The Library Restaurant
A Fabulous ExperienceSuperior in every way! We always return for an exceptional meal, perfect service and a setting that is charming. In a city full of trendy, wonderful locations The Library stands alone in its elegance and ability to deliver the best.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMFamily Birthday DinnerWe went to the Library as a family group of 6 on a Friday night for my daughter's birthday. We were seated promptly, and service was very good - attentive and friendly. The menu is a classic steak house menu, but there are some very nice non-steak options as well, including a daily specials list. The grilled monkfish special was delicious. The other nice feature is that the sides are served family style, which allows people to eat the amount they want. Desserts were shown on a tray by the server, which of course meant we ordered some! All very good. Overall, a very enjoyable place to host a family birthday dinner.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary DinnerWent to the Library restaurant for our anniversary and had a great time. Food was outstanding as well as the service. Loved the nostalgia of the old library. Will definitely be back!5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Filet Mignon north of BostonBy far you cannot get a better, more tender, perfectly cooked filet, than the Library north of Boston and at half the price! Add the Au poivre sauce and you have a 5 star meal. One disappointment we did have this time though is the appetized and au gratin side dish. the crab cake was wonderful but cold, the au gratin's were undercooked (this is the third time this happened). We love the su gratin's flavor, but the potatoes were crunchy, although not as undercooked as the last time, so we ate them anyway..We even told the waitress up front what had happened before and still they were not cooked through. Not sure if it is because we were early, it was not crowded so they had time to do it right. Still one of our favorite places though..5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Library Restaurant in PsmthThe food is excellent and the service was outstanding! Always one of my favorites!5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat for celebrationsMy family and I have eaten here on several occasions including Easter and Mothers Day. Each time the food has been excellent. My husband and son always get a steak and it is cooked right and the quality is the best in town. I love the lamb. The seafood tower app. is a great choice for a group. They also have a wonderful wine list.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. LoveGreat food and service. Love the history of the building and the ambience. Would highly recommend this restaurant. My wife said she would love to go there again on our next visit to Portsmouth only 40 miles away. The Library is much better than that highly rated Restaurant Massimo which we went the night before which we will never go back to Massimo again. When we talked to the local's in Portsmouth most everyone would agree with me and picked the Library as an excellent dining experience.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the Library!!This was my second time at The Library and I loved it both times. The food is excellent, the service great, and the ambience very relaxing. I highly recommend it.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFit for any occasionI have now been to the library a dozen times, and would go again on my next dining out opportunity...I really enjoy the service and the food is great...great steaks, great options...food prepared and served with great consistency...my wife and I enjoy date night or dinner with friends!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! WeABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! We went this past Saturday night and it was everything you would expect in a steakhouse and more!! Melt in your mouth meats cooked to perfection, great appetizers and a wonder ambiance. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMvery delicious food. expensive.very delicious food. expensive. good place for conversation yet still a nice night out.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMPortsmouth restaurant week,Portsmouth restaurant week, decided to try a new (to us) restaurant. What a find, great food, superb service, unusual décor. We will be back !4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMTOP STEERI think that this is the best restaurant in Portsmouth NH and I have eaten in most of them more than once. Great steaks and great side dishes, beautiful (historic) space, excellent service, what more do you want?
Oh, you want cheap? Not here. You get what you pay for and here prices are as good or better than other high end restaurants where you can get a seat - but they are NOT cheap. I think the Library beats Ruths Chris, Mortons, all those BIG MEAT chains on QUALITY 1st and on PRICE 2nd. On AMBIANCE the Library - in a beqatuful histoic room - is in an entirely different (higher) class than the competitors (? - those competitors do not exist locally so does this matter?)4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for Restaurant Week.We went for Restaurant Week. The Restaurant Week menu had great choices but we decided to order off the Restaurant Week menu. Our meal was excellent. The portions were great. I did take part of my meal home with me. My husband ate all of his. We ordered the Land and Sea dinner which was jumbo sea scallops and tenderloin tips, garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day. My husband also ordered a salad and I had soup. It was reasonably priced. I would recommend this restaurant.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA Special EveningThe wine list was out of my reach, though there were some excellent choices. This certainly turned out to be the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. It was a comfortable environment and the service most congenial and prompt, but we were not rushed in any way. I am a desert fan, so the meal was ended on a very high note. We will go again to celebrate another occasion and may even invite close friends to join us.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great dinner as everythingWe had a great dinner as everything went perfectly from the reservation to the seating to the waitress to the serving of the food. It was our first time there and the place was just great. Food was excellent as was our service. Have told everyone we have met since to go there, was recomended by a friend from Portsmouth.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe menu was fantastic fromThe menu was fantastic from appetizer to dessert. We had a great time.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I had a wonderfulMy wife and I had a wonderful visit to the Library. It was our first but not last visit. The restaurant was elegant, the staff friendly and the food most delightful!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Library is always a favorite.The Library is always a favorite. It was restaurant week, a nice crowd. There was also a retirement party w/a women who laughed like a screaming hyena. The staff was very apologetic, not the restaurant's fault.
The Library has always been delicious. I don't know why I went out during restaurant week, and then ordered off the special menu. The potatoes were over the golden brown and delicious level, and the few veggies were limp and over cooked.
I will be back, but not for restaurant week ever again.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMMy family and I had a wonderfulMy family and I had a wonderful Easter dinner. The seafood tower was wonderful and fresh, the steaks perfectly prepared and the sides especially the asparagus and steak fries great. The peanut butter pie was a big hit as well.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice place. Very quiet.Very nice place. Very quiet. Food & Drinks were prepared well and very tasty. I get the impression that loud fun may not work in this restaurant. Went with hubby and had a wonderful romantic meal.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Library never fails toThe Library never fails to deliver--good food, wonderful service, and great ambiance.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMDeserves all the praise itDeserves all the praise it gets.
You want quality?
You want service?
You have to pay for it.
It's worth it. The way it should be.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM