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The Puddle Dock, Portsmouth, NH
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The Puddle Dock

4.7
4.7
458 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Puddle Dock Restaurant proudly offers Modern Colonial feel and fare! Led by esteemed Executive Chef Derek Clough, the Puddle Dock Restaurant will take you back to Colonial America featuring English and American favorites, then snap you back to the present with our modern twists.

Chef Derek takes great pride in growing a lot of our vegetables, foraging our mushrooms, and presenting beauty for your palate. His care is evidence in some of our best-loved dishes, Yorkshire Pudding, Portuguese Salted Cod, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, and our signature Hoe Cake. Be sure to save room for dessert! All our desserts are made in house - Cinnamon Rum Breading, Dark Chocolate Pudding, and Posset are among the favorites!

Enjoy the ambience of our historic exposed beam building, once a general store offering penny candy, or enjoy our front and rear patios for dinner in the open air.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (603) 373-8192
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Derek Clough
  • Neighborhood
    Portsmouth
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 458 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Hampshire

    Best Service

  • New Hampshire

    Best Ambiance

  • New Hampshire

    American

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Best Service

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    Great for scenic views

  • Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

    American

458 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time but certainly not our last. Very enjoyable. Everything was super including having parking available.

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  2. LoisR

    Atlanta Metro

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This restaurant is a neighborhood gem tying well into the theme of Strawbery Banke but with a modern touch. The ambiance was very nice and the food was great.

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  3. AlexanderS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 4 meals were amazing. Restaurant was busy but service was quick. Ambiance with string lights and music was perfect. Can't wait to go back.

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  4. JudyP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Our sever was lovely and professional. The food was outstanding.

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  5. JimC

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was very good as was the food. Definitely, will come back.

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  6. Newburyportfoodie

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely night out at The Puddle Dock! The swordfish, which had been recommended by Quinn, the bartender, was outstanding. Looking forward to returning soon!

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  7. MikeS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks, and service were all perfect. I had swordfish and my wife had the duck. We had the beet salad and the stuffed date appetizer. Dessert was chocolate pudding and bread pudding. Service was prompt, knowledgeable, and anticipated our needs. Can't wait to go back.

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  8. Maryf

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can always count on great food, ambiance and service at the Puddle Dock. I also appreciate their careful consideration of food allergies. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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  9. Kbak

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place on the Seacoast! Favorite spot indeed! Check it out.

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  10. TimT

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The campfire mussels, halibut, swordfish and the bread pudding were all fantastic. So was the service. The portions were moderate. The ambience of the restored colonial tavern was great.

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  11. CindyW

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    First time at the Puddle Dock and it was chosen as we could make a reservation on a very busy Portsmouth weekend. Our table was in a quiet corner and the service was good. Being in Portsmouth - a stones throw from the water - we thought local fish dishes were the way to go. Unfortunately, I couldn't eat the breaded hake - and I love white fish - and had to turn the dish away (which I never do!). It was translucent and the breading fell off the fish. Another diner had the swordfish - a fish that can typically shine on it's own - but was very thin and drowning in the almonds and sauces. A third diner had the pork belly and was underwhelmed as well. On the PD's behalf - the grilled lamb appetizer with pea and shallot sauce was outstanding! Sorry to say we won't be back :(

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  12. TracyD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Overpriced for what it is. Three of us dining, 2 of us thought our meals were small and bland. Appetizer was fabulous. Drinks made well but too expensive.

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  13. Luv2trvl

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening with friends. Delicious food, attentive service and comfortable ambiance.

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  14. TraceyK

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal with outstanding service. Can not wait to go back

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  15. Stan

    New York Area

    312 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    312 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent dinner-very interesting menu with many fine choices.Great atmosphere!

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  16. jim44

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful. Located in wonderful early American building just off the harbor. True feel of an English Pub. Service and food was very good.

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  17. Anniesappetite

    Greater Boston

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food , service and ambiance. Quintessential Portsmouth .

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  18. MichaelC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there. We had a wonderful experience and good service. The ambiance and the servers were phenomenal. Never been to that part of Portsmouth. We will endeavor to explore it again. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. The food was excellent. Menu was not overwhelming but sufficient to provide good choices.

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  19. KeciaH

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good wine selection. Shared the delish beet salad and we both had the popover for our meal. Perfect evening

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  20. KaitlinD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend and would return. The rib eye was cooked perfectly to med-rare with a perfect crust. It came with a fresh chimichurri that smelled, looked, and tasted fantastic. The drinks were well made, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting with extremely friendly staff.

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  21. MooseReview

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal dishes, all well prepared with some creative touches. Loved the BLT salad, bacon-wrapped figs and halibut. Service was top notch as well. The only recommendation I would make is to change the background music - it was a bit old fashioned. Overall, definitely going back!

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  22. Lance

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined here several times and it has always been a great experience. Our friends with us have also been here and just love it. It is one of our favorite places to dine!

