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The Library

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401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-431-5202
11:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Groton, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I were impressed by the flavor of the club cut prime sirloin. The beef was cooked perfectly to our request, and was very tender. It is unusual to find hand cut french fries so nicely done. They had a rich potato taste and were perfectly crispy.

Thank George S
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196 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a sweet place.....warm (fireplaces), friendly and charm all around. The food was perfect and we had nice conversation with other diners. We would love to have this restaurant in our neighborhood!!!!

Thank dinnerand
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the filet was pretty good, the service was sooooooo awful, I would never go back. Our waitress was unfriendly, discourteous, AWFUL. We couldn't even get our water glasses refilled, no less, get a drink delivered without having to wait 20 minutes. I think when you eat out, it is the overall experience. Food should be good and the service... More 

Thank janetj895
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing atmosphere and wonderful dinner. Surf $ turf was cooked to perfection. Ate the bar and it was comfy Dessert of course was spot on.

Thank TEK1210
Canaan, Maine, United States
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This was one of our favorite restaurants that we have ever eaten at. We was not sure about Ala Carte. We sure learned Quick. We each had a steak, we figured that each side dish was an add on, so we each ordered Garlic Mashed Potatoes, one order of Brussel sprouts, Cream Corn. OMG, when the order came out we... More 

Thank John M
Portsmouth, RI
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Nice spot for family Thanksgiving meal. Great Thanksgiving turkey dinner special with plenty of choices for the "no turkey" folks. Love the atmosphere - bookshelves full of books everywhere, high, intricate ceilings, the beautiful carved paneling, and fireplaces burning. Just right level of noise in a full dining room, good s ervice.

Thank 515devan
Salem, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Best steaks we've had in a long time! Super long wait however so we ate dinner in the lounge which was cozy too. Very romantic place , we enjoyed it here!

Thank 851charissag
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We made reservations for 7pm for our wedding anniversary, however when we got there and gave our name, we were advised that it would be a few minutes. 20 minutes later we were finally seated. It was busy so we understand that they can only move people out the door when they're ready to leave. The service was very good... More 

Thank Chrys67
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Nice ambiance. Very busy place due to restaurant week ( I think). Service stressed and rushed. Nice employees. BUT, why would an nice expensive steakhouse ruin reputation by charging 2 dollars for a sauce to go with an expensive steak. Stupid management decision. We don't remember or share the steak experience but we do complain and complain about a stupid... More 

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New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

A good place to get one of the better steaks on the nh seacoast. The dining room was a bit too formal for our needs this particular evening so we sat in the bar area which had a nice buzz for a Monday night. Staff was attentive and service was good. Is it a nice place to have a meal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Steakhouse, International
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-5202

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