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Local cuisine, Seafood, Bar, American, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Ocean View Restaurant in the Heart of Hampton Beach located in the Historic Casino Building. 200 Seat Restaurant offering Local Fresh Seafood and Beef . We are family friendly restaurant and Love Large Parties. Celebrating 21 years of Family Owned Business
$8 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Seafood, Bar, American, Pub
Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got so lucky and came here in January and had some good weather for a couple hours. Made it to the urchin, which was recommended to me by a buddy — fun spot. You can tell they put some work into the joint! Had...a couple beers then switched to a cocktail of the bartenders choice , it was strong and delicious! Had the mussels for an appetizer and then the Urchin burger + fries, was super tasty. Overall, great good, strong drinks, great service... not sure why there's any negative reviews to this place.. but then again, there are a lot of people who choose to be sour out of all the flavors in the world! WILL BE COMING BACKMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed August 27, 2020

We sat in an outdoor area with an ocean view which was nice, the food was average, the service was good. We did watch a waiter clean tables, very unenthused with his job, did not do a very good job in this time of Covid...per our observations.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 24, 2020 via mobile

Short Version I would not recommend eating here if it were the only restaurant open on the strip. From the service, to the food, to the billing it was just an overall very poor. Eating out is meant to take the responsibility off of you...and to enjoy a fresh meal. This place did the opposite. No level of service recovery could bring me back to give this place another chance. Long Version We were a larger party of 14 and naturally when we all go out to eat together, especially during these challenging times, we do not expect things to be perfect. This visit was exceptionally poor in just about all aspects. To paint a picture of what kind of restaurant this is; it's beach style serving a unique variety of foods from seafood, to pastas and burgers while overlooking the hatch-shell and the beach on the Hampton strip. We have frequented this location multiple years with minor issues, but this time it was exceptionally poor. My rating is based on 2 factors - overall service and food/drink quality. The service here really left a lot to be desired. Our waitress was fantastic for having a table of 14 alone, but where the issues arose was there were simply too many hands involved trying to help her, without any communication to her about what was done. We were seated; not given place settings or napkins, but were given two pitchers of water which for 14 people we went through without enough for everyone. The waitress took our drink orders and about 5-10 minutes later a gentleman, who identified himself as the owner came over to the table and said he was going to help her and take all of our orders. Someone in our party mentioned to him that we'd need separate checks as we were multiple families. He responded stating that "oh I will let the waitress handle all that." in a tone that asserted his dominance as the owner and gave the impression that he was "above that". We had asked him multiple questions about the menu such as "what is the market price of the lobster, what is the fish of the day and how many tenders come with the chicken tender basket?" All of which we were met with a polite "I don't know, but let me find out." I have no complaints on his response or tone here, but was quite surprised that as an owner he did not know any of these answers. Our drinks then began to arrive and this was a total mess as everyone, but our waitress was giving us our drinks. Multiple incorrect drinks came out and others were missed entirely. Our appetizers came out after our drinks and about 5 minutes later our meals came out. I'd say it was just enough time to finish our clam chowder cup and then the meals came. Speaking to the clam chowder, I was happy with its flavor and taste. My meal was the Fish Sandwich (the catch of the day). I had asked for it without any sauces, just the fish the cheese and the bread, but it came with the sauce on it which was too spicy rendering it uneatable. Another individual in our group had their meal forgotten and another who could not eat hers as it came out not as planned. Traditionally we would have asked for an alternative, but service was hard to come by and tending to the forgotten meal that it was not worth trying to get someone to help because at this point we just wanted to leave. Where things really went sideways was with the check. We asked the waitress about breaking up the check and mentioned to her the owner said it was something she'd handle. She had no idea so had not planned accordingly. We then told her all of what each person got. She went back to divide them and about 30-45 minutes later she returned and the majority of them were wrong. Our bill had 3 extra drinks costing $25 more then planned on it. We then went to the booth where she was entering the information and most were able to rectify our bill. Ours was not and we ended up overpaying, but at that point we had been there enduring over 2 1/2 hours of poor service that we just decided to pay and leave as it was not worth the hassle. As we were leaving, the owner offered a couple people in our party a shot on the house and a few took him up on that. There was no true form of service recovery from the owner at all, he never addressed the situation once to us. Final thoughts We really felt bad for our waitress as she was really nice and was dealt a bad hand as too many were involved with her table without keeping her updated on what was what. Going out to eat is meant to relieve stress, not provoke it. This place was with the epitome of provoking stress. Highly recommend staying away.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 19, 2020 via mobile

the waitress was aweful and very sloppy. it looks nice from the boardwalk. food was just ok. but service was so horrible

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 12, 2020

Stopped in for drinks and an appetizer....drinks were ok my martini was not great. We got the coconut shrimp...3 pieces for the 2 of us was unimpressed.no sauce to dip in just a dollop on the bottom. Waitress was unknowled when we asked questions about...dinner foods to get that's why we went with an appetizer....was not crowded and we had to wait to get the check she never checked in....went down Blvd and stopped else where and had amazing food....while I'm at the ocean the food should be amazing and I'll pay.. over priced and just adequate I'll never go back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 1, 2020 via mobile

Came here with my husband and my mom. We got to sit upstairs outside (not sure if there is anywhere else to sit?). It was a little loud because there was a band playing next to the clamshell stage, some street performers downstairs and their...own music/tv. The beers were cold and the food was good. Waitstaff was great. The bathrooms smelled like cigarettes. Space is shared with the arcadeMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 30, 2020

It's gone from a sleepy little spot to quite popular, with a great location across from the band shell. Great frozen drinks...Pina colada, mudslides, margaritas and anything else you could want. Last night i had an excellent IPA draft. The menu is complete. Last night...the Urchin burger was great and more than a meal. Totally happy with it except for the canned mushrooms. If they can't use fresh mushrooms then I'd rather not have them at all. The fish sandwich was huge and well cooked. Both had the same chipotle mayo so a little more variety in mayo would have been appreciated.. Great service, our waitress was super attentive and friendly. The prices aren't cheap but as good or better than anywhere along the boardwalk for a sit down meal with a stunning view.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 30, 2020

Food was great, good location for people watching. enjoyable experience, waitress was friendly. would go back.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 6, 2020 via mobile

Not too happy with the portion size, taste or the how the food looked! Especially for the cost!! You'd think being on the beach and per the prices it would be awesome but it wasn't even close! I am honestly mad I spent that much...money for nothing!!! I ordered the fried shrimp plate that came with maybe 7 shrimp total. My brother ordered the lobster roll which was a total waste; forget that it was $36. The kids got the fish plate and cheeseburger. Honestly, we should've went somewhere else! Was very disappointed!!!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 3, 2020

My family and I took a trip to Hampton Beach this July. We chose to eat at the purple orchid. It was an excellent choice! I have to say all of the staff from the hosts to the waiters everyone that I came across was...welcoming and thankful for my business. Keep up the good work team. Hopefully, business will be booming as it was before the pandemic. You will certainly keep guests coming back with your warm welcoming attitudes. Great job we'll definitely return soon! Thank you, be safe!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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