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The Beach Plum

2800 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5915
+1 603-433-3339
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lobster roll” (177 reviews)
“ice cream” (63 reviews)
“clams” (31 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:00 Hours
American, Fast food, Seafood
€€ - €€€
2800 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5915
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Beach Plum
1. Award-winning lobster rolls
"Simply the best lobster rolls in the region!"
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2. Over 78 flavors of ice cream!
"Guaranteed they will have something you will love"
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3. Delicious fried seafood
"Seafood quality is consistently good. Portion sizes are generous."
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lobster soup was good lots lobster in it the lobster roll was good like the idea they had different size lobster roll

Thank JOHNw46054
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting! We are thrilled you loved the chunky lobster bisque and lobster rolls!

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We stop at The Beach Plum on our way up to Maine and on our way home. They have the absolute best lobster rolls we've ever had. No fillers and very little mayo. I've had their clams and they are the best as well. We...More

2  Thank jmob2910
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Thanks for the review! Hope to see you again soon! We do have three locations: Portsmouth, Epping and North Hampton. Portsmouth and Epping are open year round!

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

The Lobster Roll is the BEST Ive ever had. They are addictive, My only problem is I didn't get more.

Thank mrbignj
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thanks for visiting and the great review! We have 4 sizes for the lobster rolls as well: 5, 6, 8 and 10 oz so you can choose whatever one your belly desires! See you again soon!

Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

The only place I know of where you can get ice cream stand ice cream in January! While the outside walk up counter is closed in the winter you can still enjoy a cold delicious ice cream treat!

Thank tdrf
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

We love our ice cream year-round!

Reviewed 14 January 2018

I've heard good things about the Beach Plum so I decided to give it a try. Service was fast. The location was clean and pleasant. I've heard the lobster rolls are tremendous there, but I wasn't in a mood for one. Personally, I think they're...More

Thank DanandWendyBoston
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thanks for the great review! Our homemade tartar sauce is delicious! Hope to see you in the summer for a lobster roll too!

Reviewed 1 January 2018

This place has lots of press but does not live up to expectations of locals more a tourist place--did not taste like fresh lobster

Thank Henry M
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your food or lobster rolls which have received awards since 2009. We encourage people to speak to a manager while they are at the restaurant so we can adjust to your satisfaction.

Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

We drove from Northern NY to visit family who lived about an hour from this place. My uncle services this restaurant for work and raves about their lobster rolls. My aunt says she goes out of her way to also take sewing jobs up here...More

Thank WineLady315
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Thanks for visiting and so happy that you loved it so much! We do have two year-round locations: Epping and Portsmouth. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 15 November 2017

We've never been to this location but we have been to the one in Epping. I ordered the fried scallop basket with onion rings and my wife ordered the fried scallop and clam strip combo dinner. There is a special throughout the Winter where if...More

Thank yawl52
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

So glad you loved the food and enjoyed the ice cream--sounds like a perfect spot. Portsmouth and Epping locations are open year-round so be sure to visit us again soon!

Reviewed 12 October 2017

When I visited my sister in Hampton recently, one of the first things I knew I had to have was a lobster roll. And when I think lobster roll, I think Beach Plum. I love the one on the beach in North Hampton especially, but...More

Thank V-diz
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review. We also have a location in Epping as well! Hope you visit soon!

Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We went to get ice cream. A kiddie size cone was $3.99 sprinkles came fo $5. Soft serve didn't have much taste.

Thank Misstravelqueen7
TheBeachPlum, Manager at The Beach Plum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Thanks for visiting. The portions are very generous for our ice cream. Check our website for gift card promotions; save 25% by purchasing gift cards ahead of time!

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We don't take reservations but our tables turn over very quickly with food on your table usually in 7 minutes from the time you order at the front counter. So even on the busiest days you'll get a table in 5-10 min. No 1-2... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2800 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801-5915
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-433-3339
  • E-mail
The Beach Plum opened in 1992 at North Hampton state beach as a breakfast and lunch restaurant. The next year, a better location became available just down the street (at it's current location) and it became a take out food and ice cream stand. That original location continues to operate seasonally April - October each year. Based on strong growth in the business at that beach location, a second Beach Plum location was opened at 2800 Lafayette Road (Route 1) in Portsmouth on St Patrick's Day 2011. This Portsmouth location features an expanded menu that includes award winning fried seafood with both indoor and outside deck dining. The Portsmouth Beach Plum was featured on TV Diner in 2012 and Phantom Gourmet in 2011 which named it as a Great 8 restaurant for both it's famous lobster rolls AND fried clams. The Beach Plum is believed to be the only restaurant in New England to be so honored as 1 of the 8 best for BOTH seafood specialties. In December 2015, a new Beach Plum opened at the Brickyard Square Plaza, 24 Calef Highway (Route 125),Epping,NH. That location shares the same menu as this Portsmouth location.
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