Dining

It’s true, Ale House Inn does not serve food. Our Portsmouth hotel wouldn’t even think of competing with the incredible dining options located just outside our door! With over 250 restaurants in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to choose from, we have selected some of our favorites, all within walking distance of our boutique hotel:

Morning Grub

Ceres Street Bakery (603) 436-6518 | From-scratch coffee cakes, sticky buns, scones, brioche, as well as simple breakfast wraps and sandwiches.

Colby’s (603) 436-3033 | Quaint and charming on a nice neighborhood side street in Portsmouth. Killer Eggs Benedict and cinnamon swirl French toast.

The Friendly Toast (603) 430-2154 | Funky 50′s vinyl vibe and classic high-end diner breakfasts. Huge servings of the stuff you want to start your day — pancakes, French toast, scrambles, etc.

Popover’s on the Square (603) 431-1119 | Casual, pleasant café and bakery located in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic and charming Market Square. Exceptional pastries and desserts, and a relaxed ambiance.

Casual Bites

Blue Mermaid Island Grill (603) 427-2583 I Independently owned and operated for 20 years serving up Caribbean inspired cuisine like famous guava braised short ribs and homemade fire roasted salsa. Plenty of Gluten Free options, too. Stop in for lunch or dinner and stay for live music! Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-6pm.

Dos Amigos (603) 373 6001 | Local small chain that offers tasty burritos, tacos and other Mexican favorites.

Flatbread Company (603) 436-7888 | New England chain featuring hand-tossed flatbread pizzas baked in a wood-fired clay oven.Locally sourced ingredients and great regional beer list.The salads here are a must.

The Kitchen (603) 319-8630 | Burgers, pastas, deli delights. Simple, good, and affordable food done well.

Lexie’s Joint (603) 319-4055 | The seacoast’s premiere burger destination features inspired daily specials, refreshing mocktails, frosty shakes and ice cream floats.

Portsmouth Brewery (603) 431-1115 | New Hampshire’s original brewpub has been serving great food and outstanding handcrafted beers in a friendly, lively atmosphere since 1991. Large, varied menu.

River House (603) 431-2600 | Classic seafood favorites complemented by contemporary dishes served on decks and dining rooms overlooking the Piscataqua River.

Street 360 (603) 436-0860 | An eclectic, casual restaurant and cocktail lounge that satisfies both your hunger and your wanderlust. From falafel to pho, burgers to bánh mì, Street 360 serves the world’s most flavorful street food in one lively place. Also one of the hottest evening destinations in Portsmouth. 

Rudis (603) 430-7834 | Contemporary American restaurant with something for everyone. Ease your way in to a bright and brassy Sunday afternoon or moody weeknight when Rudi’s charismatic atmosphere boasts an eclectic mix of downtown charm and uptown polish.

The Juicery (603) 431-0693 I Just a few short blocks from the inn, this healthy treat of a juice and smoothie bar offers fresh and refreshing fare.

Buzzed About

Anneke Jans (207) 439-0001 | Located just over the bridge in Kittery, this acclaimed, bistro-style restaurant is a favorite. Old and new friends gather to eat, drink and be merry. Menu changes often.

The Black Birch (207) 703-2294 | Simplicity is what makes the Black Birch so inviting. Sit at dining tables made from reclaimed wood. Sip classically-influenced cocktails or one of 24 drafts. Savor a refined take on classic comfort foods made from wicked-fresh ingredients.

Black Trumpet (603) 431-0887 | Family-owned bistro and wine bar in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic old port. The menu changes every six weeks to capitalize on the freshest seasonal ingredients. The wine list features a variety of unheralded gems that pair well with the bold flavors of Chef Mallett’s cuisine. If you’re a fan of “Farm-to-table” then this is your place. We prefer to dine upstairs in the Wine Bar.

Moxy (603) 319-8178 | Tapas with a New England flair. Moxy is super-creative with unique pairing/tasting menus and snazzy flavors. It holds the title of “buzziest” of all the area’s buzzed-about restaurants at the moment.

Local Favs

Surf (603) 334-9855 | So you’ve come to the seacoast and you want seafood? Surf is the place. Fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood.Waterfront views from most tables.

Radici (603) 373-6464 | Experience the authentic tastes of the old country in downtown Portsmouth. Low lights and candles create an intimate atmosphere as flavors mingle and simmer in the air — taking you away to Italian landscapes and seaside villas. That’s amore! (Be sure to try their Sunday Brunch as well.)

Library Restaurant (603) 431-5202 I Visions of cigars and a neat glass of scotch fill your brain when you enter this classic steakhouse located in an historic 1785 mansion. Great slabs of meat and “a night out” comfort food, such as French onion soup and shrimp cocktail.

Brazo (603) 431-0050 | Flavors of Latin and South American cuisine are completely at home in northern reaches. It’s everything an exotic journey should be, while only an arm’s length from downtown Portsmouth.

Cava (603) 319-1575Featuring two wine bars, one on street level and one in the Wine Cave, the owners offer a diverse and always changing selection of international wines to be paired with Chef Sessler’s modern and classic Mediterranean cuisine. 

Martingale Wharf (603) 431-0901 I Located just a few doors down from the inn on Bow Street. Hands down the best waterfront deck in downtown Portsmouth. An upscale American bistro featuring one of the most unique glass topped bars we’ve come across.

Mombo (603) 433-2340 I Mombo showcases made-from-scratch New American cuisine with an international twist. Watch the team in action from the open-kitchen bar or the chef’s table.

Shio (603) 319-1638 | A Japanese restaurant with full lunch and dinner menus featuring authentic sushi, sashimi, and a wide variety of Maki (rolls).

Romantic Dining

The Wellington Room (603) 431-2989 |  An intimate dining room where all guests enjoy the spectacular view of the Piscataqua River. Features handmade food from hand-selected local meats, produce and products of the highest quality. Special requests are welcome. 

Bridge Street Bistro & Wine Bar (603) 430-9301 | A small, chef-owned corner cafe serving modest, down to earth, food and wine.

Ristorante Massimo (603) 436-4000 | Nestled in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Ristorante Massimo’s world-class Italian cuisine and quaint brick and stone ambiance transports guests to Florence, Rome, and Venice.

Cocktails / Live Music / Nightlife

Red Door (603) 373-6827 | Simply marked by a red door, and no sign, this hidden lounge serves up an extensive martini list with DJs spinning nightly. An intimate venue that holds about 50 patrons, we suggest showing up prior to 11PM if you want to gain entry. Located directly above Dos Amigos. 

2 Ceres St (603) 433-2373‎ I A petite martini bar with an understated atmosphere. A great spot to grab a drink before heading to dinner. Right on the corner of Bow & Ceres St. 

Press Room (603) 431-5186 | For over thirty years, the Press Room has been the Seacoast’s live music source. Open seven nights a week, expanding the entertainment to include blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and even Latin jazz. They offer a full selection of spirits and wine, with an extensive list of imports and micro-brews on draft. From snacks to entrees, their menu has something for everyone.

Spring Hill Tavern (603) 431-5222 | Quality acoustic noodling, live jazz, classical guitar, and low-key rock is offered most evenings of the week here. It’s the pub located right beneath the popular Dolphin Striker. 

The Music Hall (603) 436-2400 I Since 1878, The Music hall features live music, theater and dance performances. Great independent films are also screened here. This 900 seat theater just underwent a complete renovation and is simply a five minute walk from the inn. Have a look at the calendar near the elevator for current events. 

The Waterfront Decks (Summer months only). Want a cocktail and a sunburn? Simply take a right onto Ceres Street as you head down Bow Street. Directly to your right you will find a cobblestone-lined alley that includes 4 outdoor bars with wooden decks lining the Piscataqua River on the backside of Bow Street. Be careful in your high heels ladies!

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