The Oar House
After an enjoyable (but very cold and windy) visit to Fort Constitution in New Castle, my fiancée and I were looking to warm up with some warm, tasty food in in a cozy restaurant. We decided to give The Oar House a try, and are very glad we did.
Arriving on a late Sunday afternoon, we were lucky to arrive before the dinner rush- which we really enjoyed, actually. It gave us the ability to warm up while talking, without interruption from other patrons.
Located in Portsmouth's Olde Harbour area, The Oar House has an old-world feel, somewhat akin to an inviting lodge. It's low lighting, exposed brick walls, wooden seats, tables and ceiling beams give the restaurant a very intimate feel. The walls are decorated with artwork, visually telling the tale of Portsmouth's history.
Our service was quick and friendly. She struck the perfect balance
of giving us our space to enjoy our time, but kept an eye on us for
our needs. She offered helpful menu selections and cleared our plates
We each ordered a bowl of the Oar House French Onion soup, and it was
delicious. A thick layer of cheese encased the tasty broth and breadcrumbs.
It was actually our favorite part of the meal (perhaps because it also
helped us warm ourselves after our cold, windy day out).
The Oar House is a warm and inviting spot to enjoy a winter meal. Highly