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Fat Belly's Grill and Bar

76 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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Fat Belly's is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Portsmouth. We feature two floors, with two unique atmosphere's. The Upstairs Lounge is a contemporary cocktail lounge featuring New Hampshire's only Ice Bar. Downstairs is a casual dining atmosphere with bar. Our menu is served to patrons on both floors. The Grill features the best burger in town, sweet potato fries, and other delicious American food.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(603) 610-4227
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Witney
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Cross street
Market St.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSunnyday (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a different expectation for this restaurant as it's on OpenTable - in reality it's VERY casual (food served in baskets with a paper lining) and all fried food tasted like the oil was old. Wouldn't go back....

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

Met family for lunch. The fries are wonderful, and everyone enjoyed their burgers, I paid the extra for the local grass fed beef it made for a tasty burger.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Yummy burgers and soul filling food

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

Without question - one of the best burgers I've ever had. Asked for it medium well, and it came out medium well. Rarely happens. Hand cut salt and vinegar fries, cooked to perfection. Waitress was attentive - checked in twice during the meal. She made it known she was there, but wasn't annoying about it. Window seating at sunset made for great conversation too. Prices were reasonable for downtown Portsmouth.

Bottom line: it's a pub. Kind of tight seating, but so worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

We made a reservation for 5pm for NY eve. We got an email from the establishment a few days before saying there may be delays. We arrived at 4:45 to see if we would be seated on time. They said they couldn't find my reservation but could seat us now.

They took our order & brought our drinks quickly. It took a little while longer for our food to come out. Unfortunately our orders were wrong. My daughter ordered chicken fingers/fries & side cesar. She got a cesar with grilled chicken on top. The vege's on my burger were wrong & I got fries instead of salad.
When I mentioned to the waitress that she brought the wrong order she denied it. My daughter didn't want to wait for them to redo it so we kept it. Don't know if the error happened by the waitress or in the kitchen. Chicken ended up being too spicy for my daughter.
Food was fairly good. Good portions.

When we finished I asked the waitress to make sure we were charged for what we ordered vs what we received (didn't want to be over charged). She gave me a frustrated look & said ok.

Iguana251 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Excellent place to grab a bite. Typical Bar Fare. Good burgers. Little tight moving around. Waitress was probably not old enough to drink and could not offer any info on many of the craft beers but other than that it was a very nice meal.

vipcjohnson (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Excellent pub burgers and sandwiches Casual atmosphere. Apps times perfectly before our meal Great sangria. We were an hour early for reservations due to pouring rain - we were seated immediately .

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

Nothing too special. Apparently, "medium rare" means something different to me (I wanted "hot pink" and told the waitress such, but the hamburger arrived midterm, on the verge of medium well). Otherwise, the fries were good and the location was great for people watching. :) I later walked to Clark's Ice Cream, since it was only a couple of blocks away, and that was great.

savagenh (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 10, 2016

Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated immediately. Wait staff was courteous and attentive. Food was good and a good value.

TheresaK (New England)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

The place was closed when we got there and no one even thought to tell people that had reservations......

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

They were closed for when we made reservations. Second time OpenTable has done this to me. Not sure the problem.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

We went for dinner on a Friday night, this was a great alternative to the more upscale places in the area who take themselves way too seriously! The food was good, hot and fast - service was excellent and everyone seemed pretty happy to be there! We had a great time and think for a casual meal it's a great choice - we will be back again for certain.

Pops81 (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Great food, Great Time

Breslin111 (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Brought some friends from out of town and had a terrific lunch ... awesome burger, cold beer and really good service. It's a gem of a spot.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

We arrived at 4:30 and were seated at a table for 4 in an area of the restaurant that should have been a table for 2. Waited about 10 minutes and no one came to our table. We were about to leave when he spoke with the inexperienced hostess. She explained to us the she forgot to tell out waitress that she seated us. Never once offered us anything for the inconvenience, but told us not to take it out on our waitress. Apps were Luke warm at best. Food was ok for the type of restaurant this was. When we left there was no one around.

SmokinJoeC (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

Been waiting to stop in and me and wife had the opportunity recently. Make it better it was on a Thursday so they had the $.49 chicken wings!! Advertise their wings And with good reason.. The wings were large and quite tasty! Teriyaki were excellent! I had a burger and it was very juicy and cooked right. I recommend a visit if you're in the area as there are many weekly deals provided.

vipDaveP (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2015

The food portions are enormous, hence the name!

MamaJay (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

Our daughter heard about Fat Belly's and we went one evening when we visited her at UNH. Great place, great service. Wings are the bomb---yummy!! Nachos were delicious too. Our burgers were tasty and inside were done well, but the outside was a little overdone for our liking. Everything else was good and we'd definitely go there again!

Ellen (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2015

We ate at Fat Belly's on a busy Saturday night. We new this was a casual, family friendly restaurant. Unfortunately we were seated next to a table of pound and unruly toddlers. The mother's had no control over the two boys. As this disruption continued for about 20 minutes, the manager checked in with us and apologized and offered us a round of drinks. This simple gesture is a display of great customer service. The waitress was truly attentive and the nachos and burgers were awesome!

srod (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2015

casual and relaxed! made reservation on open table...always a plus!