A must do while in Portsmouth!
A beautiful location, warm atmosphere and delicious food made this one of our all time favorite places in Portsmouth. Awesome service, and the perfect melt-in-your-mouth portion size meal.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely relaxing dinner
My dining companion and I enjoyed a rainy evening at a window table while trying several dishes on our first experience here. The hostess was lovely and friendly and our waiter, Tim, was very friendly and attentive. Salads were well-presented and tasty; bouillabaisse was awesome; ravioli good; lobster Rangoon good, but sauce, although very tasty, was maybe overwhelming; tuna delicious; stuffed flounder good, but strong dried herb taste to crab filling. We shared lemon tart with berries which was good, although slightly off taste to marinated berries. Overall, I would love to go back and try other dishes which sounded delicious. I do not eat meat, so I have to see whether some of the dishes could be prepared without. Parking was convenient
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little place...and with
Great little place...and with a parking lot in Portsmouth...this is a great gem
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
On any level of your expectation,
On any level of your expectation, you wont be disapointed .
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mombo was awesome
You know you are in a well run place, when you walk in and without having to say anything they know you requested a special table. The dining room was beautiful. On the menu, there were so many interesting choices for both starters and entrees we could not decide. We ended up getting 3 starters since we could not narrow it down. Could come back here 3 nights in a row! The menu was great, and the food lived up to and exceeded the descriptions. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. I entertain for a living, and eat everywhere on an expense account in NYC, and have high standards; Mombo is a must see. Plus they have their own parking lot.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food, incredible service, exquisite evening! Whipped feta and watermelon salad...lobster bisque. We will be back.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant in Portland
While on vacation in Portsmouth we had dinner at Mombo after hearing glowing recommendations from several local acquaintances. Not only were we not disappointed, the food exceeded even their enthusiastic reviews! The wine list had several really interesting (and well priced) selections, and all three of us thought our meals were superb. And, the dining room is lovely. Who could ask for more?
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Original and delicious dining.
Original and delicious dining. Love the paintings!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mombo is Great!
The food was great. It was imaginative, nicely presented Nd delicious. Our waitress was friendly, casual and attentive. We will definitely come back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a top choice
When my boyfriend and I first tried this restaurant, it was for our first valentines dinner. We had to celebrate it a few days later bc I work in the same industry and have the same crazy hours as every other restaurant. We had such a wonderful time, we made it a point to go back in the summer. We wanted to sit on the patio but it was an oddly cold day. The hostess said we had our choice of three different tables inside. We had delicious drinks and even better food. Our server Peter? was wonderful. Can't wait to go back and try the patio for sure next time and thank you for everything. :)
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience for 8!
This was the first time dining here for all 8 of us and every one of us wants to go back. The atmosphere, the food, the waitstaff... all perfect. I had the hanger steak and it just melted in your mouth. We had fun sharing our meals and every one I tried was excellent (had never tried monkfish, and boy was it good!). The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Great place to go as a group or for a date night.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My fiancee and I had the opportunity to try Mombo upon our last visit to Portsmouth, and let me tell you: It was a perfect experience from start to finish! The ambience, the menu that was as delicious as it was diverse in culinary refinement... we just could not have been more impressed. We tried the Lobster Rangoon to start, and it was bursting with flavor - easily the best rangoon we've ever tried! For the entree, I had the grilled Mahi, while my fiancee had the Salmon - each were delicious and prepared just right! We also had to try the Dueling Risotto, and it too was very tasty! We wrapped up the meal by splitting the flourless chocolate cake, which had an amazing mango sorbet that complemented the cake perfectly! We'll be back soon!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful, Friendly, & Delicious
Fabulous restaurant. Interesting combinations and high
marks for an exciting menu that is far from ordinary.
From beginning to end our party of four were happy with
wonderful and friendly service. Taste factor, excellent. Even the
bar scene seemed to be an excellent experience.
We plan to go back again and again.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Go-To Place in PoMo
Mombo is hip and comfortable- chic and relaxed - the food has this same mix of one and another - We have dined here on several occasions - special and otherwise- the food was presented well, pairings on the plate lent themselves to each other; not overdone or too much. The best part is that you can sit at the Chef's bar and watch them prepare your meal with all the fresh ingredients. It is such a wonderful spot - but be sure to book your table - they are in high demand!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very, very good
We started with the lobster tapas, lobster four ways to be shared by two. Excellent, but subtle tastes and we spent much time trying to determine the ingredients. My wiife had the scallops which she loved and I feasted on the salmon dish. For desert we shared the special desert by the pastry chef. All in all a very enjoyable evening in a non rushed but totally relaxed atmosphere. (The bread was excellent, house baked parsnip/basil quick bread and a noteworthy ciabatta.)
