29 Ceres Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801Neighborhood:
Global, InternationalPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.blacktrumpetbistro.com/
- Phone: (603) 431-0887
- Hours of Operation:
The dining room is open Sun-Thurs: 5:30pm - 9:00pm / Fri & Sat: 5:30-10:00pm. The wine bar opens nightly at 5:00.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Global, International
- Executive Chef: Evan Mallett
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: The Black Trumpet dining room is available for social or corporate events seating up to 30 people. The historic character and beauty of the room, along with unparalleled food and service, makes a truly memorable evening.
- Private Party Contact: Denise Mallett 8777660994
A word from Black Trumpet
Black Trumpet is a two-story bistro and wine bar in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic old port. Both floors offer views of the Piscataqua River and the oft-photographed tugboats that still escort enormous tankers into the harbor. Our first floor dining room offers a cozy, romantic setting with warm, unassuming service. The upstairs wine bar is a more intimate, convivial space. 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. 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. Reservations are accepted in our dining room, the upstairs wine bar is first-come-first-served.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Black Trumpet reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (90)romantic (77)special occasion (77)neighborhood gem (58)notable wine list (32)scenic view (30)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- PhilliesFanVIPDined on 8/29/2014We were very disappointed that a bottle of Chardonnay was served warm and the waitress brought an ice bucket indicating that she thought it would chill after being served. The menu is very limited, and while the entrees we selected were good, they were not exceptional.Special Features:
- Charmant et délicieuxPlantaquatixDined on 8/28/2014Voici un endroit très agréable pour passer une soirée romantique tout en dégustant un excellent repas. A l'étage supérieur il y a quelques tables qui ont une très belle vue mais, que vous soyez en bas ou en haut, l'endroit reste très charmant.Special Features:
- kms123Dined on 8/27/2014We found the menu too limited, an inexcusable error of putting Pollock on as the fish special, (a real no-no for New Englanders), the food overall not to be as good as it should have been (and some items downright quite bad, and the portions too small.
- Very disappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/27/2014This used to be my favorite restaurant in Portsmouth, but not anymore. I was embarrassed that I took friends there. The local fish was Pollock? Yuck! The entree choices were pathetic. Goat? Fried Herring with grits? Several of us had Spinach Pappadelle...tasteless! Ask to leave out the Pollock with the Paella? Sure, but still there! Never again! Atmosphere is lovely!
- natquebecDined on 8/26/2014Black trumpet for food lovers that like to be surprise in an unusual and delicious way!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for anniversaryOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/23/2014Had dinner here for my boyfriend's and my anniversary. I had the fish special...he had the braised goat. Last time I had the braised goat so I thought I'd try something different. It was delicious, but I think I might get the goat again next time! It is THAT amazing!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/22/2014Another delicious meal at Black Trumpet. My guest enjoyed two mid-sized dishes, while I took the more traditional route with the chilled soup and the daily fish (a red fish in a divine infused sauce with the most fantastically tasteful vegetables). Lobster croquettes were a hit as always. And the quinoa pudding was a fresh take on rice pudding. We sat upstairs because it was on the late side and that's all they were seating, but we prefer the downstairs room--seems more suited to the restaurant's aspirations for its food.Special Features:
- disappointing on this night5catsDined on 8/22/2014We love this restaurant and have eaten here many times. I do keep waiing for there to be more on the menu for vegetarians though. In this day and age when so many people have gone VEGETARIAN or even vegan for health or philosophical reasons, there really shoud be meatless CHOICES, and one must not have to settle on something. The food on this night was disappointing, especially the paella that my husband ordered. It was over $30 and not only was it quite small, there were only TWO shrimp in the entire dish, one which turned to a pasty consistency when he ate it. The service was also lacking. We had to wait to get our water glasses filled which really should not happen.Special Features:
