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“The best chowder!”

The River House Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $24
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway. Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder. Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.
Northern California
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The best chowder!”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We ate lunch here in the lovely town of Portsmouth, during our 3-week New England tour. Of course, which is the best chowder is always a source of contention, however, we determined that the River House chowder was the best we had. Sit on the deck, look at the water, and have a Smuttynose (local beer).

  • Visited October 2012
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The View, the chowder, and a beer”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a great casual place for some great seafood and a beer. I've been here numerous times. Ordering anything from just a cup of chowder and lobster roll or a swordfish entree all have been very good. Sitting on the deck may take a wait so if you're not in a rush sit at the bar and wait for your table. Otherwise sitting inside isn't bad. They try to sit people as close to the window as possible. Overall good restaurant if you're looking for something casual.

  • Visited August 2012
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Alabama
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We had some great friend fresh seafood here, and we enjoyed our entire experience. The chowder is very good as well.

Visited December 2012
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Sanford, ME
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191 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Chowder, but average food”
Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

Have always enjoyed the River House, but tonight despite the world class seafood chowder, the steak tips were too sweet and chewy. Was a bit disappointed as well over the limited dinner menu. Still good food but feel its slipped a bit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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“Amazing seafood chowder”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

The best seafood chowder I've ever had. The lobster stuffed flounder was good, but a bit over-seasoned.

  • Visited November 2012
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