Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe

Seafood Restaurant
150 Congress St (at Middle St.), Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Located just two blocks down from Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jay's has become an overnight institution among locals who appreciate exceptional seafood.


Based on 69 votes

People like this place

  • Ranked #2 for seafood restaurants in Portsmouth
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    Dawn S.
    "Omg....Shuck for a buck....delicious."(5 Tips)
    Jason B.
    "My favorite seafood restaurant in Portsmouth."(2 Tips)
    Derek B.
    "Great selection of fresh, local catch and oysters."(8 Tips)
    Tamara C.
    "Try the Pan Seared Yellow Fin Tuna."(2 Tips)
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  • shuck
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  • restaurants in portsmouth
  • scallops
  • mussels
  • calamari
  • tuna
  • mahi mahi
  • fettuccine
  • romantic
  • sandwiches
  • salmon
  • dinner
  • wasabi
  • grilled swordfish
  • garlic
  • aioli
  • flounder
  • fun atmosphere
  • fresh food
  • Dave C.

    Snow crab isn't local do I wouldn't bother with that. The flounder is excellent.

    Dave Cummings · May 19
  • Ken H.

    Seafood here is the best

    Ken Henault · May 15
  • David V.

    Scallops, haddock

    David Verrinder · May 14
  • Connie

    The monkfish with the lobster sauce is amazing!

    Connie · May 11
  • Steph K.

    Amazing amazing amazing. Start to finish - no complaints. Oysters, crab, Mahi Mahi and Tuna all super fresh and prepared perfectly. Service was perfect, attentive without being intrusive. Our new fav

    Steph Katrina · April 12
  • Raymond Z.

    Great variety of seafood and oysters! Fresh and delicious!

    Raymond Zhang · January 8
  • Jessica

    Awesome mussels!

    Jessica · October 30, 2014
  • Tony Q.

    Awful service. Tiny over-priced portions. Shitty lighting. Place sucks go somewhere else.

    Tony Quadros · September 21, 2014
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    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
  • NESE Y.

    Delishhh very very good 👍👍👍👍

    NESE YAZGAN · May 15, 2014
  • Derek B.

    Great selection of fresh, local catch and oysters. One of the best restaurants in Portsmouth

    Derek Baynton · October 16, 2013
  • Susan F.

    Would never come back. Food wasn't good at all.

    Susan Foley · September 14, 2013
  • Tamara C.

    Try the Pan Seared Yellow Fin Tuna.

    Tamara Collins · August 17, 2013
  • Mert S.

    I came down here from Providence Rhode Island because of one my friend recommendation. It's worth to drive up here. Amazing seafood. You won't regret!!!

    Mert Sunnetcioglu · August 15, 2013
  • John L.

    Had the seated tuna with wasabi sauce. It was an out of body experience. Incredible. Calamari was light, spicy and delicious and waitress KJ directed us perfectly.

    John Lanza · May 4, 2013
  • Brenda E.

    Oysters are fabulous here!

    Brenda E. · April 14, 2013
  • The Music Hall

    Shuck for a buck!

    The Music Hall · December 19, 2012
  • Laura J.

    WOW! Great food, fun atmosphere & fresh food! Love the sauces sampler with scallops. Pricey, but worth it for a girls night dinner birthday celebration.

    Laura J · August 1, 2012
  • Michael F.

    Today's my lucky day: oysters a dollar each! Yummy

    Michael Ferry · April 3, 2012
  • Jason B.

    My favorite seafood restaurant in Portsmouth. Guaranteed fresh, local fish everyday. They never disappoint me.

    Jason Boucher · January 24, 2012
  • Ian H.

    Try the Raw Oysters And Little Necks - Great flavors, wish they were fully shucked. Both types were still attached to the shells.

    Ian Hamel · December 11, 2011
  • Cynthia S.

    The fettuccine with bay scallops was one of the best things I have ever eaten.

    Cynthia Segura · November 22, 2011
  • Jenn M.

    Try the Rare Tuna With Mandarin Orange & Wasabi Aioli Glaze - Its so good I can't order anything but.

    Jenn Marcelais · November 10, 2011
  • Lisa G.

    Most amazing blackened fish tacos.

    Lisa Gainty · October 21, 2011
  • Jazzlady U.

    Raw clams & oysters not best but decent. Get the $20 sampler. Bread comes with delicious olives & roast garlic. BBC (Belvedere Blue Cheese stuffed olives) excellent and dry. Tuna is tasty but small.

    Jazzlady USA · October 16, 2011
  • Jenn M.

    Buck a Shuck is back! Every Tuesday for lunch and dinner, $1 oysters.

    Jenn Marcelais · October 5, 2011
  • Jenn M.

    Try the Rare Tuna With Mandarin Orange & Wasabi Aioli Glaze - Holy yummy

    Jenn Marcelais · May 22, 2011
  • Megan H.

    Shuck for a buck Tuesday's nights ... They open at 5:30!

    Megan H · May 10, 2011
  • Dawn S.

    Omg....Shuck for a buck....delicious.

    Dawn Sirois · December 21, 2010
  • Jake S.

    Grilled swordfish, awesome!! Blackened, with garlic herb & butter...

    Jake Strawn · May 30, 2010
  • Will G.

    Yellow fin tuna rare. signature dish. Great place to go any day of the week. Out of towners and clients love it. No brainer.

    Will Gibney · May 13, 2010
  • John L.

    Mandarin wasabe on the salmon is fantastic!

    John Lanza · May 2, 2010

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