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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (126 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (11 reviews)
“wedge salad” (8 reviews)
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11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here and were surprised at the al la carte prices for the side dishes. My husband had the chicken, which he thought was over priced for the grade of meat - needless to say he was not a fan. I had the...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Library for a special occasion. The atmosphere, service, and food surpassed our expectations. Better air conditioning would help in August, but it was not uncomfortable. I recommend this place for when your looking for a special meal.

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wait staff didn't notice us at first, but was very attentive after they realized their error (and gave us free drinks because of that too). The ribeye was great. Broccoli was a bit over-cooked for me, but I realize some people like their steamed vegetables...More

Thank k9riot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This a lovey place and looks exactly like an old library complete with books that you can pull off the shelves and read! The staff were excellent and the menu was interesting. Food was delicious. Certainly worth a visit.

Thank Di S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been going to The Library for about 15 years as a special occasion restaurant. It was always excellent with no complaints. Entire staff was college kids ,none of the usual waiters.They have had the best crab cakes in the world. There is no...More

Thank grammyhall
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This was my 4th or 5th time dining at the Library. I would have given an excellent review, as I love this restaurant, except for the first time, my steak was not cooked correctly. I didn't complain or send it back, however. I have always...More

Thank ltcataldo
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We went to this restaurant on a Saturday night with friends. We made reservations and were seated as soon as we got there. This is one of those places that you know you are going to enjoy as soon as you are seated. The hostess...More

Thank RHR3
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Filet Mignon------garlic potatoes----mushrooms. Well, meat was good 7/10. It's all downhill from there! Potatoes....cold, pasty and no garlic taste at all. Asked for some butter and they gave me about two pounds of it. Mushrooms 1/10 Canned and blanched/steamed? They couldn't be any worse even...More

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We tried this place for the first time. The drinks were good and the food was ok but a little over priced in my opinion for average steak.

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Sounds weird being a vegetarian going to a steakhouse, but there were a couple of appetizers and a ton of side dishes for us to choose from. The spinach artichoke dip was insanely good, as were basically all of the side dishes (especially the mac...More

Thank Sara R
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10 January 2017|
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Response from wiggygailTX | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to go to the restaurant or order one over the phone
14 October 2015|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
The Worth parking lot, about two blocks away is your best bet. During the summer, however, even it is often full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-5202
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