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The Library

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401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“steak” (117 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (11 reviews)
“wedge salad” (7 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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1 - 10 of 389 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We had not been to the Library for quite some time. Still a charming atmosphere and delicious food. Restaurant Week made the total bill a bit more inline with our finances and we had an enjoyable dinner prior to an event at the Music Hall.

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed lunch at The Library during Restaurant Week. The grilled romaine salad with avocado, black beans and corn was excellent. The pad Thai noodles were tasty. Best of all was the dessert. The warm bread pudding tasted of a great French toast and more....More

Thank Anita L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food is good but nothing out of this world. Go there to enjoy a nice romantic atmosphere and decent food.

Thank Maricela G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been wanting to try The Library so, having checked its Restaurant Week menu online, we went last night and now know we've not been missing anything. This is the time to impress people like us so we will return but not one dish...More

Thank D0ver2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was to be a celebratory meal for my partner’s birthday and my brother and his wife’s wedding anniversary. We thought this would be the perfect venue but how wrong we were. We ordered from the three course set menu which had something for us...More

1  Thank 9purple2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently held a rehearsal dinner for 36 and were pleased with the entire process. Half the dining room was blocked off for us. The circa 1900 room was special, with carved wood, coffered ceiling, stained glass, and books, a homey setting for a four...More

Thank nlc58
Reviewed October 10, 2017

We have dined here before and they have been special occasions. Knowing that it's going to be expensive( $139.00 for 2 of us) but justifying it nevertheless. Friends and family were here for the long weekend celebrating their anniversary, We had made reservations because I...More

1  Thank WannaBTravln
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Most of us enjoyed our meal, the service was not very good for an expensive restaurant. Probably will not be returning.

Thank Joe M
Reviewed September 30, 2017

Servers don't seem to have the "fine dining" experience that should accompany over $30.00 entrees. Music was so loud, we asked them to turn it down, which they did, and then it came back on just as loud. Bathroom had a stench that would choke...More

1  Thank karenJ1269RO
Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

It is an old beautiful mansion. Very dark inside with books shelves around the tables. No air conditioning, it was a bit stuffy. The service was good. As for the food, it was alright. I ordered the swordfish. The building inside and the outside was...More

Thank sweetie764
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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
October 13, 2015|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
The Worth parking lot, about two blocks away is your best bet. During the summer, however, even it is often full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-5202
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