The best outdoor dining spots in the Seacoast

Outside at Surf in Portsmouth Photo by Susan Laughlin

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.

Here’s a roundup of our favorite outdoor dining spots, updated with information related to COVID-19 (the following restaurants are open for outdoor dining only). Please check with each individual restaurant for “house rules,” as many are reservation-only and may have additional requirements. Read the entire Stay-at-Home 2.0 reopening guidance for restaurants here.

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. Outdoor dining is now open, and they’ve posted some additional guidelines for guests on Facebook and the website. Reservations are required and can be made online via OpenTable.

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

Revolution Taproom & Grill in Rochester
The lovely patio at Rochester’s gastropub and craft beer/bourbon bar is now open. See Facebook for updates.

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

The Garage at The Governor’s Inn in Rochester
The courtyard is open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended but not required. See Facebook for updates.

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. They are now open for outdoor dining with a combined Galley Hatch and Tinos menu. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the reservation line at (603) 918-6386. See Facebook for updates.

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

The Tuscan Market in Portsmouth
Located on picturesque Market Square in downtown Portsmouth. The Tuscan Market and Kitchen in Salem are also both open, the latter with the addition of a large open-air tent.

14 Market Sq., Portsmouth
(603) 570-3610

Latitudes at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa in New Castle
The decks, which overlook the marina, are now open. Enjoy your meal and beverages while watching the boats navigate the harbor. Visit their website to learn more about their plan for safely reopening.

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

Coming soon: Cure Restaurant in Portsmouth
This lovely restaurant on the corner of State Street and Penhollow in downtown Portsmouth has a beautiful (and Best of NH award-winning) garden patio that can seat up to 20 people. Opening June 3.

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

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.

Poco’s Bow Street CantinaNot yet open. They are taking time to plan for reopening, and are posting updates on Facebook.
37 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-5967

Old Ferry Landing — Opening June 4, 2020 Wednesdays-Sundays 12-6 p.m. See Facebook for updates.
10 Ceres St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-5510

Martingale Wharf — Outdoor dining is now open for lunch and dinner. Reservations or call ahead are required. See Facebook for updates.
99 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-0901

River House — Outdoor dining is now open. Check in at the hostess stand on Bow Street as the waterfront entrance is not open. See Facebook for updates.
53 Bow St., Portsmouth
(603) 431-2600

Surf RestaurantNow open for outside dining. Reservations are required, and can be made starting at 12 p.m. for a table later that day. See Facebook for updates.
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. All three decks are open for lunch and dinner. See Facebook for updates.
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. Now open. See Facebook for updates.
167 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
(603) 661-2921.

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

Categories: Outdoor dining