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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene

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Steamed P.E.I. Mussels
ccallions, jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, ginger herb saffron cream
Lump Crab Cakes
hours tartar sauce, pickled red onion, petite herb salad
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare
diced yellowfin tuna, avocado & cucumber, white soy, ginger & sesame vinaigrette, avocado mousse, crispy shallots
Crispy Calamari
cherry peppers, zesty red sauce, lemon basil aioli
Greek Salad
mixed greens, kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, tomatoes, pickled red onion, aged feta, creamy greek vinaigrette
Summer Salad
baby spinach, watermelon, red raspberries, granny smith apple, pickled fennel, goat cheese, toasted almond, honey-balsamic vinaigrette
Roasted Pear & Radicchio
gorgonzola, dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, radicchio, port wine drizzle
Mixed Green Salad
roma tomatoes, English cucumbers, red onions, dried cranberries, crumbled gorgonzola, balsamic-cider vinaigrette
Straight Up Caesar Salad
hearts of Romaine, garlic croutons, parmigiano
New England Clam Chowder
Linguine in White Clam Sauce
littlenecks, minced clams, cream, lemon, garlic, crushed red pepper
Haddock Piccata (House Specialty)
breadcrumbs, lemon-caper & white wine butter sauce, russet mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables--Not a fish lover? We make Chicken Piccata too!
Coconut Red Curry
diver scallops, shrimp, haddock, baby bok choy, grilled pineapple, snow peas, cilantro, lime, roasted peanuts, jasmine rice
Pan Seared Filet Mignon
sauteed spinach with garlic & shallots, roasted fingerling potatoes, bearnaise sauce
Chicken 19
Mussels 19
Shrimp 22
Scallops 26
Provencal Style
Linguine, roma tomatoes, seared mushrooms, scallions, garlic, white wine herb sauce
Served with russet mashed potatoes, sauteed asparagus & corn salad or over a caesar or mixed green salad
Diver Scallops
Georges Bank
Yellowfin Tuna
Gulf Stream
Portsmouth, NH
Arctic Char
Atlantic Salmon
Choice of sauces
Dirty~Citrus & Whole Grain Dijon
Each 3
1/2 Dozen 17.5
Dozen 35
Each 3.25
1/2 Dozen 19
Dozen 38
Shrimp Cocktail
Each 3
1/2 Dozen 17.50
Dozen 35
Snow Crab Claws
Each 1.50
1/2 Dozen 8.50
Dozen 16
Littleneck Clams
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
$22 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
American, Seafood
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Outstanding restaurant all the way around. The team was professional, engaging, friendly, and desirous of providing a memorable customer experience. A must visit restaurant for delicious food and great martinis. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Patrick Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service in a busy but comfortable venue. Halibut (Atlantic!) was excellent as were the oysters (three choices), the creme carmel and a sublime blueberry short cake. Very adequate (but not overwhemlming) wine list with good price/quality ratios. Good central location in downtown `Portsmouth.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Ray T
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ray, Thank you for dining with us at Jumpin' Jay's. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We are happy to hear you were able to enjoy the local Halibut we had this weekend along with oysters and dessert! We look...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Resteraunt interior dated and basic. Food is very good as is the service. Nice wine list. The problem is the place is like eating on an airport tarmac. The ceilings are very low and there are no acoustic dampeners. Eveyone needs to use theor outside...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love fish and shellfish, this is the place, as lots of folks are well aware. Crazy busy. Started with a terrific cocktail: the Beet Hive (beet-infused gin, plus ginger liqueur, plus lemon, etc.), oysters and Arctic char—all was perfection, and my group was...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for taking time to write a review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Beet Hive, oysters and Arctic Char. We aim to provide the best service to compliment our tasty food! We hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, we took advantage of the shuck-a-buck special, and enjoyed incredibly salty oysters on the half shell--- so good you didn't need the mignonette, but the gingery notes were delightful!! We shared a series of small plates for our dinner. The tuna tartare and crab...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank ImJustTheMom
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed everything from the oysters to the crab cakes to the lobster papperdelle special! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed May 13, 2019

i have never previously taken to tripadvisor to post a negative review, but the dinner I just had was awful - and for thr price, was a crime. I ordered the tuna, done rare as per my usual and the chef's recommendation. First, the tuna...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank John B
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Hi John, Thank you for your feedback on your dining experience with us. Typically we give our guests the opportunity to get something else if they are unhappy with their meal. We apologize you did not get that opportunity and were not satisfied with your...More

Reviewed May 10, 2019

We had dinner here one evening because the restaurant was within a short walk from our hotel, and we are very glad we did. The food was delicious, but the service and friendliness of the entire staff made it special.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Joe B
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

Hi Joe, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We pride ourselves of working together as a team and providing the best service possible. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Went with 2 great friends on Monday evening and by six, the restaurant was packed. In spite of that, service was attentive and professional; food was totally without possibility of complaint. We all chose baked flounder which is not commonly on many restaurants menus and...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank James O
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Hi James, Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the flounder and your dining experience with us!

Reviewed May 6, 2019 via mobile

I had Lemon Fennel Fettuccini (pictured) and it was excellent, starting with Asparagus Arugula Salad. One dining partner had an Ahi tuna special that was perfectly cooked, but quite skimpy for $32 (no starch to speak of), and our other dining partner had the grilled...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank BobandBruce
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

Hi, Thank you for your feedback regarding your dining experience with us. We appreciate your input and we take all comments into consideration while determining prices and what accompanies our food. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

Best service ever anywhere. Haddock piccata to absolutely die for. Best piccata I have ever had. Buck a shuck oysters were great and one of the best salads we have had in ages. We have not given many five stars out but they certainly get...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank TMC159
Management603, Public Relations Manager at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Hello, Thanks for taking time to give us your feedback. We appreciate you noticing the service we strive to provide. The haddock picatta is by far one of our favorites as well! We hope you join us again soon!

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January 24, 2018|
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Hello, you can call the restaurant to make a reservation at 603.766.3474 or you can go to our website and make an online reservation.
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