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The Beach Plum

2800 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5915
+1 603-433-3339
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (173 reviews)
“ice cream” (60 reviews)
“clams” (30 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Seafood
$$ - $$$
2800 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5915
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Beach Plum
1. Award-winning lobster rolls
"Simply the best lobster rolls in the region!"
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2. Over 78 flavors of ice cream!
"Guaranteed they will have something you will love"
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3. Delicious fried seafood
"Seafood quality is consistently good. Portion sizes are generous."
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Stopped by here after to work to take lobster rolls to my Mom's for dinner. I waited a long time for two lobster rolls, over 20 minutes. The lobster tasted off. I grew up on the seacoast and lobster rolls cannot be easier. You might...More

Thank LucyLu801
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Popular place, staffed by very cheerful 18 year olds, but be careful to arrive well ahead of closing time. "Sorry, closed! " these cheerful high school students told me, during a thunderstorm, after I had driven 25 miles in the rain from Exeter, and then...More

3  Thank Fourwindsfarm
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Had a huge lobster roll which was great. They put a lot of meat on them, I could have made two rolls.

1  Thank Seagirl F
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Been a few times since my last review....this palce seems to never fail...screaming hot food, some of the freshest fish around, light casual atmosphere, serve beer and wine as well. Not a lobster fan myself, but the fish is to die for!!! Hope they open...More

1  Thank Paul P
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here three years ago and were so glad to see they were open during our recent visit. We both ordered the jumbo crab roll. They had a HUGE amount of crab in them. It made us wonder how big the more expensive crab...More

1  Thank Bruce548893
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This place is not cheap but well worth it! What I liked about the Beach Plum is they give you options on how the lobster roll is prepared. In my previous lobster roll experiences (and there have been many this year with two trips out...More

1  Thank TAG18
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The food is good, but when ordering the large seafood platter, we expected a bit more seafood. Not a little seafood on top of a mountain of french fries.

Thank vienpat
Reviewed 10 October 2016

If all fast food was this good, I would be twice my size. We made two visits the first 3 days in Portsmouth and a third visit on our return from Bar Harbor. Start with the clam strips...then the shrimp...the close out your New England...More

1  Thank mm7474
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I had my first lobster roll in 1970 travelling in New England (from the midwest). We paid $1. I still remember how wonderful it was. I have tried a few midwest versions.....but they just don't measure up. This was well worth the 1500 mile drive....More

Thank EthelSue
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We wanted a decent lobster roll and clams while traveling to NH. It was suggested to go here and we were not disappointed. The only reason why not 5 was the price. If you want ambiance, this is not the place. It's a self service,...More

1  Thank Kim S
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Response from HardShellBob | Property representative |
We don't take reservations but our tables turn over very quickly with food on your table usually in 7 minutes from the time you order at the front counter. So even on the busiest days you'll get a table in 5-10 min. No 1-2... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5915
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-433-3339
  • E-mail
The Beach Plum opened in 1992 at North Hampton state beach as a breakfast and lunch restaurant. The next year, a better location became available just down the street (at it's current location) and it became a take out food and ice cream stand. That original location continues to operate seasonally April - October each year. Based on strong growth in the business at that beach location, a second Beach Plum location was opened at 2800 Lafayette Road (Route 1) in Portsmouth on St Patrick's Day 2011. This Portsmouth location features an expanded menu that includes award winning fried seafood with both indoor and outside deck dining. The Portsmouth Beach Plum was featured on TV Diner in 2012 and Phantom Gourmet in 2011 which named it as a Great 8 restaurant for both it's famous lobster rolls AND fried clams. The Beach Plum is believed to be the only restaurant in New England to be so honored as 1 of the 8 best for BOTH seafood specialties. In December 2015, a new Beach Plum opened at the Brickyard Square Plaza, 24 Calef Highway (Route 125),Epping,NH. That location shares the same menu as this Portsmouth location.
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