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“Tasty and beautiful food, from appetizers to dessert”

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
Ranked #14 of 219 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$32
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Middle Street, Maplewood Avenue, Islington Street
Description: 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.
Reviewed 12 November 2018

A couple from York overheard us discussing where to go for dinner, and suggested we try Jay's -- really glad they were eavesdropping! I chose the prix-fixe "Restaurant Week" menu and my friend ordered off the full menu. The cherrystone clams on the half-shell were fresh, sweet and tender; the celery-root soup thick and not overly seasoned; the linguine with clams out of this world -- the sauce was a perfect blending of cream and clam broth. My short-rib main course was tender, well seasoned and I could really taste the meat under the sauce; the Earl Gray/vanilla creme brule was intense and perfectly executed, as was the moist parsnip cake with cream cheese frosting to finish off our meal. Staff was sprightly, pleasant, efficient but not falsely cheery or obsequious.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Way expensive.
Food was good.
Atmosphere was good.
Selection of seafood good.
But nothing spectacular for the price.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We had a lot of locals including the woman working the desk at our hotel tell us this was the place to go for amazing seafood. It was okay. In the same weekend, we also hit The Franklin, Surf, and Row 34. In comparison, Jumpin' Jays cocktail was terrible, the fish tacos shell was gritty and heavy, and the flourless cake was unimpressive. Also, it wasn't just dimly lit, it was dark... it was a noticeable darkness like you wanted them to turn the lights up. Not our favorite and probably wouldn't go back. Bartender was very friendly and bathrooms were amazingly clean!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ruddydoc
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

So how were we to know, having just arrived from CT. It turns out they have this event regularly and the locals know. Now so do we. I started with 16 oysters with a very nice Caesar followed by haddock and I the roasted salmon. Both superb as was the service, everyone included. This is a happening place. Don’t miss it.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mahlon33822
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Outstanding quality! Diver scallops were wonderful. I ate at the bar. Oysters on special every Tuesday.

Date of visit: October 2018
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