by Kelly Burch
---- — Beach season may be over, but that doesn’t mean that all is quiet on the coast. Next week, from Nov. 7 to 16, dining destinations from New Hampshire to Southern Maine will be participating in Portsmouth and Seacoast Restaurant Week, sponsored by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
“Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast is an opportunity for people to travel to this historic seaport and find out why it’s such a great culinary destination,” said Kathleen Soldati, who is helping to organize restaurant week. “Visitors can make a day of it – come for the independent shops, historic tours, and the nightlife; or an overnight or weekend to stretch out their visit and really relax in this wonderful,walk-able city.”
During the week, over 40 restaurants are offering three course, set-price meals, at $16.95 for lunch or $29.95 for dinner. Here are the restaurants offering fine-dining at bargain prices next week:
Agave Mexican Bistro Dos
111 State St., Portsmouth
603-427-5300 or agavedos.com
Fresh, authentic food and attentive staff make your dining experience here a memorable one! Agave has five specialty dining areas located on two floors. Each room provides a unique atmosphere, with five fireplaces and two full bars with lighted waterfalls, creating the ultimate setting for you and your guests.
60 Wallingford Square, Kittery, ME
207-439-0001 or annekejans.net
This neighborhood bistro style restaurant where old and new friends gather offers delicious food, great drinks and good wine. The menu changes often, and parking is easy.
Black Trumpet Bistro
29 Ceres St., Portsmouth
603-431-0887 or blacktrumpetbistro.com
This two-story bistro and wine bar is in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic old port. Both floors offer views of the Piscataqua River and the oft-photographed tugboats. Black Trumpet’s cuisine reflects the chef-owner’s culinary curiosity, drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean as well as the Americas. A typical Black Trumpet menu may include influences from Spain, North Africa, Turkey and the Mexican heartland.
Blue Moon Evolution
8 Clifford St., Exeter
603-778-6850 or bluemoonevolution.com
Blue Moon Evolutions’s commitment to providing nutrient-dense, sumptuous fare has made it a beacon in the locavore food movement. Set in an upbeat, open, kitchen-friendly atmosphere, the restaurant has won numerous awards including Billy Costa’s TV Diner Gold Plate Award, NH Magazine’s Best of NH Award and many more.
75 Pleasant St., Portsmouth
603-431-0050 or brazorestaurant.com
Brazo showcases exciting Latin and South American cuisine finely prepared - but never overly so -highlighted by locally grow produce, fresh fish and the finest meats. Diners will feel they have been swept off to Cuba, with Latin and Spanish music playing and a bar filled with exotic rums, tequilas and pisco.
British Beer Company
2 Portwalk Place in Portsmouth
(603) 501-0515 or britishbeer.com/portsmouth
This pub offers lunch, dinner and drinks of British style - burgers, pizza, sandwiches and seafood. The restaurant offers a selection of over 90 beers on tap and in bottles.
287 Exeter Road, Hampton
603-929-7972 or bonta.net
Bontá proudly offers only the best, freshest seasonal ingredients available and gives each product the love that is traditionally typical of Mediterranean cooking. The food is prepared simply but thoroughly, enabling the chefs to put their unique signature on every dish.
119 Congress St., Portsmouth
603-427-5563 or cafe-mediterraneo.com
A two-time recipient of Yankee magazine’s Editor’s Pick award, Café Med has grown over the years, becoming a fixture in one of the highest-traveled areas of Portsmouth. We welcome new patrons and faithful regulars to enjoy our continued success.
72 Mirona Road, Portsmouth
(603) 436-3100 or cafenostimo.com
”Nostimo” means delicious in the Greek language. The diverse menu offers a selection of salads, a wide variety of seafood, grilled flatbread pizza, and chicken dishes, as well as traditional Greek fare like amb, souvlaki, spanakopita, moussaka and more.
2263 Ocean Blvd, Rye
603-964-8251 or carriagehouserye.com
Carriage House invites patrons to sit and relax in a casual setting, listen to some local chit chat and enjoy great food, wine, cocktails and service on the water at Rye Beach. The restaurant offers a range of selections from fresh pasta and seafood to Indian curries.
10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth
603-319-1575 or cavatapasandwinebar.com
Located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, Cava features two wine bars and a chef’s bar serving modern and classic Mediterranean cuisine. The “tapas” or small plates are all meant to be shared and enjoyed amongst friends.
The Common Man Portsmouth
96 State St., Portsmouth
603-334-6225 or thecman.com
The Common Man Portsmouth serves American fare with New England flair, with an added selection of fresh seafood dishes.
3612 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
603-766-0001 or demeterssteakhouse.com
Demeters Steakhouse specializes in serving the finest cuts of USDA prime steaks and offers an amazing international wine list in a comfortable, very modern atmosphere.
