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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (124 reviews)
“wedge salad” (8 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (10 reviews)
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11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Library literally surrounds the seating area flanked by old world mirrors floor to ceiling that offers an optical illusion of being quite a bigger space. The seating, though close, still offers an intimate dining experience. The menu does not disappoint from soup/salad to the...More

1  Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't make reservations, but were seated in the lounge immediately. Nice ambiance but a little too dark. We all enjoyed our food, however I thought my swordfish was not as hot as I would have liked and also a bit dry. The spinach avocado...More

1  Thank Karenkinm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I haven't had food that bad in decades. The only reason for one star is that the server was delightful. We had the haddock. I wish we hadn't. The Amstel Light kept my spirits up though.

1  Thank Ted C
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Yummy steak, pork and seafood in a very elegant setting. Great service; sides a bit expensive; nice wine list - all around winner.

1  Thank Sensei-01913
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A group of us went to the Library for a post graduation lunch/dinner and we all ordered the Filet Mignon and everybody's steak was perfect. Excellent meal. Excellent service!

1  Thank iccaruss20
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Drinks: Ordered wine and a Gin and Lime juice on the rocks, no tonic or soda. Drinks came 10-15 mins later, wine was fine gin was nearly all tonic. Asked if the bartender may have "accidentally" added tonic, drink was replaced ~10mins later. Food: Not...More

1  Thank Clk41
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. Atmosphere, service,and food were wonderful. Your bill is presented in a real book. We're from Tennessee and our waitress just randomly took "Deep South" from the shelf. Would go back for sure, given the chance.

1  Thank sweetbaby0
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We had a nice lunch but were slightly disappointed. Despite being very quiet the greeter was happy to take a phone call half way through seating us and the server was nice but not attentive. The cuisine was good the onion soup and baked cheese...More

1  Thank Viviane B
Reviewed 7 May 2017

This restaurant was a great find, in a historic building with a great atmosphere. The food I ordered was really great and tasty...but the prices seemed a little high for what it was. Still, I would really recommend it and the missing star is only...More

1  Thank Becki C
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Our group of 22 had a private room - 3 tables - attentive service. Would have appreciated a printed menu so we knew what we were having. Pot stickers good, crab cakes avg. Family style dinner - baked scrod and prime rib: excellent. Sides were...More

1  Thank Susan B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How do I buy a gift certificate to your restaurant?
9 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
where can we park?
13 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
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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