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The 12 Best Places to Eat Lunch in Portsmouth NH

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During your visit to Portsmouth, NH, you will not be disappointed by the numerous restaurant options. Whether you’re a picky eater or will never say no to an adventurous menu, you’re sure to find something to please everyone in your group around town. Find a scenic spot to soak in the gorgeous coastline or stop into a cafe for a quick snack before your next activity! Whatever you decide, lunch in Portsmouth, NH is one of the best meals you can find. Here are a few to check out next time you’re in town.

12 Places to Eat Lunch in Portsmouth NH

  1. The Flatbread Company – With locations all over New England, this wood-fired clay oven pizza joint is nothing short of an amazing treat, so make sure to save room for their delicious pies fresh out of the fire. With a great selection of meat and veggie pizzas, salads and flatbreads, don’t miss dessert after indulging in these great delicacies made with freshly ground flour at the Flatbread Company.
  2. Shio – This local sushi spot is a great place to grab a light and delicious lunch, as they serve up a variety of specials of everything from soups to noodle dishes, and even sushi and sashimi combo platters. If you like the asian bento box tradition, you’ll find a few options of their great lunch menu at Shio.
  3. Portsmouth Brewery – If you’re in the mood for some good old pub food and delicious craft beers, the Portsmouth Brewery is the place for you. Known for their delicious mussels, you’ll also find the classic menu items like burgers, caesar salad, and fish and chips to accompany a cold pint of local beers.
  4. Gilley’s – Established in 1912, Gilley’s Diner has been a staple for lunch in Portsmouth for over a century. Come and experience a little slice of history, as well as that good old comfort food.
  5. Popovers on the Square – The best spot for all of you foody types out there, Popovers embraces a European style serving fresh and seasonal food, outstanding coffees and wines, and mouth watering pastries and desserts. For a small lunch, and a lovely atmosphere to enjoy, hop over to Popovers.
  6. Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe – You can hardly miss the opportunity to eat some fresh seafood, and Jumpin’ Jay’s is one of the best spots to do it!
  7. River House – Waterfront dining is a great way to do lunch in Portsmouth NH, and the River House offers the perfect mix of a casual atmosphere and menu, and beautiful portside views.
  8. The Oar House – Yet another great dockside spot to enjoy your lunch in Portsmouth NH, The Oar House also offers a fun yet elegant atmosphere in the Olde Harbour area of town. Their lunch menu is bound to wow you!
  9. The Black Trumpet Bistro – This family-owned bistro and wine bar is a local favorite. While the menu at Black Trumpet Bistro changes regularly, it is always heavily focused on locally-sources ingredients, making this a top destination for locavore dining in Portsmouth.
  10. Mombo – Another fantastic option located in Strawberry Banke in the heart of Portsmouth is Mombo Restaurant. The experience of dining here is nothing short of delightful, with a creative menu featuring international influences. Add the warm hospitality, and this will be a favorite to remember fondly after your visit to Portsmouth.
  11. CureCure Restaurant is a casual fine dining establishment in Portsmouth that emphasizes the preparation of the proteins, including brining, tenderizing, and slow cooking their meats. All meals are prepared from scratch, making each dish a joy. Outdoor seating is available May to October.
  12. Louie’s – A rustic Italian restaurant in Portsmouth that features inventive Italian cuisine. That means that the dishes at Louie’s Restaurant use Italian ingredients in unique yet firmly Italian, rather than Italian-American, ways.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding great places to eat the best lunch in Portsmouth NH. Check out even more ideas and recommendations on things to do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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