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Dolphin Striker

4.1
987 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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vipWolfman (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

Came for the lobster, but that's only served on Friday's and Saturdays; left pleasantly surprised and satisfied!

We weren't familiar with the restaurant scene in Portsmouth, so we chose Dolphin Striker for its availability on short notice and good yelp ratings (and because it served lobster which was a must for my wife because I refused to eat again at the Cape Neddick Lobster (rotting) Pound.

The inside is charming, much like we see in Boston, but understandably we were concerned that there was only one other table of diners in a town where most other restaurants were booked solid.

After having learned that the restaurant doesn't have a live lobster tank and hence no lobster except on Friday and Saturday, we focused on the other menu items - all which looked to be quite tasty. And we were not disappointed.

The Halibut Oscar was superb with tons of fresh crab meat and a hollondaise that was not too rich or lemony. The Wellonington Cannope was devine and the steak tips were fantastic.

The pricing was quite reasonable and the service was personable.

I'd highly recommend Dolphin Striker. I'd just like to know why they weren't busy. They've got a great location right at the end of Bow Street.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Fantastic food, great ambience but the best part was the service. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

We decided to try someplace different for dinner and we're glad we did. The restaurant has a nice rustic interior and is nice and quiet. We started out with the cheese plate which had a nice assortment of three different cheeses and toasted bread. For our meals we had the haddock piccata and beef Wellington. Everything was excellent including the service provided by Anne. We were so impressed we made it a point to talk to the owner, Peter, who stopped by our table. We will definitely be back next time we are in Portsmouth.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Good food and great service. In the end worth the money.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was delicious, although waitress did not mention that the appetizer (tuna cerviche) my husband ordered was the same exact item that would be in his trio entree dinner. He said tuna was delicious but too much tuna!

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BlackAngusDoesItWell (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Family dinner for 9 people. Great seafood. Everyone was very happy with the entire experience. The food and service were excellent. The room got noisy but overall it was great.

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vipHecate (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2017

Very nice evening meal. pretty view out side window of harbor. Had haddock piccata, very yummy, as was my watermelon martini. My son had the burger, also excellent. Service was attentive and nice. Recommended!

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vipresrvations (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Love the crab cakes with eggs benedict! The blackberry bellini was fresh and tasty!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food and service and the location in downtown Portsmouth is also nice. The manager/owner was very friendly and came over to our table 2-3 times to talk and make sure everything was OK.

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Dany (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Have not been here for a while. But thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and plan to return for other enticing items on the menu. Staff was warm and gracious, friendly and attentive. I guess we had forgotten how good it was - and definitely still is.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Our meals were excellent - I would highly recommend the beef wellington. It was cooked exactly as I requested. My husband had the seafood trio and was also pleased with his meal. Our server was very friendly and checked back several times to make sure we were pleased with our meals. The owner also stopped by our table and thanks us for spending our anniversary as his establishment. This is our 3rd year going to Dolphin Striker for a nice quiet anniversary celebration. It is worth the drive and we would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant for VERY GOOD food and service.

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WeLovePortsmouth (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Stopped here with my wife, son, and his girlfriend on a Friday night, our last night in Portsmouth. We were having trouble getting into other restaurants but found an opening here. Location is right down by the river, but not on it. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and able to make recommendations. The food was outstanding. We had mussels and oysters on the half shell as an appetizer. Average beer list, but sufficient. The fun part about this place is the Spring Hill Tavern located downstairs with nightly live music. It's a quaint little bar with the original Spring used to replenish ships back in the 1600's incorporated into the bar. Very cool! It can be cramped, but it's a fun atmosphere! This is the second time we've visited Portsmouth and we make it a point to come here.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

We were greeted as soon as we walked in. My open table reservation asked for a side table as I have a hearing problem and I was given a great seat next to a window and did a lot of people watching. The service was good, the food was very good and they make great cocktails. Prices were less than you see at comparable restaurants. I would go back.

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aphmd (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was excellent, and the service was friendly and attentive. The blackened salmon with pasta was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

My wife and I have been going to the dolphin striker now for 7 years to celebrate our anniversary and absolutely love it. We actually almost went to another restaurant this year to mix it up a bit but changed our minds last minute... And we weren't dissapointed. Food and environment are great!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

It was amazing. Our server was wonderful and extremely personable. It was a gorgeous night for watching passersby. The food was outstanding...from drinks to dessert.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

The food is always superb, the service pleasant and attentive! The historic building, the neighborhood ambiance are hard to beat.

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Whisky (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

We had a very nice time and our server was very accommodating to our party!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

Very good experience overall. Great atmosphere was spot on for the quiet sea coast dinner we were looking forward too. Food was excellent! It was a quieter night though and the staff seemed a bit less interested in the customers than personal conversation. Waited a while at for intial service then had to ask a different person than our waiter for the bill. All staff was super helpful and friendly though, would recommend to anyone looking for a nice meal.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

always a great place to dine,, historic Portsmouth...perfect location...and great food...service is exceptional

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