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The Black Birch


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Deviled Eggs 3 Ways
Mushroom duxelle, tahini & sesame, cherry pepper & chorizo
Marinated Olives
Olive oil & fresh herbs
House Pickles
A daily selection of vegetables or fruit
Chicken Liver Mousse
Concord grape gelee
Duck Rillette
Duck conflt spread
Roasted Bone Marrow
Sea salt & fresh herbs
Warm Pear & Gorgonzola
Sherry walnut vinaigrette & port reduction
Black Birch Caesar
Creamy garlic dressing & fried oysters
Lentil Soup
Crisp pancetta & curry
White Corn Polenta Fries
Parmesan & truffle aioli
Deviled Eggs
3 ways mushroom duxelle. Tahina & sesame, cherry pepper & chorzo
Marinated Olives
Olive oil & fresh herbs
House Pickles
A daily selection or vegetables or fruit
Chicken Liver Mousse
Concord grape gelee. Toasted baguette
Duck Rillette
Duck confit spread w/ toasted baguette
White Corn Polenta Fries
Parmesan & truffle aioli
Poutine & Duck Confit
French fries, fresh curct duck gravy
Lentil Soup
Crisp pancetta & curry
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
On annarosas artisan bread
Hot Turkey Sandwich
Bacon. Cranberry, mayo. And gravy
Set in a one story retired brick post office, The Black Birch has an unassuming exterior. The interior is modern minimalist balanced by reclaimed wood and hand blown glass lighting. Outdoors is a hidden gem of a beer garden.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
American, Bar
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews deviled eggs duck grilled cheese and tomato soup tapas donuts rillete falafel scallops fries small plates old post office record player line out the door wait minutes for a table after hearing rave reviews casual neighborhood common table
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Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

Read good reviews about this restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. I had the deviled eggs as an appetizer, they were delicious. For a main course I had the Pork Chop with Brussels which was cooked perfectly and topped with a cranberry chutney. Everyone at our...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank KayS4041
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

My wife and I were staying in York and she wanted to try something different. I thought for sure we would have ended up in Ogunquit or Portsmouth and was surprised to hear she found a spot in Kittery. The downtown was lit up. Easy...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank thegenie23
Reviewed 12 December 2018

The Black Birch doesn't look like much from the outside (it's in an old Post Office), and at first glance, the menu choices don't always jump out you, but when you get beyond the superficial, the small plates (think: tapas) are always excellent, innovative, and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rryan14
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Great fusion of cuisines - tantalize your taste buds and help you savor all the herbs and spices. Friendly staff - great drinks. The space is tight - and can be very loud because it fills up so fast so it can be very noisy.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jackie A
Reviewed 8 December 2018

I updated my review and rating of the Black Birch from five years ago -- having lived in the Portsmouth area for six years now, I've acclimated to the high price of eating out. This time, I had a few specialty cocktails, a few appetizers...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank NHjo
Reviewed 17 November 2018

Everything was delightfully small and flavorful... the wait! oh, the wait is indeed something to experiece.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank FoodCriticNH
Reviewed 27 October 2018

We ate a delicious meal at the Black Birch. Although the menu isn't large, they offer a nice selection of appetizers, small plates and main entrees. Our table of 4 ordered a variety of things: for appetizers we ordered babaganoush and duck roulette; small plates...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mr L
Reviewed 23 October 2018

loved this place. it is hard to find as the only sign is a section of tree trunk with "the black birch" painted on it leaned up against the front window on the floor. they have their own parking lot. The place is clean, the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank blackriverwoman
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Unless you know where to look or are with a local, this is hard to find, but its packed all the same. There is a small sign in the bottom front window in a tiny building that I think used to be a bank. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mary P
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Tiny hole in the wall place, hard to even spot if you don't know where it is. Interesting menu and great food. Waitstaff is very friendly and good. Good bar and beer menu. Super casual neighborhood vibe. No reservations. Warning: don't go on a hot...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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The Black Birch Does not take reservations.
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