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.

Atlantic Grill in Rye
This beautiful 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 Monday through Sunday.

5 Pioneer Rd., Rye
(603) 433-3000

BG’s Boathouse in Portsmouth
Now run by the second generation, this family-owned seasonal spot has been in the Graves family for 42 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.

191 Wentworth Rd., Portsmouth
(603) 431-1074

Photo by Susan Laughlin

Cava in Portsmouth
One of the most charming outdoor dining spaces in the state is along the brick-paved, pedestrian-only Commercial Alley in Portsmouth. Chef Gregg Sessler of Cava is well-known for his excellent and inventive modern tapas and flavorful renditions of Latin classics, such as patatas bravas, empanadas and his own rendition of paella. Other bites include a fried cauliflower with tximitxurri sauce, chickpea fries, pork belly with chocolate and a beautiful char-grilled stuffed squid with sofrito ink. Business partner John Akar oversees the interesting wine list and makes sure there is a mezzo plate on the menu. If the weather is inclement, there are two bars inside, with the lower level as cozy as a private club. Make a note not to miss the churros, freshly fried and served with a rich milk chocolate sauce for dipping.

10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth
(603) 319-1575

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.

189 State St., Portsmouth
(603) 427-8258

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.

588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle
(603) 422-7322

The patio at Revolution Taproom & Grill

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.

61 North Main St., Rochester
(603) 244-3022

The Garage at The Governor’s Inn in Rochester
Lunch Tuesday 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.

78 Wakefield St., Rochester
(603) 332-0107

Tinos Kitchen + Bar in Hampton
This Mediterranean restaurant has a screened room with fire pit on the second level. What to expect: Modern, inventive Mediterranean menu with fresh seafood.

325 Lafayette Rd., Hampton
(603) 926-5489

Surf on Bow Street in Portsmouth. Photo by Susan Laughlin

More outdoor dining options in Portsmouth Harbor

Collectively, the restaurants on Bow and Ceres Streets 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.

Poco’s Bow Street Cantina — Two decks and plenty of tequila.
37 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-5967

Old Ferry Landing — Fried seafood and the famous Jimmy Juice.
10 Ceres St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-5510

Martingale Wharf — Comfortable seating on the largest deck, fire pits and fresh seafood, lunch and dinner.
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-0901

River House — Casual spot with a large deck and lengthy seafood and cocktail menus.
53 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-2600

Surf Restaurant — Fresh seafood and great drinks, lunch and dinner.
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 334-9855

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.
127 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
(603) 926-0324.

Purple Urchin Seaside Café — More than just beach food on the deck across from the Seashell Stage. Can be noisy.
167 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
(603) 929-0800.

Bernie’s Beach Bar — At Wally’s Pub, beach cocktails, fried seafood.
73 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
(603) 926-5050

Categories: Outdoor dining