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Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop

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177 Mechanic St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4622
+1 603-427-2070
11:00 - 15:00
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't believe I grew up here and never came here before. This is what fresh lobster really tastes like. We got 2 regular lobster rolls and they were both perfect. They are so confident in how good their lobster is that they offer it with the butter or mayonnaise on the side and you don't even need to use... More 

Thank Steve C
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Wow Steve thanks! We just keep it simple and very fresh. Glad you enjoyed! More 

Rochester, Minnesota
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The lobster boat arrived at 5:45 am, the lobster was in house at 10:30 am and we were feasting on the most tender, most delicious lobster roll by lunch! You can get it with mayo or butter. We opted for butter on the side but it was so tasty you didn't need it. We ordered the jumbo size (5 oz... More 

Thank skimom22
North Hampton, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Don't expect fireworks but expect a fun atmosphere and good food. Fried seafoods and sides, grilled cheeses, a very basic sea shanty restaurant. A perfect New England stop during your summer adventures.

Thank WanderlustLady2
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Dear MSMITH703, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. We are just straight up simple food served in a typical New England setting. Come and watch the fishing boats while you dine on a lobster roll and chowder. (p.s., we don't serve fried food) :) More 

Chichester, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We love to go there for lobster rolls! One eats at picnic style tables on porch over the water, though there is inside dining. Not open in winter. Homwmade desserts!

Thank Nancy F
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

Went here for lunch and this is by far the best lobster roll in town. It's packed with claw meat, which is the best for sandwiches. Fish chowders delicious as well. I highly recommend Geno's.

Thank David S
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Dear David, Thank you for such great words!! We just try to keep it fresh and simple here.Hope to see you again in the Spring for our 52nd year! More 

West Orange, New Jersey
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108 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a small place on the river and obviously has a strong local following. Simple throwback menu ,small but well done. By sharing your experiences, you're helping travelers make better choices and plan their dream trips. Thank you!

Thank verwO2013
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48 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing lobster rolls. And the young man who waits tables is very kind and pleasant. Love this place. Don't think many people know about it, and I'm quite fine with that :) Excellent lobster roll.

Thank Heath D
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Dear Heath D, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Our employees work hard to make your lunch experience great. Thank you again :) More 

Constantia, New York
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I would go again for the view, atmosphere, homemade and fresh cookie ice cream sandwich, and the lobster roll. It doesn't have the best chowder. It is a buttery broth based soup. Not the traditional creamy New England clam chowder I am used to. I read that it was different on the menu. I wouldn't order it again. However I... More 

Thank Sarahe5682
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Thanks Sarah! More 

Islamorada, Florida
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Get the jumbo lobster, cup soup special amazing! Lobster cold with mayo then cut it up with a bite dopped in butter.....truly incredible!

Thank TrinityFlKeys
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Thanks so much! We just try to serve simple fresh food- More 

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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Having noticed this restaurants a couple of years ago on a previous visit and looking for a place which did good chowder we decided to give this a try a try. The two girls were really friendly and gave good , quick service but the chowder and lobster stew was really disappointing. Very watery and tasteless.

Thank BooMermaid
francesca f, Owner at Geno's Chowder & Sandwich Shop, responded to this review

Dear BooMermaid- We know not everyone will enjoy our chowder and that is why we offer a sample before you order. We want our customers to know exactly what they are getting. Our chowders are gluten free which makes them thin and brothy. Our employees work hard at making sure your lunch is quick and friendly. Thanks- More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
American, Seafood, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177 Mechanic St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4622
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-427-2070
Family owned and operated since 1964 by the Marconi family.Serving lobster rolls, chowders, sandwiches, salads and great desserts at an affordable price.Waterfront deck dining over looking the back channel and the fishing pier. Beer and wine.Boat docking available. Off the beaten path in the southend neighborhood of Portsmouth but worth the trip!
Featured in N.E.'S Favorite Seafood Shacks by Elizabeth Bougerol
"Dock and dine on plump lobster rolls and seemingly effortless bowls of chowder" 2010 -pg159

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