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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

Overall Rating

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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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Good for Groups (897)
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Romantic (645)
Notable Wine List (444)
Great for Lunch (188)
Kid-friendly (173)
Late-night Find (133)
Good for a Date (75)
Local Ingredients (70)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Worth the Drive (57)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Casual (49)
Great for Brunch (43)
Healthy (42)
Bar Seating (36)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Scenic View (36)
Authentic (35)
Fun (35)
Pre/post Theatre (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Cozy (27)
Business Meals (24)
Comfort Food (14)
People Watching (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Great Beer (9)
Outstanding Value (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
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Seasonal (8)
Happy Hour (6)
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2016

We were two: the man loved every bit of his swordfish meal, while the lady frowned at the "compulsory" side orders of mashed potatoes and parsnips with her choice of crabcakes. Thus she lamented her decision, made with the encouragement of our server, to abandon her original plan to make a dinner of two appetizers. But the service was great and the value outstanding.

(As may be surmised, this review was prepared by the male diner.)

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Simple, fresh fish in a nice atmosphere. Menu does not change often, and the food is a bit pricey - but still a nice place to go.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Food was quite bland. Everything on the plate with the crab cake tasted the same and that should not have been the case. The entre was pretty boring, as well. We've been here several times and walk away wondering why we came back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2016

The waitstaff was very attentive and the oysters were decadent and some of the best I have had. From Portsmouth to Portland. The dipping sauces that my girlfriend and I chose were the perfect compliment to fresh fish. Jumpin' Jays has been consistently good each time I dine there!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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food5
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We went to Jumpin' Jay's upon a friend's recommendation, & we are certainly glad we did. Our server was well-versed, friendly, enthusiastic, w/a pleasant sense of humor. She guided us through the menu & then made spot-on suggestions. She knew exactly what we wanted! My husband had the tuna & veggies. He ordered it blackened, rare, as it was sushi grade. He said it was the best he'd ever eaten. The roasted veggies were mashed/pureed, & seasoned to perfection. My Monk fish came w/a delicious lobster sauce & was light & mouthwatering. My salad was crisp, fresh, & w/the exact amount of a tangy-sweet dressing. We were both clean-platers! We ordered the brownie sundae for dessert which was about as decadent as it gets. The brownies were dense & fudge-like - exactly as they should be! It was accompanied by ice cream & mouse that took this dish from an 8 to a 10. We would recommend Jumpin' Jay's in a heartbeat. Can't wait to be in Portsmouth again.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2016

A nice restaurant conveniently located across the street from a municipal parking lot. Atmosphere was pleasant and the service was very good. I had scallops with a lobster valoute sauce and they were excellent. I was not crazy about the vegetable selection of carrots and parsnips, but will give some points for trying to feature locally grown items in November.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 18, 2016

excellent tasty meal. Great portions, not too much or too little. Very satisfying and appropriately filling.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2016

The wait staff was pleasant. The fish(flounder) was not very tasty. The ambiance was fine. The mussles appetizer was excellent.

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food2
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Great food ( if you like fish) and great service! Could use a LOT MORE variety with the wine list and especially wines by the glass...... One lousy chardonay by the glass!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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service5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2016

As always the shuck a buck was excellent. The wait staff is awesome, they seem to work together without words, someone takes your order then bread is dropped off, oysters appear and are identified with gusto, drinks appear and so on and so on. Haven't been disappointed for as long as I've visited which has been more than 4 yrs...

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2016

A bunch of friends got together for dinner. The food was delicious. Service was good. When we arrived for our reservation they seated us immediately. We had a terrific evening and a great meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Parking was very close by at a public pay lot across the street. The restaurant was very lively when we arrived and we had a 15 minute wait at the bar before our table of 4 was seated. Service was great and the meals were wonderful. 2/4 chose from the Restaurant Week menu (which did not disappoint) and the other 2 chose apps and entrees from the regular menu. It was our first time dining at Jumpin' Jays and we will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

It was our third time back, and we happened to hit Restaurant Week! As always, food is very good. Wide range of seafood, well-prepared and a good value. Place is, by nature and size, always a little noisy, but not bad enough to complain about. We both had the salmon special, and it was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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food5
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service3
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Whenever we come to Portsmouth we love to eat at Jumping Jays...it is affordable, delicious and a fun place to go!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The food was very good and the wait staff was attentive and pleasant

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food5
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Morgan, our server, was exceptional! She was very courteous, helpful and engaged without being intrusive. The food was outstanding. A must when in Portsmouth.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Came highly recommended by a Portsmouth local bartender. Food was excellent! Wait staff wonderful. Would highly recommend. Loved the table for two in the window to the right of the entrance.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Service friendly, helpful, consistent & attentive. Food delicious, on time & presented well. We eat here frequently and took friends who had never been. One whom is not a fish lover but I convinced her to get the haddock piccata and she practically licked the plate she liked it so much. Always a favorite of mine!

