Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Fat Belly's Grill and Bar

Fat Belly's Grill and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fatbellysgrillandbar.com/
  • Phone: 6036104227
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Witney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Fat Belly's is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Portsmouth. We feature two floors, with two unique atmosphere's. The Upstairs Lounge is a contemporary cocktail lounge featuring New Hampshire's only Ice Bar. Downstairs is a casual dining atmosphere with bar. Our menu is served to patrons on both floors. The Grill features the best burger in town, sweet potato fries, and other delicious American food.
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Fat Belly's Grill and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food3
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance2.5
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)neighborhood gem (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • StephanieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Waitress was extremely rude the food was not as good as last time. The order was mixed up because the waitress did not write anything down
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went to Portsmouth with three teenagers. Food options and affordability was a key. We found it in Fat Belly's. The service and the quality of food was great. We would certainly come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 49 reviews are from the Fat Belly's Grill and Bar reviews archive.
  • Lobster
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Lobster roll way too much pepper. Fries way over done.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • horrible
    Salt
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Do not go here. it is dirty, loud and the food is not very good. Me and my boyfriend were on a weekend vacation and choose this place based on good reviews. It is a small hole in the wall, which would be fine but it is not clean the service is confusing to say the least and when the food did come it was not good. I ordered a burger which was over cooked and greasy and the fries were limp and tasted like old oil. There appeared to be a club upstairs which was loud and distracting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greasy (dirty) spoon
    jewelatdinner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Knowing Portsmouth to be a foodie's paradise, we looked up a yummy place to eat on Open Table. Boy were we disappointed by Fat Belly's. The ambience was loud and the place dirty and reminded me of a run-down Applebees. The chicken sandwich I ordered, while edible, was nothing special. My husband's pulled pork sandwich was just okay. Both my sweet potato fries and his regular fries were greasy, limp and cold -- and had the taste of old oil. Nothing worse! Next time we'll just walk around until we find a good place on our own!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Eats
    Raider65
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We went on a Friday night and got a table right away. Awesome service great food and friendly staff. I would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pub!
    Karen
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fat Belly's has a great location, really good pub food, and friendly bartenders. It is crowded but cozy. We had pretty poor service on this visit but that is not the norm.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good burger joint
    AnnO
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The burgers were fine, lots of options and cooked to order, no one complained, but when you enter the restaurant you are greated with cleaning supplies stacked up on the side. Floors weren't exactly spotless but you kind of got the feeling they intended to create that "atmosphere". Regular fries are skinny, sweet potato fries an option - both actually crispy - hard to do. I'd say there are better places but we had a group and they took reservations on this system, so that was what we needed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great comfort food!
    KimberleyTVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The potato skins and macaroni and cheese with kielbasa were amazing!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    SrmC
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I ordered the local grass fed burger and it was delicious. The beers were good too. We also enjoy the music. And best of all we were able to reserve a table online a little before getting there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back
    KitK
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The food was very good and it will definitely go back. I LOVE that they take reservations for small groups, but it is a mystery as to why they do not recognize the Open Table reserv so that proper credit is given. Make sure they acknowledge it when you go!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and food. Very
    OcDiner
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great location and food. Very busy and friendly staff. Perfect rest stop while exploring Portsmouth!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible burgers and beers
    jaimieo
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    They seems to specialize in burgers and cajun seasoning on the burgers. And they are amazing. I had he honey glaze cajun burger and it was perfect! Also great seasonal beer selection!! If going on a popular night like Fri or Sat I do recommend making a reservation because event though it is not super fancy, we never would have gotten in! Overall great food, drink, and price! Also, the fried pickles are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Belly's lives up to their name!
    Bottomfeeder
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The food was delicious and the portions were huge!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, energentic, fantastic
    Timothy
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Fun, energentic, fantastic food, great location, friendly and accomodating staff! Our family of four, including an infant sat next to a bachelorette party and both tables had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ambiance and Affordable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    In a town where there are many dining options, Fat Belly's offers a reasonably priced menu, great ambiance and plenty of fun. Just the ticket when not looking for white tablecloths and haute elegance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Bellies = Stuffed Bellies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    I was a little concerned when the place was empty a little after noon on a Tuesday. I definitely got that, "this is a bar, not a grill" feeling. However, the selection was better than standard bar fare and everything was very good. My only complaint was that my burger was well done instead of medium. Fortunately it was still moist. Also, business was bustling by the time we left.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times!
    Momma
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We had a group of 7. Everyone found something to eat, even the picky 11 year old! Will definitely go again when I'm back in Maine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a pre-game
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Great place for a pre-game dinner or to watch a game. Good app and burger selections and the pulled pork is really really good!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was excellent!
