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Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club, Portsmouth, NH

Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club

4.4
4.4
77 Reviews
$50 and over
American
$64.99 before tax and gratuity, excluding holiday buffets.
Includes entertainment, buffet and all coffee, tea, juice and soft drinks.
Alcoholic beverages are not included in this price.
Children 12 and under are $24.99 plus tax and gratuity, children under 3 will not be charged.

Open Seating from 10AM – 1:00P

Bop over to Jimmy’s for coffee, cocktails/mimosas and culinary delights – plus generous helpings of culture and great conversation. And when you do, be sure to prepare yourself for a special experience here at 135 Congress Street – a landmark 1905 meeting hall lovingly restored to serve our community as a world-class center for the arts and an intimate space to savor extraordinary sounds & tantalizing flavors.

*Pricing and times are subject to change depending on the concert schedule and holidays.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (888) 603-5299
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Brian Stuart
  • Private party facilities
    https://jimmysoncongress.com/private-events/
  • Neighborhood
    Portsmouth
  • Cross street
    Congress and Maplewood
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 77 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Hampshire

    Great for brunch

  • New Hampshire

    Innovative

  • New Hampshire

    Hot spot

  • New Hampshire

    Lively

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Great for brunch

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Innovative

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Good for groups

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Hot spot

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Lively

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    American

77 Reviews
  1. KatyH

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my sister and niece to this Jazz Brunch for Mother's Day. The buffet selections were off the charts and the food quality was very good - though some of the hot options could have been kept warmer (i.e. the quiches). Loved the jazz trio and the servers were all very friendly and attentive. My only detraction was the elevated price for the special day - and that at least 1 cocktail wasn't included in that price! Otherwise, and lovely experience.

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  2. portsmouthfoodie

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food choices, service and music to enjoy conversations at the table. A must! We have been before and will continue to attend. Love taking visitors there!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden Gem of Portsmouth. Great staff and ambience. Mother's Day brunch was a huge hit with my family. Food was high level impressive and and the band was great.

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  4. SteveB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have enjoyed a number of events at the Jimmy's Jazz club. Thank you.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mother's Day Brunch was wonderful! Great food, music, ambiance and service.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time at Jimmy’s. The brunch was outstanding. The food was top notch they had everything imaginable. Including an omelette station, fresh fruit, shrimp cocktail, cheese blintzes, croissants, desserts the list goes on and on. The staff could not have been any nicer or more attentive. My only complaint would be it was a little loud and difficult to talk. I definitely go again though because it was really fun.

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  7. Anonymous

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the venue, the service, the band and the food in general, however, we'd like to comment on two issues: 1. the coffee was honestly pretty bad and better options (cappuccino, espresso, etc.) are needed, and 2. better vegan food options also would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  8. JaneA

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great brunch. Buffet is vast and great variety of food. Music is enjoyable and at a volume that doesn't interfere with conversation. Very cool space. Friendly and attentive service.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful brunch with options for everyone, excellent service and a talented jazz trio! Will definitely return!

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  10. brianb

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great!! staff, our waitress was very accommodating and pleasant Nice music. just a little loud for mid-day brunch. Fabulous selection of food…some of which was fantastic, some just fair (which is typical of buffet, so no points lost for that). All in all, we would look forward to going again.

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  11. PabloA

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The venue is beautiful. The brunch selection was varied but the food quality was only so so. The jazz duo were underwhelming. Service was vague and inattentive. All in all, not worth $65 per person.

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  12. NicolasaL

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I traveled from Boston to Portsmouth, NH to visit Jimmy's Jazz Club on Sunday. I have to tell you that the trip was worth it! I love everything about it - the ambiance, the music, the decorations, the food - everything! Amelia, Tianna, and Joanny (my apologies if I misspelled your names) made our visit even more joyful. The brunch buffet was amazing (I forgot to ask for the omelet station chef's name, but hands down, one of the best omelets I've ever had). The chef was friendly, conversational, and welcoming. To make thing even better, the music by Mark Shilansky and Sara Caswell, was memorable. So, I am glad that we made this trip, and I highly recommend a visit to Jimmy's Jazz Club to anyone who loves great music, food, and a cozy and elegant ambiance.

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  13. JillO

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was great - great music (although a bit loud) and the food was good. Would we do the brunch again - most likely not as I think we expected more brunch choices (carving station, soup, small bites, salad choices). All in all it is a beautiful venue with amazing acoustics, and we are planning to try an evening performance/dinner at Jimmy's soon now that we have seen the inside.

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  14. Mainah

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small intimate and breathtaking environment. Very evident that special care and consideration was given to create this vene. Food choices were diverse and delicious. Waitstaff was attentive but not overbearing. Our server was immensely engagingly polite and professional. We never felt rushed and we were able to sit take in the ambience, great food and music, and catch up with our friends from out of state. Bravo! There is a world class venue in Portsmouth NH...run! Don't walk to experience this phenomenal venue.

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  15. Lulu

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The SPACE!!! The vibe. The music. Such a fun jazz brunch.

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  16. Scott

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The venue was very pleasing. Service was slow and mediocre a request for salt and pepper never materialized. When my meal was finished the White staff apologized for not bringing the salt and pepper, unfortunately however I do not tip for apologies, the purpose of tipping is to encourage good service I don't need an apology. She also said she would bring me a carafe of water right when I sat down that never appeared either. The food also barely adequate, it's not so much that the food was bad as it was not the quality I would expect for $65 plus tax and tip. Very little value for the money. The entertainment was also below par for the price.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere, music & service were great. The food was okay but it was a brunch buffet so it’s challenging to keep everything stocked and not picked over.