The Dinnerhorn Seafood Restaurant
980 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
(603) 436-0717 or dinnerhorn.com
The Dinnerhorn Seafood Restaurant continues its tradition of serving strictly the freshest seafood around. A newly renovated dining room offers a more comfortable and welcoming experience. The home of familiar favorites like Captain’s Plate, Golden Fried Haddock, pasta dishes, and weekend night Prime Rib, the Dinnerhorn also features a raw bar, extensive cocktail menu, and exciting new menu offerings sure to please anyone.
103 Congress St., Portsmouth
603-501-0586 or thedistrictnh.com
Portsmouth’s neighborhood restaurant serving fresh, local, contemporary American Cuisine. With seasonally changing menus, inspired cocktails, and harmonious wines to complement your mood, “The District” is Portsmouth’s newest meeting place for eating, drinking and socializing.
Epoch Restaurant & Bar
Located in the Exeter Inn, 2 Pine St., Exeter
603-778-3762 or epochrestaurant.com
Epoch invites guests to savor and enjoy distinctly creative New England Cuisine as well as an array of internationally inspired dishes. Chef Zach Martineau and his team have embraced the farm to table concept and are proud to feature many local products throughout our seasonal menus. Epoch’s wine list has been awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator and showcases many varietals and vintage.
The Great American Grill
100 High St., Portsmouth
The Great American Grill is a classic, casual restaurant conveniently located adjacent to our hotel lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth. The Great American Grill serves burgers, salads, sandwiches and more.
200 Grafton Road, Portsmouth
603-766-6466 or peasegolf.com/Grill28
Grill 28 provides great food and great service in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Featuring a casual pub style menu with American and Mediterranean influences, the expansive menu located in the Pease Golf selection make Grill 28 the perfect place to relax with friends after work, a business lunch, or dinner with the family, there is something for everyone.
250 Market St., Portsmouth
603-559-2626 or sheratonportsmouth.com
The Sheraton’s Harbor’s Edge Restaurant is well known for its outstanding cuisine, whether it’s a hearty breakfast, creative lunch or elegant dinner. Located in the main lobby, Harbor’s Edge offers broad harbor views and friendly service.
150 Congress St., Portsmouth
603-766-3474 or jumpinjays.com
Jumpin’ Jay’s has become an institution among locals who appreciate exceptional seafood. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador.
The Library Restaurant
401 State St., Portsmouth
603-431-5202 or libraryrestaurant.com
This steak house offers traditional New England fare surrounded by architectural treasures of an era gone by. The Library is prestigious while reasonably priced, with something for everyone through all seasons. It is the perfect setting for a business outing or for enjoying a cocktail in our lounge.
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-0901 or martingalewharf.com
Martingale Wharf has an upscale atmosphere with gorgeous water views, and serves fresh, local seafood, steaks and comfort food classics. With a 90% gluten-free menu, the chef looks to please every palate. The custom circular bar,personable service and distinctive cocktails make it well worth a visit.
95 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth
(603) 436-6656 or mojosbbqshack.com
Mojo’s is a steakhouse, burger restaurant with award winning barbeque. The restaurant offers catering, as well as walk-ins for their lunch, dinner and drinks.
66 Marcy St., Portsmouth
603-433-2340 or momborestaurant.com
Mombo showcases made-from-scratch New American cuisine with an international twist. The menu is always changing so that chefs can incorporate the season’s freshest ingredients. The open-kitchen bar and the Chef’s Table will give you a first row seat to all the action.
106 Penhallow St., Portsmouth
603-319-8178 or moxyrestaurant.com
A modern American tapas restaurant focusing on smaller plates meant for sharing, Moxy takes inspiration from local farmers, culture and history in New England.
The Oar House
55 Ceres St., Portsmouth
603-436-4025 or portsmouthoarhouse.com
The Oar House serves fine food in a setting filled with memento’s of the cities long and proud maritime heritage. The Oar House specializes in seafood and New American cuisine, and provides live music inside, Thursdays through Saturdays.
Orchard Street Chop Shop
1 Orchard St., Dover
603-749-000 or orchardstreetchopshop.com
This two-story firehouse building located only 10 short minutes from downtown Portsmouth offers a wide variety of prime steaks, house-infused martinis and an extensive all-American wine list. Acclaimed Chef and owner, Chris “Koz” Kozlowski, can usually be found behind the line adding his southern influence to many of his dishes.
The Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market St., Portsmouth
603-431-1115 or portsmouthbrewery.com
New Hampshire’s original brewpub, has been serving great food and outstanding handcrafted beers in a friendly, lively atmosphere since 1991. The Brewery offers a comprehensive menu of traditional and local fare in a warm and inviting establishment conveniently located just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Market Square.
The Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
64 Market St., Portsmouth
603-430-9122 or portsmouthgaslight.com
The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. is appointed with rich textures of wood, brick and copper. Every week we burn more than a cord of aromatic wood in the brick oven kitchen to prepare our unique wood-fired bistro cuisine, including grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken pasta, lobster stuffed haddock & braised short ribs.
