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“Yes, they can blow their own horn1”

Black Trumpet Bistro
Ranked #33 of 227 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Black Trumpet Bistro is a bit of a hidden gem. It is located on a small side street in Portsmouth, but we luckily had a reliable recommendation to check it out. And, we were glad we did. It is a cozy restaurant set up on two floors. Brick interior and fireplace added to the ambiance. Service was good and although the menu is limited, there is something for everyone. We had a fish dish and a pasta dish and both were very good. Very "homey". Price was right for a special prix-fixe; although there were absolutely NO substitutions. We do not eat meat and the appetizer was a meatball--no accommodations made at all. That was a bit off-putting, but the price was still right for their special. Apparently, bread and all desserts are baked in-house and the food (and some of the beers) are locally sourced. Nice touch

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

Tucked into an old brick building next to another popular restaurant, this place is small and special. Copper tables, which added to ambiance.

The service was good, not great. Friendly, but not particularly accommodating. Was not overly excited about my entree. I found the pork tough. My husband loved the pot roast. The butterscotch tapioca was very good. The food was very good. I would try it again, but not my favorite in town.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank eloquentone1
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

We have had many really nice meals here in the past. Not last week! The food and service were really off. It was almost as though the chef left the kitchen and restaurant to a be run by an amateur.
The Octopus appetizer was ok but only had one small tentacle. The pasta dish was flavorless and the wait between the two was unreasonably long. Take this restaurant off your list until the chef returns!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank hop23d
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

A very nice and inviting little restaurant with local sourced, seasonal varied menu. Nicely prepared dishes and a cozy vibe and good service. You can also just enjoy the upstairs nook bar that makes wonderful libations and has good wines and ales. The tender is amiable and fun. stop in, you'll enjoy it!

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Dave S
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

We enjoyed a meal here and chose from the restaurant week set menu. The service was prompt and friendly. The venue is charming. Our meals were very good, except for the overcooked fish. Excellent cocktail offerings and tolerable wine list with many choices of wines by the glass.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank toriasmom
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