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Rudi's Portsmouth

20 High St, and 5 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4022
603-430-7834
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Ranked #30 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Congress Street
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English first
connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were on our first visit to Portsmouth and starving and it was 2:30 so after leaving the parking garage, the first place we saw was Rudi's. The sign outside listed two specials and both seemed creative so we went in. WOW. I had the lunch special which was poached seafood in a light tomato broth. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

From the food to the staff, from libations to the incredible beer selection, Rudi's rocks! We got married here and they handled everything perfectly.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last weekend at Rudi's. We called ahead to make reservations and were happy that the restaurant offered free parking. The service and atmosphere were great. The delicious warm fresh bread came after our salad. We ordered a Caesar salad which was only average. The presentation of both dishes were wonderful. I had... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

As a first time visitor we were impressed with the quality of the food. Although the selections are somewhat limited there should be enough choices for most people. We found the service to be efficient and polite. The only negative is the ambience. The interior is plain and dark. Do visit if not just for the quality food.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Rudi's has the best burger in town. Great beef. Carefully prepared. Thoughtful presentation. Though there are a lot of higher end menu items, don't miss this option!

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I always stop at Rudi's when in Portsmouth, lunch or dinner, sometimes both.Service is excellent and the scallops are excellent. Everything fresh and tasty--plus their wine collection is very good. On a back alley with their own parking. Don't miss Rudi's if you are in Portsmouth for a can't miss meal experience!

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Rye, New Hampshire
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57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Such a wonderful place to go for a great glass of wine - they have so many choices and their happy hour deals are great. They vary by day so take a peak at the website or call to find out - the fried brie is over the top good for a starter!

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Being together with my wife and our 3 sons to celebrate the last college graduation, we were looking a comfortable setting, good food and attentive, but not overbearing service. Rudi's came highly regarded, but honestly it exceeded expectations in all regards. We had charming service, a very comfortable setting and great food. We all enjoyed the calamari and antipasto platter... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I have frequented Rudi's numerous time for business lunches. It is conducive for quiet conversation. The atmosphere is crisp and very attractive. The food has always been very good, but some items not quite large enough to satisfy some of my male clients. Always fresh and creative. Have not been here for dinner yet. I look forward to it.

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Milford, NH
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My wife and I had an early reservation at Rudi's as we had theater tickets afterwards. We arrived to find a nearly-empty dining room and "rockabilly" music playing over the loudspeakers. At the time, we thought, well, they'll surely turn this off once they're really "open." They didn't -- and this music did not "mesh" with what we had hoped... More

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