outstanding waitress, lovely
outstanding waitress, lovely decor, great spot to relax
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great, server was
Food was great, server was wonderful and the wine we had was even better. Our server let us taste a couple of different wines, and of course we chose the more expensive one... worth every penny! Food was exactly what we wanted for a nice little date night.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice evening at the Oar
Very nice evening at the Oar House for Restaurant Week. Food was super. Waiter was very friendly and helpful.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Requested and received table
Requested and received table for 4 in corner, quiet area where we were able to talk without shouting. Nicole, our waitress was personable, cheerful and there when needed. Food choices were excellent, dishes were nicely presented and enjoyed by all. Loved the exposed huge wooden beams, brick and stone walls and music coming from the bar area. An eening enjoyed by all.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for a late lunch/early
We went for a late lunch/early dinner so the restaurant was almost empty...a great time to see how clean and well-cared for it is. The waitress had already worked a long brunch shift, but she was cheerful and attentive. Outstanding Clam Chowder and delicious Haddock. The sides (crisp green beans and sliced, roasted potatoes) were prepared perfectly. We look forward to going back for either lunch or dinner.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our 2nd time at the Oar House
Our 2nd time at the Oar House and not our last! It's nice to dine in an established, historic space with a traditional yet creative menu. Our server, Carly, was THE BEST!!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Relaxing Mother's Day Brunch
Brunch menu was excellent, with various "specialty" choices alongside actual menu. Food was served hot and in reasonable time. Brought my 7mon old son; they were quick to provide highchair and were careful to keep sharp objects and hot plates out of his reach. Server (Paul) was friendly and attentive, if a little slow with drinks (however, was Mother's Day brunch and fairly busy). Will happily visit again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined here celebrating our son's graduation from college. The food was amazing! Service great. The only issue, which really wasn't a problem, is the ceilings upstairs are very low and my son and his friend are 6'3 and 6'5 and had to keep ducked, only while standing.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
great graduation dinner
Had a reservation for 7 which got switched to 10 at last minute. This is UNH graduation weekend. Restaurant changed the seating without problem. Room was full but still wonderful, friendly service. Food delivered at one time and everything was cooked perfectly and was hot. We had just about everything from steak to Mac/ cheese/ lobster to salmon etc. Having valet parking and own lot was key as Portsmouth was packed.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet Friday night of Memorial Day weekend made for an extraordinary culinary event harborside in Portsmouth. The best service brought the absolutely best Haddock ever as well as an incredible dish of broiled shrimp, scallops, haddock, sherried lobster sauce and seasoned bread crumbs, a dish on the menu for over 35 years. It was wonderful.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kid Friendly AND Romantic? Yes.
We dined with 6 adults, one child (age 8) and a 4 week old. Two Master's grads honored for their work. It was the perfect spot for a special dinner: Stellar view of the harbor, outdoor dining if desired is right on the pier. (we chose the indoor: it was 94 degrees and we had the baby) The waitress was over the top with our 8 year old, not only asking us if we were ok or needed anything: she chatted with him every time she came to the table. The food was perfect. I had a seared tuna steak, my husband had a steak: both cooked exactly as requested. I love it when food is served artistically, and each dish did not disappoint - every plate was a picture. My husband and I are going back, sans kids, as fast as we possibly can.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super Server Karen
Karen our server was spectacular, knew the menu well, and made great recommendations. we ate inside in the basement of an old warehouse, immaculate, the 8oz beef filet was done to perfection. The raspberry brûlée and the key lime pie topped off a perfect meal.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at
This was my first time at the Oar House, we took a client for lunch and it was great. I do feel the tables are rather close to each other so there is not much room to move around. But I would definately go there again.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Seaport Memory
Once a year my husband and I visit Portsmouth, NH. And that would not be without a reservation on the Harbor Cocktail Cruise, followed by dinner reservations at The Oar House. Superb wine list, five star menu and presentation and cozy, romantic atmoshpere, that takes you back in time.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Oar House has maintained it excellence year after year. The food is well prepared and service is first rate.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Attentive Wait Staff
We celebrated our anniversary at Oar House Friday night. The waitress, Nancy, was extra friendly and made the dinner wonderful. Loved the steamed lobster and the lobster bisque. Had Argentinian Malbec from their nice wine list. Then , the owner came around greeting patrons. When he learned it was our anniversary, he had the waitress offer us complimentary desserts. She easily switched these to tea and cappuccino when we declined dessert. All in all, it was a great dinner. The following day, we had lunch at their outdoor, dockside restaurant, which was also noteworthy and featured the same menu, just outdoors. Don't miss this place!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner here in an old historic building on the waterfront. Wood beamed ceilings and relatively quiet. Karen was a wonderful server.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
surprisingly very good!
