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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” (177 reviews)
“fresh fish” (49 reviews)
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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

While visiting Portsmouth we were walking around deciding where we would stop for dinner. There are many restaurant choices downtown but we both wanted seafood and decided to try Jumpin' Jay's. What a great decision. We both ordered the haddock and it was delicious. The...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 19 October 2015

Both of us did the Chowder and the Haddock Piccata. That dish was a delightful surprise and the plates were clean soon after. Service was prompt and we got a lot of attention despite a full house crowd. Not too noise despite the number of...More

Thank NewillDB
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Had a fantastic meal (mid-October) at Jumpin' Jays. Our dining group was 4 on a Friday night. Reservations recommended. The selection of fresh fish was great - many choices, with two in our party selecting the lightly seared tuna (which was prepared to perfection.) One...More

Thank bchalonergill
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Nice ambience. Good service. Very relaxed. Food is good. Not great but good. Had the haddock special....fish was a bit dry. Friend had the scallops. They were large and tasty....but also a tad dry. Got 4 of them. One more would have been nice. Another...More

Thank William D
Reviewed 13 October 2015

I've been going to Jumpin Jay's Fish Café for years and I absolutely LOVE the food. It's always fresh and delicious. My problem has nothing to do with the food or service: there is something wrong with the acoustics in the restaurant and it's so...More

Thank greatbaydeb
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We took some friends from Oregon here for dinner, telling them how good it was based on past experiences. The 4 of us, had some mixed reviews. My Halibut was overcooked, and this is a restaurant that strong suit is fish, so I find this...More

Thank Leirmheastoir
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

It was nice to see on the menu local fish caught off our shores of New England. Now that's what I call fresh seafood . It's always busy... I recommend calling ahead make a reservation . Also parking...,best to call them and ask them where...More

Thank SL J
Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

What a find! We were here on vacation so it an easy walk from our downtown hotel. Seemed more like a neighborhood gem rather than touristy restaurant which we loved. Had to wait about 30 min for a table which was fine since they had...More

Thank Gail W
Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

Our hotel concierge suggested we go there to eat, saying it's where the locals go. It was set back from the main drag and a small bar type atmosphere. We tried the oysters and crab-stuffed mushrooms. Both were really good. The waitress was great -...More

Thank lovetotravel1650
Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

Service was friendly, attentive and swift. We had a Thai fish curry and a monkfish with salad. Both very good if not exceptional but hard not to recommend given generic nature of local competition. Enjoyable and tasty. Not cheap but fair value given quality.

Thank George M
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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
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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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