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Blue Mermaid Island Grill

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116 High Street, 409 The Hill, Portsmouth, NH
+1 603-427-2583
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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161 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were continually told that Rachel Ray loves this place and so we finally tried it. The food sounded interesting but everything we ordered was lacking in flavor. Sorry Rachel, we found our experience boring and unremarkable, and the loud annoying music didn't set a good atmosphere.

Thank pjofnh
Merrick, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. As a vegetarian, I wasn't expecting there to be much I can eat here, but we had a coupon from the hotel, so we checked it out. There were plenty of options and everything we got tasted amazing. Service was great as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank Strinc1
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent meal all around. Short ribs were amazing. The Caribbean flair makes each dish different than you have had anywhere before. If you are looking for unique offerings this is your place. If you are looking for traditional New England fare this may not be your kind of place. Service was good and pricing was good.

Thank Tomascotravler
Sedgwick, Maine
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86 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kathy and I had a wonderful meal here while visiting this delightful small city for a meeting. I have the lamb shank which was excellently prepared. Just the way I like it, falling off the bone but not over done. Kathy's meal was also very good. The service is always great. The wine list is short but adequate.

Thank Dennis D
Miami Beach, Florida
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The food lacks... Service is extremely slow no matter how many customers are there. For me, the only thing I'd go here for is to have a mid-day drink on a breezy summer day and expect it to be weak over-iced and under poured.

Thank Scamp-San
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a delicious meal served just before karaoke began downstairs. Fun place and very good food.

Thank Dftis
Cromwell, Connecticut
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109 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Cute little Caribbean bar/restaurant. Staff was very nice. Just stopped in for apps and a drink. Cozy tiny place. They might have had more tables upstairs. Different.

Thank Lesley G
Babylon, New York
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This was our second time dining at the Blue Mermaid and we were not let down. It was restaurant week, so they were a bit busy, but our waitress and the rest of the waitstaff did an excellent job on the service. The menu is very eclectic, with so many of the items being of interest to a foodie like... More 

Thank charlieb65
Reno, Nevada
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87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Had dinner in the bar area - the menu is the same as the restaurant in a very cozy setting. Fish tacos were very flavorful, and service was very good.

Thank Ilogjr
Sandwich, New Hampshire
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

If you are looking for a in town, old town place for drinks, this is one to stop at. Very small and cozy. We stopped by late one night after a party at the hotel next door. The band was rocking and we had a great time. Old town feel, makes you feel like you stepped back in time. We... More 

Thank Carl H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
American, Jamaican, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 High Street, 409 The Hill, Portsmouth, NH
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-427-2583

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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?