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The River House Restaurant

53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
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Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“seafood chowder” (221 reviews)
“turkey panini” (36 reviews)
“cowboy burger” (12 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I say hidden, but I'm not sure if it actually is hidden. We found this place when we were wandering down a back alley. There may another entrance to the place from the street but I didn't go looking for it. We decided upon this...More

Thank Tobi D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

First of all, the staff is young, pleasant and efficient. But kitchen suffers. The view from the inside deck is excellent, but non existent in the rest of the main dining room. The mussels, which are touted as a star offering were terrible. The muscles...More

Thank sjtcjft
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a go to place for a laid back atmosphere with a great view. The food is consistent, always a great chowder!

Thank Jacqui R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here twice while on vacation. Great location right on the water. Good food and drinks with awesome bartenders!

Thank Materialmomof2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful location right on the water in town,food was high quality, Lobster roll on the small side,clam chowder very good,server Paul not very engaging ,made to feel like he was doing us favor by gracing us with his presence ,20% tip not even a thank...More

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 1 week ago

After our tour guide from "Discover Portsmouth" told us they have the best chowder in town, we headed over for lunch. We only had a short wait for an outside deck table. Our group ordered the seafood chowder & lobster rolls. Overall consensus: soup -...More

Thank beachruler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch What a view of the bridge and water ! The food was good and moderately priced. Wait staff was very pleasant and helpful when ordering. It was an awesome September day and the heaters outside made it much more comfortable. I...More

Thank Deb C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful day. Friendly staff. Sat on outside deck, complete with heaters. Favorites: Seafood chowder was amazing. Cowboy burger delish. Mango margarita, so good, have 2! Disappointing, lobster roll & sangria. Overall, we will defiantly go back.

Thank suzyq12443
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited for a late lunch around 2pm thinking it would be quieter and boy were we wrong! The wait for an outside table was over an hour! So, we sat inside a dingy dining room. Food was good, service was not great. The restrooms...More

Thank Sunseekergirl77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for dinner after an Isle of shoals cruise. The Seafood Linguini looked like they had thrown some seafood in a pile of noodles and served it, Tasteless! Mussels were DRY? and the whole thing was cool. Added Pepper to get some taste, server...More

Thank Bergbahnn
Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, I was sorry to see you did not enjoy your experience. Would like to hear about about any other feedback you have and hopefully find a way to make it up to you. Please email me: Jrivlin@riverhouse53bow.com Thank you again for your feedback.

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HarrietGC
November 6, 2016|
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Response from Justin R | Property representative |
We open at 11AM every day.
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jennifer m
August 24, 2016|
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Response from Belmontcouple | Reviewed this property |
I also never noticed any pets on the outside decks; you may want to call.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$11 - $24
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-2600
  • E-mail
Description
The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway. Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder. Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.
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