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About Dolphin Striker
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.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: Brunch: 9:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - close
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Entertainment 7 nights in The Spring Hill Tavern featuring outstanding artists from New England and beyond.
We suggest parking in the municipal garage, which is located just before the Bow Street intersection, on the right, on Hanover Street.
Seacoast Trolley Stop.
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!
Private Party Contact:
Manager: (603) 431-5222
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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.
Dolphin Striker Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
My husband and I chose Dolphin Striker as the single Portsmouth restaurant that we most wanted to visit just before our move from York, Maine to Chicago, IL. My husband ordered the large lobster mac & cheese, his favorite, and it was delicious. I had the blackened mahi mahi, which is served over fettuccine. It too was delicious. We will miss this restaurant, despite having an abundance of good restaurants available to us in Chicago!
Dolphin Striker is in downtown Portsmouth in the heart of the historic district. The building containing the restaurant is an old warehouse dating from the 1800s and has a charm of its own. We were there on a Thursday evening, and were seated in a bay window in the front dining room, which added to the charm of the restaurant as I could watch people enjoying their surroundings as they passed by.
My husband and I shared a salad, which was brought to us already divided - a very nice touch. He had the Haddock Oscar as a main dish and I had the Beef Wellington, and we were both satisfied with our choices. We shared a sinfully rich chocolate cake for dessert with our decaf coffee, since chocolate is always a great way to end a meal.
We have dined here many times over the years, and we have always been satisfied with the food and the service. Would definitely recommend, especially to visitors to the area as it embodies much of Portsmouth's past.
We went to celebrate college graduation. We had a large party. Our server was fantastic. They were plenty of options for the children and for the non-seafood eaters. The drink menu had something for everyone. We recommend a stop at the Dolphin Striker when you are in Portsmouth
Our waitress was slammed. She was very busy and not attentive. I was on a date with my girlfriend and it took 15 minutes for our drinks, only brought half our appetizers and my girlfriends steak was tough. The Maui Maui was incredible. Overall, I wouldn't return or recommend. High hopes, big let down.
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