Rudi's Portsmouth
Rudi's Portsmouth

Rudi's Portsmouth

  • 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 8776482460
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Rudi's Portsmouth reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (35)special occasion (35)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (14)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (11)hot spot (9)great for brunch (7)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Excellent food and restaurant.
    onbalance
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first time to this restaurant and we had an excellent experience and high quality food. Recommend a return visit in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    LaurelS
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We arrived at 7:15 and they already were out of the specials and our waiter seemed a little frantic. Food was good, but expensive for what you got. The calamari was delicious but my husband's $30 steak was so so. I got an entree salad which was good, but very small. Live music was good for a bar scene but way too loud for dinner and combined with all of the people, it was difficult to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nothing special. It was a nice location with decent food and acceptable service. The food was very slow to come out and it was good but not spiced well despite the description.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a great night!
    Rocco
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wanted a nice evening with great food......Rudi's. AGAIN, delivers. Pleasant, courteous and efficient waitstaff, excellent food prepared perfectly with nice presentation. Menu is varied without being overwhelming, something for everyone. We always enjoy Rudi's for the food and atmosphere. Very fond of the live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burgers!
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We both had beef burgers for lunch - both perfectly cooked with a nice side salad. Great service, quiet enough for a conversation. Why did it take 40 minutes to get 2 burgers to the table when only a few tables were occupied?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem
    WinerDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The ambiance and service were both absolutely perfect. The food was astonishingly good. The mushroom risotto was as a good as any we have ever had, and that is saying a lot. You can just the quality of a chef by the mushroom risotto! The burgers were spectacular. Overall, four sublime entrees and a good Caesar salad as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful meal
    homeisbestVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We went to Rudi's with friends for my wife's birthday. It was our first time there and a great pick for a great meal. The setting was nothing special and the waitress a bit awkward but the food was outstanding. I would not rate it a foodie place but a restaurant that served standard food very well as opposed to a bit of exotic fare. My friend had a wonderful rib-eye and I had a cod dish that could have been the best fish dish I ever had. Our wives had a tasty truffled pasta whose only fault was being too much. A very tasty calamari, good fried oysters, and a fig ravioli were superb appetizers. The ravioli might be criticized for being a bit sweet. My wife and I shared a nice pear tart. We had a nice rose at a decent price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Calm and quietly elegant atmosphere
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Lunch menu with a good range of salads, starters and sandwiches. Attentive service. Food was slow to come out of the kitchen today and the chicken was undercooked. Still a pleasant experience and a great place for lunch if you actually want to hear what your table mates have to say!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite new place
    Foodieatheart
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife bought a coupon through limelight and I'm glad she did! The food was excellent. The setting was very nice. Which we had found this place sooner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable dining
    medassist
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I enjoyed my dining experience at Rudi's in Portsmouth right from the start...free parking, live, low-key piano playing, the food was delicious, good sized portions right through the delicious desert. The waitress, was experienced, showed up at just the right times, not chatty or overly friendly..(how can I help you, 'hun'?). will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kate
    Kate
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    What a delightful surprise! Rudi's exceeded our expectations! Four of us dined on a Wednesday evening - from the initial warm greeting to the wonderful piano music to the friendly server - the entire evening was enjoyable. But the food? Outstanding! Calamari was served with an interesting (and delicious) sauce, the fish dishes were incredibly delicious and the portions and presentations were quite satisfying. I can't wait to return as there were several other menu items that I would like to try. Highly recommend Rudi's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    GuidoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I loved the interior decoration and the lights were just the right amount of low. Piano and bass player (no vocals) made it romantic and their volume level was enough to have a conversation without yelling. The menu was diversified and reasonably priced. Our waitress was friendly and gave us excellent service. I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Most tender steak you'll ever have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have many Saturday nights out when I order steak and you will not find a more tender perfectly cooked steak than at Rudi's. we even brought some home and after reheating it was still falvorful and tender. The atmosphere and service is also 5 star. We return here many times over the years and they are always consistent which is not always easy to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with Ladies
    Rosa
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lunch with 5 women friends and all the meals were excellent. Waiter was great and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummmmm!
    Mozee
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch with hubby while visiting downtown Portsmouth. Would highly recommend - good food, peaceful setting and courteous staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a great dinner. From the the food, service and atmosphere. A wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-Show Delight
    TonyBennett
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Before catching a show downtown Portsmouth--I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner and some pre-show cocktails. Booking my solo table experience in "Open Table" was a breeze. And when I arrived at the appointed time, I was warm greeted by the staff and brought immediately to my table. The atmosphere at Rudi's is gorgeous. Very chic, very classy--but not stuffy or overly formal at all. And I must say--the lighting was impecible. It was cozy and dim but without any eye strain due to being too dark. The decor was, again, classy but comfortable. My waitress was sweet and helpful. The food was amazing--I had a crab ravioli special for my main and a brie for my starter. Wickedly wonderful! Had the best Cosmo to wash it all down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    BedfordVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Rudi's is one of our favorite spots in Portsmouth, always enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful food, ambience, service, etc...! My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at Rudi's. I recommend it wholeheartedly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is always delicious. The service is always great. The atmosphere is very warm. The jazz music is awesome (and not too loud by the way). The wait staff is always knowledgeable. This is my favorite restaurant by far in Portsmouth. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dan Hussey
    DanielJH
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first trip to Rudi's and the food was great, service wonderful and the overall experience was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Uneven
    CurtVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, well located, there was live light classical music, and the service was good. Our party received seven dishes, of which three we palatable. The arctic char was dry and tasted quite freezer burned, the lamb and pasta floated in lamb grease (perhaps it had not been seared to drain the fat), and the mussels were overcooked into raisins. Only the pasta with alfredo sauce was delicious. I had to imagine a young chef with talent but no fine training and an understaffed kitchen. This restaurant can be saved, and I hope it will.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful experience!
    Sheri
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    For the past 6 years, we have been going to Rudi's and have never had a bad experience. We lived in Newton, Ma with a vacation home in New Hampshire and Rudi's was our favorite stop for dinner every Friday night as we made our way North. The food is great and interesting, the ambiance is lovely and there is always good music! We especially love the bar table in the corner by the window. Tom, who is wonderful, is then our waiter and bartender and it is always a lovely experience. Although these tables can't be reserved, I called in May when we returned after 4 months in Arizona and Tom, knowing that we loved this table, had it reserved for us when we arrived. This kind of amazing service makes this restaurant a real gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 337 reviews are from the Rudi's Portsmouth reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    Deni
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great Experience
    Mactor17VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Portsmouth has a lot of restaurants to choose from and I am happy O chose Rudi's. The burger was cooked to perfection. The fries were tasty and I really enjoyed the salad I started with. If I go back to Portsmouth I will be sure to go back to Rudi's.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    ElleVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went for lunch and the restaurant was quiet. The staff was very attentive and wonderful, the food was very good - we recommend the bacon lobster sandwich!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rudi's does it again!
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will go back
    lynnski
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Wine Bar
    JFM2VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great restaurant and the wine bar is a welcome addition.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was quite good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night idea
    Biomajor88
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rudi's is "OK"
    Oldster
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive Dining Experience
    marklab69
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Coop3842
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday brunch
    tedi
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phillies fan
    PhilliesFanVIP
    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 .
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rudi's on a summer Saturday nite
    Carpoolguy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food & Atmosphere
    CaseyTVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely going back!!!
    thegoodlife
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic