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About The Library Restaurant

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.

401 State Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Continental

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 431-5202

Website:
http://www.libraryrestaurant.com/

Private Party Facilities:
We are delighted that you are interested in celebrating your special occasion at The Library Restaurant!

Private Party Contact:
Lauren Looser: (888) 637-0296

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays! We will be open on Christmas Eve beginning at 11:30 am serving our dinner menu all day. All reservations are required to have a credit card for cancellation purposes. If your reservation is canceled inside of 7 days, a $25/head fee will be charged to the cc on file. Thank you!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Happy New Years! We will be open at 11:30 am serving our dinner menu all day. We do ask for a credit card for all reservations for cancellation purposes only. If your reservation is canceled inside of 7 days, a $25/head fee will be charged to the credit card on file. Thank you!

The Library Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Romantic (35)
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Good for a Date (34)
Worth the Drive (30)
Cozy (27)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fun (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

I have been here quite a bit and never had bad service or food less then 10/10. However I came with a group of 5 people and the food took forever to come out. When it finally made it out my husbands meal was screwed up, the sides were cold and did not taste like they normally do. Our drinks were empty unless we asked for a refill. I will be back because it is one of our favorite restaurants in Portsmouth and I hope our last experience was a one time thing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

The meal was delicious and prepared exactly as we requested. The service was equally good with a smiling, personable and knowledgeable waitress.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

This was our third time going to the Library and it did not disappoint. Service was friendly, prompt but not pushy. The cowboy cut ribeye was cooked to perfection.

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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

This was a bday celebration for my husband with our adult children. We had a fabulous meal and good drinks. Our waitperson was good, but I think they were understaffed that evening and she didn’t check up on us enough!
We will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined 7 days ago

As usual, The Library Restaurant was great. A group of friends met for lunch on Sunday. Except for one of us, we had all been there before. We had a very nice waitress and a very good meal. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent! Lovely setting in wood-paneled room with fireplace. Ambience surpassed by food, if that is even possible!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Made reservations just in case, however there was no wait and I think we picked the perfect time for a late lunch. It felt as if we were the only ones in the lounge . I’ve never been to a restaurant where the coffee I ordered was hot , but I could still drink it right away. So I was already pleased here. The bone-in pork chop and 8oz filet were the best we’ve ever had by far. Even the Mac&cheese and sweet potato fries were amazing. I was full but could not stop my self from still reaching for more of our sides. We were so pleased by the food , atmosphere and service.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The server was wonderful. She was very attentive and personable. The food was great all but the haddock was over cooked. Everything else was superb. The atmosphere was also lovely and we had an enjoyable evening and anniversary dinner. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family. Cannot wait till we have an occasion to come back again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Consistently good. This is a wonderful, traditional steak house. They don’t make them like this any more. Superior experience.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

A wonderful restaurant with great atmosphere. Well worth the price for the steaks and the desserts are amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The lamb was incredible. Potatoes au gratin, also delicious. Service was too-notch. Highly recommend eating here.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Fabulous food best filet in town and great quiet relaxing atmosphere!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent dinner menu and the steaks are some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Perfectly cooked!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Restaurant was more crowded than usual as it was Thanksgiving, but we were seated on time, and the service was excellent. Everyone was smilng!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Library Restaurant has a wonderful old, dark wood interior, and it has been kept up considering the age of this building, once a grand hotel. The service was great, seating was comfortable, and the bar was an available option, and was well staffed as we waited for our table.
While the food was good.... a Thankgiving dinner prepared with care, the little extras could have been better for a dining room such as theirs. For a coastal town, in a well known foodie culture, the clam chowder now being served should be ELIMINATED! It was canned.... tastes like a famous local brand. Ugh! Considering the ease of making great chowder, this was a glaring mistake by the chef! Also, the ‘House Garlic Bread’ was a grocery store baguette.... and a cheap one at that... which was well flavored, but it would be worth the attention to provide a better product.
The bill was on the 4 star side... a little more than average... which I’m happy to pay for 4 star food. This was not that. Good, but not great! My 88 year old mother liked it.... but didn’t rave about it either.

