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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (4609)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Manchester
About the restaurant
Cotton features the cooking of award-winning chef/author/owner Jeffrey Paige. Located in Manchester's Historic Millyard District, Cotton is known for exceptional farm to table comfort food, friendly yet professional service, and an inviting, casual upscale atmosphere. It's the place the New York Times calls hip, named one of the best neighborhood restaurants in the Northeast by Bon Appetit Magazine and holds the distinct honor of Best Martinis in New Hampshire year after year by NH Magazine and The Union Leader.

RESERVATIONS:
Patio dining is available April through October. To request a patio table please note this when you make your reservation. Weather permitting, we will call early afternoon the day of your reservation to confirm if patio seating is available. We cannot guarantee specific seating at this time but we always do our best.

Top review
TGav
Dined 3 days ago
Food is always excellent and you can't beat the prices!
A photo of Otto - Portsmouth restaurant
4.6
4.6 (45)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the West End in the Frank Jones 1884 House, OTTO Portsmouth boasts spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and a 2-level bar with 24 taps. Enjoy full-service dining, our quick-serve slice counter, as well as takeout and delivery of your favorite OTTO pies, salads, apps, and desserts.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
As always, Otto was the great experience we expect. Everything from the food to the service was fantastic.
A photo of The Carriage House restaurant
4.9
4.9 (782)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Rye
About the restaurant
The Carriage House, an oceanfront, modern New England restaurant and raw bar, is open at 2263 Ocean Boulevard on scenic Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Committed to honoring the restaurant’s rich traditions rooted in hospitality. Join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, sip a cocktail by our working fireplace, or take in the ocean views!
Top review
Lingvip
Dined 6 days ago
The Carriage House consistently is excellent! Every menu item is thoughtfully prepared and presented. The staff is attentive and makes you feel at home. The cocktails are inventive. Always a great vibe.
A photo of The Crown Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (812)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Manchester
About the restaurant
The Crown Tavern will be the perfect spot to unwind and savor the end of the day. Located in the heart of Manchester’s central downtown, The Crown is a place where you'll come to relax with friends, grab a drink, share some tasty bites, and enjoy the night as it unfolds.
Top review
2dads1sitter
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We had dinner after the show, and 3 generations were pleased. Top notch and friendly service, steaks perfectly cooked, great variety of drinks. In all, very satisfying cap to a night out in Manch
A photo of Ristorante Massimo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2731)
$31 to $50
Italian
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Please Note: Online Reservations are for our Main indoor dining room ONLY. Please call us directly for WIne Bar options at 603.436.4000. We reserve the right to charge $20.00 per person cancelation fee, please call us by 12:00p.m.. the day of your reservation to avoid possible cancelation fees.~~~~~~ Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the world's most celebrated restaurants. **limited dining room availability offered online**

Top review
Electravip
Dined 3 days ago
The swordfish special was amazing & delicious Five in our group had it & the other dish was the tagliatelle carbonara which was also superb Our server was wonderful & attentive to the right degree.
A photo of PastAmore restaurant
4.8
4.8 (272)
$30 and under
Italian
Amherst
About the restaurant
PastAmore is a restaurant serving Italian cuisine, deserts and salads. The restaurant takes reservations, offers take-outs and also provides catering services. The normal attire here is casual, with the ambience being classy, and the noise level has been rated as quiet during peak hours. It is a good place to visit with kids or large groups for dinner and there is also a private parking lot with bike parking and wheelchair accessibility here as well. PastAmore has a full alcohol bar and the interior of the restaurant is trendy and spacious.

The menu at PastAmore consists of Italian classic dishes such as the Veal Saltimboca, pasta, pizzas, and spaghetti. The restaurant was established in 2001 and the waiting staff is extremely friendly, and efficient in taking orders.

Top review
JohnL
Dined 3 days ago
Great waitstaff, friendly atmosphere. Food is always great. A hidden jewel!
A photo of Cure Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1230)
$31 to $50
American
Portsmouth
About the 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 .

Top review
DaveA
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous dinner. Patio is a good option if you’re looking for more space between tables.
A photo of Tomahawk Butchery and Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (173)
$30 and under
Steak
Merrimack
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We ordered the steak tips and a Reuben sandwich and both were excellent. Great food and great service! We’ll be back.
A photo of Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor restaurant
4.8
4.8 (858)
$30 and under
Afternoon Tea
Dover
About the restaurant
Serving Luncheon and High Tea, from soups, quiches, sandwiches, and salads to the fancy 3-tiered "Duchess" featuring delectable mini-sandwiches, scones w/Devonshire cream & lemon curd, finished with petite fours - for a full menu please see our website - you can reserve from there as well. Come enjoy our relaxing atmosphere in our beautiful 1871 Victorian Bed & Breakfast in historic Dover, NH. We also sell gift certificates, tea pots & accessories, over 30 flavors of loose leaf tea, tea wallets and cozies plus jewelry and other fine gifts! Reservations are preferred to be able to offer optimum service and availability.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This is the 2nd time my friends and I have come for high tea. What a lovely experience.
A photo of Mike's Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (42)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Nashua
About the restaurant
Welcome to Mike's Italian Kitchen. Mike's is the the most recent creation of the Michael Timothy's Dining Group. Mike's Italian Kitchen is in our flagship location at 212 Main St in downtown Nashua, where it all began. Our chef/owner Michael Buckley has always been inspired by classic Italian food, a food that evokes comfort, family and fun. The menu at Mike's Italian Kitchen is a modern interpretation of classic Italian comfort food. Select regional Italian wines add to the enjoyment of a meal celebrated with friends, family and colleagues.

Top review
SissyWig07
Dined 7 days ago
The food is outstanding! And the service was very good! The bread needs a little work.
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