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“Great burger & View, Too Sweet Chowder”

The River House Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 204 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$24
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The River House is located along the scenic Piscataqua River. We offer indoor seating and a variety of outdoor seating including a cocktail deck, all with excellent views of Portsmouth's busy waterway. Our menu includes of a variety of classic dishes from land and sea including our award winning seafood chowder. Our scenic views, friendly service and local cuisine are a "Cant Miss" for Portsmouth, NH.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

PRO: Great burger, Great View, nice wait-staff
CON: Chowder too sweet

Our July 2014 visit to the downtown Portsmouth River House yielded an outstanding burger, too sweet chowder, and a good salad. The River House, which is a rustic-yet high-end seafood restaurant adjacent the bay has a great bay view. The young wait-staff work well together to treat customers well. For such an old building the River House had good handicap accessibility via a side door which required only on step to enter the dining area.

* Cowboy Burger for $13 – Though expensive for a burger, was fantastic. It was by far better than Ray’s Hell Burger in Virginia, which President Obama visited and better than the BGR chain. The half-pound burger is a great mixture of chuck, short rib and brisket meat with a spicy dry rub. Their homemade spicy catchup was delicious.

* Bowl of seafood chowder $10, which won awards, was far too sweet; however, it had a thick creamy texture and heavily loaded with shell fish (lobster, sea scallops, shrimp, clams) and some haddock.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We were crashing in Portsmouth for the night and walking around to see the sites the next day. Wanted a place that was good for the kids and not your run of the mill restaurant. We sat out on the deck, got to see some tug boats. The place had tremendous gluten free options - the food was great, the atmosphere was great, the service was pretty good. I would go here again.

Thank Navarath
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Beautiful atmosphere. 4 adults, 4 kids all had great meals. I had whole bellies and scallops. I was eating the ocean. Chowder was just as good. Eat here.

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Thank Dweaks
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Highly recommended by our hotel staff person for a seafood lunch with a water view. We tried it...we liked it. The food was very good. My lunch companion ordered the River House Spinach Salad which consisted of Fresh American baby spinach topped with sliced button mushrooms, chopped bacon, tomatoes, red onions, carrots, croutons, and hard boiled egg. It was served with a side of their house prepared Avocado Ranch dressing which was delicious. She added an 8 oz. Salmon Filet which was perfectly prepared as requested and excellent. They have an item on the menu called Ships Plate. The Tall version is a 6 inch Maine Lobster Roll with a cup of Seafood Chowder and hand cut potato chips. The Small version is 4 oz. instead of 6 and $7 cheaper. The soup was loaded with seafood and very satisfying. The chips were splendid. I ordered the 4 oz. Lobster Roll and found it delicious, but unsatisfyingly tiny. Service was just fine and the water view a delightful plus. Definitely sit outside and I think it's a better choice for lunch than for dinner.

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1  Thank RBJoelson
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We spent the day with friends and lunch with a view is always nice. We waited maybe 5 minutes for a table for four. We all had some version of fish whether it was fried or broiled ... Shrimp, scallops and cod. The portions were good sized and the food not greasy. The service was very attentive. Nor did they encourage us to leave since we lingered a bit to chat. Would go back and recommend this for a casual lunch... Again with a view!

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Thank tan1950
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