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Rudi's Portsmouth

4.4
712 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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
ambience
4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent and the restaurant itself was beautiful. The bathroom didn’t look like it belonged at all.

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We dine at Rudi's fairly often - it always meets our expectations, food, service and selections.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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...

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent food, great service, great location. Wonderful menu choices.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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....

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Exceeded expectations, great service, food was freat

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Early dinner for 4. Slow service and menu “basic” and under interesting

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2018

My Husband ordered the lamb. We barley made it back to the Hotel! It’s been a long night....

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful music and food

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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