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The Works Bakery Cafe

9 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-431-4434
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (22 reviews)
“panini” (7 reviews)
“sandwiches” (18 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
9 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had breakfast and lunch a few times and was impressed. The bagels were great and the sandwiches and paninis were delicious. Definitely stop in for quick, delicious sandwiches and bagels.

Thank DuaICitizen
Reviewed 19 October 2017

After doing a walking tour of Portsmouth, we decided to have lunch here and were quite pleased. My husband had macaroni and cheese with bacon, green onions, and tomatoes, and I had the Thai chicken salad. Both were fresh and delicious, and I really enjoyed...More

Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited The Works Bakery three times in two weeks. We got: 1) Breakfast food 2) 2x Double Dagwood 3) Sesame Ginger Chicken Wrap All the food was fresh, tasty, and left us wanting to eat there every day. I had the...More

Thank CoolBreeze42
Jen R, Marketing Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

We hope to see you again soon -- for your Double Dag! Thanks so much for the great review.

Reviewed 12 August 2017

Great place for a warm breakfast. They make their own bagels on site. Lots of sandwich and breakfast choices. Coffees, teas and smoothies are great. Very helpful and nice staff. It can get pretty crowded during the expected peak hours. Been there many times, always...More

Thank NorgeNH
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We had breakfast at The Works Bakery Café and found a variety of food and coffee choices. We enjoyed our breakfast so much we decided to purchase scones and Danish for a sweet treat to have later in the day. The service was good, the...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 27 July 2017

One cafe amid many in town; it's great to have choices beyond DD and Starbucks. Plenty of room and many choices.

Thank cootmom
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Located in the quaint small town of Portsmouth, NH, this small restaurant is perfect for a bagel breakfast. Uses locally - sourced ingredients. Bagels were chewy with a slightly crispy outer layer - perfect! Really wish they had pumpernickel, but they had the usual varieties,...More

Thank E1888SCkarenh
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much, Karen! I'll pass on your wish for pumpernickel to the bagel bakers. :) Our Portsmouth store was recently redecorated with the work of local and regional artisans, and photos of many of our food suppliers. We're so glad you had a...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

I had a Thai Chicken Wrap that was very satisfying. My daughter had a panini which was more than she could eat. The quality was very good. Like many fast food places, we had to wipe off our table, so the service could have been...More

Thank Retired662013
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We love making people in Portsmouth happy. :) Come back soon to try the smoothies! Becky for The Works

Reviewed 7 April 2017

The bagel was fresh, the eggs fluffy and the bacon was crispy! Perfect breakfast. The cinnamon bun was absolutely delicious!

Thank Kathleen M
Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Woo-hoo! Perfection is hard to achieve and we're THRILLED when it happens! We make our bagels the old-fashioned way—5 pure ingredients mixed, proofed, boiled and baked! We can't wait to serve you again, Becky and The Works

Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Go here to recover from too much fun the night before and load up on carbs and some fats. Coffee good and food is excellent. Homemade and good helpings. Reasonably priced.

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Becky K, Public Relations Manager at The Works Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We will take care of our customers whatever their state of being. :) We can't wait to serve you again, Becky for The Works

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Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-4434
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The Works to you: humanely-raised, naturally-cured meats and poultry with no antibiotics or added hormones. Local eggs from cage-free chickens. Hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and cream cheese from Vermont family farms. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches and paninis on artisan bread, wraps or traditional boiled-and-baked bagels made with unbleached, unbromated flour. Fresh salads. Hearty, from scratch soups. Fresh-fruit smoothies. Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee. Thoughtfully sourced, local when possible.
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