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Cafe Espresso

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800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
+1 603-334-3407
06:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 16:00
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Hampton, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The omelets here are terrific - fresh, fresh! Other breakfast selections are delicious too. There's a very good lunch menu , although breakfast is served all day. The owner is usually in attendance and that insures good service. It's open on Sunday but get there early because it's their busiest day. There's also a bakery with fresh offerings.

Thank skyepisces1
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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135 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

When we first visited Cafe Espresso last year it was pretty darn good. Unfortunately, only the service remains worth returning for. We don't know if there's a different Chef for breakfast than there was, but undercooked and overcooked seemed to be the themes to our breakfast adventure. Meats (bacon & sausage) were neither warm or thoroughly cooked. Potatoes were so... More 

Thank jaraysco
Kittery Point, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This place is always so enjoyable. Many choices for all, no one will go hungry! The specials are always amazing as well. Waitstaff is friendly and inviting! We always enjoy a meal at cafe espresso --

Thank ashleycald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1 review
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We were sat straight away then 20 min to have our order taken. The waitress was rude! Our table was never set. We had to beg for table settings. Our food took about 45 min and it was burned. No coffee refill! This was breakfast by the way! We were missing one persons entire order. The explanation was something about... More 

Thank mimigoding
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109 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Arrived on an early Saturday morning and got seated right away (9am). We got coffee right away but it took the waitress 15 minutes to come back to take our order. After that we just sat and waited. Our waitress, younger girl with an accent, wouldn't make eye contact with us or acknowledge us for the 45 minutes that waited... More 

Thank SweetDee11
Sydney, Australia
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1,273 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Second time here and it was a very quick breakfast as I was running late for a tour. Thankfully, they delivered my waffle super quick and I inhaled it - a sin really as it was delicious - and ran! Next time I'll come back and linger a little longer.

1 Thank ThePackedBag
Tampa, FL
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Delicious breakfast, great pancakes, eggs and coffee. Great service. The popover's looked great but I was too full to try them.

1 Thank Seagirl F
White River Junction, Vermont
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140 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Cafe Espresso is known to the locals as the place to go for breakfast or lunch. It's small, gently lit and has a warm, family atmosphere. The menu is creative and features lots of locavore, veggies, and generally hip menu items. Service is likewise warm and family-like. Lynsie was our wait staff and she brought her own special welcome to... More 

1 Thank Kalonymos
Holden Beach, North Carolina
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We went out for a late breakfast to carry us through the Patriots game. Cafe Espresso is a favorite of ours - great food at reasonable prices. Today the omelette I wanted had a mix of red and green bell peppers. I wanted it but I cannot tolerate red bell peppers. (Don't ask. Very strange affliction.). I asked for them... More 

1 Thank Becky T
Orlando, Florida
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

What a delight to stop for breakfast here on our way out of town. We saw some people standing outside when we drove up, and almost passed it by, but decided to poke our heads in and see what the wait would be. We were told it was a 10-15 minute wait. Turned out that all the people standing around... More 

Thank jdjd2004

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-334-3407

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?