This was an amazing experience at all levels. Every element of every dish was delicious and the pacing between courses was fantastic. I want to give special thanks to our server, John, for being so good at explaining the menu and making fantastic recommendations. Definitely will be returning to this phenomenal place.
Everything was mediocre at best. The food was meh. The service was meh. We had to wait half an hour because our reserved table wasn’t ready yet. I had heard good things so I was excited, but it was extremely underwhelming.
Waiter and rest of staff provided excellent service. New silver service with each course.
Wait staff was great, moved us to another table without us asking because there was a large noisy group next to us. They were attentive without being invasive. Food however was not great, appetizers missed the mark, were not well put together, flavors were jarring rather than harmonious. Main course was OK, steak was slightly overdone, but not bad. Accompanying potatoes and vegetables were bland and uninspiring. The price and reviews set our expectations above our experience.
We have eaten in 40 states and 5 countries. We live in Manhattan and the meal we had at the BT was one of the best we’ve EVER had.
The service was wonderful and the whole experience was just great. Thank you!
Over rated and over priced. Waiter was difficult to understand and the restaurant was dirty.
Creatively prepared dishes using high quality ingredients. We were delighted with our meal and the service was wonderful.
Delicious dinner! Portion sizes are on point, and our dinner was cooked to perfection. Highly recommended the chef’s mezze platter and grilled almonds to start. Ribeye and cod for entrees were full of flavor. We live in the greater NYC area, and this restaurant is better than many NYC restaurants at a third of the cost. Highly recommended.
Unusual and interesting menu choices. The Black Trumpet cocktail is fabulous. We shared four small plates. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
It was very hot upstairs. Even though AC was on, we were sweating and so was the waiter.
We went for dinner for our anniversary celebrations. The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. Thank -you for making our celebration so special. A must for all food.ies.It is absolutely worth the drive from Boston.
Visiting Portsmouth. Quaint venue, can be somewhat noisy due to acoustics. Somewhat limited menu but well prepared and tasty.
We came up to Portsmouth to do a reccie for a 2019 family reunion. The last time we had been was in 1977 and needless to say it's changed a lot. We booked a table at the Black Trumpet for dinner. The dining room is situated at street level on Ceres and is intimate and romantically lit. Noise level can be pretty high, dependent upon your fellow diners but this could be the norm for restaurant row on Ceres and Bow Sts. Service is excellent, attentive, timely and but not obtrusive. Nice selection of cocktails, wines by the glass and bottle. Menu is broken down into small, medium and large offerings. There were also a couple of specials the day we were there. We split the Chef's Meze selection from the small menu, then each ordered the fried eggplant from the medium section and each ordered the Zarzuela, a galician seafood stew. The meze consisted of three small offerings which for us were a chocolate meatloaf, a calamari and greens mix and a beef and greens mix. The calamari was the highlight of the meze. The fried eggplant was superb but in hindsight, should have split one order, noting that it was in the medium section of the menu. The Zarzuela was outanding, including mussels, clams and fish in a tomato based sauce with chickpeas and fried bread. Haha, the latter not seen since my last full english brekkie and great to mop up every last drop! Note that the strew was not a soupy mess like bouillabaisse can be at times. We split a dessert, strawberry rhubarb trifle. This time of year, it's a must have pud. Recommended! We will be back in 2019 for the reunion so it's on the list.
We (a party of 4) arrived 15 minutes early for our early dining reservation and were able to get a table upstairs which is smaller and quieter. There are several tables by the window looking out on the tugboats in the harbor, but they won’t reserve them in advance. The gourmet food and service are exquisite, simply the best dining experience in Portsmouth. Good wines and craft beers too.
Excellent food, food was slow due to kitchen problem that night. Bread was delicious and will be better if they are warm !
Everything was wonderful. The service. The food. The wine. The ambiance. Everything. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, efficient, personable...total package. The food was on point. Best Galician seafood stew I have ever had; and that includes all its cousins-bouillabaisse, zuppa di pesce, and cioppino. Brown butter potato gallate...OMG. and so on...
If you are near Portsmouth, NH. Stop. Eat. Repeat
Whenever I"m in the New England area, I make it a point to have dinner at Black Trumpet Bistro. Chef Evan Mallet and his team take the highest quality local ingredients and craft them into delicious seasonal cuisine. Service is friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The wine list features small grower producers from the old world, as well as some unique selections from California and Oregon. All of the wines are carefully selected to pair well with, and enhance the food. Black Trumpet is one of my favorite restaurants and I look forward to another dining experience very soon.
If your hungry, not for you
This restaurant has a nice ambiance, good service, refills water without requesting.
The bread and butter were tasteless, and the portion size for different dishes are very
different. My seafood dish in a light sauce ( $30) was so small I was hungry after that and my
small appetizer. The salmon dinner my husband ordered was a decent portion.