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  18. MichaelH

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time there for the brunch. Treated our friends for a special occasion. Food was delicious again. Place was packed so service was a bit slow. Loved the jazz trio... but for the brunch (and attempting to chat with friends), it was way too loud. Conversation was not an option. I will check ahead next time on the entertainment option. If I was just there with my wife, we would have enjoyed the trio much more. Still love the vibe. We'll be back :)

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  19. JohnB

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great entertainment! Good variety of food. We enjoyed it

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  20. Newton

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Brunch we have attended in years. The music was fantastic and the atmosphere was wonderful. I could have stayed all day .

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  21. JeffA

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been to Jimmy's many, many times for evening musical events. This past Sunday we, and two friends, went to the Sunday Jazz Brunch. The food was just OK, the music was just OK, service was friendly. At $65/pp this event offered poor value. It's way overpriced for what we got. Going forward, I'll happily go to musical events and enjoy the beautiful club. But I won't be going to Jazz Brunch here again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for brunch. It was nice but expensive. I would love to go back for a show at night though.

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  23. RobL

    New Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were surprised at the wide variety of food items available in the buffet. One person in our party found the music a bit too loud, but we were only a couple of tables back from the stage. It was fine for me and my wife. The band was quite good. We will be back again.

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  24. EmmaR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time coming to jimmy’s and I was so impressed. I live outside Boston and have always wanted to come up for a show. The venue is absolutely breathtaking, the acoustics are amazing, the food was delicious, the staff was wonderful, and the music was great. I would be hard pressed to find a comparable venue in Boston. I can’t wait to come back.

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  25. DisappointedDiner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was delicious, service was outstanding and the jazz piano was fantastic. We really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone.

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  26. LAWRENCEL

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience. I recommend anyone go for at least once. It definitely attracts a finer taste crowd, which I immensely appreciate.

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  27. GaryD

    New Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome venue, great music, excellent buffet. Slightly short staffed December 31st.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been to Jimmy’s several times for performances. We’ve enjoyed it. The space is lovely. I liked the idea of a jazz brunch. The performer was just ok. Although the Volume was good for talking she was not a dynamic performer. I expected something a little more substantial. Food was decent. They did a nice job replenishing and keeping it up. Our waitress was terribly slow. Kind but unable to keep up with drinks or clearing. Beverages took 20 mins. And so we did not really partake. I went to get her 2x. I thought she maybe having an issue with her glasses. It appeared that she was having some trouble navigating depth while serving. Unsteady. Others helped. I don’t know. It was odd. We were a party of 5. With the 20% tip it cost just shy of $500. I did not feel it was worth the money.

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  29. JulianaR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The venue is outstanding and beautiful and conducive to small or large parties. We had brunch on NY Eve. It was good but fell short of expectations for the price point. We had expected a bigger selection of brunch items and higher quality of food and service for the price. If you are looking for brunch, there are several other options in town that would offer a better value. I would definitely return for a show, but not brunch.

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  30. ReneeC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ChristmasEve brunch buffet Food was often refreshed and presented beautifully Great choices, my dining partner thought a bit seafood heavy, but i thought it was wonderful we loved the cocoa bar Service was A+ Music delightful

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  31. DelisaS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there and it was absolutely amazing.

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  32. Brenda

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Sunday Jazz Brunch and it was great, had everything you could want for a brunch. Omelette, breakfast sides, chicken & beef dish, pastries, deserts, make your own mimosa & bloody mary. We would not hesitate to return. Jazz was just the right volume, easy to have a conversation with great jazz as a background.

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  33. FoodFan

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall -- very good. A little disappointed that there was no (as advertised) carving station. Very small coffee cups -- had to flag down a waiter for a refill numerous times.

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  34. CarloT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very impressed by the whole experience. Everything was excellent. Jazz brunch was perfect. We'll be back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little disappointed as it's one of the biggest attractions in Portsmouth. Oh the food was definitely 5 star, but the price for on person, drinks not included or tip, I paid $110 for one person. Also, expected a little more of a jazz band, especially for a Sunday brunch.

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  36. Carmelac

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is hard to keep certain food fresh in a buffet - so the eggs Benedict (my favorite) was not appetizing— HOWEVER the buffet itself was outstanding, as was the service, and music! A wonderful experience!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The music was great….. ambiance was wonderful and we enjoyed the buffet.. such a variety of food. Wonderful

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  38. Janeo

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and ambiance. Entertainment was wonderful, and the service was great! The only thing I would mention is the cost for at least my party. I guess if you are a big buffet eater and can go back multiple times, you will get your monies worth!! I went back 3 times for different courses and could not squeeze in another bite. Every bite was wonderful though, and the desserts were to die for.

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  39. TimM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Buffet is just right: enough options for vegetarians and/or picky eaters and everyone else as well. It’s probably the best buffet you’ll ever have. Live music was nice as well; it can be hard to hear others at your table but that’s expected. It’s a great experience but I hesitate to call it a value; bill for 5 people was north of $400 with tip. It’s a good experience on a special occasion or a really nice date.

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  40. AndyO

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, music and service. My wife and friends loved our experience.

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FAQs

Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club is rated 4.4 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club

135 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Congress and Maplewood
  • Neighborhood
    Portsmouth
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brian Stuart
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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