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Popovers On The Square

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Cafe, Sandwiches, Bakeries
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8 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4017
603-431-1119
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent coffee and superb baked goods, served up with warmth and cheer

Excellent coffee and superb baked goods, served up with warmth and cheer. The outside eating area is pleasant and the popovers were exceptional. Next time I will also get some to go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Shay S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent coffee and superb baked goods, served up with warmth and cheer. The outside eating area is pleasant and the popovers were exceptional. Next time I will also get some to go.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

A terrific patio and restaurant with great food. We lingered on the patio after a very fresh and tasty lunch.

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South Orange, New Jersey
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

When I saw that a restaurant in downtown Portsmouth specialized in popovers, I tracked it down for my lunch. To be blunt, the popovers were disappointing. Somehow mealy, not chewy and eggy. I'm sure they were fresh that day, but they were rewarmed for each order and just didn't shine. The Caesar salad was smallish and the dressing way too... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Stopped in for baked goods and coffee and were happy with the experience. The baked goods were tasty. The coffee was good also. The restaurant appeared clean and service was good. Stop by for a quick pastry or coffee.

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York, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We ate here on our way from Boston to North Conway on our holiday and had no idea what popovers even were. The café was busy and the staff were very friendly. The dishes we had were delicious - popover with scrambled egg and a breakfast Panini certainly filled us up and not too expensive. The outside seating would be... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

I've been coming here over the years for light salad/lunch fair. It's an Inexpensive cafe where ordering is done at a counter and when the buzzer vibrates, you pick up your food. I had vegetarian quiche served with a small salad. For less than $10. Both were larger portions, filling and tasty. They also have quite the dessert case with... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We had breakfast here our first morning of our vacation in Portsmouth, It is a very cute cafe with outside seating. We had an amazing gluten free popover which was as good as a regular one! The only glitch was the long hair that was actually baked into my son's blueberry muffin. UGH. Not sure if we're going back.

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a great area of downtown Portsmouth. The outdoor seating area is dog friendly, so that's nice. Inside has plenty is seating. The food is good, but it can get very loud inside. Plates and utensils are dropped in the middle area, and the staff slams them around making a lot of noise. It can be startling if you're... More 

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The popular popover must try, is now a past expense that I will not try again. However, i will try other items on the menu that looked good. We went to get some pastries for our return trip home, we had breakfast and were not hungry otherwise. The raspberry twist thing...dry. The huge popover...drier...the banana scone..driest of course. The crumb... More 

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We decided to make the 45 min. drive north to Portsmouth, NH to have lunch at Popovers. It was well worth the visit as the food was excellent. My husband had scrambled eggs and cheese in a popover with fresh fruit served on the side. There was plenty to fill the large popover. I had the Caprese pannini which was... More 

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Additional Information about Popovers On The Square

Address: 8 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4017
Phone Number: 603-431-1119
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches, Bakeries

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4017
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-431-1119

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Sandwiches, Bakeries

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 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?