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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Carriage House restaurant
4.9 (775)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
The Carriage House, an oceanfront, modern New England restaurant and raw bar, is open at 2263 Ocean Boulevard on scenic Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Committed to honoring the restaurant’s rich traditions rooted in hospitality. Join us for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, sip a cocktail by our working fireplace, or take in the ocean views!
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent as always - food service and location you Can’t beat!
A photo of Tinos restaurant
4.7 (905)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Tinos features a modern, ingredient driven menu inspired by the iconic flavors of the Mediterranean. Signatures include House-made Pasta, Wood-grilled Steaks + Chops, and Fresh Seafood; artfully prepared by their European Trained Chef.

Expert bartenders offer award-winning innovative cocktails, a curated wine list, and favorite local brews. Their bright, contemporary, and energetic ambience is the perfect back drop to enjoy their Friday night entertainment or a night out with friends.

You may choose to enjoy the outdoor patio which boasts built in heaters in the permanent roof, retractable weather screens, and a fire pit that seats 16 or dine inside and post up at their Chef's Table and watch their award winning culinary team prepare your meal for you.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious! Portions are perfect, smaller than most places. Fried squash blossoms are a must try. Steaks were perfectly cooked and my backed fish was actually crispy on edges which was great.
A photo of Ember Wood Fired Grill restaurant
4.7 (204)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Ember Wood Fired Grill features a locally inspired menu with a casual upscale setting. Our Chef, Christopher Gouzie, best describes our menu as "Globally Inspired". It features familiar dishes with a twist. "We use new and interesting ingredients, and different cooking procedures to introduce our guests to a unique way to present food."

We have taken this same concept for our Specialty Cocktail list. Deviating from the classic recipe with housemade syrups, specialty bitters, and high end liquors and liqueurs.

Enjoy our sleek downstairs dining room, outdoor covered terrace, or upstairs bourbon room, where we house over 100 whiskeys on selection, and offer over 20 wines by the glass and bottle.

We regularly host private events, and therefor reservations are recommended.

Top review
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
The wonderfully balanced Lion’s Tail special cocktail reflected the same care taken in libations as Ember’s skilled kitchen shows with the food.
A photo of The Foundry restaurant
4.7 (2316)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
About the restaurant
We are an American Style Restaurant with a French flair located in the beautiful Manchester Mills in Manchester NH.

**At this time we are excepting reservations for parties no larger than 6 people. There is no exception to this policy. Parties over 6 people may be booked by calling the restaurant. Any parties over 6 people will be sat at separate tables.

**We accept reservations for INSIDE DINING ONLY. Reservation made with patio requests do not guarantee an outdoor table will be available upon arrival and may require an additional wait time. Due to frequent changes in the weather we do not accept reservations for outside and all reservations are for inside dining with preferences noted.

**Due to limited seating availability there is a 2 hour time limit on all patio tables without exceptions.

Masks are mandatory during this time in the restaurant is non-negotiable, Thanks for your patience at this time while we focus on giving the best service possible.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and service at the Foundry once again! Thanks
A photo of Otto - Portsmouth restaurant
4.7 (43)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the West End in the Frank Jones 1884 House, OTTO Portsmouth boasts spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and a 2-level bar with 24 taps. Enjoy full-service dining, our quick-serve slice counter, as well as takeout and delivery of your favorite OTTO pies, salads, apps, and desserts.
Top review
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Pizza- onion and sausage- was undercooked and watery. I have had very good pizza here before but on this particular night the kitchen was not up to the task. Service was good but not overly attentive. Customers shouldn’t have to ask for utensils. I am hoping for better luck next time.
A photo of Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club restaurant
4.6 (77)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
$64.99 before tax and gratuity, excluding holiday buffets.
Includes entertainment, buffet and all coffee, tea, juice and soft drinks.
Alcoholic beverages are not included in this price.
Children 12 and under are $24.99 plus tax and gratuity, children under 3 will not be charged.

Open Seating from 10AM – 1:00P

Bop over to Jimmy’s for coffee, cocktails/mimosas and culinary delights – plus generous helpings of culture and great conversation. And when you do, be sure to prepare yourself for a special experience here at 135 Congress Street – a landmark 1905 meeting hall lovingly restored to serve our community as a world-class center for the arts and an intimate space to savor extraordinary sounds & tantalizing flavors.

*Pricing and times are subject to change depending on the concert schedule and holidays.

Top review
Dined on May 12, 2024
Excellent food choices, service and music to enjoy conversations at the table. A must! We have been before and will continue to attend. Love taking visitors there!!
A photo of Epoch Gastropub restaurant
4.5 (887)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Epoch Gastropub is built on the simple idea that superior, local ingredients will speak for themselves. In that spirit we take a modern approach to classic American dishes, sourcing the freshest sustainable foods in support of the region’s families.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We were here a few times in the last week. Food was good, staff was very helpful and very friendly. Would def recommend friends to come and come back.
A photo of Tuscan Kitchen restaurant
4.5 (2892)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Take a break and relax at the Tuscan Market Trattoria, a café area surrounded by flat screen TV's, while enjoying coffee, espresso or grabbing a bite to eat. For something sweet, an authentic homemade gelato machine imported from Italy will feature different flavors of the creamiest gelato offered this side of Italy.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
It was our aniversary. We arrived early. Ron was our server. Right away we hit it off. Everything was great from the beginning.
A photo of The Rooftop at The Artisan restaurant
4.3 (81)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
About the restaurant
Elevate your experience at The Rooftop, perched atop the Artisan Hotel. With a vibrant atmosphere and panoramic views of Tuscan Village, it's the perfect setting to enjoy creative cocktails and perfectly paired plates. After 9 PM on weekends, we transition into an exclusive 21+ ambiance. Come explore our uniquely shaped bar nestled within cozy lounge nooks, providing the epitome of upscale dining and vibrant nightlife."
Check out Live Jazz on Wednesdays from 6-9pm
Brunch & Beats every Saturday and Sunday from 11-3pm
Now accepting limited reservations Wednesday - Sunday!!!

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
We loved the food and service Always top notch!! We have been here many times
A photo of BluAqua Restrobar restaurant
4.1 (139)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
BluAqua Restrobar is a fun and unique environment where we put a little Southern inspired twist to traditional American cuisine and cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Love the new menu items. The popcorn shrimp app was delicious. Also enjoyed the fantastic salmon with risotto and asparagus.
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