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“One of the best restaurants in Portsmouth” 5 of 5 stars
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The Library
401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5202
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Ranked #47 of 183 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Continental
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
estero fl
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants in Portsmouth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is the only real steak house in Porsmouth. Exceptionally delicious food and a beautiful dining room.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kittery, Maine
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Will never go back.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

They have major attitude toward children, even with behaved children.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great place for steak!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We go to the Library pretty often because our grandsons LOVE the lobster mac-n-cheese. I always get the filet and a side of asparagus. They have an outstanding wine list. We've eaten in the bar when they're crowed and the service has been just as good as the dining room.

Visited May 2012
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Connecticut
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The Library is awesome!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband & I celebrated our July 4th anniversary in Porstmouth. We chose The Library for dinner. The atmosphere was warm, cozy and quiet. The decor lends intself to years gone by - what beautful wood on walls and ceiling, and of course books. Our server, Hallie, was helpful not pesty, extremely professional in a very sweet way, our food was served in a timely fashion. I had steak au poivre , Brian had filet mignon - good size portions and cooked to perfection. I prefer well-done and it was not burnt or dried out!!!! Nice wine list and the Belvedere Gimlet was delicious. Definitely would return. It is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion!!! Side bar - our server Hallie just happens to be a top 24 runner up from season 11 (this past season) on American Idol. She was so kind to let us take pics!!!!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Old Building~Good Food~”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

a great place if you want a occasion or just to treat yourself. Food is good. Pricey as they don’t give you anything with your food.. everything is a separate charge. 8 for a side of potatoes. etc. Nice wine list. all around a nice place.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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