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“Never a disappointment!”

Alexander's Italian Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Never a disappointment!”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Yes, the decor is dated but the food and service offered here more than make up for it. Personally, it's the food and atmosphere I'm focused on when eating out, not the fact that the establishment still has wallpaper and mahogany wainscoting.
Alexander's is more suited to adult dining although well-behaved children are not an uncommon sight here. The dining room consists of tables, no booths, and is fairly open and certainly isn't the place for unruly or overly active children; but that's exactly why my husband and I enjoy coming here when we'd like a quiet meal together.
Menu suggestions:
The Mushrooms and the Broccoli offered as appetizers are wonderful and the mushrooms in particular offer plenty of oil for bread dipping.
Both the Chicken and Veal Parmesan have been consistently good for years! The portions are large and we often have some to take home to enjoy the next day. The Broiled Italian Sausage is also excellent. If you really want to splurge try the Roasted Rib of Veal...you won't be disappointed.
Alexander's is a hidden gem in this area and is a refreshing change from all the chain restaurants that inundate the area now. It is one of the few places left that hasn't gone mainstream and we say 'good for them'!!

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Dover, NH
Level 6 Contributor
284 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Another great meal”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

The food here is always excellent. The only complaint I have food wise is the bread. Serve better bread with dipping oil please! The overall place needs to be refurbished but the food is good!

  • Visited May 2013
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Newmarket, New Hampshire
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good Italian food”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Been going here since i was knee high to a grasshopper (25+ years) and when i was younger this place was boring because its not for children. as I am older now I love coming here It has an old school feel and very relaxing. The food is very good the service is great and the portions are a good size. great for couples and friends not for young kids they will be bored out of their skulls, but i know for a fact they are more than welcomed.

  • Visited February 2013
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Somersworth, New Hampshire
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AWFUL FOOD”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We had the worst dinner out - no wonder we haven't gone there in 15 years - it's still just as bad. We had the alfredo with chicken and brocolli - the pasta was soggy and overdone, the chicken had no flavor and the brocolli was mushy. The chicken parm was nearly as bad. The bread was stone cold. The decor is outdated and menus were tattered and faded. We won't be visiting this restaurant ever again.

  • Visited April 2013
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Dover, NH
Level 6 Contributor
284 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Very good food”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

I love the eggplant park here and my husband gets a veal dish he raves about. The service is average but slow. The inside on the place needs to be refreshed. I also would enjoy if they served a dipping oil with the bread and not just butter.

  • Visited January 2013
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