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Cafe Espresso

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
+1 603-334-3407
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Kittery Point, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

This place is always so enjoyable. Many choices for all, no one will go hungry! The specials are always amazing as well. Waitstaff is friendly and inviting! We always enjoy a meal at cafe espresso --

Thank ashleycald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

We were sat straight away then 20 min to have our order taken. The waitress was rude! Our table was never set. We had to beg for table settings. Our food took about 45 min and it was burned. No coffee refill! This was breakfast by the way! We were missing one persons entire order. The explanation was something about... More 

Thank mimigoding
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Arrived on an early Saturday morning and got seated right away (9am). We got coffee right away but it took the waitress 15 minutes to come back to take our order. After that we just sat and waited. Our waitress, younger girl with an accent, wouldn't make eye contact with us or acknowledge us for the 45 minutes that waited... More 

Thank SweetDee11
Sydney, Australia
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1,259 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Second time here and it was a very quick breakfast as I was running late for a tour. Thankfully, they delivered my waffle super quick and I inhaled it - a sin really as it was delicious - and ran! Next time I'll come back and linger a little longer.

1 Thank ThePackedBag
Tampa, FL
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Delicious breakfast, great pancakes, eggs and coffee. Great service. The popover's looked great but I was too full to try them.

1 Thank Seagirl F
White River Junction, Vermont
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138 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Cafe Espresso is known to the locals as the place to go for breakfast or lunch. It's small, gently lit and has a warm, family atmosphere. The menu is creative and features lots of locavore, veggies, and generally hip menu items. Service is likewise warm and family-like. Lynsie was our wait staff and she brought her own special welcome to... More 

1 Thank Kalonymos
Holden Beach, North Carolina
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We went out for a late breakfast to carry us through the Patriots game. Cafe Espresso is a favorite of ours - great food at reasonable prices. Today the omelette I wanted had a mix of red and green bell peppers. I wanted it but I cannot tolerate red bell peppers. (Don't ask. Very strange affliction.). I asked for them... More 

1 Thank Becky T
Orlando, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

What a delight to stop for breakfast here on our way out of town. We saw some people standing outside when we drove up, and almost passed it by, but decided to poke our heads in and see what the wait would be. We were told it was a 10-15 minute wait. Turned out that all the people standing around... More 

Thank jdjd2004
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Best breakfast restaurant I know. We stop here every year or 2 as we are traveling through area. 5 or 6 times in total. Always excellent. Today had Irish Benedict and Traditional Eggs Benedict superb again. Don't be put off by strip mall exterior. Great food and service. And unlike most other Portsmouth choices easy and ample parking. Don't miss.

Thank Jeff W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016

What seemed like a long line was dealt with with sincerety and some good laughs, we were made to feel welcomed and the place was packed! ALL for a veryu good reason. Great food, EXCELLENT prices and terrific wait staff. Some other very local and immediate shops could take a big lesson from these guys! HIGHLY recommended.

1 Thank noyfb C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-334-3407

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?