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The River House Restaurant

53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood chowder” (188 reviews)
“turkey panini” (31 reviews)
“cowboy burger” (10 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I stopped in Portsmouth on the way home looking for a nice outdoor patio to have lunch. It was a beautiful day the weather was perfect. Downtown Portsmouth is really busy and parking can be difficult. I recommend the parking garage it...More

Thank BrianG848
Reviewed 4 days ago

while shopping in Portsmouth there are so many places to eat, but we decided on the River house. Sat outside on the upper deck with a nice view of the water. We just needed fuel so we could keep shopping so we spit a Chicken...More

Thank john D
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to this restaurant for a light dinner. The food was very good and the service was very good, as well. Seafood chowder was very good. The ambiance is very nice.

Thank maijr1119
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sat on the deck which has a pretty good view of the port or harbor. Service was excellent, they let us move to the tables closest to water after another table finished. We got the small plates meal so we could try the lobster roll...More

Thank Tom K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

They won the chowder off in Portsmouth. Reanimated? Lots of lobster in their chowder. It is good but you will pay 10 plus a serving. Portsmouth becoming costly.

Thank tim L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really just had a beer and wine.. didn't go for the food.... drinks and the view Nice back deck.... sprawling actually...

Thank winefan2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wife and I both had the chowder. If this is there specialty, then please server it hot. My manhattan was off in taste and color; should have sent it back. We sat on the deck and the couple next to us had there dog. Don't...More

1  Thank 570stephr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate there August 10th 2017. Seafood chowder was incredibly delicious. Had to wait a long time for a lobster roll dinner and a cold,slightly over cooked haddock dinner. Nice view of water.

Thank pasuka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We planned our visit to eat while the sun was setting. We waited about 40 minutes for a table outside but were able to find 4 seats outside at the bar area which was beautiful. Our table for dinner was on the upper level outside...More

Thank RAH2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a fan of seafood but honestly this award winning seafood chowder is the best I've ever tried!! Wow!!! The 1 1/4 Boiled lobster was delicious and it was a perfect size. There was also a combo with a cup of chowder and a...More

1  Thank Cristina V
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6 November 2016|
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Response from Justin R | Property representative |
We open at 11AM every day.
jennifer m
24 August 2016|
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Response from Belmontcouple | Reviewed this property |
I also never noticed any pets on the outside decks; you may want to call.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, 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, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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
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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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