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2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
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Sun 14:00 - 21:30
Mon 11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Dover, New Hampshire
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59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have had both take out and eat is sushi from Shio. Both are great. They have a big following, because of this they turn over the fish often for a fresher product. We had Benito boxes the other day. The miso soup is one of the best I have had here in the states. The usual salad with a... More 

Thank kmkrnn
North Berwick, Maine
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our 10 to wanted to try sushi. Our waiter suggested an appetizer portion which was a good thing as she did not like it. She was upset thinking she wouldn't have any dinner and this server squatted down to her level and gently asked about what kinds of foods she did like. He then had the kitchen do a bowl... More 

Thank laurelm999
Reno, Nevada
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Has many great Japanese dishes besides sushi. But sushi seems to be the main thrust of their business. They have several sushi makers to keep up with both the orders inside the restaurant and takeout. Great variety of rolls as well as substitutions in rolls. Excellent fresh choices.

Thank Ilogjr
Milton, New Hampshire
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We took our daughter and son-in-law for their birthdays (yes, they share the same day). Luckily we made a reservation. HIGHLY recommended, as around 6:00 PM, the place was hopping! Had to wait a bit for a table, but not too bad. Our waitress was not the friendliest or most attentive I've ever had. After we placed our orders, we... More 

Thank mvngye
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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99 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

A great place to try in Portsmouth. A large restaurant with a large menu. The sushi is fantastic, the meats are very juicy and tasty, the teas are great, staff is wonderful and it's pretty much packed especially at lunchtime for luncheon specials. I definitely like it here. The dishes are plentiful so you won't be hungry upon leaving. I... More 

Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This restaurant has great décor, awesome food extremely fresh and creative. perfect for first dates, families with young children and has a great bar.

Thank mdinola
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Shio never fails to serve a tasty sushi dinner. We've visited here more than any other restaurant in the Seacoast region. Friendly staff. Go early or you'll have a long wait on weekends.

Thank Michael_KL_376
York Beach, Maine
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My husband and I were looking for a place to have dinner on a Saturday night at 7:30pm after visiting friends. Saturday night in Portsmouth, no reservations will be tough right? "Let's see if we can get some sushi at Shio?" Well there is a reason we were able to walk right in and sit down at Shio on a... More 

Thank Cynthia A
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The sushi was mixed in quality. Fatty yellowfin tuna was worth a second round, but the Passion role lacked its signature zing. Veggie fried rice was loaded with good vegetables, but the edamame inside made it too earthy ---- needed a balance of crunch against the soft rice. Server "Bea" spoke very little but clearly was trying her best to... More 

Thank Susan H
Portsmouth, NH
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136 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Used to be outstanding, now it's pretty much mediocre. Sushi was okay, but one roll was so fishy we considered sending it back. Fish definitely didn't taste as fresh as it has the many time we visited in the past. Asked for some extra wasabi for the few rolls we ordered after the initial serving was enough for about 1... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
14:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

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