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Oar House

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Nice Atmosphere, Food was OK

The restaurant has a great rustic feel and the staff were very nice. We were there for brunch and... read more

Reviewed May 19, 2017
Wells, Maine
2lb Lobster

Lots of ambiance but expensive. Our lobster wasn't quite cooked and the asparagus was overdone... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2016
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  • Terrible21%
Aug 25, 2018
“Dunno where the "average" ratings reviewers eat!! Best Calimari ever, and”
Aug 17, 2017
“Great seafood!!!!”
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55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

I had the duck sausage (and red peppers), a specialty the chef made for restaurant week, and was so popular they kept it on the menu.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jim J
Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

I had grilled Atlantic haddock and it was cooked to perfection, we also had calamari which was crispy and perfect. Wine and beer good! Outside seating near harbor a must!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Rmondelli
Reviewed May 19, 2017

The restaurant has a great rustic feel and the staff were very nice. We were there for brunch and as I watched the table next to ours send back three dishes I kept my hopes up. Everyone enjoyed their meals at our table, but I...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 2, 2017

Love this cozy restaurant by the river. Staff friendly and very helpful. My husband loved the duck and I had the Oar House Delight seafood in lobster sauce. Yummy!! Expensive but worth it for a special night out.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Several weeks ago, my wife and I had Sunday brunch at the Oar House. We were greeted by Jess, our server and expert bartender. We started with Sunday Shrimp Marys which were very well made with just the right spice and kick. We ordered Louis...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Lawrence C
Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Lots of ambiance but expensive. Our lobster wasn't quite cooked and the asparagus was overdone (crunchy). Won't be back. Nice server though.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank GinaWst
Reviewed September 25, 2016

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...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank ChrisH018
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...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank yorkbeacher
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.

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank cdskid
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!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Rob M
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