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2454 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 14:00 - 21:30
Mon 11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Rye Beach, New Hampshire
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has great décor, awesome food extremely fresh and creative. perfect for first dates, families with young children and has a great bar.

Thank mdinola
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Shio never fails to serve a tasty sushi dinner. We've visited here more than any other restaurant in the Seacoast region. Friendly staff. Go early or you'll have a long wait on weekends.

Thank Michael_KL_376
York Beach, Maine
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My husband and I were looking for a place to have dinner on a Saturday night at 7:30pm after visiting friends. Saturday night in Portsmouth, no reservations will be tough right? "Let's see if we can get some sushi at Shio?" Well there is a reason we were able to walk right in and sit down at Shio on a... More 

Thank Cynthia A
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The sushi was mixed in quality. Fatty yellowfin tuna was worth a second round, but the Passion role lacked its signature zing. Veggie fried rice was loaded with good vegetables, but the edamame inside made it too earthy ---- needed a balance of crunch against the soft rice. Server "Bea" spoke very little but clearly was trying her best to... More 

Thank Susan H
Portsmouth, NH
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136 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Used to be outstanding, now it's pretty much mediocre. Sushi was okay, but one roll was so fishy we considered sending it back. Fish definitely didn't taste as fresh as it has the many time we visited in the past. Asked for some extra wasabi for the few rolls we ordered after the initial serving was enough for about 1... More 

Thank PortsmouthDiners
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The bentos at Shio are only $10.90, and well worth the price. I ordered the sashimi bento, since I love raw fish! It came with a miso soup, salad, rice, gyoza, sushi, and meat. It was really filling for me, and cheap too! Oh, and also, we ate in a Japanese - style room where we had to take off... More 

Thank kidcamper
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I used to work in the Portsmouth area for 3-4 weeks a year and we would always have our first meal at Shio. Great appetizers and wonderful atmosphere - you can sit in little rooms where you sit on the floor on a cushion and the table is low and into the floor... or you can sit on a regular... More 

Thank Sara H
Concord, New Hampshire
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78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Brought the kids after the beach and we all were very happy with everything on our sushi boat!! The kids are insisting it is the best they have ever had and I am inclined to agree. We had all specialty rolls and loved them. The staff is very attentive and nice. Will absolutely go again.

Thank Smillerick
Northwood, New Hampshire
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Pretty good place to dine The service was outstanding the joint is clean the drinks were great. The food was top notch. We will be back.

Thank tim e
Winchester, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We had tons of fun at this restaurant. Though Japanese restaurants aren't great for deserts so there is a great ice-cream place just outside. The sushi is very good, my two older kids loved it, but sushi is not cheap unless you get bad sushi.

Thank Tim3771

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
14:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2454 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5619
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?