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Rudi's Portsmouth
Rudi's Portsmouth

Rudi's Portsmouth Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rudisportsmouth.com
  • Phone: (603) 430-7834
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Kline
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Exceptionally high standards of service including cocktail, passed hors d'oeuvre and wine table service, as well as a diverse array of entree and homemade dessert options are just a few of the amenities our guests can expect to enjoy in either of our Private Dining Rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Maureen Baker (877) 648-2460
  • Entertainment: Join us for live music five days a week, including piano Wednesday through Saturday evenings and Jazz brunch on Sundays. Thursday nights feature lively sets by local favorites and specials in the lounge. Be sure to check the schedule on our site.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a private parking lot to our guests on a first come first serve basis.
    Parking garage and on street parking (metered) also available
A word from Rudi's Portsmouth
Rudi's Portsmouth is a contemporary American restaurant with something for everyone. Ease your way in to a bright and brassy Sunday afternoon or moody weeknight when Rudi's charismatic atmosphere boasts an eclectic mix of downtown charm and uptown polish. Sample the freshest of local farms and Seaport bounties with menus for cool, quiet lunches (daily, 11:30-3) and upbeat, lime-lit dinners (nightly, 4-close) featuring a wide array of traditional dishes with signature twists.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second time to Rudi's and it was excellent again. They had a trio playing and they were awesome. I highly recommend Rudi's and will be back there soon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We go to Rudi's regularly and always have. Great meal. Their dinner specials reflect what's fresh and local - seafood and produce - and the preparations are always creative and delicious! The wait staff is professional and friendly, remembering our "regular" favorites. It's a great place for lunch too!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our server deserves an A+. Food was great and we loved being able to sample the gazpacho. We also appreciated being able to order a 1/2 glass of wine instead of a a full 2nd one. Our only complaint was that when we walked in, the place was empty except for the bar since it was early and the hostess seated us at the only table by the bathrooms. We had a reservation and the restaurant was still almost empty when we left, so why give us the worst table in the restaurant??? We will go back, but I will be more picky about the table next time."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great restaurant and the wine bar is a welcome addition."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "There were 5 members in our party. All enjoyed their meals. However, for the price some thought portions were rather small. One had pork tenderloin which was cooked to perfection. However the onion strings and kale that came with it did nothing to enhance his meal. He ended up eating some of the mushroom risotto (which was great) to complete his meal. All in all this is a great restaurant, the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Restaurant is warm and welcoming. Great background music which allows the guests to actually converse with each other. Definitely would go back and recommend to family and friends."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I love a good date night but were pleasently surprised about this place, we had made a reservation for 645 but were caught in the thunderstorms while downtown. When we came in we had asked the host if was alright to be sat earlier than our scheduled time and she said it wasn't a problem and sat us immediately. The food was amazing and the service was great, I highly reccomend this place to anyone looking for a fancy night out."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I must be too old- but jeans on staff seems odd in a "fine dining" restaurant. Seafood bisque was over-salted and less than "creamry." Although we were one of the first diners, wait for meal was rather long. We actually did not complain, but waitres nevertheless offered the explanation that everything was "cooked from scratch" (a doubtful statement since the main course was pork shank)."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were visiting from Houston and were looking to treat family to a nice dinner out. Rudi's really delivered. Excellent service and ambiance. Food highlights - calimari, fried brie starters; arctic char, duck breast, risotto, linguine w/chorizo & calimari, seared scallops w/ penne mac & cheese mains. Everything that came to the table was outstanding. A gem of a restaurant that would hold its own against any of the Michelin or James Beard award winners in Houston."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "For a first time visitor I was impressed with the quality of the food. Although the selections were somewhat limited there is enough variety to satisfy most people. The service was very good. The only negative was the ambiance. The decor is quiet plain and dark, however, if you just go for food you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a delightful birthday brunch last Sunday morning. Our waitress was excellent and the food was very good...a good selection to choose from and everything was hot and appetizing. We will definitely go back for lunch or dinner in the near future..."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went to Rudi's this past Saturday night (thank you open table). Although I have dined often in Portsmouth, I didn't know what to expect. The good: the food was very good, from wild mushroom Risotto to the pepper rubbed Artic char and the seafood/chorizo linguine. The waitress was quite helpful in her recommendations and her willingness to substitute different sides. The jazz trio was terrific creating a nice ambiance. The price point for Portsmouth was about in line. The not as good: the specialty cocktail was so-so, the free parking was full, the noise at first was rather loud but it turned out to be the party next to us. We were seated next to the kitchen/bathroom hallway so the traffic was a bit heavy. All considered, I recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner with friends. The food was memorable. Great wine list and lovely music in the background ."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Can't say enough. Probably one of the best service ever. We had a group of 8 plus toddler - they accommodated us so well. Everyone's food was super. A special place."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My wife and I stopped on our way up to Maine. First, we love Portsmouth--a great town! Found this on Yelp I believe, then reservations through Open Table (great app by the way!). The dinner was a series of pleasant surprises. First--it had parking! Love Portsmouth, but you really need to stay in town and walk--parking is at a premium. 2nd-- ambiance was totally different than we expected. 3rd--the food! We saw on the online menu a burger and figured it was a casual, pub type place. Uh huh. Very nice atmosphere, tending upscale. Little combo playing. Friendly, professional staff. And terrific food! The burger was clearly a throw-away item on the menu--the rest of it was first class. Food was fresh and cooked perfectly-- we highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Found this restaurant online after looking for restaurants in the "portsmouth, NH" area. Looked at the ratings on trip advisor. What a great place! Might have to make it down there once a month from the Portland Maine area - so worth it! OK - so we are in our young 50's, I love live jazz music which happened to be playing that night (a friday night). Ended up just eating on the lighter side - apps - the lobster crepe is probably the best I've ever had (even better than my home made), nice antipasto platter for two and a really good spinach salad. Notably - the "grapefruitini" was an excellent drink and the wine list had some really nice wines as well. The whole thing worked for us. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have been coming to Portsmouth to dine for years and we are not sure how we missed this fabulous experience until now. Great food, wonderful attentive service and the jazz trio was a perfect compliment to the ambiance. We will be regulars!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I took an important client there and asked via the Open Door website for a private, quiet place and they gave us our own room! It was wonderful. I will go again but next time with some friends!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed an early evening dinner for two at Rudi's in Portsmouth. Food was flavorful and well presented. My ribeye was cooked to perfection and tender. My wife's dish, seared scallops over penne mac and cheese, was excellent, though with 4 small scallops and a price of $25, perhaps not the best of values. Our server was excellent - professional, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Ambiance was pleasing with soft, live piano music providing a pleasant backdrop for easy conversation. Our seating arrangement was a bit odd, with two couples seated at opposite ends of the same long table. We were separated by enough space so privacy was not an issue. All-in-all, a positive dining experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been to Portsmouth many times and have always overlooked Rudi's. I decided to book it on open table and it was such a great place to have lunch. The menu is inventive with a great selection of lunch items. We were absolutely blown away by the food and still talk about the food. Great job and we will be back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We got married at Rudi's last year and had a wonderful time! Everyone was friendly and so accommodating, especially the event coordinator Maureen. The food was fantastic and we were really treated like royalty! We came back for the jazz brunch on our first anniversary and the chef treated us to an incredible dessert. The whole experience was amazing!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Had a great brunch! Service was stellar! Food very good too!! Huevos rancheros was yummy and the asparagus salad was delish! Jazz added to total 5 stars."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went to Rudi's for Mother's Day brunch and was pleasantly surprised. The service was terrific, and the food was amazing! Both my mother and I had Huevos Rancheros which were to die for, and my dad's omelette was fantastic. The menu was extensive and had something for everyone, and prices are incredibly reasonable! The live jazz was a marvelous touch. We will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Ambiance was fine although the noise level was high in the other section of the dining room. People there were happy.food was well prepared and nicely plated. Out waiter was attentive but not obtrusive. Overall a great evening. We will do it again for sure."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Rudi's is a great spot in downtown Portsmouth. I really like the ambience - it's not noisy and not overcrowded - a great place to go and have real quality time with people. the drinks are excellent and so is the food."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "There truly is no better place for a nice lunch in Portsmouth. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "My Husband and I were traveling to Portsmouth for a performance at the Music Hall. A friend of mine mentioned Rudi's. I went to their website and everything clicked...right atmosphere, great food selection and jazz too. Made our reservation through Open Table. Our dinner was fabulous and really hit the spot. Brilliant!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Everything seems right until the food is served. In the modern way the entrée is incomplete (it'd require a side or two). The presentation is good. But unfortunately dish after dish has no taste, whether starter or entrée. The bread is not bad however. Rudi's is expensive by local standards. It's an attractive place, and in the evening the jazz in the background is pleasant. But one ultimately goes to a restaurant to dine, and for that you will do better making another choice."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Wait staff is professional and friendly. Food is very good, but there was a mix up in the kitchen on this visit and I was disappointed. Sent us free dessert as apology. Lovely brunch with friends where we head to Portsmouth as a midway meeting point. Very nice jazz during Sunday brunch. Price is very reasonable. I would recommend a visit!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Wonderful experience at Rudis! Delicious food, live jazz, great atmosphere, attentive service, and the best Bloody Mary we have ever had! We will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant to others!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Once again a great meal. One small fault though. One member in our group ordered the ravioli with the seared duck add-on. The duck was fatty and chewy, not much meat to enjoy. Too bad because the ravioli were terrific."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very nice décor/ambiance. Food was excellent. Server was engaging, attentive and accommodating. Live music was added treat. Enjoyed everything about this place and the dinner. Will be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The dining room is warm and inviting. We purposely dined while the music (jazz) was playing and enjoyed both the food and music. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The waitstaff was energetic and knew their stuff. Fantastic rosemary bread and honey bourbon butter! This was my first visit to Rudi's and I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "One of the attractions was the private parking lot right at the door! Service was attentive and gracious. The specialty cocktails and appetizers were excellent. Although the salads (lunch special) were tasty and properly prepared, there was a bit too much dressing. A lovely place to dine! However, the screaming child did make for an unpleasant experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "When entertaining clients for lunch, Rudis is my go to restaraunt. The combination of atmosphere, great service and phenomenal food is hard to beat."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The service is exemplary and the food is outstanding. I have gone on three occasions since September of 2013 and can always count on a great meal."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Bars at the front and back of the restaurant and a jazz group playing in the smaller rear bar. The dining areas include one attached to the smaller bar. This are was nice and the jazz duet mad for nice ambiance. The dining are between the front and back was dead quite. We preferred the rear area. Food was very good, but not excellent. Service was outstanding and the wine selection was very good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service great. Looks like a gathering place for locals so you know it's going to be good. The bar Was vibrant when we walked in. We will put this on our list of favorites."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Very Quiet, We ordered martini's and an old fashioned. All drinks were spectacular. The food was a good portion and the kitchen went out of their way to accommodate our special requests."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Immediately the ambience will set the mood while a musician plays piano in the corner. A cozy, quiet atmosphere, with helpful friendly waitstaff. The quality of food was impressive. Whether you crave savory Scallops over Mac and Cheese or a classic Rudi's Burger and fries, they have it all and it is amazing. A dining experience worth visiting."
    Dined on 2/12/2014