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Cafe Espresso

Certificate of Excellence
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800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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White River Junction, Vermont
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131 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Kalonymos
Holden Beach, North Carolina
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

Thank Becky T
Orlando, Florida
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

My meal was excellent! I had 2 eggs over easy,2 large sausage patties,home fries,wheat toast,and plenty of great coffee! They were very hospitable there,we stayed a couple of hours,no problem of feeling rushed. Hope to visit again! Delicious!

1 Thank Hobstone59
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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152 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

I had eggs Benedict, espresso, and they have fresh squeezed orange juice! All fantastic with great smiling service. Here all week on travel for work and this is my favorite spot so far!

1 Thank Dc2011dc
Rye, New Hampshire
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790 reviews
501 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2016

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.

2 Thank NHjo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank Bob L
Bridgeport, CT
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308 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

4 Thank Jeanette524

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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
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: 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?