We feel very fortunate to live, work, and play in a city that is so dedicated to its fine cuisine! If you’re in the mood for outdoor dining by the water, a leisurely meal prepared by a James Beard-nominated chef, coastal cuisine, or a celebratory beverage with tasty snacks, Portsmouth offers it all!

take a peek at some local spots we love!

Old Ferry Landing

Located along the Piscataqua River, The Old Ferry Landing offers the ambiance of casual waterfront dining, with a large outdoor deck featuring incredible views of Portsmouth’s tugboats. This downtown summer spot serves 100% fresh lobster meat, a variety of fresh seafood dishes, and, of course, its famous Jimmy Juice! The Old Ferry Landing is open 7 days a week staring at 11:30am!


Botanica is an intimate, upscale restaurant and gin bar located in the heart of Portsmouth’s West End neighborhood. Cozy up inside for intimate indoor dining or opt for a casual outdoor setting on the patio! If you’re in the mood to gather, Botanica welcomes reservations outside for up to 10 guests, and the full patio can be rented for full or partial evenings for up to 28 guests. Concerned about weather or parking?? Botanica’s patio offers a brand new retractable awning and electric heating to keep the elements at bay when needed. There is complimentary parking on-site!


From appetizers and salads, to burgers and adult milkshakes, we can always count on BRGR Bar for a flavorful spin on the classics! Located in downtown Portsmouth, BRGR Bar is committed to using quality ingredients and offering professional service with a smile. BRGR Bar is now open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner (and for brunch on Sundays)!

Row 34

Row 34 is a high-energy, neighborhood-centric oyster bar. They source the best oysters from their friends, pick up their fish fresh from the Fish Pier, and are always on the hunt for the most delicious beers around. With locations in Boston, Burlington, Portsmouth, and soon to be Cambridge, Row 34 is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. For reservations, visit Row34.com, or call the restaurant directly; the restaurant also always saves tables for walk-ins.

The Franklin

Since opening its doors in downtown Portsmouth in 2015, The Franklin has been crafting a steadily-changing progressive menu using local, sustainable ingredients from across the Seacoast. Known for the vast selection of oysters and craft cocktails, The Franklin restaurant offers flavorful drinks and unique dishes for everyone! We highly recommend the fresh cut Franklin Fries!


STREET is an eclectic, casual restaurant and cocktail lounge that satisfies both your hunger and wanderlust. From falafel and phở, to burgers and bibimbap, STREET serves some of the world’s most flavorful street food in one lively place. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and on Sundays for brunch! Check out STREET’S sister location—now open in downtown Exeter, New Hampshire!


Luigi’s West End Pizzeria is a neighborhood Italian-American restaurant serving New York style pizza, fresh pasta, and hearty sandwiches 7 days a week! Luigi’s offers outdoor patio dining, indoor dining, takeout, and delivery!


Inspired by the fresh produce and deep-rooted culture of New England, along with the energetic spirit of Spanish tapas, Moxy is a hip restaurant and bar that has won countless awards and adoration from the local and national community. Chef Matt Louis was a James Beard Best Chef Northeast Semi-Finalist for the past four years! Enjoy outdoor dining at Moxy Tuesday through Saturday evenings, starting at 5pm!

Jumpin’ Jays 

For over 20 years, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe has been serving up modern seafood in an upscale and comfortable setting in downtown Portsmouth. Enjoy local fish, an extensive raw bar selection, and a beautiful outdoor dining area.

Vida Cantina

Vida Cantina is a chef-driven restaurant that celebrates modern Mexican cuisine every day of the week (11am-9pm)! Inspired by Chef David Vargas’ Mexican heritage, Vargas takes each dish to the next level with superb technique, product, and creativity. Located near the Portsmouth Green Plaza, Vida Cantina offers plenty of complimentary parking.


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