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The Beach Plum

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2800 Lafayette Road, Route 1, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-433-3339
11:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Wells, Maine
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Beach Plum has a lot of items on their menu, but when I looked around the room just about everyone was eating a lobster roll. The lobster rolls are prepared in the classic New England style, lobster meat with a whisper of mayo on a buttered grilled hot dog roll. The smallest and least expensive is the 5 oz.... More 

Thank Michael T
HardShellBob, Owner at The Beach Plum, responded to this review

Thanks for writing about your visit to The Beach Plum in Portsmouth. It appears this was likely your first to this location so I just wanted to correct your comment about beer and wine availability. We DO offer both draft beer and a selection of individual serving wines at both the Portsmouth and Epping locations. So please stop by again... More 

Dover, New Hampshire
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in here with a school group after a beach clean up project. The food was tasty, the seating was spacious, and they managed to get out the food quickly without missing any quality! I love coming here.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Counter restaurant with picnic table seating. There were lots of take out orders but we stayed and ate in the restaurant. The restaurant is known for their lobster roll and that's what I ordered. It was good I won't say the best ever but it was as advertised 5 oz of lobster no celery fillers and just the right amount... More 

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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Ordered "Big Catch" haddock sandwich with unsalted french fries. Sides were sauteed spinach and cole slaw. 2 small ice creams for dessert. Called in the takeout order and everything was ready for pickup when I got there. Haddock was fresh and huge portion., tartar sauce was homemade and great, and quality was better than anticipated. Cole slaw was fresh and... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Had a lobster roll and a clam bits plate, everything was very good and fresh. Prices are ok and you have lots to eat.

1 Thank Bruno H
Berwick, Maine
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Stopped by here after to work to take lobster rolls to my Mom's for dinner. I waited a long time for two lobster rolls, over 20 minutes. The lobster tasted off. I grew up on the seacoast and lobster rolls cannot be easier. You might like yours with butter or with mayo or both, but the concept is simple. This... More 

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Greenwich, CT
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Popular place, staffed by very cheerful 18 year olds, but be careful to arrive well ahead of closing time. "Sorry, closed! " these cheerful high school students told me, during a thunderstorm, after I had driven 25 miles in the rain from Exeter, and then ran 40 yards, for one of their famous lobster rolls. "But it isn't closing time,... More 

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Tampa, FL
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Had a huge lobster roll which was great. They put a lot of meat on them, I could have made two rolls.

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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Been a few times since my last review....this palce seems to never fail...screaming hot food, some of the freshest fish around, light casual atmosphere, serve beer and wine as well. Not a lobster fan myself, but the fish is to die for!!! Hope they open a store in Rochester!

1 Thank Paul P
Walnut Creek, California
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here three years ago and were so glad to see they were open during our recent visit. We both ordered the jumbo crab roll. They had a HUGE amount of crab in them. It made us wonder how big the more expensive crab roll is!? We don't have anything like this at home and it was so good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
American, Fast food, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Digital Payments
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 Lafayette Road, Route 1, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-433-3339
The Beach Plum opened in 1992 at North Hampton state beach as a breakfast and lunch restaurant. The next year, a better location became available just down the street (at it's current location) and it became a take out food and ice cream stand. That original location continues to operate seasonally April - October each year. Based on strong growth in the business at that beach location, a second Beach Plum location was opened at 2800 Lafayette Road (Route 1) in Portsmouth on St Patrick's Day 2011. This Portsmouth location features an expanded menu that includes award winning fried seafood with both indoor and outside deck dining. The Portsmouth Beach Plum was featured on TV Diner in 2012 and Phantom Gourmet in 2011 which named it as a Great 8 restaurant for both it's famous lobster rolls AND fried clams. The Beach Plum is believed to be the only restaurant in New England to be so honored as 1 of the 8 best for BOTH seafood specialties. In December 2015, a new Beach Plum opened at the Brickyard Square Plaza, 24 Calef Highway (Route 125),Epping,NH. That location shares the same menu as this Portsmouth location.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?