The food was excellent and the restaurant itself was beautiful. The bathroom didn’t look like it belonged at all.
Our friends arrived about 20 minutes before us, the second they sat down they were asked what they wanted to drink, which they asked for a minute to look at the menu. The waitress did not come back until 20 minutes later when we arrived, and she did the same thing yet failing to ask our friends who have been sitting there what they wanted while we browsed. About 15 minutes later (so now we’ve in total been here about 45 minutes) our drinks come and before we could say we were ready to order, the waitress took off and ultimately completely disappeared for a good half hour. Between the time of us sitting down and our food finally arriving at our table it’s was about an hour and a half at which point I had to get up and go to the bar to simply get us water as we were incredible parched since having not been offered any, the waitress arrived as I was pouring our group water and didn’t even acknowledge that I was doing her job!! The food was mediocre at best, beef was cooked okay however I was given raw potatoes and asparagus. For the fact that a group of 4 spent $300 the food and service should have been a lot different. I also found it unprofessional that at a nicer restaurant all the waitstaff was wearing jeans. Sloppy staff, sloppy service, not that great food. Will not be returning to this one, which is unfortunate it seemed like it would be a nice place.
We dine at Rudi's fairly often - it always meets our expectations, food, service and selections.
The host was not very professional. When we first arrived he said the table he was going to sit us at (we had made a reservation) still had people at it. Then he jumbled about what to do next. Then when we were seated he didn't give us menus. When another waitress saw this she asked him to give us some. He gave us food menus but then forgot the drink menus. So we had to ask and he responded in a tone that seemed almost annoyed that we asked for it. Also, our waitress didn't share th specials with us. We know there were some because we overheard them being shared with other tables after we had ordered. Otherwise, the service was good and the food was delicious. There was great jazz music playing. The bathrooms could use a renovation but the rest of the venue is beautiful.
I have been to Rudi's on several occasions and the food and service never fail to please. I do have to say that it seemed particularly noisy for dinner last Saturday evening. I arranged dinner for a large party of close friends and it was difficult to have a conversation without shouting to the people at the other end of the table. That said, on other visits to Rudi's it has been much quieter... maybe this was just a one time event. Let's hope so...
Excellent food, great service, great location. Wonderful menu choices.
We had never been to Rudi's before but it was close to the venue we were attending and decided to try it. It was excellant-the food was delicious and the service was friendly and professional. We did not sit at the bar but looked like a great place to eat as well. A plus is that they have a parking lot....
GET TOGETHER WITH 3 FRIENDS. HADN'T SEEN ONE ANOTHER FOR A LONG TIME. GREAT TABLE, LOVELY JAZZ. WAITRESS GAVE US A WIDE BERTH AS WE WERE SO BUSY CHATTING AND LAUGHING. OUR FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND SERVICE WAS GREAT. RECOMMEND!
Great food and service. We love the grilled salmon (weed love to know how you make the sherry vinegar sauce) over spinach, etc., excellent and healthy. We also had a cheese, fruit appetizer, which was excellent. Next time we will ask them to leave off the crostini toast as we don't eat bread and perhaps substitute carrots , cukes or celery? Not to mention, the piano music was lovely... Thanks, Rudi's!
Went to Rudi's for lunch, went for 11am so pretty quiet at that time of day. Server was very nice and accomodating, she made us feel comfortable. The food was ok, not great as I was led to believe by recommendations. Had eggs benedict, made different ways - Irish, Crab, Crab cake and traditional. All lacked any real inventivness other than using a bachemal on the crab cake.
Would try agian to see if the regular menu is any better.
Dining area near the bar was a little too noisy for quiet conversation, but it was St. Patrick's day. Food was great and waitress respected the fact we were on a date and wasn't intrusive.
Exceeded expectations, great service, food was freat
The bread was absolutely delicious as was the flavored butter. I had a salmon special and it was also very very good. My husband loved the mac and Cheese and the grilled asparagus salad (he did find the salad a little too salty for his liking.)
Our waitress was right on when needed. Very efficient and pleasant.
Finally a restaurant that has a quiet ambiance. Nice music and low noise level. I wish more places would get this figured out.
Early dinner for 4. Slow service and menu “basic” and under interesting
My Husband ordered the lamb. We barley made it back to the Hotel! It’s been a long night....
Excellent food, excellent service. The friend Brie appetizer was amazing! Our waiter was well-skilled and attentive. Water glasses were regularly refilled. Dishes were cleared promptly. We were seated near the entrance to the kitchen and busing station, so that took away from the experience a little bit. I enjoy low light, but the light was even a little bit too low for me. I could not see the menu or food very well due to the lighting being so low. Live jazz pianist was wonderful. Very romantic. Would recommend.
