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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“steak” (128 reviews)
“creamed corn” (4 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (11 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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1 - 10 of 392 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nine of us went for a "reunion" of sorts before Christmas. The girl who made the teservations asked if they would do separate checks foe a group of 8-maybe 12. She was assured they would. Howver, they only do separate checks for up tp 6....More

Thank Eunice R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old building. Lovely atmosphere. Food was good, not great. We had lobster salad (very generous portion), veggie pasta (great alfredo sauce) and some sides of mac and cheese and spinach - all good with large portions. Great service.

Thank cruiseagentandtaxman
Reviewed 1 week ago

I suspect the owners either don't care or were on vacation when we stopped in for a light dinner and drinks after the Playhouse. No staffer seemed to be over 23 years of age, if that. They may have been short handed - maybe the...More

Thank johnH1892DD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not been to the Library for quite some time. Still a charming atmosphere and delicious food. Restaurant Week made the total bill a bit more inline with our finances and we had an enjoyable dinner prior to an event at the Music Hall.

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed lunch at The Library during Restaurant Week. The grilled romaine salad with avocado, black beans and corn was excellent. The pad Thai noodles were tasty. Best of all was the dessert. The warm bread pudding tasted of a great French toast and more....More

Thank Anita L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is good but nothing out of this world. Go there to enjoy a nice romantic atmosphere and decent food.

Thank Maricela G
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We had been wanting to try The Library so, having checked its Restaurant Week menu online, we went last night and now know we've not been missing anything. This is the time to impress people like us so we will return but not one dish...More

Thank D0ver2017
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This was to be a celebratory meal for my partner’s birthday and my brother and his wife’s wedding anniversary. We thought this would be the perfect venue but how wrong we were. We ordered from the three course set menu which had something for us...More

1  Thank 9purple2014
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We recently held a rehearsal dinner for 36 and were pleased with the entire process. Half the dining room was blocked off for us. The circa 1900 room was special, with carved wood, coffered ceiling, stained glass, and books, a homey setting for a four...More

Thank nlc58
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We have dined here before and they have been special occasions. Knowing that it's going to be expensive( $139.00 for 2 of us) but justifying it nevertheless. Friends and family were here for the long weekend celebrating their anniversary, We had made reservations because I...More

1  Thank WannaBTravln
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10 January 2017|
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Response from wiggygailTX | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to go to the restaurant or order one over the phone
14 October 2015|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
The Worth parking lot, about two blocks away is your best bet. During the summer, however, even it is often full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-5202
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