Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar

4.8
359 reviews
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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
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New England
82 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic find in Portsmouth. Food exceeded our expectations and that is rare. Foodies will not be disappointed in this French Bistro which will not break your wallet. So many great choices and a fabulous wine list. The Italian Pino Grigio was the best I ever had. Worth a trip to Portsmouth which is a really nice NH city.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't think of anything negative to say about this place. The ambiance was warm, cozy, and welcoming, and the food was stellar. We'll be going back for sure!

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j
New England
92 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a very nice bistro. The Coquille St Jacque was just ok, the duck was very good.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food some of the best Ive ever had! The heat was a bit high in the restaurant making it uncomfortable dining experience. Get the dessert! Yum.

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KA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is as close to a perfect dining experience as you can get. Every meal I've had has been delicious, every time. The people who work there make the experience special every time. And the place itself makes a promise of a wonderful evening that it then keeps. I can't say enough about this place!

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have been to in years definitely going back

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JH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here prior to our flight from the Portsmouth airport... its only 10 minutes away. The food was delicious with perfectly sized portions and not overpriced! The staff was knowledgable and chill and this is a must for us going forward.
-Jenn

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L
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dinning experience. Quiet, great service and the food was delicious. Can't wait to reserve a table for us again.

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j
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed at Bridge Street Cafe -- love the cuisine -- everything is delicious, the drinks are fantastic and the wait staff is TERRIFIC!

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P
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each had a wonderful meal. The food was excellent and the waitstaff was very friendly and efficient. We would go back.

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drive up fromRI at least 4 times a year and your restaurant is our first priority. This time we were able to introduce a friend to this experience and she couldn’t have been more impressed. Everything was A+ as always and it was wonderful to be recognized and welcomed back by the owner and familiar wait staff. Can’t wait to return👍🍷🍽

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KP
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place - have been many times and not once have we been disappointed. Great chef, great service.

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IF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. We were on vacation in Portsmouth and found this gem on Open Table. I highly recommend the brie, filet, and chocolate cake! We loved the seafood stew and creme brulee as well. Compliments to the chef. We were told he makes all his desserts in house. The servers were friendly and very efficient as it was a busy Saturday night. We work in the restaurant business and we love treating ourselves. This was pretty spectacular! We will be recommending this place to all of our friends and will be sure to be back soon.

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CK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic (and delicious) French meal, great price in a very comfortable setting.

Restaurant has been in a converted historic home in Portsmouth for decades. We’ve dined in dozens of restaurants in the area, usually remembering about the bistrot while driving out of town after dining. Our two couples were seated at a table for four in the wine bar seating area, enjoying our courses over a few hours.

Cocktails to start, well presented with a healthy pour. We split a cheese slate, that had many choices.

We each selected a different entree. My duck two-ways was perfectly prepared. The others enjoyed turkey cordon blue, haddock with shrimp and a meat trio. The lamb filet on the trio was very tender, was the best entree out of our group. The common side on each plate was a shredded potato soufflé. It was crunchie, soft and light all at once...wow.

We split a chocolate fondue (for one) each having just a taste with our a coffee/after dinner drink.

All the food exceeded expectations.

Only thing glaring was with the wine. Plenty of selection, by glass and bottle, some great pairings with the meal. There were a couple of grocery store-like, $9 bottles listed for almost $40. There are plenty of low priced bottles of good wine on store shelves. Just like a great meal, finding one enhances the experience. Buying a mass produced bottle, commonly picked up at my market while getting paper towels and milk, just lessens the dining experience.

On the service side, our waitress was awesome. She handled both the upstairs and wine bar very efficiently. We were never rushed or forgotten.

We will be back!

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DL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Bridge Street Bistro and all four of us were very impressed. The food was authentically French bistro fare from the superb baguette and Cassoulet to the succulent duck and Steak au Poivre. The martinis and our bottle of Pinot Noir from Burgundy were excellent as well. Our waitress was friendly and attentive with just the right level of banter. Their dinner coupon makes this outstanding restaurant affordable for special occasions.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was top notch! The service and food are fabulous....we were saeted in the Wine Bar as the main dining room was closed. The Wine Bar is quaint, the food is fresh and carefully prepared, well portioned and reasonably priced. The wine list is good sized for a smaller establishment. The desserts are all housemade and are excellent. A must for anyone with a discriminating palette.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was top rate and quite personable. Very knowledgeable about wine pairings. This is our “go to” restaurant every time we visit Portsmouth. We love the intimacy of the downstairs tables and wine bar. Not noisy at all when dining at 6pm, and only moderately noisy later into a busy evening. There is also an upstairs dining area.
Above all, food is consistently delicious no matter what we order. This time we had the grass fed filet Au poivre and Farris island salmon Provençal. The grass fed beef was splendid!

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent boutique restaurant a little off the main drag that more than holds its own in the vibrant Portsmouth NH foodie community. The food is eclectic with a continental flair. Excellent wine selections available either by the bottle or glass. Very friendly and competent service. Easy parking available. This is our favorite Portsmouth restaurant.

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PF
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first visit! Interesting menu with something for everyone. Wine list was reasonable. We’ll definitely go back.

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SL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had high expectations for this restaurant, and it exceeded them in every department! Go here!

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JS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service is very good to excellent. Ambiance is a bit dated. Drinks were only fair - wine list is better. Overall a very enjoyable place.

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DC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant exceeded expectations, we were served delicious food from the savory mushroom crepe to the perfectly done creme brulee, each dish was thoughtfully prepared and presented. Our party of 4 enjoyed every aspect of our meals, drinks were excellent, friendly staff. Highly recommend. We will be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect and food is always fabulous!!

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m
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to the Bistrot. Food was excellent, service was excellent. Lovely view from the dining room. The squash soup special was fantastic.

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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here multiple times and it is always A+. The food, ambiance, wine, service...all excellent. It is a neighborhood gem.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Duck was fabulous!

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HE
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I dined here for our wedding anniversary. The building and atmosphere are a little dated but who cares really when the service and food are so good!!

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R
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another fantastic dinner at The Bridge Street Bistrot

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DP
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was wonderful. An intimate restaurant with wonderful food and service. I can't wait to go back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a birthday celebration with 3 couples. The birthday guest is very hard of hearing and a quiet table was requested - something away from other tables, close to a wall or in a corner. Unfortunately, we were given a table in the center of the room where the sound is loudest. Since the birthday guest arrived last, we couldn't switch to another table. Next time we will be very specific about where we want to be seated since it was not quiet enough for easy conversation at this spot.

All our appetizers and meals were delicious and well prepared. The only entree that was not satisfactory, although well prepared and tasty, was the haddock. The portion was VERY small compared to the meat entrees and we were a bit surprised considering the price. Desserts were outstanding as was the service. Would def. give this place another try.

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f
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, warm service in a lovely space. We will be back.

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H
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, cozy restaurant.

Great food, reasonable price, very good service...

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at the Bistrot!

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S
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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J
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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TB
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
21 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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T
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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