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2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Reno, Nevada
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87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has many great Japanese dishes besides sushi. But sushi seems to be the main thrust of their business. They have several sushi makers to keep up with both the orders inside the restaurant and takeout. Great variety of rolls as well as substitutions in rolls. Excellent fresh choices.

Thank Ilogjr
Milton, New Hampshire
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our daughter and son-in-law for their birthdays (yes, they share the same day). Luckily we made a reservation. HIGHLY recommended, as around 6:00 PM, the place was hopping! Had to wait a bit for a table, but not too bad. Our waitress was not the friendliest or most attentive I've ever had. After we placed our orders, we... More 

Thank mvngye
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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99 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to try in Portsmouth. A large restaurant with a large menu. The sushi is fantastic, the meats are very juicy and tasty, the teas are great, staff is wonderful and it's pretty much packed especially at lunchtime for luncheon specials. I definitely like it here. The dishes are plentiful so you won't be hungry upon leaving. I... More 

Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

This restaurant has great décor, awesome food extremely fresh and creative. perfect for first dates, families with young children and has a great bar.

Thank mdinola
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Shio never fails to serve a tasty sushi dinner. We've visited here more than any other restaurant in the Seacoast region. Friendly staff. Go early or you'll have a long wait on weekends.

Thank Michael_KL_376
York Beach, Maine
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

My husband and I were looking for a place to have dinner on a Saturday night at 7:30pm after visiting friends. Saturday night in Portsmouth, no reservations will be tough right? "Let's see if we can get some sushi at Shio?" Well there is a reason we were able to walk right in and sit down at Shio on a... More 

Thank Cynthia A
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The sushi was mixed in quality. Fatty yellowfin tuna was worth a second round, but the Passion role lacked its signature zing. Veggie fried rice was loaded with good vegetables, but the edamame inside made it too earthy ---- needed a balance of crunch against the soft rice. Server "Bea" spoke very little but clearly was trying her best to... More 

Thank Susan H
Portsmouth, NH
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136 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Used to be outstanding, now it's pretty much mediocre. Sushi was okay, but one roll was so fishy we considered sending it back. Fish definitely didn't taste as fresh as it has the many time we visited in the past. Asked for some extra wasabi for the few rolls we ordered after the initial serving was enough for about 1... More 

Thank PortsmouthDiners
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

The bentos at Shio are only $10.90, and well worth the price. I ordered the sashimi bento, since I love raw fish! It came with a miso soup, salad, rice, gyoza, sushi, and meat. It was really filling for me, and cheap too! Oh, and also, we ate in a Japanese - style room where we had to take off... More 

Thank kidcamper
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I used to work in the Portsmouth area for 3-4 weeks a year and we would always have our first meal at Shio. Great appetizers and wonderful atmosphere - you can sit in little rooms where you sit on the floor on a cushion and the table is low and into the floor... or you can sit on a regular... More 

Thank Sara H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?