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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 - 21:30
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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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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I believe in being fair. Giving staff a chance to make it right if its wrong and not to run online and slam with no onsite conversation. This is our second try here. It may have been an off night, who knows, but our first visit last year was also good but not great. Staff did try to make it... More 

Thank xpectdabest
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best fresh seafood in Portsmouth . Excellent service and a awesome fresh fish selection . We have dinned her many times and never have we been disappointed !

Thank Doug A
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely mouthwatering - every bite was heavenly! Thanks to chefs and front of house staff for a wonderful evening.

Thank Erin M
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to Jumpin Jays, first visit was in 2015. It's hard to judge a restaurant on Valentine's Day, but they weren't doing anything special, it was the regular menu. The kitchen seemed to get in the weeds, we waited 40 minutes between starter course and main course. No apologies either, and no one checked on us,... More 

Thank WesternMassFoodie
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and cosy ambience. Oysters and catch of the day are a good default option when I can't decide on what to eat.

Thank jfazeli
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank 770Greg
Charleston, South Carolina
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325 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank TravelerNorfolk
Blandon, Pennsylvania
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Stonecutter1843
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?