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
The OpenTable reservations
The OpenTable reservations were fast and easy. The food and waiter was excellent! We would recommend Mombo's to anyone.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found Mambo two years ago
Found Mambo two years ago when in Portsmouth and wanted to return. The menu is ambitious and while the entrees are excellent, their accompaniments may be a little much for foodies rather than for me. The scallops and tuna we had were excellent and while I liked my vegetable accompaniment did not care for dumplings. My husband did not care for any of the items that were served with his scallops. The lobster rangoon appetizer was terrific. We do like it enough to return and love the building and service.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A VERY LOVELY EXPERIENCE.
A VERY LOVELY EXPERIENCE. TRY IT, YOU WILL LIKE IT!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Down from last year
The food was still very good but the menu is reaching a bit too far in trying to be different. For example: a "Frisee Salad" featuring french toast and an over easy egg? Service was curt and not very friendly. We were disappointed but maybe we got the only poor waitress in the house.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent restaurant. Amazing food
. The atmosphere is beautiful. So great. It makes you feel cozy and warm. Beautiful exposed beams. The staff was beyond friendly and always there for you. The food was unique and different. We jumped in and tried new things. it was unbelievable. The food was so beyond yummy we wanted more and more. We wanted to def want to go back. it was beyond what we wanted and more. The chefs created amazing food.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the wait
Fantastic. I found Mombo on the web and made a reservation online. We waited an awkward 5 minutes in the congested doorway while the hostess managed phone calls and 2 other parties ahead of us. Despite making the reservation, the table as not ready and we waited a half hour before being seated. But "the wait" became a very nice part of the evening; We ordered drinks at the bar, good service and selections of wine and beer, and nice conversation with folks at the bar - found it all very welcoming. Very open atmosphere in this renovated post and beam structure. Once seated at our table, the food and drinks arrived in a timely but not hurried fashion. Food is really something, flavors that burst, simple yet elegant presentation.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait staff was professional and friendly. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful. They really have their act together. If i was to return to Portsmouth I would definitely return to Mombo.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved our evening at Mombo.
We loved our evening at Mombo. The food is consistently delicious and presented in the best possible way. Beautiful setting and ambiance. All was enjoyed as we showed our Sante Fe friends what a great foodie scene we have in Portsmouth NH.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
You get what you pay for - great!
Yes, it's expensive for Portsmouth, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. My wife and I shared the charcuterie platter which was outstanding - a delicate salmon mousse, a "melt like butter" serrano ham slice, a rich creamy duck pate, and a dense pork terrine accompanied by two tasty cheeses plus nuts, chutneys, and mustard. Highly recommended with a glass of pinot noir. For entrees, we both ordered the lamb lollipops, and were not disappointed! Washed those tasty chops down with a spicy red zinfandel. No room for dessert, but ordered a cheesecake to go which we shared back at the hotel with some cognac (her) and bourbon (me).
All-in-all, a very memorable meal with great service and romantic ambience.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was awsome
Had a great meal with exceptional service. My only complaint was the noise level. A large function occupied most of the restaurant and due to that it was very loud. Next time I would love to get the table next to the kitchen and be able to watch the chefs
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining with kids
We were vacationing in Portsmouth and found a gem on the historic Strawberry Banke. The food was "big city" quality...creative, good presentation, and excellent taste. They went out of their way to create a special dish for our food allergic grandchildren which is often a challenge. Even the plating for a two-year old was creatively done. We'll come back the next time we come to Portsmouth.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently the best place in town
Portsmouth has a ton of great restaurants, but it's hard not to put Mombo solidly at the top. The preparation and flavors are amazing. Sitting at the Chef's counter and watching these guys put a meal together is like a symphony. Consistent in quality and service time and time again. Not inexpensive, but always a great value. The decor is absolutely beautiful with huge oil paintings from Russia, beautiful old woodwork, and a great bar. Placed right in the heart of Strawbery Banke and the gardens of Prescott Park, it's a great place to walk before and after dinner too. This is a must dine place on any visit to Portsmouth.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mombo is FANTASTIC!
I cannot express enough how much my husband and I love Mombo. This is our date night spot, and every time we go, its flawless. We always sit at the chefs table, if it is just us or we go with friends. Its so much fun to watch your food being made, and to talk with the chef at the chef's table about which things she is making. The wine list is wonderful!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time. Sitting at the bar is the best and very entertaining to watch the food perparation. Looking forward to returning!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Double date night with friends
Great for a double date night, quiet cozy - good food, great service, with a smile! Highly recommend.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top restaurants of New England
The prices on the menu appeared high at first sight, but by the time I finished, I was convinced it was excellent value. I had salmon.
My wife had hanger steak. The presentation and taste of each was outstanding. I look forward to returning and trying more examples from the very interesting menu.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, slow kitchen
Pear salad, short rib, tuna and cream brulee all were excellent. Tuna cooked to perfection. Server was friendly, helpful and efficient. would recommend this restaurant. The problem we experienced was a very slow kitchen. Over one hour between the salad and the entree. Server said that delay was caused by a large party. In my experience large parties do not show up without prior reservations. Mombo should have added additional kitchen staff to accommodate this large party instead of inconveniencing the rest of their patrons..
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st visit...can't wait for the 2nd.
it was delicious! I had a very hard time deciding what to order.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the in-house baked gourmet breads to the in-house prepared desserts, every bite was exquisite!!! This was my second visit and my only comments would be that the menu was the same as my first visit, 6 mo, ago and on a Friday night, there were no specials. Also, the noise level made conversing at a normal volume difficult.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and atmosphere
Second time to Mombo. Date night with my girl for her Birthday. Great ambiance and even better food. It was a Tuesday and should have been slower but there were several large parties that I think impacted the service a little, but it was by no means horrible. Just not the same 5 stars as the last time we were there. Would highly recommend the Wagyu Hanger steak (you can cut it with a fork). Also....keep room for desert...if you haven't the chocolate plate is perfect for your sweet tooth.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
Great food, ambiance and service! Can't go wrong here!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great variety and fun combinations
We arrived early for our 8 pm reservation and they were flexible in seating us right away. We sampled several dishes and were impressed by all. Really interesting combinations of foods you often don't see on other menus. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful and gave us unhurried attention even though the place was busy. Overall, a really great experience.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
While the menu was very enticing
While the menu was very enticing and our server quite attentive, the overall time it took to get the food (which was just 2 appetizers and 2 salads) was over 90 minutes.
You need to plan plenty of time if you plan on dining here.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming building, outstanding location, very good food and service.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mombo's is always a treat.
Mombo's is always a treat. The restaurant week menu was innovative and delectable. Moderate wait time for our meal, and big crowd meant high noise level.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our third time eating there...
...and we had a great experience every time. We will be back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved this place! Food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. Will definitely go back & try something else on the menu
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Restaurant Week Menu
I went to Mombo with some friends for Restaurant Week. I thought the food was very good. We tried all of the apps and desserts offered, but only tried 2 of the mains. I had the lobster and shrimp "paella." I'm not sure why they called it a paella... maybe because there was rice and saffron in the dish... the resemblance ended there. It was soupy, rather than the baked crunchy goodness that paella has to offer. Still, the flavors were good. The other main we tried was the sausage stuffed chicken and duck leg. We didn't taste much flavor from the sausage, but otherwise it was good. The desserts, a pumpkin bread pudding, and a chocolate peanut butter bar, were both delicious. If we had any complaint, it was that the portions were very small.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have intended to go here since we returned to the area. We loved the food and atmosphere. The blend of flavors, freshness and the fact that most of the food is seasonal/local is a positive. Hats off to the chef. We enjoyed hearing how Mombo got it's name. Gave us an opportunity to reminish about our safari experiences in Kenya. We basked in our good fortune. Amazing travels and food. Thanks! Cindy & Chris
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our new go to spit
We instantly fell in love with this place. We sat at the chef's bar to watch all the action. It was incredible!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Celebrated our 50th with our
Celebrated our 50th with our first visit to Mombo. It will definitely not be our last !! Outstanding food (lamb & swordfish) and service.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special location in an historic building beautifully opened into a Resturant. Very friendly staff who seem to love the place as much as the diners love it. Consistently great food. Our first choice among the many nice Portsmouth restaurants.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a lovely experience at Mombo. It was my birthday and I chose Mombo because I've always had delicious food and a wonderful table and service. This was a special milestone birthday and I was happy everything was so perfect. I had curry salmon which was cooked to my liking and delicious. My husband had the steak which he enjoyed thoroughly. The only downfall was that I was too full to have the bread pudding. Next time!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best restaurant in Portsmouth
The food is exceptional. There is always a different twist to the food item being presented which is a pleasant surprise. Atmosphere is the best.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a special occasion for my wife. We had a nice, cozy and quite corner for ourselves. The food and service was outstanding. Would recommend to anyone.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM