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The Library

401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
+1 603-431-5202
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (133 reviews)
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“rack of lamb” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00 Hours
American, Steakhouse, International
401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Library is within the Rockingham House the former Rockingham Hotel, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1884. The restaurant contains many features of the original hotel. The is a dining room, a bar, and small dining area. We had not been to the...More

Thank L9393NIrobertm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very much a continental/American lunch experience here. The good: the surroundings are quirky, with books all over the place, which I find charming. The service is kind and warm. The bad: it's just very unimaginative food, but perhaps that appeals to people in the area....More

Thank bedandy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent. Ambience. Talkability. Food. Pricey but worth it. Prime rib Swordfish. Haddock with lobster. Great portion sizes. Very fresh. Would return again

Thank elld
Reviewed 12 March 2018

We moved to Portsmouth last fall and have wanted to try The Library which we heard wonderful things about so, last night, we booked a 7:30 reservation and had a terrific evening! The ambiance is just perfect framed in a Victorian library with just the...More

Thank bruce155
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Had lunch at this restaurant, great atmosphere, surrounded by books but be prepared to pay for the experience.

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

They messed up our reservation and the reservation of the group that came in after us. We enjoyed the food, but the service was lacking. Our server didn't know what "domestic beer" means. She didn't set anything down on the table gently or quietly. Pretty...More

Thank Jane L
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Celebrating my wife's birthday after visiting a college with our daughter. We had 7:30 reservations (Sat. night). Arrived a bit early and sat at the bar for a drink. Place was crowded and our table was ready promptly. Met some nice people at the bar....More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Our party of 7 had a great dinner last night. We had several appetizers and our favorite was the bang bang shrimp. We all had different steaks and they were all cook perfectly as well as seasoned well. We also tried several sides and all...More

Thank moucru
Reviewed 29 December 2017

For the past few years we have been holding our end of season company gathering at restaurants in the Portsmouth area. This year we chose The Library for our group of 10 and spent over 3 hours recapping our accomplishments, drinking, eating (did I mention...More

Thank Neil P
Reviewed 27 December 2017

We recently dined at the Library for a late lunch. Overall, we were disappointed by the food. Details follow. About us- We travel extensively and have a global perspective on food and the hospitality industry. We base our reviews on our actual experiences, not on...More

Thank utfiero
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9 January 2017|
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Response from wiggygailTX | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to go to the restaurant or order one over the phone
13 October 2015|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
The Worth parking lot, about two blocks away is your best bet. During the summer, however, even it is often full.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 State St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4042
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-431-5202
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