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Fat Belly's Grill and Bar

3.7
76 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.2
ambience
3.5
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 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....

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Yummy burgers and soul filling food

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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 .

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on July 2, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on July 2, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Great food, Great Time

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2015

The food portions are enormous, hence the name!

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2015

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

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2015

I will temper my reaction somewhat because this day was the first day in approximately four months n which people were out and walking about - it was a looooong winter, folks. AND it was the start of Restaurant Week in Portsmouth. Having said that, our reservation was for 5pm because we needed to leave by 6:30 to attend a nearby concert. Let me just say, we barely made it there on time. Service was s l o w and felt chaotic. Food was okay, but it was difficult to enjoy ourselves because of the very slow service, even though 5pm is hardly anyone's idea of "prime" meal time. Nerve-wracking.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2014

The good was excellent and our service was very good. All the staff was very friendly. Definitely a fun bar scene. We would absolutely go back to this restaurant.

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1.0Dined on October 19, 2014

Waitress was extremely rude the food was not as good as last time. The order was mixed up because the waitress did not write anything down

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2014

We went to Portsmouth with three teenagers. Food options and affordability was a key. We found it in Fat Belly's. The service and the quality of food was great. We would certainly come back.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2014

Lobster roll way too much pepper. Fries way over done.

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2014

Do not go here. it is dirty, loud and the food is not very good. Me and my boyfriend were on a weekend vacation and choose this place based on good reviews. It is a small hole in the wall, which would be fine but it is not clean the service is confusing to say the least and when the food did come it was not good. I ordered a burger which was over cooked and greasy and the fries were limp and tasted like old oil. There appeared to be a club upstairs which was loud and distracting.

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1.0Dined on May 31, 2014

Knowing Portsmouth to be a foodie's paradise, we looked up a yummy place to eat on Open Table. Boy were we disappointed by Fat Belly's. The ambience was loud and the place dirty and reminded me of a run-down Applebees. The chicken sandwich I ordered, while edible, was nothing special. My husband's pulled pork sandwich was just okay. Both my sweet potato fries and his regular fries were greasy, limp and cold -- and had the taste of old oil. Nothing worse! Next time we'll just walk around until we find a good place on our own!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

We went on a Friday night and got a table right away. Awesome service great food and friendly staff. I would certainly go back.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2014

Fat Belly's has a great location, really good pub food, and friendly bartenders. It is crowded but cozy. We had pretty poor service on this visit but that is not the norm.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2014

The burgers were fine, lots of options and cooked to order, no one complained, but when you enter the restaurant you are greated with cleaning supplies stacked up on the side. Floors weren't exactly spotless but you kind of got the feeling they intended to create that "atmosphere". Regular fries are skinny, sweet potato fries an option - both actually crispy - hard to do. I'd say there are better places but we had a group and they took reservations on this system, so that was what we needed.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

The potato skins and macaroni and cheese with kielbasa were amazing!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2014

I ordered the local grass fed burger and it was delicious. The beers were good too. We also enjoy the music. And best of all we were able to reserve a table online a little before getting there.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2013

Liked the wings and spicy BBQ Burger.

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2013

The food was very good and it will definitely go back. I LOVE that they take reservations for small groups, but it is a mystery as to why they do not recognize the Open Table reserv so that proper credit is given. Make sure they acknowledge it when you go!

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2013

Great location and food. Very busy and friendly staff. Perfect rest stop while exploring Portsmouth!

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2013

They seems to specialize in burgers and cajun seasoning on the burgers. And they are amazing. I had he honey glaze cajun burger and it was perfect! Also great seasonal beer selection!! If going on a popular night like Fri or Sat I do recommend making a reservation because event though it is not super fancy, we never would have gotten in! Overall great food, drink, and price! Also, the fried pickles are the best!

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2013

The food was delicious and the portions were huge!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2013

Fun, energentic, fantastic food, great location, friendly and accomodating staff! Our family of four, including an infant sat next to a bachelorette party and both tables had a great time!

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2013

In a town where there are many dining options, Fat Belly's offers a reasonably priced menu, great ambiance and plenty of fun. Just the ticket when not looking for white tablecloths and haute elegance!

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2013

I was a little concerned when the place was empty a little after noon on a Tuesday. I definitely got that, "this is a bar, not a grill" feeling. However, the selection was better than standard bar fare and everything was very good. My only complaint was that my burger was well done instead of medium. Fortunately it was still moist.

Also, business was bustling by the time we left.

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