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Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
+1 603-766-3474
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (170 reviews)
“fresh fish” (45 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
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Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

I had raw oysters from 3 different places followed by crab cakes. Loved both - fresh and tasty. I will return.

Thank aloha2055
Reviewed 13 July 2015

We each had choices from the Daily Specials for entrees and had delicious menu choices for appetizers. The special halibut was the most savory fish dish I've ever eaten!!! Would definitely come here on my next trip to Portsmouth.

Thank BusyMomNYC
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Wednesday July 1st, 8pm table for 4. In the mood for seafood we ventured in. Once seated the high amount of ambient noise one immediately off-putting. We had to speak in loud voices to be heard. Also the lights were turned down so low I...More

Thank TheOldDude
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Quick summary: we ordered an assortment of fish and appetizers, and everything was excellent. 'Hard to go wrong. Friendly, helpful service. We were visiting family in the area, and each of us ordered a different fish dinner, some fairly straight-up grilled and others with inventive...More

Thank Mme_X
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

Had a fantastic meal and evening in here this week, seventeen of us and the service and food was absolutely spot on. Servers could not do enough for you through the whole evening. Would highly recommend and will definitely return on my next trip to...More

Thank Portchester-Tourist
Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Have returned to this restaurant many times over the years. The food was excellent. We had tuna tartare appetizer, New England clam chowder, red snapper and monk fish; all perfect. The bread offered at the beginning and the drinks were also really good. The hostess...More

Thank SouthwoodTruck
Reviewed 7 July 2015

My husband loves fish so we stopped in Jumpin Jay's Cafe. We were greeted immediately and also seated , I will say the restaurant is not much to look at inside , but the bathrooms are decorated nicely and clean. My husband ordered shrimp appetizers...More

Thank paulabc2
Reviewed 7 July 2015

I have been back to Jumpin' Jay's several times since the beginning of the year. The quality of the food has remained consistently excellent and the service is attentive without being overbearing. The noise level at times might be a little high for some, since...More

Thank STL2Maine
Reviewed 6 July 2015

This is not a lobster joint. Jumpin Jays is an extraordinary fish restaurant with the freshest fish prepared in with in both traditional and new ways. Don't miss the wonderful selection of sauces. The fish is and raw bar is always extremely fresh and i...More

Thank Alan251K
Reviewed 6 July 2015

We found this place by accident while parking our car and loved it. Seafood was Outstanding! Kids menu is very,very lacking so just beware( pasta with butter or chicken strips) I would advise that you sit in dinning room ( we sat in service bar...More

Thank tom p
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Suzette D
Appropriate dress for evening meal
5 May 2017|
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Response from kbsNh | Reviewed this property |
Casual works
Do you have a gluten free options?
28 July 2016|
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Response from roomservice56 | Reviewed this property |
Took my gluten free daughter & son& daughter in law with several food issues. JJ was EXTREMELY accommodating with a smile
Do you have a special menu for Easter?
17 March 2016|
Response from Lauren G |
Hi! Jumpin' Jay's is closed for Easter, but we hope to see you another time!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$22 - US$32
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4019
    (Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-766-3474
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Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting. The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear on the ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire. Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.
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