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The Oar House

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55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
+1 603-436-4025
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
“lobster” (43 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
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Reviewed February 21, 2016

Stopped by the Oar House for lunch. The menu had so many interesting entrees to consider. Selected the roasted squash salad that included a 6 minute egg, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a perfectly delightful dressing. The combination of flavors worked amazingly well together. Also...More

Thank Sharon W
Reviewed February 20, 2016

The Oar House is pleasant, relaxing, upscale. across the street (driveable alley) from the waterfront, and on the expensive side. The staff was very friendly, and accommodating to substitutions where they could. The scallops wrapped in bacon were tasty, although a bit bland. My "Oar...More

Thank KVM101
Reviewed February 16, 2016

We went for brunch and had the lobster rolls -- they did not disappoint. While the food was good, the service was incredibly friendly, warm and welcoming. From our server to the owner - everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome....More

Thank kaj2600
Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

We came for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner and we were thrilled. Everything was perfect from the steaks to our drinks. Service was excellent and we left full and happy. It was quiet and romantic - the perfect setting for a dinner for two. Love...More

Thank Alexa S
Reviewed January 16, 2016

It was at the Oar House that my wife first tried oysters on the half shell and she has loved them ever since. We had been away for awhile and were looking forward to reacquainting ourselves with this restaurant. Unfortunately, our experience was rather disappointing....More

2  Thank zman-nh
Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

This is our second visit to the Oar House. The first time we had to leave midway through the meal because my husband forgot he had a meeting, but we took the food back to work and agreed it was very good, though expensive. So...More

1  Thank Burday
Reviewed December 25, 2015

We were a party of 12 on Saturday, December 19th after the holiday stroll. We had a great space upstairs and our server, Laurie, was fantastic. She was attentive to our needs, especially food allergies and recommendations for food and drink. The food was excellent,...More

1  Thank Sha K
Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We went to the Oar House to celebrate my husbands birthday because this was always his favorite restaurant. Not anymore!!!! To start: I ordered the Bouillabaisse and he ordered the Surf and Turf. The food arrived cold, the lobsters were overcooked, and the bernaise had...More

Thank FuzzleWuzzle24
Reviewed November 3, 2015

Disappointed. We use to frequent the Oar House many years ago. We were excited to try it out again. Food was not what we expected for the price.

1  Thank Juli-Ann G
Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

This was our second time at the restaurant. Very consistent food and service. The manager even remembered us from 8 months ago. The mussels and escargot were great choices. The salmon special was out of this world. The Creme Bruelle was to die for. Loved...More

1  Thank xomannycindyxo5
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May 25, 2015|
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Response from 121bw | Reviewed this property |
On the street at the back, but you have to be lucky
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
    (Bow Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-4025
  • E-mail
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