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Mombo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.momborestaurant.com
  • Phone: (603) 433-2340
  • Hours of Operation: Mombo offers creative, internationally inspired New American cuisine in the heart of historic Portsmouth.

    Our kitchen is open Tuesday to Saturday, starting at 5pm until close

    (open Sundays from July to December).
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Perron
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our covered Palm Court accommodates parties during the warm weather and our mezzanine level all year round. The entire restaurant is often booked for events too. Please ask about different capacities.
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Perron (603) 433-2340
  • Entertainment:

  • Special Events & Promotions: Private Parties:

    We accommodate private functions in our Palm Court during the warm weather and in our mezzanine dining room all year round. Also, the entire restaurant can be made available upon request for that special occasion for weddings or corporation functions.


    For more information, please email us at events@momborestaurant.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Court Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Sixty space guest parking lot on site and alternative parking available at Portsmouth's High-Hanover Parking Garage at 34 Hanover Street.
A word from Mombo
PASSIONATE. CREATIVE. DELICIOUS. Our chefs showcase made-from-scratch New American cuisine with an international twist highlighted by the season's freshest ingredients. Watch our team in action from the open-kitchen bar or the Chef's Table and perhaps they'll tell you what inspires their ideas for the ever changing living menu.

WARM. WELCOMING. DELIGHTFUL. Located in historic Strawbery Banke, view the Piscataqua River and the gardens of Prescott Park while dining. Enjoy a cocktail in our outdoor patio lounge. Then dine under the wood-beamed ceiling and wrought-iron chandeliers to feel the relaxed elegance of the space. Come and let us spoil you with warm hospitality.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We've been to Mombo a few times and it's always great! Food, atmosphere, etc... are wonderful. One of the few places that actually has on site parking!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is our 4 th time at Mombo....we always enjoy our night out when we come here. Everything is worth the choice. Plus...and it's a big plus..they have parking. We drive right to a beautiful location and know we can park our car and not waste time looking for a spot. The food is always delicious and the service is perfect."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is the second year in a row that we have had dinner at Mombo while visiting New Hampshire and we absolutely love it. We will certainly return next summer hopefully more than once. The atmosphere, the service, and the food were excellent... Beautiful place for a couple if they are looking for a romantic evening..."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "With great food, good service, and a varied menu, made for a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Gorgeous old building with a very well kept historic look. Fantastic service throughout. Dinner was impeccable as the entree (lamb in my case) was unlike any I'd have with a layering of unique and complementary flavors. A work of art. For me, when I wake up the next morning thinking about the incredible meal from the night before, that's the best sign of an experience to remember. This was the case at Mombo."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "First visit met with friends vacationing from CA saw high marks from previous diners. Walked in excited with the look and feel, drinks very good lived the Moscow Mule, salads and lobster bisque to notch, entrees poor late in delivery due to backed up kitchen my friend and I had brined pork chop both asked for slightly pink center both arrived over cooked and tough, veggies too much smoke flavor a theme on other plates as well my sons short rib ok but smoky my wife's fish was good but not anything to scream about"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We are local residents who had heard of Mombo for a long time, but had not dined there. The two of us chose to share two starters and one entree in order to maximize the flavor experience. The service, presentation and creative food led to an exceptionally enjoyable dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is my second time at Mombo and they definitely do not disappoint! The food was fantastic, we enjoyed every bite from appetizers to dessert!The service was top notch. Our appetizers were slightly delayed (which we honestly didn't even notice) and they offered us each a free glass of wine as an apology. We will definitely return. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Mombo was the whole package - great service, wonderful food/menu, and the setting was beautiful. Parking was convenient - a bonus downtown. Looking forward to coming back again next year!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been to Mombos sever times. My meal was "perfect"!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Mombo continues to be our favorite spot in Portsmouth despite the talent of other local chefs and wonderful venues. The setting is beautiful yet unassuming, the food is out of this world, and every visit is unique. Love that we can pop in for "starters" and wine before an event or have a beautiful leisurely dinner. Don't miss the scallops with cuttlefish fettuccine with sauce extraordinaire..."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Mombo is your typical Portsmouth restaurant. The food is properly portioned, unlike the unrealistically oversized meals at chain restaurants. The pork chop I was served was perfectly cooked and well marinated. My wife ordered the BLT salad, she said it was very tasty. The mac and cheese to share was bland, and very oily. We were served before our main course with three different breads, all very delicious, especially the ciabatta. The house-made butter added a wonderfully tasty flavor. We were displeased with our seating, as we were sat at a very small table up against the wine room. It was almost as if they asked themselves "How can we fit another table in here even when it's already crowded?" Mombo, overall, is a decent dining experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Absolutely outstanding in every aspect. Have eaten here with family many times last few years and have never been even slightly disappointed. A real Portsmouth gem. It's not just eating well, it's a dining experience"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great venue, terrific service, best bouillabaisse I've had."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Rezzies were for 8 and we did not leave until 1145. There was no pressure to leave and everyone on the staff was pleasant the entire time. Not the first time we dined here and certainly not the last. We had friends with us who had never been and Mombo is now on their top 10 list."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We particularly enjoyed the post and beam/elegant barn ambiance. Food was excellent and many different choices on the menu. The wait staff was very attentive. Very nice view of Prescott Park from our table by the window. Excellent ambiance, delicious food."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our dinner started with an exceptionally welcoming host who told us about the history of the place, so thoughtful and casual. He handed us off to our server, who was attentive but easy going, providing great suggestions along the way. Our meal was simply outstanding, flavorful, a little inventive, cooked to perfection. We were still talking about it days afterward. