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About Cure Restaurant
Cure is located at the corner of State and Penhallow Streets in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. We are within walking distance of Prescott Park, Strawberry Bank, Seacoast Repertory Theatre and Portsmouth Music Hall.
Our restaurant offers American Bistro cuisine, in a fine dining environment, at affordable prices. Cure is a great place for friends to meet, business functions, and romantic dining .
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Or if you can't find street parking the High-Hanover Parking Facility is available at
34 Hanover St, Portsmouth, NH.
We are located at 189 State street a short walk from the garage.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
Cure Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The setting was nice and cozy, it would have been better with softer lighting. The crabcake appetizer was excellent, but the entrees, the pork chop & lobster Mac & cheese were just so so. Didn't enjoy the pop music from the 60's & 70's, jazz would have been better. Was expecting more for the price.
Excellent restaurant. We went for restaurant week. Had a reservation at 6:30 and ended up having to wait for 30 minutes but once we got seated we did not get rushed. One of our guests complained that his steak was chewy although it tasted good. I had the Arctic char and it was not as good as it normally tastes. A little dry but good overall. Service and value was very good!
We had not been to CURE since they had first opened, but chose it for Seacoast Restaurant Week and were dining with friends who had never been there. We all had wonderful meals - the Pork Osso Buco was superb, and the Flourless Chocolate Torte was to die for!
Our friends thanked us profusely for this restaurant pick!
We went to cure for resturant week. It was absolutely wonderful! Between the delicious wine, amazing food and top notch service we will definitely be back!! Make sure to make a reservation if you are planning to head to Cure, as it is a smaller resturant and stays busy, for good reasons!!
What a neighborhood find. Cozy, intimate setting with old, exposed brick walls.
Waitress friendly and very knowledgeable about menu offerings.
We both took advantage of Restaurant week's offerings. Yummy potato pieriges as appetizers followed by Artic char and coyrvelle steak. Best was caramel-apple crepe and banana foster cheesecake in a mason jar.
It was perfect!!
I made a reservation 2 weeks ahead asking for a corner table. I am hearing impaired and a corner is best in restaurants. They had a table set aside for us.
It was restaurant week so we had a great 3 course meal at a value price.
We have been there before and will continue to go back.
It is a small place so you really should have a reservation.
One of my favorites.
Food was good. Table was cramped, server appeared somewhat miffed that we did not order apps and drinks, but we had gotten into the city sooner than expected and stopped at a couple of places prior to this restaurant. I was told that the chicken was going to take up to 20 minutes to cook, and she stated she just wanted to tell me that because we didn't order any appetizers. Ended up taking about 35 minutes to get our food. As I said food was very good, but we probably won't be back.
Parking: near impossible. Noise level OK if you're used to stadium rock concerts. Table at front door and across from heavily used woman's room was beyond comment. Rack of lamb (no wonder the price) was a cheap cut, gristly and fatty. Favorite line when the ladies had been served their and after 10 minutes I asked the waitress if she had forgotten our (the men's) martinis, she replied, "No, but I think the bartender did."
Forget "fine dining," I'm afraid eating at home is apparently the only way to go.
Decided to try his after looking at several on line reviews. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and had a last minute surprise to include my daughter. We showed up early and with one extra. Cure was gracious and accommodating and we were seated right away. The menu had something for everyone (including a great sounding vegan option!). I had the braised short ribs with a side of sweet potato gratin. Awesome and tender. My wife had the Lobster Mac and Cheese which she pronouoas the best ever. My daughter had the rack of lamb with polenta. Prices for each entree were in the mid $20’s and I felt were a great value for the quality of the meal. We all split the vanilla salted caramel cake for dessert and it was also a winner. Delicious and not cloyingly sweet. We will define be back! Great find in a great little city
Inviting and cozy environment with a menu that pleases many tastes without being boring. The hostess noticed that a member of our party was uncomfortable on the wooden chairs and offered a pillow, which made his experience much better. Our cocktails were well balanced. I’d absolutely recommend Cure for a special date and will be back.
My wife and I loved this place - we came for our anniversary, and the food and the service and drinks were incredible. we had the Chicken Liver Pate, Duck Breast, NY Strip, and the Chai Vanilla Creme Brûlée. They were all fantastic dishes, and really reasonably priced, and our server was even fantastic! Would definitely go back, and would recommend 100%
I had the charcuterie appetizer. It was actually only some pate on a slate that also featured grain mustard, cherry preserves, and pickled onions and incredible grilled baguette that was fantastic! This was the hit of the meal for both of us. My wife had heirloom tomato salad with the weak spot being the tomato, and lobster Mac and cheese with only two small pieces of lobster and dry pasta. I had lamb which was forgettable. We were told the chef was not there. It showed!
Past meals have been fine. Unfortunately this time we had a bad meal. It happens. But it happened to both of us. His meat was fatty to be inedible (and he likes fat). The tomato on a caprese salad wasn't ripe as in rock hard, and the added grilled chicken was over salted, rendering my meal inedible except for the burrata.
Service is always great. One of our favorite restaurants in Portsmouth. My husband loves the duck entree and french onion soup. I had the special, which was a swordfish, polenta and heirloom carrots, terrific. Normally I do not order swordfish at a restaurant because it tends to be overcooked, but I took a gamble with Cure and it was wonderfull
The Scallops and bacon app took forever to arrive and didn't have a lot of taste.
My main course, BBQ Short ribs was very good but was just a bit over sauced (lots of BBQ) my server had to be called over several times to refill my drink and ask about the app that was ordered, she was pleasant and did an adequate job but 3 stars for service is as far as I'd go.
It was overall a good experience but nothing that would make me want to come back.
We've been to Cure several times over the last few years. I can say that our early experiences, shortly after they opened, were better overall than the last two or three visits. In fact, our early visits convinced us that Cure was one of the best restaurants in Portsmouth. Unfortunately, we've changed our opinion on that. This last visit, my husband ordered the duck breast and for $25 there were only three very small medallions of meat and they were cold by the time they got to the table. I had the pork chop and while it was okay, I can't say it was anything to write home about. Our two previous visits were somewhat disappointing as well, though at the time we'd chalked it up to just an off night. After this last experience, we won't be back.
Overall enjoyable restaurant for a special occasion. The food is pricey but the servers do not rush you at all. Appetizers were very good and three of our four meals were wonderful. The duck breast was a little fatty (and therefore chewy). We didn't have time for dessert. Only negative initially was the location of our table. We were seated next to the door leading to the patio and the setting sun was in our faces. The staff quickly moved us to another table. A seat next to a door leading to the patio (high traffic) should have been used only as necessary.
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