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About Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe

Located in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe is known to the locals as a fun & lively restaurant with friendly and knowledgeable service. Going on 16 years, we continue to pride ourselves with innovative seafood dishes and the freshest fish menu in Portsmouth. You can also enjoy fabulous wines from around the world, one of our famous martinis, or a locally brewed beer. Our Raw Bar offers a variety of the freshest oysters and clams found anywhere. Whether you prefer a cozy table or our full service, non-smoking bar, we guarantee a memorable experience!

150 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 766-3474

Website:
http://www.jumpinjays.com/

Parking Details:
Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe FREE PARKING on the corner of MIDDLE ST & MILLER AVE...less than three blocks away...a short 4 min & 39 second walk...enjoy the scenery and historic homes of Portsmouth!

Metered Parking is available across the street from Jumpin' Jay's.

Parking Garage is available on the corner of High & Hanover Street.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

I took my husband for Valentines dinner, and we were treated to a wonderful meal from appetizers to dessert. Will be back many more times!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Valentines

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

4 of us were there. We have all been there before, but we went that night mainly because it was "Valentines weekend" and they had an available reservation. Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a spill at the table and someone was there immediately to clean up. The food was very good, from appetizers to desserts with one exception. Two of us ordered the halibut and while one was served properly, mine was dry.
All in all it was fine and we will be back again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great food... loved the raw bar sampler:) service was perfect!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

I have never had a bad meal- have had a variety of dishes and love them all. My wife can;t bring herself to order anythhing but the Haddock Picatta as it is always perfect. Also, the PEI Mussels are a regualr favorite. Super service, great atmosphere and fu bar to have a drink or dine.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Always a good meal.. good service..never been disappointed.. always recommend to friends

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Thanks to Open Table we got the worst table in the Resturant! This has happened more than once at other Open Table restaurants. I finally asked the floor manager what is the deal she gave me a non answer.

Go to Jumpin Jays! The food was great and the service as well . I gave the waitress a 30% plus tip but I am all done with Open Table!

I hope someone from Open Table gets to read this but that is probably wishful thinking.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Cute spot for a Date Night. Easy to make reservations. Food was fantastic! Great calamari!! Friendly staff.

Tags: Casual, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We come here somewhat often as it has always delivered a great experience. Our server Katie B was very pleasant, easy and helpful. Knowledgeable about everything including gluten concerns for my wife who has a painful allergy. I also get the sense that they are stewards to their food sources and try to get local but also are guided by sustainability in local seafood choices. Please know everyone notices and is watching Jumpin' Jay's and their reputation. It's a sure bet for us when we have friends in town. Thanks to the whole team for keeping it top notch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for over a decade, have recommended it to many, always finding it an excellent place to take friends and family for seafood. This was not the case on Friday for our entrees. The service was excellent, and we enjoyed our appetizers. Entrees: one person's halibut was overcooked and the scallops scampi dish was uninspiring in contrast to the scallops at a restaurant in Portland the next night which were cooked perfectly and very tasty.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Excellent food! A bit pricey, but oh, so good!

Service was prompt, attentive yet not intrusive.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We arrived 45 minutes before our reservation hoping we could get in early. We could not and when we returned 40 minutes later, the hostess remembered us. Nice touch.

We had the calamari to start which was very good and served with 2 different sauces. My husband had the scallops and I had the swordfish both served with their fish sauce on the side. I didn't care for the vegetable that was listed on the menu and asked if they had another offering and they did. We did not feel rushed and our waitress Kyla was very nice and attentive. We were visiting the area for an overnight and we qould definitely return.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Love Jumpin Jays! Delicious seafood with a flair. My favorite restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Great spot for meeting clients. Easy parking, great menu and service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Date night before a show at the music hall- drinks were cold, calamari was delicious, and the diver scallops with lobster sauce were amazing. Can't go wrong here !

