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The Rusty Hammer

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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49 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4517
+1 603-436-9289
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is always good. Attentive Service, Great Food, Great Prices...and their Bloody Marys are to die for! Get the potato skins...you won't be disappointed. And their burgers are fabulous. Also love their taco salads with edible bowls. This is a local favorite and when we go to Portsmouth we always stop here for lunch. Busy place.

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Thank Michelle M
Saco, Maine
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

The Sun is Out so we went to The Rusty Hammer for an early lunch. Nice and quiet at firs and then ti filled up quickly. Steve the waiter was awesome. Great social presence, well versed in the beer list, attentive and funny without being intrusive. My garden salad was huge-took half home. The Turkey/Swiss /Bacon club on marble rye... More 

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Thank happytraveler11122
Wells, Maine
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I've been going to the Rusty Hammer since 1995. Not a regular by any means, but my wife and I would go to celebrate pregnancies, promotions, etc. We always enjoyed great food, but the last time we were there was about 4 years ago. We were in Portsmouth today and decided to grab a bite to eat. My how things... More 

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Thank Rich O
Stratham, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

"The Hammer" has become one of our favorite watering holes in Portsmouth NH. My wife and I meet friends there a few times a month for drinks and a bite to eat. The food - regular pub fare - is good, especially the burgers. The draft beer selection is exceptional. The staff, including barman Buck, is friendly and efficient. Exposed... More 

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Thank loujack48
Wayland, Massachusetts
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210 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here last night for a little dinner after a day of travel in the snow. The place is a tavern with tables for dining. The bartender/server "Kyle" is outstanding! The food was good and fast. Nice place that served its purpose.

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Thank Steve S
Concord, New Hampshire
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132 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We would have given it five stars but the one thing my wife and I wanted was the lobster roll but they were out. Being in a city where Maine Lobster is king and a huge customer favorite, there is no excuse for not having any. However, the cup of fish chowder we had was to die for. The chowder... More 

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Thank magagoo
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Freshly ground beef. Fun menu. Excellent list of beers on draft. Nice old tavern. Located on State St. In the middle of town.

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Thank GD0yle
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

A nice place for dinner off of a sportsbar type menu. Great atmosphere, wide selection of beers. Tables looking out onto downtown streets.

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Thank marcel l
Appleton, Wisconsin
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89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Stopped here while in Portsmouth for a work trip. Enjoyed the pub. Good people a good service. Check this out for more than a cool name :)

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Thank Aaron T
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157 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is smaller than it once was but the Wimpy still rules! The California is a winner, as is the melt. Really, they're all good. This is a good place for a burger and beer. Lots of good apps, also.

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Thank Marian E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4517
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-9289

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?