I used to live Portsmouth in the '80s and loved the Ferry Landing at Happy Hour, despite the cramped space for drinkers-only on its deck. Most of its deck is for dining. It was always a good place to bring out-of-towners for lunch...there's too many great dinner options in Portsmouth, a small city packed with restaurants.
The Old Ferry Landing gets a leg up for lunch because of its location on the water with a view of Maine across the Piscataqua River, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the three matching tugboats docked nearby. So when visiting my daughter and family last month, it seemed appropriate to take my first-time-Portsmouth-visitor Signficant Other and an out-of-town cousin and her husband there for lunch. I enjoyed my usual fried clam basket and my cousin and husband were pleased with their offerings. My girl friend, however, ordered a lobster roll - expecting a lobster salad roll. She was disappointed that the lobster roll consisted of chunks of lobster in a frankfurter roll. No celery, no mayonnaise, no "salad". (Although the menu said "lobster roll" and not "lobster salad roll", we were all surprised at her entree.) The place to sit at the Ferry Landing is definitely outside on the deck - weather permitting - as it did during our visit. For three out of the four of us, it was a good experience. for the fourth, she was still in want of a real lobster roll.
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