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The Library

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401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cozy atmosphere- food was great ! Best ribeye steak on the planet 👍🏼If you like historical buildings don't miss this one .

Thank Gary B
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch with spouse. Very quaint and quiet. Nice servers. Nice steak and so was everything else.Pricey

Thank Mel K
Derry, New Hampshire, USA
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Normally the library is so reliable establishment for a fine dining experience. Unfortunately this visit during Restaurant Week was less than stellar. Staff appeared to be new and struggled somewat with the delivery of the sides at the time of serving the meal. My filet mignon was cooked more medium than medium rare. This possibly could have been because of... More 

Thank gvcolby
Hampton, New Hampshire
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132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First off EricaW is one of the most professions servers I have run into. Congrats. Ambiance is great. Mahogany steakhouse. Augeatin potatoes a must rib eye steak good. Filet is way better. Spinach cream not so great. Thank you Erica

Thank TMC159
Acton, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for dinner AND lunch the next day. We loved the layout of the space and the fireplace in the bar area. Very comfortable and food was superb.

Thank Rich G
Greenland, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was very good but not great! Dinner was nice, but I've had better. After hearing so much about The Library, I was anxious to try it; a bit disappointing. Perhaps I was expecting too much? Worth a nice romantic dinner.

Thank hamptonfallscraver
Chichester, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for lunch mid week and even though we were seated in the bar although 15 minutes before opening. Good menu, not over bearing. My spouse chose the lobster mac and cheese. Good, homemade with good chunks of lobster meat. I had the Lobster salad. Chunks of meat over a bed of fresh and diverse greens. Service was good,... More 

Thank Neil S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Before last night this was one of my boyfriends favorite places to get a steak in the area, and the last time we were here was a year ago and we had an amazing meal. Last night was not the case. We each ordered a filet at $29 and $38 ala carte in which I ordered mine rare/medium rare and... More 

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Kennebunk, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Could not get a dinner reservation, so came for late lunch. Unfortunately the dining room was busy with a large party (not many others) and most of the service was focused there. Our server was nice, took our order promptly, brought drinks, brought appetizers, etc, but then we waited over 45 minutes for our entrees while the large party was... More 

Thank RoxieMaine1111
Waterford ct
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We sat at the bar before our table was ready and the staff was great. However when we got to our table not so much. We both ordered the 8oz filet and both the same way, medium. Dinner took a while to come out compared to other tables and when it arrived they steaks were not cooked right at all.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Steakhouse, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?