Martingale Wharf

4.2
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333 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
A casual-yet-sophisticated gathering place to enjoy quality food and drink with friends, and also a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy an intimate meal with family. Regardless of which setting you prefer, we offer menus that reflect both environments.
Whether you're seeking lighter fare on our spacious outdoor deck, or a gourmet dinner in one of our beautiful dining rooms, our talented culinary staff uses only the freshest ingredients. With everything from fresh seafood to succulent steaks to high-end comfort food, your meal will taste as good as it looks.

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What 333 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
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4.3
ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Sat at the bar for a drink before our reservation. Good vibes. Service from waiter was not attentive and rushed. Food and drink was good!

SB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Went there on Valentines Day. I was disappointed that we were seated in a side room that was far more casual and nowhere near as nice and vibrant as the main restaurant. We should have been told that’s where we’d be seated. I would’ve passed. Not a good start. The service was spotty and the food wasn’t great. Overcooked tuna and mushy lobster. With so many good places to eat in Portsmouth I’ll likely go elsewhere in the future.

L
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great. We were seated on time, staff was very friendly and our dining experience was enjoyable. We will be back in the summer so we can experience outside dining on the river.

EA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very accommodating!!
I called day before Valentine’s Day to change a reservation by adding an additional seat. Even though they were completely booked they found a way to make this request work!!
Excellent service by server and great food
Certainly will recommend to friends and Will return in the future!!

GI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful location right on the water. All the staff was very friendly. Our server was so friendly and knew the menu, especially the Valentines special menu.
Can’t wait to go back!!!

Y
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was so amazing. I had the scallops with roasted vegetables in an unbelievable sweetish sauce. My husband had the seafood stew, also so delicious. We will definitely be coming there more often!!!! Beautiful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing ambience. Music not loud able so I was able to hear my date. I wouldn't change a thing.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Food and drinks are terrific as is the service!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Portions were TINY and food looked old. Considering the high price point, we were more than a little disappointed. Would never go back. Too many other great places to eat in Portsmouth to try again.

RD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and really enjoyed.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good it was very loud though

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was top notch

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place with a lot of interesting history. Great water view and the lounge is great. What rose to the top was our server, Maria. She was full of energy and could't have been nicer !

KB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to martingale with my 3 sons. They got me a gift card and had never been there. Food was delicious. Service great and the atmosphere was very pretty. I would go back in the summer and sit on the deck. Definitely recommend!!

OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Portsmouth. Service was very attentive. The food was excellent as always. I highly recommend the lobster roll with a side of truffle fries. I get this each time I’m here. I haven’t been able to find a place that has a better lobster roll!!!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Good food, poor service. 30 minutes before drinks arrived. Didn’t get any better from there.

J
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Martingale Wharf. The ambiance was perfect and we all enjoyed our dinners. It was the perfect kick-off to the holidays! We especially loved the soup and fresh oysters!

MB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls holiday lunch, was awesome!

JH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great venue for a retirement luncheon. Staff was courteous

C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Ordinary selection of goodies at prices a bit too high. Ambiance is OK. Nice river view, though!

n
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a group of old friends. We go every year. We always go to this restaurant...love the food and cocktails. The area is so beautiful this time of the year. We never leave unhappy.

JJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Just wasn’t what I had expected

JR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kendra, our waitress, was fabulous!!!

HS
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful wether day so beautiful view of the waters. Nice decor inside. Lovely service although a bit on the slow slide. Not a place to go if you're in a rush. Good to enjoy the ambiance and company. Tasty food. Mussels were unique with dijon mustard - loved them. Burger, chicken entree, and kale salad all great too.

DW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waiter was unfriendly and did not provide great service. In addition, had a chip on the glass my cocktail was in and instead of replacing with a new cocktail the contents were poured into a new glass.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

room was cold, food mediocre; prices high. don't mind paying for high priced food, but should be worth it. Server was very good.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We searched for an “upscale” restaurant for a holiday outing before a play with our family. The online photos and menu appeared to be a fancier establishment. Paper napkins, and over priced food for a filet that had a Demi glaze that tasted burnt. Was very disappointed on the experience and the food.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We’ve been there several times in past years and had a great experience. This time not so much. Service was slow, food and drinks overpriced for the quality. We won’t be back.

KM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great survive... amazing food... really beautiful atmosphere ❤️

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Drinks are not very good menu is limited and $$

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server, Zack, was fantastic. The wait staff was helpful and very friendly. The food was very good. Muscle appetizer, seafood stew and salmon dinner, amazing desserts. I was just disturbed about the disposable napkins which create trash in the landfill while I’m eating a meal that’s $31 a plate. Literally, besides the napkins, I have no other complaints.

GS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was our 3rd visit to Martingale Wharf and each time I think it will get better, but it hasn’t. The view is awesome and we tend to eat on the early side to avoid noise so I said the noise level was quiet, but not the case at peak times. I ordered the Fish & Chips and there was no flavor to the fish - none. The batter was heavy but crisp and the fish was mushy. I wonder if it was previously frozen, not fresh at all. I don’t know what kind of fish the chef used but our waiter guessed Cod. Being from New England I think I know fish and this was not fresh or flavorful. Our waiter was attentive. We will not go back.

PH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time visitor with my wife. A Saturday night in early Nov. Book early. Nice ambiance and view. Kind server. Food was tasty - wish the seafood menu was a little more comprehensive. Street parking was not "easy" but not terrible either. Look forward to going back in Summer and dining out on what looked like a beautiful deck. Thanks Martingale.

Y
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. Service was awesome. The waiter had a good and fun sense of humor and was super patient with two of our elderly guests eating dinner with us. The food was plated beautifully.

EC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food & service were great. Was a quiet Thursday lunch so not too busy.

PH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. All the food was prepared well.

E
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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DF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriend's first time there for his birthday dinner and it could t have been better

MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful location. It would be great if they had heaters on the deck in addition to the fire pits.

J
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Took 15min to order an appetizer and drinks. On a date and sat between two extremely loud tables of 6+ in a corner. We could barely have a conversation. Server was not very attentive. My date and I split calamari, each had a fillet and I added scallops and we split a creme brule and we were both still hungry.