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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place is beautiful, the food great, service good only negative is very expensive! The drinks were good for a special occasion it’s a great place to go.

Thank bgorman3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent, melt in your mouth steak. If anything, the portions were on the large side. Sharing would be recommended!

Thank nballantine2244
Reviewed April 27, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018. Have lived in area for 6 years and always heard The Library was excellent. My wife's fish was dry and tasted terrible. My steak was passable but not great. Should have returned fish, but left most of it on plate as...More

4  Thank roberthE5648XY
Reviewed April 12, 2018

The Library is within the Rockingham House the former Rockingham Hotel, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1884. The restaurant contains many features of the original hotel. The is a dining room, a bar, and small dining area. We had not been to the...More

Thank L9393NIrobertm
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Very much a continental/American lunch experience here. The good: the surroundings are quirky, with books all over the place, which I find charming. The service is kind and warm. The bad: it's just very unimaginative food, but perhaps that appeals to people in the area....More

1  Thank bedandy
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Excellent. Ambience. Talkability. Food. Pricey but worth it. Prime rib Swordfish. Haddock with lobster. Great portion sizes. Very fresh. Would return again

Thank elld
Reviewed March 12, 2018

We moved to Portsmouth last fall and have wanted to try The Library which we heard wonderful things about so, last night, we booked a 7:30 reservation and had a terrific evening! The ambiance is just perfect framed in a Victorian library with just the...More

Thank bruce155
Reviewed March 7, 2018

Had lunch at this restaurant, great atmosphere, surrounded by books but be prepared to pay for the experience.

Thank Brian R
Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

They messed up our reservation and the reservation of the group that came in after us. We enjoyed the food, but the service was lacking. Our server didn't know what "domestic beer" means. She didn't set anything down on the table gently or quietly. Pretty...More

Thank Jane L
Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

Celebrating my wife's birthday after visiting a college with our daughter. We had 7:30 reservations (Sat. night). Arrived a bit early and sat at the bar for a drink. Place was crowded and our table was ready promptly. Met some nice people at the bar....More

Thank Jim M
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January 9, 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
October 13, 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
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
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