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Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jumpin' Jay's is a local foodie enclave serving refined seafood in a sleek restaurant setting.

The quality of fare is unsurpassed, with fish arriving daily from local fisherman as well as some exotic catches from locations such as New Zealand and Ecuador. Four to six varieties of fish appear onteh ever-changing "Catch of the Day" menu, complimented by your choice of gourmet sauce. Our raw bar offers an extensive variety of shellfish found in New Hampshire.

Our specialties menu offers more traditional flavor, including Maine Crab Cakes, Haddock Piccata and our popular Linguine in White Clam Sauce. The atmosphere is casually hip, with no pretense. Reservations encouraged. Open seven nights a week.

What People Are Saying

Finding Christmas in Portsmouth, New Hampshire - feasting on haddock piccata, cod with salsa sauce, and lobster spring rolls at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café, a downtown restaurant featuring seafood bought daily from local fishermen.

— Yankee Magazine

Best Crab Cake - The hip Jumpin' Jay's in Portsmouth has some of the best fresh seafood around and their light and fluffy crab cakes are no exception.

— New Hampshire Magazine

Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America - Jumpin' Jay's crab grilled cheese sandwich will be featured on an episode of Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America. The series premieres on Travel Channel Wednesday, June 6 at 9|8c.

— Travel Channel

Best Seafood Restaurant - Fresh seafood is prepared elegantly at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe in Portsmouth.
Best Crab Cake - The lump crabmeat makes these tasty morsels at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe in Portsmouth a standout.

— New Hampshire Magazine

Jumpin' Jay's voted Best Seafood Restaurant in New England. When it came to Best Seafood Restaurant, the combination of good food and loyal fans were the right ingredients for Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe. The Portsmouth, N.H. restaurant got a surge of votes in the last couple of days of voting to surge past Legal Sea Foods and Portland, Maine's Street and Company to capture the Best Seafood Restaurant title. When all was said and done, Jumpin' Jay's captured more than half the votes in our contest.


Once the food came, I understood why the place was crammed with locals. The steamed mussels floated in a broth of ginger-saffron, lemongrass, scallions, jalapeños, tomato, garlic, and shallots, but somehow the buttery briny taste of the plump mollusks blasted through loud and clear.

— Gourmet Magazine

One of Portsmouth's more urbane eateries, Jay's is a welcome destination for those who like their seafood more sophisticated than simply deep-fried..

— Frommer's

Taste Top Ten - Your votes are in! Congratulations to Jumpin' Jay's in Portsmouth, NH - #1 for June 2008!

— Taste of the Seacoast

Samantha Brown from The Travel Channel heads back to the part of New England where she grew up -- the seacoast of New Hampshire. This trip will be a homecoming of sorts as she visits some of her favorite haunts like Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe.

— Samantha Brown - Passport to Great Weekends

Rachael's in scenic New England, taking a road trip on Route 1A through Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

— Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels

"…The seafood is nothing short of amazing… this is all about fresh, clean flavors that celebrate the fruit of the ocean rather than drown it."

— The Boston Globe

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe a Perfect Catch - "As we sat in Jumpin' Jay's, my companion and I could not stop saying, "This is great, isn't it?", "Isn't this great!?" They concentrate on doing one thing - creating great seafood dishes - surrounding the food with professional friendly staff in a fun setting. And they do it extremely well."

— Portsmouth Herald