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“Kelly belly made our night” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Rusty Hammer

The Rusty Hammer
49 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4517
603-436-9289
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Ranked #95 of 160 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Kelly belly made our night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We dropped into the rusty hammer for a couple of beers. Never thought we'd make a new friend. Kelly made us feel as if we were 1 of the regulars and told us about lots of great spots in the area. We went back for lunch the next day. It was great. Thanks Kelly

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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119 reviews 119 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Best Hamburger Club I have ever had!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I ordered my hamburger club "medium" and when it was served it was cooked a perfect medium. It looked like it could have been a prop for a print ad. When I bit in it was the perfect balance of meat, veggies, cheese and mayo. Outstanding! I will be back!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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167 reviews 167 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Cheap lunch special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

We took the advice of a local shop keeper to go to the Rusty Hammer for cheap lunch specials and good beer. She was right! I got a $6 panini pizza with lots of tomatoes, basil, and cheese. Husband got $6 calimari and tried several local beers.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Meredith, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Good basic food and drink”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

If you're looking for a burger or fish and chips or similar fair then The Rusty Hammer is just fine. If you want to watch a game and enjoy a beer or two then The Rusty Hammer is just fine.
If it's a bit later and you want to enjoy casual live music with a couple of drinks then The Rusty Hammer is just fine.

The staff are very friendly and responsive.
The food is basic but well prepared.
Prices are reasonable.

If you are looking for something special, then this isn't the right place.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kittery Point, Maine, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“good food but not great service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The food was good although we both just had sandwiches. The service was slow although the place did not seem too busy. There was an error made with my dish, but it was quickly remedied. Would try it again, but so far it was just ok.

Visited July 2013
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