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Sun, 2/25
10:00 PM
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The Library Restaurant

1086 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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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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 1086 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0  Dined 4 days ago

We went for a birthday dinner for my husband. He loves good steak. He got the ribeye. He ordered it rare . It came medium rare and the waiter never came back to check so he ate it anyway. It was not as good as he'd hoped. It was 40 dollars--no sides included.I had the haddock. It was OK--but not hot at all--especially the rice was barely luke warmand not very tastey at all.
For the price we were so disappointed.

5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice ambience and a beautiful, historical building

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We were 10 minutes late due to lack of parking. I called to let them know we were looking for parking and when we finally arrived our reservation had been cancelled. We ended up at a table near the door and felt that we were in the middle of a highway, very uncomfortable and could not enjoy the dinner, I almost walked out. Very disappointed since the reservation was made two weeks ahead of time.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I absolutely love it here. If you are looking for great food and service look no further. I live two hours away and I make the drive every year (usually for an anniversary dinner) to have a nice steak with plenty of good apps and sides to choose from. Would highly recommend.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our first time at the Library. The food was New York steak house quality. Our only negative comment and concern was the young and inexperienced wait staff and hostess. The quality of the good outweighed the inexperience and unprofessional staff. An experienced maître d’ with wine knowledge checking on the tables would be a welcomed addition to such a historically vibrant space.

We will certainly return!

lovegoodfood (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We've never had anything less than a very good meal at The Library (after 30 or more visits). Most have been fabulous. The staff, the ambiance and especially the menu selections are always top notch. They prepare your food the way you would like, whether it's a dietary requirement or just your personal preference. While we expect the food to be prepared perfectly, it still amazes us at how they can maintain their consistency over the years! There are several very good restaurants in the area but we find ourselves always going back to The Library for all of our "special occasion" dinners. Sometimes we'll go just because we want to have an excellent meal. I don't see this approach changing anytime soon! Known as a steakhouse, it easily rivals some of the better known steakhouses in the country. Try it. You won't be disappointed!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great experience with wife outstanding food

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Unfortunately the wait staff is very unprofessional here. Congregating at the end of the bar and talking loudly about their inappropriate weekend escapades, distracting and disrupting our special Valentines meal. The food was definitely not worth the expensive prices. The meals arrived cold. My husband’s steak was quite under cooked, my haddock and lobster stuffing was overcooked and rubbery. There were multiple bones in the haddock and chunks of shell in the lobster. The rice that accompanied my meal was lumpy and bland and the roasted carrots were burned.
This is the first time I have ever posted a negative review about a restaurant, I did leave a message on Facebook for the restaurant and no one even bothered to reply, never mind apologize.

ready2travel (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I had dinner at The Library Restaurant recently to celebrate my birthday. We arrived early for our 7:30 reservation, but they seated us right away. We had a nice table in front of the fireplace in a quiet area. The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday night. Our server, Anna was wonderful! She was friendly, very knowledgeable and efficient. We both had steaks that were cooked perfectly! We agreed that it was the best meal we have had in a while. I would highly recommend it!!

Michelle78 (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Second time here for a special occasion. Service was fast, food was beyond excellent! Staff was friendly and helpful with menu knowledge when we had questions. I love the Library and make it a point to come whenever I’m in Portsmouth!

StevenC (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I loved the sauteed vegetables option! The taste of the meals, you could tell the prep was done at the restaurant and not store bought or processed. The food presentation was outstanding and we felt spoiled.

vipRebecca (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a lovely dinner! Beautiful space. Sat by the fireplace. Great wine list. Loved the bang bang shrimp. Cesaer salad was fine but not amazing. Steak was phenomenal. Highly recommend the decadent potatoes as gratin. Finished with a tasty chocolate layer cake.

Kristen (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, can be pricy but it’s worth it.

MarielleB (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I went here with my husband because he loves steak. I don’t, but the Vegetarian Pasta is amazing!

SuziQ (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

As always our experience at The Library was superb. The ambiance, the waitress, the service, but above all the food. We almost never vary in ordering as you have the best rack of lamb in Portsmouth. It is big enough for us to share and still have some left over. The asparagus was cooked to perfection, and we delighted in the oysters. We have a number of gift certificates from Portsmouth AlaCarte, however, we find ourselves returning to The Library more often than not. Don’t change a thing.