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Black Trumpet

4.5
1428 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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Black Trumpet is a two-story bistro and wine bar in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic old port. Both floors offer views of the Piscataqua River and the oft-photographed tugboats that still escort enormous tankers into the harbor. Our first floor dining room offers a cozy, romantic setting with warm, unassuming service. The upstairs wine bar is a more intimate, convivial space. The menu changes every six weeks to capitalize on the freshest seasonal ingredients. The wine list features a variety of unheralded gems that pair well with the bold flavors of Chef Mallett’s cuisine. Black Trumpet’s cuisine reflects the chef-owner’s culinary curiosity, drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean as well as the Americas. A typical Black Trumpet menu may include influences from Spain, North Africa, Turkey and the Mexican heartland. Reservations are accepted in our dining room, the upstairs wine bar is first-come-first-served.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International
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Hours of operation
The dining room is open Sun-Thurs: 5:30pm - 9:00pm / Fri & Sat: 5:30-10:00pm. The wine bar opens nightly at 5:00.
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Phone number
(603) 431-0887
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Evan Mallett
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Private party facilities
The Black Trumpet dining room is available for social or corporate events seating up to 34 people. The entire restaurant is available for up to 68 people. The historic character and beauty of the room, along with unparalleled food and service, makes a truly memorable evening.
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Private party contact
Denise Mallett: (877) 766-0994
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Nearby Parking Garage, or Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
What 1428 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Black Trumpet was fantastic! From the service to the food, we had an excellent evening.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Small, intimate dining area in historic area near waterfront. Upscale menu with high quality ingredients.

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KrystleRyan (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I visited The Black Trumpet during a special one night get away for us. The atmosphere was beautiful, relaxing and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The bar tender even created a special drink for me based on a few of my favorite flavors. The only thing I would recommend is having a few more entree options. We had a wonderful time and do plan to visit again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic food and fantastic service !

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vipreturner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

We (two people) ate upstairs for the first time and liked it even more than downstairs. The food is wonderfully cooked and the wine list is fascinating (though we had beer).

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trolleyman (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Absolutely super. We went there for Portsmouth Restaurant Week and the food was really REALLY good. We will be returning there again 🤗

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Great ambiance and nice location, we are locals and had been meaning to go here for a long time. Very good bread and drink offerings. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the entrees. I ordered the seafood paella, which is one of my favorite things to order out. I had high expectations as this is a very well known restaurant in Portsmouth. The paella came with ONE scallop (it was cooked perfectly), two SMALL pieces of fish (salmon and white), six tiny mussels, and three to four tiny overcooked shrimp. The rice was greasy and crusty. For $32 and a restaurant of fine dining caliber, I expected a lot more and was very disappointed. The flavors of the paella could not individually tasted, they all blended into together, which made the dish boring. My husband ordered the pork fried steak, which was good, but it was accompanied by very salty greens. Again, we had higher expectations. We finished with Mexican Tiramisu, which ended up being very good (though I was nervous when ordering due to lacking entrees). Despite the ambiance and bread, I do not think we will return.

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RickScully (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

We arrived early and expected wait, but they showed us to our table immediately. Every member the staff we encountered was cheerful, polite and helpful. I don't recall if I mentioned our anniversary in our reservation or if they overheard, but our waitress surprised us after dinner with a slice of their amazing tiramisu with a candle in it. We had a wonderful experience, and recommend Chef Evan's restaurant and food to everyone. If we are lucky enough to be in Portsmouth again, we will surely return to this cozy gem.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Exceptional food. Wonderful service and ambience. Creative cocktails. What's not to love?

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

highly recommend...interesting menu coupled with excellent service and the food was delicious

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vipKCLMS (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Great meal, fun food, great service, relaxed romantic atmosphere upstairs...

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance and view! Awesome bartender! Food was delicious!

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Fenway (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

One of the best meals I've had in quite a while!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

I am a foie gras fan,,, the portion was way too small, was like 2 bites!! 😳 shouldn’t be chopped either!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service. We were allowed to have dinner at a slow pace. Each course was well prepared and presented.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Very creative and talented chef with a choice of small, medium and large plates. Great cocktails, excellent wine and awesome food made with fresh local ingredients. Very impressed

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

There are only two tables upstairs overlooking the water and we happily sat at the bar until one opened up. The bar menu is creative. The drink special in honor of Tom Petty and the signature Black Trumpet were both tasty and visually appealing. I would say that about all the food. Our waiter helped us with planning our meal. I am sorry I was too full for dessert, but don't pass on the bread.

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Run2eat (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. The service was awesome and everyone was friendly. The special fish dish was really good as well the "small" meals we ordered.
I would recommend to friends and family. We will be back a again for another great meal.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary here Saturday night. The customer service was impeccable. We enjoyed a cocktail upstairs while they got our table ready. The staff worked as a team to accommodate us all night. The food was great and very filling. Somehow the staff new that it was our anniversary and brought us dessert on the House. I would highly recommend this place for an anniversary or group outing.

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vipKathyB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent as always. A favorite spot to end the week....romantic and delicious. Service is top notch and the food is yummy.

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