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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

we ate here in November of 2016 and in February of 2017 and had 2 different experiences. Pros: on both occasions wait staff were attentive and helpful. The experience in November was wonderful; quiet table, excellent food, good value for the money (although limited choices for restaurant week). Cons: the February experience was very not good; waited in the bar... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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329 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Pricey but excellent food. Three of us shared mussels...unusual and good (spicy) dipping sauce. Wines extensive and waiter knowledgeable and really nice. Seafood pasta dish very good, as was haddock and crab cake. Definitely will return. Oh...don't miss the restrooms. Unique backlighted aluminum fish "swimming" on the wall. Way cool.

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Blandon, Pennsylvania
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132 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Ate here with a coworker and 6 of our customers while in town on a business trip. I had the haddock and it was excellent. Others in the party had monkfish, tuna, and oysters, and all were met with a positive response. Had the calamari as an appetizer, probably the best calamari I've ever had. The highlight of the evening... More 

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North Hampton, New Hampshire
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

My wife and I, usually with friends and other members of our family, eat at Jumpin' Jay's at least five to six times per year. Our experience has always been good. The menu items that are simple preparations of fresh fish the chef takes care to procure are always excellent. The more complex dishes -- e.g., fresh fish in combination... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

The food is terrific, the wait staff is terrific, and you need a reservation! It is a bit pricey but you won't be disappointed. The menu is varied and the specials are always that -Special! Not only are the wat staff knowledgeable about the menu but they know their wines!

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Cape Neddick, Maine
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We have never had a bad meal here and last time stumbled upon restaurant week which was great! Excellent prices, great service and food.

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Wenham, Massachusetts, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice. The food was very good as well as the service. We were in Portsmouth for an overnight and the hotel suggested the restaurant. Would definitely return when in the area.

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Portsmouth, NH
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51 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We went to Jumpin' Jay's for my birthday and the desire to have some really good halibut, one of our favorites! The wait staff person was excellent, but the halibut was a disappointment. It was dry, (to me, overcooked,) so thank goodness it came with sauce. This is not our first time at the restaurant, and the fish has always... More 

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Walpole, Massachusetts
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75 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

GREAT restaurant! Had dinner here Friday night. Started at the bar for a drink - barkeeps were professional & knew their stuff. Interesting cocktail menu. Sat for dinner. Wasn't sure what to expect based on decor - sort of like a diner? But don't let that concern you! We were in great hands with our server Morgan. Husband had clam... More 

Thank Mbuti
New Hampshire
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We have been to Jumpin' Jays for years, but this last time something was missing. The mussels which is one o f the main reasons we dine here were missing something, coconut, garlic, hots, not sure. The $3 PEI oysters were fabulous. Our halibut was a tish dry and raveoli just ok. Now our server was great and location great.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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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