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The Puddle Dock, Portsmouth, NH

The Puddle Dock

4.6
4.6
163 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Located on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Puddle Dock Restaurant proudly offers Modern Colonial feel and fare! Led by esteemed Executive Chef Derek Clough, the Puddle Dock Restaurant will take you back to Colonial America featuring English and American favorites, then snap you back to the present with our modern twists.

Enjoy the ambience of our historic exposed beam building, once a general store offering penny candy, or enjoy our front and rear patios for dinner in the open air.

Please come in and enjoy - you'll be glad you did!

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Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 16:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    (603) 373-8192

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Derek Clough

  • Area

    Portsmouth

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Soup and Salad

  • Pear & Endive SaladUS$15.00

    Tarragon, chives, parsley, blue cheese vinaigrette

    • Harvard BeetsUS$15.00

      Honey-cider glaze, cress, walnuts, fresh goats milk cheese

      • Fried Squid SaladUS$15.00

        Cornmeal dredge, hearty greens, mustard dressing

        • Et-Tu CaesarUS$14.00

          Lace crostini, gem heart, soused anchovy, anchovy-parmesan dressing

          • Portsmouth ChowderUS$14.00

            Clams, cod, bacon, fingerling, chives, house-made crackers

            • Seasonal SoupUS$13.00

              Chef's seasonal inspiration

              Appetizers

              • Cheese And CharcuterieUS$30.00

                Rotating selection

                • Yorkshire PuddingUS$18.00

                  Popover, braised short rib, mirepoix vegetables, mushrooms

                  • Devils on HorsebackUS$15.00

                    Local feta-stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon, sherry reduction

                    • Farmers RarebitUS$16.00

                      Sourdough, beer-cheese sauce, brussels sprouts, garden pickled peppers, sunny egg

                      • Camp Fire MusselsUS$19.00

                        Cast iron roasted Maine mussels, lemon, mustard-garlic butter, toast

                        From the Docks

                        • Portuguese Salted CodUS$32.00

                          Chorizo, parsnip puree, pickled peppers, navy beans

                          • Seared Local ScallopsUS$48.00

                            Bacon, sweet potatoes, boiled cider, fried brussels leaves

                            • Piscataqua Fish 'N ChipsUS$30.00

                              Local catch, local cornmeal dredge, lemon pickle mayonnaise

                              From the Fields

                              • Steak & PotatoesUS$48.00

                                Pan-roasted Dry-Aged ribeye, roasted roots, potato puree, port glace

                                • Cider Glazed Pork BellyUS$29.00

                                  Baked beans, brown bread, roasted apples

                                  • Pan-Roasted Chicken BreastUS$29.00

                                    Mushrooms, blistered brussels sprouts, garlic cream, marsala reduction

                                    • Hamburg Steak & GravyUS$24.00

                                      Cheddar toast, sunny egg, bacon-onion-mushroom gravy, pickles, fried potatoes

                                      • Pan-Roasted Duck BreastUS$32.00

                                        Roasted parsnip puree, orange braised endive, citrus sauce

                                        • Cauliflower & Mushroom PieUS$24.00

                                          Mustard, onion, cheddar, bechamel, shortcrust pastry

                                          • Chicken Pot PieUS$25.00

                                            Chicken thigh, mirepoix vegetables, cornmeal crust

                                            • Shepherd's PieUS$29.00

                                              Lamb, caramelized onions, carrots, parsnips, cheddar-chive potato crust

                                              Last updated: 8 April 2022

                                              What 163 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.6
                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.5Food
                                              • 4.8Service
                                              • 4.7Ambience
                                              • 4Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              • New Hampshire

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                                              1. ME

                                                MEforFun

                                                New England

                                                18 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                18 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The food was amazing. The chocolate pudding is to die for (not our mother's chocolate pudding.). The chicken pot pie is unbelievable. Great time!

                                              2. J

                                                Jeana

                                                New England

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                Highly recommend the Puddle Dock, not on the main thoroughfare, right by the Strawberry Bank. GREAT drinks! The bartender does special infusions and makes fun and creative drinks with them. The food was very good, served hot (not alot of that happening at other restaurants we have dined at recently). Great neighborhood spot, we will definately be back!!

                                              3. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Jacksonville

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Best meal we have had in Portsmouth since we moved here. The food was amazing and the presentation was like fine art. Really neat eclectic fine-dining spin on colonial-era food. Truly spectacular. Craft cocktails were amazing too. Pricey but worth it. Special occasion place for sure.

                                              4. SJ

                                                ShirleyJ

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful mothers day dinner. Prime rib was amazing!