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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

A friend recommended this restaurant. We were seated promptly and a member of the wait staff appeared within minutes to take our drink order and explain the menu. The wait staff was very attentive without being annoying! Our food came out quickly and was hot and tasted fresh. My husband and I both had clam chowder to start and scallops for our entree. The food was delicious! I would definitely eat here again!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Such friendly, knowledgeable staff! Very impressed with the service of clearing and cleaning the table between courses and clean silverware without being asked. Outstanding fresh fish!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2017

I don't eat out often but Jumpin Jays is one of the places I like to go. The restaurant is intimate and fairly quiet. There are other intimate restaurants in the neighborhood, but none are so quiet. The food was excellent. Service was outstanding! My daughter was my guest. She lives in SF and is quite a fine chef herself. She is gluten free so her options were limited but the kitchen was completely willing to alter dishes to meet her needs. She was very pleased with the meal, ambience, and service. I enjoyed sharing a local gem.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

NYE dinner - great food and service!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great cocktails and wonderful fish. New Years eve, so extremely busy, with more hostesses than servers. Service was extremely slow, but luckily we were in no hurry. Fish is always excellent here, but awesome cocktails are not as common to find. We appreciated having both. Note that last time we dined, I mentioned in my review that wines by the bottle were too expensive. Now there are some more reasonably priced options. Thanks for that.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Another pleasant New Years Eve at Jays.
The food was great, as always, but it's the staff that gets the high marks. Even on a busy night, always polite and courteous. Our waitress was able to help select a Boyle of wine and skillfully answer questions about the menu. The lobster salad was excellent as was the monk fish.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Everyone was very happy with their food, drinks and service. I had the monkfish with the lobster sauce...it was outstanding! Definitely will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

This was our first visit to Portsmouth, NH and our first dining experience at Jumping' Jays. We started our meal with the crispy calamari which was very tender. I had the crab cake for an entree and it was very flavorful. My husband ordered the monkfish, with a lobster sauce. He described it as rich and filling! There was a nice selection of specialty cocktails, and a dessert menu. We shared the apple crumb cake with ice cream...delicious. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Overall, it was a very positive dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Always wonderful and this night was no different. The halibut was fantastic and service impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Great food, great service, just a wonderful experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

My wife and I had Christmas Eve dinner in this well-known Portsmouth restaurant, right in the heart of the downtown. The well-stocked raw bar was in view, making a half-dozen oysters irresistible for a starter. My wife had halibut, perfectly cooked, and I had the restaurant's signature dish, haddock piccata. Both were excellent. The reasonable portion sizes were not echoed in the dessert menu -- both of our choices, crême brulée and brownie sundae, were overly generous, though very tasty. As a baker, I enjoyed the fact that the brownies were crisp and nutty, rather then gooey and overpowering. Service was prompt and cheerful. The meal, as described, with two glasses of an excellent Sancerre, came to about $150 including the tip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Great meal and seafood. Excellent service. We genuinely enjoyed our visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Excellent service and excellent food. We were there on Christmas Eve and there were some really nice holiday specials. I will definitely be going back whenever I'm in Portsmouth again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Restaurant was fair at best. Overrated and not worth the price.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Jay's has been a staple date night destination of our's for years. Never disappoints.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Spicy, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Great downtown location. walking distance to Music Hall theater.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2016

A little formulaic.Good sourcing on the fish but too dependent on the sauces.After a few visits there are no pleasant surprises.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Hadn't eaten here in years, but it was soooo good will be back very soon. They even had smutty ginger beer.

Tags: Vegan, Business Meals, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Excellent food and service appropriate to our needing to talk.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Excellent, creative seafood. Nice ambiance. Really enjoyed the calamari salad with squid ink aoeli special. Also enjoyed the local redfish. Nice wine list.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Great service and the food is delicious. My favorite.... Haddock Piccata

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Started with shared appetizer, mussels, broth very flavorful & mussels very tender. We both decided on fish--diver scallops with lobster sauce and steelhead trout with a sauce server recommended not on menu, with capers, trout was good but scallops were exceptional. Unfortunately no room for dessert, but if we are in Portsmouth area again, definitely will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2016

A great place for dinner. Fresh fish is always fabulous.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Great atmosphere. Had the monk fish. Always good. Excellent service. Just a nice place for good food and atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2016

server (Tucker) was the best! good wine, great Cosmo (Pomegranate!) and of course, the food was excellent. the highlight was the PEI oysters.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Casual, Notable Wine List
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