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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
+1 603-766-3474
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“haddock piccata” (52 reviews)
“seafood” (183 reviews)
“fresh fish” (47 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed today

I do not eat seafood but this place is very good. I had fish tacos with fried oysters that was excellent . My wife had the P.E.I. mussels , that was so big ,that she could not finish her meal. We will be going back.

Thank george b
Reviewed 4 days ago

A meal on the mid to high price range, but a nice couple's night out. Lots of fish, with a couple of other entrée options. The Maine crabcake was perfectly delicious and composed - no bread at all, moist inside and slightly crisp on the...More

Thank Deb L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I heard such great things and this place and was dumbfounded when I felt there was "nothing special". I do not have anything BAD to say. The food was okay, the staff was pleasant. It was similar to someone hyping up a movie, going to...More

Thank predden14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still a great upbeat restaurant bar with the freshest fish served pan seared, blackened, etc. fresh bread w garlic oil and olives. Very wide wine selection. Downtown with public parking across the street. Haddock Piccata is the number one item. To get

Thank Admiralkittlemeyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make a reservation and you will be seated on time. Varied menu of local items and on tap local beer. Wait staff was great!

Thank Stewart G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was not a bit disappointed with the swordfish nor the cheerful and helpful servers. However the root vegetable side dish was just not right. It seemed undercooked and only warm not hot. The vegetables were tough and hard to cut and eat. I hope...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite places in Portsmouth. Excellent fresh fish with creative preparations and friendly service. Can be a bit noisy.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best cod in Portsmouth ( I live here ). One dollar oysters on Tuesday. Public parking across the street.

Thank 365bob2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent fresh seafood! Service was great and the food was some of the best in the area. I recommend the haddock. It was the most flavorful I have had in a long time. There was a nice selection on the menu.

Thank beecue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On weekends, the only times we've been there, it can get loud. But otherwise it is a casual place with attentive servers where you can linger. I think they expect you to have a 2 hour dinner. This is a place we chose to dine...More

Thank Q9288IAthomasc
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24 January 2018|
Response from Lauren B |
Hello, you can call the restaurant to make a reservation at 603.766.3474 or you can go to our website and make an online reservation.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 22 - US$ 32
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
    (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-766-3474
Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.
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