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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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“haddock piccata” (51 reviews)
“seafood” (181 reviews)
“fresh fish” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The fish is so fresh and the presentation delightful. In the Fall through Spring oysters are a dollar a piece and so fresh with accompanying sauces. I have always had great meals at Jumpin Jays.

Thank NOraha32014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us ate at Jumpin Jays last night. I was very excited to hear there was a new chef with some menu changes, thinking it might take a restaurant that was pretty good and make it great. No chance. My husband had the appetizer...More

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had some of the freshest fish that we’ve ever eaten this past Thursday evening. I had Arctic char with a buerre blanc sauce and my husband had tuna with a wasabi aioli. Delicious. We started our dinner with a shared appetizer...More

Thank Barbara and Bri... L
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We had shrimp scampi and scallops scampi. The scallops were SO good. The sauce was outstanding. The bread came with olives, butter, and roasted garlic cloves. Yum. Service was very attentive. Highly recommend.

Thank Acton_MA_Mom
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant in the past and was looking forward to returning.. Meal was not as good as I remembered.. I ordered Salmon and it was just ok...did not enjoy brussel sprouts or root veggies.. and I usually enjoy those veggies! Service was...More

Thank meme4934
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

My 2 friends and I had a lovely dinner at Jumpin' Jay's during restaurant week in Portsmouth. It was very crowded (bar too) and, therefore,somewhat noisy as it is all one room. The staff from the hostess to all the wait staff were friendly and...More

Thank Penni1126
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I came for a quick getaway and went to Jays on a Sunday night around 5:30 and it was already packed...we should have made reservations...it was restaurant week. We waited near the bar and got a cocktail which was delicious....Gin and a...More

Thank Newport L
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed eating here. The Seafood Mulligatawny Stew and Seafood Fettucini were wonderful. We liked it so much, we ate here both nights we were in Portsmouth.

Thank ameliaandtoscana
Reviewed 31 October 2017

So you're in the mood for seafood? Imagine that since you are on the coast. So many great choices, well this place downtown is not to be missed. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food simply delicious! Well located right downtown in the middle of...More

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Lived up to strong recommendations. Haddock Picatta was outstanding and the Shrimp Alfredo very good as well. Service was very good!

Thank indydigger
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 22 - USD 32
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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