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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“rack of lamb” (13 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were checking out downtown Portsmouth looking for a nice place to have a drink and a bite. The Library restaurant looks like a library from the outside. When we first went in we spotted and lounge and decided to sit at the bar and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank carrscellar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited 11/19/18. Head chef got sent home sick so the place completely fell apart. The only management was a supervisor who was completely useless, who was also taking a section, while dealing with complaint after complaint. Comp’d a round of drinks after waiting 50 mins...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 85erikt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best restaurant we ate at during a 2 week vacation in New England. The location in downtown Portsmouth was great. The design and ambience was excellent as was the servers. Would recommend the lamb chops and the lobster pie - both excellent....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cjohnstone97
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fairly upscale place. The atmosphere is nice with tables in smaller rooms with the ex library feel providing a more intimate feel. The food is very good, the wine list more than adequate and the service is responsive and professional.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Danlmarsh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic Fillet Mignon and other steaks. Wonderful service. Beautiful stately environment. Reasonable prices. Convivial atmosphere. It'll knock your socks off!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dave S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing atmosphere as you’re in the winter home of Portsmouth history maker Frank Jones and the restaurant shows off the architectual details. The steaks and accompaniments were amazing and similar to a Ruth Crist, Del Fresco or Morton’s. Lovely gem in the heart of Portsmouth.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank MowerFamily
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Atmosphere very nice. Food very disappointing. My wife’s mussels were not good. I ordered “ classic Ceaser Salad” thinking I would get one tossed at the table, was not, Anchovies were the best protein anyone got.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Dinny W
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Ambiance is great. Mahogany steakhouse. Augratin potatoes a must rib eye steak good. Filet is way better. Spinach cream not so great. Service was an absolute D- Ordered drinks and they never came. Ordered three apps and the mussels were stone cold. Ordered a beer...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TMC159
Reviewed 18 October 2018

There is no doubt that this establishment is consistently excellent with the preparation of steaks and side dishes. My companion and I shared the asparagus and creamed spinach and there was still enough to take home for an additional meal. The desserts are decadent! The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank DRH0PS
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We were a party of four on a Friday night at 1930 hours. We were seated quickly and the service was friendly. The wine list is not too exotic. The steaks were the star of the meal. I recommend the lower price-points for greater satisfaction....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Peter L
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Janet M
27 October 2018|
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Response from Gugliuzza | Property representative |
We closed for lunch approximately 2 months ago. We are happy to open during the day for larger parties, but will only be serving our dinner menu, or our event menu. Please don't hesitate to email us:)
10 January 2017|
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Response from wiggygailTX | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to go to the restaurant or order one over the phone
14 October 2015|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
The Worth parking lot, about two blocks away is your best bet. During the summer, however, even it is often full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
2:00 PM - 9:30 PM
3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-5202
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