- Wonderful foodie experienceYellowcatDined on 8/21/2014Nice ambience, attentive and good service, and most importantly, the food was very fresh and amazing. A real gem that ranks highly even compared to many of the best places in NYC.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding New AmericanCarge77Dined on 8/9/2014A charming small bistro on the waterfront, great ambiance, very friendly staff. Menu was exceptionally creative, featuring a mix of small, medium, and entree-sized plates. House-made charcuterie and breads, local cheeses, and day-boat fish and seafood are staples. The Paella was particularly impressive, as was the chilled soup with zucchini and fennel. Excellent dinner experience for couples and small groups, intimate setting, fun little joint. Fantastic cocktails, too. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never FailsmneumanDined on 8/5/2014My husband and I have been going to The Black Trumpet for years now. The food and service are always consistently amazing. Very few restaurants can boast that statement!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExpectationsEastcoastdeliciousDined on 8/3/2014I had wanted to go back to the Black Trumpet for many years now. My previous experience was with people who do not really appreciate creative meals. My girlfriend and I, are regular restaurant goers, and especially like new culinary adventures. Although , overall what we had at the Black Trumpet was good and very tasty, it did not quite match the expectations we had. The Paella, was a little dry and the Chorizo was not very good. My Papardelle dish was good, but served a little cold. Our server was extremely friendly and courteous, but lacked the experience that this complex menu needed. Nevertheless, I would definitely come back, and re-do this experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice experienceEatngreetDined on 7/30/2014Great old building. Quiet. Excellent menu and great service. View on second floor window excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Top notch diningNY2NHFoodieDined on 7/28/2014As recent transplants from Manhattan, our taste for fine dining is quite sensitive - and we are quite often disappointed after going to NH restaurants that are rated as "top". However, this is NOT the case with Black Trumpet. Every item we ordered was impeccably plated and absolutely delicious. Such creative combinations that one would NOT anticipate taste as delicious as they do. My husband was initially disappointed when he read the menu as saw what they were offering that evening... but he did a complete 180 as soon as he tasted the first bite of his appetizer. HIGHLY RECOMMEND, especially for those looking for a dining experience comparable to Big City fine dining.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/25/2014Been here before and had great service. I would still come back, but disappointed with our experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic find!jwar14Dined on 7/25/2014Loved everything about it. Such thoughtful, interesting and most importantly DELICIOUS dishes. Hope to get back to Portsmouth area again, making this the first stop! Try everything.Special Features:
- The following 897 reviews are from the Black Trumpet reviews archive.
- upscale, interesting small platessapphireDined on 7/25/2014interesting small plates, though the description of the preparation and ingredients sometimes surpassed the results a bit. Rustic, warm atmosphere and good service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Real food, real serviceHonestfoodandwineplsDined on 7/25/2014We started with the braised octopus and a smoked bluefish pate and I think it was a struggle for us both to leave any for the other. It was an excellent beginning. We ordered Domaine Tempier Rose which held up to our appetizers and entrees of paella and chicken with green onion risotto as well. The service throughout the evening was warm and comfortable, while still being professional. It was a perfect evening out for us and par for the course at The Black Trumpet.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing food!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/24/2014Food...on point. Service...on point! We will be back again!Special Features:
- Mixed feedbackAbcdeVIPDined on 7/20/2014Steak was wonderful. Fish was pretty much unseasoned and uninspiring - quote "I could have down that at home". While we enjoy the black trumpet despite the high prices for its ancient harbor ambience and always stop by when we happen to be in Portsmouth, this was a damper on the evening before we drove home.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/19/2014Black Trumpet was absolutely delicious. The food is locally sourced and incredibly fresh while presented in a creative way. Service was impeccable!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Dining Experience!mikegins21Dined on 7/18/2014After some quick research of reviews on the web, we decided to give Black Trumpet a try while in town for the weekend. I was hoping our entire party of six would enjoy the restaurant, but I expected that a few might not find it their cup of tea. I was pleasantly surprised that all enjoyed every bite and were delighted with the service. A few people had three small/medium plates, while others had a salad, entree and shared a few small or medium plates for appetizers. While I did not have room for dessert, four people in our party raved about theirs....especially the lemon curd and quinoa desserts. We would definitely recommend this restaurant!Special Features:
- Favourite resto in PortsmouthfoodloverDined on 7/18/2014This is our most favourite restaurant in Portsmouth. We always try to stop in whenever we travel to the coast. This time we were staying in Kennebunkport and made a point of coming for dinner. The food is always fresh and delicious. The gluten free menu offers a variety of choices for my wife. This time we had paella and it was delicious. The seafood was so fresh and the wine recommended by our server was excellent. I only wish we lived closer so that we could get there more oftenSpecial Features:
- very enjoyable dinnercooktotableDined on 7/18/2014the restaurant has a great location down by the water and feels very intimate inside. solid locally resourced produce is presented very nicely. food lacked a little creativity and refinement for price but was enjoyable all the same. would definitely recomend and dine here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome place!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/17/2014We had a great meal at the black trumpet! We recommend getting a variety of small and medium plates to share.Special Features:
- Intimate, and deliciousTravelingfoodloverDined on 7/17/2014We loved our evening at Black Trumpet. The appetizers were fantastic. Very knowledgeable bar staff with an exciting wine list. Would return again for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Off night?OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 7/14/2014We returned to Black Trumpet for a third visit, expecting the same level of service and excellent menu we'd experienced previously. This establishment is a favorite, and somewhat of an early tradition for my husband and I, and this time we brought friends. We were, unlike previous visits, seating upstairs near the bar, and the noise was awful. Our server was friendly, but seemed a little caught off guard by the specials, and three out of four of our cocktails were made incorrectly. The meal itself was lovely as always, though we felt the menu offerings were a little lackluster compared to other visits. We'll probably come back, given that every place has off nights.Special Features:
- Portsmouth perfectionMickVIPDined on 7/14/2014This restaurant is just an amazing food experience. Simply incredible.Special Features:
- Texas VisitorsSazaracLoverVIPDined on 7/13/2014This was a great find for us. The bar and bar tender were 1st class. You might have thought you were in New Orleans. She measued and mixed perfect cocktails. The food options were varied and extremely creative. The waitress was knowlegable and attentive, w/o hovering. The evening could not have been more perfect.Special Features:
- Try the goat. Really.LanieDined on 7/11/2014If you've never tried goat before, try it here. One of us tried it on a lark and we were pleasantly surprised how good it was. It is ver nice restaurant but is pricey.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Evermaine4meDined on 7/11/2014This resturant is by far the best in Portsmouth. You might not know exactly what you are eating but it tastes soooo good. Must try the cheeses and what ever the special is. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a little something different.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A truly special placeopentablenicknameDined on 7/6/2014This is the best restaurant in Portsmouth. Others are more expensive (though not by much), or have a better view, but nothing beats the quality of ingredients and create dishes crafted by the chef's at Black Trumpet. It's not a place for conservative eaters - every item on the meny has some ingredient you've never heard of. But the result is an incredibly memorable meal in a great setting. I cannot stress this enough - always get the meze plate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spectacular as alwaysOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/4/2014This is a must stop when in Portsmouth. The food is always cooked perfectly, the portions are perfect and the service on par with a 5-star restaurant. A European dining experience in the US !Special Features:
- Lovely romantic sceneKeeCeeDined on 7/3/2014Had a birthday dinner here and it was amazing. Romantic, beautifully decorated, and had a very warm atmosphere. Our server was just amazing. Steered us to amazing food and wine picksSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellent time!JCapazzi87Dined on 7/3/2014The food was dynamic and burst with fresh flavor. The chef's mezze plate was absolutely delicious and the highlight of the meal (Best. Scallop. Ever.) The jacketed sweet potato dish and steak were cooked to perfection and the wine matched perfectly. Thank you for a wonderful meal and a wonderful evening, it was certainly a top highlight of our vacation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodLuluDined on 7/2/2014A little noisy and slow but exceptional food. We would definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a hitDetay61Dined on 7/2/2014The Crew at Black Trumpet always shock me. We couldn't find a suitable restaurant in Maine so we stopped by Portsmouth on our way home. Great starters, as always, and we are settling in to a wonderful meal (patting ourselves on the back). Then the entree hits the table. We ordered Lamb, but we were not ready for the lamb we got. Of course everything else on the plate was delicious, but the lamb was amazing. Picture all the lamb, every bit, all braised until it was about to turn into sauce. Then those wonderful folks in the kitchen do something to make it into an entree-sized rillette. I'm from Providence but a trip to Portsmouth is well worth the time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Our birthday dinnerkensavageDined on 6/27/2014It was my girlfriend's birthday and after the week she'd had previously it was worth it to get away to Portsmouth. I found this restaurant in some online reviews and I wanted somewhere quiet and quaint. We found just that and some great/unique food as well. The NY steak was moist and perfectly cooked for my taste with a mushroom sauce. Great views of the water from up stairs and a waitress that was helpful as well as quiet.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of Portsmouth's best!BackpatDined on 6/25/2014One of Portsmouth's best, innovative menu, excellent service.Special Features:
- DeliciousDelectableDined on 6/22/2014Each ingredient is chosen with care. The unique, and local cuisine is definitely one-of-a-kind. I happily drive the hour it takes to get there KNOWING the dining experience will be well-worth the efforts.Special Features: