best place for a sit down lunch
When you want a sit down, get waited on lunch in Portsmouth, Rudis is by far the best place! The tables are far enough apart that you can talk privately with your friends, the service is attentive and unobtrusive and the menu has a great variety. The on site parking is always a real plus too.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very positive experience at Rudi's
Our server was wonderful, attentive and eager to please. I. Found the ahi tuna appetizer a bit bland , and she immediately offered to replace it, I requested a condiment, and brought an aioli sauce that was perfect. The scallop appetizer was one of the besti'veever had. The swordfish was perfectly prepared. A three piece band played beautifully in the background. We'll definitely be back!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the 2-piece jazz combo!
Food was great. My grilled scallops were cooked perfectly, and the wait staff was attentive. Drinks great too. Oh, and the ravioli appetizer was to die for. We dined on a Saturday night and there was a very nice jazz pianist with an upright bass player. Nice touch!
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food with a Gourmet twist
The food, staff, and ambience were wonderful. If you want a nice, classy place to go to for brunch or dinner this is it.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
another great lunch
Still my favorite place for lunch, whether it is business or just a few friends. NIce selection of menu items and the service is always prompt.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but not great
We visited on a quiet weekday evening and had a OK experience. Crab dip was very good, entree was good and simply prepared. Cost is average. Bar is a featured area and has a pleasant ambiance.
We're local and visit Rudi's a few times a year.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Specials were Very Special
Normally I always get the filet at Rudi's which is always tender and cooked to perfection, but this time my parents and I chose the specials.. Mine was a wonderful smoked mozzarella ravioli with shrimp and spicy chorizo. My parents both got the panko crusted sole special which came with a purple potato gratin. We started with the crab and artichoke app, which was the best ever. the entrees were flavorful and beautifully presented. The waitress was efficient and nice. All around a great Saturday night...
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll Be Back!
Our first time at Rudi's. We were there for brunch and found the experience a delight. One of the reasons we went to Rudi's was to experience live music (jazz) at brunch. That music fit the time and occasion We discovered that the food quality, offerings and presentation would please a "foodie". The service was top-notch ... our wait person, Maureen, was attentive, very knowledgeable about the menu and food prep, and non-intrusive.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been going to this excellent restaurant for almost 2 years now and in all of that time the service and food have only ever been of the highest quality. The place has a nice relaxed feel to it and no matter who our server is (we have had quite a few) they are professional, efficient and courteous. The food is also consistently good, never had even a mediocre dish. We mainly go there for lunch but have also been for dinner and brunch. Highly recommended!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter and I dined here recently and loved the experience. The menu is ever changing, small but varied choices. Everything we ordered was exceptional, from the peanut butter martini to the main courses. I had a pork shank that was big enough for two to dine from and it was the best I have had anywhere. My daughter's ribeye was so tender she harly needed a knife to cut it. I will definitely dine here again if I ever retrn to Portsmouth.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed Rudi's...great
We really enjoyed Rudi's...great bartender, wonderful wine list, we had the calamari appetizer which was good but a bit too much sauce...lobster penne was great and also rib eye!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the ahi tuna tartar appetizer which was very good, and the arctic char on brussel sprouts and beets which was delicious. My friend had the 14 ounce steak and said it was fantastic. Like most good restaurants, my gluten and dairy allergy information was received and dealt with graciously. I would go back in a heartbeat.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great night out
We booked a last minute dinner at Rudi's this past weekend and it was a great night. Our brief 10 minute wait was spent at the bar having some cocktails which were typically priced but good pours and well made. When seated for dinner we were approached almost immediately by the server. She was well informed and friendly and quickly served hot breads with a mango butter. Our meals were the specials, Arctic Char and a Cocoa dusted tenderloin, and were served fairly quickly and the meals were delicious. We were too full for dessert but enjoyed a walk around market square after we ate. We fully intend to return and enjoy Rudi's again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at your restaurant, and we'll definitely be back!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time at Rudi's and we would definitely go back. The food was excellent and when we left we both agreed that it was the best meal we have had in Portsmouth in a long time.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious meal, tasty wine and great ambiance. Got a bit loud with the diners trying to keep their conversations going over the live music playing, but our waitress treated us like we were her only guests.. I would definitely dine here again.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit and
This was our first visit and we will definitely be back! The food and service was both excellent and our server was quite helpful. Every course was a pleasure including the Peanut Butter Martini. We had a wonderful experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine and have fun
We always have fun at Rudi's and a good meal, whether it's simply appetizers or from the entrée portion of the menu.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Batting Two for Two
