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Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

4.7
285 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Bistrot: from Bistrotier (FR) - "A small, chef-owned corner Café serving modest, down to earth, food and wine".

Chef Owner Stephan Mayeux (a native Parisian) and his wife Christine invite you to enjoy their own brand of Country French Cuisine in the welcoming comfort of their 1890's home. The Bridge Street Bistrot wine list features reasonably priced, young, drinkable table wines from around the world, with over 30 wines available by the glass. A full bar and bottled beer are also available. Because we are a small restaurant easily impacted by sudden cancellations, If your plans should change on the day of your reservation please contact the restaurant directly, prior to noontime. Larger parties require credit card confirmed reservations - please contact the restaurant directly. Thank You
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Wine Bar, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only
Tuesday - Saturday 5:15 PM to Close

Wine Bar
Tuesday - Saturday 5:00 PM to Close
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Phone number
(603) 430-9301
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stephan Mayeux
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bridge and Hanover St
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Parking details
Metered on street parking and metered public surface lot directly across street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 285 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful service. Food was excellent. We had a great time.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great little bistro in a quiet location. Cozy bar downstairs; candlelite dining upstairs. Seafood chowder is excellent. Dishes are inventive, great use of herbs/seasonings, and reasonably priced.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have dined her a few times and each time, our table has been ready when we arrived. The dining room upstairs is not very big but the tables are well separated from each other and the windows give a nice view on the comings and goings on in Portsmouth. While just on the outside of the downtown, it's only one block from the newer hotels. I find the food to be very good. It's rich and creamy and I tend to clean my plate. My companions did find some minor issues with the decor, saying it was a bit dated but to me, it was fine. We had a wonderful bottle of wine our party of three a few glasses each.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

There is a wine bar downstairs and upstairs is the lovely dining area. I loved the lighting and decor. The waitstaff were wonderful, knowledgable, and friendly. The service was quick and the food fresh and delicious. The preparations we each found to be unique and all of us were quite pleased with our dishes. We would strongly recommend Bridge Street Bistro and Wine Bar.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A lovely little restaurant a short walk away from the Music Hall. We had dinner prior to a show. The food is French and very well-prepared. I had the fish of the day cooked in the Provencal style for $22. It came with a wedge of shredded potatoes that was delicious and some root vegetables, which were very good. I had a green salad to start. My husband started with the seafood chowder that had plenty of delicious seafood in it. He ordered the salmon Epernay, which was well-cooked and served with rice. The waitstaff was very attentive and we had a great evening and will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, good service, cute atmosphere and very good value for the type and quality of the food

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Had a nice evening with friends visiting the area. Lovely ambiance and creative menu. We all enjoyed our choices.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

A great meal with excellent service, as usual!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I wanted to love this restaurant, but the food wasn't delicious and it should have been. With that said, this is a good restaurant for a date night where you and your date can enjoy a fun conversation. The wine list is vast, the service is top-notch, and the ambience is calm.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were seated promptly and courteously. The server explained the menu and was able to answer all our questions. Staff was attentive but not overbearing. The food was amazing! A perfect evening for a celebration.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent all around! Nice local place.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a lovely dinner for my birthday at Bridge Street Bistro. The service was excellent, timely, friendly, attention to detail. The meal was also very good, taste and excellent size.
We will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I brought my husband for a Valentine celebration dinner. The service was excellent, and my baked Brie was wonderful. My husband had the charcuterie and he said it was okay. I then was excited to have the Coquilles St. Jacques, until it arrived. The scallops did not have the muscle removed on either one and the shrimp were a little overdone. It and my husband’s Cassoulet were just okay. He said the meat in his dish were good, but the rest of it was just okay. The desserts were excellent! Overall the meal was fair, and when people are paying a lot for a special meal out, it should be better than just okay.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food and nice people. Very comfortable location.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

My sisters, parents and I had a rare and wonderful dinner together! The food is divine, and can't wait to go back again. The only reason for the moderate noise level comment is that there was a table of fourteen sharing the space, so it did get a little loud during our conversations, but not unmanageable. This restaurant is a New Favorite!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent all around!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a wonderful experience. Food, ambiance and service was excellent. We can't wait to return again for another great time.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Absolutely wonderful experince for myself and my wife. When the waitress (also the owner I think) heard it was our anniversary, she surprised us with some champagne. Food was amazing, service was excellent, and a great, romantic and charming atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Lovely restaurant. Food and service does not disappoint. Quiet enough to have an actual conversations. Reservations are necessary as it's quite small.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We cannot recommend The Bridge Street Bistrot enough. The staff are amazing and they are only outdone, if at all, by the food. The chef, from France, is fantastic and his care for the patrons shows in the magnificent food he serves.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Bridge Street Bistrot never disappoints. Excellent meal

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We arrived on time but the rest of the party was late but they were kind enough to seat us regardless. Appetizers we're good and the main courses were excellent. We had such a nice time, we ended up being the last party in the place

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

If you find yourself in Portsmouth, NH, do yourself a favor and check this place out. It has a charming, cozy atmosphereand a friendly, informed waitstaff. Make a reseration so as not to be turned away.
Prices are super reasonableand the food is consistently delicious. They have a decent wine list and truly yummy desserts.
We were just there Saturday night and are already looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We are frequent diners at the Bridge Street Bistrot. The food, ambiance and service are always exquisite. There is also a very inventive wine list. Bridge Street Bistrot is great for a night out, a special occasion or a gathering with friends. It is one of our favorite places in Portsmouth!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The Bistrot provided a good place to have dinner with friends.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Our 4th time there. Love it! Brought another couple and they enjoyed everything about it. Can’t beat their great food!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a late addition to our party and we were quickly accommodated. The food was absolutely delicious, the cocktails perfect and the wine selection superb! As always, this fit for foodies, neighborhood gem pleased all of our diners and the ambiance was perfect for a cold winter evening celebration seated near the cozy wood stove. The service was excellent, our every need anticipated but never rushed. This is our favorite spot in Portsmouth and with all the other fantastic options, that is quite an achievement!!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Love this restaurant. Food & drink absolutely delicious. Service was superb.
Can't wait to be in Portsmouth again so we can eat here again.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our 3rd time in a few months. We always love it! Great food and ambiance!

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was good but not particularly note-worth: Three dishes with a sauce all lacked the depth of flavor that French cuisine is known for ... good but not great. The atmosphere was cozy and warm on blustery snowy evening. Good wine selection.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Another excellent meal at the Bridge Street Bistro. My wife and I took my brother and his son who flew from California to attend a family birthday.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent Experience... despite one table that 2 were talking very loud... Service food and atmosphere was perfect for a chilly Friday dinner
Duck Duo was excellent wished a bit more offerings for dessert but still very tasty

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Enjoyed dinner prior to a show wit 3 others. We all felt that it was an excellent dining experience! All entrees were delicious and completely consumed. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Charming little restaurant with bay windows and cozy nooks. Solid and reasonably priced French cuisine prepared with partially local ingredients. Attentive and friendly waiters were rounding out a very pleasant evening at the bistro.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

We dined here with another couple. Enjoyed delicious food and wine. The menu was varied enough to order a “lighter” meal, which I prefer. We also appreciated the quietness of the dining room. The dinner coupon is another perk.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Delightful French bistro with meals as good as the bistros in Boston but $25-$30 less, per person.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Our second time. Everything was wonderful! Best restaurant in Portsmouth.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Fabulous food. Service was spot on. We started with the charcuterie board (very good). Entrée the meat trio (cooked to perfection). We had a nice bottle of French red wine (suggestion of server) very good.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic. With appropriate attentive Service and Food. From appetizer to entree to deserts , all home made. A special anniversary dinner made even more special at Bridge Street Bistro. Thank you !

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

It was a great place to meet up with friends The baked brie was amazing, great wine selection and the dinner was cooked to perfection!

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