Mombo
Mombo

Mombo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.momborestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (603) 433-2340x
  • 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 6034332340x
  • Entertainment:

  • Special Events: 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.




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    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Mombo reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)fit for foodies (76)romantic (71)neighborhood gem (45)notable wine list (35)great for outdoor dining (24)good for groups (20)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (14)scenic view (14)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Mediocre at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was really looking forward to taking my best friend to Mombo for her birthday. She is a foodie through and through. The restaurant is beautiful, however the food was just ok. The presentation was nice but the food had no taste. It just lacked flavor. From the appetizer to the main courses. Service was great. Unfortunately I would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • Enjoyable
    Llogg
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have gone here about 5 times. Each time was memorable. Great location...worth the price.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Diamond in the Ruff
    Jorge54
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Mombo is a diamond in the ruff. My girlfriend Nancy found this restaurant on the internet while we were vacationing in New Hampshire. She read the positive reviews and wanted to try it out. The place is amazing. The Hospitality is great, the ambiance is what we enjoyed and the food was spectacular. The food presentation was outstanding and Tom who was the host was very pleasant and social to talk with. We will definitely come back when we vacation again in New Hampshire.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Excellent, innovative food but...
    itsmebostonVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was excellent and the tastes were innovative. Service was excellent as well. But, there were some issues we would not expect from such a high end restaurant. One of our party ordered a pork chop off the menu that was served overcooked and had a leathery texture. The restaurant was quick to take it back and serve a new portion but you would on expect it from such a good restaurant. Another of our party was lactose intolerant. She ordered something from the menu that the waitress told her could be provided without dairy products. They served her something without the sauces and without anything to replace the taste enhancement the sauce provided. So, it was bland and ordinary. We would have though he kitchen would have been more creative
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Fox1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Nothing bad it was all perfect!! Definitely will return !!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food quality was very good; of the three main entrees, one arrived luke warm in temperature. Pricey in comparison to other restaurants of similar kind.
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    special occasion
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  • Very good
    Ange
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took my husband here for his birthday. We both shared the cheese appetizer sampler, which was very good except the crackers didn't seem fresh. I got the swordfish which was excellent and my husband got the pork chop, which he enjoyed. Very nice atmosphere and would go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Special
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Celebrated my combined birthday and retirement with my wife, sons and daughter-in-law. We had the chef's table and it felt very special. Our table, the food, service and ambiance were outstanding. We were very cozy and well looked after by the waiter and even the chef, who, we were able to watch perform, and he even came over to check on things for us and a quick chat. It all added up to a special night of great food and dining with my family and a very special celebration that I will always remember.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Enjoyed Mombo
    badgerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Recently had dinner on a Saturday evening at Mombo. The valet was convenient considering there was a concert in the park across the street. The lobster bisque was very flavorful and a generous helping. My wife enjoyed the filet mignon while I had the pork chop. Both had great presentations and full of flavor. Much better than a top steak house offering of those same entrees. The pork chop was 2.5" thick, bone in, perfectly cooked and the most tender chop that I have experienced. Actually almost too much meat but every bite was flavorful. The chop was paired with purple mashed potatoes and smoky carrots and turnips. Had wine by the glass and the size of the pour met expectations and possibly above average. Great night at Mombo.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Strawberry Banke Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We came to Portsmouth for a quick ocean visit/getaway and had been before and wanted to eat near the water, but not fried everything. Our dinner was delicious, portion sizes a little small for the money, but nobody needs heaping plates full of food these days anyway! Our server was great, hostess cheerful and accommodating. Great experience!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent & Creative
    trolleyman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Mombo is always an excellent and obvious choice for us when celebrating a special occasion. The menu is creative and yet prices are not over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Portsmouth location
    Janice
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This restaurant has a cozy patio and a covered front porch where you may sit and enjoy the weather and take in some nice views of the historic district of Portsmouth. THe main part of the restaurant is open and gives you a feel for the area. Also has its own parking lot which is a big plus in this area because parking in the evening can be a challenge. Nice menu, good assortment of dishes, great wine list. Service is attentive but not hawking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • RonJB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was very, very good and the service was great. The portion size was extremely small. I have never had a filet mingeon so small. Two forkfuls and the salad was gone. We usually don't have enough room for dessert. However, since we were starving after the meal, we ordered their ice cream. It was quite tasty, but what they called 2 scoops were actually 2 tablespoons. The cappuccino was a nice size though. They were by far the most expensive restaurant that we visited in Portsmouth. In summary , the food was very tasty, but the value was poor.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Portsmouth's best
    Magndx2
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Perfect choice
    Llogg
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    eddie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    With great food, good service, and a varied menu, made for a fine dining experience.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive!
    MB2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • So So experience
    Liv4sc
    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
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  • GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE
    PeterB
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • AMAZING!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been to Mombos sever times. My meal was "perfect"!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Amazing...
    CarolVIP
    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...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Typical Portsmouth Dining
    hodor
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow!
    bookman
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great venue, terrific service, best bouillabaisse I've had.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • FoodDemon
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    JennyEll
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Can't say enough good things
    cpaddock
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Mombo
    cl5055chaz
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was creative and delicious.The service was wonderful.
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  • Fabulous Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Mombo does not disappoint! The service is superb. The food is fresh and imaginative.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Localfantoo
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fine for expensive fine dining. Nice location and ambiance.
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  • Great Find In Portsmouth
    BRob
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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  • Great evening
    Aaaaaa
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had a very nice dinner. Definitely recommend th short rib and boullebaise!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, diverse menu
    Foodproject
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    Foodydelt
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food and service was impeccable. I travel a lot and this evening could not have gone better.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Larry
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • Best Restaurant Experience All Year
    tuna53
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
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