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Dolphin Striker
Dolphin Striker

Dolphin Striker Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dolphinstriker.com
  • Email: dining@dolphinstriker.com
  • Phone: (603) 431-5222
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Scott Massidda
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our function space will accommodate up to 35 guests, and our Tavern is available for up to 50. Please contact us for further information or to schedule a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (603) 431-5222
  • Entertainment: Entertainment 7 nights in The Spring Hill Tavern featuring outstanding artists from New England and beyond.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Dolphin Striker will only serve a special 4 course $50 per/person New Years Eve menu. Please click on the "news" link on Dolphin Strikers website for the menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street
  • Public Transit: Seacoast Trolley Stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We suggest parking in the municipal garage, which is located just before the Bow Street intersection, on the right, on Hanover Street.
A word from Dolphin Striker
Set in a historic building at the corner of Ceres and Bow Streets, and steps to Portsmouth Harbor, The Dolphin Striker is a gem in Portsmouth’s dining scene. Chef/Owner Scott Massidda's thoughtfully crafted menu presents a diverse cuisine inspired by flavors from all over the world. Scott gives our diners a wide variety of seafood delights from lobster to sea bass. Visitors and foodies alike are invited to visit and dine on the world cuisine with a New England style that we offer. With its curbside appeal and great location nestled amongst Portsmouth’s galleries and boutiques, The Dolphin Striker is a ‘must-see’ when in Portsmouth.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Great menu for restaurant week. Selected the Ahi Tuna Poke with seaweed salad, both were some of the best to date. Braciole flank steak and pasta was excellent with Italian accent. The cheesecake desert was on the smaller side but perfect for the amount of food that was already served. Excellent overall experience, even though it was kind of loud, but that's what is expected during restaurant week. One of the best meals experienced in Portsmouth so far."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Liked the idea of not having a special menu for Rest Week just being able to pick from the regular menu was nice. Loved the atmosphere here. Very cozy and loved décor. Food was excellent . Veal was cooked to perfection. The wine list esp. white wines was limited. Did not think there were any good or interesting lower priced white wines. Service was very good. All great except white wine list. I would dine here again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Decent location in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Food was excellent and on par with the best restaurants in downtown Portsmouth. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Dolphin Striker did not disappoint with a delicious assortment of menu items for a celebratory birthday dinner. In addition, their participation in restaurant week is one of the best. All menu items except lobster were part of the price. Our server was very friendly, solicitous, and informative. The surroundings are historic and cozy. Once you have dined here, you will return again and again! The restaurant is very convenient to the Hanover Street Parking Garage which is an additional perk."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The pasta in the blackened option for fish was amazing!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "it was restaurant week--they were not prepared 1 1/2 hrs until entree served-- appetizer served 20 mins before wine. soup lukewarm.Short expensive wine list and out of choice. server couldn't find alternative Seated downstairs in crowded noisy tavern instead of in dining room."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service and food were excellent. I would have ranked it as excellent overall had it not been for the noise level of the table of drunken women beside us. We should have said something to the staff but we kept thinking they were leaving and in the end we left before they did. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone but I may caution that if they are looking for a quiet romantic setting I don't think this hits that mark."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed restaurant week dining at Dolphin Stricker because their food and service are outstanding AND their deal for restaurant week is fabulous - the best. We had appetizers (lobster mac & cheese & Goat Cheese Walnut Salad), entrees (Lobster St. Tropez and Beef Wellington) and desserts (lemon cake & apple cobbler ala mode) all for $29.95 each. We will be back again soon, even if not restaurant week!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Dolphin Striker has been in the Portsmouth mix for as long as I can remember. As other concepts come and go, it is the steady, tried and true. We went for restaurant week, mainly because they are one of the few that offer almost their entire menu for the event. They didn't disappoint, with some of the best apps and entrees around. Service wasn't the best, but they were slammed and wait staff were hustling, so probably not a fair night to judge. If they had a deck and more tables they'd be hands down the best."