Oh, the Crab Cake was very good.... the sauce it sat on was somewhere between acceptable and strange..... but the Crab Cake was delicious, and cooked very nicely!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife was out of town so my son (6) and I went there for Thanksgiving at 2pm. We were seated early and there was a crowd of people who didn’t have reservations. The waitress was pleasant. The food amazing. Going back for steaks. A++++++++++

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was a great night! Din’t Know where to begin - from the moment we came in the front door the service and hospitality were first class. This is a special place - the hit the mark in all areas. Service was without match - food was spectacular and cooked exactly as requested. I’ll be back and frankly can’t wait.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Well done. Service and steaks were great!
Wine glasses need an upgrade.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Celebrated two birthdays at Subday Brunch. One of our party ordered off the "brunch" menu. The rest of us ordered from the grill. Tenderloin was delicious, as were the sides (green beans amandine, steak fries and lobster mac and cheese). Sarah was a good server.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My fist experience at the Liberty as excellent. Lunch as tasty and well prepared. It is refreshing to eat at a restaurant where you can actually hear the people in your group.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The Library is usually our favorite place to go. This last visit was not so great. Service was very slow and two of our dinners( both the salmon) were very over done. We were a group of five and my husband and I️ were embarrassed in front of our guests.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great steak! Fish was dry but lobster was good. Not a brussle sprout fan - would of prefered just carrots as an option.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Unfortunately the food was not as delicious as the other times we have been here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The Library is an excellent restaurant for dates and older families. It has a rich history and has a gorgeous bar and dining room. The food was incredible, I was so glad they were a part of Portsmouth restaurant week.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My only complaint is that I went there for restaurant week for their lunch menu on Sunday. They were not offering it on Sundays, only their brunch menu. They should advertise that. So I ended up having their frittata, which was ok. The menu said it included toast but it did not come with it.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The meal was fabulous! It’s not often that you can get fabulous steak tips for breakfast done to perfection and I added the peppercorn bourbon sauce. Three of us shared One slice of seven layer chocolate cake and it was amazing and huge! This is my first time there for brunch I highly recommend it, great menu options.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant is set in a beautiful old mansion. It is lovely however they have stuffed so many tables so close together it was so uncomfortable sitting for dinner . It is a lively environment and we had a nice time being able to laugh and catch up. The food is just mediocre and very expensive . I guess it was nice to go one time but we will not return .

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was a little slow, but it was busy and also Restaurant Week in Portsmouth. Not our server's fault, likely a backup in the kitchen.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Hannah was great! Food was perfect!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The Rib eye was atrocious. Not sure how the cut of meat can be that bad. Could not even cut the steak properly. Thought was the knife at first so asked for a second knife. Alas it was not the knife’s fault. The server was not even surprised or questioned why the entire meat was not eaten. Another colleague had the Lobster Pie. According to him it was not even salted properly. It was very very bland in taste. Overall the food not with a fraction of the high cost.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Steaks were excellent. The sides were lacking seasoning. The plating was poor. Our server seemed to disappear. Empty drink glasses were collected and we were not asked if we wanted refills. The nicest part of dining here was the ambiance and history of this building.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We dine at the Library Restaurant for special occasions. We love the building and the ambiance. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. The food is excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to celebrate something special.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Newcastle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Steaks were undercooked and fish was dry. I have been going here routinely for years, and the quality has dropped significantly over the last few months.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My steak was perfect but my wife’s haddock stuffed with lobster and scallops was dry. The service was slow.....

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our waitress was inexperienced, perhaps poorly trained. She spilled my husband’s martini when placing it on the table. She did not apologize or offer to put a clean napkin underneath the glass. We had Caesar salads, which were pretty tasteless. We didn’t want to pay an additional $2 each for anchovies. Really? A supposed upscale restaurant and they charge for anchovies? My pork sirloin, a special of the evening, was over cooked and dry. It was difficult to cut. I wasn’t asked how I’d like it cooked, so again, I thought an upscale restaurant would cook it correctly or at the least ask. My husband’s baked stuffed haddock with lobster was dry and tasteless. Extremely disappointed and will not return! I noticed that many of the customer feedback comments in 2016 were favorable and wonder what happened in 2017. Does management read comments??

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Took the wife for our 23rd Anniversary. Everything was perfect. The food was cooked perfectly, our waitress was awesome and the person I dealt with on the phone for some special request was the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food is consistently outstanding. If we have a special occasion we usually have The Library Restaurant at the top of our list.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food and service were excellent. The prices are fairly expensive. This was an anniversary dinner and we were disturbed by a very large and loud group of men that were seated near us.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Such a beautiful restaurant! The steaks were amazing, but the sides we tried were disappointing. The lobster in the Mac and cheese was overwhelmed by the strong cheese taste. The augratin potatoes crust was so tough you had to cut it with a steak knife. Desserts were all fantastic. I loved the bourbon chocolate mousse

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were so excited to try the library but were overwhelmed with the fruit flies that were surrounding our table ! I cannot believe the board of health has not shut thus place down! While the manager moved us to a different table we were greeted by another infestation of fruit flies there as well! Not z good experience at all!!

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