Rudi's Portsmouth

4.3
728 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
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–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
Emily Hill
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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 728 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Lovely brunch!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had a lovely Sunday Brunch celebrating Father’s Day.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Rudi's is a great spot,in the building which formerly was the Metro,Rudi's is excellent.We were there for Sunday brunch.Mike the bartender made me a vodka mimosa,that honed my appetite to razor Sharpness.My veggie omelette was excellent with home fries and toast,the coffee was spot on,and a jazz duo provided easy listening music..Great service..What can I say,
a winner..
Greg Freitas
Lawrence, MA

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Anniversary
Very nice restaurant, jazz piano for ambience
Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Wanted to try out the new chef/menu - didn’t disappoint (as sometimes happens) at all. Friendly, engaging, conscientious staff. Food was outstanding.......antipasto plate with interesting variety of meats/cheeses/condiments, scallops were great, swordfish was prepared perfectly.
We’ve been here numerous times, we’ll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We’ve been to Rudi’s dozens of times and it has always been very good. We went just the other night, not having been in awhile and it was spectacular! I think the new chef has given Rudi’s new life and brought it up to and in competition with other fine restaurants in Portsmouth. I had a perfect jumbo shrimp cocktail ( from the old menu) but it had 3 very tasty sauces and no cocktail sauce.
I also had an app special which was soft shell crab with corn meal crust and wonderful sauce. My husband had a perfectly cooked swordfish. Everything was plated beautifully. Congratulations to the new chef!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Food and service were great. Dined very early, not busy yet, so it was nice and quite for conversation. Our first time at Rudi's and enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We love Rudi's for brunch! It is such a treat. The $5 bloody mary's are great! The music and ambience are nice. I always enjoy my salmon eggs Benedict. Kids and adults are always happy. We can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Two of us went for dinner on a Saturday night. We were seated right away, no wait at all. The noise level was louder than I remembered from our last visit. The food was cooked to perfection could not have been better. The service was just great. All in all a lovely evening.

Don’t let the noise level comment put you off, the is a very nice restaurant and we will be back.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our reservation was for 7 people and were seated promptly. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, especially the salmon.
We would definitely return on our next visit to Portsmouth.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and the food was great and diverse enough for everyone in our party. The waiter was also very attentive. Fun time

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had dinner this past weekend at Rudi’s for a friends 40th. The food was very good. We especially liked the chicken skewer appetizer. Our one complaint however was the service. Our waitress was so rude and gave our group an attitude the whole time. I was disappointed that there is mandatory gratituty added to the bill. Seems to me that in the case of this waitress, there is no pressure to be polite since gratuity is automatic. Everyone enjoyed their food though!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We enjoyed a romantic dinner at Rudi's. The live piano music made it special. The food was excellent.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Dreadful is a word I would use to describe this experience. The server was impatient and dismissive, the food was not good and it was just not a very nice place. They do have free parking though, so there's that.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Incredible food cooked perfectly! Our server was exceptional. Good drinks

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We checked this place out because of the happy hour. Good drink specials and the bartender had personality. The people sitting around us were great. You could tell it was a local go-to for HH. Stayed for dinner which was service with an attitude and satisfactory food. No wow factor. Would prob go back for HH but never for dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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 on April 20, 2018

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 on April 18, 2018

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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