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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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“seafood” (170 reviews)
“fresh fish” (45 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our party of 14 really enjoyed our entire dining experience at Jumpin Jay's Fish Cafe. First of all, the service from beginning to end was excellent. Our group had Calamari, Crab Claws, and Oysters for appetizers and they were all really good and fresh. The...More

Thank James E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat at the bar at the high energy restaurant for drinks and dinner. Sometimes restaurants that have been in business lose their quality and personal touch over time. This is the opposite here at Jumpin Jay's. Fun interactive and personal bartender. Great suggestions and...More

Thank exBostonian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was good and the meal (I had Canadian halibut with mashed potatoes, aspergus, and lobster veloute sauce) was ample in portion size especially the fish. The halibut itself wasn't as flavorful as I expected. The lobster veloute sauce was flavorful and compensated for...More

Thank ALSmember
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for a cocktail. Quite a good crowd and lot of good people watching. Service was good and friendly. Nice Manhattan and my wife's margarita was good as well.

Thank JimW551
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly servers that offered great suggestions on the menu. Everyone in our group enjoyed their entrees, dessert/coffee. Happy that we found this place on a quick trip around Portsmouth on a rainy day.

Thank Janice K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to Jumpin Jays during the most recent resturant week in downtown Portsmouth. Typically this resturant is out of our price range but we took the opportunity to try the reasonably priced prefix meals. For appetizer I had the muscles in...More

Thank Jacqueline L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WOW!! The restaurants is nothing special, but the food and service are more than special. We had oysters that were some of the best ever. The haddock special was more than special. Every seafood item we had was prepared excellently.

Thank rlwlawrisk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great and so was the service. We had the mussels, scallops and halibut. The waitress was great at recommending menu items and answering our questions. Would definitely go back to taste more.

Thank MNTravele
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service is mediocre and the food is always disappointing. There is more hype around the place and the food doesn't deliver. For what the meal will cost you, it's not worth the visit.

Thank SweetDee11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was friendly and efficient and each person in our party of five enjoyed our meals very much. A friend at the meal raved about the raw bar clams. My partner said the King Crab leg grill meal was the best King Crab he...More

Thank Paige A
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Suzette D
Appropriate dress for evening meal
6 May 2017|
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Response from kbsNh | Reviewed this property |
Casual works
Do you have a gluten free options?
28 July 2016|
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Response from roomservice56 | Reviewed this property |
Took my gluten free daughter & son& daughter in law with several food issues. JJ was EXTREMELY accommodating with a smile
Do you have a special menu for Easter?
17 March 2016|
Response from Lauren G |
Hi! Jumpin' Jay's is closed for Easter, but we hope to see you another time!
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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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