The Library Restaurant

4.4
1160 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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1160 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.3
service
4.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 2 days ago

Booked our anniversary dinner on a friend’s recommendation. Service was fine but everything else was a huge disappointment throughout the evening at this price point. Basically, very little attention to detail. Ordered drinks and my beer was warm; I sent it back. We ordered oysters and beef carpaccio for starters. Oysters were not cold enough; beef carpaccio tasted fine, but was served on a hot plate with cold bread. My wife ordered a filet which was very good. I ordered the $45 land and sea special with beef medallions and shrimp; at this price, my expectations were high. The shrimp were one size above popcorn shrimp and one of my beef medallions was spoiled meat. At this point, we just wanted to get out of this place, so we did not order dessert. We had ordered a nice bottle of wine, so our bill was over $250. The “surprised us” with a “free dessert” with a candle in it. We had to laugh when we realized that the “free dessert” was a glass with whipped cream from a can! Unbelievable!!! This place is old, dated, and clearly nobody is paying attention to the details.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Anniversary

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Dining at The Library is always a very pleasant experience. The food is always delicious and presented beautifully. The staff are very attentive and go out of their way to make your evening perfect.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Not bad however also not great.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Great food with kind and attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Are yearly visit for our anniversary
Excellent time

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great meal!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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

Delicious, but overpriced, oysters

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Loved everything about it! Definitely would go back.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food and drinks were not good.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Best steak and service in Portsmouth

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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