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The River House Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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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.
$11 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Soups
Outdoor Seating, Seating, 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, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 4 days ago

And the food isn't bad, mind you, it's just average. I want to add that this is a casual place among a lot of places with cloth napkins (if you know what I mean). That's why we chose it. We are casual folk. 1) The...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Kate B
Reviewed 1 week ago

They won the chowder off in Portsmouth a few times. Because of this, they seem to have rested too heavily on an award. This year, not the winner, by the way! I had a bowl fo their seafood chowder on Saturday for lunch. The feel...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank tim L
Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Tim, I am sorry that you did not enjoy your experience at the River House. Our seafood chowder has remained the same recipe since we opened our doors in 2009. Not that it makes up for a bad time but we DID win the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us stopped in for dinner on a Monday evening since we were staying in town and it was walking distance from the hotel. We didn't have reservations and we were seated by the window which provided a nice view of the water....More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank Melonie S
Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Melonie, Thank you for your message. It sounds like your experience was somewhat positive but fell short on the entree side of things, particularly the seafood linguini. It seems as though the person constructing the dish needs a bit more retraining as when the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You cannot go here for a gourmet dinner, just a bite with a gorgeous view. We sat outside in the 'HEATED' deck, which was really lovely...Food, ok....the only thing I didn't like very much was the restroom situation. Why not have one for women and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Maryanne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On recommendation from our hotel desk clerk. Have to get the chowder, it is awesome. Stuffed shrimp app and the lobster/avacado app are great starters.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank DaleP260
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here on a recent trip based on recommendation from hotel. Great food an an nice menu. Staff really on the ball! Service was great. The view from the patio is amazing. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank davidmF1210WT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter, a recent college graduate, and two of her friends, all lifelong seacoast residents, tried to have a drink on the River House deck this week. They are all of legal age and hold Valid Maine licenses. The "Manager" questioned one of their licenses...More

Date of visit: May 2019
3  Thank Kenattarwood
Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

This is my sisters favorite restaurant so her and her family treated me. I had the lobster it was good. However we were disappointed in the cocktails.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank luchitamaria
Reviewed May 6, 2019

Wow. Haven't quite experienced the bossy incompetence of a restaurant manager since I worked in food service as a teenager myself. If I owned this place, I would fire the girl who argued with the group of 5 who came in for a simple drink...More

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank welligrl
Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

Great views, love the chowder & lobster roll. Just the right size. The outside seating is a good choice.

Date of visit: May 2019
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November 6, 2016|
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Response from Justin R | Property representative |
We open at 11AM every day.
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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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