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Blue Mermaid Island Grill

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116 High Street, 409 The Hill, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3709
+1 603-427-2583
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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seacoast, nh
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130 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Haven't been here in several years. It's an old historic home in an area known locally as the hill, a group of beautiful historic homes now horribly surrounded by hotels that tower over them. The restaurant is now difficult to see as it is buried behind the hotels. The restaurant's customers are a mix of locals who know where it... More 

Thank Linda M
Limington, Maine
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

from making reservations for 7 to the greeting at door through to the check the service was wonderful-happy staff there to make the dining experience a wonderful event. the food could not have been better with vegetarian choices from appetizer to main dish. We were sharing bites of food from our plates and there was nothing that I would't order.... More 

Thank Chrisbiggar
Littleton, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked from our hotel to this establishment since it was close and the weather wasn't cooperating. The smell is overpowering when you walk in and not in a good way. Still have no idea what it was - but it wasn't good. We were waiting for the rain to stop so decided to have a drink and appetizer while... More 

Thank mrav1072
Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Small , very casual place better for a drink then food.. VeryvConvenient to Hilton Inn Gardens Hotel. Good place to maybe have a drink or two and listen to open mic on Wednesday night..

Thank Scott P
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Blue mermaid is a very eclectic restaurant in portsmouth, nh. I was there while visiting my daughter at UNH. They had a wide selection of foods with very interesting dates, I would definitely eat here again.

Thank cabocathy1
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Our UNH Class of 78 Brunch Group met at Blue Mermaid - we had all just returned from 2 weeks in ST. John so the Caribbean menu including Painkillers got our attention. I have been going to Blue Mermaid since it opened several years ago and have never been disappointed. We started with the Painkillers - they were as good... More 

Thank Kenattarwood
Eliot, Maine
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Lets just say we now all belong to the clean plate club! The food was delicious and very flavorful- definitely a Carribean taste! Our waitress was helpful and seemed happy to be there. For cocktails we ordered their Pain Killers which were perfect and helped to make us feel like we were back on St John in the USVI. Looking... More 

Thank JPhpf
New Hampshire
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

There's lots of great places to choose from in Portsmouth, but hubby and I were glad to see the Blue Mermaid was still hopping when we stopped by on a Thursday night for light dinner and drinks. While the menu doesn't seem to have changed much from year to year, the flavor and quality is always good, and the offerings... More 

Thank 112358
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I enjoy coming here! I wandered in on Trivia night and enjoyed that, had a beer and fried calamari app...service was super and I love their menu. (I didn't get a full meal on this trip in-though I love their brunch menu and had Pulled Pork Benedict another time) There is a small, comfortable bar, a relaxed dining area with... More 

Thank heronvt
Lewiston, Maine
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went there on a Saturday night around 6p. The place is small and could use a little more ambiance. However, the food was delicious!! Ginger spring rolls, fish tacos, scallops, whipped sweet potato....And even the green beans were great!! It is located in downtown area of Portsmouth, so walking around to other places after dinner was... More 

Thank Trisha W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
American, Jamaican, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 High Street, 409 The Hill, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3709
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-427-2583

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