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Dolphin Striker

987 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Set in a historic building at the corner of Ceres and Bow Streets, and steps to Portsmouth Harbor, The Dolphin Striker is a gem in Portsmouth’s dining scene. Chef/Owner Scott Massidda's thoughtfully crafted menu presents a diverse cuisine inspired by flavors from all over the world. Scott gives our diners a wide variety of seafood delights from lobster to sea bass. Visitors and foodies alike are invited to visit and dine on the world cuisine with a New England style that we offer. With its curbside appeal and great location nestled amongst Portsmouth’s galleries and boutiques, The Dolphin Striker is a ‘must-see’ when in Portsmouth.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Sunday: Brunch: 9:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - close
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Phone number
(603) 431-5222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Massidda
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Private party facilities
Our function space will accommodate up to 35 guests, and our Tavern is available for up to 50. Please contact us for further information or to schedule a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Private party contact
Manager: (603) 431-5222
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
We suggest parking in the municipal garage, which is located just before the Bow Street intersection, on the right, on Hanover Street.
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Public transit
Seacoast Trolley Stop.
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Entertainment 7 nights in The Spring Hill Tavern featuring outstanding artists from New England and beyond.
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Special events & promotions
The Dolphin Striker will only serve a special 4 course $50 per/person New Years Eve menu. Please click on the "news" link on Dolphin Strikers website for the menu.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Carol (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

One of my top three restaurants for dinner in Portsmouth. The sushi grade tuna is a must have, the best I have found. Staff has always been friendly. Relaxing dining room.

vipKathy (New England)
1.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Would not recommend. Friendly but extremely slow disorganized service. Food below average

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Sad. Food was good but not great. We were there for about an hour and half and were the only dinners in the entire restaurant. Kind of creepy.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

Food quality did not match price point. The steak was clearly frozen and had not flavor what so ever. The lobster mac and cheese was disappointing and the variety of cheeses used didn't leave a pleasant flavor. Might have been an off night cause the place was empty but most likely wouldn't return.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Good service, great atmosphere, great food, good prices. Made our anniversary very special 😍

vipLocalFan (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We wanted a really good fish dinner and were thrilled that we chose this place. Our martinis were perfect and our seafood chowder was fantastic, full of fresh ingredients and spices in a perfect blend of cream and natural broth. A bowl with a salad could be a meal. The cup was generous and a wise choice when I saw the size of the haddock oscar, stuffed with delicious lump crab, all over perfectly grilled asparagus, a fabulous sauce, and with a lobster claw. We let the bar choice a glass of dry white wine and were delighted by his choice. We so wish this place were close to home as it would be frequented often. Given the culinary skilled shown with our choices there is clearly talent that would assure other item would be prepared equally well.

vipOutstanding (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

Dining out is an experience that should be positive, delicious and happy. The Dolphin Striker provides all that! Peter greeted us with a big welcoming smile and Ann, our server, was exceptional. We were visiting Portsmouth for the weekend, celebrating our 9-yr anniversary. We started with the PEI mussels as an appetizer, which blew us away! Ann provided us the extra bread for soaking up the heavenly broth. We both ordered the haddock, Dan the Oscar and me the Piccata. They did not disappoint. Dan says the Haddock Oscar was his favorite dish in Portsmouth! I wish I had a picture of the mussels.

All in all, our experience at Dolphin Striker was memorable and exception. If we are ever in Portsmouth again, we will be dining at this restaurant again for sure.

Thank you Peter and Ann!!!
Dan & Annette

Table4six (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

We had difficulty finding a restaurant in Portsmouth that would take a reservation for six on a Friday night. We found Dolphin Striker on Open Table. The food was surprisingly very good. We all had different entrees and everyone was happy. Would definitely return to Dolphin Striker.

TomandEd (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

We enjoyed the Tina sandwich which was just perfect after traveling all day. Stephanie was a very attentive and helpful server. Thanks!

EdRene (Naples)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Honestly, I don't know why there aren't more patrons. Fabulous meal, good portions and great service. I know Ptown has an abundance of restaurants, but the DS is one of the best values and we will be back aain and again!