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Cafe Espresso

800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
+1 603-334-3407
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (3 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (7 reviews)
“wait staff” (2 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 16:00All hours
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place! Tasty food, good served, parking.. can't go wrong! Their homemade hash is to die for! Can't wait to go back!

Thank David H
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Sticky tables, crumbs on the seats and spider webs on the curtains take away from the quality of food (how clean is the kitchen?) and the quality of service (how much do they care?)

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We found this lovely diner by accident and really enjoyed it. The food was excellent, reasonable, and plentiful. We enjoyed a mid day breakfast there and found the service to be pleasant, polite and relaxed. We would go back there anytime. Very nice people.

Thank cruisingallthetime
Reviewed 4 June 2017

I have been to Cafe Espresso on multiple occasions, and have honestly never been disappointed. No matter how busy it has been or when we've gone, I have never had to wait to be seated, even when the restaurant is full, they have wait times...More

Thank westieloverrae
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a coffee shop on trip advisor and thought we'd give it a chance. We ordered the iced mocha latte which was amazing and noticed that cafe espresso was more of a restaurant then coffee shop. The smell of hot cooked breakfast...More

Thank Jaime C
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Great food always got great service every time visited would recommend this restaurant for breakfast or lunch.

Thank bobgibby44
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The omelets here are terrific - fresh, fresh! Other breakfast selections are delicious too. There's a very good lunch menu , although breakfast is served all day. The owner is usually in attendance and that insures good service. It's open on Sunday but get there...More

Thank skyepisces1
Reviewed 26 February 2017

When we first visited Cafe Espresso last year it was pretty darn good. Unfortunately, only the service remains worth returning for. We don't know if there's a different Chef for breakfast than there was, but undercooked and overcooked seemed to be the themes to our...More

Thank jaraysco
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This place is always so enjoyable. Many choices for all, no one will go hungry! The specials are always amazing as well. Waitstaff is friendly and inviting! We always enjoy a meal at cafe espresso --

Thank ashleycald
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We were sat straight away then 20 min to have our order taken. The waitress was rude! Our table was never set. We had to beg for table settings. Our food took about 45 min and it was burned. No coffee refill! This was breakfast...More

Thank mimigoding
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4272
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-334-3407
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