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Sunday, May 13, 2018
As always, outstanding food—super tender filet cooked to perfection
As always the service was great and the food was awesome.
Very attentive server. Generous wine pour. Yummy Brie app. Delicious steak, haddock and raviolis. Good portions. Expensive drinks. Would recommend.
The steaks are out of this world. The food is to die for and the history of the building and decor is so interesting and delightful. It is well worth the money spent.
Four of us went for lunch during Restaurant Week, and we all ordered different dishes off the special menu. The appetizers and entrees we ordered were all only so-so (not up to their reputation), but one of the desserts, the bourbon chocolate mousse, was phenomenal. The peanut butter square wasn't very good, and tasted as though it hadn't been out of the freezer long enough (not frozen, but very cold in the middle). The service was pretty good, except for having to wait quite a while to order after receiving our drinks. Our waitress just disappeared... We've had inconsistent experiences at The Library, so because there are so many consistently good restaurants in the Seacoast, probably won't be back.
We went to the Library Restaurant yesterday. We are trying several places for Restaurant Week. The food was excellent! We had the beef stir fry, and then the peanut butter squares for dessert. Both were delicious.
The Library Restaurant setting is quite unique. There are many book cases, stained glass windows, and dark wood paneling. The Library Restaurant is also open for lunch 7 days a week. I plan on going back for lunch very soon!
Library Restaurant was a wonderful atmosphere, great food and drinks. We happened to go during Restaurant week, so were able to order off that menu. I will definitely be back and refer to friends.
Amazing food... great service. Didn’t feel rushed. Perfect timing between courses. Just perfect!
My husband and I were so happy to have our Anniversary dinner there. The food was excellent and so was the service!
I had been to The Library for dinner several times in years past, but had not been in quite some time. I was so disappointed upon my return! It took quite a long time to get my dinner and it was cold when it arrived. When the waitress came back with it the second time, the steak tips were not good, having only been reheated. The waitress, though very sweet, disappeared for a half hour at one point. My husband's prime rib was fabulous, but his potatoes were cold, as well. Sadly, this will not longer be one of my first choices when staying in the are.
Steaks were steakhouse quality. Excellent. Sides were lacking, very bland potatoes. Unique atmosphere, loved the check presentation in the old library book! Server was inattentive and service was extremely slow, even for a Saturday night. We were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Overall, it was ok. Glad we tried it but probably wouldn’t go back.
My wife and I had a great dining experience celebrating our wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the wait staff were very efficient. We were not rushed and had time for relaxing conversation. The handcrafted woodwork and decor add to a most enjoyable dining experience.
I love the Library, it is a wonderful place for ladies who lunch, special occasions. Whenever I suggest the Library people always say, "Oh, I haven't been there in ages," then I suggest we go.
Excellent service excellent food.
We had a lovely server for Easter lunch. Only one of us got a meal he thought was only OK. The majority of us truly enjoyed it! Delicious filet, cooked perfectly! The sweet potato fries are very good! This was our fifth holiday visit; I'm sure we will be back!
My boyfriend and I sat at a table near the window which was lovely. The setting was romantic, especially the lighting. The decorations throughout the restaurant were beautiful. We thought it was cool that the bill was brought out inside of an actual book. The steak was delicious but the steak fries were average. Overall the dinner was fantastic and me and boyfriend were both really happy with where we celebrated our anniversary.
Loved the look and feel of the place. Wonderful food and service along with a great historic setting. We enjoyed it!
Nice place. Good value and good service.
The ambiance was amazing. The steaks were cooked perfectly and of course the sides tasted equally well. Definitely a must!
This is a great place anytime, but especially for a special occasion. The food is always good and the atmospere is warm, inviting and cozy. You feel like you're doning in someone's house. I highly recomnend it for lunch or dinner!
Amazing food and ambiance
Delicious dinner in an elegant setting. Wonderful service. Will definitely return and recommend.
We found this place on Open Table. It was a great place to dine. A lot of history at the site of the Library Restaurant. It’s well worth dining here.
Perfect as usual! Nana did a great job and the steaks are world class perfection.
The Sirloin was cooked to perfection. My wife's's Filet was also great. Sides were perfect as well as the attentive service.
Quiet, elegant restaurant. Good menu and well prepared dishes. You can actually have a conversation without yelling across the table.
Great spot for a nice meal with friends. All the dishes we got, 2 Filet mignon and 2 baked haddock, plus the bang bang shrimp appetizer were delicious. Server was quite friendly and attentive. Wonderful meal overall.
Set inside an 18th century mansion, it has all the beautiful woodwork and decir of an old library, complete wirh shelves and shelves of books. We had a party of five, and all of us were increfibly pleased with oir menu choices. The meat was cooked to soecification and the side dishes were enough for us to share. The wine list was extensive and offered many choices of wine by the glass in adittion to the bottles. Service was great, courteois and prompt.
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.
This is a wonderful place for a relaxing lunch. The quiet ambiance allows for conversation without talking loudly. Crab cakes are great
Very nice ambience and a beautiful, historical building
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.
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.
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!
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!
Great experience with wife outstanding food
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.
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!!
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!