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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Portsmouth and Merrimack Valley

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Crown Tavern restaurant
4.9
4.9 (806)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Manchester
About the restaurant
The Crown Tavern will be the perfect spot to unwind and savor the end of the day. Located in the heart of Manchester’s central downtown, The Crown is a place where you'll come to relax with friends, grab a drink, share some tasty bites, and enjoy the night as it unfolds.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
The Crown never disappoints! Great food and great service. Thx Trisha!
A photo of Otto - Portsmouth restaurant
4.8
4.8 (42)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Portsmouth
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
Kiki
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing meal. Pizza is always top notch. Had a dinner salad as appetizer that we split between three. It was plenty big with delicious flat bread croutons.
A photo of Row 34 - Portsmouth restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1510)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
We’re Row 34. If we could eat oysters and drink beer for every meal period, we probably would. Professionals Only.

Row 34 serves up a seafood-focused menu in an industrial-inspired setting. Chef/Owner Jeremy Sewall's menu offers fish entrees and an extensive oyster selection, along with craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Classic comfort food side dishes round out the menu.

Visit our sister restaurants: Row 34 Boston, MA, Row 34 Burlington, MA and Row 34 Cambridge, MA
Top review
KateNHvip
Dined 2 days ago
The service was phenomenal, as always! Thanks for being such a great place for people to work, and for hiring such outstanding staff.
A photo of Tuscan Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2871)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Salem
About the restaurant
Experience authentic Italian at Tuscan Kitchen, situated within the Tuscan Village at The Artisan Hotel. From succulent steaks to scratch-made pastas and seafood, we offer a menu that caters to every palate. Join us for a memorable dining experience that celebrates the culinary heritage of Italy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
We enjoyed a wonderful girls night out with delicious food and drinks! The service and atmosphere was excellent! I highly enjoyed The Tuscan Kitchen for a nice experience.
A photo of Jimmy's Jazz & Blues Club restaurant
4.5
4.5 (77)
$50 and over
American
Portsmouth
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
SteveB
Dined on May 12, 2024
We have enjoyed a number of events at the Jimmy's Jazz club. Thank you.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Manchester, NH restaurant
4.4
4.4 (68)
$30 and under
American
Manchester
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Service was great for large party of 30. Food and drinks were good.
A photo of Napoletana Pizzeria and Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (72)
$30 and under
Italian
Portsmouth
About the restaurant
Right in the heart of Market Square, featuring Neapolitan style pizza, artisan Italian dishes and craft cocktails, our dining room and bar provide the setting for a unique and memorable experience
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Great atmosphere, LOVED the food (mushroom ravioli)!
A photo of BluAqua Restrobar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (138)
$30 and under
American
Manchester
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 7 days ago
Love the new menu items. The popcorn shrimp app was delicious. Also enjoyed the fantastic salmon with risotto and asparagus.
A photo of The Rooftop at The Artisan restaurant
4.3
4.3 (71)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Salem
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
LindaB
Dined 7 days ago
Logan was a great server AND fior a birthday not only a card but prosecco!
A photo of Tuscan Market at Tuscan Village Salem restaurant
4.2
4.2 (585)
$30 and under
Italian
Salem
About the restaurant
The Tuscan Market is located in Salem, NH in the beautiful Tuscan Village. Close to the shops, the Artisan Hotel and our Lake Park, the Market is in the center of it all. Come in and enjoy full service dining inside the Market or on our heated enclosed patio. Shop for fresh and delicious prepared foods that are ready to take home and choose from our artisan pastry and gelato for something sweet to take home or have at your table. A one-stop shop, guests will be able to choose from an extensive assortment of specialty oils, vinegars and sauces, fresh pasta, imported meats & cheeses, desserts and so much more. From freshly baked breads and homemade pizzas and Panini, to imported pastas and slow-cooked sauces, customers can bring home a truly authentic meal.
Top review
DivaD
Dined 2 days ago
It’s my second home. I love the food and the atmosphere.
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