Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

Portsmouth Gas Light Co.Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
Portsmouth Gas Light Co.Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
Bar, Eatery

64 Market St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3705
United States

(603) 430-9122 | map

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Chincino from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I went to the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. in February 2010 while I was waiting to get into the Portsmouth Brewery which is next door. The atmosphere is nice-it has more of a restaurant than a bar feel. I think the focus is on the two restaurants here one is more fine dining and one is a pizza place. We were planning on eating here, but decided to go to the Portsmouth Brewery instead due to its more relaxed atmosphere.

I had long trail beer here and the person I was with had a redhook ale. The beer selection was average at best. We had the choice of about 6 beers, most of which were decent (but nothing special) beers.

We didn't try the food so I can't speak about that. It seems like the restaurant part was pretty busy so I'm imagine the food is good.

It was a decent spot to stop while waiting to get into the Portsmouth Brewery, but didn't seem like a place to spend a ton of time at.

Nov 21, 2010
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

This was stop number three on our Saturday Portsmouth pub crawl. We put our name in at the Portsmouth Brewery (30 min wait) and snuck in here to check it out and have a beer while we waited since it's right next door. Very high end atmosphere. Dim lighting, exposed brick, wood, but also some playful seafood decorations. Seems like a date place upstairs, and a more laid back joint downstairs. Grabbed some seats upstairs at the bar (no bar downstairs?) and checked out the taps. OK, don't come here if you want to be blown away by beer. This restaurant comes off as a place that wants to have a small but quality selection of beers. They had six: Stella, Rogue Dead Guy, Peak Organic Nut Brown, Long Trail Hefe, and Redhook Blonde and Nitro Porter. I got a Rogue and the wife a Nirto. Served in nice stemmed glasses. Food being served around us looked really good. We had already decided to eat at the brewery, but next time we are in Portsmouth, we both decided it would be worth eating dinner here.

Feb 24, 2009
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Imstillthegman from Delaware

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Decided to pop in here for some dinner after the KTG release. It was still quite crowded at Portsmouth, but this place was practically empty. We sat downstairs once we decided on pizza. The beer list was minimal, but included some locals. The service we received was very prompt and polite. The food we had very good. Nothing quite like a brick oven pizza, imo. We were lucky enough to catch the happy hour specials, so our appetizer, pizza, and two beers came to only $19. That's a bargain! I would definitely visit here again for the food, but hit next door for the beer.

Feb 11, 2009
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albern from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Good location, next to the Portsmouth Brewery, which will take the overflow crowd. The upstairs is more upscale than the brick oven pizza restaurant downstairs. The beer selection is okay. I had a Red Hook Nitro Porter on tap. They carry some Smuttynose and other regional craft beers. Nothing to rave about. They also have specials in which you can get quantities of crappy macro beer for even cheaper prices, sort of like a happy hour arrangement.

The food was okay. The brick over pizza is good. The salads were not very fresh, with lots of wilted and browned romaine lettuce. The deserts were pretty good. If you want pizza head down stairs. If you want better food, go upstairs. If you want beer, go to Portsmouth Brewery two doors down.

Dec 26, 2008
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This is a kind of schizophrenic place. An upscale dining room upstairs and a pizza joint downstairs. Also, in the summer, there's an outdoor deck with live music. Upstairs dining consists of two rooms with a bar. The decor is more urban. Downstairs is all brick walls, a bar, and an odor of spilled beer.
The food is quite good. Fish, pasta, and beef upstairs and lots of pizza selections downstairs. I think the food is a bit pricey, with entrees in the mid twenties, and small pizzas running $12 or more.
The beer selection is a disappointment. Six taps, nothing special. The was a DFH 60 last time I was there. Otherwise, a couple Redhooks, Stella, an organic nut brown. Again, pricey ($5.50 for the DFH).
Service can be spotty. Sometimes attentive, sometimes not.
Not a bad place. Unfortunately, they're next to The Portsmouth Brewery, which certainly trumps them in beer, and may even outdo them in food.

Aug 05, 2007
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. is nicely located on Market Street in downtown Portsmouth. I had walked by here during my last visit and was interested in trying the food out next time I was in town. They have a huge brick oven and I'm sure the pizza is good here. While I was there, a pizza lunch buffet was offered downstairs for $6.95. Upstairs offered everything else on their menu except pizza.

The atmosphere is cozy, yet modern. It offers fine casual dining and a good menu with quality food. The appetizers and tuna wrap I had were tasty. The portions were a tad small, but the quality made up for it.

The beer selection was a dissapointment. Don't come here for the beer, come here for the food and location. There was about 6 or so taps, the only highlights that I could come up with were Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat #9, and Red Hook Blonde. The bottle selection was pretty uninteresting as well. Service was slightly above average. Our waitress was attentive, fast and friendly.

Overall, worth stopping bye if you are in the area and looking for a nice meal. The beer selection will leave most Beer Advocates unsatisfied. My advice is to pass this place by and go right next door to Portsmouth Brewing if you are in the mood for quality beers and good food.

Sep 26, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

This is a lovely looking cellar-bar bulding that is more of a restaurant than a beer bar. Dark lights, a fireplace, nice chill music, and more goddies make up the atmosphere here and the quality of my portsmouth lager was top notch. The service was also EXTRA good, since the bartender helped me to find good, cheap lodging nearby. Bonus points for that. The food looked and smelled very good, but I had nothing there, so I can't say. Selection was the downfall of this place with only a few taps, and most of them macros or micro-macros (redhook, etc). A nice bar, but I think this place would be better for food and a quick beer, not a session of drinking micros. Still, a decent stop that is next door to the awesome brewpub.

Mar 16, 2005
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bewareOFpenguin from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Right next to the brewery, you might have walked in here by mistake. There is an upstairs and a downstairs. In the summer, there is a deck with live enttertainment. The upstairs has a high ceilings and a bar on the end. The downstairs has that stone "cellar" look. The beer selection is good, with a few bottles and an average tap selection. The food is better than the brewery, with more selection. The pizza is one of the top three in the area. Good place to meet or catch a game.

Oct 11, 2002
Portsmouth Gas Light Co. in Portsmouth, NH
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