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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (122 reviews)
“wedge salad” (8 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (10 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Steakhouse, International
PRICE
$$$$
DETAILS
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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1 - 10 of 371 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Drinks: Ordered wine and a Gin and Lime juice on the rocks, no tonic or soda. Drinks came 10-15 mins later, wine was fine gin was nearly all tonic. Asked if the bartender may have "accidentally" added tonic, drink was replaced ~10mins later. Food: Not...More

Thank Clk41
Reviewed 6 days ago

Really enjoyed our dinner. Atmosphere, service,and food were wonderful. Your bill is presented in a real book. We're from Tennessee and our waitress just randomly took "Deep South" from the shelf. Would go back for sure, given the chance.

Thank sweetbaby0
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice lunch but were slightly disappointed. Despite being very quiet the greeter was happy to take a phone call half way through seating us and the server was nice but not attentive. The cuisine was good the onion soup and baked cheese...More

Thank Viviane B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was a great find, in a historic building with a great atmosphere. The food I ordered was really great and tasty...but the prices seemed a little high for what it was. Still, I would really recommend it and the missing star is only...More

Thank Becki C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of 22 had a private room - 3 tables - attentive service. Would have appreciated a printed menu so we knew what we were having. Pot stickers good, crab cakes avg. Family style dinner - baked scrod and prime rib: excellent. Sides were...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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

Thank Mel K
Reviewed 10 April 2017 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...More

Thank gvcolby
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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
Reviewed 3 April 2017

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
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kentonwhitehead
How do I buy a gift certificate to your restaurant?
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
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Elgamil
where can we park?
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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
  • E-mail