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Michelle's On Market Square

4.2
402 reviews
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$30 and under
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Provencal
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Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Open for brunch Friday-Sunday 9-2pm. Please call us if you have any questions.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Provencal, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(603) 427-8253
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Massidda
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2016

Surprised the crew with our arrival but they accommodated us before closing up for the holiday! Everyone was really hospitable and we enjoyed the quiet restaurant scene and didn't feel rushed. This spot really gives you an insider feel to downtown Portsmouth - people watching is prime at 2nd floor window spots. Menu is well-rounded and yummy with good portions (brunch that fueled us for hours without feeling engorged!!). Appreciate their laid back vibe!
I can see dinner being a more formal affair but want to come back soon to see myself!

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vipMJ1203 (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2016

Great brunch menu - lobster eggs benedict, smoked salmon egg scramble... yum! Place was packed! Will definitely be going again soon...

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MikeN (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Even though we were late due to traffic , the staff was very accommodating . Great food , Great service . Seat by the window allowed for great people watching on Market Square . Highly recommend giving it a try for brunch .

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Mary (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Really nice place. Decor was lovely. Our waitress was knowledgeable and adept. She was there when we needed her, but didn't hover or interrupt. The food was quite good, and there was enough diversity on the limited menu to make all bellies content. We were celebrating a couple UNH graduates and this was an ideal place for a special night.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on May 15, 2016

The food was overall okay. My French toast was cold. The poached eggs were excellent, however. Wish I had a few more roasted potatoes, they were good. The ambiance was nice, very eclectic. It was a bit crowded upstairs, so the volume and conversations were pretty loud. Our server was very nice and attentive. I would recommend coming again. Maybe to try dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

We had been to Michelle's before and loved it, so we were eager to get back. Overall great food and service. They did recently change their menu to a more limited selection that changes every week. This caught us a little off guard, as we were not able to order some of the previous items we loved. But the new specials we tried were great. Would definitely recommend trying Michelle's!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

The staff from hostess to waiter did a fantastic job. With a last minute reservation on Mother's day they sat us upstairs at the bar in a high top, was my favorite idea as we had our 2 year old daughter with us, but it did have a lovely view of the square from the window we sat in front of. The food was very good. I felt very welcomed multiple people stopped by our table and interacted with our daughter 1 woman even brought us books for her to read. I can't say enough about the staff, everyone was fantastic.

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vip2Frenchies (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

This is a weird little place with an open kitchen when you walk in the door and then most of the dining is up the stairs. We where there on a Sunday and there was a women making eggs in the front window and then they would sit on a counter for everybody walking into the restaurant to pass by. Then, they would go into the little open kitchen to have the added items put with it before serving. The food was tasty, it just seemed strange having the food out in the open like that. Everything tasted good and everybody seemed to like their food. We where seated in a back dining room when you come up the stairs and it was dark and their where no windows. The was very laid back and relaxed.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Nothing popped out at me as being outstanding. We were put in a corner, which was good from the stand of traffic, but they put us at a bar table, which we did not request, the table was tiny and it was a noisy area. The bar tender was our waiter, so service was minimal. The food was nothing special

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Small, intimate space right in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Excellent food and service! Everything we had was delicious (highly recommend the French onion soup and the Veal). Would definitely recommend Michelle's to other diners. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

Fantastic Bloody Mary. Great food. Excellent overall!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

The food as "pretty good". My haddock was delicious, except it was served in a broth with a thick spaghetti. You couldn't pick it up with a fork. a friend had a steak which was also very good. The wine just OK - very pricey.

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vipluv2eatout (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

We have returned to this restaurant for every Portsmouth restaurant week. Their offering is for any appetizer/salad or entree on their regular menu and a choice of 3 desserts - which is a great deal in a wonderful restaurant. This time my husband had the Lamb and Wild Boar Cassoulet (he loved it!) and I had the Haddock piccata (a special) for entrees. For appetizer, I had the French Onion Soup (delicious!) and he had the fried ham and cheese sandwich (croque monsieur) which he found both very generous as well as deliciou . For dessert he had the creme broulet and I had the brownie with melted vanilla ice cream drizzle. The desserts were the only mundane part of this dinner, but we highly recommend it to others.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

Love this place. Great brunch and bloody Mary's. Food is delicious. Wait staff is friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

Food was excellent, service seemed " distracted" we would eat here again

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vipJanet229 (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Michelle's is open Wed- Sun for dinner. no lunch. We were there on a rainy late winter night, so it was quiet. I had the rabbit which was excellent although the sausage that came with it was pretty dry. The mustard spaetzle (sp?) was an excellent choice to go with the rabbit. Bread was great. Did not have dessert.
We appreciated that the chef came out to check on our satisfaction.
It was a very pleasant evening and we would return.

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PJGears (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

This small little place right on Market Street is cozy and friendly. We had a table in a corner upstairs which was comfortable although the overall feel is a little tight if you're not near the front windows. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was delicious! I had the lobster benedict-generous serving of lobster and eggs cooked just the way I like them. The duck fat roasted potatoes did not disappoint, either! The French Toast was generous and very good, with real maple syrup on the table. The mushroom and truffle oil scramble was also very good. The orange juice tasted canned as opposed to fresh, but the coffee was very good.
I would come back for brunch again without hesitation.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

Had another wonderful brunch here. I had the Cuban sandwich, which was delicious! It's one of my go to's on the menu, when it's available. My friends had the crepes of the day and the breakfast sandwich, both were tasty. Service/staff were great! Looking forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2016

It was a lovely venue with great service and great food.
We all enjoyed a variety of dishes , great champagne and fresh strawberry cocktails, and wonderful coffee and dessert.
Would recommend with enthusiasm.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Ambience and service were excellent. Food was OK. The tuna was blackened with enough pepper to basically be inedible. Two of us had it and had the same response. The remainder of the food was good. Wine list was sparse. The big price tag brought the value way down.

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