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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
+1 603-766-3474
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“haddock piccata” (51 reviews)
“seafood” (175 reviews)
“fresh fish” (46 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 9:30 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our second dinner at Jumping Jay's. We all ordered seafood. The mussels were good, not great. The fish dishes and calamari were excellent. Dessert was really the best. The creme brulee was the best. We had a great view of the street from...More

Thank Kevbat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jumpin Jay's looks like it's been around for awhile , in this case it's a good sign! Went for dinner last night, sat at the bar and had the good luck of having Bridget wait on us along with Sarah. Started with the tuna tartare...More

Thank Maureen T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh fish and fresher wait staff make this restaurant fun and vibrant. Had some delicious drinks to start off the meal, solid wine selection too. Great place to go for date night or with family.

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling in New England this week. A fellow coworker in Atlanta grew up in Portsmouth & recommended this restaurant. For starters, we sat the bar & had cocktails with the bartenders choice of oysters. Great! For dinner, three of us have halibut for dinner. One...More

Thank Warren K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Jumping Jay's for dinner with my family to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The food was awesome! Everyone had a different dish and couldn't stop raving about how could it was. The service was both friendly and super efficient. Definitely worth trying!!!!

Thank Vincent S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever conferences bring friends into the area, we bring them to Jumpin' Jays for one of their dinners out. Good seafood, friendly service.

Thank BeenThere2211
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We stopped in on a Thursday after local recommendations and was extremely satisfied. The Haddock was delicious and the seafood chowder did not disappoint. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable.

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We couldn't wait to go back to Jumpin' Jay's, as we had eaten there many times before we moved away. The menu selections are not really extensive, but there's something (or more than that) that would appeal to just about anyone. We sat at the...More

Thank MtHopper
Reviewed 25 August 2017

we had the most wonderful experience at this restaurant. the food was amazing and the service exceptional. a definite stop on my next trip to portsmouth.

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 20 August 2017

After a day of adventuring in Maine, we decided to stop for dinner in Portsmouth as we made our way home. We roamed the streets until we found a menu that spoke to us. Jumpin' Jay's won. We walked in and were seated right away,...More

Thank BeautifulFernweh
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Response from roomservice56 | Reviewed this property |
Took my gluten free daughter & son& daughter in law with several food issues. JJ was EXTREMELY accommodating with a smile
17 March 2016|
Response from Lauren G |
Hi! Jumpin' Jay's is closed for Easter, but we hope to see you another time!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$32
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
    (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-766-3474
Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.
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