Very good food and our waiter whose name was John was among the best we have ever had. We dined in a brick and stone room that had a lot of character. All dishes were great but the tuna and haddock were outstanding. We eat out a lot and feel lucky to have stumbled upon the place. A bonus is the free parking with attendant.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
7:30 Dinner on the Water was Great
Four of us shared the PEI mussels which were terrific, the Lobster Mac& Cheese, the special seafood casserole and the halibut all were fantastic. We went up the block to have cup of great ice cream afterwards... would definitely go again. Parking was free which helped on busy night.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great scenery, food is fair
Literally on the water, Oar House has an enviable position. We loved being out on their dockside dining. To bad the food was less than expected. Caesar salad was good, with just a hint of anchovy. . Filet of beef was charred on the outside and the portobello was an afterthought thrown on top. Sirloin was cooked as ordered but was less than flavorful. Seared tuna was just good, but the aioli had little punch. Wait staff was attentive. Gardens on the hillside were lovely. May return if just for ambience. Would not be a stretch to do better with cuisine.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was pretty good - particularly the steak. The service was excellent - Carly knows how to take care of her guests. Thanks!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Actually ate out on the open
Actually ate out on the open air dining area across from the restaurant. Menu is the same as the full restaurant. Oysters were very fresh and my steamed lobster was not over cooked. My girlfriend had the bouillabaisse and the seafood was cooked well and broth was flavorful.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good night out
We sat by the water instead of inside. The service was fine but the food was great. We had two delisious salads and split the tuna. I would recommend the Tuna definitely. Service was fine but a little scattered and unattentive but it was a beautiful evening on the water watching the harbor.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old & New in one place
The Oar House is two restaurants in one. If you sit outside on the pier area its the new raw bar version with a great view of the harbor and the touristy noise to go with it. If you sit inside then you are treated to old fashioned (good thing) fine dining. The food is excellent. While the wine list is good, the wines by the glass are in need of an upgrade and expansion.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at the outside deck on the river at the Oarhouse. Great spot, food, wine tasting and service. Recommended to all for a nice evening along the Piscataqua river.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time back in 40 years.
First time back in 40 years. Great place with the dock for afternoon dinoing
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recently celebrated our anniversary and chose the Ore house. Great food , great service , good ambiance. The bruchetta was devine. My steak was done to perfection.We sat near a window and people watched. The historic brick , stone, and beam building is worth dining there all by itself. Love that parking was provided. Would recommend to others.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to reunite with friends
Had a reservation for 6 on a Friday night and we were greeted by a friendly parking attendant by the name of Greg, who not only parked our cars but assisted us in finding places of interest while we waited for our reservation time. We were all promptly seated and attended to at different intervals throughout the night by a friendly server. We had excellent drinks, appetizers and service. The food was fantastic all around. No one had any complaints! We were all able to converse without shouting to each other. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wishing for a nice evening out in a nice seaport town.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went with a friend for a quite summer-time brunch. First off, the restaurant is absolutely beautiful, clean and the ambiance was exquisite. The food was excellent--portions are on the smaller side but we left full--just not stuffed. Service was great, our waitress was very laid back and charming. And the Oar House Bloody Mary...to die for! It was the best Mary I have ever had! Excited to go back for dinner!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great waterfront dining
We sat on the Oar House deck and had a lovely view of the harbor while we had out lunch. The service was fantastic and the serving sizes were large. I would definitely recommend the Oar House to anyone visiting Portsmouth!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would highly recommend for adults. Food was excellent and service was also
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
An out of the way pearl
We were looking for a good seafood spot with a good atmosphere. We tried the Oar House for the first time and really liked it. The only issue was a very loud party in the next room. The food was generous, delicious, and well prepared and the wine selection was good (but not terribly long). We will go back when looking for a casual night out.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was great (Sarah). Food was delicious--especially liked the spinach and artichoke dip. Seafood was outstanding as was the filet mignon. We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and appreciated the building and it's history.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Dinner
