For all the hordes who just drive by Portsmouth harbor on the way to somewhere else, downtown is really humming right now: art galleries, coffee and beer brewers, bookstores, gorgeous historic houses, and of course restaurants. Jumpin' Jays is one of the very best. In a low-ceilinged diner-like setting, the restaurant focuses on higher-end, fresh ingredient-driven presentations of fish flown in from New Zealand or caught that morning off of Portsmouth. The tuna tartare with creamy avocado was the best I've had anywhere, and the red curry / coconut milk with scallops and shrimp was outstanding. The service was just as good: friendly, filled with smiles, the complete opposite of phony. It was all about the joy of great food and good company. They even tell you where to find the best free parking in town. Highly recommended.
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