Row 34 - Portsmouth

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We’re Row 34. If we could eat oysters and drink beer for every meal period, we probably would. Professionals Only.

Join us for $1 oysters everyday until 5 pm.

The sibling restaurant to Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34 serves up a seafood-heavy menu in an industrial-inspired setting. Chef/Owner Jeremy Sewall's menu offers fish entrees and an extensive oyster selection, along with craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Classic comfort food side dishes round out the menu.

Visit our sister restaurants: Row 34 Fort Point & Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston & Burlington).
What 495 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals that I’ve ever eaten in my life!

TJ
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dollar oysters are excellent... was a little disappointed with the table we had. It felt like we were kind of smushed between a hightop table and the waitstaff's prep station. But our server was awesome. Drinks were awesome and our server even treated us to a cordial because one of us was celebrating a birthday. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were excellent and the service was outstanding. Will definitely be going back again soon.

k
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was wonderful and attentive. Very nice atmosphere but the music was rather loud and that coupled will all tables being full, there were times where it was difficult her hear and made conversation difficult.

Their raw oysters are outstanding. My wife I I ordered flat hanger steak. Flavorful but one piece was full of grizzle and inedible.

Very limited dinner menu. Since I don’t most fish, my only other option was chicken or a burger. I would be great if they could offer another meat option.

All in all it was good and we would go back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was good. Very small menu, decent food, not good enough for the price. Music was very loud and very dance hall, not great for an intimate date night, seems to be more of a load group style restaurant

B
New England
53 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Had the salmon and tuna board. Excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh food is a rad thing to put in yo face and eat.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Raw bar food was delicious! Bartender was great. I need more of the Tuna tartare . I will still go to Baltimore for my crab cakes, this one did not meet expectations .

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always!

N
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to Row 34 in Portsmouth. Chris, the manager, always takes the time to make us feel special. The best!

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Not at all what I expected. The menu was not very descriptive and was limited. The bar selection also was extremely limited and they did not have a list of what liquors they had. The drink I got was a frozen drink and I absolutely would not have ordered if I knew that. I will not be back.

ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food wasnt as good as the other owned restaurants

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife an I had an amazing experience. The server was very accommodating and very pleasant... the food was delicious!

HE
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were outstanding. We took our clients there on their recommendation and everyone had a great time.

SK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Would have liked a few more seafood selections on menu. Lighting is a little to dark for my taste. Also music a little loud, but overall very nice experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and wine list. Very local food with a cosmopolitan twist.

B
New England
53 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We had the fish tacos, the salmon classic and the potatoes. Waiter was great. Recommend this place very highly

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy times here always!!!!!

KH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter took me here For my birthday. And I was treated like a Queen!

k
New England
45 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought friends for New Years Day brunch. You have two new fans! They’ll definitely be back. We promised to meet some Sunday for the ramen! Meantime we introduced them to our favorite oyster: Swell Oysters.

They agreed. They are The Bomb! Deeeelicious.

CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner here. The oysters we started with were excellent as were our main courses. Our server Conor was outstanding. Really an excellent experience. I’ve been here a few times before for drinks and snacks but never for a full meal as it is on the pricey side. The decor is minimal but somewhat cold.

SM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/ New Year casual.

SS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Portsmouth, bar none! Great team and great food!

S
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I felt the food was mediocre. Nothing fancy for the price. $20 for fish and chips. With a thimble full of cold slaw. Have to pay extra for a bread basket.

B
New England
154 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will drive for over an hour each way for this restaurant. Island Creek and Row 34 have other spots in Boston but this is our favorite.

c
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great atmosphere. Excellent service in the beginning. Overall the food was good not exceptional. The menu is somewhat limited. The wine list, well good is overpriced for what you get. The energy in this restaurant is excellent. You better have a fat wallet to walk in here…

WS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was nothing short of outstanding. Always an excellent meal and the oysters are top notch.

GS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was disappointing. Mediocre at best! Our waitress was very good and friendly. Menu seemed limited for a restaurant in Portsmouth!

PP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Row 34 is a sure thing! The food is fantastic, service is top notch, and the atmosphere is lively. Had oysters, tuna tartare, warm lobster roll, some corn bread, and their delicious dinner rolls. Awesome beer selection but went for the vodka instead. Highly recommend Row 34, probably been 15 times and every time I would have written a similar review.

GG
New England
72 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome oyster tacos, $1 oysters and the spaghetti was unusual and very tasty. Service was great; we were so glad to find it through Open Table!

U
New England
70 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All three of you loved our food! We shared the bacon wrapped brussel sprouts as an appetizer and they were delicious. We also started with a seasonal salad. I had the duck breast as the main course and it was terrific, although a tiny bit salty. The others enjoyed their main courses too. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. Drinks/martinis were excellent. Perfect place for a relaxing, not rushed dining experience. Overall excellent!

J
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal. Can’t wait to return

FT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Window seating is bit on the cold and breezy side

JB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great beers. Tuna tartare was heavily marinated with strong flavors that way overpowered the fish. Fish taco was great.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The warm buttered lobster roll was very salty (salt crystals in the lobster meat) and the there was too much butter on the roll and lobster.

BF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another excellent time. The food and service is always keeps us coming back.

TP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a modern but comfortable setting. Good wine list, both by glass and by bottle. Attentive but unintrusive service. One of our favorite Portsmouth restaurants.

SD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both excellent. Oysters were the best I've ever had. Ambiance is not my cup of tea. It's totally open and loud and, I believe, meant to appeal to a younger crowd while the cost might exclude much of that crowd. Pricing is what you might expect in Boston but not necessarily Portsmouth, NH. The Hanover Street parking garage is right next door and convenient, which is great because on-street parking is difficult to find. However, $16 for a 90-minute dining experience seems a bit much. When I made the dinner reservation through OpenTable, I was asked if this was a special occasion. I answered yes because we were taking my son out for his birthday, but I wasn't expecting anything. Row 34 brought out a complimentary gigantic ice cream sunday with a lit candle for the occasion, and that was a nice surprise. I would definitely recommend Row 34 to others, but be prepared to drop $150-200 for dinner for 2-3 people.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

With a 6:30 reservation, it took a long time after being seated to get service. It was nice to get some complimentary white wine while we waited for drink, so good recovery. Food was great.

GM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Staff were excellent. Cant say enough about the wait staff and bar staff. We went twice this past weekend because we were soo pleased!!