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Rudi's Portsmouth

4.4
709 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • 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 709 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Really enjoyed this place, great jazz piano player in the background. very cozy and comfortable feel to the atmosphere. The Food was great, my steak was perfectly cooked as I asked for. great presentation of the meal our plates. Flavorful and enjoyable all the way through. The people were nice and friendly and provided really good service.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great live piano, service perfect, food delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent experience! Good food , great service! Took my 16 year old grandson so we could enjoy good food and conversation and we were completely happy!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We love Rudi's...always great!!! The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. food is excellent and most important to us it has healthy choices. All good!!!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

As always we had a lovely brunch on Sunday and love the live jazz music playing in the background.
The only thing I would change is their lack of gluten free bread options for the brunch or even for dinner. My daughter-in-law has many food allergies and they had no options for toast with her omelet.
Always our first choice for brunch!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Always loved the food quality especially when it comes to steak. This time we tried the tips which were really chewy and tough. Risotto was outstanding so 50 50

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation and the hostess was able to seat us ahead of time which we appreciated. Our server left a lot to be desired which has colored our opinion of the restaurant. Tables arriving after us were served bread and had orders taken before us. We only received bread after we asked. Husband ordered a steak special over lentil salad. He said the steak was cooked perfectly but had no flavor. Lentils in the salad were hard and needed to be cooked longer. I ordered the artichoke quinoa salad. It amounted to a pile of very dry greens on one side of the plate and a timbale like thing with the quinoa and artichokes glued together with goat cheese on the other side of the plate. Not especially tasty either. I had to ask for some dressing. There was a piano player that evening, but the music was loud enough that I couldn't hear my husband across the table. Given all the delicious choices in Portsmouth I don't think we will be back here.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

We took friends out to celebrate, and everyone really enjoyed the atmosphere, drinks, and delicious food. Great service, live music, such a treat!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Good food we went for Sunday brunch and jazz.
I did not like that my "classic" Eggs Benedict came with regular thin ham slices and not real thicker cut Canadian bacon, not cool.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Surpassed our expectations. Salad, bruschetta, salmon, Mac & cheese, all an interesting twist, all delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2017

We enjoyed the musicians playing jazz piano and upright bass, very talented artists.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was great, server was very knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Enjoyed sitting at the bar and listening a wonderful Jazz. The dinner special was excellent as was the bottle of wine. The staff is very friendly and both the service and the food were really lovely. Definitely one of our favorites.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Rudis is one of our favorite Portsmouth restaurants. Can expect good food, good service and good ambiance. We had crab cakes and the haddock curry dish. Both excellent. Only suggestion for improvement is bok choy was tough and stringy. Maybe take more off the bottom before cooking

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Our server Jossalyn was the best - probably the best server we have had in Portsmouth after arriving and dining here two years ago! Our meal was terrific as usual. We dine at Rudi's fairly frequently.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Scrumptious meal, appetizers, drinks, and dessert for a fair price. Great location in downtown Portsmouth with some on site parking and access to a parking garage within 100 yards. Live music, and a tidy interior.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Great food in a cozy atmosphere, good bar! Wait staff very helpful in making selections

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2017

I've just started to come regularly to Rudi's (I live just a couple of blocks away), and I've been pleased overall with the restaurant. The food has always been good (my asparagus salad and risotto were both fantastic). My Old Fashioned was unremarkable and the wine list is not extensive. But I've received good service from the bar (which is a nice place to congregate in the evening). The atmosphere in the restaurant is good--and, unlike many restaurants in Portsmouth, they know an appropriate volume for the music, allowing their customers to carry on a conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Rudis great atmosphere is ideal for all situations, semi casual girls night out or anniversary. It is my favorite special occasion restaurant in downtown Portsmouth.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Good food and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2017

The visit was quite enjoyable. A larger party negativley impacted service, and the noise level was higher than I expected making conversation a bit difficult.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2017

The portions are small and the meals are on the pricey side. Our waiter was inattentive. Will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Took my lovely lady to celebrate a special Mothers Day. Every time we go to Rudi's we come away very pleased. The food was delicious, the servers are always great and the ambience today with the Jazz duo was absolutely top notch. Thank you to everyone at Rudi's for a very delightful brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a great Mothers Day brunch with great food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great experience once again - we frequent Rudi's a lot and it is one of our favorite Portsmouth restaurants and we liver in the area. Our server was terrific and the entree's were to die for.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2017

We enjoyed a very relaxing Jazz Sunday Brunch. They had a great variety of options on the menu, all of which were reasonably priced, especially for downtown Portsmouth. Our waiter was excellent, very attentive but not annoying at all. The mimosas were also delicious, they didn't skip on the champagne. The only negative was that the Jazz music seemed a bit loud for the room size, but we were still able to talk without raising our voices (or maybe I'm just old!!!)

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Enjoyed food, atmosphere, piano player and service. Great spot!!!

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2017

Rudi's has a nice quiet and relaxing atmosphere for both bar and restaurant area. The food was really good and the menu had a variety of choices. The restaurant is great for small or large groups. I would recommended the restaurants to family and friends and plan on going back for lunch or dinner sometime soon. Great service and well timed.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Went to Rudi's for the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Kid Pinky was playing. Great jazz group. The ambience is upscale but comfortable. Seating allows you to have a conversation without hearing others. Service was very attentive and friendly. Food was excellent. Nice array of choices on the Brunch menu. Setting is romantic. Music was great. Definitely recommend it for an early Sunday date.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

We had the roasted beet salad and the crab Benedict for a Saturday brunch and both were very, very good. The service was very good and the ambiance was elegant. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2017

Ask for Justin... Spot on service.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch to celebrate a birthday. Food and service were fabulous. The bacon is the best I've ever had! Our server Ali was fantastic.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2017

Waiter was slow, like I think he forgot we were there half the time slow. Food came out really quick after we ordered only to find out that it was probably precooked. Pouched egg had raw egg whites through out, most of the things that were suppose to be on the salmon were not i.e. Capers, red onion and dill. English muffin was soggy and home fries were cold.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

My group of friends and I enjoyed our dinner at Rudi's. Two were vegetarian, and they were able to find good things to eat. The pumpkin apple bisque was outstanding, but everything was very good, and portions were really generous. We also enjoyed the piano music. The crowd was pretty noisy the night we were there, but maybe that was just the luck of the draw.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Ordered the night's special, steak frites, medium rare. Came out closer to medium, and about one third of it was well done. Also, the fries were way over-salted. I did mention the cook on the steak to the server, who apologized and offered a free dessert. A nice touch. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Great place. We went there for dinner and they had a pianist. The wine and food were great and the staff was very accommodating and friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2017

Good food, service, BUT, the crab cake appetizer was not good at all. Not only could we not find any crab in it, but there was not even the slightest taste of crab. It tasted like a bland stuffing. We honestly believe someone forgot to add the crab meat to it!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Overall we had a good experience at Rudi's. Great service, attentive server. Live music in the background was nice. Food and drinks were good. Started with the chicken satay appetizer (very tasty) and had the steak tips and the lamb for dinner. Large portions. Everything was cooked well and as ordered. A good spot for dinner downtown!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

We stopped here on our way to Maine, and were staying overnight. It was close to our hotel, and we were pleased that it turned out to be just excellent.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2017

We usually really enjoy a Rudi's brunch. However, Sunday they were not up to par! The food was overdone and potatoes cold. Service to get our bill was extremely slow, I finally had to ask for it. Hoping this is not a trend and simple an off day.

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