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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%
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“fish” (200 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 2 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

I have been dining at Jay's for over 14 years. Changes in staffing and presentation and quantity of food have gone down hill. Service is not what it once was.it was a great local restaurant frequented by tourist. It is now run like a tourist...More

1  Thank wesleyp647
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I have eaten at Jumpin' Jays many times and it never disappoints. Whether you sit at a table or the bar, eat oysters or their catch of the day, have a cocktail or drink wine, you cannot go wrong. Our service last night was impeccable...More

Thank LargeTarget
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Were . in town overnight between beach visits. Looking for a nice place to have dinner. Reviewed multiple places but decided on this. What. a GREAT choice!!! Drinks, food ,service all excellent. Diver scallops and salmon, great, delicious sauce, and sides . Nice selection of...More

Thank thomas m
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Even though we didn't have reservations they seated us on a busy night. One of the best shrimp scampi I have ever had. My husband's mulligatawny stew was flavorful and full of fish. Wonderful dark bread to sop up the juices.

Thank primadonna49
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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