Restaurants in Portsmouth, NH

New Hampshire’s coastline is a mere 18 miles long, but it’s got plenty to eat. A lot of it’s honky-tonk fare, but there’s no denying the joy of a freshly-caught lobster and buttery, lobster-packed chowder at Rye Harbor Lobster Pound. Not far away, Ice House serves summertime food at picnic tables. In town, Gilley’s PM Lunch is an unapologetic old-time diner, where chili dogs and cheeseburgers star; and The Friendly Toast is a beloved breakfast spot with ambience like a vintage antiques store. Just over the border in Kittery, Maine, Bob’s Clam Hut offers eat-in-the-rough summertime seafood at its finest.

Portsmouth’s Most Famous Dishes

Scoops of strawberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice cream accompany a slice of 4-layer chocolate cake.

Ice Cream

Chunky fried potatoes accompany breakfast eggs

Home Fries

In a red drive-in basket, onion rings are crisp and golden-brown

Onion Rings

Buttermilk biscuit sandwiches a tile of country ham and a fried egg

Breakfast Sandwich

Portsmouth’s Best Restaurants

Annabelle’s Ice Cream


Lean bacon and runny egg sandwiched in a toasted English muffin
The Friendly Toast


Gilley’s PM Lunch


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