We've been to Rudi's many times over the last several years and have never been disappointed. (Full disclosure - one of our best freiend's son is the bartender there.)
A cozy place with a smallish, busy bar that has live music most nights - often a duo, sometimes even a trio! Very rare in most Portsmouth restaurants. A big plus for me.
The menu offers a nice variety of apps and entrees with specials available every night. The calimari and fig ravioli apps are especially good. Entrees to consider are the duck, the wild mushroom risotto and the scallops.
Rudi's has expanded into an adjoining space directly on Congress and features a much larger bar and seating area. Haven't been there yet but always looks busy.
You should try it!
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