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“A quality little bit of everything” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Popovers On The Square

Popovers On The Square
8 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4017
603-431-1119
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Ranked #13 of 183 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Sandwiches, Bakeries
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Takeout
Framingham, MA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A quality little bit of everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Baked goods were terrific. Lady had tea (and what a big tea bag and cup they were!) and I had wine. Sandwiches going by looked good, but we just wanted a snack. Place was clean, staff efficient and friendly. If I lived there I'd be in this place every day.

  • Visited October 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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Fort Lee, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good for a quick bite.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The menu is great, the coffee is great too! We've always had trouble getting inside seating because it is packed, but that's probably indicative of the delicious, quickly-served food!

Visited June 2013
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New York
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110 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Worth it for the Popovers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My Mom and I love a good popover and we have had limited success making them at home no matter what types of pans or recipe we use. We were craving popovers and a good bowl of soup this past Columbus Weekend and Popovers on the Square "hit the spot."

The popovers are REALLY gorgeous...to look at and to eat. Light and airy but dense enough to be very filling. The soups we had were excellent and did not taste like they came out of a can. Served piping hot...great...considering the place was jammed. Soups come with a "mini popover" but we ordered a normal sized one because we love popovers ;-). I strongly suggest getting a fullsize popover if you are a fan of this treat.

A bit chaotic but the food is worth it. If you want a quiet lunch or meal, come at a not-so-hectic time. We came on a Sunday late-morning and it was nuts! The outdoor seating had more space but it was 60 degrees outside. Maybe that is why so many people were indoors because it was just a tad chilly for outdoor eating.

Reason for 4 stars and not 5...the "extras" that you need (i.e. butter, water, silverware, etc.) are in walk-up stations similar to a fast food type place and not all IN ONE place...you have to look around... but can be congested with people lining up to place orders, or, with people standing up to eat. System for lining up to order did not seem to be controlled by any type of roping system on the day we were there (there were just signs) but we were able to place an order within 7 minutes of arrival. Staff was friendly and helpful. Make sure someone in your party finds a seat for all your party members before you order unless you want to eat standing up. We failed to do this (our "bad") prior to ordering and there were no seats left on a busy Sunday late morning and had to hold our trays for 2-3 minutes while a couple finished up and vacated their seats. We had to inhale our food due to the huge crowd waiting for seats. This can make you feel rushed during busy times.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Middletown, New Jersey
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“Great location with Good food and pleasant staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We go in to Popovers whenever visiting Portsmouth - their baked goods are fabulous, especially the key lime tarts and carrot cake - Matt, the Manager, is always friendly and salads are always fresh - also visited their new location in Epping which is larger and beautifully decorated. Although it doesn't have the 'New England Square" location, it does have the same fresh ingredients and friendly staff.

  • Visited October 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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ALTON
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29 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Popovers Yummy!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If your looking for a light sweet treat then Popovers homemade popover is it.
Most of the restaurants serve great food but this place is a nice spot for desert or just a afternoon coffee or tea. With their indoor seating or seasonal outdoor seating I recommend this spot!!

  • Visited August 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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