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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Row 34

Row 34 information

// Location5 Portwalk Place
Portsmouth, NH 03801

// Hours11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

// Contact603-319-5011

// Price Range$

// Cuisine Type Seafood,

// Features

// Reviews

⇢ Finding standout seafood at Portsmouth's Row 34 should be easier

Portsmouth’s Row 34 is ostensibly a simple oyster bar whose co-owners also operate Island Creek Oysters (and who plan to open a shop in Portland this year), as well as a sister restaurant in Boston. But with a large menu divided into several discrete categories and more than 100 beverage options, including over 50 beer and cider choices alone, it feels anything but. Don’t try to decipher the confusingly presented menus (and yes, there are several). Instead ask a server: front-of-house staff are smart, friendly and ready to help. You could also just jump in with a glass of local Neighborhood Beer Co.’s Junkyard Pedigree ($6), a medium-bodied, hoppy, German-style copper ale, and then head right for the smoked and cured seafoods, most of which are good options, especially the straightforward and skillfully prepared smoked lobster tail and piquant smoked mussels escabeche. Steer clear of the distressingly acidic, oyster-filled lettuce cups and the beet salad, which layers salty components upon salty components to disastrous effect. If you’re up for a gamble, take a chance on the spendy house-rolled pasta with mushrooms and Osetra caviar, but don’t be surprised if yours is served without caviar (as ours was). If you want to play it safe, Row 34’s clam chowder, an intensely bacony version of the old classic, served with snappy homemade saltines, is both superb and, unlike the setting in which it is served, refreshingly simple.