                                              5. DU

                                                DavidU

                                                Chicago

                                                7 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                We will return! Great dinner.

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This will be one of my top ten spots. I highly recommend. Perfect in every way.

                                              7. JF

                                                JohnF

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The service is fabulous and the food is very good!

                                              8. E

                                                Elisa

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The best Borscht I have ever had! The roasted chicken done perfectly. The cinnamon roll rum bread pudding excellent. I have asked for the recipe or at least some tips on how to make it. Truly decadent - not too sweet.

                                              9. RS

                                                RichardS

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Another amazing visit to Puddle dock in portsmouth. I thought about the chowder all day and it didn't fail to impress! Service was perfect, considering the times. Had the cod and another repeat favorite. My only comment is I wish they were doing seasonal menus so I could try something new and exciting! But the familiar is always superb.

                                              10. C

                                                Charlie

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very expensive. Not sure we have ever had a bill so high for just the two of us.

                                              11. l

                                                luv2wine

                                                New England

                                                10 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                A nice ambiance and the meals were delicious.

                                              12. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                11 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Cozy restaurant in historic setting, excellent service, meals arrived promptly. The beat salad is particularly delicious. Fish and chips also good. Definitely recommend!

                                              13. RH

                                                RobertH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 27 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything was great for our celebration. Salads, mains and dessert were all above expectations.

                                              14. SM

                                                SharonM

                                                New England

                                                11 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on 24 April 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                Meal was okay, but not worth ~$100/person. 3rd time there, and each time we've been less impressed. Really liked it the first time. Salted cod was uninspired, wouldn't have been happy with it if I made it at home. Portion was less than half the spinach/artichoke or shepherd's pie. Shepherd's pie seemed to be mashed potatoes over very salty pulled lamb, with no visible veggies, a disappointment. Steak was nice, though potatoes seemed to have more emphasis on smooth texture than taste.

                                              15. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                Steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly. It was just poor quality meat

                                              16. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The service was outstanding!

                                              17. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We used to come here when it was Mombo, and were excited to hear it had reopened as a new restaurant. We had family visiting from out of town, and it was the perfect spot. The service, atmosphere and food/drinks were excellent. Very cozy and rustic feel.

                                              18. JM

                                                JohnM

                                                New England

                                                29 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                29 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was excellent. I had the chicken breast and my wife had the duck. Natalie, our server was outstanding, very helpful and prompt. Liz our hostess, was a delight. This restaurant sits in a colonial house and you cannot help but see the history in it. And best of all, they have their own parking lot. Parking in downtown Portsmouth can be a challenge on the best of days. I highly recommend others check out this charming and delightful restaurant!

                                              19. CC

                                                ChuckC

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Had the Ukrainian soup and the Lamberger... both were fantastic. Morgan our waitress was great!

                                              20. RD

                                                RonD

                                                New England

                                                43 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                43 reviews

                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                overall2food1service4ambience4

                                                We really wanted to love this restaurant. The interior is nice and the staff was friendly and efficient but the food was a big disappointment. We ordered the devils on horseback for an appetizer. There was hardly any cheese in it and the figs were dried out. We then had a Caesar salad. That was pretty good although it had too much dressing. We ordered it to be split but we did not get plates to share it. We were never offered fresh pepper which is what makes a Caesar salad. Then the entree came. They were pretty pricey for what you got. My husband had the steak and it was very very tough. There was hardly any potatoes with it. I had the scallops. There were only 4 medium ones and one small one. They were cooked well. The plates had so much pork belly on it that it took a lot away from the dish. The only accompanying side were 2 artichoke pieces and a few peas. The sauce was too thick and not very appealing. It’s too bad that the food was sub par.

                                              21. H

                                                Honey

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                Salad was delicious! Bread was excellent. Fish was undercooked and slimy. Shephard's Pie--not good. Served in a bowl, should have been more like a pie.

                                              22. K

                                                Karen

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Absolutely delicious food paired with wonderful service!

                                              23. BW

                                                BrianW

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Three of us dined at the Puddle Duck. Our server, Morgan was fantastic. The drinks and the wine were all great, although I always wished they would pour a little more, or maybe start a 9 oz, option like I often get when traveling these days. My meal which was a shepherds' Pie was fantastic, but my wife's special didn't seem to live up to the value. The Ukranian soup was perfect btw.

                                              24. T

                                                Traveller65

                                                London

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had a very new dinner and delicious desserts. The atmosphere was very inviting. We found the employees to be very friendly and attentive.

