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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.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We feature live piano music inside Friday and Saturday. In season, we feature live music on the deck during Sunday brunch.
We have a private lot that has valet parking on the weekends and in summer months.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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