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.
133 Exeter Rd., 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.
5 Pioneer Rd., 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.
191 Wentworth Rd., Portsmouth
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
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
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
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
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.
78 Wakefield St., Rochester
Tinos Greek Kitchen in Hampton
This Greek restaurant has a screened room with fire pit on the second level. What to expect: Modern, inventive Greek menu with fresh seafood.
325 Lafayette Rd., Hampton
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
Old Ferry Landing — Fried seafood and the famous Jimmy Juice.
10 Ceres St., Portsmouth
Martingale Wharf — Comfortable seating on the largest deck, fire pits and fresh seafood, lunch and dinner.
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
River House — Casual spot with a large deck and lengthy seafood and cocktail menus.
53 Bow St., Portsmouth
Surf Restaurant — Fresh seafood and great drinks, lunch and dinner.
99 Bow St., 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.
127 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
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
Bernie’s Beach Bar — At Wally’s Pub, beach cocktails, fried seafood.
73 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach