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The Oar House

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55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779 (Bow Street)
+1 603-436-4025
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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butler, United States
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great food and drink. They have great oysters and drinks. Bar always bussy and looks to be local traffic. It is a little expensive but worth the money.

Thank Gregory W
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109 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

As a group of 4 we took advantage of a lovely sunny day to sit outside. I wish I could remember what the others had. I know it was good but I was focused on the scallops. I ordered an entree size just to see what they were like and once enjoyed ordered another plate. They were the best scallops... More 

Thank DavidT1953
Dover, New Hampshire
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

After the holiday and looking for a quiet warm place to meet and greet friends...this is the place. With charm galore, this wonderful restaurant has an ambience not found in many restaurants...especially in winter. The cozy feel and wonderful food fit the event perfectly. Fresh fish, salads, soups...exactly what is needed on a cold winter day. However, this is also... More 

Thank Hallie46
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Dined here for first time today. Ceres Avenue is really alley-like; might be difficult to find on a first visit; trust your GPS device and make a first pass and drive by the restaurant (it will be on your left); immediately on your right will be free parking for 20-30 cars exclusively for The Oar; worth a try. If full,... More 

Thank SwedishForMe
Nashua, NH
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130 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

One reason that we return to the Oar House is the fact that they have valet parking which makes things easier in Portsmouth. Their onion soup is some of the best that I've ever had. I also had the tuna which was outstanding. Another person in our party had the salmon which she said was fabulous and another the duck... More 

Thank waltermNashua_NH
Kittery, Maine
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Portsmouth is known for great restaurants, and the Oar House is certainly in the top ten. We love the bouillabaisse but suggest ordering the crostini without the garlic and red pepper tapenade as it is just too heavy for the delicate flavors of the meal. Do not leave without trying the goat milk cheesecake. It is wondrous ! Service is... More 

1 Thank 41jon2015
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised with thanksgiving dinner. It was excellent. The portions were quite large and most guest were leaving with the other half of the meal they couldn't eat. This is by far the most traditional New England thanksgiving dinner we've had at a restaurant. Very organized. The man who hosted worked so hard. Mary was efficient. Delicious.

Thank Joyce H
Boston, Massachusetts
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408 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We chose this restaurant for our Thanksgiving lunch. Our server, Carly, was great even though she was really rushing around because of a full restaurant. Two of us had the traditional turkey meal, one has the lobster and another the baked haddock. The haddock dish was very underwhelming, compared to the other meals ordered and will not be a repeat... More 

Thank Stewart T
Hollis, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We were pleasant surprised with thanksgiving diner at the Oar House. The diner was excellent with the best House made cranberry sauce set this meal in high gear. The portions were quite large and most guest were leaving with the other half of the meal they couldn't eat. The baked sweet potato with brown sugar & walnuts pared extremely well.... More 

Thank darseneau2016
Hebron, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Good menu and lots of beer choices. Brick walls and large beams in the ceiling, very cozy corner booth.

Thank 18marilyn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
    (Bow Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-4025

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