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:
The Friendly Toast
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
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.
Quaint and charming on a nice neighborhood side street in Portsmouth. Killer Eggs Benedict and cinnamon swirl French toast.
Ceres Street Bakery
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.
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.
Burgers, pastas, deli delights. Simple, good, and affordable food done well.
Classic seafood favorites complemented by contemporary dishes served on decks and dining rooms overlooking the Piscataqua River.
The seacoast’s premiere burger destination features inspired daily specials, refreshing mocktails, frosty shakes and ice cream floats.
Book & Bar
What do you get when you combine a bookstore and a gourmet chef? A non-digital delight of books, espresso, craft beers, and small plates.
Local small chain that offers tasty burritos, tacos and other Mexican favorites.
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.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill
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.
The Black Birch
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
A Japanese restaurant with full lunch and dinner menus featuring authentic sushi, sashimi, and a wide variety of Maki (rolls).
Dig into homemade pasta - made daily - and creative but comfortable classics at this rustic Italian spot.
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.
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.
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.
This cozy, neighborhood bistro & bar overlooks the harbor and offers craft food and creative libations.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.