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The River House Restaurant

) #10 of 141 Restaurants in Portsmouth €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
+1 603-431-2600
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood chowder” (181 reviews)
“turkey panini” (30 reviews)
“cowboy burger” (10 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
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1 - 10 of 821 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

This is a great spot by the river and it's wonderful to sit outdoors on a lovely day and watch the boats, birds, and river activity. The food is good and it's always bustling.

Thank dlramus
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped in at The River House on a rainy cool afternoon last week. We sat upstairs outside on the enclosed patio. Excellent view of the river and the plastic enclosure kept the wind and rain out. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. Drinks were...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for a family dinner of six, and no one was disappointed with the lobster! However, the seafood chowder was definitely a surprise delight. A huge thunderstorm interrupted our meal outside, but the serving staff handled the weather professionally and without any interruption...More

1  Thank Lorene B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The wife and I drove up to Portsmouth from Boston for dinner on the first night of our trip. Picked this place based on TripAdvisor reviews and awesome looking menu. We arrived around 7pm on a Friday with NO RESERVATIONS and were seated outdoors on...More

2  Thank umbowler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the lobster roll seafood chowder combo....it was excellent. Service was also good. Portsmouth is a very cute, very old town. Glad we could visit.

1  Thank run4fun122
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband (who is a celiac) and I found the River House on my Find Me Gluten Free App. In addition to gluten free rolls, we were delighted to find that all the fried foods (e.g., seafood, fries, etc.) were done in a gluten free...More

Thank Julie D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I met a colleague here for a drink before dinner. Cheap beer at a great location overlooking the river. Perfect at sunset, too. I didn't eat there, but the burger looked good as it passed by.

Thank Louis H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A storm came in and the restaurants got very busy since no one could eat outside. We got take out to bring back to the hotel. Everything was in the bag that was needed. We had the calamari and shrimp stir fry but my favorite...More

Thank busymomMassachusetts
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was good! Food was fair but the view is great. It is clean and friendly! I would go for Apps. and drinks!

Thank rslaaliensr
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took this on a recommendation of a friend and were not disappointed. I left quite full that is for sure! We sat on the porch (even though it was raining, they had it secured) and were greeted by a very delightful...More

1  Thank mmalinowski
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6 November 2016|
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Response from Justin R | Property representative |
We open at 11AM every day.
jennifer m
24 August 2016|
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Response from Belmontcouple | Reviewed this property |
I also never noticed any pets on the outside decks; you may want to call.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3819
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-2600
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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.
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