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Black Trumpet Bistro

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29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3727
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everything was superb. My wife loved the Song to Elder cocktail and they made my Hendricks Martini exceptional by using beautiful bright green Italian olives rather than run of the mill bar olives. First course, main course, and dessert just continued to impress. Karen did an excellent job making sure we always had what we needed. Highly recommended!

Thank stephenbN2669DV
Warwick, Rhode Island
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Happened upon this little gem while wondering around town. Went to the upstairs bar with another couple and had some interesting and unique martini's. The bartender John was very personable. Loved the atmosphere.

Thank suzieQ802
Belmont, VT
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107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to stop for an after dinner drink in place that would be a romantic end to a great day in Portsmouth. We were very graciously greeted by a hostess who led us to the upstairs bar. As the bar was maxed she showed us to a window table. I expressed a concern that we were only having an... More 

Thank Belmontcouple
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Very disappointing food was just ok for 30.00 for an entree you dont get much food and our beef entree was nothing special in fact we went out to eat afterward! Service was poor as well two waitresses were working and one hostess we were seated in a corner which was private but we were basically ignored we had to... More 

Thank Elizabeth D
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Not a vegetarian by any means but decided to go meat free this evening. And I was well rewarded. An interesting chilled pea and kale soup, slightly overwhelmed by a vinegar soaked garnish. Salad leaves with salty cheese and hazelnuts but the nuts needed toasting and the leaves needed a mild sweet dressing to counterbalance the salt. An imaginative beet... More 

Thank David B
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

was very excited to try this top rated restaurant on our trip to portsmouth. it was a bust. had a pork belly appetizer - there was no pork, just belly. as in there was no meat, it was all fat. the top sirloin was delicious, although overcooked to how we ordered. the best was the quail large plate. overall, the... More 

1 Thank Danes1221
Amherst, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

It is apparent that a great deal of thought,care and work went into this restaurant. The owners, Evan and Denise Mallet, chose one of the older structures in Portsmith's historic district, a building that was once, what I believe to have been, a ships Chancery. In any event, at two stories, it was for a very brief time the highest... More 

Thank OmenWesternMA
Harpswell, Maine
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Ate here on a Tuesday evening and had the place mostly to ourselves, which was strange considering the quality of the experience. The main floor restaurant (we did not visit the wine bar upstairs) has a simple, yet sophisticated feel, with tables nicely spaced. I began with the almond and green olives sautéed in garlic oil that was a perfect... More 

Thank EJStann
Boston, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This place was so cozy with a fun atmosphere, great service and outstanding food. The food is creative so the menu is not for everyone but we could have eaten many dishes

Thank Denise R
Perth, Australia
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74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This restaurant is housed in an old warehouse and features giant wooden beams exposed brickwork. The menu and winelist ahould be enough to satisfy most tastes, My husband had the local fish while I had the scallops with fiddle-heads & ramps. Both were well cooked and tasted delicious. We had a bottle of Loire valley Sav Blanc with the meal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3727
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-431-0887

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