It was our second time in a month at Rudi's for dinner. The first time I had the tuna special-outstanding. The second time I had the beef tenderloin special-outstanding. What more can I say!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would go back toRudis again again. The service was good the food delicious! Can't wait to go back!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
the server did a good job of describing the specials and was conversational about the food throughout. the tables are a little close together and I sometimes felt part of the next party's conversation, but overall it was OK. I had mentioned in my reservation notes that it was my girlfriend's birthday, so I wish they had acknowledged that, but again no worries. the mahi mahi with polenta was very good, so were the seared scallops and tuna tatare. I didn't drink on this visit, so I would like to go back to explore the wine list a little.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
went for our anniversary on a Saturday night. It was not very busy and the height of the season. Wondered why. The jazz trio was a great plus.The filet was one of the best I have had. My wife had the risotto which was fine also. Started with mussels which were good but not big and plump. The Caesar's salad was so so . The server was good but not great. It was a mix of on the cusp of being a great restaurant and a good restaurant. I loved the atmosphere and the jazz. Our table was well located with a nice view of the band and the bar, yet away from the noise. it was just a little off, something I can't put my finger on. While the place was not that busy, our server seemed rushed. Great filet, could have used an anchovy. will try again.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't Forget Rudi's . . .
In a city like Portsmouth, where there are so many wonderful restaurants, we tend to neglect Rudi's for months--and then we go back and remember what a pleasant and delicious dining experience it offers. Understated elegance, delicious food, discreet and attentive service . . . a great place for an intimate dinner.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
best place for lunch in Porstmouth
I like Rudis for lunch because in addition to the good food, I can sit down with a friend, get waited on, enjoy a casual atmosphere, but still have tablecloths and linen napkins. And I like that the tables aren't packed in so tight that your conversation with your friend (or business associate) can be easily heard by neighboring tables. The free parking is a real perk too.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My 2nd time there this week
My 2nd time there this week, Rudis is always a favortie. Good food, good service and lots of ambiance. Classy but casual place.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoy Rudi's because its romantic, we love the jazz playing in the bar area, and the food is consistently well prepared and delicious. The atmosphere is dimly lit and soft and the waitstaff are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. This is a must when eating in Portsmouth.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the food, not a long wait, excellent customer service, food was cooked exactly how I ordered it and came out quickly
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely little restaurant
We were in on a Saturday night and it was very busy, even so we were seated right away and the service was attentive without intruding. The food was lovely, cooked to perfection and delivered in an appealing way on the plate. There was a band on this night and it provided a nice background without being so loud you couldn't talk. All in all a wonderful experience and we'll be back to visit again oftem.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for dinner with friends
There are so many restaurants to choose from in Poetsmouth, but Rudi's is truly special. The service was excellent (she even remembered we had been there a few months earlier). She made excellent suggestions and let us take our time and enjoy the night. We will continue to come back to Rudi's again and again. The food is excellent, the service is wonderful and the ambience is perfect for a special night out.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
always my favorite place for lunch
It's nice to be waited on at lunch and the atmosphere is classy without being "formal". Food is always good. The on site parking is a real bonus too.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Couples or Small Group
Went on a Saturday night w/ 8pm reservations. Nice table for the six of us. Live, smooth jazz accompanied dinner. Food was very good. Good wines. Attentive wait staff. Would go again. Very much enjoyed.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Rudi's for our anniversary dinner. It was great! Server was knowledgable of both food and wine, made great recommendations with a smile. Food was terrific and the downtown Portsmouth location could not have been better! We thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We'd go back in a heart beat and would highly recommend Rudi's!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic evening with great food
The starters are imaginative and wonderful. We made a meal from just those. In particular the fig ravioli (ummm) and the lobster/mushroom crepe (wow) were especially good.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice menu and atmosphere
I like the new lunch menu, lots of good choices. Remains one of my favorite places for lunch in Portsmouth. Love the atmosphere.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Had A Great Time at Rudi's
Everything about the evening was wonderful -- the food, the jazz, the room. Portsmouth and Rudi's os our new favorite vacation spot.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great jazz brunch
The pink grapefruitini was delicious. No wonder it won for Portsmouth's best cocktail! The scallops and the crab benedict were awesome! Great portions and reasonable prices. Service and ambience were great for a Sunday jazz brunch.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
will definitely go back
Had another great lunch at Rudis. There are some new menu items and overall a great selection. Good food, good service and lots of ambiance...
