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About Permanently Closed - Brazo

This restaurant is permanently closed. What if Portsmouth had a fling with a Latin lover? What if mojo filled the streets, steaming with the heat of Cuban, Spanish and, Latin music. What if you could drink a caipirinha on a Tuesday night? Welcome to Brazo where the flavors of Latin and South America are completely at home in northern reaches. Its everything an exotic journey should be right in downtown Portsmouth. Viva Brazo!

75 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Argentinean, Cuban

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Closed Sundays and Mondays, Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 431-0050

Website:
http://www.brazorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking can be found within 1 block of the restaurant in the Citizens Bank lot.. There is metered parking available in front of the restaurant and on the surrounding blocks.

Valet parking is offered on Friday and Saturday nights provided by APS for a fee of $3

Executive Chef:
Brendan Levin

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant is available for private parties and functions.

Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Neal: (603) 431-0050

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Brazo - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (13)
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Bar Seating (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Delicious updated Latin cuisine

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Nice atmosphere and pleased to see some South American drinks/food options

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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food4
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service5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Very enjoyable during during Portsmouth Restaurant Week. Good choices, as well as a limited regular menu. Everyone enjoyed their meals and cocktails.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Food was very good, a bit pricey. Our main problem was our dinner seemed to be overlooked and we waited a long time to get our food. The problem was we had tickets for theater and ended up having to forego coffee. It was my husband's 60th birthday and they gave us a free birthday dessert but we couldn't take more than a bit or two because we had to get to the theater. I would go again when we didn't have to be out within 1.5 hours.

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food3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

The new menu is exciting--all four meals were perfectly done and offered pleasant taste surprises. The special beet salad was the best salad I've had in Portsmouth.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2016

My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. I ordered from the menu and the food was delicious. On the other hand, my husband ordered two specials and they were delicious as well. The wait staff was attentive to our needs and was forthcoming with recommendations. We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant and would definitely visit again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Outstanding service and ambiance. Food was above average

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

This was our first time at Brazo and it was delicious! I am very picky and was so happy to have such a flavorful meal. The service was wonderful, the host was pleasant and the atmosphere was great. We will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Spicy
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Terrible value for money, overpriced, lasagne was awful, and $24, are you serious? Two tacos, $17! They were good, but we brought people who had never been there before, we all agreed it was a ripoff.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2016

I find Brazo to be reliably awesome and I'm picky. The service has always been excellent, no exceptions, and they are very willing to accommodate food sensitivities. I love the romantic ambience with great music and dim lighting, Latin flair, but never too loud for good conversations (well, maybe at prime time on Friday and Saturday nights...). Chairs are comfortable and it's not a madhouse like many restaurants in Portsmouth these days (in fact, I'm afraid this review might ruin that, but I don't want them to go the way of so many trendy restaurants in Portsmouth so here I write!). I've never tasted anything at Brazo (which includes my dining company's dishes) that I didn't think was delicious. And they are willing to take reservations for just two, which I am finding rarer these days, also. Keep it up, Brazo!

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2016

The friends we dined with recommended Brazo because they ate there 2-3 yrs ago and said it was very good. They and we were disappointed! Wait staff was very nice. The food not so much.
I had mussels as an app and at least 6 were not open and the sauce tasted like french onion soup. Bread was very good. The Taco very expensive for the portion size. I had Fish Taco it was good. The MoJo Pork was ordered by the rest of the table....sauce good but the pork was very dry and not tender. We passed on dessert and will pass on Brazo forever more.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2016

We have dined at Brazos occasionally in the past and always had great service and a wonderful meal. It's been about a year since we were last there and what a disappointment, after 20 minutes we had to ask for a server , and it was not busy.
It seems that there have been dinner items removed from what was a small menu and is now even smaller. The food served was OK , it looks like we will have to find another favorite restaurant in Portsmouth.
Any suggestions?

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2016

As always, the food here was exceptional. My fiancé quite enjoyed the desert that she had, although it was a little different for my taste (garlic ice cream?!?). However, the waitress we had almost ruined the experience. She was very nice and genuine, but I'm guessing she doesn't have any experience as a waitress. The food took forever to get to our table, despite it not being crowded and we only saw her when she took our order, once when we had our food, and then when the bill came. She wasn't even the one that brought the food out to us. Again, great food, but for such a nice and on the expensive side restaurant, the service was unacceptable.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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service2
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Birthday dinner with my grown family. The service was fast and informative about the tapas choices. Food was delicious. Local veggies. Will be going back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Our server, Angelle, was very welcoming, personable and knowledgeable about the menu. She offered several suggestions that were spot-on. The food was delicious and the portions generous. My husband especially liked the fried lobster served with a special sauce that he kept raving about. I enjoyed the mojo pork and found the accompanying gnocchi different and very tasty.
Take advantage of the valet parking when available.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2016

My husband and I went to Brazo for date night this past Saturday and absolutely LOVED our meals. My husband raved that the Roasted Duck Breast was the best duck dish he has ever had, and he typically gets duck whenever we go to a nice restaurant (and he can be very picky!). My Prime Sirloin was cooked to perfection, and the chimichurri was fantastic. The Tres Leches cake is incredible. We are moving from Portsmouth to Andover, MA this weekend, but you can definitely count on us to come back to Brazo! It's our favorite restaurant! :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Not sure if they are under new ownership, but it was not the bustling, lively, great food and atmosphere restaurant it used to be.
We left before ordering after being seated adjacent to the only other couple in the restaurant and seeing the menu was offering cauliflower "steak" for an entree instead of the great Brazilian food they used to.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We found most of our entree's lacking in flavor - the cauliflower steak was overpriced and understated, as was the cauliflower taco. Fish taco was ok. Taro appetizer was bland.
Dark brown walls made it feel oppressive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Whenever we visit Portsmouth, we plan to visit Brazo for dinner

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2016

The food was fine, but certainly not worth the price tag and not as exciting as we had hoped. The service was wonderful and very attentive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2016

It was a great experience, delicious food, but a little pricey.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Mojo pork and tacos were both delicious, and drinks were good too. A little pricey and not a lot of options for apps. But overall pretty good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Nice ambiance good service and delicious food. We will definitely go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Service was great: service was timed well and professionally. Our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. We were there very early in order to get to a concert that evening. We appreciated her offer to turn down the music in our area when we asked to sit somewhere else. Food was great too! Not our 1st meal there and we will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Presentation is delightful -colors,creativity, height variety, texture! The dining experience begins with the eyes! Fresh, seasonal ingredients. Cocktails are smooth.
I wonder if the chef's and wait staff would suggest/offer salsa's and sauces to kick the flavor up (for the foodie types that need that little extra something). Perhaps some seasoning available table-side.
I will always return for food and lively conversation with friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Excellent service food the BBQ pork was amazing! Took my Mom for her 1st time. Won't be the last!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2016

The 2nd time we have gone. Both times excellent. Great service. Tapas came quickly and was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2016

The food, service and ambiance were excellent! Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Brazo is a great restaurant. The food is delicious and rich with flavors. The fish tacos are the best we have ever had. We have introduced a lot of friends to Brazo and heartily recommend it!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Brazo's food was outstanding! Delicious! We had the empanadas, the salmon, and the steak. The drinks were delicious too! The service was kind and personal and seemed genuinely grateful for our compliments. The prices were a little higher than our normal fare but we had a gift card, and we'd love to return again (hint, hint!). :)

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2016

We came here to celebrate our daughter's 23rd birthday. The service was great, and the food was delicious! We will definitely recommend this to others as well as visit again ourselves. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Have been to Brazo now 12 times and never once have I had a bad meal!! Service is perfect and with happy faces which is hard to find theses days.. No pressure on ordering and great recommendations !! Food came out hot and was cooked to perfection!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2016

We have always loved Brazo! I had to give it less stars this time as they changed the menu a lot since we last dined and didn't love the food as much :( Sad to see some of our favorites go.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Delicious food and drinks, all with an interesting twist on the flavors. Highly recommend the cocktails, the mussels and the steak. Plenty of spice - ask, or let your server know, if you don't like things spicy. Beautiful indoor setting, warm colors and spaces that keep tables quiet enough for good conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2016

Ambience at this restaurant is cozy and comfortable, and the service was outstanding. Our waitperson checked on us at just the right moments, was personable, and knowledgable about the menu. We ordered 3 different tacos, which weren't very impressive. The chicken was rubbery and not flavorful, the condiments inside the tacos, though tasty, were minimal.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2016

While we enjoyed the evening, the appetizer and my main course (soft shell crab) were over salted, and I like salty food . I informed my server and she simple stated that she would let the kitchen staff know , and she never got back to us concerning either dish.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2016

This restaurant went from my favorite in Southern New Hampshire to my no longer going there. Several months ago they ran a special on a website for a $50 gift certificate for $25, I bought one in my name and one in my wife's because we love the place so much. The first night we went I brought my brother. Both ordered the Pork Mojo, which was very salty and we commented about that to the waitress. I ate half of mine and my brother didn't eat his at all. I forget what my wife had it but she said it was good. The comped us with free dessert. The Three Milk Cake - fantastic.

We were disappointed, but since we had another certificate my wife and I decided to try it again. I had The Smoked Chicken Breast which was rubbery to cut and pink inside. I returned it for the had to return it because the chicken was still pink inside. I returned it for the TAZON DE FIDEOS which waitress recommended was supposed to have a tomato broth. It was not satisfying.

We have since learned that the original owners sold at the restaurant in February 2016 and there is a new chef.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2016

We went to Brazo because we had a Portsmouth Limelight Deal and we had never tried this restaurant. Some of the posted reviews on various websites were mixed, in particular one indicated that they thought the waitstaff was "offhand". WE did not find that to be the case, and our waitperson, Delaine, was superb in terms of being friendly, knowledgable bout the various dishes and helpful in assisting with our meal choices. The food was excellent and the Halibut special was superb. We will definitely return. Thank you for an enjoyable experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Delicious food! Great atmosphere and interesting selections... Amazing cake with caramel sauce for dessert.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Two couples enjoyed a fabulous early dinner. Our server was enthusiastic, attentive and informed. The setting was just right. The Tapas Appetizer was fun to share and the entrees were creative and delicious. We especially enjoyed the halibut special with kale risotto. Oh, and the cocktails were great! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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