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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019 (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
+1 603-766-3474
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Basking Ridge, NJ
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144 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I chose this restaurant based on a recommendation from a work colleague who also visited Portsmouth. The place was packed (Tuesday night about 8:30 so I sat at the bar. Took about 5 minutes before I was acknowledged, no hello, just a menu. Ordered the swordfish which came with corn and mashed potatoes ($27) and a glass of malbec ($9).... More 

Thank IrvingPlace
Shelton, Connecticut
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had dinner at the restaurant. I had one of the best halibut dinners I've had in a long time. I also had the special salad which was excellent. My husband had halibut as well but prepared differently than mine. His was equally delicious. The service was prompt and friendly.

Thank ChrisN65
Framingham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Just had a great meal at Jumpin' Jay's. Had the Prince Edward Island mussels and the haddock piccata and my husband had the catch of the day - grilled swordfish. The mussels were absolutely fantastic. Definitely enjoyed this restaurant.

Thank csed123
New York City
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dine here several times a year when visiting southern Maine. Salads are terrific and you can't go wrong with the haddock picatta. Service is friendly and attentive.

Thank NewYorkCityTrekker
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Portsmouth dining includes seafood, almost everywhere you go. The entries at Jumpin' Jay's stand out, for their creative use of seasoning and sauces, an international flavor fusion. Beyond the great food, the service is always excellent. This is a restaurant so well managed, that you can be confident that you will always have a good outing.

Thank DallasSunny
Cape Cod
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152 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group of 22 had a great dinner. All agreed that the service and food was excellent especially the fresh fish dishes. My wife and I had their tuna entrée which was served braised rare and was of high quality.

Thank Bill246
Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the haddock and the linguini and clams very much. However, the number of items on the menu was limited, the salad was excellent (very fresh, good balsamic dressing), but the prices were high. We expected to find a lobster dish at a seafood restaurant near the water! They're a corner restaurant trying to be an elegant dining establishment.

Thank Annielulu5
Newark, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have had dinner here a few times when traveling for work. This trip the food was good, as usual. The table placement did keep me from giving all 5 stars. The restaurant was not overly busy so being placed at a small table by the bar, next to the station where the servers kept coming for drinks right at the... More 

Thank Cathy W
New Hampshire
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent variety of fish at this restaurant! Always a fun trip to eat at Jumpin' Jay's. Service is very efficient and food is delicious!

Thank SCJC86
Portsmouth NH
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110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jumpin' Jays has been here on this corner in Portsmouth for a long time. It is full most of the time and hard to get a reservation. The dining room is dark and quite romantic, the main menu item is fish and this is just so so. The service is fine, but the prices are silly for this kind of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $32
American, Seafood, Soups
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
    (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-766-3474
Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.

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