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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
+1 603-766-3474
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“haddock piccata” (52 reviews)
“seafood” (177 reviews)
“fresh fish” (49 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely top 5 best restaurants I have ever eaten in the United States, the mussels are delicious, all my coworkers agreed on how great de food was.

Thank SantiagoAlvarezO
Reviewed 6 days ago

There was a happy hour on oysters $1 each and decided to give it a try. Well, they were the smallest oysters I have ever seen served. Must be a local thing! They were tasty, but I had to fork 4-5 to have a meal....More

Thank Bayouexec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this past weekend and was not disappointed. Really delicious salads. The tuna was dressed perfectly, scallops seared to perfection and the German chocolate cake was to die for. Really, the most perfect light late meal, ever! Thanks to our waitress for being kind, patient...More

Thank Piper1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner there by myself. Be prepared to pay more then average. One drink, one app and one entree bill plus tip was $90 Food was good but have had similar meals of similar quality for $25 less Drinks were probably the biggest over priced...More

Thank Previewer1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant had been mentioned very positively by locals, and we went with some. However, the service and food suffered from Restaurant Week overload. Tuna tartare: very fresh, but a bit bland Ceviche: tiny shrimp were used, which had a good texture. However, too sweet...More

Thank Canexpats
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do not eat seafood but this place is very good. I had fish tacos with fried oysters that was excellent . My wife had the P.E.I. mussels , that was so big ,that she could not finish her meal. We will be going back.

Thank george b
Reviewed 15 March 2018

A meal on the mid to high price range, but a nice couple's night out. Lots of fish, with a couple of other entrée options. The Maine crabcake was perfectly delicious and composed - no bread at all, moist inside and slightly crisp on the...More

Thank Deb L
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I heard such great things and this place and was dumbfounded when I felt there was "nothing special". I do not have anything BAD to say. The food was okay, the staff was pleasant. It was similar to someone hyping up a movie, going to...More

Thank predden14
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Still a great upbeat restaurant bar with the freshest fish served pan seared, blackened, etc. fresh bread w garlic oil and olives. Very wide wine selection. Downtown with public parking across the street. Haddock Piccata is the number one item. To get

Thank Admiralkittlemeyer
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Make a reservation and you will be seated on time. Varied menu of local items and on tap local beer. Wait staff was great!

Thank Stewart G
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24 January 2018|
Response from Lauren B |
Hello, you can call the restaurant to make a reservation at 603.766.3474 or you can go to our website and make an online reservation.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$32
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
    (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-766-3474
Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.
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