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2454 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Open 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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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
Portsmouth, NH, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Had a a really great meal! Went with 4 friends and we each ordered a different roll and a couple different Nigiri. There were 8 pieces per roll so there was plenty for all of us. It came served on a large wooden boat and everything was sooo good. We even ordered a couple more rolls because we were enjoying... More 

Thank Karen P
Austin, Texas
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I've been eating sushi for some 35 years all over the world, including Japan. Most sushi restaurants in the U.S. are run by Chinese or Koreans, and you can tell the difference. Similarly, the vast majority of sushi chefs are not Japanese. If you are a real sushi fan, try to find one owned and managed by Japanese with Japanese... More 

Thank KAR1943
New Castle, New Hampshire
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103 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We are talking Portsmouth NH folks......so with that in mind its very good. Very clean and super friendly. Came here today for lunch and did not disappoint. Had the lunch specials, apps and sushi. Busy and plenty of parking.

Thank gladfly
Portsmouth NH
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109 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Finally made it to Shio. People have been singing its praises for a while, so had to try. About 4 miles out of town in an unprepossessing location in a mall near Water Country. Easy parking, brightly lit and always busy. Try to reserve a tatami room for a party of six or more. Service was speedy and smiley, food... More 

Thank LimeyLady
Durham, New Hampshire
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

After visiting countless so-called Japanese restaurants in this area - Shio gets my vote for the most authentic selection around. The sushi is fresh, the rice not too hard packed or dry. The bento boxes also offer a variety of traditional selections such as tempura, teriyaki and cutlets. The tempura is made with fresh oil and a light batter. The... More 

Thank Prentiss P
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

They opened four years or so ago, and were discovered immediately. Their restaurant is generally busy, and always spotless. I am a sucker for Bento boxes, usually ordering the one with Sashimi and several other goodies. But the Kani salad is also a winner, as are all the other dishes I have tried. Service is always fine, fast and friendly.... More 

Thank dhk365
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

How did this place get a 4.5 stars??? Yes I understand it was a busy night that's understandable but everyone from the hostess to the wait staff and the sushi was a disappointment. 5:45: We came in knowing it was busy and we were OK with waiting, so we got up to the register and said table for two, it... More 

Thank Allison A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?