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The River House Restaurant

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53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
11:00 - 00:00
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

although located in the heart of Bow Street/water front, this is a great local restaurant. Dependable and affordable. Food is great, atmosphere is pure Portsmouth with an amazing view. Bar Tenders friendly and pours generous. A great go to with a nicely balanced menu.

1 Thank Tim L
West Newbury, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nancy and I have been there before when we went to Portsmouth to see a play. It was recommended to us for the best seafood chowder. As it was put, "I grew up here and with out a doubt this is the best chowder I have ever tasted." She wasn't wrong, it was very tasty, creamy, thick and had seafood... More 

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Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback from your recent trip to the River House. I was disappointed to see that it was not well received. It is clear that we dropped the ball on all counts. Your described experience is not our standard nor is it acceptable and for that I am sorry. It would be helpful for us to... More 

Fairfield, Connecticut
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a nice view of the river and you can dine indoors or out. I don't recall what my son and husband ordered but we've been there a few times and always Ben happy with the food. I always order the fish chowder. It is New England style and delicious. I've had chowder in many restaurants and this... More 

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Parkland, FL
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was excellent. There were so many things that I would have love to try on the menu but we are only in town for a few days so are planning on going back for lunch today. Everything we tried was excellent. The chowder is a must, shrimp & scallop and onion soup were great. We sat on the patio... More 

1 Thank mlebel1
Montreal, Canada
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seriously great chowder. It's creamy and buttery, with huge chunks of fish, lobster and shrimp. Lob dog looked good, too! It was winter, so we stayed inside, but they seem to have a great patio with view of the water. There is a heated balcony, but I don't really like eating surrounded by plastic, so I stayed in the cozy... More 

1 Thank pushplay
North Andover, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife & I have had lunch here 5+ times. Now I will admit that we have not had anything other that the lobster roll & chowder. We get there & enjoy the Tall Ship so much we don't get anything else. But the chowder is excellent, a little thicker than I prefer but it has flavor. Lobster roll is... More 

1 Thank Kenneth R
Newport, RI
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here twice in the past mont for lunch and enjoyed it very much both times. The view of water & tugboats adds to the charm. I love their fish chowder and the sandwiches everyone else had were terrific. The hot chocolate and cider bar is brilliant! And delicious. We added marshmallows & whip cream to the hot chocolate... More 

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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good chowder and salads and lobster rolls. Nice patio on the river in summer, river views from inside in winter. Right next to the big tug boats below. Great for family, not super fancy. can be super busy in summer though, sometimes a bit of a wait.

Thank Corrine G
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112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn't booked anything but came here and found great service from Rachel who had food served up for us in less than 20 minutes which was great. Went for the big 6" lobster roll - well worth a visit - we were there late at night do couldn't really see the views.

Thank Familymanfromuk
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The chowder was delish- pieces of shrimp, lobster and fish. Turkey panini with bacon and cheese was very good. The crab cakes were good too, but a little salty for my taste and kind of soft. I had a half size spinach salad which was good. The prices seemed fair. Would def stop there again. We were traveling from northern... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 24
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Street Parking, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-2600
The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway.

Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder.

Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.

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