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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2017 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$31 - $50
CUISINES
American, Steakhouse, International
Meals
Dinner, Late Night

Menu

APPETIZERS‏
new orleans bbq shrimp
sauteed shrimp in a spicy beer broth with grilled sourdough
$12.00
baked brie en croute
with raspberry coulis, crackers and toast points
$10.00
bang bang shrimp
crisp fried shrimp, sweet garlic aioli over lettuce chiffonade
$12.00
p. e. i. mussels
garlic, shallot, white wine, and parsley or marinara sauce
$12.00
artichoke and spinach dip
served in bread bauli with cracker and toast points
$12.00
potstickers
pork filled with ponzu sauce
$10.00
wild mushroom on toast
medley of locally sourced mushroom with marinara sauce on asiago bread
$14.00
seafood tower
lobster, crab, shrimp and oyster with traditional accompaniments
$60.00
beef tenderloin carpaccio
red onion, capers, parmesan and olive oil with garlic baguette
$12.50
chilled 1 lb. "lazy man" lobster
with drawn butter or classic cocktail sauce
$25.00
SOUPS & SALADS
soup du jour
$7.00
new england clam chowder
$8.00
french onion soup au gratin
$8.00
house salad
house mix of greens, cucumber, carrot, tomato. choice of: herbed vinaigrette, blue cheese dressing, creamy Italian vinaigrette or balsamic vinaigrette
$8.00
baby spinach salad
frisee, red onion, tomato, egg and warm bacon vinaigrette
$8.50
crisp iceberg "wedge"
cucumber, tomato, carrot, walnuts and blue cheese dressing
$8.00
classic caesar salad
hearts of romaine, our signature caesar dressing, garlic croutons, shredded parmesan
$9.000
white anchovy $+2.00
library chopped salad
chopped iceberg giardiniera vegetable, cucumber
$9.00
roasted beet salad
house mixed‏ greens, candied walnuts, boursin cheese
$9.00
STEAKS & CHOPS (A LA CARTE)‏
gentlemen cut prime sirloin 16 oz
$38.00
club cut prime sirloin 10 oz
$31.00
filet mignon
12 oz $36.00
8 oz $28.00
porterhouse 20 oz
$34.00
bone in ribeye (cowboy steak) 24 oz
$36.00
bone in pork chop 12 oz
$25.00
rack of new zealand lamb 15 oz
with rosemary port glace
$30.00
kobe (wagyu) sirloin steak 12 oz
$60.00
SIDES
served family style for two or more
roasted garlic mashed potato
$7.00
two
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salted jumbo baked potato
$7.00
two
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hand-cut steak fries
$7.00
two
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baked sweet potato
$6.00
two
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sweet potato fries
$7.00
two
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sauteed onions
$6.00
two
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potato au gratin
$8.00
two
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sauteed button mushroom
$8.50
two
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sauteed asparagus
$8.00
two
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ENTREES‏
grilled salmon
potato roast, chilled zucchini slaw and dill basmati sauce
$26.00
baked stuffed haddock
topped with sherried cracker with basmati rice and vegetable of the day
$27.00
grilled swordfish
with basmati rice and vegetable of the day
$28.00
lobster pie
"lazy-man" lobster, mushrooms, vegetables, brandy and sherry cream sauce, crisp pastry top
$30.00
herb roasted chicken
pan roasted 1/2 chicken with mashed potato and vegetable of the day
$23.00
chicken oscar
pan roasted 1/2 chicken with crab meat, hollandaise sauce, mashed potato, and asparagus
$34.00
vegetarian pasta
sauteed wild mushroom, spinach and zucchini in our marinara sauce over penne pasta
$21.00
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Reviewed January 28, 2020

Waitress sweet and quite competent. Ambience pleasant, but next to the large window, cold. Steaks very expensive: delmonico = $42.00. Son and daughter in law ordered steak and were happy with them. My husband and I ordered swordfish which was exceptionally dry and tasteless and...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020

It's dry January for me and I was taken here without notice for a business dinner so when I walked in and immediately so all the great wine bottles on the walls I was bumming. Best place for a steak in Portsmouth NH. Of course...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020

Food was good once we got it, but service was poor. We understand the kitchen can be backed up and take additional time, however an hour and 20 minutes was too long. It felt especially so when our waitress barely came over to check on...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

A fabulous historic building that is warm and inviting.  Loved sitting among books and people.  Each course was exquisitely prepared and presented.  The caesar salad was great and the chef's surf and turf special was fabulous.   The lightly sauteed seasoned scallops were plentiful and tasty....More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your positive review!

Reviewed January 4, 2020

Eight of us had reservations at The Library for Friday night. We started out with drinks at the bar and found the bartenders to be attentive and friendly. Our table was in a lovely spot by the fireplace and we enjoyed great service, delicious food,...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for taking a moment out of your day for the positive feedback! It means so much to us!

Reviewed December 31, 2019

the four of us ventured out to the library restaurant for appetizers and cocktails we had a early reservation it was a pleasant experience no room for desert

Date of visit: December 2019
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

It makes us so grateful to hear about your positive review, thank you so very much!

Reviewed December 29, 2019

I made a reservation for tonight at 5:30 we arrived early and had a drink in the lounge the Bartender was amazing so friendly and attentive. We then went into the dining room and I forgot a bag in the bar and the bartender brought...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your positive review, we will strive for 5 stars next time! Have a wonderful day! :)

Reviewed December 29, 2019

My family and I chose this location to celebrate our Christmas Eve. The food was exceptional. The atmosphere allowed us to enjoy a sense of the season.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave a positive review, all too many times people only post the bad. Have a wonderful day!

Reviewed December 22, 2019

Great evening at the Library in Portsmouth. Attentive service, great food! The pork chop was outstanding and the haddock could not have been more flakey! Delish

Date of visit: December 2019
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2019

Thank you for your positive review! :)

Reviewed December 11, 2019 via mobile

We have been dining here for many years and have seen a gradual decline in the quality of this restaurant. Too bad because we really like the setting and the bar is very comfortable. The steaks are very good but expensive($44 for a filet mignon)...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Gugliuzza, Owner at The Library, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2020

We will strive to be better, thank you for the input. Have a wonderful day.

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122JanetM
October 26, 2018|
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Response from Gugliuzza | Property representative |
We closed for lunch approximately 2 months ago. We are happy to open during the day for larger parties, but will only be serving our dinner menu, or our event menu. Please don't hesitate to email us:)
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kentonwhitehead
January 9, 2017|
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Response from wiggygailTX | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to go to the restaurant or order one over the phone
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