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was moderate - nothing fancy whatsoever. Yet I spent the same amount at other more expensive and much nicer restaurants and came away far more satisfied. The beef Wellington was small and nothing to write home about - yet they charged $52 for each one. That's ridiculous. Also people standing at the bar are pretty much standing at your table - and this is with a reservation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dolphin Striker is the absolute best for Resteraunt Week because you have a choice of menu. It's great any other week though with a Greta menu, top notch service and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dining experience at the Dolphin Striker. It's a great place to take visitors or for a special occasion. It is gratifying to have a restaurant that we can count on."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "entrees were both overcooked and didn't appear or taste fresh. wilty salad too."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We were hosting a group of navy guys in for training and wanted to pick a place with a varied menu. We choose the Dolphin Striker based on Yelp and Open Table reviews and were not disappointed. As luck would have it, this was the first night of restaurant week and the most impressive thing was that the restaurant offered virtually the entire menu, not some short, cheap menu, as part of the celebration. So for $29.95 you had a choice of appetizer (amazing choices), entree ( like beef wellington, specialized fish dishes), and great desserts. Three of our party couldn't fathom eating dessert and DS was happy to pack them to go. Who does that? Everyone was happy with their choices - most of us ordered fish with specialized sauce. Yum."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Restaurant was in a good location and the atmosphere was great. The food on the other hand was bland and unappealing."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Dolphin Striker has a mainstay of good seafood dining in Portsmouth, NH, for many years. We recently dined there and discovered that the fine tradition continues. The food is fresh and well prepared--very flavorful--and the staff is friendly and efficient. Definitely the spot for a great dinner in Portsmouth."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a good meal and I will recommend this place to others, but the Dolphin Striker seemed a bit tired (and expensive). Old stained menus, poinsettias in March). Service was excellent. We've been before and will return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Based on a friend's recommendation, we went with another couple. EVERYTHING was perfect! Good drinks, no rush, relaxed appetizers, extra "dippers" provide so we cold finish our appetizers, plenty of time to explain the menu, substitutions were easy and graciously allowed - and the Food??? Out of this world! Absolutely amazing! 4 different dishes for the 4 of us - absolutely no complaints or criticisms! Perfect portions, nice presentation, perfect temperature. AND there was room to share an unbelieveable dessert! Perfect place for a night out to catch up with friends! We WILL go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Halibut (pan seared) ...didn't love the crustiness of the fish....broccolini overdone, but overall quite good. Monkfish was good. We sat on the bar side which was a bit too noisy...won't do that again. Service was very attentive! Will go back again..."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "This historic Portsmouth landmark is a gem, yet it seems to have been hardhit by its competition. While the atmosphere is still charming, on this particular (very cold) Sunday evening, there was a slight lackluster sense that showed itself in our meals. By that I mean, they were well- prepared, but somehow boring - no "extra" originality in the fare. Maybe winter has just lasted too long for all of us! it's still a grand venue with a busier bar in its lower level. I think it just needs a good dose of fresh energy !"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed both the food and atmosphere but my mixed drink (side car) was very cheap tasting. I make better drinks at home. I like a finely crafted cocktail not something thrown together. My glass of wine was not what I had ordered either. I'm not one to complain so I drank both of them but it was a disappointment. I still had a nice time in the cozy dining room and the food menu had plenty of options."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Striker is very charming and New England-y in décor. We had paella and haddock piccata. The paella didn't have that elusive crust on the bottom, but it was very tasty and had lots of seafood. The piccata was a piece of broiled haddock with a large volume of piccata sauce poured over the top. Unusual presentation, sort of like piccata soup with a big piece of fish, but very tasty. Service (Ann) was very friendly and attentive. After dinner, we headed downstairs to the Spring Hill Tavern. There's music seven nights a week -- a variety of types. This Sunday night was quality guitar music by Don Severance, some cover, some original -- and a bongo player friend (I assume) of the guitarist dropped by and joined in for a set."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This was my first visit to the Dolphin Striker and it was a fantastic time. There was some slow service from our forgetful waiter, however it was easily overcome by the friendliness of the host and the quality of the meals."