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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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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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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
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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3.0  Dined 20 hours ago

Came in with kids, sat 10 minutes before opening, reservation was @5, they let us in no problem. no kids menu so the chefs whipped up some empanadas, kids were cranky, waiter offered us pasta for the kids and they didn’t have it...., would have been a better experience without the kids, the menu was good, the food was good. I honestly had really high expectations for this place but they weren’t meant, will definitely try again on a solo date night with the wife, the wife and kids were worn out after roaming the streets of Portsmouth on a rainy winter day.... next time will be better for sure....

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Valentine (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great experiece for my wife and I. Server was great and we were seated right at our reservation time, which I appreciated. Food is exceptional but I didn't like the Pumpernickel bread pudding, more of a personal preference. Great drink menu, wine is fantastic. I will go back again, loved it.

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LewH (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Superb food, thoughtful service, wonderful ambiance. A perfect evening in a great location.

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CRAFOODIE (Denver)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

ALWAYS OVER THE TOP.
WENT ON VALENTINE
S DAY LAST TIME LATE, SO THE STAFF WAS TIRED AS WE WERE LAST SERVED BUT STILL PULLED IT OFF.
LIVED IN PORTSMOUTH FOR 15 YEARS.
STILL BEST FINE DINING IN TOWN

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SteveB (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Quiet and cozy. Small number of tables on a quiet walking street. Love the brick and beams ... and small bar upstairs. The food was out of this world - especially the appetizers. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our Valentine/date night last night at The Black Trumpet. Our server Jon was really great. He was knowledgeable, attentive, timely, and has great people skills. The menu options were fantastic and we had trouble deciding, which is a good thing. My cocktail, The Black Trumpet, was amazing. This is a special restaurant and offers a truly unique selection of food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Lovely ambience, service and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

While in Portsmouth the Black Trumpet came recommended and it was very pleasant. The food is very good,and original. The atmosphere is a typical seaport tavern over looking the port. This would be a good spot to stop to get the feel of Portsmouth.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoyed our evening at Black Trumpet very much. Our food was wonderful. We were so impressed with everything we tasted. The service was perfect. And the environment was cozy and comfortable. We look forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Black Trumpet is very consistently one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I can rest assured that all ingredients are local, fresh and beautifully prepared. I've been going for years.

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msalsa (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The Black Trumpet was recommended to us by a friend as being a locavore hotspot. Located on a thriving seafront street in Portsmouth, walking into Black Trumpet one is automatically taken back a century. The aesthetic is very pleasing, darkened just right and low ceilings with open (and old) timbers. The restaurant is divided into two sections: one above, the bar; and the other the dining area below.

The menu is simple and the wine offering is excellent. The cheese plate included excellent New England cheeses, pickled beets and toasty crackers. The pig jowls were excellent with a fruity jelly on top that tasted best with the in-house baked rye bread rather than the crackers it was served with. The least favorite were the scallops; they were overcooked (an easy thing to do), but the pickled ginger (?) was great and probably house made. The deserts (I had the blondie) were somewhat lacking, but the presentation was good! The port that I ordered was chilled and I would much rather have such a drink at room temperature.

The ambience of the room was a bit taken because of the noise level; it was a bit difficult to have a conversation, but the service was great given that one understands that the approach is a bit European. That is, we made a reservation and it was apparent that we had the table for the evening. We were not rushed and were allowed time to enjoy the wine between the small plates that came and went.

Overall, with a bit of work in the kitchen given the excellent ingredients at hand, Black Trumpet could be a treasure trove.

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vipAOTANG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Very good pumpernickel bread for the table and then toasted for the appetizer of salmon pastrami. Excellent escargot variation in mushroom madeira sauce and baked paella negra. Strip Steak well prepared but cabbage garnish was a bit overpowering.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Place is awesome. Had a great, romantic anniversary dinner. This place is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Without a doubt, Black Trumpet is one of our favorite dining establishments. The food is fabulous -- both tasty and unique. Service is splendid in a relaxed fashion. Well worth the time (even driving up from the Boston area for a Saturday night date).

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Sadie (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Loved the whole evening. Looking forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

My boyfriend and I had a "date night" here on a Saturday evening. We chose to sit upstairs where it is very cozy, darker w/ candles and a rustic feel w/ the post and beam ceiling, small bar and small tables. With prompt and attentive service, an excellent wine list and a delicious menu... I would highly recommend bringing a date to this restaurant. Downstairs looked a bit brighter and with larger tables and I want to try that the next time!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Always a great menu with locally sourced ingredients. Love the unique crafted cocktails and creative daily specials. Located in a historic building; ambiance is wonderful. Never disappoints.

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Maryte (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

We had a great meal and the restaurant accommodated the need for soft food following dental surgery. Savory, creative and delicious! Cocktails and wine were terrific as well.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Came here for New Years Eve with my boyfriend, per recommendation of a friend. We were not disappointed! Cozy and quiet, and the food was phenomenal. The Brussel sprout app was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

We went for our 44 Anniversary. It was small and cozy. Food was good but a very small menu. I suspect it is because of the kitchen size. I be selective to whom I would recommend this restaurant.

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