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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” (52 reviews)
“seafood” (177 reviews)
“fresh fish” (49 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had the most delicious dinner. The shrimp cocktail was one of the best we have ever had. The grilled swordfish and haddock piccata were perfectly cooked and presented. Our server, Courtney, and the rest of the waitstaff were efficient and not...More

Thank Heidi L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fish cooked to perfection, and many good seafood selections. Go early as it tends to get crowded, which is a good problem!

Thank Lovegoodfood18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner and the food was outstanding. The fish was fresh and cooked perfectly. The bar tender was excellent; he knew the food and what wine to pair with it. The wine and cocktail selections are solid. Casual atmosphere in a...More

Thank vinnyveg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic oysters. Great menu for the fish lover. Fish not over cooked as it so often is. Right downtown with a walk along Portsmouth's Congress Street. In a city of great restaurant Jumpin Jays stands out.

Thank Desertis
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Definitely top 5 best restaurants I have ever eaten in the United States, the mussels are delicious, all my coworkers agreed on how great de food was.

Thank SantiagoAlvarezO
Reviewed 16 April 2018

There was a happy hour on oysters $1 each and decided to give it a try. Well, they were the smallest oysters I have ever seen served. Must be a local thing! They were tasty, but I had to fork 4-5 to have a meal....More

Thank Bayouexec
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Visited this past weekend and was not disappointed. Really delicious salads. The tuna was dressed perfectly, scallops seared to perfection and the German chocolate cake was to die for. Really, the most perfect light late meal, ever! Thanks to our waitress for being kind, patient...More

Thank Piper1
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Had dinner there by myself. Be prepared to pay more then average. One drink, one app and one entree bill plus tip was $90 Food was good but have had similar meals of similar quality for $25 less Drinks were probably the biggest over priced...More

Thank Previewer1
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This restaurant had been mentioned very positively by locals, and we went with some. However, the service and food suffered from Restaurant Week overload. Tuna tartare: very fresh, but a bit bland Ceviche: tiny shrimp were used, which had a good texture. However, too sweet...More

Thank Canexpats
Reviewed 19 March 2018

I do not eat seafood but this place is very good. I had fish tacos with fried oysters that was excellent . My wife had the P.E.I. mussels , that was so big ,that she could not finish her meal. We will be going back.

Thank george b
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24 January 2018|
Response from Lauren B |
Hello, you can call the restaurant to make a reservation at 603.766.3474 or you can go to our website and make an online reservation.
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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