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The Rusty Hammer

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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49 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4517
+1 603-436-9289
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Wells, Maine
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been going to the Rusty Hammer since 1995. Not a regular by any means, but my wife and I would go to celebrate pregnancies, promotions, etc. We always enjoyed great food, but the last time we were there was about 4 years ago. We were in Portsmouth today and decided to grab a bite to eat. My how things... More 

Thank Rich O
Stratham, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"The Hammer" has become one of our favorite watering holes in Portsmouth NH. My wife and I meet friends there a few times a month for drinks and a bite to eat. The food - regular pub fare - is good, especially the burgers. The draft beer selection is exceptional. The staff, including barman Buck, is friendly and efficient. Exposed... More 

Thank loujack48
Wayland, Massachusetts
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212 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here last night for a little dinner after a day of travel in the snow. The place is a tavern with tables for dining. The bartender/server "Kyle" is outstanding! The food was good and fast. Nice place that served its purpose.

Thank Steve S
Concord, New Hampshire
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130 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We would have given it five stars but the one thing my wife and I wanted was the lobster roll but they were out. Being in a city where Maine Lobster is king and a huge customer favorite, there is no excuse for not having any. However, the cup of fish chowder we had was to die for. The chowder... More 

Thank magagoo
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Freshly ground beef. Fun menu. Excellent list of beers on draft. Nice old tavern. Located on State St. In the middle of town.

Thank GD0yle
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

A nice place for dinner off of a sportsbar type menu. Great atmosphere, wide selection of beers. Tables looking out onto downtown streets.

Thank marcel l
Appleton, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Stopped here while in Portsmouth for a work trip. Enjoyed the pub. Good people a good service. Check this out for more than a cool name :)

Thank Aaron T
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157 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is smaller than it once was but the Wimpy still rules! The California is a winner, as is the melt. Really, they're all good. This is a good place for a burger and beer. Lots of good apps, also.

Thank Marian E
Wakefield, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

When we lived closer to Portsmouth we would stop in at The Rusty Hammer on a regular basis. Now that we live further away, the opportunity is less frequent but we stopped there a few days ago and I am thrilled to say they haven't changed...much. Their burgers are AMAZING but what I love the most are their potato skins...I've... More 

Thank Michelle M
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is a good place to stop by quickly if the other restaurants are too crowded or if you're waiting for them to pick up. The service is alright and the food is mediocre.

Thank B599YRmargaretm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4517
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-9289

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?