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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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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (130 reviews)
“creamed corn” (4 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (12 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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Reviewed November 21, 2015

There is definitely a reason to go to the Library Restaurant, and I remember that every time I go - which is about once every 7 or 8 years. It is a total throwback to the days of your grandparents, and by that, I mean...More

Thank alborealis
Reviewed November 18, 2015

Pannelled in hand-carved mahogony with bookcases lining the walls and a fireplace in the bar, this historic restaurant even presented our dinner bill inside a book. The food was delicious too.

Thank sweet_2th
Reviewed November 1, 2015

We came here for dinner on our anniversary weekend. It was a nice little steak house at the Rockingham Hotel. We didnt mind spending good money at a nice restaurant, but the service was sub par compared to the rest of the restaurant, I'm sure...More

Thank armanda b
Reviewed October 28, 2015

The Library Restaurant is a wonderful restaurant in Portsmouth, NH. The Lounge, with both bar and table seating, is open before 5:00 and is a perfect place to unwind before heading into the dining room. The menu is upscale and varied, with daily specials. The...More

Thank KayWallace
Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Perfectly cooked steak in a very pleasant restaurant. Service was a bit slow, as we waited 15 minutes after we sat down for the waiter to come over and take our drink order.

Thank Bob T
Reviewed October 24, 2015

I've been a causal visitor to Portsmouth over many years, but never knew of The Library until a friend invited me there. Located on State Street, a block off the main drag. Too bad--this is one very nice restaurant, both in terms of ambiance, which...More

Thank aBoater
Reviewed October 21, 2015

I visited for a business dinner in early September. The doors were open since it was a nice night. Originally we were seated by the door, but it was extremely drafty so we asked to be moved. The staff were accommodating to us moving. The...More

Thank DaniFillman
Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

We often eat in the bar for a more casual cozy experience but you get the same great food and service. Onion soup is to die for! Sides are flavorful and come in large portions. Best place to get a steak in down town.

Thank Kate M
Reviewed October 19, 2015

Our experience at the Library met all of my expectations for eating at a high end Steakhouse. The service was very good. There was a very good selection of beer and wines. Our steaks were cooked exactly the way we wanted them. And the side...More

Thank Chiguy064
Reviewed October 14, 2015

I recently eat here after a work event with some coworkers and was pleasantly surprised with the place. The staff was extremely helpful and knew the menu well. They were also very observant when it came to our drinks, which I liked. The food was...More

Thank jepatles
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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
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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