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“Excellent first experience”

Black Trumpet Bistro
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Ranked #44 of 204 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Three of us ate at Black Trumpet this evening for my wife's birthday, and we can see why Evan Mallett has such a strong reputation. All of the food was excellent: for appetizers, we tried the meze plate and the fried oysters; for main courses, we tried the chicken, the steak, and the lamb shortrib; and for dessert we tried a new item which sounded unusual (something like red quinoa coconut milk pudding) but turned out to be delicious. We also found the ambience quite appealing - it's a very nice room, and although the restaurant was pretty full, we had no trouble hearing each other and didn't have to raise our voices. The restaurant is not inexpensive, but it's better and nicer than many other places with similar prices, so I consider it a good value. We expect to eat there again and would definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Burger served RAW. Bland food at ridiculous prices. Based on previous reviews something has gone terribly wrong here.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went to the Black Trumpet anticipating an 'award winning" meal. We entered and found the atmosphere was warm and cozy with an elegant ambiance. Unfortunately, we were all disappointed with the food. Three of the group got Paella and all found it surprisingly bland. The Pollack was fresh, and the cream sauce was fine, but nothing very special and was again, lacking in flavor. The lamb burger was "standard", and the bun was the best part. All of the food was executed with masterful precision. Technical skill was certainly not an issue. Which made the complete lack of flavor,across the board, such an astounding conundrum. Black trumpet does everything but the simplest and most important things quite well. We expected better, and they should expect better of themselves as well.

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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We especially liked the paella and fried oyster salad. The service was excellent. The place was busy on a Sunday night, early, so get a reservation!

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We have been enjoying Black Trumpet for years, and the food and service never lets us down. Chef/Owner Evan frequently changes his menu to incorporate the freshest locally sourced products available. The menu and food is always excellent. The staff is equally as impressive.

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