Portsmouth Dining Guide



The Oar House

55 Ceres Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-4025

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.

The Ambiance

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.

The Service

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 quickly.

The Meal

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).

For my entrée, I ordered the classic PEI mussels, which were served in a white wine butter sauce that included chopped garlic, minced shallots, parsley and vine-ripe tomatoes. The mussels were perfectly done, with flavor bursting from every bite. The grilled focaccia that accompanied the dish was great for soaking up every last bit of the sauce.

The Oar House Delight was another perfect dish for cold day. Large broiled shrimp, plump scallops, generous chunks of haddock -all served in a rich sherried lobster sauce, covered with golden seasoned bread crumbs. The meal was a delicious treat from the first bite to the last.

The Conclusion

The Oar House is a warm and inviting spot to enjoy a winter meal. Highly recommended.

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