Great ambiance in this restaurant. A+. Friendly wait staff, cool jazz band (two guys) and fantastic food. Highly recommend it! We went for a Valentine's brunch, it was under $50 fr two of us. Right in the heart of Portsmouth--great if you are out for the day or just want a quiet easy, classy place to stop.
We often go to Rudi's ahead of a Music Hall program, because of the food, ambiance (we love the music), and proximity to the Music hall and the Parking Garage. Things were somewhat "off" service wise this time. Our friend who specifically asked to have NO onions on his burger and his salad, had to send them both back as both had onions. Our other friend, who was having a caesar salad and some soup, got the soup well after the salad. We usually have no complaints, but I said, things were "off", which made this visit less enjoyable than others.
Wonderful music and food
My fiancé and I came here for Valentine’s Day. There was a live jazz band - music was great! We had the scallops and rack of lamb, both meals were amazing and cooked perfectly.
My wife and have been going to Rudi’s for a number of years now. The food, live music, and atmosphere never disappoint! This is a great place for a romantic evening out on the town, a special occasion, or to go with a group of friends for a nice dinner.
Nice atmosphere and it was nice and relaxing to listen to the live music while we ate. Food was good and service was good. I'll definitely be back.
Very enjoyable, upscale restaurant with superb service and food. I've thoroughly enjoyed it each time I have come here.
The food was good as always but the bathroom was falling apart!
Fantastic waitress, she knew everything and was charming! Great food and great night!
We were here for brunch. The food was okay, not good, not bad. Live music for brunch. Nice dining room. Bathrooms were dirty. Just....meh.....
We met some friends for dinner on a Saturday night and were very pleased with the overall experience. The food was delicious and the wait staff very attentive. We spent 3 hours over dinner and never felt like they wanted us to leave. Everyone got something different and we shared. I had the duck breast which was cooked perfectly and the sides complemented the overall meal. The consensus was that the scallops were the best choice. We had scallop appetizer and one person got the scallop dinner. The scallops were cooked to perfection and had a little sweet taste. We will definitely visit this restaurant again.
We had good food and great conversation in this relatively quiet restaurant. Perfect choice for sharing a travel experience.
Rudi’s has been in Portsmouth a long time. I hadn’t been there for a couple years & had always enjoyed their food. Food was very good. Wait staff was friendly & attentive. It was brunch on a Sunday. My friend & I enjoyed our experience. We’ll be back!
My visit was totally out of the blue with my boyfriend, but a great decision. The food was fantastic. I ordered the Irish Benedict and had to control myself to not lick my plate. I also ordered the Pink Grapefruitini was SO good. Our server, Karen, was fun and attentive without crossing any line (she let us enjoy our date). I loved the live music and can't wait to go again
My husband and I wanted a healthy low carb alternative for dinner and we had an excellent scallops appetizer, a delicious salad, an outstanding salmon filet over spinach, pancetta, pine nuts and grapes with a delicious drizzle, and then we had a yummy ricotta dessert with fresh decaf coffee. My husband had some scotch and service was good. Piano music in the background - what a lovely evening! Thank you, Rudi's...
Excellent experience, Birthday dinner group. Everything from the service to the food was perfect. Great place.
Seafood was very disappointing. We have eaten here before and this time was bad
I love this place! They have great food. Love their brunch and the wine bar. I’ve also had an event their and the service was amazing!
We had to wait a long time for our food because there was a large private party. The music was so loud it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Otherwise good experience.
First time for brunch. Decision for trying was twofold; reviews, and the menu being a la carte instead of buffet. The Mrs had a mimosa, and French toast. Was pleased with both. I had the Irish Benedict. Hash was in house made and excellent. Service was a little lax, but it was brunch, and we were not in a hurry. Certainly not a complaint. Food and ambiance were worth the trip (hour drive), and Mrs wants to come back to try it for dinner.
Brunch at Rudi's was a real treat! The atmosphere is elegant and relaxing and the food was very good.
Went there for New Year’s eve dinner. Great food, great service. Really great jazz trio playing in the bar.
Dining at Rudi's is always an enjoyable experience! We were there recently with another couple for NYE and began the evening at Rudi's wine bar for drinks prior to dinner. We were having such a great time that we decided to stay where we were for dinner. Service was attentive and everyone was very happy with their entrees and cocktails. Rudi's is always on our list of places we recommend in Portsmouth!
New Year's Eve ! Got a last minute reservation , someone cancelled. Thank you open table!