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“Try the Tapa list” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Moxy

106 Penhallow St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-319-8178
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Ranked #13 of 189 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price range: $4 - $14
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Moxy; Self-possessed confidence. An attitude of fearlessness in everyday circumstances. The capacity to stand alone in favor of an unpopular opinion or course of action with a casual demeanor. Moxy is a modern American tapas restaurant focusing on smaller plates meant for sharing and taking our inspiration from our local farmers, culture and history. Moxy is tapas in spirit, energy, style of din
Branford, Connecticut
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“Try the Tapa list”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Great place that we may have missed it we hadn't been looking for it. We chose to eat the 5 Tapa selections with an extra $20 PP for the accompanying cocktail/wine/beer (worth it). Unique, fresh tasty and healthy (exclucing the amazing whoopie pie). I'm sure there was some calcium in it. The service was great and very friendly.

Visited September 2013
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English first
South Berwick, Maine
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“Tasty Tapas!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I arrived at Moxy on a busy Friday night and were seated by the window. Having never been there before, I told him that Moxy is not your typical tapas place and puts a creative spin on the food. He opted for the meat and potatoes and let me choose the rest. I selected the hasty pudding frites, grilled nectarines with fennel and goat cheese, crispy pig trotters with blackberry mustard, pork belly with marinated watermelon and cherry tomatoes, tomatillos with squash and sautéed greens, and whoopie pie sliders (we both agreed those sounded divine).

The pacing of the food was spot on and we were able to enjoy each other's company as well as our drinks.

The stand outs, though the entire course was good, were the frites, pork belly, pig trotters (I wasn't so sure about the blackberry mustard but it was surprisingly great) and the meat & potatoes. The steak was cooked beautifully and the accompanying sauce was equally beautiful in its texture and taste. The whoopie pie sliders were sinful but worth every calorie.

It is on the pricier side but every once and a while you have to treat yourself to something delicious!

I definitely reccomend the frites, pork belly, and meat & potatoes if you're unsure of what to try (though having gone before I can also attest to the Moxy bread being nothing short of addicting). The Drunken Berry is worth trying as well (it's a fruitier drink so if you're like me and like a little sweetness, it's a winner!)

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Limerick, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We recently dined in Moxy on foot of the rewiews from Trip Advisor. It is a very average restaurant, the flavours are good. Loved the fried kale. We were sitting upstairs and there was a celing fan constantly blowing cold air on us which was uncomfortable. My husband definately did not like it, he rather enjoys a good meal and he felt decidedly hungry despite numerous dishes. Personally I think it is very overrated for the price, would not recommend it.

Visited August 2013
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“Love. This. Place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

My husband and I stumbled in on a Saturday afternoon while walking downtown Portsmouth. We sat at the bar for a few drinks and enjoyed chatting with the bartenders. They were very knowledgeable of the local spirits the bar pours. After reviewing the menu, we decided to come back later that night for dinner. The restaurant was packed, so again we sat at the bar. Service was expectional. The food was tremendous. The ambiance was delightful. We look forward to visting again!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Creative Fare At Hard To Beat Prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We saddled up to the bar at Moxy to survey the menu and enjoy a couple of the local craft brewed beers on tap. The vast array of tapas held great appeal due to their vast diversity.

The bartender suggested we consider "The Fab Five." These were five of their popular dishes. It seemed simple: they had done all of the decision making. We also elected to go with the drink pairings as well.

To begin: grilled summer nectarines paired with a sherry cocktail.

Followed by a tasting of clams, pork belly and short ribs. Paired nicely with a brown ale.

Up next was pan seared monkfish in a charred vegetable coulis for one of us while brown sugared pork shoulder wrapped in cornmeal pancakes was the other choice. These were complemented by a pinot gris for the fish and a napa valley red for the pork.

Finishing off proceedings we had a whoopie pie slider and indian pudding placed in front of us. What better way to end than with a oloroso sherry?

Throughout the meal, the bartender serving us was cordial, knowledgeable and generous with his pours.

Atmosphere is fairly low key, music is loungey and the bar scene is active.

Now for the good news: Five courses were 29.95 per person with the wine and beer pairings an additional $20. A meal of high quality, creative preparation and ambient surroundings for just $49.95.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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