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Brazo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brazorestaurant.com
  • Email: info@brazorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (603) 431-0050
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday & Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Phelps Dieck
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Let us bring Brazo to you. We are happy to accommodate your catering needs. No party is too big or small.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available for private parties and functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Emil Uliano (603) 431-0050
  • Entertainment: Latin night on the first and 3rd Fridays of every month. Live music starts at 9:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available Thursday through Saturday. Free parking can be found within 1 block of the restaurant. There is metered parking available in front of the restaurant.
A word from Brazo
What if Portsmouth had a fling with a Latin lover? What if mojo filled the streets, steaming with the heat of Cuban, Spanish and, Latin music. What if you could drink a caipirinha on a Tuesday night? Or salsa with someone you'd never met? Welcome to Brazo where the flavors of Latin and South America are completely at home in northern reaches. Its everything an exotic journey should be right in downtown Portsmouth. Viva Brazo!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "As usual Brazo's does not disappoint! Coconut Margaita and Coconut Martini were excellent. Even though it was restaurant week the portions of all courses was generous. Wonderful superior gluten free options. The soup I started with was so delish, and flavor/ texture layered, even though I did't want to over eat, I ate it all. The pork shank I had was beyond excellent in flavor, texture and portion. Fall off the bone melt in your mouth. Coconut sorbet was a perfect combination of sweet and creamy texture with toasted coconut compliment. Magic! Every person who serves at Brazo's is professional, friendly, knowledgable and efficient. The place runs like a smooth dance. One of our most favorite restaurants in Portsmith!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Brazos is always the first choice when you want something exotic but guaranteed to please any taste. I've had everything on the menu and never had something that wasn't a new taste and/or preparation."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Good sangria! Food was tasty. The environment was cozy and pleasant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Group of six to dine Portsmouth Restaurant Week; selected Brazo because menu looked interesting and it was. We all had a great dinner, Natalie the hostess was most helpful, Sarah took our orders and was most attentive and kind. Appetizer to dessert was terrific and we will all return. The South American flavors are a nice alternative to usual Seacoast fare."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We loved the atmosphere; service was excellent; food was delicious-had the pork confit & they had no problem letting me substitute my starch & veggie. We would definately go back!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice spot off the main drag in Portsmouth. Great food, nice take on white sangria. Service was good, a bit too "present" at times. Overall highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Restaurant Week was our first experience. We had heard it was a great spot and we were not disappointed . Our server was awesome and certainly represented Braso well! We are looking forward to our next dining opportunity! Sandy, Portsmouth, NH"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Amazing food find in Portsmouth, NH!!! A MUST. Highly recommend the tappas for 2."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Brazo offers a fairly long list of appetizers along with some unique entrees. The combinations of some of the items, however, are a bit quirky; e.g. I tried the salmon crusted in pistachio with papaya beurre blanc, cauliflower puree, and chorizo and potato hash. While each element was tastefully prepared, they didn't really complement each other on the palate (I had suspected this before ordering, but thought I'd give it a go - a more savory sauce with a touch of acid would tie this dish together). The kitchen also needs to heat the plates; my husband's and my plate were both cold. That aside we would go back and try Brazo again. The food quality was quite good overall, the cocktails were well-prepared, and the service was attentive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nice variety of menu options without being overwhelming. The wild mushroom empanada appetizer was delicious. Wonderfully fresh halibut entre as tender, savory skirt steak. Terrific Hispanic-themed cocktails as well!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had Luna as our wait person and she did an excellent job throughout our meal (thanks for the candle on my wife's dessert). For appetizers we had the tapas platter (yum) and the native mushroom empanadas (incredible). Our entrees were the stuffed poblano pepper and the braised short ribs. Both dishes were incredibly good! We usually do not make it to dessert, but made an exception here and had the Tres Leches Cake, and their over the top decadent version of S’mores. Both desserts were excellent. I cannot thank those two young ladies working the front of the house during our visit. They made our first visit a very memorable one and we will be back. The kitchen rocks here and do not change a thing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Located downtown Portsmouth, it's a cozy spot for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. Everything is made to order so don't think you have to get the dish with chorizo if you're not a fan. The seafood Paella is excellent!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Yes they have tapas (appetizers), but Brazo is much more about the entrees. Excellent Spanish and South American wines to compliment the food and charcoal grilling for great taste. Plenty of room and space in the dining room and a great quiet bar."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We couldn't even hear each other talk. Way too loud!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I have frequented Brazo for years, with friends, for a romantic dinner, or just for a quick bite,. the food is consistently good, quality dependable, interesting specials. I have never been disappointed. I love their Tapas plates, which changed weekly. they have great drinks, wonderful sangria, an attentive and friendly staff. while it is noisy, the acoustics a great, you can have a private chat, without shouting, while the bar section buzzes along. Love the ambiance, the stucco walls. Overall a great value for the price. And they never rush you, but if you do need fast service, they are able to provide it without making you feel rushed at the same time."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our first time to abrazo and we had a great meal, enjoyed the flavors of the foods and great drinks from the bar. We had the paella and the pork confit, both excellent choices. Only part of the evening that was a bit disappointing was the noise level from other tables in a small area was overwhelming at times. You often overhead others talking if they got a bit loud. Would and will definitely return and is worth a trip."