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The Oar House

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55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779 (Bow Street)
+1 603-436-4025
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Eating at the Oar House outside on the river with an amazing view over into Maine is an experience. The fact that the food is amazing is just bonus! We ate here on a family vacation and loved our experience. I definitely recommend eating outside to get the full atmosphere. The lobster mac and cheese was spot on delicious and... More 

Thank Sharon W
butler, United States
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

great food and drink. They have great oysters and drinks. Bar always bussy and looks to be local traffic. It is a little expensive but worth the money.

1 Thank Gregory W
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109 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

As a group of 4 we took advantage of a lovely sunny day to sit outside. I wish I could remember what the others had. I know it was good but I was focused on the scallops. I ordered an entree size just to see what they were like and once enjoyed ordered another plate. They were the best scallops... More 

1 Thank DavidT1953
Dover, New Hampshire
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

After the holiday and looking for a quiet warm place to meet and greet friends...this is the place. With charm galore, this wonderful restaurant has an ambience not found in many restaurants...especially in winter. The cozy feel and wonderful food fit the event perfectly. Fresh fish, salads, soups...exactly what is needed on a cold winter day. However, this is also... More 

1 Thank Hallie46
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Dined here for first time today. Ceres Avenue is really alley-like; might be difficult to find on a first visit; trust your GPS device and make a first pass and drive by the restaurant (it will be on your left); immediately on your right will be free parking for 20-30 cars exclusively for The Oar; worth a try. If full,... More 

1 Thank SwedishForMe
Nashua, NH
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130 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

One reason that we return to the Oar House is the fact that they have valet parking which makes things easier in Portsmouth. Their onion soup is some of the best that I've ever had. I also had the tuna which was outstanding. Another person in our party had the salmon which she said was fabulous and another the duck... More 

1 Thank waltermNashua_NH
Kittery, Maine
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Portsmouth is known for great restaurants, and the Oar House is certainly in the top ten. We love the bouillabaisse but suggest ordering the crostini without the garlic and red pepper tapenade as it is just too heavy for the delicate flavors of the meal. Do not leave without trying the goat milk cheesecake. It is wondrous ! Service is... More 

2 Thank 41jon2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised with thanksgiving dinner. It was excellent. The portions were quite large and most guest were leaving with the other half of the meal they couldn't eat. This is by far the most traditional New England thanksgiving dinner we've had at a restaurant. Very organized. The man who hosted worked so hard. Mary was efficient. Delicious.

1 Thank Joyce H
Boston, Massachusetts
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409 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We chose this restaurant for our Thanksgiving lunch. Our server, Carly, was great even though she was really rushing around because of a full restaurant. Two of us had the traditional turkey meal, one has the lobster and another the baked haddock. The haddock dish was very underwhelming, compared to the other meals ordered and will not be a repeat... More 

1 Thank Stewart T
Hollis, New Hampshire
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We were pleasant surprised with thanksgiving diner at the Oar House. The diner was excellent with the best House made cranberry sauce set this meal in high gear. The portions were quite large and most guest were leaving with the other half of the meal they couldn't eat. The baked sweet potato with brown sugar & walnuts pared extremely well.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3779
    (Bow Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-4025

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