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About Black Trumpet
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.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nearby Parking Garage, or Street
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.
Private Party Contact:
Denise Mallett: (877) 766-0994
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
Black Trumpet Ratings and Reviews
We sat upstairs in the bar area - was super cozy, warm, quiet. Great view of the harbor. Loved the service. Menu was inventive -something about the experience left us with a feeling of good - not great. We just ordered appetizers - maybe the main courses would have changed our review to excellent? Would go back for drinks - but probably not to eat.
Our meals were among the very best we have ever eaten. The flavors were unique and amazing. From the burger (not a regular burger!) to the pork loin with brussel sprouts (amazing mustard sauce) to the paella, we were all very satisfied. Two of us cannot have gluten. Our waiter was very kind and carefully accommodated our special needs. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Very disappointing. Despite all the hype, this restaurant is not worth the expense. Service was slow, despite the restaurant not being very full. They ran out of their daily specials early in the evening. After enjoying a nice bottle of Pinot Noir, we were unable to order another bottle. They were out of it. And they were likewise out of the only other comparable Pinot on their winelist. The lamb was tasteless and poorly prepared/presented. They forgot to bring one of the desserts we ordered. And were so slow returning to our table that by the time they offered to bring us what we had ordered, the other desserts were already finished. On top of all this, they had seated an 8 top in the middle of the downstairs dining room. The table was so loud and disruptive (constantly getting up and bumping into other diners) that is was quite difficult to have a conversation with people at our table.
As a final note, Black Trumpet is one of the many mediocre restaurants in Portsmouth that seems to live on an undeserved reputation (likely conferred upon it by people who do not know or expect better).
One of our favorite places for a more elegant meal with pleasant warm ambiance on a cold fall or winter night. We need to start eating there more often. This past time the duck leg (whole duck leg) confit small plate was wonderful and the special large plate of crispy braised turkey leg with mushrooms was a bit hit. Not to say that everything else we had was not.
Finally had a wonderful birthday dinner at Black Trumpet after often drooling over their menu posted outside as we walked by. The small and medium plates are a wonderful way to try and shared several different dishes. Everything we ordered was thoughtful, interesting, and super delicious. Can't wait to go back!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The duck confit appetizer was excellent and a generous portion (don't make it smaller now). The clam with polenta had far too few clams and too much clam broth - didn't quite hit the mark. The paella was delicious, but light on the fish/shellfish. The rice, however, was extremely flavorful and perfectly done. Our waitress was very friendly and quick with recommendations when asked. The whole restaurant staff was very attentive and friendly.
The restaurant started quiet, but then a table of eight arrived and the noise level became uncomfortable. Some of the volume is due to the hard surfaces of the restaurant - something they can resolve with some insulation. Restaurant owners need to let parties know when they are getting too loud and negatively effecting their fellow patrons.
The food wasn't good enough to overcome the noise level...probably wouldn't go back.
Excellent food and great service, warm and inviting space...a great dining experience all around. We had an excellent anniversary dinner. Our only suggested tweak (very minor) was the music being played was a bit too busy and loud for the rest of the vibe/space/evening.
The Black Trumpet is a dark, cozy, very romantic restaurant. The menu caters to every taste. The drinks, especially "The Black Trumpet " are delicious. The food is creative and exquisite. The service impeccable. A great place for a "special date " whether you've been together for years or are just beginning.
The new fall menu was in effect and it was amazing. It was difficult to choose as literally everything on menu was interesting and sounded delicious. We ended up ordering many small and medium plates to share. As for dessert, the pavlova with lemon curd was great, but the Mexican tiramisu my favorite. Best dessert I've ever had. All was exquisitely prepared. Even their signature cocktail was perfection. My only complaint is that "small bites" literally means exteremly small bites. That being said, you'll probably want to try so many different things that it's okay. I will definitely be returning.
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