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“Top quality steak house”
Review of The Library

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Ranked #28 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Top quality steak house”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Library is a top quality steak house in a city packed with good places to eat. It is a little old fashioned but only in a good way. Given that if you're looking for inventive and imaginative food this is not the place. If however you want a good solid steak house with good service and a pleasant, relaxed environment then this is your place.

As for being "Expensive", well you have to pay more for top quality meat (and it is) and good staff who know how to cook it. In my view the prices are fair, good even, for what is on offer.

  • Visited July 2013
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Hopedale, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect birthday dinner”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had stopped by in February and we were not able to get in because of a private party, we decided to stop on our way home from the beach for my birthday dinner. It was excellent we had the best table in the house and our waitress was very nice. Both of our steaks we cooked perfectly and our side dishes were excellent too! Family style sides, asparagus and grilled mushrooms. It was a little expensive but well worth it for a special occasion. Hope I get to go for next years birthday!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Heather L
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Never again”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Should have known when we arrived on a Thursday evening and there were only 3 other tables occupied. We were here many years ago the night before my brother was married and it was very good. My husband had steak with no sides. I had an expensive chicken dish with bones. Very disappointed. The food is expensive and not worth it. The restaurant itself is beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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Manchester, Vermont
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“One of the VERY BEST Meals Ever!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

The ambiance as you walk into the library is awesome. Greeted by the golden lions and a wait staff this is attentive and ready to give you one of the best dining experiences!
The meals are served family style with each course having a 'break' in between. All the food you could eat, served beautifully and so tasteful. The baked haddock melted in your mouth, the crab stuffed jumbo shrimp were a beautiful pairing and the prime rib was to die for.
Not only is the atmosphere one of peace and quiet and elegant beauty but the food, and service matches it.
This is perhaps one of the finest meals I've ever had--DEFINETELY DON"T miss this on your trip to NH!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank shoots4themoon
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Midland, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Great for appetizers and happy hour”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We only had a short time to stay here, so did not eat dinner, but we did have the happy hour lobster mac n cheese, that was out of this world. Great drinks, too. Delightful look throughout the restaurant. Wonderfully maintained and decorated, very relaxing.

  • Visited June 2013
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