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“Birthday dinner”
Review of Mombo

Mombo
Ranked #23 of 207 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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 August 14, 2013

A dinner at Mombo was a really wonderful experience! While waiting for the starter we were served delicious breads, butter and olive oil, then a tapas style starter to share that was amazing. Main course of lamb with quinoa and mushrooms. Everything fantastic and perfectly seasoned. We had a table next to a window looking out at Prescott Park which at this time of year (Aug.) is beautiful. The service was excellent and although the restaurant was almost full on a Tues. night we didn't find the noise level high. The other writer must have been unlucky.

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Thank nobscot
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My husband and I have enjoyed two unbelievable dinners at Mombo this summer. Each time we tried entirely different choices. ( there isn't a bad one on the menu,) which they keep updating.
From the moment we arrived with valet parking,five star service and magnificent presentation of each course, we would recommend this venue for any special get together. Or just to sit at the bar with mini courses. Bonnie and Bob Krebs

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Thank Bonnie K
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Had an incredibly imaginative meal with friends here with friends. Presentation was superb; preparation was exactly as requested; service was excellent; menu was inspired; the echo from the hard surfaces, however, made it very difficult to have a conversation or even hear each other.

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Thank JBFarr
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The menu is inventive but not strange, with really delightful combinations that you'll never be able to do at home (or not want to spend that kind of time in the kitchen.) While not a cheap place, the prices are reasonable for the talent in the kitchen and overall experience.

We were a table of 4, dining with adult friends. While the menu is wide-ranging with meats, fowl, fish, and vegetarian options, we all ordered fish dishes. These were expertly prepared (and I'm picky about well-prepared seafood.) I had the broiled scallops that came with hot-spiced lentils and souffle-like small side that was outstanding. Others had various grilled/broiled fish that they also thought were excellent, with unique accompaniments. You could add sides to share, but we had substantial starters, and the mains have some of the mentioned add-ons, so we did not feel the need. If you just came for mains, or had lighter starters, you probably want to add a side.

We had various starters and salads, which were all very good, but the real star with an assortment of seafood tapas that were very tasty -- I'd easily go back to this place to order this at the bar with drinks. Desserts were also delicious compositions as well as plainer options like ice creams and sorbets, but even those had some unique flavors.

The wine list is wide and well-selected. Most by-the-glass options were $9-12, and a decent-sized pour.

My only gripe is easily corrected: the coffee was not hot. The room also has the potential to get a bit loud when very full, but it seems to quiet down to a better level once the food arrives and everyone starts eating.

The place is in the Strawberry Banke area, across from Prescott Park and an easy walk from the center of Portsmouth. Complimentary on-site parking, but it fills up fast.

So: I would be very happy to go back, and also work my way through the starters with a drink at the bar.

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Thank Mme_X
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Great food! Great service! Very convenient if you want to catch a show or concert at Prescott Park after dinner. The meal was a little pricey, but well worth it!

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Thank Kristina K
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