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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 .

189 State St
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Penhallow

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 427-8258

Website:
http://www.curerestaurantportsmouth.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Julie Cutting

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Cure Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (51)
Cozy (47)
Fit for Foodies (34)
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Special Occasion (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Casual (30)
Local Ingredients (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fun (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Business Meals (9)
Seasonal (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Waterfront (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went to this restaurant for restaurant week. The portions were very generous, and the food was delicious! Between us, we tried most of the appetizers, mains, and desserts, and all were yummy! We love the atmosphere here, too! It is very cozy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This place is legit. Food is amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was delicious, the service people could put a little more effort into their appearance. Overall, a great experience!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Alissa is a fantastic waitress and the food is always incredible

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was good in general, but the steak was very smoky and needed seasoning. Would try it again. My boyfriend was very happy with the Osso buco. Drinks were a little pricey.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We LOVE this restaurant! It is our neighborhood gem but more importantly it always feels so cozy and welcoming. You can count on the menu standards but also the specials and seasonal changes!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was okay, but the food was subpar and definitely not worth the price points. Would not recommend to anyone.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

excellent service, great ambiance, intimate setting, could use a little more light but a decent value

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Casual
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fabulous food, service and atmosphere!
Our go-to restaurant in Portsmouth.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Service was friendly. A bit disappointed in our entrees as mine was overdone, and my spouse's was not very tasty. Good-sized cocktails are a plus. Some reasonably priced wines are welcoming. Excellent bread and butter.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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%

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Consistently fabulous! Wonderful flavor combinations and great gluten free accommodations

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is a great restaurant; cozy, warm, friendly efficient staff, and wonderful atmosphere. The food is always well prepared and a good selection of reasonably priced wines and spirits that easily pair with any with any menu selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent appetizer, salads and main courses. We did not eat desserts but saw some and they looked spectacular. Everyone raved about the dining experience. All round a perfect evening with friends!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of the best dining experiences we have had in a longtime. Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was excellent! Best cornbread ever!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Cure!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Delicious, incentive new American food. Fun, eclectic, casual atmosphere. Yum!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Started with soup. The carrot ginger was amazing and my husband always tries french onion if availabe and this one did not disappoint. Strak and lamb for dinner and cooked exactly as we asked. Veey good service. Definitely will be back.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Nice place . Wait staff was very nice but service was VERY Slow. Food took a very long time to reach the table but it was very tasty when it did.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Delicious meal, excellent service. Fresh ingredients, prepared and presented perfectly. Atmosphere relaxing and comfortable. On vacation, can't wait to be back in Portsmouth to enjoy another dinner at Cure.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Awesome food and friendly warm and efficient service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The best meal I have had out!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Always good. Best onion soup I've had since my friend, chef Franz Dubach from the William Tell restaurant in northern NH closed his place 7 years ago!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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