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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019 (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
+1 603-766-3474
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Portsmouth, NH
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49 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Jumpin' Jay's for my birthday and the desire to have some really good halibut, one of our favorites! The wait staff person was excellent, but the halibut was a disappointment. It was dry, (to me, overcooked,) so thank goodness it came with sauce. This is not our first time at the restaurant, and the fish has always... More 

Thank 3gooddogs
Walpole, Massachusetts
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75 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

GREAT restaurant! Had dinner here Friday night. Started at the bar for a drink - barkeeps were professional & knew their stuff. Interesting cocktail menu. Sat for dinner. Wasn't sure what to expect based on decor - sort of like a diner? But don't let that concern you! We were in great hands with our server Morgan. Husband had clam... More 

Thank Mbuti
New Hampshire
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Jumpin' Jays for years, but this last time something was missing. The mussels which is one o f the main reasons we dine here were missing something, coconut, garlic, hots, not sure. The $3 PEI oysters were fabulous. Our halibut was a tish dry and raveoli just ok. Now our server was great and location great.... More 

Thank yanksNewHampshire
Needham, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service excellent and caring. Quality of food considerably above average. Fair value for products ordered. Only complaint of which ownership cannot be responsible is the noise level which is somewhat disturbing. Very popular restaurant - make a reservation especially on weekends.

Thank Burton R
Mason, New Hampshire, United States
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant because of the good reviews. The atmosphere was cold and very plain. Some of the specials advertised on the restaurant's web site (lobster fritters) were not available and the waitress stated in a very matter of fact voice "we don't have them tonight". The food, I had diver scallops and my wife had the swordfish was... More 

Thank Pete M
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138 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

JJ's Fish Cafe does not look spectacular with its street corner location, but the outstanding fish entrees make JJ's clearly a good or probably best choice when in Portsmouth.

Thank Lata67
Edmonds, WA
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Got lucky and arrived on a Tuesday which is $1 oyster night. Great drink selection and lots of seafood choices. This is where the locals go so you know the food is great. The halibut piccata was great! Would definitely recommend this place. Reservations are suggested - they fill up fast !

Thank Bicostal
Lutz, Florida
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Two words: Fresh and Delicious!! This downtown has many dining options so I clicked on my Trip Advisor app for advice on where to done! As always, it was a great recommendation! Cozy, reasonable, friendly service and amazing cuisine!

Thank pkornbluh1
Savannah, Georgia, United States
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

In town for business and based off of on local recommendations and Trip Advisor, I chose this spot. And boy, am I a happy gal! I lucked upon $1 Oyster Tuesday, and being on my own without kids, I happily indulged. They were fresh, succulent, and yummy. The server provided a great Chardonnay recommendation and after letting me take my... More 

Thank Ginny S
Dover, New Hampshire
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Good food nice atmosphere made for a pleasant meeting. We were there for a while after eating enjoying coffee and discussing on going progress.

Thank Cliffordmte

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 22 - USD 32
American, Seafood, Soups
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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