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The River House Restaurant

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53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
11:00 - 00:00
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Keene, New Hampshire
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222 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portsmouth New Hampshire has become a destination get-away spot. No matter what time of year it is, this location has much to offer and things to do. If you are looking for great food in a nostalgic seaport building, be sure to give The River House a try. Located on the pier in downtown, the scenic view of the working... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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245 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No seating available outside today as it was 17F. Two levels available with outside seating waters edge during the warmer season. The chowder was excellent but the lobster roll was not as sweet and tender as it could have been. The fried haddock and shrimp was pretty dry and our waitress didn't really check back which was disappointing as my... More 

Thank pdxballard
Montreal, Canada
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have to try the chowder it's to die for really. It won awards no kidding. The fried seafood is not too greasy and the coating really light.

Thank NBaijot
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best thing about this restaurant is the view. The food was very poor quality and way overpriced. I ordered the crab cakes, they were dripping with grease and tasted like they were frozen crab patties out of a bag. The lobster roll was too expensive for the quality of the food. The seafood chowder was not good & we... More 

Thank Amanda S
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Not much open mid day on the water. We stopped and had seafood chowder ok but too much flour in the base. The small lobster roll was very small and not the hoped for sweetness in lobster. My wife's broiled haddock was dry and didn't seem fresh. Not a good seafood option.

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Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, I was sorry to see that you did not enjoy your experience at the River House yesterday. It is clear that we dropped the ball. We appreciate the feedback and will use it as a resource to improve our product. Please feel free to email or call us with any other feedback you have. We would love to listen.... More 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

although located in the heart of Bow Street/water front, this is a great local restaurant. Dependable and affordable. Food is great, atmosphere is pure Portsmouth with an amazing view. Bar Tenders friendly and pours generous. A great go to with a nicely balanced menu.

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West Newbury, Massachusetts
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Nancy and I have been there before when we went to Portsmouth to see a play. It was recommended to us for the best seafood chowder. As it was put, "I grew up here and with out a doubt this is the best chowder I have ever tasted." She wasn't wrong, it was very tasty, creamy, thick and had seafood... More 

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Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback from your recent trip to the River House. I was disappointed to see that it was not well received. It is clear that we dropped the ball on all counts. Your described experience is not our standard nor is it acceptable and for that I am sorry. It would be helpful for us to... More 

Fairfield, Connecticut
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

This place has a nice view of the river and you can dine indoors or out. I don't recall what my son and husband ordered but we've been there a few times and always Ben happy with the food. I always order the fish chowder. It is New England style and delicious. I've had chowder in many restaurants and this... More 

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Parkland, FL
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Food was excellent. There were so many things that I would have love to try on the menu but we are only in town for a few days so are planning on going back for lunch today. Everything we tried was excellent. The chowder is a must, shrimp & scallop and onion soup were great. We sat on the patio... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Seriously great chowder. It's creamy and buttery, with huge chunks of fish, lobster and shrimp. Lob dog looked good, too! It was winter, so we stayed inside, but they seem to have a great patio with view of the water. There is a heated balcony, but I don't really like eating surrounded by plastic, so I stayed in the cozy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-2600
The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway.

Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder.

Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?