142 Congress St., Portsmouth
603-373-6464 or radicirestaurant.com
Experience the authentic tastes of the old country in downtown Portsmouth. As you step inside Radici, the low lights, candles & cool music create an intimate atmosphere as flavors mingle and simmer in the air, taking you away to Italian landscapes & seaside villas.
RíRá Irish Pub
Market Square, Portsmouth
603-319-1680 or rira.com/portsmouth
This Portsmouth pub is one of 11 locations spread throughout the country. The authentic Irish pub serves traditional food and great beer, along with local entertainment. Mon-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11am-1am. Market Square, Portsmouth. On-street metered parking. 603-319-1680
59 Penhallow St., Portsmouth
603-436-4000 or ristorantemassimo.com
Ristorante Massimo offers world-class Italian cuisine and outstanding hospitality in a quaint brick European ambiance that transports guests to Florence, Rome, and Venice. Massimo’s offers a selection of exquisite Italian & Californian wines, and authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. Massimo’s selects the freshest seasonal ingredients, cures its own meats, and makes bread and pasta from scratch.
The River House
53 Bow St., Portsmouth
603-431-2600 or riverhouse53bow.com
Voted, “Best Chowder in New England” by NECN, The River House features all the classic seafood favorites complemented by contemporary dishes served on a heated balcony with direct river views. Open Daily 11:00am . On-street metered parking. 603-431-2600
Robert’s Maine Grill
326 Route 1, Kittery, ME
207-439-0300 or robertsmainegrill.com
Robert’s Maine Grill serves updated Maine classics in a friendly, bustling, and beautiful environment. The restaurant offers tranquil views of Spruce Creek, a great Raw Bar and a waterside deck and serves indigenous Maine fare grilled, fried, sautéed, baked or prepared however you request!
70 State St.,Portsmouth
(603) 436-9715 or therosa.com
Rosa offers family Italian cuisine since 1927, making it the oldest running restaurant in Portsmouth. It is open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. The restaurant also caters, and always welcomes walk-ins.
20 High St., Portsmouth
603-430-7834 or rudisportsmouth.com
Rudi’s is a contemporary American restaurant with something for everyone. Ease your way in to bright and brassy Sunday afternoons or moody weeknights when Rudi’s charismatic atmosphere boasts an eclectic mix of downtown charm and uptown polish. Sample the freshness of local farm and Seaport’s bounties with menus for cool, quiet lunches and upbeat, lime-lit dinners featuring a wide array of traditional dishes with signature twists. Rudi’s features live music in Portsmouth’s only piano lounge five days a week.
588 Wentworth Road, New Castle
(603) 373-6566 or wentworth.com
Salt is located within Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH. It offers contemporary American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers four courses for dinner fresh from the sea and garden, along with craft cocktails
Stage Neck Inn
8 Stage Neck Road, York, ME
(207) 363-3850 or stageneck.com
Stage Neck Inn offers hearty soups and appetizers, salad entrées, pizza, sandwiches, light entrées and dinner entrées in a warm, oceanfront setting. Harbor Porches offers 270 degree panoramic views and an atmosphere reminiscent of the grand hotels of the 1920’s.
Surf and Surf Sushi
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 334-9855 or surfseafood.com
Surf has built a reputation for truly imaginative cooking using only the very freshest fish and shellfish. Voted Best Seafood in New Hampshire, Surf offers a wonderful combination of service and culinary expertise in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Surf Sushi Bar goes beyond the classic sushi rolls and creates maki rolls with no boundaries. The Surf Sushi Bar cocktail list has a nod to the past with hand-crafted cocktails using fresh mixers and the balanced drinks of bartenders with a passion for mixology.
95 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth
This new gem just recently opened in September and offers a classic Italian-American experience. It is a casual place that specializes in dinner and drinks.
Three Chimneys Inn
17 Newmarket Road, Durham
603-868-7800 or threechimneysinn.com
Located in one of the oldest homes in New Hampshire, this renovated B&B offers 23 guest rooms, dining and entertainment. Delicious food and personable service has earned top billing from The Phantom Gourmet, Yankee Magazine and NH Chronicle.
Tulsi Indian Restaurant
20 Walker St., Kittery, ME
207-451-9511 or tulsiindianrestaurant.com
Tulsi’s inspired menu boasts delectable Indian cuisine of traditional North Indian, Moghlai and contemporary dishes made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. The restaurant offers a richly-varied menu of fresh, natural ingredients, wholesome sauces and flavorful spices.
The Wellington Room
67 Bow St., Portmsmouth
(603) 431-2989 or thewellingtonroom.com
At The Wellington Room, the chef hand selects local products of the best quality and freshness, and prepares all dishes himself...including the pastries. The menu offers a broad variety of cuisine and all dishes are made fresh to order, so special requests are welcome.