Skip to content
vital-logo Home
2 min read

Top 10 Restaurants in Portsmouth to Bring Your Client For Lunch

If you’re looking for a great restaurant to bring your client to lunch, Portsmouth has plenty to offer. It’s an oft-quoted statistic that Portsmouth has more restaurant seats than residents, so the options can seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help. From executive atmospheres, longtime Portsmouth traditions and great beer lists, we’ve broken down the top ten picks for client lunches.

100 Club


Portsmouth’s premier club sits on top of the city, with a view of the downtown skyline, the Piscataqua River and even beyond into Maine. Excellent service, great food, comfortable atmosphere, and no fighting over the check—it’s member’s only!

Rudi’s Portsmouth


Formerly The Metro restaurant, and an actual bus station before that, Rudi’s is a bit of old Portsmouth. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and the jazz music and décor recall an earlier time.

The Portsmouth Brewery


Not only do they have a long list of on-site brewed (and many award-winning) beers on tap, the food is fantastic as well! Exit through the gift shop for brewery & Portsmouth-branded souvenirs.

Martingale Wharf


If it’s nice outside, the Martingale riverside patio is the place to be. With great food (try the crispy pork belly!) and spectacular views, your client will be impressed!

Rí Rá


Housed in one of the oldest NH banks (complete with vault room), Rí Rá has a great beer selection in bottle or on tap, and a phenomenal glass ceiling of the NH state seal.

The Library


The Library in the old Rockingham Hotel is perfect if you’re looking for a quiet restaurant with amazing steak and a long wine list. The dining room is filled with shelves of old books and topped with antique leather ceilings.

Two-Fifty Market


The Two-Fifty Market restaurant at the Sheraton is a one of the best-kept secret spots in town. If you’re looking for an executive environment with great food and service, take your client to Two-Fifty and dine overlooking the waterfront.



Looking to get out of downtown? Head to Shio on Lafayette Road—one restaurant with two dining experiences. Choose Shio Sushi for delicious sushi, sashimi or Maki, or Shio Yakitori, which serves unique, small-dish cuisine in a community atmosphere. Gluten free? Allergic to shellfish or seeds? Let them know upon arrival and they’ll accomodate you.

Surf Portsmouth


Atop the Bow Street hill, Surf has a panoramic view over the Piscataqua and tugboats below. Their menu is packed with items to impress, from surf and turf to pumpkin chowder, and plenty of gluten-free options.

Paddy’s Grille


Paddy’s American Grille is located—as many business meetings are—at Pease International Tradeport. Many a business meeting is done over their traditional American fare. And if you’re done eating and still have things to discuss, you can do so over a game of pool, darts or shuffleboard.

We’ve also outlined the top ten places to grab a quick bite on your lunch break downtown. Check it out.

Where do you like to bring clients for lunch? Please let us know in the comments below!

Get The Website Design RFP Template

Related Content

Get The Website Design RFP Template

Save yourself countless hours trying to write a website RFP from scratch and download this template instead. This template was created after studying 30+ different RFPs and combining all the important parts into one comprehensive document.

You’re welcome.