The Library Restaurant
The Library Restaurant

The Library Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.libraryrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6034315202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Library Restaurant
Join us for traditional New England fare, while surrounded by architectural treasures of an era gone by. The Library is prestigious while reasonably priced, with something for everyone through all seasons. It is the perfect setting for a business luncheon or dinner. You can also enjoy lighter fare or a friendly cocktail in our lounge. Our dining and board rooms are always available for private functions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Library Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)romantic (49)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (27)good for groups (17)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (5)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great food but the Beer was flat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    we chose this location for the first time . It was my Wives birthday, The food was good but her fish was a little dry and not enough flavor came from the Lobster Meat in the Stuffing. The Swordfish was spot on , The Tenderloin was perfect and the Rack of Lamb was off the charts. You can see other than the birthday girls dinner it was a huge success and the Prices were reasonable for the quality of the food. It was a Monday night! as well. The wait staff was smiling and attentive. It is a must do on the Portsmouth experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    karen
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Meet with the girls for lunch and was very impressed. The server also was very helpful when one of us was having difficulty finding the location. Lovely decor!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    excellent food and service...great tmosphere...a classic in Portsmouth
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great spot for special occasions. Celebration was for a 78 yr birthday and the 4 steak-lovers we were in heaven! Ambiance was lively but conversations could still be heard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    Sean
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The chicken dish I got would be OK at a diner. Certainly not worth the price I paid for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great steaks- Amazing building
    Divinewine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The Library Restaurant was a delight to dine in. The hangar steak special was delicious as were the petite filet and regular filet mignon. The bernaise gorgonzola sauce was very tasty as well. A nice variety of side dishes, nice selection of wines, and dessert was fantastic, as was the service. The history is what makes this place special. Be sure to read about the historical aspects on their website before you go so you can truly enjoy the atmosphere (as well as the food!). Will go again when visiting Portsmouth.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a disappointment
    Rabbit
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We came here on out wedding night and have been back a few times since and keep bringing friends. WE LOVE IT. We have been sampling the sides and they are all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The best thing about this place is the historic building. It was dusty and the service was lousy. The food is good, but for the price we paid should have been much better. Will never go again. Waited forever for our food and never got our second round of drinks. Our server blamed it on a slow bartender. May once have been a top notch place, but has gone downhill! Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Library theme, excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Absolutely loved the library themed dining area. The service was excellent, and filet was cooked just right. Perfectly located for a stroll after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ValentineMeat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My gf and I sat at a table for two and thuroughly enjoyed ourselves. there was a lot of hustle and bustle going on throughout the dining room, which was a bit distracting, but it did not deter our enjoyment much. We both enjoyed our meals, my girlfriend particularly enjoyed the chicken soup special, and could tell it was home-made and authentic. our steaks and sides were fantastic. bottle of wine, apps, and very decadent dessert made the experience one we will remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • howard
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Best onion soup around. Excellent service. Rib eye was tasty and cooked just right. Wines were a bit pricey. This place has very nice woodwork and the ceiling woodwork is intricate. Great place to go to once in a while. Expect to spend over $100.00 for two people for dinner. Not a big fan of the garlic bread in oil would rather have had good quality rolls with dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great dinner
    jayaudet
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Except for the service, our dinner at the Library Restaurant was excellent. Food was awesome. Service was a bit slow. My soup order was clearly forgotten and we were disappointed that most of our meal had to be eaten without a replenished drink. First time in many visits that we were unhappy with the service; we can only wish that it will be the last time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I was disappointed after I arrived at 1:00pm to be told the restaurant was only serving brunch on sunday. I did not see it anywhere on the website that on Sundays they did not serve lunch. It actually states 7 days a week serving all menus etc. I requested a steak salad and was told the chef was too busy to make it. However on the brunch menu it did offer steak and salad on separate sections. My table was confused with the denial of the request. We ordered and waited one hour for our meal to be served. It was not worth the wait.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    Bco75
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best steak ever first time eating a Japaness steak the Kobe was out of this world perfect for a 50th B-day thanks to the woman of my life it was heavenly...!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crunch
    Crunch
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food, a bit pricy, wonderful service. We have been to The Library about 10 times when we travel to Portsmouth, and the food is always worth the price!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must!