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about our 1st visit to Rudi's! Will definitely return!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had never been to Rudi's and I'm glad I finally tried it. They had a jazz trio playing, which was awesome! The food was great, as was the wine. It was a little hard to have a conversation given the music and level of noise, but overall it was a wonderful evening, and I'll definitely go back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable dining experience
My wife and I spent a weekend visiting Portsmouth, and a friend suggested we try Rudi's. Had reservations and got there late Friday evening, the place was still vibrant. Service was friendly and fairly quick, attentive without hovering. Dinner was delicious, my wife ordered the scallops off the appetizer menu (enough for her, since it was a late dinner) and I had the filet special over garlic mashed potatoes....one of the best meals I had. Certainly worth another visit on our next trip to Portsmouth.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special night out
We were in Portsmouth for a weekend getaway and found Rudi's on the internet. Their menu appealed to us and lived up to its appeal. Service was great, not rushed at all. Prices were within reason and worth it.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Concern so easily to address
There was a normal noise level so it seemed that the nice soft music of the playing combo grew in intensity There were other diners there who were over 55 that also felt the noise level was uncomfortable It is so important to us to be able to have a calm atmosphere when dining out so we can speak in normal tones and not be so boisterous that the patrons to your left and right are now becoming part of your dinner party The food was just wonderful Our server was so well informed about every aspect of the menu She had a very abrupt manor It was a shame really because she was not that rushed The service check box should have been rated more than 3 stars but it was a concern we all wished to share with management
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent, service was ok, not the best i've encountered but not the terrible. Noise level was much higher than i expected.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had been meaning to try Rudi's for quite some time. Decor is elegant. Service was very attentive. The food was good, but not exceptional. Very we'll prepared but not interesting. I did the restaurant week menu. My guests all ordered from the regular menu. I had a chili cocoa rubbed pork that sounded amazing, but actually didn't have a lot of flavor. The mushroom risotto was excellent and my guests that had the beef tenderloin topped with Gorgonzola said it was cooked perfectly. The chocolate bunt cake was a great end to the meal.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice atmosphere...we went on a Friday evening in November and they had live music, a bass guitar and piano..very nice and romantic. They also had a wine bar which was great...
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Night at Rudi's!
Enjoyed another wonderful evening at Rudi's on the last night of Restaurant Week 2013 in Portsmouth. Service and food were great. Always a little loud, but not enough to ruin the night.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Would go again
Our first time at Rudi's. They were able to seat us early which was fantastic. Food was outstanding as was our server. The only negatives on the evening were that it was our anniversary and the seating lacked intimacy. The other was waiting 20 minutes for dessert and then to be told that they ran out of one of the desserts we ordered. Our server did take the dessert charge off the bill though. To be fair, we would most certainly go back again.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our dining experience at Rudi's was Excellent! The food tasted great, the presentations were beautiful and our server was very warm & friendly. I also liked that even though the dining room was small, the tables were far enough apart so we didn't feel like we were dining with the table next to us. We were there on a Friday night and the music in the Bar area was a great addition. I'd have dinner here again anytime I'm in Portsmouth! Plus they have their own parking lot so it was convenient.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot, a little pricy
Great spot, a little pricy but nice for special nite out. Background music from the bar was great and the whole atmosphere was very classy, cozy but not stuffy
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a disappointment
We are never disappointed when going to Rudi's. One favorite appetizer is their Brie plate. The specials are interesting and tasty. A nice spot to unwind and listen to some good jazz as well.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM