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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
+1 603-766-3474
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“haddock piccata” (51 reviews)
“seafood” (182 reviews)
“fresh fish” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

This unassuming restaurant on the corner is rather oddly furnished inside with the feel of a diner. The front of house are cheerful and charming. We ate at the bar rather than wait for a table and were efficiently attended by two helpful and pleasant...More

Thank travelpig_9
Reviewed September 20, 2015

Went for wife's birthday and our anniversary. Had reservations, immediate seating. Waitress was perfect in her attention - not intrusive, but available with a warm smile. Haddock piccata - good portion, well served. Red curry wonderful. Summer salad was delicious, crab cakes better than Baltimore's....More

Thank Phil B
Reviewed September 15, 2015

Enjoy the clean and simple design. The service is nice and very effective. The catch of the day is an easy and safe bet . Also enjoy the bread with olive oil and garlic with a glass of Sancerre . Some might remark the noise...More

Thank jack n
Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great seafood, big selection of fresh food. There was a wait as it's popular but we sat by the bar. It was pretty noisy which was distracting.

Thank Emar55
Reviewed September 14, 2015

We ate dinner at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe on a Saturday evening in August, 2015. The fish was great. The waitstaff was competent--not a bunch of kids who did not know what they were doing. We had checked out the places to eat along the...More

Thank Owen K
Reviewed September 13, 2015

Just came back from dinner here. Made a reservation but got there early and they seated us. Not busy....it's a Sunday night in September. The food was delicious. My husband asked that his salmon be blackened and they accomodated. I had the Coconut Red Curry:...More

Thank sryhanen
Reviewed September 9, 2015

Went here on a Saturday night in August while visiting Portsmouth for the first time. I made my reservation a couple months out via OpenTable, since I wasn't sure how busy the restaurant scene is on Saturday nights. Went with one friend and we shared...More

1  Thank Yougotmeatvacation
Reviewed September 9, 2015

It's noisy and the atmosphere is nothing special, as is the food. I know it is a popular place, but it is very over rated

1  Thank jackjrt
Reviewed September 8, 2015

Didn't particular;y care or tuna appetizer but scallops were delicious - did not indulge in any sauce.

1  Thank NimbusCT
Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Recommended to us by the hotel we were staying at as a local favourite. Great selection of main courses and sides, and everything was delicious. The cocktails went down pretty easily too..!

Thank Benj44
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January 24, 2018|
Response from Lauren B |
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$22 - $32
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
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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