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  23. DoctorD

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An exceptional experience across the board. Interesting menu, excellent food and prep (fried clams, devils on horseback, swordfish almondine and the best duck my partner has ever had--she eats a lot of duck). Some off-beat and imaginative entries on the wine list along with the standards. Service was attentive, fast and perfectly timed -- no waiting for wine after food arrives or anything remotely like that. Just all-around excellent, the smoothest and easiest dining-out experience we have had in months. If you get there early enough, there will be room in their own parking lot, too, avoiding a big Portsmouth problem. Noise level was higher than I would like, but not beyond reason; it's an old echo-ey building.

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  24. JenniferH

    Greater Boston

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food prepared.from fresh ingredients. Drinks are great, too! Our party of 6 had a great time :)

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  25. Billy

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was obviously built and is maintained by love.

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 25, 2023

    Billy, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience. We appreciate that you felt our love and passion.

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  26. Charlotteluvdfood

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Food would have been great but way too much salt on the fried clams and short ribs Saw chef from afar on cell phone ridiculous Waitress great! She couldn’t help that there was old lipstick stain on water glass.

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  27. SawyerG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary/date night spot. We will definitely be back soon.

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  28. Steve

    New Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The service was good and the ambience was nice, but the food was a bit of a mixed bag. The vegetables were the highlight of the meal. However, the meat dishes were either too salty, too raw on the inside, or burnt on the outside.

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  29. LydiaMaine

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so pleased to find the Puddle Dock and enjoy one of the best meals we have had in 2023. Wonderful food, innovative, great flavors, modern yet reminiscent of the US Colonial era. Superb wine list. The atmosphere was perfect for conversation, and the ambiance wonderful. We like our wait staff, and the managers who were so kind in explaining the bar's masterful painting. A real find and we will be back soon. And probably several times in the winter coming up too. PS the Cockie Leekie pie was superb. Lydia in Maine

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 18, 2023

    Lydia, Thank you for dining with The Puddle Dock. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled you enjoyed the time you spent with us, and thank you for seeing all we are.

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  30. KatieV

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A nice change from the downtown restaurant scene. Great location across from Prescott Park. I love the colonial flair with modern twist. Parking is a huge plus! Not noisy- easy to converse. No one rushed us out. Will definitely go back!

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 18, 2023

    Thank you for dining with The Puddle Dock. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled you enjoyed the time you spent with us, especially our parking lot.

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  31. Luv2trvl

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious, beautiful ambiance and great service!

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 18, 2023

    Thank you for dining with The Puddle Dock. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled you enjoyed the time you spent with us.

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  32. Steven

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here several times and have never been disappointed. The chef and kitchen personnel know their stuff. Every meal feels special. The service is excellent and the ambience is quaint.

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 18, 2023

    Thank you for dining with The Puddle Dock. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled you enjoyed the time you spent with us, and are happy we could make your experiences special. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  33. ElizabethC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS an amazing experience at Puddle Dock! The chef's creations are spectacular, especially the Portsmouth Chowder and Halibut.

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 18, 2023

    Thank you for dining with The Puddle Dock. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled you enjoyed the time you spent with us, especially your Portsmouth Chowder and Pan-Roasted Halibut.

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  34. PhilliesFan

    Philadelphia

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We've been to Puddle Dock twice within the past month. The only real issue is that it is freezing in the dining room. The food is consistent, high quality and plentiful. Our groups loved the chowder! Our first group of four was rushed, with entrees arriving before the wine arrived. Our second time the pacing was much better and we were able to enjoy drinks, appetizers, wine and entrees.

    The Puddle DockResponded on August 18, 2023

    Thank you for dining with The Puddle Dock. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We're thrilled you enjoyed the time you spent with us.

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  35. DaveM

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and ambiance was superb! We had the Cock-a-Leslie Pie and Shepherds Pie. Both were very flavorful and were large servings (we bought some home). We will be back!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time in Portsmouth and dinner our first night here. We had the mussels, the halibut, the chefs salad. All were unique & delicious! The drinks we ordered too were lovely. Our server, I think Natalia or Nathalie, was attentive & friendly. Definitely will come back when we visit the area again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Great spot for a visit to Portsmouth, NH . I recommend the bacon wrapped dates for appetizer!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our third visit and each time has been amazing. Food is spectacular and the ambiance is quaint and charming.

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  39. KristenS

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had some great food--the fish and chips, the chowders, and fried clams were all very good. Our lamb chops and shepherd's pie were ok. Love that there is an easy place to park. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

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  40. BrianH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    Unfortunately we ended up leaving after a drinks and our app. Although food did look good. They had a function upstairs and held things up. The Clam app was to well done and not a lot of clams for the price. Beers and drinks priced reasonable. We would try again but the price point on food was on the high side.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Puddle Dock offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (603) 373-8192.

The Puddle Dock is rated 4.7 stars by 458 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Puddle Dock

66 Marcy St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4650

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Portsmouth
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Derek Clough
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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