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401 State St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-431-5202
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11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Portsmouth, RI
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank 515devan
Salem, New Hampshire
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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Thank 851charissag
Boston
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Chrys67
Boston
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank dnos6749
New Hampshire
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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank NHIrish
Boston, Massachusetts
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built in 1890 for a judge, the room is very impressive with mahagony walls, stained glass windows, etc. they added bookshelves as dividors and hence the name of The Library. The food is very good. We had steak and lobster stuffed haddock. The portions are generous. prices start at around $25. Overall it was excellent with attentive service.

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Thank John B
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took our parents out for dinner at The Library on a busy Sat. night in Portsmouth. Kids and adults trick or treating and the red carpet premier at the Music Hall around the corner- it was hard to find parking nearby. The ambiance was great and it is hard not to admire the interior and history of the place.... More 

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Thank toddc177
Manchester, Connecticut
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We can't say enough about "The Library". The atmosphere was outstanding. It is without a doubt one of the nicest restaurants we've dined in...period. The wait staff was exceptionally helpful and courteous.The filet mignon that I had melted in my mouth. I only wish we lived closer so that we could frequent it more often. The food, the staff and... More 

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Thank Ray F
Bedford, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Review Title says it all. Love the atmosphere. Excellent service. Have eaten there several times and each time our cocktails, appetizers, meals, and desserts were fabulous. Recommend you try anything on the menu, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank 603hapytraveler
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We visited for the first time this month and the meal from appetizer to dessert was very good. Highly recommend the peanut butter pie. Good portions with great flavor.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:30
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?