The Oar House makes it easy to be a good host. We took visitors from RI and PA to dinner and both thought the evening was outstanding. Having dinner in the lounge is special as was our waitress Sara. She always makes our evening special.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Put on your list of places to enjoy
The Oar House has been consistently excellent over the years, despite changing chef's. Their use of fresh foods/herbs/spices is appreciated. Service was respinsive and attentive, but not overbearing.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have enjoyed coming to The Oar House for years on special occasions, and this last time was just as good as every time before. Baked haddock was beautifully cooked, generous portion, lovely and moist; pizza was eclectic and tasty, flourless chocolate cake delicious. Service was just right - prompt while never rushed.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding! Haven't been
Outstanding! Haven't been in years, that won't happen again!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great place to pick for a group as it had multiple options in the menu for everyone. All enjoyed their meals.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great plce for a big night out
This place is definitely pricey, but it's an old, quaint restaurant right on the water in Portsmouth. Nice place, good atmosphere, and we had really good service, especially for a party of 14. I would definitely recommend this place if you're looking for a big night out on the town.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location great food
Great location great food the service was even better with John as a server he was quick and easy to.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in Portsmouth, NH
Loved the relaxed feel of the place. Piano player in the bar area , separate from the dining area, but you could hear it like background music. Still able to talk at the table. Service was wonderful. Food was great. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will return here next time in the area.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
And Oar NOT Either OAR
Extremely enjoyable dining experience. Menu is varied, well-priced for its niche in an upscale market, and dining ambiance is very nice. Waitstaff was friendly and helpful. Valet parking is available, which any traveler to Portsmouth knows, is quite appreciated !
I also applaud the Chef and kitchen staff for being able to accommodate my extensive food allergies, and being willing to think "outside" the menu so I was able to expand my culinary options. Food was excellent and all at the table enjoyed their meals.
I highly recommend The Oar House for your next fine dining event.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Did not like kids screaming
Did not like kids screaming at 5pm on a Sunday. Not really memorable for food. It was good, would go back, but it was just another restaurant. WIth 100 restaurants in a small location, needs to be memorable. After dinner and walking around, The Oar House was empty compared with other restaurants we passed which were full!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We could not have gone to a better place, the food was spot on, the waiter was attentive, great water views ambiance was nice. We went down stairs to the lounge after dinner listened to some live music to cap off a great night . I would go back again tomorrow. It was that good
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again The Oar House his a home run. The food, service and music were all tops.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another great meal at the Oar House
I have never been disappointed with the food, service or ambience. Great spot for a casual night out or special occasion. Highly recommend.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Birthday Celebration
The Oar House is one of our favorite places for a celebration. The atmosphere is Quaint and Quiet.
Our Server was attentive and helpful. We tried some new menu selections. I especially liked the new green curry.
As always our favorite apetizer is the scallops in bacon with maple syrup sauce. We were all satisfied with our entree selections chicken and fish. Not alot of vegetarian selection on the menu. Unique coctails and martinis to try...
Finish off with the Famous Oar House Blend coffee from Carpe Diem and the creme brulee or chocolate mousse and
your evening is complete! We'll be back!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the "Leftovers"
We ate at the Oar House on Thanksgiving, since family was all away. The butternut squash bisque, harvest salad, turkey dinner and pumpkin cheesecake were all delicious. The highlight, though, was having "leftovers" to take home. That's the best part about doing your own cooking, right? The restaurant had a make-it-yourself turkey, stuffing, cranberry and gravy sandwich with everything neatly packaged with two slices of bread for $7. It was more than enough for two to share. Nice touch, Oar House!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our party of 4 enjoyed a lovely dinner here after a long drive for our first night in
Portsmouth on a weekend visit.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice ambiance, great food
We celebrated my husbands birthday on a cold rainy night. the atmosphere was warm, the service friendly and the food and portions delicious.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM