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Blue Mermaid Island Grill

10 Shapleigh Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03904-1480
+1 207-703-2754
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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American, Jamaican, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
10 Shapleigh Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03904-1480
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped in for a late lunch at the Blue Mermaid as it had been recommended to me as a Caribbean Restaurant option. The service was excellent. I ordered the fried plantains--overcooked/mushy, but tasty--their dipping sauce was delicious. The salad side that came with the...More

Thank LindaSueSulzdorf
Reviewed 9 April 2018

This restaurant was very disappointing. It has no ambiance. It is noisy. Food and alcohol are both over priced. I have spent the same amount or less, for better wine and similar cocktails, and the same entrees, at much more enjoyable restaurants in Portsmouth. We...More

Thank Janice W
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I had the jerk chicken at Blue Mermaid Island Grill and it was amazing! I will definitely come back!

Thank KPtravels20s
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Ironically we just arrive from St Croix in the Caribbean. There was a "musician" playing a steel drum with a pre recorded backing track. My wife and I could not talk to each other due to the noise level. When he packed up and left,...More

1  Thank Cliff B
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We were going to hit up a big name brewery but opted for a local place instead and we are so happy we did. When you first walk in, it is a little tight. This is a small place with tiny chairs that are definitely...More

Thank lisadZ9727KY
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Haven't been here in several years. It's an old historic home in an area known locally as the hill, a group of beautiful historic homes now horribly surrounded by hotels that tower over them. The restaurant is now difficult to see as it is buried...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 10 April 2017

from making reservations for 7 to the greeting at door through to the check the service was wonderful-happy staff there to make the dining experience a wonderful event. the food could not have been better with vegetarian choices from appetizer to main dish. We were...More

Thank Chrisbiggar
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We walked from our hotel to this establishment since it was close and the weather wasn't cooperating. The smell is overpowering when you walk in and not in a good way. Still have no idea what it was - but it wasn't good. We were...More

Thank mrav1072
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Small , very casual place better for a drink then food.. VeryvConvenient to Hilton Inn Gardens Hotel. Good place to maybe have a drink or two and listen to open mic on Wednesday night..

Thank Scott P
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Blue mermaid is a very eclectic restaurant in portsmouth, nh. I was there while visiting my daughter at UNH. They had a wide selection of foods with very interesting dates, I would definitely eat here again.

Thank cabocathy1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Shapleigh Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03904-1480
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 207-703-2754
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BLUE MERMAID 2.0: A NEW MERMAID IN TOWN MORE VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, AND GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS Though our menu has traditionally had a strong vegetarian selection, the team is taking aim at creating healthy, environmentally friendly, and sustainable dishes – adding fewer animal-based proteins and more plant-based proteins. A "MERMAID TWIST" A special something that gives each dish the unique character of Blue Mermaid. It could be a bold pop of flavor, a fruit salsa, or the presence of unexpected or unfamiliar ingredients in a dish. Our food doesn't fit into the category of traditional American, nor ethnic cuisines. A SCIENTIFIC, DATA-DRIVEN MENU APPROACH Our approach is simple: the top 20% best-sellers from the previous menu will make it to the new menu; the rest of the menu will be comprised of new recipes (see item #5 for the criteria to make the cut). For round one, guava braised short ribs, saddle bags, and lobster quesadillas have all made the cut
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