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The River House Restaurant

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53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the water. Nice views of the port.Lots of great seafood selections on the menu. Just what you'd expect in coastal New England.

Thank bluto011
Nashville, North Carolina
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch here because the seafood chowder was recommended. It was delicious. We had their lobster roll combo. Our entire party liked it. I'm not a fan of clam chowder, that is why I was excited to try the seafood chowder. It was meaty enough and creamy enough. The service was very good and you can't beat the scenery... More 

Thank Shelley T
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the seafood chowder and a Sheppard pie, my wife had a French onion soup and fish and chips. All was cooked to perfection. Very tasty!

Thank 12hai
Coventry, England
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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had wandered past this place earlier in the day and checked out times for food - the young lady we spoke to in the lower bar was so friendly and helpful we decided to go back for dinner. Upstairs in the main restaurant we were offered a deck table (the area was well covered and protected) with a nice... More 

Thank Lorna D
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have tried this restaurant hoping it was better each time and the food was consistently bland or underdone or poorly presented. This review is the result of 4 to 5 visits over the previous 18 months or so. Too many better restaurants in the area to ever try this again.

Thank PauloDN
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped in for lunch this Saturday and were seated right away (we were lucky. At 2:00 it was still pretty busy). The waitress and the runners seemed to be quite efficient and everything was moving pretty fast. But we were surprised that our food wasn't hot. I had the chowder and panini. My wife had the... More 

Thank Doug4650
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Besides that, the location is amazing with great views. Casual dining with balance of locals and tourists.

Thank paul l
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the River House for the view. We had a great meal. The portions were huge! The wait staff were attentive, quick and accurate.

Thank lindashome
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch ... definitely has a great view but wait staff was very very slow and food was overpriced and dinner quality. Would not recommend or go back.

Thank Sheila H
Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sheila, Yesterday was a very difficult day for us as it marked the first day of restaurant week. This puts a little extra strain on everyone. We did our best but it is clear that we dropped the ball with your table. All I can ask is that you give us another try and let us put our best... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner and had a lobster roll and The seafood chowder and both were amazing! Service was great as well. Totally recommend this place!

Thank Silvia M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-2600
The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway.

Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder.

Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?