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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Live Music (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Bar Seating (17)
Romantic (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Organic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 5 hours ago

Wonderful music and food

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very enjoyable, upscale restaurant with superb service and food. I've thoroughly enjoyed it each time I have come here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was good as always but the bathroom was falling apart!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic waitress, she knew everything and was charming! Great food and great night!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.....

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had good food and great conversation in this relatively quiet restaurant. Perfect choice for sharing a travel experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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...

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Organic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent experience, Birthday dinner group. Everything from the service to the food was perfect. Great place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Seafood was very disappointing. We have eaten here before and this time was bad

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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 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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (New England)·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 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

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 16, 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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 (New England)·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 9, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

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 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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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