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Fat Belly's

2 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3802
+1 603-610-4227
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good37%
  • Average26%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (66 reviews)
“onion rings” (12 reviews)
“lobster roll” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
2 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3802
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

We went upstairs to check out the nightclub portion of this place. Not bad, but a very small dance floor that was quite crowded and no coat check that I could find. We didn’t hang around too long.

Thank SoxWin09
Reviewed March 19, 2018

When every table has a big flat screen t.v., you are a sports bar. My wife and I stopped in after dinner elsewhere. Being it was St. Pats day it was not that busy, granted it was only 7 pm. I ordered 2 drinks at...More

Thank george b
Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Took kids and it was meh. First, waiter was not on his game. Ordered seltzer, got tonic. When I said something he said "oh, we were out and I figured that was close". Ummm, it's not. Good thing I wasn't diabetic! Daughter ordered a Caesars...More

Thank David S
Reviewed January 12, 2018 via mobile

Went in on a Thursday around 7pm. The upstairs bar, whuch is cozy, was empty when I went up to use the bathroom. Lots of tvs updtsirs?and down. Great onion rings, a reasonable variety of local and big brand beer on tap, and a well...More

Thank Freedmeister
Reviewed November 6, 2017

The burgers are pretty decent but the chowder was watery and bland. I was surprised that a place in Portsmouth would have chowder that was "eh". They do deliver to hotels via Gofer NH so that is one upside. Stick to the burgers and fries...More

Thank troyw462
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Went here to try their lobster rolls. Worst I've ever had. It looked like a tuna salad sandwich. It was so bland, I had to load it with pepper just so it had some type of flavor. No excuse for a coastal town with access...More

Thank greyjman
Reviewed July 31, 2017

Four of us ordered 3 hamburger meals (included fries). The burgers were good and the fries very good. The sweet potato fries tasted funny and were inedible. The cheese fries which cost more were made with cheese whiz and disgusting. The waitress didn't care. The...More

Thank ABC153
Reviewed July 26, 2017

I picked this place for my birthday dinner because my entire family plus a few were coming and I just wanted a relaxed spot to hang out and get a good bit to eat. With that being said, I probably should not have picked Fat...More

Thank Alexandra_Brook
Bryan W, General Manager at Fat Belly's, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2017

Alexandra I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visits to see us. Would you be willing to reach out via Facebook and tell us a little more about your experience? Did you speak to anyone at the time of your visit about the...More

Reviewed July 4, 2017

I got takeout from Fat Belly's, because they would not allow dogs on deck (nor would any restaurants in the Portsmouth area, for that matter, in case you're traveling with one). I was craving fish & chips since I was right on the ocean, and...More

Thank schust2016
Reviewed June 15, 2017

This is bar/pub in the centre of Portsmouth and is quite popular. There is a good selection of craft ales. Did not eat but what I saw of the food being served - portions are large/huge! The bar staff were great.

Thank Honisoiquimalypense
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I would it if a manager would explain your tipping policy to me, I had one of your bartenders auto grad 20% a one top at your bar for lunch-she explained that it's in case someone doesn't tip-they still St 20%-Tipping is a practiced social custom in the United States. Tipping by definition is voluntary - at the discretion of the customer. In restaurants offering traditional table service, a gratuity of 15-20% of the amount of a customer's check (15% or more in New York City) is customary when adequate service is provided. I personally believe your bartender is hustling people in a double tips...I have never heard such a thing during lunch, at many restaurants over the years I've worked at they have had auto grads for as small as a party of 4 or if you forget to close out your tab at the end of the night...
May 13, 2017|
Response from Bryan W | Property representative |
Actually we get this question a lot in person. It's not an auto gratuity as you said but in fact a pre-authorized transaction from your bank/our bank/credit card processor. They pre-authorize more than the original amount... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3802
    (Market St.)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-610-4227
Fat Belly's is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Portsmouth. We feature two floors, with two unique atmosphere's. The Upstairs Lounge is a contemporary cocktail lounge featuring New Hampshire's only Ice Bar. Downstairs is a casual dining atmosphere with bar. Our menu is served to patrons on both floors. The Grill features the best burger in town, sweet potato fries, and other delicious American food.
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