The best outdoor dining spots in the Seacoast
It's finally time for ocean-front dining so hit the decks (or patios) and enjoy our favorite and most popular outdoor dining spots in Portsmouth, Hampton Beach and the seacoast.
Applecrest Farm Bistro in Hampton Falls has views of the orchards and plenty of lawn space for kids to play.
Applecrest Farm Bistro in Hampton Falls
This is only the second summer for this bistro on a farm. The new, bright red-and-white building added a food market and kitchen with dining space in and out. It’s all nestled in with their historic farm buildings and the huge patio in back offers encompassing views of their fruit orchards and space for kids to run. They take great pride in their tractor-to-table cuisine. What to Expect: Though the tables and chairs are pure plastic, the food choices are solid gold and much is sourced from the farm, including the yeast for their breads. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
Located at 133 Exeter Rd in Hampton Falls
Atlantic Grill in Rye
Beautiful new building includes an oversized patio well-shielded from the parking lot with tall fencing. Find tables nestled between plantings and heaters and plastic walls for nippy evenings. What to Expect: Surf and turf. Open for dinner daily and lunch Friday through Sunday.
Located at 5 Pioneer Road in Rye
BG’s Boathouse in Portsmouth
Now run by the second generation, this family-owned seasonal spot has been in the Graves family for 39 years. They have two outdoor decks that overlook Sagamore Creek and guests arrive by boat, kayak and car. What to Expect: Boiled lobster dinners, lobster rolls, seafood platters and grilled fish.
Located at 191 Wentworth Road in Portsmouth
Cava in Portsmouth provides a sophisticated setting off Commercial Alley.
Cava in Portsmouth
Commercial Alley location with only foot traffic is just the start. The small patio dining out front is compelling with vertical plantings of greenery on the brick walls and shade from a huge tree. What to Expect: Get reservations. The food is prepared tapas-style and craft cocktails are exceptional. Dinner only.
Located at 10 Commercial Alley in Portsmouth
Cure in Portsmouth
Small private patio in the back of this excellent restaurant in the heart of Portsmouth is a real treasure. What to Expect: Cured meats and the cure for dreary dining.
Located at 189 State Street in Portsmouth
Latitudes Waterfront, Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle
Nice, peaceful views of the marina at this seasonal restaurant that is part of Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel & Spa. What to Expect: Lighter seafood fare for lunch, but full-scale seafood entrées for dinner. Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Located at 588 Wentworth Road in New Castle
Photo courtesy of Revolution Taproom & Grill
Relax on the patio with a small plate or burger at Revolution Taproom in Rochester.
Revolution Taproom & Grill in Rochester
Grab your buddies, head to the cozy patio and enjoy a large selection of on-tap pilsners, porters, IPAs, Belgian brews and more.
Located at 61 North Main Street in Rochester
The Garage at The Governor’s Inn in Rochester
Lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Thursday through Saturday with entertainment on Thursdays and live music on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. What to Expect: Pub food and a fun atmosphere.
Located at 78 Wakefield Street in Rochester
Tinos Greek Kitchen in Hampton
New Greek restaurant has a screened room with fire pit on the second level. What to Expect: Modern, inventive Greek menu with fresh seafood.
Located at 325 Lafayette Road in Hampton
More outdoor dining options in Portsmouth Harbor
Collectively, the restaurants on Bow Street with their backs to Portsmouth Harbor are known as The Decks of Portsmouth. What to Expect: Great spots to bar-hop and flocks of tourists.
Surf on Bow Street in Portsmouth offers lovely views of the Portsmouth Harbor.
Poco’s Bow Street Cantina — Two decks and plenty of tequila.
Located at 37 Bow Street in Portsmouth
Old Ferry Landing — Fried seafood and Jimmy Juice.
Located at 10 Ceres Street in Portsmouth
Martingale Wharf — Comfortable seating on the largest deck, fire pits and fresh seafood, lunch and dinner.
Located at 99 Bow Street in Portsmouth
Surf Restaurant — Fresh seafood and great drinks, lunch and dinner.
99 Bow Street in Portsmouth
More outdoor dining options along Hampton Beach (seasonal options)
Sea Ketch — multiple decks in the heart of Hampton Beach across from the ocean. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Located at 127 Ocean Blvd in Hampton Beach
Purple Urchin Seaside Café — More than just beach food on the deck across from the Seashell Stage. Can be noisy.
Located at 167 Ocean Blvd in Hampton Beach
Bernie’s Beach Bar — At Wally’s Pub, beach cocktails, fried seafood.
Located at 73 Ocean Blvd in Hampton Beach