One of the very best things about living in the Seacoast area of NH and Southern Maine in addition to living near the ocean is living within reach of more than 22,000 fantastic restaurant seats.
Here we're concentrating on what we think are 10 of the best restaurants in Portsmouth NH and Kittery ME two gems of the Seacoast region for dinner.
In alphabetical order:
Anneke Jans: You cant pick the Seacoasts top 10 restaurants by ignoring Kittery. This place is a major reason why. At Anneke Jans, order anything with duck, and if you can reserve the chef's table and be amazed.
The Black Birch: This place is tricky, because it doesn't take reservations (except for New Year's Eve dinners), but, there is an arrangement that makes waiting wonderful. Grab a drink (have the mixologist make you a Manhattantrust us) at the tiny craft cocktail house, the Wallingford Dram, and The Birch will text you when your seat is ready. Everything at BB is divine, especially when matched with drink selections by Alex the bartender.
The Black Trumpet: Small plates in an intimate wine bar, what more do you need from a restaurant? How about award-winning? Chef/Owner Evan Mallett was named three times as a James Beard Award semi-finalist for the Best Chef, Northeast.
Cava: Did someone say small plates? Well, Cava is the King of Tapas in Portsmouth. Listen to this perfect dish described by a local paper, The Portsmouth Herald: "Paella at Cava Tapas and Wine Bar. Made to order with chicken and chorizo. Watch it simmer in saffron goodness. Also try: Butternut squash soup with marshmallows and chocolate."
Green Elephant: If you've just moved to the Seacoast, you have to try the regions reigning vegetarian restaurant. And, since it's owned by the folks who own Portland, Maines vegetable-friendly spot by the same name, you know it is a must. We tried the pad thai and the ginger noodles, and they did not disappoint.
Louie's: Local food reviewer Rachel Forrest says, "Have a few dishes and share. Heck, order them all." And we have to agree. It's rustic Italian to swoon about, and don't forget the bar, or to make a reservation. It's that popular.
Ristorante Massimo: Just because its one of most seasoned restaurants on this list, doesn't mean it's stodgy (and if you're looking for an even more relaxed vibe, just head to Upstairs at Massimo's). Massimo is known for class and having one of the city's first valet services, as well as some of the best Italian food and service around. May we pull out your chair?
Row 34: You don't have to go far in this city to find freshly shucked oysters, and Row 34 is the sleekest (and newest) of all the seafood houses. We love the buzz and the richest of raw bars.
Shio: It may not be in the prettiest of locations (the Big Lots/McKinnons Plaza), but do not let that keep you from some of the best sushi in the Seacoast.
Tulsi: This choice was named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top 22 Indian restaurants in the country in 2014. It is, and its ours. Cherish it.
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