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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an interesting concept but we felt it really didn't work. We ordered two popover breakfast sandwiches, both which had scrambled eggs as the base - the eggs were hard, overcooked, dry. The one, "fully loaded" was supposed to be a scramble including potatoes, bacon...and sausage. There was barely any of the meats and the potatoes were broken up French fries.......not what we expected at all. You order at the counter, you sit down and when your food is done, they bring it out and call your name, you wave your hand, they deliver the food. The presentation of the food is completely lacking. We expected a higher level of basically everything, from the reviews. I must say though, that the latte I had was excellent. I would give this a two star, except for the latte and the very nice staff at the counter and the young man who brought out our food.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The signature item, the Popover was like warm to tepid at best and devoid of flavor. The Mac and cheese ( also tepid) was rendered marginally less mediocre by the addition of some bacon. Tried it once there won't be a second time.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Food was great but…I ordered hot chocolate m, it was lukewarm and the cup was 1/2 full. They made me another one and it had no chocolate taste. I had to go back and they added more chocolate. One would think they have a recipe...to make it so it is consistent and tasty!! Was it retaliation? I ordered at the counter and received absolutely no service but they want an automatic 20% tip for what?? I gave $1.00 so maybe they stuck it to me with a lousy drink??More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Popovers done right! They are delicious with just butter...but I had the egg and cheese sandwich and I really enjoyed it.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

Everything is great but why does it have to be so cold inside? Look around! if all the customers have sweaters on while they eat, the temperature is not comfortable. Dont judge the temp setting by the staff who are running around and next to...ovens. No one wants to linger if they are eating with a coat on.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 June 2023 via mobile

Such amazing food surrounded by the rudest people on the planet. I can honestly say that I have never in my life experienced such a horrible group of employees. I have been dining here for many years and quite honestly this was not the first...time this has happened to me. Phase one… Ordering From the moment you step up to the counter to order the woman at the cash register behaves like you are putting her out and she is doing you a giant favor. Phase two… Coffee Now it’s time to go to the end of the counter to pick up coffee… if you DARE ask if the coffee on the counter is yours and is not actually you will get snapped at by the mean coffee lady and made to feel like a fool. Phase three… Food All of our food was delivered except for one of our party.. when everyone was completely finished I stepped up to the kitchen counter where the chef is stationed. I asked about my order and was yelled at by yet another woman. Conclusion… if you admire verbal assault as a side to your popover THIS is the place to be. I walked out with so much anxiety it did not even matter how good the food was.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023 via mobile

We stopped here for a late breakfast on a Sunday. It was packed. I had the breakfast sandwich and it was excellent, dare I say PERFECT? My companion had a popover with salmon, which she devoured. Good pastries/baked goods, and decent coffee. Parking might be...an issue. Recommended.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 May 2023

I am not from Portsmouth and a friend mentioned them as a great breakfast place. He was right!!! The staff is exceptional, especially Kate --- i forgot my card when I paid and she returned it to me before I knew it was missing. The...wait staff know greet you by name, the Popovers are to die for, their express's are strong and the ambiance in the restaurant is friendly and cordial. If I could, I would spend my entire day there having espresso and working online. It is a rare venue that is well done --- compliments to the staff of Popovers. They truly make the place like dining at home.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 13 January 2023 via mobile

I went here alone for lunch the other day. The staff were friendly and helpful. I had a nice beef sandwich and the coffee was pretty good. Recommended.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2022

We had a pleasant visit, but this wasn't the best experience for us. The food is good though. I wouldn't make it top of my list, but I wouldn't avoid eating here either. Average.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 December 2022

Popovers on the Square clearly has a great following – both on social media and in person. When we went there for lunch last week, it was very crowded. We ended up doing take-out which only took about ten minutes, but the food and price-performance...ratio were both disappointing. The Korean BBQ Rice Bowl was completely run of the mill. In fact, the chef had alerted me before I ordered that they were out of braised pork (oddly enough) but that he could make it with chicken. Unfortunately, the whole concoction tasted like it had been defrosted. No discount offered for the substitution. My son, a foodie unto his own, said it was mediocre at best. The Portsmouth Roast Beef sandwich passed muster, but the tuna one built in a popover was nothing to scream about. $12.49 for a popover with a dollop of tuna fish – about as exciting as a bowl of tomato soup. Plus, the popover, itself, wasn’t even hot. Ditto for the three additional popovers I ordered to share. If there was one thing I would have assumed to be top-notch at Popovers on the Square, it was the popovers. They were good but certainly not great. At $3 per piece, you would think that the empty-shelled bread delicacies would at least be hot. They weren’t. I had to assume they were taken from a batch prepared earlier in the day. In sum, I was expecting more. Maybe it’s the inflation effect, but everything felt twice as expensive as it should have been. The one ‘real’ meal wasn’t up to par, one of our two sandwiches completely lacked luster, and the restaurant’s signature offering left much to be desired. Cherry Wonderdog’s rating of three stars is generous.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 11 December 2022 via mobile

We’ve been coming since it opened. Love the scrambled egg classic popover but missed the side fruit garnish this time.. Great cookies, muffins and cappuccinos. Busy spot always..

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 2 December 2022 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch at Popovers on the Square. The food was fresh and delicious, and the staff was super friendly. But what really made the visit was that they still had a couple of tables with plexiglass dividers. It made us feel very...comfortable eating in the restaurant and was the deciding factor in our choosing this restaurant. I commend them for giving patrons that have safety concerns as Covid ramps up again a place in their restaurant. It was much appreciated.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022

Friendly staff, good healthy food. Yummy popovers. Great for a quick lunch. Located near a fun area with lots of shopping and people watching.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022

An efficient staff gets you a fresh, delicious popover quickly despite lots of customers on Sunday morning. Larger breakfast orders seem to take longer. Well done!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Popovers On The Square is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4