Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

4.7
327 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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 327 People Are Saying
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at the Bistrot!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently quality, well prepared food. Personal service, nice ambience.

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SS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both fabulous. Definitely one of our favorite places in downtown Portsmouth!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there with a friend before a show on a Friday night. Had a reservation at 6:30 and the show, which was at a very close by venue, was at 8. We were 10 minutes late (not cool on our part, sorry) but we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. At first I was worried that they were understaffed as it seemed to be just the owner and one server on the floor. The service ended up being remarkable and I enjoyed my coq au vin (sp?) tremendously! I live within a 10 minute walk of Bridge Street Bistro and dozens of other dining establishments but I hadn’t been here in many years. Glad I went, it’s on my short list now. 🤗

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way. Great wine list!

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SS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From Starter to Dessert the chef hit it out of the park. Every course was fresh and perfectly prepared,
Our server was personable and we were well taken care of. Highly recommend you give this restaurant a try, especially if you are from out of town. Also the dining room is nicely decorated and the lighting provided a nice ambiance.

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Caribbean
30 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely spot near other Portsmouth attractions located on second floor. Very comfortable, pleasant ambiance, friendly staff, and apparent care for quality ingredients and food preparation. Portions we’re just right; not oversized nor too small. Would return again.

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DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and friendly service contributed to a fantastic dinner and a great experience. My husband enjoyed his steak au poivre and I the Coq Au Vin, which was paired deliciously with a glass of Malbec.

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JT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hidden gem in Portsmouth. Very quaint with excellent food.

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P
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant! Food was delicious, service was remarkable. Met friends for dinner, everyone loved their meals. I strongly recommend Bridge Street Bistrot.

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JE
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What we prize most in a restaurant is consistency and an "almost-never-miss" highest quality. This bistrot provides it along with a most congenial staff out-front.

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DP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service!!!! One of the best restaurants on the Seacoast.

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was wonderful, great pacing of service, food was terrific. Duck confit perfect.

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J
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, terrific service and a really good meal! The menu makes decisions difficult - good selections and we found the preparation and presentation to be excellent.

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E
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Terrific little French place located in a renovated home, with upstairs seating and a downstairs bar/wine area. The food was unpretentious, well prepared and delightfully tasty. The wine list was much like the place itself - straightforward, easily approachable and quite affordable. In all a very pleasant choice for our first time (and first evening) in Portsmouth. I would highly recommend.

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New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varied menu to satisfy any palate all at reasonable prices. A definite go to restaurant 👍🤗

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EE
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Main dishes/meat need to be cooked more and sauces reduced more.

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Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was a treat for the food and service. Super inventive menu and a nicely paced service made this an oiutstanding experience.

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Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Could have been somewhere outside of Paris at a very good restaurant where chef and staff were on top of a range of preparations that relied on fresh ingredients, cooking to just the right stage (vegetable accompaniments) and light but delicious sauces (the fish of the day Provencal, for instance). Simple, unpretentious atmosphere reminding my wife and I of some excellent restaurants that we encountered driving through the French countryside. Wine list was limited but more than adequate and unusually well priced in contrast to extreme mark-ups encountered in many places.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A charming authentic French restaurant with friendly and knowledgeable servers who make you feel right at home. Such a great value for the high quality ingredients. Generous house salad with goat cheese - perfectly dressed with a wonderfully tasty vinaigrette - was plenty for my friend and I. My salmon/sea scallops entree was absolutely wonderful and accompanied by a potato cake wedge and perfectly cooked green beans and carrots. My friend had the turkey breast cordon bleu which was excellent. Perfect sized portions and we did share the flourless chocolate cake which was yummy. I felt as though I was dining in Paris. I just wish they would move to RI!

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PB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We made reservations based on the reviews. The ambiance is great, noise level is low and great for conversation. Service was very good and prompt. The appetizers were good, one of us had a the garden salad with goat cheese which was very fresh and quite good, the salmon mouse with gravlax was excellent and the mushroom crepe was OK. The main disappointment came with the entrees. The fish Provencal was not quite flavorless but did have an abundance of lavender. The monk fish was tough and the shrimp had not been completely deveined and the rice was mushy and a bit watery. Not what was expected.

