Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe
Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe

Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jumpinjays.com/
  • Phone: (603) 766-3474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Marty Rumley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Functions available Sunday through Thursday and can accommodate up to 60 people. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Katharine McGrath 6037663474x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe FREE PARKING on the corner of MIDDLE ST & MILLER AVE...less than three blocks away...a short 4 min & 39 second walk...enjoy the scenery and historic homes of Portsmouth!

    Metered Parking is available across the street from Jumpin' Jay's.

    Parking Garage is available on the corner of High & Hanover Street.
A word from Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe
Located in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe is known to the locals as a fun & lively restaurant with friendly and knowledgeable service. Going on 14 years, we continue to pride ourselves with innovative seafood dishes and the freshest fish menu in Portsmouth. You can also enjoy fabulous wines from around the world, one of our famous martinis, or a locally brewed beer. Our Raw Bar offers a variety of the freshest oysters and clams found anywhere. Whether you prefer a cozy table or our full service, non-smoking bar, we guarantee a memorable experience!
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Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
245 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (142)neighborhood gem (115)special occasion (74)hot spot (74)good for groups (49)vibrant bar scene (40)romantic (27)notable wine list (16)late-night find (10)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Jump at Jays for a great meal!
    livetoeat
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    A number of local people that we met during our wandering tour of Portsmouth recommended Jay's for the food quality and for the neighborhood atmosphere. We had been to a number of the waterfront eateries over the years and were looking for a change from the "tourist" atmosphere. Jay's was a great alternative. The seafood was fresh, cooked to perfection, and served by a very attentive waiter. The wine selection was more than adequate. We will plan to return to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It was very busy when we arrived and our table was delayed a bit, great seat at the bar with a friendly bar keeper. Server had a few too many tables but managed to keep up with our dinner. Food was outstanding, all things considered we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have been to jays many times and have never been disappointed , the food is top shelf along with the service and the staff is the best, very pleasant and helpful.a must when in Portsmouth. make reservations so you don't have to wait, can fill up fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out
    FishOn
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Tuesday is shuck for a buck, so I ordered the oysters, great flavor and great sauce with horseradish topping. Buffalo fried clams were delicious as was the blue cheese sauce. Coconut red curry with Jasmine rice was full of seafood and flavorful but not too hot. Service was good. Cold night and the draft from the door reached us halfway back in the restaurant. Excellent choice will dine again there soon again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    MARK
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I've eaten at Jumpin' Jay's several times...especially for their "Shuck-a Buck" oyster special on Tuesday nights. The food is great...raw oysters and the crisp fried calamari!! The service isfriendly and great. Our waiter, Degan, knows us and greets us with our normally-ordered drinks in hand!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Carmen
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I had my birthday dinner at Jumpin Jays and was very satisfied. The food tasted very fresh and the waitstaff was friendly an efficient. I'm looking forward to another visit soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood
    Skyjogger
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Jump'n Jays has the best seafood on the coast. For a real treat, try the haddock piccata!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations dashed!
    phillydoc
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was ok, but nothing special. The broiled salmon had a glaze that covered the taste of the fish. The P.I.E. mussels were fine, but the broth was so heavy with chili that it made tasting and bread dipping a taste-bud killer and thus a no-no! The desserts were almost inedible. The panna cotta was tasteless and more close to a plastic lump and the Key lime tart was right out of a commercial box. Yuk! One bite and we pushed them aside. Scallops were fresh and fine. Service was excellent. Prices were very fair and competitive. The place was packed for restaurant week so Jays must have been doing something well. Maybe that was the reason for the drop in first level quality. Overall, our dinning experience at Jays was a real disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as Always
    susieq
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a great time, enjoyed our meals and would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small portions for restaurant week
    Murphymcm
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, however, restaurant week was no deal. The portions were disappointingly small. Will pick another place for restaurant week next time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my favorite
    Hols10VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food portions very small. Tartar was overwhelmed by avacodo and cucumbers. Mussel are bland and flavored with only a touch of cream. Would not go back. Also the place was freezing due to inadequate shelter at the front door.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring extra clothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The doorway entrance is poorly designed, the restaurant was freezing and you get blasted with cold air every time the door is opened. It is very noisy, the food mediocre and drinks such as a bottled IPA for $12 way overpriced. We won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant in Portsmouth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    First night of restaurant week was my first time to Jumpin Jays. It was truly spectacular. (despite the cold rain outside) We had the pris fix menu. The leek soup was outstanding with lobster garnish, yum. Followed by the Blackened swordfish which was done perfectly with the right amount of heat. the panna cotta desert was a seasonal delight. I had the menu recommended wine which complemented the food. I am looking forward to returning and will recommend it always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish
    Portsmouthfan
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    You won't find a better or experienced fish Resturant. Very fresh and creative!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    BayareaDiner
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    You won't be disappointed. Excellent seafood. Great service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and top notch service
    SnipperetteVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    With so many restaurants to choose from in Portsmouth, Jumping Jays is a sure bet. This place has a fantastic selection of fresh local seafood and keeps their menu simple yet unique. The portions are quite large and we left with enough for a extra meal! We will definitely return to Jumping Jays soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Tsfromct
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our favorite spot in Portsmouth. Food was great! Very fresh and wonderfully prepared. Service was attentive. If you love seafood, you owe it to yourself to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and restaurant.
    onbalance
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We arrived to a pleasant atmosphere and excellent service. The menu had many selections to please everyone. The food was excellent quality and taste. All the seafood was extremely fresh. The sauces were exceptional. Great restaurant and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh Fish!
    dinerdiver
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Stopped in for a late dinner. I enjoyed some very nice Cod and my wife some haddock - properly prepared. Good wine list. Food arrived only warm - same for after dinner coffee. I'd call it a bit pricey overall but pleasant enough.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great convenience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Excellent dinner! Enjoyed the convenience of being able to decide last minute and book a reservation on line!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Menu choices creative. Excellent fish... cooked to perfection. My husband thought the portions were small. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CONSISTENTLY GOOD
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have been to Jumpin Jays several times over the last few months and the food is consistently good. I frequently brings friends who all state they would like to come back the next time they are in town. The service has always been outstanding and last Saturday night was no exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Jenny20
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Chose it from reviews on Open Table -- everyone was right! They have great food, great atmosphere, great service. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood on the seacoast
    Seacoastdiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We hadn't been to Jumpin Jays in many years and we're excited to go back. They did not disappoint. I love the format of the menu where you choose your fish and sauce. The swordfish was perfectly cooked and the lemon garlic butter just enhanced the flavor. The service was friendly and attentive. It's a vibrant place and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portsmouth's best seafood
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always outstanding seafood and excellent service by a cheerful and solicitous staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catering food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food tasted like it was cooked earlier and reheated. This was also in line with the speed at which we were served. Way too fast for a restaurant serving $30 plates. We http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/sausage-cornbread-stuffing-recipe2.htmlwould not go back and have no idea how it gets such good reviews. My husband said "tastes like bad wedding food." He was right.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • trout special was excellent
    Disappointmennt
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    very good meal. our server seemed to have too many tables.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    hard2please
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Best linguini/clam sauce in memory! Super fast service despite a full house and folks waiting in line. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Consistent
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    If you are looking for great seafood and casual atmosphere then Jumpin Jays is for you. One of our favorite seafood restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We went for oysters & stayed for a couple of drinks & additional dishes. All the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Things were jumpin
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went on a Monday night when most places are quiet. This place was packed. And with good reason. The food is delicious. The pear salad and monkfish were excellent. The banana carmel cake was wonderful. The only issue is that it's a tight dining room, so you wouldn't go here for a long, comfortable quiet dinner. But go for the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buck-a-Shuck
    MARK
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The variety of fresh oysters was very good! The service was great...especially our waiter, Degan. The caramari on the appetizer menu is also delicious. I have been there the past 2 Tuesdays and plan to come back! It was a little bit noisy, but the restaurant was packed, so that can be expected. People were having fun and enjoying good food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blackened Swordfish
    CopaCabana68
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    One of the best dishes that I have had in a very long time. Perfectly cooked and just the right amount of Fish to sauce. Would go back here in a second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    A great dinner for our final night out on our New England trip. We started with the crab cakes which were great. My wife had the c
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jumpin Jays
    LunchBunch
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great restaurant in the heart of a charming seaside town. Had soup and wine at the bar while waiting for my table. Excellent food and very nice, social people at the bar and bartender was awesome. Had crab cakes and more wine for dinner with a cup of chowder to start. Only complaint was chowder was only luke warm. Service excellent and atmosphere was great. Highly recommend this charming restaurant. Great seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You get what you order
    Welltravelled
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It's very busy but the food is ok.it is what I would have expected from a sea food restaurant ,nothing that special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Hadn't been for a few years. Interior and furnishings need freshening, even at low light level don't look up, waiter got drink order wrong and then couldn't help with wine choice"didn't drink wine so couldn't help", asparagus seemed old and a couple stringy pieces. The fish and the rest of the dinner was very tasty. At that price point, IMHO, there are better choices in Portsmouth. For me, it's just not a special place any longer
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  • Great food and service
    Toast
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant really knows how to cook fish of all varieties. The server also knows how to pour wine, an unusual skill in most places that we have eaten. The food is pricy but superb. One of our favorite places in the "foodie" city of Portsmouth, NH.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BigG
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food was excellent with an upbeat atmosphere! Very clean and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Fish
    Gfdiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were looking for a great fish restaurant to enjoy during a visit to Portsmouth. Found this place on-line via Open Table. Fabulous food, great service and even gluten free bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate