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The Oar House

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2019 Winner
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Menu

SOUPS & APPETIZERS‏
cup 8
bowl 10
Oar House Clam & Corn Chowder
cup n/a
bowl 9
French Onion Soup au Gratin
14
Classic PEI Mussels (GF)
Bacon – shallots – garlic – basil – tomato – focaccia
11
Scallops Wrapped in Bacon (GF)
Four scallops - apple smoked bacon - whole grain mustard-maple glaze
10
Bruschetta
Grilled ciabatta - garlic - olive oil - tomatoes - fresh mozzarella - basil - asiago
12
Escargots (GF)
Roasted red peppers – Pernod – garlic butter – fennel – caramelized onions – shallots – toast points
14
Crispy Ribs
Sweet chili sauce – green onion – sesame seeds – lime
10
Shrimp Toast (GF)
Cured tomato – garlic – tomato – balsamic drizzle
12
Fried Calamari & Cherry Peppers
Crispy fried - fiery cherry pepper- Creole remoulade
19
Selection of Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie
Composed w/ seasonally inspired accompaniments
RAW BAR
1.25
Count Neck Clams
2.50
Oysters
5
Shrimp
GRILLED PIZZA‏
14
Margherita
Oven cured tomatoes – fresh mozzarella – garlic herb oil – fresh basil – balsamic drizzle
14
Autumn Chicken
Butternut squash puree – chicken confit – arugula – chevre – mozzarella – cheddar
14
Blue Apple
Garlic-herb oil - Granny Smith apple - spinach - cider smoked bacon - gorgonzola
14
Linguica Pizza
Linguica sausage, marinara sauce, mozzarella, cheddar
SALADS
12
Burrata (GF)
Arugula – roasted globe carrots – baby red & yellow beets – cherry balsamic vinaigrette
9
Simple Greens (GF)
Baby field greens – shaved red onion – sweet grape tomatoes – sherry vinaigrette
10
Caesar (GF)
Crisp hearts of romaine - traditionally dressed - garlic-herb focaccia croutons - shredded asiago
10
Grilled Romaine (GF)
Roasted corn salsa – blistered cherry tomatoes – feta – crispy carrots – creamy charred tomato & lime dressing
10
Spinach (GF)
Confit onions – frosted pecans – Danish blue cheese – balsamic vinegar – olive oil
SEAFOOD‏
27
Salmon
French lentils – braised escarole – toasted fennel – tomatoes – tomato jam – chive oil
25
Broiled Atlantic Haddock
white wine - lemon - seasoned bread crumbs
29
Oar House Delight
Broiled shrimp - scallops - haddock - sherried lobster sauce - seasoned bread crumbs
36
Saffron Bouillabaisse (GF)
Half Maine lobster – mussels – count neck clams – scallops – shrimp – white fish – rich saffron fumet – roasted red pepper rouille – focaccia
34
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Maine lobster – custom cheese blend – cavatelli pasta – cherry tomatoes – scallions – seasoned crumbs
25
Shrimp & Chicken Linguini
Tomatoes –‏ linguica – local mushrooms – spinach – tomato broth – parmesan
28
Sesame Encrusted Tuna
Buckwheat noodles – carrots – soy – onions – peppers – charred scallion drizzle
MEAT & POULTRY
37
NY Sirloin (GF)
Grilled 12 oz sirloin – garlic mashed potatoes – cipollini onions – crispy shallots – blue cheese cream
28
Double Cut Pork Chop
Sweet potato blue cheese gratin – garlic spinach – sherry reduction
39
Filet Mignon (GF)
Seared 8 oz. bacon wrapped filet – garlic mashed potatoes – local mushrooms – cabernet demi
30
Roasted Duck Breast (GF)
Bacon – butternut squash risotto – Swiss chard – apple brandy glace
48
22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye
Bacon mac‏ & cheese – broccolini – herb butter – crispy onions
24
Brick Chicken (GF)
Crispy parmesan potato – garlic spinach – shallot demi-glace
30
Braised Lamb Shank
Parsnips – cheese polenta – lamb demi – merlot
VEGETARIAN‏
20
Stuffed Red Pepper
Farro – chickpeas – zucchini – eggplant – goat cheese – braised Swiss chard – sweet pea puree
LOBSTER
market
Baked Stuffed Lobster
1½ pound lobster - seafood stuffing
market
Single Steamed Lobster
1¼ pound or 1½ pound
market
Twin Steamed Lobster
Two 1½ pound
market
Best of Both Worlds
1¼ pound baked stuffed lobster & 8 oz. filet mignon
market
Lobster Salad Roll
Maine lobster - mayonnaise - celery - toasted bun - russet fries
SIDES‏
6
Creamed Spinach
4
Russet Fries
6
Sweet Potato Fries
7
Mac & Cheese
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Portsmouth for the first beautiful weekend of this year. The Oar House is often our go to pick for lunch or dinner.Nice menu, good food and good service. Nice location near the harbor.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank bluto011
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect weather. Good food. I only had a cup of chowder which was tasty and jus a lil on the thick side. And the shrimp with avocado And onion appetizer. Pizzas are super thin crust and browned well!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank OlaTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was delicious and ambiance was great. There was light live music while we were eating. We had an amazing waiter who was cracking jokes with us all night, helped us decide where to go after dinner, and also told us some cool stories...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Mallory V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant came highly recommended by some friends who live in the area. We originally made a reservation indoors but it was such a beautiful night that we ended up sitting on the outdoor deck. Our waiter was super cool - really on top of...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank jyyanks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for dinner and were not disappointed! I had the lobster Mac and cheese which was amazing! At first I thought the price was expensive but then the dish came and I understood why! There was more lobster than I have ever seen!...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank LauraSpell8259
Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

It’s been 18 years since I ate here before, I used to dine often when I lived in the area. It’s always been my favorite restaurant in Portsmouth, so many come and go but this is a constant. Decor is original brick and stone walls,...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank ZeldaL
Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

Visited late on Thursday night. Close to closing time. Was treated like royalty by Leon! Food was terrific. Calamari appetizer delicious. Warm romaine salad plentiful (enough for 2). Wife had salmon. I had tuna. Daughter had linguini with clams. All delicious. Would definitely recommend for...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank timbZ2979JJ
Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

As our New Years Eve party grew from 4 to 8 to 10, I was scurrying. Managed to book the Oar House on line late the night before. Not really believing I had a tabke, i confirmed the next day and asked if I could...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Kenattarwood
Reviewed December 31, 2018

Went here last night for an early New Years Eve celebration with friends. We'd been before possibly 10 yrs ago and had the same great experience. Quintessential Old World charm, intimate corner setting on ground level near old interior well added to ambiance. Wonderful service...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BostonSuz46
Reviewed December 22, 2018

great waitstaff and a wonderful hostess....extremely nice atmosphere with terrific food. I would say it's a must for either dinner or lunch.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 724Lee
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