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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

The meal was good but I expected better. I ordered the tuna -- it was seared and cut into slices, but the slices were small and seared on all sides so the rare portion was limited. For someone with a bigger appetite it might have been a small portion and a bit skimpy. --- It was good but not excellent or worth bragging about.

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food3
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Fantastic restaurant! Went for our anniversary and they put us at a perfect table by the window. We could easily talk and enjoyed looking outside. The service staff was wonderful, helping me find a cocktail that is enjoy and recommending a dish. Our water glasses never went below half full and we never once felt rushed or like our server was trying to turn over our table. The food was outstanding and we've already recommended it to friends. We are very much looking forward to going back!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Never disappoints! Food and service is consistently very good. Our go to or seafood.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Delicious food and excellent service during a recent birthday dinner with a friend. Thank you, Rachel, for your spot-on menu suggestions! That Pinot Gris is now my new favorite!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Competent food. Service by Dalia and team was excellent. Knowledgeable, professional and personable attention was given throughout. Alcoholic beverages were served in what I think were undersized glasses. Feels like drinks were short. Sangria portion definitely below competitive standard. Otherwise a fine evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Excellent , as always! Good food and we always enjoy our dining experience at Jumpin Jays

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The food is mediocre at best. I had the fish that was recommended by our waitress, with the sauce sampler. The sauces were basically glorified mustard, butter and mayo with wasabi and Thai thrown in. The fish was dry. This restaurant was way overpriced for the quality of the food. I will gladly pay for good food, however, we did experience that here. With so many other choices in Portsmouth, I recommend going elsewhere.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Great food, friendly and accommodating staff. We'll be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Love the Haddock Piccata. We were there on Dollar oyster night. Only wish there was a dollar shrimp cocktail night since neither of us like oysters!

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great food, great drinks! Super friendly attentive staff . Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

fabulous as usual.. Best mussels in town. Attentive wait staff. Entire staff says hello and goodbye. Love the atmosphere. Favorite spot in town.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Great location, friendly staff, great local seafood which was most likely swim a few hours before serving.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2016

Glad we booked even out of season as the place was very busy and had a great buzz. We had a fragrant Thai style fish 'stew' that was wonderful
House wine was very good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 17, 2016

The seafood was very fresh, and prepared extremely well. I had the Haddock Piccata, and highly recommend it! We all enjoyed their handcrafted cocktails -- the Speaking in Tongues was a nice twist on a Manhattan.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 16, 2016

We sat at the bar, and Ernie the bartender was our food server as well. He was very attentive, accommodating, helpful and really made our night and JJ's experience a delight. We will definitely return and hope to cross paths with him again. When service is outstanding even the food can be lacking (which it was not :) and you can still have a great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Loved this restaurant. The food was excellent and great drinks and atmosphere.
Highly recommended

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Our first time going to jumpin Jay's and we could not be happier. Really the food was excellent. Fresh seafood and local options. The local beer options were pretty impressive as well. We went for my wife's birthday and we were definitely impressed. The oysters, shrimp, calamari, monkfish and tuna were all exceptional.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2016

A wonderful dining experience. Attentive staff, good selection of seafood and well presented. Sauces are delicate and spicing is correct.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 12, 2016

food is excellent but portions small. Appetizers great but not enough for sharing

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Very crowded and noisy in the beginning (approximately 7:45 PM) due to a couple of rather "boisterous" characters at the bar, though this wound down as the evening progressed. Bartenders were a bit rude and not very acommadating. Service was initially slow, however did improve throughout the course of the evening. Food was excellent and the choice of having a sample of all the sauces available was a treat. Prices were a bit on the expensive side, but would go again for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Jumpin Jay's is THE spot to grab fresh seafood in Portsmouth NH. Us locals get Autumn's "Buck a Shuck", for dollar priced oysters out of the US and Canada. Squeeze in when they open at 5pm, 'cause at 5:30, every seat is filled up!

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2016

I have heard good things about Jumping Jays and was looking forward to trying it with a good friend. Even though it was a high Tuesday evening, I made a reservation. Nobody said there was a "time limit" on the reservation. We had a drink, we order dinner, and then after we ordered a second drink, the hostess came up to us saying they needed our table could we take our drinks to the bar. When I explained that I have a bad back and sitting and barstools is uncomfortable for me, she pursued the issue asking if we would be finished with the table within 15 minutes after our drinks. I have never encountered such rude service. We won't go back.

Tags: Business Meals
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