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About The Oar House

Located in the historic "Merchant's Row" building at the edge of Portsmouth's old harbor, The Oar House serves fine food in a setting filled with mementos of the city's long and proud maritime heritage.

55 Ceres St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday 11:00pm -8:00; Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Bow Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 436-4025

Website:
http://www.portsmouthoarhouse.com/

Entertainment:
We feature live piano music inside Friday and Saturday. In season, we feature live music on the deck during Sunday brunch.

Parking Details:
We have a private lot that has valet parking on the weekends and in summer months.

Executive Chef:
Ray Guerin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Oar House Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Scenic View (290)
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Notable Wine List (265)
Great for Outdoor Dining (249)
Great for Lunch (186)
Great for Brunch (91)
Vibrant Bar Scene (82)
Hot Spot (73)
Kid-friendly (65)
Late-night Find (49)
Cozy (42)
Good for a Date (35)
Waterfront (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Casual (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
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Sunday Lunch (12)
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Comfort Food (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Fun (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great Beer (5)
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Outstanding Value (4)
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The Brick Chicken was delicious, very juicy and flavorful! The lobster mac & cheese was tasty, and had lots of delicious seasoning, but left me wanting something else of a different texture to have with it, such as a small salad. It also was a little watery for what I'd expect from a baked mac and cheese.

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food4
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great food: Fillets, calimari, littleneck clams.
Good Food: Baked stuff lobster. Less carrots in the stuffing and more seafood taste needed. Was still very good and moist inside.
WE'll go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Although I've had drinks there many times (indoors and on the deck) this was the first dinner and it was very good, had the chowder and bouillabaisse and would do so again. Impressed !

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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food5
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was my first visit and I loved it. Our waitress was fantastic and the food was great. I'd love to come back in the warm weather and experience the outdoor bar that I heard about. Great place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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service5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The Oar House was amazing. Accidentally booked a table for four when I meant to book it for six on New Years Eve! I called when I noticed the mistake and they took care of us even though they were over booked. We had a beautiful table with wonderful food and service. We would definitely recommend to others and will be back again ourselves!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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service4
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

the halibut was amazing, wait staff was good. It was new years eve so they were very busy but food was quick and definately fresh. I would go back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience4
service4
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

In the past I have been much more pleased with my meal at the Oar House. Our food on this visit was nothing special, our server was not attentive. We had to flag her down to even take our food order!

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food2
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service1
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

OMG. Can't say enough great things about this place. We went on New Years eve. My son is special needs. My husband doesn't drink and has a limited diet, Soo we are high maintenance. I had an unexpected food allergy because I want paying attention when I ordered. Our waiter, John, handled us with grace, ease and humor. I can't remember the last time I had such superb service at a restaurant. That, plus the ambiance and to die for food, just a great way to start off 2017. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Great place, varied menu great apps. Outstanding service.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

My fiance and I absolutely loved this place. The food was amazing. I rarely I ever leave reviews, but this place is worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2016

I made our reservation on-line and it was flawless. My special request for a semi private space was honored. This special occasion business meal was made even better by excellent food and superb service. Nice cozy atmosphere. Parking was not a problem. I've have dined here a number of times over the years and have always received the same level of service.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2016

This was our second visit. We sat in a corner booth in the "Bar" section. It was warm and cozy. No one was at the bar, either; as we were there for an early Sunday dinner. (4pm) We normally do not have dessert, but our first experience here taught us to save room, and we weren't disappointed! I had the salmon with lentils and pumpkin cheesecake; both were outstanding! We will return!

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food5
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service5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2016

We met our family from Maine and Connecticut and New Hampshire. Pre Christmas lunch. Our waitress was so kind. We had 3 granddaughters opening their Christmas gifts. We didn't feel rushed we were all very comfortable. Maybe a start to a new Christmas tradition.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2016

We went for Sunday brunch. We started with expertly made bloody marys. Then ordered white wine from an excellent selection. Next, we ordered spinach eggs benedict, corn beef hash on eggs benedict and social maple sausage on the side. Everything was outstanding. This has to be the best brunch in Portsmouth.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. I would recommend the Oar House to anyone looking for a nice Saturday evening dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2016

we were a party of 9 - the whole experience was fabulous - great service, food and atmosphere!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

We choose this restaurant because it was convienent to where we were going, market square, and had a reservation time that we needed. It exceeded our expectations. The service and food was excellent. It had live music that was not over powering and we were easily able to have table conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I had never been here and I really enjoyed our experience! Very cozy, warm, welcoming and overall a great experience! The food was awesome and service was great. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend and would definitely come back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Exceptional service & food; highly recommend the mussels and roasted romaine salad. Very amicable, entertaining and attentive server.

Tags: Great Beer, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We were there for Thanksgiving dinner, we both had the traditional turkey dinner. Our reservation was for later in the day, which I guess has it's drawbacks.... The turkey itself was fine - but I'm no huge lover of turkey anyway - I mostly I look forward to the "fixins." The sweet potatoes were a puree and completely crusted with a thick brown sugar crust that was serious overkill. The stuffing was good, though it was buried so at first I thought there wasn't any, and it was sparse. The cranberries were peculiar - I think there were whole berries in there at one time, but they were so overcooked that it was almost a puree. Weird texture, too, and more sweet than tart. Gravy? Couldn't find it if there was any. Green beans were fine, but couldn't begin to make up up for the rest of the meal.

My soup was clam/corn chowder - which was clam chowder with a few kernels of corn thrown in. The salad was OK, but what can you expect from a plateful of greens? I chose the apple pie ala mode for dessert. By then the ice cream was gone, so I was given a little ramekin of "whipped cream" - that is to say, over-whipped cream. It was nearly butter. The table next to us got their dessert after us, and the apple pie was gone by then. But they didn't miss much - the apple pie was really dry and a huge disappointment. I've had better supermarket pies. They had 2 pies you could choose from, both with ice cream. You know how many reservations you have. The one thing you can absolutely calculate is how much ice cream you'll need! Simple math, people.

I had their hot buttered rum after dinner. That was pretty good.

I realize that holidays meals can stretch restaurants, but this place didn't seem prepared enough to be serving Thanksgiving dinner. No fault of the the waitstaff, the kitchen and management should come up with a better plan for next time and make sure they don't run out of basics. And learn basic culinary skills, like making whipped cream....

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We went for the thanksgiving dinner it was great. Food was hot and delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Quaint atmosphere. Service was excellent; did not feel rushed. Plenty of food and delicious. We did no see an regular menu as it was a special Thanksgiving menu, but will probably go back again when in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The Oar House served a Fantastic Thanksgiving dinner!!
Our server, Mary took great care of us.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We chose this restaurant for our Thanksgiving lunch.

Our server, Carly, was great even though she was really rushing around because of a full restaurant.

Two of us had the traditional turkey meal, one has the lobster and another the baked haddock. The haddock dish was very average compared to the other meals. The wild rice side totally void of salt and overcooked. The haddock is definitely not a repeat order for us.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2016

Dined 2 days before Thanksgiving so had restaurant mostly to ourselves. Eggplant special dinner very disappointing, but waitress was kind enough to take ot off our bill. Baked haddock very good and a good sized portion.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2016

We have been to the Oar house and sat on the deck many times and always had a great experience. Yesterday we went for brunch and sat inside for the first time. The food was excellent (sausage and biscuits and Monte cristo) and Bloody Mary's were delicious-just spicy enough! The waitress was friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Great meal, cozy environment, service was a little slow due to perhaps it was restaurant week? We'll be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Outstanding service, great food. Very nice restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Amazing food, great service. Food was presented well and courses arrived at nicely spaced intervals. Can't wait to eat there again soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Always a lovely place for a great meal in a great atmosphere. Love the indoor and outdoor dining experience.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2016

love the Oar House. Lovely dining when in Portsmouth.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2016

I hadn't been to the Oar House in years and had forgotten how good both the food and ambiance is. We went on Saturday night during restaurant week, so it was very busy. We were able to find spots at the bar for a drink before dinner and then had a delicious meal upstairs. There were a few minor service hiccups, but nothing unexpected for a very busy Saturday night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Great find during Portsmouth NH 2017 Restaurant week. Creative cocktails and amazing food

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Had many great meals here and Saturday night was no exception. I had delicious grilled romaine salad, nice bottle of wine (reasonably priced), and sesame crusted tuna. I asked for a substitution on buckwheat noodles, and got the tuna over a wonderfully creamy Portobello & asparagus risotto, which as perfect. Great service too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

service was excellent
only issue was the valley brought the wrong car ! but even that was wasn't bad

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Lovely atmosphere. Truely New England style dining. Friendly service and professional. Generous portions and tasty interesting menu. Recommend it

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Very cozy restaurant with great food. Live music in the bar was wonderful - and not too loud that we couldn't still talk. Would recommend to anyone visiting Portsmouth!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Wonderful place! We have been to the Oar House many times for special occasions, and it never disappoints. Our meal was beautifully cooked, tastefully presented, with excellent service. We'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed an outstanding dinner here recently. Our meals, the homemade rolls, and wine were very good and our service by Carly was tremendous.

The Oar House is definitely worth a visit!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Six old friends getting together to celebrate a birthday and a couple of anniversaries! The Oar House was recommended by other friends and didn't disappoint. The food was very good and well prepared. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered and we were able to have a leisurely meal and hang out without being rushed.
The Oar House is in a historic section of Portsmouth and they have their own small parking area just outside the restaurant.
I would definitely go there again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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