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“Exceptional Experience”
Review of Mombo

Mombo
Ranked #33 of 204 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Court Street
Description: Opened in the Spring of 2010, Mombo’s dining experience is a short vacation from it all offering creative cuisine with international influences, warm hospitality and unparalleled service in a historic Portsmouth, NH landmark. Walk under the wood-beamed ceiling and wrought-iron chandeliers to feel the relaxed elegance of the space. Sit in the fireplace lounge, at the open kitchen bar, in one of the comfy banquettes or even next to the bubbling fountain in the rear courtyard to enjoy the delightful made-from-scratch dishes using fresh, local and honest ingredients. Whether it is the chef’s charcuterie platter, the seared fois gras or our signature lobster bisque that you start your meal with, we want to make you feel as if you have escaped from everyday stresses and leave wanting to come on vacation again at Mombo.
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Mombo is perfect for an upscale evening of dining. The ambiance, service and total quality of experience is exceptional. The waiter and GM were warm and helpful. They made us feel very special. There is a lot of positive energy and creativity here. Kudos.

Our meal was very good. The appetizers alone were so interesting it was hard to decide. The lobster rangoon was our choice...yum. The pumpkin chocolate creme brule was amazing.

This is a perfect place for a special event. Or just sit at the beautiful bar - sip and nibble. The cocktails and wines were excellent. For you martini lovers, Mombo has Cold River vodka. Wonderful.

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Thank billy407
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Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Maybe it's because I've eaten in some of the best restaurants in the country but I had a hard time loving Mombo. The food was good but ultimately not memorable. The Mahi was fresh but not melt in your mouth or bursting with flavor. It was just a piece of fresh pan fried fish. The lobster bisque was also good with a couple pieces of whole lobster, but again nothing memorable.

Our server, who started out being very attentive at 6:15 when we first sat down, was decidedly less so at 7:30 as she rushed from table to table without looking up to see if we needed anything. The kitchen was clearly backed up as there was a good 20 minute gap between apps and dinner.

The ambiance ar Mombo is colonial New England - inviting and cozy but for the price, I would wait to spend my dining dollars in Boston.

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Thank Mike P
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

My wife and I ate here Sunday night. We would have typically gone to one of our favorites such as Brazo's or Massimo's , but decided that since we had not eaten here since the restaurant changed hands some time ago, we would give it a try. My wife and I started with the green salad.. All 100% lettuce.. and some dried onions on top. Better salads at McDonald's ( never eaten one there, but they certainly look more interesting) , I had the Lobster Bisque... it was OK, nothing special, perhaps if it was in Kansas City people would rave.. but not here on the Seacoast. My wife had the Monk fish entree.. she said it was good. I had the 4 Scallops entree, scallops were cooked nicely.. koodos for that, but again.. kinda uninspiring. Service was good, though they let our water glasses go empty ( and it was not busy). Wine list was lacking. With all the very good restaurants in Portsmouth, not sure why this place is still open... kinda out of the way.. no views, and just soso food. Maybe the tourists visiting Strawberry Bank are it's key customers .

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Thank Leirmheastoir
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

We had a great meal at Mombo. We each ordered fish (Salmon and Crab Stuffed Sole), that was cooked and presented beautifully. Nice decor and attentive wait staff.

Thank dwr_61
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Noisy is expected in old New England buildings converted into upbeat finer dining establishments, but this was a bit much for a dinner for two!
Service was slow to start and ended far worse than it began. Our courses had the look, feel and taste of being rushed.
We heard good things, maybe on a slower evening!

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