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Rudi's Portsmouth

4.4
712 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(603) 430-7834
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Morrgan Machado
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress Street
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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
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Business meetings, weddings, rehearsals, birthday parties, any special occasion
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 712 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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 .

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Our only negative observation was that it was noisy.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Its was magnificent!!!!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Loved it! Eggs Benedict were incredible!

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined on November 4, 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely but crowd for brunch was way too loud for conversation

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Overall, rudi's was a great spot for my birthday dinner-date night. The food was fantastic (especially the calamari appetizer). Though I was a bit sad to know that even know I made a reservation and had noted it was my birthday, our table was in the corner far from the live music, and nothing special was done for my birthday. I would recommend this spot for others.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Had the salmon which was great and perfectly cooked. Portions are slightly on the smaller end for this dish. Server was excellent and overall a nice dinner.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Went for our 12th anniversary. Made request for "best table available" via Open Table and we were sat next to the bus station against a wall. When I asked for a better table the hostess sat us, but from then out we were treated like hostile diners. Unfortunate, as otherwise it was good meal and nice restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Very elegant decor. Calamari app was nicely fried but the sauce was a bit sweet. Haddock and salmon entres were both delicious. Efficient although not overly friendly service.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Great experience at Rudi's - we have dined there often.

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