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Party Size
For 2
Date
Tue, 1/23
Time
8:30 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at The Library Restaurant.
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The Library Restaurant

4.3
1057 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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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.
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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1057 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Karen 
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Ambiance and service were excellent. Food was excellent, some steaks seemed a bit pricey since they were a la carte but the entrees included starch and veggie so were good value. Honestly though the meat was exceptional as was the swordfish so no real complaints on price-all worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

The Library never disappoints. Great food and the atmosphere is great.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We spent the weekend at the Portsmouth Harbor Inn & Spa and had dinner here Friday. The staff was friendly and we loved our waitress. She gave us helpful advice and answered our questions about the beautiful building. She was attentive but also gave us space to enjoy our meal. The ambience was wonderful: quiet music, low lighting, everything was clean and neat. We loved the stained glass windows and the carved wooden walls and ceilings. The food was INCREDIBLE, we ordered steaks and they were melt in your mouth, cooked exactly like we ordered. We shared a side order of Mac and cheese and that was also delicious. We can’t wait to take another trip to Portsmouth and go back to The Library Restaurant!

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OccidentalTaoist 
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

The Library is worth going to for the food and the ambiance. It is pricey, but the quality of the food is worth it. I went during a slow lunch period and the front end was disappointing. While the wait staff knew I was waiting for someone they did not check on me at all. My dining companion hadn't arrived and had to cancel after an hour of waiting. During that entire time they did not check to see if I wanted anything even once. After I had waited for far too long, I had to go find someone to take my order.
Maybe it was just that one day, or maybe that is why the lunch service was so devoid of patrons. Either way, with an improved attention to customers by the wait staff, this place would be a great find.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Lunch was disappointing, despite the food being good.
The restaurant charged extra to split plates for lunch and for the steak sauce. The steak was extremely overpriced for lunch and the cut.
The menus were plastic laminated; the ambience and service was not aligned with the high prices. I would be more than happy paying if the experience was better.

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vipJanet229 (New England)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

In my past dining experiences at the Library I would have it on my "B" list but we had a really great meal on this visit and we moved it to our "A" list. The atmosphere cannot be beat, the most beautiful restaurant in Portsmouth. We have always had good service and this time the food was excellent. It was a quiet night and that added to the pleasure as there was no noise to contend with.
We shared the New Orleans bbq shrimp for an app and I had swordfish not only prepared perfectly but the lime butter on top was perfect. My husband had a sirloin that was also prepared perfectly.
We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful service, wonderful food. Very consistent.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a great experience at the Library! Everything was very good and our server Elise was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and the history of the restaurant.

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Bobbbn (Charleston)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our first visit to The Library and we will definitely be back. Service was great and food was excellent. Loved the setting of the restaurant. If you're in Portsmouth and want great seafood or steak The Library is a must.

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PRANKSTERKIND 
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

CARYN was an excellent waitress! We lived the food and wine from Italy. It was well worth the two hour drive to get to Portsmouth and eat at The Library for the first time

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