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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” (182 reviews)
“fresh fish” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent fresh seafood! Service was great and the food was some of the best in the area. I recommend the haddock. It was the most flavorful I have had in a long time. There was a nice selection on the menu.

Thank beecue
Reviewed yesterday

On weekends, the only times we've been there, it can get loud. But otherwise it is a casual place with attentive servers where you can linger. I think they expect you to have a 2 hour dinner. This is a place we chose to dine...More

Thank Q9288IAthomasc
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved it! We sat at the bar and got the seafood appetizer which was worth all of the $48! The clam chowder was good as well. I would def go back and the wine selection is also quite extensive and has nice choices.

Thank erosebrooks
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am taking one point off due to the value of the food. Had an appetizer of scallop with bacon...with two smallish size scallop for $15. I think it's a little steep. Didn't order any wine because I wasn't planning on spending a lot for...More

Thank asiantraveller101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is very nice and designed to put guests at ease. The service is great and the menu lives up to the situation. There are not too many dishes, some classics, but without doubt, the quality of the ingredients and the cuisine is of...More

Thank Diodoro C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived early for our reservation and enjoyed a drink at the bar while waiting, There was some confusion because the hostess cancelled our reservation thinking that we would be dining at the bar. Another hostess seated us at a table and service was excellent...More

Thank Barbara O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really good seafood dishes in a small place with a lively atmosphere. Good, knowledgeable servers. A little expensive, but worth the price for fresh, well-prepared seafood.

Thank Stacey P
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 13 January 2018

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

1  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
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24 January 2018|
Response from Lauren B |
Hello, you can call the restaurant to make a reservation at 603.766.3474 or you can go to our website and make an online reservation.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
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, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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