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“Nice View” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 11 Water Street Restaurant

11 Water Street Restaurant
11 Water St, Exeter, NH 03833-2440
603-773-5930
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Ranked #6 of 45 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Nice View”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Although the view overlooking the river falls is lovely, my big bugaboo with this place is the sticky menus, tables, and general gross "dishwater" smell in the pub downstairs. The food is not bad, but service is sometimes slow, so if you're in a hurry this should not be your first choice.

Visited January 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Ambiance on the Exeter River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Location on the river, creative food menu and service, all excellent!

Visited January 2012
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New England
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“One of our favorite local go-to restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

When we want to go somewhere where we know we will get a good meal in a comfortable atmosphere, we go to 11 Water Street. We have had some meals better than others here; it is not consistently "very good", but it has pleased us more than once. Tables along the windows have a great view of the river, but it is chilly to sit next to the windows in the winter months so wear a warm sweater. I think the best items on their menu are the salads; you can't go wrong with any of them. The onion soup is a little salty, but it is rich in flavor and abundant with onions. I like the fish and chips, and the burger is always a reliable choice if you are just looking for a good burger! There is a new menu, and I tried the beef stroganoff entree. It tastes more Asian than German with a less traditional fettuccine noodle and not quite the right seasoning for a purist. When I commented about this to the waiter, Jason (who does a great job), he returned to our table with a complimentary lemon dessert in hopes that we would leave fully satisfied. Above and beyond . . . We will continue to return to this restaurant. (I have never noticed the bad smell another reviewer mentioned nor have we ever experienced anything but genuine hospitality from the servers here.)

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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North East, Maryland, USA
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“great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

They have a great location overlooking the river with a very friendly staff, good food,and modest prices.

Visited November 2011
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Rhode Island
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“There are better places”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

If you are looking for a nice dinner in Exeter, there are better places than 11 Water Street. The special was described as shrimp and bok choy stir fry, however, there was nothing "stir fry" about it. The dish had the consistency of a thick stew, with 5 shrimp around the side of the bowl. My colleague had the haddock on the menu, and the flavor of thyme and lemon over powered the dish. On the brighter side, the service was great, and the view is quite nice.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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