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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Prime at Sky Meadow restaurant
4.9
4.9 (138)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Nashua
About the restaurant
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @PrimeAtSkyMeadow
Prepare to be wowed by the unparalleled dining experience at PRIME - the premier steakhouse and seafood restaurant in Southern New Hampshire. Our menu features the finest cuts of steak and freshest seafood, complemented by a wine list that's constantly evolving to bring you the best selection possible. As you savor your meal, take in the stunning views that only PRIME can offer. With exceptional cuisine, top-notch service, and unbeatable vistas, PRIME at Sky Meadow is the only choice for a truly unforgettable dining experience.

*PLEASE NOTE OUR DRESS CODE*: NO gym wear, hooded sweatshirts, shorts or ball caps are to be worn. *MEN MUST WEAR PANTS*. All male shirts must have a collar. No tank tops. Jackets are not required

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful experience overall. Felix the manager and the entire staff were very attentive and personable. Food and drink were delicious, a perfect setting for an intimate birthday dinner. Sushi was inventive and wine and drink list extensive. We will be back.
A photo of Cotton restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4605)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Manchester
About the restaurant
Cotton features the cooking of award-winning chef/author/owner Jeffrey Paige. Located in Manchester's Historic Millyard District, Cotton is known for exceptional farm to table comfort food, friendly yet professional service, and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. It's the place the New York Times calls hip, named one of the best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast by Bon Appetit Magazine and holds the distinct honor of Best Martinis in New Hampshire year after year by NH Magazine and The Union Leader.

RESERVATIONS:
Patio dining is available April through October. To request a patio table please note this when you make your reservation. Weather permitting, we will call early afternoon the day of your reservation to confirm if patio seating is available. We cannot guarantee specific seating at this time but we always do our best.

Top review
gl22vip
Dined 2 days ago
As always Cotton has been consistent with good food and service,
A photo of Ristorante Massimo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2722)
$31 to $50
Italian
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Please Note: Online Reservations are for our Main indoor dining room ONLY. Please call us directly for WIne Bar options at 603.436.4000. We reserve the right to charge $20.00 per person cancelation fee, please call us by 12:00p.m.. the day of your reservation to avoid possible cancelation fees.~~~~~~ Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the world's most celebrated restaurants. **limited dining room availability offered online**

Top review
Kjcjvip
Dined 2 days ago
Good meal but overall meal felt rushed. The table was not really needed -however from appetizer to coffee took less than 90 minutes. For a great restaurant a slower pace would have been greatly appreciated .
A photo of The Carriage House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (780)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rye
About the restaurant
The Carriage House, an oceanfront, modern New England restaurant and raw bar, is open at 2263 Ocean Boulevard on scenic Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Committed to honoring the restaurant’s rich traditions rooted in hospitality. Join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, sip a cocktail by our working fireplace, or take in the ocean views!
Top review
QueenB21vip
Dined 2 days ago
The setting was lovely. What a wonderful experience from cocktails to meal to dessert. The food was so delicious and the menu was expertly curated. Our server was attentive and met each request. Highly recommend the Carriage House. If you are in the Seacoast area, make sure to dine at this restaurant! Fabulous find!
A photo of The Crown Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (812)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Manchester
About the restaurant
The Crown Tavern will be the perfect spot to unwind and savor the end of the day. Located in the heart of Manchester’s central downtown, The Crown is a place where you'll come to relax with friends, grab a drink, share some tasty bites, and enjoy the night as it unfolds.
Top review
2dads1sitter
Dined 5 days ago
We had dinner after the show, and 3 generations were pleased. Top notch and friendly service, steaks perfectly cooked, great variety of drinks. In all, very satisfying cap to a night out in Manch
A photo of Cure Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1226)
$31 to $50
American
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Cure is located at the corner of State and Penhallow Streets in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. We are within walking distance of Prescott Park, Strawberry Bank, Seacoast Repertory Theatre and Portsmouth Music Hall.
Our restaurant offers American Bistro cuisine, in a fine dining environment, at affordable prices. Cure is a great place for friends to meet, business functions, and romantic dining .

Top review
ScottS
Dined 3 days ago
As soon as we arrived we were greeted and whisked away to our table. Service was personal and the drinks flowed. The food was delicious and I recommend the Korean BBQ Short Ribs. Yum! We will be back.
A photo of Hanover Street Chophouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3926)
$31 to $50
Steak
Manchester
About the restaurant
We are committed to serving food that will be creative, yet “classic,” service that will be impeccable but not intimidating, in an ambiance that will be elegant, yet comfortable and inviting, ensuring a dining experience that will be extraordinary and memorable!
Top review
GailF
Dined 7 days ago
Service was excellent! Food was delicious however it is pricey. It definitely is a special occasion type place for us. This was our anniversary splurge. Every single thing we had was enjoyed . We left feeling quite full as the portions were ample for us. Had an early 5:30 reservation...quiet with fast service.
A photo of Otto - Portsmouth restaurant
4.6
4.6 (43)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the West End in the Frank Jones 1884 House, OTTO Portsmouth boasts spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and a 2-level bar with 24 taps. Enjoy full-service dining, our quick-serve slice counter, as well as takeout and delivery of your favorite OTTO pies, salads, apps, and desserts.
Top review
restaurantfan
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Pizza- onion and sausage- was undercooked and watery. I have had very good pizza here before but on this particular night the kitchen was not up to the task. Service was good but not overly attentive. Customers shouldn’t have to ask for utensils. I am hoping for better luck next time.
A photo of The Puddle Dock restaurant
4.8
4.8 (714)
$31 to $50
American
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Located on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Puddle Dock Restaurant proudly offers Modern Colonial feel and fare! Led by esteemed Executive Chef Derek Clough, the Puddle Dock Restaurant will take you back to Colonial America featuring English and American favorites, then snap you back to the present with our modern twists.

Chef Derek takes great pride in growing a lot of our vegetables, foraging our mushrooms, and presenting beauty for your palate. His care is evidence in some of our best-loved dishes, Yorkshire Pudding, Portuguese Salted Cod, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, and our signature Hoe Cake. Be sure to save room for dessert! All our desserts are made in house - Cinnamon Rum Breading, Dark Chocolate Pudding, and Posset are among the favorites!

Enjoy the ambience of our historic exposed beam building, once a general store offering penny candy, or enjoy our front and rear patios for dinner in the open air.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food and drinks. We had the soup of the day which was a truffle mushroom soup that was incredible. The duck was phenomenal! Excellent service.
A photo of Stella Blu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1089)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nashua
About the restaurant
Stella Blu provides an upscale casual approach to dining. Offering a combination of both large and small plates. Known for our award winning cocktails, friendly staff, and upbeat dining experience.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Sat outdoors and listened to live music. Aperol and Hugo Spritz’s were refreshing on a very hot day. Three of us shared the petit filet, lettuce wraps, street corn pizza and fried dumplings. All delicious. Thank you Ashley’s! ; )
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