The Library Restaurant

4.4
1157 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Join us for traditional New England fare, while surrounded by architectural treasures of an era gone by. The Library is prestigious while reasonably priced, with something for everyone through all seasons. It is the perfect setting for a business luncheon or dinner. You can also enjoy lighter fare or a friendly cocktail in our lounge. Our dining and board rooms are always available for private functions.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Menu served daily in The Lounge from 3:00-5:00 PM
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Phone number
(603) 431-5202
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We are delighted that you are interested in celebrating your special occasion at The Library Restaurant!
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Private party contact
Lauren Looser: (888) 637-0296
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Neighborhood
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,157 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
64%
Very Good
24%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
4%
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jessica was just great. So attentive but not over your shoulder all the time. The food was delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant is just lovely and when they bring the bill, they put it into a library book. How unique!!!!! A lovely easy celebrating a birthday.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must for us on every trip we make to the Portsmouth NH area. We come here 2 or 3 times per year, and we have never been disappointed. My wife always has seafood and I love the rack of lamb.

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l
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant atmosphere, but you can dress casually. Food and service were perfect. Filet was very reasonably priced. My husband ordered 2 appetizers instead of an entree and it was plenty to eat. Loved the stained glass windows and carved wood ceiling. Also very happy with how quiet it was.

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MJ
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Not bad however also not great.

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MT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find. Perfext fir a romantic dinner. Great ambiance and food.

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MO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was OK, I think we suffered from holiday kitchen staff. The steak fries were obviously cooked at way too high a temperature with the Steak Dip sandwich. The servers were very friendly & attentive.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with kind and attentive staff.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, though rather pricey, and they forgot the birthday dessert I requested and they confirmed for my wife. Otherwise good experience.

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KB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Steaks were very good. Salmon and vegetable sides had zero seasoning. Vegetables were stunningly average and bland.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Are yearly visit for our anniversary
Excellent time

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate our 61st Anniversary. Our lunch at The Library was beyond all we had hoped it would be. We chose to be seated in the dining room which turned out to be very private, quiet, intimate, and thoroughly enjoyable. The food was absolutely outstanding and the timeliness of the service was impeccable. Thank you for making our celebration an experience that we will never forget.

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Getting drinks a little slow, food was excellent (mussels for App. & filet cooked perfectly for dinner), time between appetizer/salad & main meal a little fast (we were not in a hurry), overall service was"ok". We would go back for another try.

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C
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

C’est notre restaurant préféré lorsque nous sommes sur la côte est.

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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S
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and incredibly good, perfectly cooked steaks...better than Ruth Chris

Delicious, but overpriced, oysters

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RV
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Was quiet inside.. service was super slow and the food was fine but not great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great night started in the bar with dirty martini. Excellent. We both had filed mignon which was cooked perfectly. Terrific Anniversary dinner. We’ll be back.

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CJ
New England
80 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants because the food is consistently delicious and the staff wonderful. Lauren the manager always greets us and makes us feel welcome every time. It's like family dinner! The filet is so tender that if you take some home it is still tender the next day. The crab cake is the best I've ever had. Can't say enough positive things about the Library

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RF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating 30 th wedding anniversary. SPECTACULAR wood on ceiling and wall. Looks like a library in a mansion. Best filet mignon I’ve had in years!

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K
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent meal. Service was slow but friendly. Ladies' room was subpar for the type of restaurant. They happily accommodated a request for a birthday dessert (candle). Many wines by the glass -- red zone was nice.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful evening with delicious food, excellent wine in a charming atmosphere! A very pleasant and memorable evening !

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RH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought it was one of the best restaurants that I have gone to in a very long time.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This has been one of the WORST restaurant experiences I’ve had in resent years!

Although there were only 3 tables in the whole restaurant and bar, it took them ONE HOUR to bring a filet mignon with a side of steamed broccoli and a cesar salad with chicken.

When they finally did, no one even mentioned the delayed or apologized.

And to make matters worst the food was dull, poorly presented and expensive.

Although the dining room is nice, it’s not worth the visit!

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it! Definitely would go back.

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food and drinks were not good.

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, a very positive experience. Good food, good menu choices and good service. Love the library decor. The atmosphere was perfect for an anniversary dinner. The fact that the crowd noise was not overbearing was a huge plus. So nice to be able to talk with a dining partner and not have to shout.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yhis was our dinner for our 21st anniversary. Everything about this was stellar!!!!

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went for a Birthday celebration. The food was delicious and our server was fantastic.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and friendly staff. The ambience is very nice.

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MD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was OK, mussels were undercooked and cold, salmon over grilled and a bit dry. Everyone else had a good meal so 3 out of 4 dishes were fine.

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MG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The greeters and servers were excellent. The Brie appetizer was fantastic.
Other than that......
French onion soup was tasteless except for cheese. Weird, no taste.
Chowder had 100 times too much bacon.
Lobster salad was mush, and made the puff pastry taste like old rags.
Lobster stuffed haddock was a mouthful of bones.


Probably won’t be back. Sorry

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HJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great bar & bartender. Unfortunately, our waitress was inattentive.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was good. Service was horrible. Our waitress was missing in action for most of our meal. She never came back to get us a second round of drinks until our food came to table. Otherwise you could not find her. I have been here before and have had excellent service in past. I will chalk it up as a bad night

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SC
New England
34 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and great, friendly service. Thanks once again Library Staff.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak and service in Portsmouth

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This restaurant is not managed well. Tasteless food , inattentive service and overpriced especially wine by the glass.
This place is operated by a very young inexperienced staff; I would not return.
I would also question the knowledge level in the kitchen.

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S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

It's really too bad that this elegant restaurant with its unique ambience should have such lousy food. The bread was like Wonder Bread, the potsticker appetizer was so-so, the baked stuffed haddock was flavorless, the Brussels sprouts were hard as rocks, and the rice was dried out. The creamed spinach was uninspired, as were the mashed potatoes. The dessert was OK, but nothing special. My dining companion enjoyed the filet mignon, but it's hard to mess up USDA Prime beef. Moreover, the bill came to $150 for 2 people and only one of us had one alcoholic drink! The service was slow to boot. Whoever's running this place is coasting on an out-of-date reputation and the gullibility of out-of-towners. There are plenty of first-rate restaurants in Portsmouth; don't waste your money in this one.

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GT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We returned for a visit with a friend whose wife had recently passed away. Quite unbelievably , we were escorted to the same table we sat at, the last time all four of us dined at the Library. Service was very good, as were the meals we had. And we were able to finish in time to get to the show we planned to see at the Music Hall.

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JA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four friends for a birthday celebration dinner. Excellent service and food. Rack of lamb was tender and well flavored. Lobster pie was very good, a nice mix of lobster and veggies. The puff pastry on the lobster pie was perfect

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BL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best filets I have had in a long time,,,,,,will definitely go again when in the area.

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