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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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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very trendy and busy restaurant. Food and service were very good. I was there on a very busy night with not an empty table in sight. Calamari and mussels were very good as expected. I would go back again when next in Portsmouth. make a reservation. Wide range in age of customers so anybody can go there... More 

Thank Catskillperson
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great layout/setting; cocktails & wine list; atmosphere; service; food. We've been in NYC & New England for 10 days and this is probably my favourite of some great restaurants. Can't believe it's not rated higher in Portsmouth (we went to Surf for lunch which was ordinary by comparison).

Thank EalingNeil
Davis, California
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was fine but difficult to read the menu. Several tables including ours had to take out a phone to provide light to read the menu. Reservations recommended. It's on a busy corner so several times had police vehicles and flashing lights 'adding' to the ambience.

Thank Gma3019
Montclair, New Jersey
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed. Nice location, space and very knowledgeable friendly staff. Food? Maybe best calamari I've ever had. Great sourdough bread with awesome homemade butter. Fish was impeccable sautéed and accompanied by array of sauces that were top shelf too. Pretty good place!

Thank kevinjmonaghan
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118 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing clam chowder! The best I think I've ever had. Awesome service. Hostess was superb, some of the best customer service ever. Highly recommended.

Thank Asprkl
Indianapolis, Indiana
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124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a 5 PM Saturday evening meal and we were able to be seated immediately. Our server was friendly and quick. The menu has a nice variety of creative seafood dishes. Our meals were delicious and reasonably priced. Wish we lived nearby so we could explore more of the interesting menu offerings.

Thank Gofar19
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got a recommendation from our hotel and decided to try this place. Made a reservation while walking there and we were greeted as if we were regulars. Had a lovely waitress named Dolly who was extremely professional and charming. Food was fresh and delicious. Wine very good too. Wish I could go again but my travels take me elsewhere.

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Basking Ridge, NJ
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145 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Shelton, Connecticut
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $32
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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, Business meetings, Bar scene, 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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