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Jumpin Jays Fish Cafe

4.3
2190 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(603) 766-3474
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street
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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
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Very fresh, very good fish and shellfish. My husband and I were pleased!

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JaJo (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

The food was great! Enjoyed the raw bar. Our entrees were super tasty and appropriately portioned. Dessert and coffee were lovely as well. Howerever, the experience was made by the best server we have had any where in a long time. She was friendly, genuine, and had the perfect balance of checking in on us, and leaving us alone to enjoy our evening and meal.

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SeafoodLover (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2017

Always absolutely delicious! We wouldn't come to Portsmouth and not go to Jumpin' Jays. The atmosphere is nice - you can be dressed up or casual - but the food is SO good!! The mussels are better than any others we've had in the area, the seafood is delicious, and the Haddock Piccata and Seafood Mullugatawny Stew (with coconut milk!) are amazing!!

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EMJay (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2017

Great birthday dinner for a group of 7. everyone loved their dish! Prices a little steep but fish fresh and portions good.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 5, 2017

Once again the service and the food were excellent. We love this restaurant and will return.

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vipAlanKittery (New England)
1.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

Tried to make a reservation but to no avail!

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DoubleH (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2017

Food was very good, service was excellent, can't remember server's name. I think it was Jeff.

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11jlb74 (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

The waitstaff did a nice job and were very knowledgeable about what was and what was not Gluten Free on the menu.

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susieq (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

As always a great dinner! Everything was perfect. It's nice that there is a variety of options since my husband and I have different tastes. We can always find something we will both like. And everyone is always so nice and the drinks are pretty good too

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

Food was kinda of all delivered around the same time

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MARK (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2017

We were very satisfied with our meal. We were there on Shuck-a-Buck night; the oysters were deliciously fresh! Excellent spicy, fried calamari! Friendly, helpful staff and fast service.

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RTBJr (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2017

If you like consistent, excellent fish, this is the place! And wash it down with one of their super fine martinis. It is as good as it gets.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

Delicious seafood dinners. The halibut was excellent and the desserts were fabulous. We love eating at Jay's - one of our favorites on the seacoast.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

This was our first visit to Jumpin Jays. I had to eat gluten free and also couldn't eat garlic, onions, apples, etc., because of IBS. The waitress was super friendly and accommodating, and the menu also indicated gluten-free options. My husband and I are definitely "foodies," and the food here was delicious. We ordered calamari (not gluten-free), a salad with bacon marmalade, seafood mullitagawny, swordfish with a great citrus dijon sauce, beer, and wine. Everything was so delicious. I'd highly recommend this restaurant for the food and service.

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vipSpiritedCook (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

Always have an excellent experience here. Great to if you are going to a show at the Music Hall just a block away!

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