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About Rudi's Portsmouth

Ease your way in to a bright and brassy Sunday afternoon or moody weeknight when Rudi's charismatic atmosphere boasts an eclectic mix of downtown charm and uptown polish. Sample the freshest of local farms and Seaport bounties featuring a wide array of traditional dishes with signature twists.

20 High Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Congress Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 430-7834

Website:
http://www.rudisportsmouth.com/

Entertainment:
Join us for live music five days a week, including piano Wednesday through Saturday evenings and Jazz brunch on Sundays. Thursday nights feature lively sets by local favorites and specials in the lounge. Be sure to check the schedule on our site.

Parking Details:
We offer a private parking lot to our guests on a first come first serve basis.
Parking garage and on street parking (metered) also available

Executive Chef:
Morrgan Machado

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Business meetings, weddings, rehearsals, birthday parties, any special occasion

Rudi's Portsmouth Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Live Music (15)
Romantic (14)
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Cozy (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fun (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Business Meals (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Casual (4)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Montreal)·Dined 7 days ago

Brunch at Rudi's was a real treat! The atmosphere is elegant and relaxing and the food was very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went there for New Year’s eve dinner. Great food, great service. Really great jazz trio playing in the bar.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve ! Got a last minute reservation , someone cancelled. Thank you open table!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The evening was fantastic from the drinks, the ape, and the main meal. Service was excellent along with the live music. One of our favorite places in Portsmouth

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is a low-lit, cozy spot in a very elegant, old building. It is easy to get to, has available parking, and is pretty laid back. I often meet friends here to relax.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We loved this restaurant but it was just a bit too dark. I wished they had the lights up just a bit-otherwise the food was great and the waiter helped us with other restaurants near The Music Hall for the next night

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Restaurant was quite cold and unfortunately so was the food. Dry cold mussels for me and a cold burger and fries for my daughter. At least my husband’s meat dish was warm and decent.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

If I lived closer I might come again on a Friday eve just to enjoy a beer with a friend. The food was good. Mac N Cheese a bit too el dented and salmon over done for my taste but otherwise - good.
Apple crisp - amazing .... worth the hour drive for just that!
Service - excellent

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We chose Rudi's because for a Sunday lunch, they had both breakfast and lunch items to choose from. The shrimp tacos were tasty as was the salmon burger. The service was quick and our waitress was attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Key West)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Friends Christmas celebration, great night. Elizabeth was our server and over the top great, we even had her pick our wines. Food was delicious all around, curried haddock, rack of lamp and steak tips - we added mac n cheese as our starch, fabulous.
Live music and festive scene. Perfect all in all

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always reliable... service and food. Whether in the restaurant or at the bar. And parking!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We came for a Christmas lunch. The place was not crowded at all, yet our service was mediocre at best. The Quinoa salad was pretty good. Salmon sandwich dry and flavorless. Drinks were also average. The bathroom was dirty, freezing and without paper towel. When we asked for a manager, we were told there wasn't one. On the way out, we asked the bartender is he was the manager. He said, "there's not one on duty, so I guess, sure." When we started to explain about the bathroom he said, in that case, I'm not the manager. He was trying to be funny/cute, but it wasn't. Overall topped off an average to below-average experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

That night very very cold out and where we sat it was a bit cold as well next to the exterior wall.Single table behind the entrance . Also Christmas music was ok , but Rudolf kept playing and playing . Could vary the music even something classical would be fine.And by the way two children in my vision were playing with their tablets ... Kept them busy, but what a shame that they couldn't sit and talk to their parents .The kids were 8 and 9 ish ...the tablets bright lights were shining in my eyes . Waiter from Moscow was a very fine server, pleasant and not obvious .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Everything about the experience was excellent. We had great food, fantastic services and the Christmas atmosphere was amazing. We had the beef tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and asparagus and it was great! My niece and I split it and there was nothing left on either of our plates! We had the hand-cut French Fries as an appetizer. Their Ketchup with spicy peppers? and aoli (sp?) was amazing. Not a fry left!

Our server was excellent and friendly. I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent overall. Happy Hour drinks and apps were excellent value and well prepared. Wine and entrees were perfect.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went for brunch. The breakfast was okay. I expected it to be great. Live music was nice and decor is pretty. It’s very loud and hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our only negative observation was that it was noisy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food and setting were very nice and met all expectations. Server had an attitude and service was rushed

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Specialty drink (jingle juice) was very good! Went based on recommendation from co-worker...very good!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great! A little cramped and the band was packed into a small area making everyone talk loud to be heard over it. Overall though a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great spot for our anniversary dinner. I requested a quiet table, which we received. Waitress was attentive without being bothersome. We will be back next year.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazed at how large the dining areas are. Seated at a nice cozy table in the corner and treated to impromptu piano man's musical accompaniment for 15 minutes. Duck entrée presented beautifully and cooked just perfectly. Root veggie risotto also delicious...portion too large to finish in one sitting. Enjoyed for 2 more lunches. Roasted beet salad very nice to start...would have liked it to have been split as we were sharing. Very nice time considering it was two nights before Thanksgiving. One of our favorite eateries in Portsmouth.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Brought friends for fine dining recently and they loved it! But my husband and I often go for a cocktail and pub menu meal in the bar when we're in town. Never disappoints!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always pleasant , but recorded music a bit loud and was a bit chilly.Waitress so good and patient . New menu and risotto was great.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Its was magnificent!!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Loved it! Eggs Benedict were incredible!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Steak tips = delicious, mushroom risotto = delicious, beef tenderloin = delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waitress was not very good. She brought us the wrong drinks, and when we finished eating she brought the check without asking if we would like coffe, desert, or another drink. I let them know it was my husbands birthday however, they did not even mention it. Reservation was at 6:45 and we were out of there by 8:00. Bar was full and no room to sit.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It was a very quiet Thursday evening which seemed unusual however, Rudi’s was not part of restaurant week! Fine with us. We shared a calamari app which was fantastic and 2 of us had the haddock coconut curry - yummy! Salmon and duck were raved about too:) g
Great personable waitress, fun evening!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Received a gift certificate. My wife had lamb w/spinach & roasted potatoes that she liked very much. Lamb cooked as asked for. I had steak tips w/rissoto in house marinade. Asked for medium well & they were served well done. I was going to send back if they were tough but to my surprise they were tender & very flavorful. Obviously the marinade was the key. Next time I would ask for medium pink. It was a Sat. night & very busy. I definitely would recommend.
Roger

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

wonderful place for Sunday Brunch. Food was very good and the server was also very good. It was a jazz brunch and the music was just right. I would go there again in a heartbeat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a great time for my friend's 40th birthday! Food and drinks were delicious!

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The appetizers were good and my husband's beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly. I ordered the fruit de mer and the sauce lacked flavor and almost had a lime taste. The seafood was cooked great but the overall flavor wasn't very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very good food; excellent service from Oybek. We're from southern California and were visiting family and Rudi's was recommended. We will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely but crowd for brunch was way too loud for conversation

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My boyfriend and I celebrated his birthday and absolutely loved Rudis, the food was amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service excellent. A bit load since bar scene was big on Friday night. Definitely is a good night out.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The reservation was made noting a birthday and no one asked or mentioned it. Weird.

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