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“Best raw oysters and clams I ever tasted.”

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
Ranked #6 of 204 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street
Description: Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.
Reviewed December 2, 2012

The lobster bisque was excellent. Bits of lobster throughout. Sauterne topped it off. Best raw oysters and clams ever. Tender, well cleaned and a delicious lemon, ginger, orange doing sauce.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We had been looking forward to trying Jumin' Jay's fish cafe for some time. Upon arrival we were told there was an hour wait and that was just for bar seating. Service was slow and the food was average if not below average. The bill however was way above average and disappointment was had by all.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I've been following Jumpin' Jay's on Facebook for awhile now and was happy to find that the in person experience lived up to the online fun.

Great menu selections, courteous waitstaff and an excellent vibe.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is NOT just your run of the mill fresh fish joint; there are lots of those in the harbors towns of the northeast but jumpin jays is special. the menu is very creative, the food is exquisite, and the chefs have a unique ability to introduce wonderful complimentary flavors and sides without detracting at all from the feature of the dish which is of course the excellent fresh fish. i definitely recommend a visit, the rawbar, appetizers and entrees are all top notch. the crab grilled cheese is to die for. Enjoy!!

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I had a great flounder here, and my wife had lobster tortolini, both well prepared... the apps and drinks were good too.

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