                                              25. S

                                                Sue61

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was fabulous, and we just adored our server, Morgan. She was a delight!

                                              26. t

                                                thedeadchemist

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 2 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Everything we had was very delicious. My compliments to the Chef.

                                              27. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Puddle Dock was great! We had a delicious meal and everyone was very nice! It was our second time there and it did not disappoint! The only area that I would improve on is their wine list selection!!

                                              28. GN

                                                GeorgeN

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                1.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                overall1food2service3ambience3

                                                I would have classified the restaurant as moderately expensive. Which I don’t have a problem with. However, the dinners were lackluster and small portion. For $30. My fried fish and French fries were mediocre, at best. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends.

                                              29. JB

                                                JackieB

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had an amazing g time last night! The hostess was so sweet and friendly and our server Nathalie was wonderful and very attentive. The food and atmosphere was unforgettable. We will definitely be back.

                                              30. C

                                                Carney101

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 30 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                What a great tradition the Puddle Dock is maintaining after replacing Mambo which we loved.

                                              31. LT

                                                LizT

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 24 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I had dinner with a friend of mine and everything was delicious! We split a couple of appetizers, ate wonderful desserts and the cocktails were fantastic! The atmosphere is beautiful, and the service was great!

                                              32. KH

                                                KeciaH

                                                Houston

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on 19 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Nice atmosphere mix of old world and new world charm. Great server who knew the selections and made great recommendations. Squid salad was our favorite.

                                              33. JD

                                                JimmyD

                                                New England

                                                12 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on 19 March 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful birthday dinner

                                              34. JH

                                                JoyceH

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 18 March 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                The meal and the service were excellent. We were there for a birthday dinner and it was exactly what we were looking for. The only glitch seemed to be the reservation, made through Open Table, couldn't be found. I do need to apologize, we overstayed by about 20 minutes not realizing that the closing time was 9. Many thanks for the patient staff who didn't rush us out.

                                              35. DC

                                                DarleenC

                                                New England

                                                27 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                27 reviews

                                                Dined on 18 March 2022

                                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                This was a cause for celebration with our wedding anniversary and birthday of our daughter. She were greeted warmly by the staff and sat close to the fire. Appetizers of stuffed dates (very good) and mussels. Mussels were cooked to tiny pieces, so we sent them back and they were replaced. The braised endive with my duck breast was unrecognizable it was so overdone. Salted cod cod was good. Bread pudding was so sweet, we ate two or three bites. The server should have mentioned that with the wine, if we wanted more one one glass, we should buy the bottle. It has been my experience that when you have a special occasion, a small token, like ice cream or a sweet, is delivered with a candle in it. We had two celebrations and nothing. All three of us agreed that there is no reason to return.

                                              36. b

                                                beckyc

                                                New England

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 18 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This place is amazing. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the food is delicious. We felt like rock stars. :)

                                              37. JS

                                                JohnS

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 16 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great setting. Excellent food. Good menu selections. Helpful friendly staff.

                                              38. NT

                                                NailTech20

                                                New England

                                                14 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on 12 March 2022

                                                overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                All in all the Puddle Dock was really good. The service at the bar for before dinner drinks was amazing. The food was great, however shortly after we placed our meal orders and ordered a bottle of wine, our server forgot us. Our group finished the bottle of wine before our entrees arrived, and the server never came back until she brought us our entrees, and didn’t ask if we needed wine refills or other beverages. We would return, but sit at the bar.

                                              39. HP

                                                HaleyP

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 12 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had such a great experience. The staff was so friendly, helpful and welcoming. The space was so warm and comfortable. The service was the best we’ve had in months. The food and drinks were excellent! Couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to go back!

                                              40. PB

                                                PBandJ

                                                New England

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on 11 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                A huge improvement over the old restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy, our server was knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was spectacular. Plenty of parking. Just a really good all around experience.

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                • Contactless payment available
                                              • Screening

                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                              FAQs

                                              The Puddle Dock offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (603) 373-8192.

                                              The Puddle Dock is rated 4.6 stars by 163 OpenTable diners.

                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                              Booked 19 times today
                                              Google Map for The Puddle Dock

                                              66 Marcy St Portsmouth, NH 03801-4650

                                              Dining areas

                                              Additional information

                                              • Area

                                                Portsmouth

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Wed–Sun 16:30–21:00

                                              • Cuisines

                                                American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress Code

                                                Business Casual

                                              • Parking Details

                                                Private Lot

                                              • Payment Options

                                                AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive Chef

                                                Derek Clough

                                              • Additional

                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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