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We really appreciated having Valet service. The hostess was polite and very helpful, taking our coats for us. Amy, our server, was busy - but polite and prompt. Oh, and the food! Great Tapas followed up with a fantastic meal. I had the salmon, Mike had the roasted pepper. Perfectly cooked. We were so full we had no room for dessert. The wine was a perfect compliment to the meal."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Once again my wife and I had a great dinner at Brazo. The free valet parking is a great option when you're running late. The restaurant staff is always friendly and professional. Our waitress was very pleasant and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. We would recommend the Red Sangria. It's just enough for 2 for dinner. I love the Tapas platter to start off with. Again a great way for 2 people to share and get a little taste of several items. The artichoke dip is great also. The best meal on the menu in my opinion is the Brazilian Pork Confit. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My wife and nI have been dining at Brazo for the past 5 years and usually are very content with the food. However when we dined there on 2/17/14 we found the food not up to Brazo's usual standard. The tapas platter that we had for an appetizer was okay at best. The fried portion we greatly overdone almost to the point of being burnt. My wife had the chicken and was not overwhelmed with it. It was cooked okay but was not worth the money paid for the dish as she can make a meal just as good at home. I had the duck dinner and this was alright but the confit leg was overdone as well as. Our wait person ( I will only use her first initial) was fantastic. I do not know if the chef was having a rought night or what."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "As always, Brazo doesn't disappoint! Food is outstanding and the service is also outstanding. I think I have tried everything on the Menu at least once. The Fish Tacos are the best I have ever eaten! Hoping they bring back the lobster stuffed poblano pepper. We enjoy the atmosphere, you never feel rushed, and the food well....again outstanding"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service was very subpar. With it not so busy I expected to have a better service. My girlfriends food came out Luke warm. The waitress was not around to explain the problem. She had the halibut valentines day special. The fish was cook nice but the whole dish lacked flavor. Very scant lemon buerre blanc. And a potato cake that was just like seared mashed potato. Overall that dish lacked the bold flavor that was consistent with all of our other dishes. My food was rather tasty as were the drinks."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a party of six and they were very easy to deal with. The food from appetizers, which included a mushroom empanada, and a sweet potato poutin, which were both amazing, to delicious entrees like paella, pistachio crusted salmon and braised ribs, and AMAZING dessert like dolche de leche cake, homemade brownies and churros, everything was delicious! The only drawback was that it was very loud in the space, I think there was an event at the bar."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The service was impeccable. Our server was knowledgable and friendly with perfectly timed attentiveness. The food was delicious! The best artichoke dip I have ever had! Brazo remains a favorite."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Kelly was a great server. Food was a good change of pace and the appetizers were all stellar."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "First time visit. Happy with all aspects of the experience. Pleasant atmosphere and unique menu. All dishes were delicious. Cozy and pleasing on a miserable winter evening."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We have dined at Brazo many times, alone and with many friends who come to visit! NEVER disappointed!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The service and ambiance were fantastic, unfortunately the food was mediocre. Much better food at other Portsmouth restaurants we have frequented."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The ambience is romantic and intimate, yet great for big groups of friends. The service is always impeccable and attentive. The food, especially the braised short ribs, is always right on par and melt in your mouth good! Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Very good food, excellent waitress. The noise level was too high for our taste, but it was New Year's Eve so I can understand it, but I wouldn't want it to be that loud on a regular basis."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had reservations for New Years Eve dinner. Our meal was wonderful and the wait staff was attentive. Great martinis! We will return for sure."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Excellent food, different and unique dishes. Had a great dinner and went back the next day for a terrific Happy Hour with discount apps and drinks: fantastic"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "food was fabulouys. service excellent. Was in Portsmouth for the weekend & wanted one special dinner...so glad we made the choice to dine here. Would definitely go back next time we're in the area."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Interesting menu and great service. The atmosphere is very appealing and not too noisy. If you're tired of the same old food choices, this is a good place to try. The people in our group all had something different and liked everything. I had the pork confit and it melted in your mouth. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "My wife and I were looking for a place to have a nice meal before attending a concert in Portsmouth and decided to try Brazo. We had an early reservation and were promptly seated. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made some excellent suggestions. We decided to try the fish tacos appetizer and it was very good. My wife stayed with that theme, enjoying the salmon entree. I had the short ribs with winter vegetables, which was excellent. All in all, a great meal accompanied by attentive service."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "My wife and I sat at the bar and shared a paella for 2. The food was fantastic as were the cocktails. The bartenders, Karen & John, were fun and were mixing some great drinks (and have us a few sample tastes as well). A fun place with great food!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Delicious eclectic menu Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Truly, it is. Try the pork confit or the short ribs. The salmon is always a great choice. The daily tapas are an example of attention to detail, leaving one to say "more, please". There is no ordinary here, but yet it's not overwhelming. It all blends, beautifully, on the palate."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I had a great experience at Brazo. Each course was excellent. The chocolate brownie with espresso ice cream, pecans, caramel, graham cracker and toasted marshmallow was outstanding. Only negative was we sat at an out of the way table for 2, but it is a smaller restaurant and was not an issue."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This was a return visit to Brazo, excellent food, excellent service, and a standby for any special occasion"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Great place to host an intimate birthday celebration. Fantastic food and very engaging service."
    Dined on 11/23/2013