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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” (172 reviews)
“fresh fish” (45 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal here whilst staying in Portsmouth with family. The food was delicious and service impeccable. One downside which is why I have only given 4 stars. After cocktails and wine we asked for a further two glasses of house wine they did...More

Thank jolly333
Reviewed 10 August 2015

My daughter and I had a wonderful dining experience at Jumpin' Jays. The selection was very good and our entrees were delicious. The waitress didn't hesitate to bring us different dipping sauces for our calamari when the ones provided were too spicey for my daughter....More

Thank A2Skater
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

Popped in to get take out after a day on the road. The employees were great! Very friendly and welcoming. I ordered the panko fried scallops. YUM! The spicy sauce that came with it was really good too. My friend got the lobster roll. It...More

Thank Pickyeater1973
Reviewed 6 August 2015

We ate at Jumpin Jay's based on friend's recommendations and have to say we were disappointed.The decor itself is tired and reminiscent of an old diner. The wait staff did make up for the stale environment though and are the reason I gave them three...More

1  Thank Sue M
Reviewed 2 August 2015

The decor is a little bit tired, but the food is excellent! Our party of four had tried the pan seared scallops (top up with lobster), the monk fish with lobster sauce and the haddock piccata: they are all very good and the fish are...More

1  Thank panasia
Reviewed 31 July 2015

First of all, after eating a plate composed entirely of snow crab claws, it would be hard for me not to give a 5 star review, but this place really earned it. The food was fresh and delicious and came out of the kitchen pretty...More

1  Thank Mary W
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Jumpin' Jay's serves excellent fresh fish and interesting sides. My haddock piccata had just the right texture and flavor and my friends all enjoyed their choices. My only complaint is with the beer on tap which was very heavy on hoppy varieties. The excellent server...More

Thank Tesol4
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Dined here on a Friday eve in July as a twosome. Ordered a little raw bar sampler (snow crab claws, marinated PEI mussels, clams, oysters, shrimp), and was THRILLED with everything on it. I seriously considered cancelling the rest of our order and just getting...More

1  Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 29 July 2015

J's is a local hotspot. great fresh seafood, locally sourced as often as possible. Place is pretty much always rockin', but the great reviews have somewhat gone to their collective heads. Don't get me wrong, well deserved, but, this is the kind of place that...More

Thank thefitchboi
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

We visited jumpin J's restaurant in Portsmouth New Hampshire in July. We had a full day and stopped for an appetizer and a shared salad. The appetizer was fried calamari and it was very large. It had some spices in it that made it rather...More

Thank James M
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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
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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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
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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