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Address: 55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
Phone Number: 603-436-4025
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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So so food, but service good

Fantastic decor - love the old-world, colonial yet upscale atmosphere. Appropriate lighting; good beer and wine selection. Service started out very good; appetizers arrived... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2014
Chris J
West Newbury, Massachusetts
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River Forest, Illinois
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Oar House is located right on a pier in the harbor adjacent to the dock for the Harbor Cruises. The food is somewhat predictable New England bistro fare, but the preparation is excellent. My wife had the scallops wrapped in bacon, and it was prepared perfectly. I had the mussels and they were fantastic. Order extra fresh baked bread... More 

Thank ChrisH018
York Beach, Maine
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This restaurant is definitely a must when you visit Portsmouth. The menu selection is varied with hearty rustic New England fare. Whatever you choose will be cooked to perfection. The Oar House is located literally steps from the Piscataquis river water front, you can practicality reach out and touch the famous tug boats. Free parking is limited, but the cities... More 

Thank yorkbeacher
new england
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Luncheon was not tasty...wilted lettuce,uncrisp bacon, cold soup. and extraordinarily long wait for food--- over 1/2 hour and there was only one other table occupied....Too bad ...in it's day the Oar House was always great.

Thank cdskid
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Haddock, Filet Mignon, Lobster, and Pork Chops. Couple that with good friends and wine, a little scotch and great conversaand wow! What a great dinner in Portsmouth!

Thank Robert M
West Newbury, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Fantastic decor - love the old-world, colonial yet upscale atmosphere. Appropriate lighting; good beer and wine selection. Service started out very good; appetizers arrived quickly and fresh. However, the entrees were mediocre: Lobster overcooked, took a really long time to come out. (We joked that they had to run out to Market Basket to buy some). Mussels were "not right"... More 

Thank Chris J
Roanoke, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

We found this place as we wandered around Portsmouth at lunchtime. The oysters on the half shell were good, although a little pricey. I would expect a better price than the same one I can find in a landlocked area that I traveled from. Atmosphere was nice on the deck across from the main building.

Thank Caustin9614
Holden, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

The Oar House is what you would expect. Quaint little place on the ocean with kick butt food. Can't go wrong with the chowdah. Caesar salad had authentic dressing on it. None of these bottle dressing. Filet was perfectly seared in a mushroom demiglaze. Then to top it off you have to get the flourless chocolate cake. Great wine menu... More 

Thank CAMBelden
Morristown, New Jersey
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82 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Really cool atmosphere in old brick and timber restored building. Service was good and food was solid. One small point, too much dressing on 2 of 2 salads.

Thank golfer6666
Etters, Pennsylvania
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244 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We found this place by accident . It is out of the way down a side street. We actually just followed the sound of the live music. They had an acoustic guitar player who was fabulous, the food was great and the staff was delightful. Very laid back and right on the water. Nice place to kick back and relax... More 

Thank Diane w
Storrs, Connecticut, United States
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71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I missed this gem our first time in Portsmouth. There are a few places you will pass getting here and it is sort of hidden on the water front. On the street side one would never know there is laid back pub and harbor side seating. Our food was prepared with lightning like speed. My steak tip... More 

Thank Russell M

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