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very nice and friendly service. Food was excellent!!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good food, serivce and abience. The challenge is parking. We arived 5 minutes prior to our reservation time, I dropped my wife off so she could go in and I could find a parking spot. I drove and drove around looking for parking. The lots were full, other restaurants had Valet, but nothing for Dophin Striker. A simple notification on thier website, could have let me know of the challenge an prepared me. I could easily have taken a taxi from the hotel I was staying at."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our Valentines Dinner was made special not only by the delicious food but also by the gracious staff. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The seating next to the front dinning area is near the door to the kitchen and the access to the bar downstairs. This was barely tolerable but given the limited options this was fine. The food was acceptable, nothing fancy and we enjoyed our meal. I would probably not return given the other options in Portsmouth."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the restaurant for a belated Valentine's Day dinner. The place is nice and cozy with the low ceilings and all the exposed wood in the main floor dining room. The waitress was efficient but not overbearing, the food was very good, they were out of a few of our initial choices but it was the end of the weekend and it's to be expected so we made alternate selections that were very good."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I took my wife and her family here for my wife's birthday. I asked, in my reservation, if they would be able to make creme brulee for her desert. That is her favorite desert. It is not a normal menu item for them. Not only did they make her desert, but they put a birthday candle on it as well and cued me and her family to sing happy birthday. It was a nice touch that made the evening that much more special for her. It was really nice to see how much they care for their patrons."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Haven't eaten here for years. Don't know why. We'll be back soon"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We would definitely return for the bar scene. The band was a lot of fun. The food was ok . Would recommed this restaurant for drinks and bar scene. The staff was very friendly and nice. The place needs work it looks very run down. ,"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Dolphin Striker is a place where I go to eat or enjoy a night downstairs knowing that it will cost a little extra. I always enjoy myself and the people I bring with me always have a great night. Thanks"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had an espresso martini that I later on learned was $14. (Really? I would have been better off with a beer). We had a three course dinner, so I chose the beef carpaccio, stuffed haddock, and brownie sundae. The carpaccio was the most bland I've ever had, and was served in an odd, difficult to eat slice with bland sprouts and bread. The stuffed haddock was hearty but simple. It was good enough. The brownie sundae was strangely burnt. Champagne toast was nice. Food: Disappointingly simple for $50 per person. Overpriced. Terrible first impression. Wouldn't go back. Service: Samantha was phenomenal! She was the highlight by far. The twenty-something server assistant was really funny and enjoyable as well. Atmosphere: Cozy and romantic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "great blend of comfortable and classy; bar is cozy and inviting, dinners were well done, mainstream offerings. Service was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had dinner with friends here Saturday evening. We had a fabulous time. Everything from the ambiance to the delicious food to our lovely host and waitress were excellent. The food was delicious I had blackened haddock which was just the right amount of spice. Everyone else thought their food was great, we will be back. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "this was a great choice! Food was delicious- great sea food choices and a wonderful bar menu. We came in early after our show ended and they were easily and pleasantly able to seat our party of 4 at a great table."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great colonial atmosphere in heart of old Portsmouth. Food and drink and service low key but excellent. Only conplaint room was a little too cool on a cold January evening"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Excellent wait staff, wonderful food and beautiful location/old charm atmosphere. More than enough food, two sampling of soups and kitchen and wait staff were very accommodating. Will visit again!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "service and food were just great. The owner checked on us several times. We were seated near a large group and they were concerned we would be disturbed but it was no problem at all. Try the beef wellington and start with the seafood cocktail...both were terrific"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Had dinner here the other night. I had the paella, which was OK, but not fantastic. The rice and some of the seafood was overcooked, and the dish was lacking in spices and overall depth of flavor. It was good, but not worth a special trip. The restaurant is charming, and the service was great, so we had a good time. I'd give it a second try sometime, if I'm in the area."
    Dined on 1/5/2014