    Songbird
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    What a treat! The food was excellent! If you're in the Portsmouth area and looking for ambiance and great food this place is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice Restaurant with funny facility, the name says it all............... Have never seen so large Shrimpe had in my Shrimp Cocktail, sensationall. Nice Service, thank you very much. Was in the beginning something very loud, noise there's a grpoup there was celebrated the birthday, we have therefore also maintain a bit louder (you had to wait, hehehe.) Be our next visit in New Castle sure to check back here.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great concept- food & service lack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The atmosphere was pretty good. Way too bright for me, especially at dinner. We were seated by the server station and could hear everything going on in the kitchen and everything that the servers were talking about, even the guests at their tables. Completely inappropriate. We had the Crab Cake app to start. It had a very unusual taste to it, however it was loaded with crab. The sauces that were served with it were terrible. Just a bad pairing. I had the Haddock with lobster stuffing. The fish was bland and the stuffing was even worse. My date had a filet, 8oz. This was alone $28. All sides were a la carte. At an additional $8 and $9 each... The service was slow and intermittent. It took over 20 minutes to get my glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just wonderful!Worth the money!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I made a reservation on line after seeing the restaurant on the Portsmouth, NH sites. All the reviews looked good and we wanted to have a really good steak. It was all we expected, service was good, food was excellent and it was worth the wait. Found that there was a large party using the room to the side of us and they were very loud. Skipped dessert but will go back when in town again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant dining
    Will
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The Library is located in an historic building. It is elegantly furnished, with a library motif. Service is good, but not fawning, and the meals we had (New Zealand lamb chops and lobster pie) were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Library
    Nightout
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The atmosphere was outstanding only to be outshown by the food. For us it was a special occasion however we are already planning to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only one choice
    Annie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Because I was entering the hospital on Monday, my husband offered to take me to any restaurant of my choice in the Portsmouth area. Although I've eaten in many in and around Portsmouth, this was a no-brainer for me. I love The Library for it's ambiance, food and well preserved atmosphere. The place is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, and I love a quiet restaurant. Where anybody got the idea that lots of loud noise was wonderful during a meal, needs his/her head examined. The Library is aptly named for it's quiet dignity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a Family Favorite!!
    Maysie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Library does it right! Easy, comfortable environment. Pleasant, helpful staff. Excellent food! This time I had the 8 oz Filet & my husband had the rack of lamb. He was still talking about it the next day with our Family!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    we loved your restaurant it was very nice with a great dining experience. the food was excellent and the service was great. a little pricey, but had a very nice experience non the less.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice dinner
    frye159
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lovely atmosphere, great food, would definitely recommend! Rack of lamb was delicious as were the salads, sides and dessert. Very ccomodating staff...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Backtrackers
    lostintime
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We reserved a Saturday night time online and found that to be a very convenient process. Portsmouth is busy on Saturday nights, but we located parking on a side street, only a short walk from the Rockingham. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated immediately. We occasionally ate and danced in the old Rockingham Hotel dining room 45 years ago, so returning to this spot was special. The layout has changed, but we felt like a homecoming. Our dinners were good with wonderful, promt, and friendly service. The a la carte choices can get expensive, but the servings are generous and tasty. The dinner entrees provide a more affordable offering. The overall experience was quite satisfying, and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesoe place for lunch or dinner!
    kiki
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time eating there, but definitely not the last. The food was very well prepared and was very tasty. The wait staff were professional and yet friendly. Serene atmosphere was appreciated by everyone in our party. Best in town for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed the food and drink. We did have a waitress who was training another so the service was a little slow at times, but overall we enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Libraries are not just for readinng
    tunafinatic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Other than a slightly mommicked (NC SLANG FOR CONFUSED) receptionist the experience was fine. We had never eaten here before altho nesrby. Extravagant wine list: 9 out of 10 Soup: Sausage and Tuscan Bean. 8 out of 10 Salads: 9 out of 10 Filet hers: excellent, medium rare ordered medium rare received 9 out of 10 Ahi: on the button 10 out of 10 Overall: 8.99999 out of 10....OK 9 out of 10
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    JJ090614
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We came here for our anniversary and were very happy with our experience. The service was great and the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    FrankieandPaulie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Given the venue and the location this should have been better than it was. I was expecting more, much more in terms of food quality....and it was not bad, its just that for the price and the room and the location it should have been much better.
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  • Nice dinner
    SOT1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The staff was supurb meal was good. Choose the Ribeye over the Porterhouse.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Wine list was amazing, our server was fantastic, the food was no better than average. Steak was VERY over cooked, bake stuffed haddock and Lobster were very dry, grilled Salmon was dry and flavorless. I would go again merely for the neat atmosphere and the wine list- but not for a meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably great experience
    Wesley
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Library is our "go to" place for a reliably terrific dinner. The room is beautiful in an Old World way, filled with dark woodwork and books. The potstickers, tenderloins, au gratin potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms were perfect. We split a piece of bourbon pecan pie which was quite good -- not overly sweet so you could really taste the nuts. Lovely service from Hannah. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another stellar dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We always comment on the consistency at the Library but they even out did their usual. The steaks were cooked to perfection and our waiter didn't mind asking for Med / med rare which gave us perfectly pink and juicy steaks. All was 5 star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Parking Issue
    RickettsVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Overall a pleasant experince...except for parking. Findind a parking space on a Friday night was so difficult we almost just gave up and drove off.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always amazing....
    portsmouth28
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have always had wonderful meals at The Library. The steaks, the sides, and all the sauces are delicious. The Sunday breakfast/brunch is well worth the two hour drive (and the Bloody Mary's are great too)!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovedinerII
    lovedinerII
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice ambience, food okay, service very good ... pricey food fair and pedestrian dessert listing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jkling5
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We hit the Library at least once a year and have never been disappointed. The steaks are awesome and so is their other selections. The only problem is we are always too full for desert. If you like steak and seafood then the library is where to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food with solid service...unique interior...was a bit noisy especially considering the style of restaurant but nothing overpowering. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.