I had the Bistro Seafood Stew and was absolutely disappointed. The fish was fine but it seemed as though it had been simmered in a watery fish stock and was quite flavorless. We mentioned our disappointment with the entrees to the waitress who offered for us to speak with the manager which at this point didn't seem to be worth the extra effort nor were we looking to have the meal comped. Again the ambiance is great, noise level is low and conducive to conversation and the service was very good. I can only chalk up the dining experience to an early reservation, we were seated at 6:15p.

One last comment we didn't receive an itemized bill but at that point we were happy to be on our way.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can say little more than it was outstanding in all ways

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R
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we went to our favorite restaurant for our 16th anniversary. Everything was great!

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k
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is small and the staff very personable and attentive. Our food was very good but with one disappointment - each dish arrived as if it had been sitting for a while and was not very hot.
The dining room is lovely and I would probably try it again.

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had read the reviews and wanted to give it a try so booked for our anniversary. Servers were top notch - friendly, not aloof and very attentive but not overbearing. They seemed to know exactly when to check in and when to walk by :)
The food was excellent! Great flavors and reasonable prices. If you are looking for a place where you can count on a great meal without the fancy, ingredients that you can't pronounce, this is definitely your place. Looking forward to returning to try other menu items!

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CT
New England
40 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With all the dining options in Portsmouth we choose the Bistro whenever we have the chance. The food is amazing, fresh and creative, not to mention delicious and a great value. The service is always impeccable and the ambiance is wonderful no matter the occasion. Although we'd love to keep this our little secret we can't recommend this wonderful restaurant more highly.

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s
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food by French Chef. Always enjoy our meals there. We sat downstairs. Service....terrific!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cordial staff were terrific, the bread was truly French, food excellent, decor and view were lovely.

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P
New England
51 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this real French Restaurant! Great food and service! One of our favorites.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice restaurant, great service, good menu for a good price.

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PH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A charming, small bistro with wonderful food and +++ service!

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DP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a get together for 8 people. The food, service, and atmosphere were great. I would recommend it highly.

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WC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my son's graduation dinner and we had an excellent meal. The service and food were excellent and we had a quiet table on the street level which we really appreciated.

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OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cute little quite restaurant with cliché decor of what we Americans apparently think France looks like. Staff was friendly and attentive. Being a French restaurant I was surprised at the lousy wine though. Bread was also stale. Main meals were very French in the size portion but tasty and cooked well. I got the meat trio, lamb was very gamey but others meats perfect. My husband got seafood stew which was very tasty. Overall not sure if I would go back but worth going once.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great experience at Bridge Street Bistro. The food is always excellent, the service is superb, the ambiance is lovely and quiet. They have a nice wine list and are always helpful. The wait staff is always knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. One of my very favorites!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite Anniversary dinner! The ambiance was intimate and quiet, warm and cozy-even though the weather outside was rainy and dreary. Excellent server who was quite informative about wine pairings and specials. Superb food and overall experience. We’ll be back when we are next in Portsmouth!

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JE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I do like the ladies out front here very much as well as the agreeable French ambience. I've had meals in the past that were unimprovable. On May 15, I was somewhat disappointed with the seasfood stew, in part because I thought that the shrimp were overcooked (completely unnecessary), the pot was too crowded with soaking bread (I know it's a European thing, but one piece would have been enough), and this French bistrot should be held to the very highest standards. On the other hand, my wife's swordfish was excellent, as were the bread, butter, and dessert.

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JK
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Our favorite Portsmouth spot.

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JD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always! Look forward to going back again soon!

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RO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tucked slightly out-of-the way but within walking distance of downtown Portsmouth, Bridge Street Bistrot is a gem worth seeking out. Tow dining rooms, up and down, we had dinner in the downstairs smaller room that had four tables in total. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful without being overbearing.The menu featured about twenty entrees focused on beef, chicken and seafood. We had salmon and coq au vin, each served with potatoes and greenbeans/carrots. All was cooked to perfection and served hot. Dessert was also very good as was the coffee.
The Bistrot has a good wine list and features a wine club with occasional events.
We had an excellent dinner for two with a bottle of good wine for less than $100.
We will be back.

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