony R
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Rye, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a newcomer to Portsmouth NH (I moved here from NYC last year), I've fallen in love with the foodie scene. Black Trumpet is among the best of the best in a town with many great options. Their menu is innovative and always delivers. The food is perfectly prepared and impresses every time. The wait staff is excellent and always... More 

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Thank loritiernan
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371 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We usually sit at the wine bar when we come here. The food is excellent -- well prepared, good portions. The service is impeccable, and every glass of wine we've had here is superb. We love the ambience of brick and candles.

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Thank NHjojo
Wilmington, Delaware
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

This candle lit restaurant on a small street provides a romantic atmosphere for dinner. Our meal was superb with excellent service. Sometimes Christmas Eve dinners are too busy and the food and service suffers, but it did not feel rushed, the food was excellent, and the service pace allowed for time to savor the experience.

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Thank sue r
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

We have visited here many times for dinner. The menu is different each and every time. The atmosphere is excellent. The food is excellent. The service is excellent. You will never find a boring meal here. We will return repeatedly.

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Thank Melody M
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

While not inexpensive, the food here is well worth what you pay. The service is wonderful and our meal was really outstanding. I had the Walnut Risotto stuffed long pie pumpkin and my husband had the Moroccan Goat Cassoulet. They were both so good we thought we'd pass out.

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Thank good2go195
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

There are no words to describe how much I love Black Trumpet. In addition to being the most romantic restaurant in New England (not even just in Portsmouth!) the food is phenomenal and ever-changing. I appreciate how the owners are always there and remember you (they recalled that I was vegetarian last time I went). Their wine list is eclectic... More 

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Thank Boston Yoga S
Rye, New Hampshire
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95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Black Trumpet is one of the best for fine dining in Portsmouth. Even just having a glass of wine and apps at the wine bar upstairs is worth the trip. The space gives you a feel for old Portsmouth and the food is top notch. The menu may be a bit eclectic for some, but go ahead and try something... More 

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Thank Tony R
Beverly, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

It was restaurant week, we had no reservations, we started calling everywhere! Almost gave up. We were told if you come at 5pm you may get a table upstairs at the wine bar??we where there promptly. Walk up stairs sat at the only table looking out at the water and moon. Pretty good luck😉 Shannon was are server, she was... More 

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Thank Gotraveloften
Finistere, France
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Purely by chance we fell upon this place for an evening meal. What a find and what a treat. Beautifully cooked food, with tastes that surprise and delight. Warm cozy atmosphere and a very helpful waiter. Good choice of wine too. We would thoroughly recommend this place. They had a big party in downstairs but coped well and service and... More 

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Thank Miggins1812
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

I'd heard so many wonderful things about this place and decided to finally visit after 7 years of living in Portsmouth. I went upstairs to the bar for a drink and a small meal. The atmosphere was warm and cozy and my glass of red wine was perfectly delightful. I order a "medium" plate of the delicata squash with some... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?