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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019 (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
+1 603-766-3474
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Riverside, Connecticut
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107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015

We found this place by accident while parking our car and loved it. Seafood was Outstanding! Kids menu is very,very lacking so just beware( pasta with butter or chicken strips) I would advise that you sit in dinning room ( we sat in service bar area and bartender was our waiter, NOT very good) I was listening to other servers... More 

Thank tom p
Westerville, Ohio
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193 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

Our meals were tasty, and the atmosphere was interesting. It was convenient to book on Open Table, which is always a plus.

Thank HappyFamily43082
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

Great seafood!!!amazing pear salad. And loved the peanut banana cake! Go hear you will not be disappointed.

Thank girl41813
montreal, canada
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

We share an excellent tartare with avocado mousse as an appetizer. Husband had the tuna tataki as main course and i had the 6 crab claws ( served claws only not the " leg " attached ). Tuna was amazing. Crab tasted watery but didn't put a downside on our experience. Service was excellent. Atmosphere perfect. With 1 desert, 3... More 

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Hopewell, New York
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371 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

Jumpin Jay's lived up to its name on our visit. The place was packed and loud with people enjoying themselves. We really enjoyed the food we ordered which was the calimari appetizer and lobster orecchiette and the yellow fin tuna. We did get the sauce sampler which was fun. All in all this was a very nice visit and we... More 

Thank optiman32
Boston Area
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Visited for the first time on a Friday evening. Service was good and food was fine although I wouldn't call it memorable. Located right on Congress St. which has a parking lot across the street so at least not a problem to park. While our experience was OK we probably wouldn't go back. There are other restaurants in Portsmouth that... More 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Despite the rustic atmosphere and funky exposed cord lighting, Jumpin' Jays has some of, if not the, best fish in Portsmouth. It's a little pricier than some other Portsmouth restaurants, but if you are from Boston or NYC, you'll think it's reasonable or maybe inexpensive.

Thank NHTraveler03885
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3 reviews
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was amazing. The staff was extremely helpful. Our reservation was mixed up and they figured out a way to seat us even though it was very busy. The food was delicious and literally melted in your mouth. My husband had the swordfish and I had the scallops. Everything was cooked to perfection. I highly recommend a stop here... More 

Thank chellebrady
Garland, Texas
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189 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015

This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. Great mussels with peppers. Fantastic Swordfish steak with several choices of sauces to accompany the fish. Excellent deserts.

Thank Robert M
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

What a fun place, with great food. The fish is fresh and simply prepared. Make sure you get the sauce sampler for your fish and the calamari for an app. The place is always busy, make a reservation on the weekends.

Thank PortsmouthNHCouple

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 22 - US$ 32
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?