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was creative and delicious.The service was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Mombo does not disappoint! The service is superb. The food is fresh and imaginative."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fine for expensive fine dining. Nice location and ambiance."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Was looking for a place in Portsmouth NH for my wife' birthday that wasn't all sea food (she doesn't eat seafood). The food was higher end and we'll prepared. The ambiance was unique as it looked like the restaurant was a converted historical building ( I recall a picture of a old general store which it may have once been). Everyone was very pleasant and personable, I think every person on the staff said hello and asked us how we were when we were waiting for,our table. All in all it was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a very nice dinner. Definitely recommend th short rib and boullebaise!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We experienced great food and excellent service. A diverse menu where there is truly something for everyone. I would definitely recommend this place and will be back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food and service was impeccable. I travel a lot and this evening could not have gone better."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My wife and I were quite pleased with Mombo. The food was great, the ambience terrific and the service wonderful. All in all a 5 star experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We eat out regularly and try to find a restaurant that's a little more special when we're attending an event (concert, play, etc). Mombo was indeed a special experience. The interior was as expected in a renovated historic home and the Russian expressionist artwork throughout a bonus. We selected specialty drinks that were exceptional and the wine list looked extensive and interesting. We were informed that there would not be any specials, but the menu offered many great choices without being overwhelming. The appetizer, dinner selections, and desserts were all exceptional and we finished every bite. Prices comparable to restaurants in Boston, and the quality, presentations, and flavors met or exceeded those found in the city."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a crab soup that would have been good if they removed the crab from the shell. Dry aged steak was ok but for $42, could have been better. Sides were unusual but ok."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our meal was absoluetly delicious! GREAT flavors, thoughtful preparations and perfect presentations!!! And our server, Hannah made the whole evening delightful...paced us well, allowed us our own time and was very attentive but subtly so! Just simply, a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Portsmouth is a town with many restaurants, and you can end up dropping a bundle on a very mediocre meal. That was decidedly not the case during our recent experience at Mombo's. Although the menu is surely pricey - starters in the $12-$16 range, for example - it was well-worth it. After our recent meal, four very fussy diners agreed that Mombo's might well be the best restaurant in town. Every bite we had was exquisite, both well-prepared and carefully presented. The tastes were both distinct and distinctive. We were looking for a special dining experience and our expectations were fulfilled."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I found this restaurant through trip advisor and boy what a find. The food was delicious. Our waitress, Amanda, was a pleasure. She did not rush us and she recommended two dishes that we loved. My husband had the swordfish, which he insists was the best swordfish he's ever tasted and I had the lamb which was scrumptious. I only wished I lived closer because I'd be here every week."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I am a vegan. They always make up something special for me that is out of this world, without me feeling guilty about it! They aim to please. The ambience is so nice, the staff are so friendly. The ambience is really cool! And, they have their own parking lot in Portsmouth! That's a bonus! Mombo's is the restaurant I always look forward to going to."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Despite living in the area this was my first time to Mombo. The menu offered many selections and the food was delicious. The wine list was excellent. We loved the ambience of the building and it is in a great neighborhood for strolling if you arrive in the late afternoon. The service was excellent. he whole evening was wonderful. It is not an inexpensive evening (entrees about $25-$30) but it was worth every penny."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 4 at peak time on a Friday night at 630, when I found out the other couple would be late due to Boston traffic . We called Mombo's and they were able to still accommodate us at 715. I loved the wine list, charcuterie appetizer and lemon fingers dessert. Would go back again. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our dinner was excellent. Peter, our waiter gave us time to enjoy our dinner and we were never rushed. This is our third time at Mombo's and is on our go to list. An added plus is they have parking!!! Go you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Superlative beet salad for an appetizer, truly gorgeous on the plate (we took pictures!) The lobster bisque was simply the best I've ever eaten; couldn't be beat. Lovely decor, very quiet atmosphere, interesting cocktails. We had nothing to complain about and will return next time we're in Portsmouth."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We got the impression that it may be a cultural experience, and found something unexpected. Mombo refers to an intense light within - from the lightening storms in Mozambique and not necessarily spicy, Latin food....(which we do like). This was an anniversary celebration dinner and everything was wonderful. Nice table, great friendly and interested staff - good service, just the right touch. And, the food was spectacular soup to nuts - wonderful descriptions and pairing of flavors, everything cooked to perfection. Couldn't have been better - we were tempted to let them know that it was either No. 9 Park or Mombo and we made the right decision - a great find for us and we'll be back."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Definitely now in our top 3 favorite places to eat...ever."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We chose Mombo for dinner on our only night in Portsmouth, and we are so glad! We had a delicious dinner at this romantic and historic site. The service was excellent and menu amazing. We were pretty confident it would be great when everyone we spoke to in town said we would not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Employees were friendly. Food was pleasing to the eye & the palette. Service was good."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Mombo's is modern but with an old world charm. Thank you for keeping the linen tablecloths, dim lighting, ans having a modern flair without taking away from the beautiful historic setting. Wonderful Russian artwork is unusual and outstanding. Lighting is well thought-out. Food great. Setting great. This is the best restaurant in Portsmouth and best reflects the charm as well as the modern buzz of both the Historical and the up to date. Keep the prices reasonable, keep everything the same, and you will have a gem for a very long time!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014