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

The Friendly Toast

(603) 430-2154   View Website   113 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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   View Website   8 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.


(603) 436-3033   View Website   105 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Quaint and charming on a nice neighborhood side street in Portsmouth. Killer Eggs Benedict and cinnamon swirl French toast.

Ceres Street Bakery

(603) 436-6518   View Website   51 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

From-scratch coffee cakes, sticky buns, scones, brioche, as well as simple breakfast wraps and sandwiches.

Casual Bites

Street 360

(603) 436-0860   View Website   801 Islington Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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. 

The Juicery

(603) 431-0693   View Website   55 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Just a few short blocks from the inn, this healthy treat of a juice and smoothie bar offers fresh and refreshing fare.

The Kitchen

(603) 319-8630   View Website   171 Islington Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Burgers, pastas, deli delights. Simple, good, and affordable food done well.


(603) 430-7834   View Website   20 High Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

River House

(603) 431-2600   View Website   53 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Classic seafood favorites complemented by contemporary dishes served on decks and dining rooms overlooking the Piscataqua River.

Dos Amigos

(603) 834-6494   View Website   286 Central Avenue, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

Local small chain that offers tasty burritos, tacos and other Mexican favorites.

Flatbread Pizza

(603) 436-7888   View Website   138 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

Lexie's Joint

(603) 319-4055   View Website   212 Islington Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

The seacoast’s premiere burger destination features inspired daily specials, refreshing mocktails, frosty shakes and ice cream floats.

Blue Mermaid Island Grill

(603) 427-2583   View Website   409 The hill, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

Buzzed About

The Black Birch

(207) 703-2294   View Website   2 Government Street, Kittery, Maine 03904

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.

Row 34Buzz-Worthy

(603) 319-5011   View Website   5 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Fresh off its success in Boston's Seaport, Row 34’s newest outpost is a variation on the same theme. Situated just a few blocks off the waterfront, this locally-inspired oyster and beer bar highlights New England seafood and microbrews. Visitors to both locations will notice that the Portsmouth menu shares some similarities with its southern sister, but also some delicious differences.


(603) 319-8178   View Website   106 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Tapas with a New England flair. Moxy is super-creative with unique pairing/tasting menus and snazzy flavors. A fun atmosphere and impressive wine and beer pairings. It holds the title of “buzziest” of all of Portsmouth's buzzed-about restaurants at the moment.

Franklin Oyster House

(603) 373-8500   View Website   148 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

The reincarnation of this historical building was a long time in the coming - a seriously long time. The Franklin House started shucking and serving oysters to the locals back in 1867 and recently got back into the business. In addition to an impressive array of oysters from the left and right coasts, the menu is full of modern takes on traditional seafood dishes and craft cocktails.

Anneke Jans

(207) 439-0001   View Website   60 Wallingford Square, Kittery, Maine 03904

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.

Local Favs


(603) 433-2340   View Website   66 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03802

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.


(603) 319-1638   View Website   2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

A Japanese restaurant with full lunch and dinner menus featuring authentic sushi, sashimi, and a wide variety of Maki (rolls).

Martingale Wharf

(603) 431-0901   View Website   99 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

Library Restaurant

(603) 431-5202   View Website   401 State Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.


(603) 319-1575   View Website   10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

Featuring 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. A notable and always solid dining experience.


(603) 431-0050   View Website   75 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

Romantic Dining

Ristorante Massimo

(603) 436-4000   View Website   59 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

Bridge Street Bistro & Wine Bar

(603) 430-9301   View Website   64 Bridge Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

A small, chef-owned corner cafe serving modest, down to earth, food and wine.

Cocktails / Live Music / Nightlife

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!

Two Ceres Street

(603) 433-2373   View Website   2 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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. 

The Music Hall

(603) 436-2400   View Website   131 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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. 

Spring Hill Tavern

(603) 431-5222   View Website   15 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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. 

Press Room

(603) 431-5186   View Website   77 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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.

Red Door

(603) 373-6827   View Website   107 State Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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. 

Portsmouth Brewery

(603) 431-1115   View Website   56 Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

New Hampshire’s original brewpub has been serving outstanding handcrafted beers (not to mention great, uncomplicated food) in a friendly, lively atmosphere since 1991. Large, varied menu.