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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” (51 reviews)
“fish” (202 reviews)
“diver scallops” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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11 - 20 of 909 reviews

Reviewed 25 August 2017

we had the most wonderful experience at this restaurant. the food was amazing and the service exceptional. a definite stop on my next trip to portsmouth.

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 20 August 2017

After a day of adventuring in Maine, we decided to stop for dinner in Portsmouth as we made our way home. We roamed the streets until we found a menu that spoke to us. Jumpin' Jay's won. We walked in and were seated right away,...More

Thank BeautifulFernweh
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

I have been dining at Jay's for over 14 years. Changes in staffing and presentation and quantity of food have gone down hill. Service is not what it once was.it was a great local restaurant frequented by tourist. It is now run like a tourist...More

1  Thank wesleyp647
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I have eaten at Jumpin' Jays many times and it never disappoints. Whether you sit at a table or the bar, eat oysters or their catch of the day, have a cocktail or drink wine, you cannot go wrong. Our service last night was impeccable...More

Thank LargeTarget
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Were . in town overnight between beach visits. Looking for a nice place to have dinner. Reviewed multiple places but decided on this. What. a GREAT choice!!! Drinks, food ,service all excellent. Diver scallops and salmon, great, delicious sauce, and sides . Nice selection of...More

Thank thomas m
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Even though we didn't have reservations they seated us on a busy night. One of the best shrimp scampi I have ever had. My husband's mulligatawny stew was flavorful and full of fish. Wonderful dark bread to sop up the juices.

Thank primadonna49
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We have eaten at Jumpin Jay's in past years when in Portsmouth., Great restaurant. They do have specials. Every time in Portsmouth we make a point to have dinner here. Good fish dishes. My wife had filet and crab cake on this trip. Steak was...More

Thank dbbpa
Reviewed 3 August 2017

My husband and I went to Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe on a Sunday night at 7 PM on our way back from our vacation in Maine and we were seated immediately at a window by a pleasant waitress. There were very few other diners, however...More

1  Thank Debby W
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Bread served was cold and tasteless. I ordered from raw bar and my $34 plate of food was a joke. Nothing tasted fresh just watery. The plate of food was tiny for the price. I was starving. Oh and the $10 " large" salad was...More

Thank monica1093
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

In spite of the fact that this restaurant was busy, crowded and a bit noisy, we were glad we waited! Probably they were all talking about the good food in front of them. This is not a fancy or elegant restaurant, but the food is...More

1  Thank aliceann1
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Response from roomservice56 | Reviewed this property |
Took my gluten free daughter & son& daughter in law with several food issues. JJ was EXTREMELY accommodating with a smile
17 March 2016|
Response from Lauren G |
Hi! Jumpin' Jay's is closed for Easter, but we hope to see you another time!
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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, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
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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