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Rudi's Portsmouth

20 High St, and 5 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4022
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Ranked #25 of 186 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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80% Recommend
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Prescott, Arizona
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Went there for a Wedding and service and atmosphere was really good. Be sure to get directions in advance because it is hard to locate, but has parking in Rear. Just remember it is in Market Square area, on congress street not really High Street. Warning, bloody mary was not the best but food was good.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had a noon reservation for brunch and were promply seated when we arrived. We ordered some drinks and then a few minutes later ordered our meals. I odered a salad and a main course, while the others in my group (there were four of us) ordered only a main course. My salad arrived promply (spinach salad with figs and... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We sat at a half-full bar where three employees were idling, with another drying glasses. We waited fifteen minutes. I actually waved my arms to call them over. Other patrons, apparently locals, were served promptly. Our attire and appearance was indistinguishable from the others'. We finally got our drinks and were okay then with being ignored. When it came time... More

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We've been to Rudi's many times over the last several years and have never been disappointed. (Full disclosure - one of our best freiend's son is the bartender there.) A cozy place with a smallish, busy bar that has live music most nights - often a duo, sometimes even a trio! Very rare in most Portsmouth restaurants. A big plus... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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102 reviews 102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

What can I say…. we went to Rudi's with another couple today for lunch.. based on the fact we were sure we could obtain parking… ( I know, bad reason to eat somewhere). Location is great, parking is a great plus. atmosphere is rather mixed… white linen tablecloths with Chili's level of food. Prices were fine.. but again, we came... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We really enjoy Rudis, pretty consistently. We particularly like the atmosphere, it's very rich looking, but still has a casual atmosphere. The food is always interesting and delicious. The on-site parking is also a real bonus. Given all the restaurants in Portsmouth, Rudis remains one of our favorites for lunch or dinner.

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Tolland, CT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Love this restaurant, ate at the beautiful wood bar, bartender attentive and meal very good (petite filet, haricot verts and mashed potatoes- classic and delicious. A live pianist playing in same room added to the ambiance. Only negative comment is that the restroom could certainly benefit from an update. Will go to Rudi's again when visiting Portsmouth.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I have visited Rudi's cocktail area with friends on several occasions since they expanded up High Street to join Congress Street. Although many places can get crowded very early on a late Friday afternoon, this spot never feels that way. The room is nicely designed and service is ver,y good. A few comfortable couches sit next to the front windows,... More

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Marcellus, New York, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I was recently in Portsmouth before traveling back home and decided to stop in for some lunch. Portsmouth is a great little town and this was a very nice place. It was a tad on the pricy side, however the food was good and the staff and locals were very friendly. I enjoyed myself a great deal and would reccomend... More

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Middleboro, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We selected Rudi's to celebrate a birthday, selected as we were able to get a reservation for 7 the week-end before Christmas on short notice. We found the atmosphere conducive for conversation and enjoying our dinner companions. Live music in the background was just that, in the background. At first the group was divided on the menu, several options for... More

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