    Ccapozzi
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    The service was excellent! We enjoyed it soo much for dinner on Saturday night that we went back for a late lunch Sunday afternoon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find for first-time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    A great find for first-time dining. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not my favorite place....maybe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    not my favorite place....maybe if I had ordered a burger it would have been better. My sandwich bun was so soggy I couldn't eat it- and ruined my appetite.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a fun place and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    This is a fun place and the burgers are great!!!!! A little loud, but not unbearable. A great place to get together with friends for a good night out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My boyfriend and I go there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    My boyfriend and I go there for the fried green beans and I love the french-dip, but this time the sandwich was VERY dry and lacked flavor. Haven't given up on Fat Belly's just yet, but was disappointed this time around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love that grilled cheese!
    JANDKVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Try the grilled cheese with lobster and tomato. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Great bar food and drinks list. Had big screen TVs on the walls of the dining room, the only problem was there were poles in the way and it was difficult to see around them.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Makin' "fat bellies" at Fat Belly's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Got the boneless chicken with Chernobyl Sauce and loaded nachos for apps. Chicken was FANTASTIC!! Hot as heck, but VERY tasty too if you stick with it for more than a bite. Not a fan of full hot - no flavor. This choice was right on the money!! And the nachos - wait...did I say "loaded"? I meant LOADED!! I also got the Black and Blue burger. It was really pretty simple, but the burger itself was very tasty & cooked perfectly. I added my own little twist by cutting back on some of the bleu cheese and slapping on the leftover Chernobyl sauce. Whamma-jamma!! I can't remember what the rest of my party had for their main courses, but I know we were all in agreement that we picked a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NO Candlelight Dinner?!
    Doug
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Fat Belly's is convienently located in downtown Portsmouth. Finding it on Open Table and not being from the area I mistakenly thought it would have more of a "classy"setting. It was a typical sports bar type place. Fine for lunch but not a Valentines day setting. Nothing wrong with the experience there just not restaurant setting. It is just a sports bar.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was good, a lot on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    It was good, a lot on the menu. Very loud. It was in the middle of Portsmouth and you could watch the people go by, but... don't think we'd go back. It was just okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • With five of us visiting our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    With five of us visiting our college daughter, we were looking for good, inexpensive food and found it. We were happy to fine a friendly staff, broad menu and good drinks. Having walked past it a few times on previous trips we were not surprised to find it loud and crowed - and that was just fine with us. The only disapointing note - we had hoped to find more seafood options in a port city. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good, the service
    Raider65
    Dined on 11/25/2011
    The food was good, the service was good. We did not wait long for our food. Wehad great time and would go again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant was okay. Unhappy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2011
    Restaurant was okay. Unhappy overall due to the fact that I did not get credit from them for eating there. Classified me as a no show when I specifically stated I had Open Table reservations. Burger was okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At first service was not that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    At first service was not that great. They would not let me get a baked potato because there was no "button" for it on the computer when ordering a sandwich. Waitress made it seem impossible. Ridiculous in this day and age when there are so many retaurants to choose from you should make sure customer gets what they want. i even said i'd pay extra. they finally made it work after i said it was the reason i came because I was running a marathon the next day. Waitress ultimately turned out to be very nice after a rocky start and was very attentive afterwards. Food was just ok.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was very small
    FoodieHBVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    The restaurant was very small and more of a bar than a restaurant. Our service was very slow with the two adult meals coming out before the 2 kids meals by about 10 minutes. The server apologized and ended up covering our drink round which was nice, this represents the reason why I gave the service 2 stars instead of one. The burgers were great, but after walking around the area, I am not sure this would be my first choice for dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there on a Saturday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    Went there on a Saturday night and the place was packed, but was still able to get a great table and had prompt service the entire time. The food was fairly basic, nothing exotic, but nevertheless it all looked/tasted great, with good portions. Definately will be back in the future.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always go to fat belly's when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    Always go to fat belly's when I am in portsmouth. Great food. Great wait staff, and truly a good place to sit and enjoy your beer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2011
    We had to get past the name of the restaurant. Once we did that, we were delighted to have decided to dine there. The wait staff was friendly and efficient and fun. The food was excellent. It was a family night with burgers and fries for all - something we don't do too often in our health-conscious style, but when we do, we want a place like Fat Belly's. Everyone was well fed and we all enjoyed our burgers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was amazed how fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/15/2011
    I was amazed how fantastic the service was. I had to change my number from 8 to 11 at the last minute and they made it happen quickly and painlessly. Dara and Stefany were simply fantastic. I would highly recomend Fat Bellys to anyone
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It did not matter, but I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2011
    It did not matter, but I had made a reservation on-line, received a confirmation #, but when we arrived, they did not have it. Lucky the bar wasn't as busy as they might have been on Cinco de Mayo and had the table space for us. You should check your on-line table reservation option.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    I had a reservation for 7:00 PM, did not get seated until 7:35 PM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic