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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
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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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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife had the Diver Scallops and I had the pan seared Halibut. Still one of our very favorite places in this restaurant laden area. Simply fantastic seafood. The kind of meal you marvel over while eating and continue to talk about all night and into the next day!

Thank DonaldFagen
New York City, New York
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Jay's sets the tone for the wonderful town of Portsmouth. Casual, but elegant with a great mix of people and a friendly, warm feeling. Staff is patient and helpful, wine list terrific and the menu exciting. We were lucky enough to sit by the window and watch the vibe of the city while enjoying a really exceptional meal. Great fun!

Thank Harradexperience
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped in for dinner, no reservations, no problems! Great seafood, service, varied drink menu, nice atmosphere! Price is fair, good value for all!

Thank chucking
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just went here for the first time and thought it was great. Service was friendly and attentive. Menu which was primarily seafood had plenty of fresh fish to choose from. I had the tuna and it was a perfect piece, seared rare. Loved the sauce it came with. Mashed potatoes a little boring and could have been warmer. The... More 

Thank ropqsr
New London, Connecticut, United States
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I ate at Jumping Jays on August 16, 2016 while vacationing in Portsmouth. We arrived around 5:45 pm, and the restaurant was about one-third full. We were promptly seated and given a menu. The menu consists of various seafood entrees at above average prices. As an appetizer my wife and I ordered stuffed cherrystone clams. For our... More 

Thank William S
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here on our last night in Portsmouth. The food was good, but I enjoys my meal at Surf by far better than here. The mussels were good and the sauce was nice to dip bread in. My shrimp scampi was ok, I've had much better. My husband enjoys his monkfish but the mashed potatoes that... More 

Thank Wawafont
Berlin, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After traveling 10 plus hours to arrive in Portsmouth for the night, we checked into our hotel and decided to check out a locals favorite (based on Trip Advisor reviews). Since it was past our usual dinner time, and getting late, I decided to check with Jumpin' Jays to see if they do carry out (no reservations available for 4... More 

Thank Oper8bsn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My hubby and I made reservations ( really not needed) had a really sweet waitress. We sat kinda in a walkway area so the atmosphere was just ok to crappy. We had the appetizer that had all the raw seafood. I ate the shrimp he had the rest. He loved the oysters. It only had 4 oysters, two small shrimp,... More 

Thank Hockeymomgg
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going here for years; couples, work, solo bar visits - the food here is amazing and always fresh and on point. If you're going for the first time I'd suggest hitting the bar, whether your alone for with a friend of three - the bartenders are personable, and this is the best spot to meet folks, chat and... More 

Thank tomodojo
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fancy little place that made us so happy the staff at the Sheraton recommended. Although not on the waterfront, it is a cozy restaurant with lively, attentive and joyful staff. Everything we ordered was on point - from the appetizer to the desert! This place exuded good honest cooking and the chef has mastered the art of sauces for... 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, 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
Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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