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800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-334-3407
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6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food, friendly service, good prices!

Had the Belgium waffle with walnuts and banana s....quite tasty...my friend had eggs with ham and home-made wheat bread-big thick slices! I would recommend... Didn't have to wait for a table... Good choice!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
Jeanette524
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Bridgeport, CT
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NH
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331 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been here a few times. The pastries are good but the selection is limited. The breakfast dishes are good -- big portions, tasty, good prices. The atmosphere is the 'homey' cafe style. Both times I went, however, service was extremely slow, so I haven't been back. It's a nice little place, though, so I'll probably give it another try.

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Thank NHjojo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Good and affordable. Definitely worth a quick visit. The staff are extremely friendly and very prompt. Not in downtown, but convenient location. I recommend the pancakes.

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1 Thank Bob L
Bridgeport, CT
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270 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Had the Belgium waffle with walnuts and banana s....quite tasty...my friend had eggs with ham and home-made wheat bread-big thick slices! I would recommend... Didn't have to wait for a table... Good choice!

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3 Thank Jeanette524
Saratoga Springs, New York
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72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Ate here on a busy Sunday morning but we were seated quickly and received excellent service from out attentive waitress. Nice variety and prices significantly cheaper than restaurants closer to Market Square, with plenty of free parking too. I don't think you could go wrong with anything on their large breakfast menu. I will definitely pay them a visit for... More 

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2 Thank Kyle H
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great burgers! Great lobster rolls! Great breakfasts! Great Belgian waffles! This place is in a strip mall, but don't let that fool you. It's absolutely delicious!

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Thank Laurie K
Dover, New Hampshire, United States
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We stopped by the new location of Cafe Espresso in Dover within 2 weeks of them opening. The Portsmouth location is my favorite breakfast spot in the area, so I was very excited to learn they were opening one in my town. They are my favorite breakfast spot because 1) the food is good and consistently good, 2) the restaurant... More 

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Thank Andrea F
Poughkeepsie, New York
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on way home from vacation in ME. Food and service were very good and affordable prices. I had the avocado/tomato eggs Benedict which was delicious. My wife had the Monte Cristo and loved it. Place is nicely decorated too. Good place to visit.

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Thank JFC69
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

They need to take out the word "espresso" from their title. Food was good, but espresso was one of the worst I have tasted.

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Thank Jonathan S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Great place to stop for breakfast! There was a wide variety of options on the menu for all types of diets. Our food arrived quickly to the table accompanied by friendly service!

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Thank Lindsay B
Kittery, Maine
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Friendly service and great choices on the menu & daily special page. food is usually great. My fr4iend s and enjoy eating at theCafe Expreaa,sso.

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Thank Jerry T

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-334-3407

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

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