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2454 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Concord, New Hampshire
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Brought the kids after the beach and we all were very happy with everything on our sushi boat!! The kids are insisting it is the best they have ever had and I am inclined to agree. We had all specialty rolls and loved them. The staff is very attentive and nice. Will absolutely go again.

Thank Smillerick
Northwood, New Hampshire
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Pretty good place to dine The service was outstanding the joint is clean the drinks were great. The food was top notch. We will be back.

Thank tim e
Winchester, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

We had tons of fun at this restaurant. Though Japanese restaurants aren't great for deserts so there is a great ice-cream place just outside. The sushi is very good, my two older kids loved it, but sushi is not cheap unless you get bad sushi.

Thank Tim3771
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

I'll be brief. Yes they're busy...because it's very good. I'm a sushi fanatic. Often Japanese establishments try to be generous or such, and the item sizes are just too big. This makes each hard to eat in one bite, yet biting them in two is also tough with chop sticks. Shio has always prepared the items a, not smaller meaning... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

It's not the best sushi I've ever had but it's probably the best in the seacoast areA! Sashimi was ok, sliced too thick for my preference. Sushi has always been fresh and well rolled. Well run place.

Thank Jess D
Berwick, Maine
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

Shio is our favorite sushi restaurant. It is often packed, so be prepared to wait, but the food is worth it.

Thank LucyLu801

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
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 Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

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