Usually I am not able to finish my dinner however, this was the opposite case.
Needless to say we will not be returning and will not recommend this restaurant to
This restaurant never disappoints w creative dishes and unusual ingredients. The service is always outstanding and the atmosphere perfect. An absolute treasure in portsmouth!
Dined with family we don't often see.
Exceptional and creative food, wonderful service. It would have been more comfortable if the space were cooler. It was during the awful hot and humid July, and perhaps the air conditioning just could not handle it, but it was a bit warm. The young woman with the ice water kept our glasses full, which was much appreciated.
Really love the fresh inventive dishes!
The menu has many good gluten free and vegan dishes.
My girlfriend and I went to BT to celebrate her birthday, and had a lovely time. Karen was particularly lovely as our server, and we have been talking about it since.
Very creative nand tasty dishes! Get small or medium plates to share and enjoy!
The Black Trumpet is all around excellent. the staff were attentive but not smothering, courses came in a timely manner and preparation was very interesting (in the best sense). The weakest point was perfectly adequate cappuccinos - when the weak point is a perfectly ok cappuccino that is not bad. All of the food from small plates to dessert were simply outstanding.
Recommended by a friend as the best restaurant in Portsmouth. It was very good, but with a limited menu. My wife had the zarzuela, and I had the crab, cucumber and buttermilk terrine from the "small dishes" plus the mussels from the "medium dishes" instead of anything from the "main dishes" section. My wife liked the zarzuela, and the mussels were very good with a nice, tangy sauce.
I would recommend this place, but first check the menu online to make sure that there's something on it that you would order.
Fantastic food, lovely restaurant. 7-25 7:30 pm. Waiter does not match the quality of the food and great setting. Hard to get his attention and when he would come by he was in a big hurry every time. Had to stop him three times from walking away after hurriedly telling us about drinks, menu, etc in order to ask a question about the choices. There were only about 4 or 5 tables with people. He was overbearing when he did come around. A shame. We would love to return if we knew we would have another waiter/waitress. Sorry.
This was my fourth trip to the Black Trumpet. It is always excellent. Incredible flavor in all dishes. The appetizer sampler is a must.
We received a very warm welcome. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. The had a table upstairs overlooking the boats and the water. It was cosy, candle light and fresh flowers on the table. We had the chefs special to start, a fresh local fish and vegetarian dish as a main course. I felt the dishes were nicely presented and different. I am actually not sure whether I liked them. It’s a matter of taste. still I recommend the restaurant.
Black Trumpet was wonderful. The food, servers, ambiance, and experience were even better than expected at a restaurant with so many good reviews. I would absolutely go there again.
Excellent restaurant. Food was great, especially the appetizers. Staff were lovely.
My birthday. But I don’t know why they reported that we did not keep our reservation. I have the receipt to prove that we did. The service was good and the waiter was friendly and helpful.
I can’t remember having a more overall great experience at a restaurant. Food, service, ambiance all marks hit high.
Nice anniversary dinner. Thanks!!
Best place to enjoy dinner. Best wait staff. I throughly enjoyed the pace of dinner having three courses and tea. The wait staff definitely enjoy having guests.
Excellent as always!
Have been to this restaurant and enjoyed it in the past - but this time the food was unimpressive and it was overwhelmingly noisy (we had to shout throughout dinner to make ourselves heard). Not interested in going back any time soon.
Exceptional ambiance, stone and brick. Good to great food.
Our meal was amazing and our waiter was not only attentive and knowledgable, he also was very personable. He listened to my wife's description of our wine preferences and suggested two different bottles and brought us samples. When we wondered about different appetizers, he suggested that we share three small dishes and then split the entree (a perfect compromise for us). The cod special with pine nut tartar sauce was one of the finest seafood dishes that I have ever had. Finally, at the end of the meal, he brought us a complimentary additional glass of wine to compensate for what he considered a long wait for our food. We will definitely be going back.
Absolutely the best clam chowder I’ve ever had. Not traditional New England style, more like clam stew. It was outta this world! Great dining experience for foodies. Everything was freshly prepared and courses paced perfectly. Highly recommend.
The food was superb and the service efficient and friendly. We had a memorable and delicious meal. Met our expectations for a top shelf chef-owned restaurant. Loved it. can't wait to return.
The “best yet” which is quite a statement as Black Trumpet has always been my favorite! Tonight my husband shared in the rave reviews! Our server was outstanding with a sense of humor and a beautiful voice for “happy bday”...so helpful in the difficult decision making with so many choices. The soft shell crabs and salmon were exquisitely prepared with amazing flavors...the flowerless chocolate cake out of this world. All this in the beautiful ambiance of Black Trumpet making for a delightful evening!