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The River House Restaurant

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53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I make it a point to visit River House every trip to Portsmouth. Great food. Great view. Great service and the best prices on Bow Street. Its neighbors are a bit too pricey and stuffy for my taste. River House is relaxed and unpretentious. You can dine in either their quiet dining room, in the more lively bar area or... More 

Thank Teddy T
Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Teddy, Thank you so much for this feedback. We have a lot of staff members that worked really hard this weekend its great to see that it payed off. I will be sharing with the staff. Have a great visit. sincerely, Justin R. More 

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124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Food is good. Right on the water in downtown. Will be back when it gets warmer to site outside. Staff is friendly

Thank Chadwyck1
North Stonington, Connecticut
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for lunch and a cold beer, staff was very friendly, view was beautiful and food was so good that we returned later that evening for dinner. We will definitely return on our next trip.

Thank Jody W
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't say enough of about this place. Decent selection of local craft beers but I was there for the food. The lobster roll is one of the best but way to much for one meal. The seafood chowder IS Amazing but again just get a cup. A bowl is a meal in itself.

Thank JohnBHere
Epping, New Hampshire
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took family to Portsmouth on a Monday so not many restaurants open. Wanted to be on the water so at at the River house, which is on the harbor. Great view and the service was very nice. Server was friendly, helpfu and fun which is a great combo. Food very good also, it was restaurant week so the fix menu... More 

Thank Rocky L
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch and had the chowder and sandwich. Able to eat outside and there were heating lamps. Good overall.

Thank CADTraveller1
New Hampshire
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Allow me to preface by saying that it was the last night of what they call "Restaurant Week" in Portsmouth. It was early - about 6 PM - but the place was crowded. If we didn't want to wait, we could be seated downstairs, and that is what we chose to do. It felt more confined a space than when... More 

Thank Mrs Andrew C
Justin R, General Manager at The River House Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your feedback. I was happy to see that Adrian took great care of you, but disappointed that the food was not to the standard of the first time you visited us. Restaurant week can put a major strain on our staff. I am sorry we dropped the ball and will address it with our kitchen today.... More 

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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely lunch on the closed in deck! Fish was so delicious! Very fresh! Wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive..

Thank Deb J
Everett, Washington
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What I enjoy about this restaurant is the menu with a large variety of options. If seafood isn't your thing, there are many other options from sandwiches, salads and other entrees. The seafood chowder as others mentioned was good. The portion sizes were quite large. We had the opportunity to sit on outside deck that was heated and enclosed as... More 

Thank terry j
Poole, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found the River House by chance when another restaurant we were looking for was closed and it was a great find! We had a table out on the enclosed, heated porch which looked out onto the sea and we were able to watch a beautiful sunset over dinner. We were celebrating with family and we all had delicious meals... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-2600
The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway.

Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder.

Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.

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