53 Bow St.,
Portsmouth, NH



Seafood Chowder Voted New England’s Best!
GF- A hearty, rich, creamy soup with lobster, scallops, shrimp, clams, and haddock. A house specialty…and Gluten Free!
Cup 8  Bowl 12                           Quart (served cold to-go) 23

Chicken Tenders GF- Seared or golden fried tenders with a choice of sauce.

BBQ, Honey-garlic, Buffalo or Honey-Mustard.   15
Extra sauces 2ea

Crab Cakes GF- Two cakes prepared with Jonah crab and pretzel breadcrumbs, served with stone ground mustard remoulade.   18

Truffalo Cauliflower GF- Fried florets of cauliflower tossed in truffle-buffalo sauce topped with Jasper Hill Farm blue cheese crumbles.  13

Calamari GF- Fried calamari prepared with rings and tentacles. Tossed with cherry peppers and served with marinara sauce.   15

Lobster Artichoke Dip GF- A casserole of Maine lobster meat, artichoke, asiago and romano cheeses. Served with “old bay” dusted tortilla chips.  17


Quinoa Salad GF- Mixed greens, cucumbers, red peppers, avocado, dried cranberries and feta cheese. Served with honey-vinaigrette.  14

Caesar Salad GF- Chopped Romaine lettuce and croutons tossed lightly with a classic caesar dressing. Finished with asiago cheese.   12

Harvest Salad GF- Mixed greens, figs, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese, candied walnuts, hot-honey vinaigrette. 14

Cobb Salad GF- Mixed greens, avocado, tomatoes, bacon, hard boiled egg, red onions, and blue cheese crumbles. 13

Salad Add-Ons

Steak Tips 11
Fried Shrimp 9

Lobster Salad- Market Price 

Lobster Poached- Market Price 
Salmon Filet 11
Grilled or Fried Chicken  7


Served with french fries & pickle chips. Substitute truffle-parmesan waffle fries add 3

All sandwiches can be prepared Gluten Free using our gluten free bread for an additional 2

Fresh Haddock Sandwich GF- Haddock fillet, fried or oven broiled. Served on a grilled bun, with coleslaw, house-made tartar sauce, and lemon. 15

Rueben GF- House corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, grilled marble rye, and thousand island dressing. 14

Crab Cake BLT GF- River House crab cake served with crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomato, served on a brioche bun with stone ground mustard. 18

Smash Burgers GF- A River House blend of black angus patties seared to medium, served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, and a choice of pepper jack, cheddar, Swiss, American, or gorgonzola. 16
Add bacon, mushrooms, caramelized onions, or smashed avocado.  2 each

Buttermilk Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich GF- Chicken breast marinated in a buttermilk ranch marinade and fried to a golden brown. Topped with cheddar cheese and crispy bacon on a ciabatta roll. Served with garlic aioli.  14

Roast Beef Super Three Way GF- House roast beef sliced tin and stacked high on a toast onion bulky roll. Dressing with mayo, and James River BBQ sauce.  14


Oysters- GF- Locally sourced medium sized oysters served with mignonette, lemon, and cocktail sauce. 

Half Dozen 20    Dozen 39

Shrimp Cocktail- GF- Five jumbo chilled shrimp served with cocktail sauce and lemon   12

Tuna Crudo- GF- Fresh tuna, avocado and red onion tossed with a sweet tamari marinade, topped with lemon sriracha aioli, tobiko and scallions, served with tortilla.   18

Raw Bar Tower- 12 oysters, 6 shrimp, cocktail sauce, and crab salad   Market Price

Oyster Shooters- River House Bloody Mary mix, vodka, and lemon   9


Orange Tamari Salmon GF- Seared salmon finished with an orange tamari glaze. Served over edamame, kale, quinoa and grilled asparagus. 28

Fish Tacos GF-3 fried haddock tacos prepared with shredded cabbage, pineapple mango salsa, and cotija cheese. Served with cilantro lime black beans. 21

Steak Coulotte GF- Seared Coulotte cut steak, served with horseradish cheddar mashed potatoes, asparagus, and topped with garlic herb butter. 29

Make it Surf & Turf!

with sauteed shrimp +10

with crab cake +7

New England Baked Haddock GF- A shrimp and romano cheese panko crust atop a filet of haddock oven baked and served with green beans and mashed potatoes.  24

Lobster Mac’N Cheese Pasta shells, white cheddar and fontina, prepared with fresh ME lobster topped with Goldfish crumbles. 26         Without lobster. 16

Braised Beef Potato Gnocchi – Braised beef tossed with roasted tomato ragu, crispy potato gnocchi, and topped with fresh ricotta and parmesan cheese. Served with garlic bread.   19

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf – Homemade meatloaf wrapped in bacon, sliced and seared on the grill, stacked with horseradish cheddar mashed potatoes, asparagus, and topped with onion gravy and fried onions.  17

Chicken Marsala – Sauteed chicken with garlic, shallots, mushrooms, and Marsala wine over linguine. Served with garlic bread 19

Fried Seafood Basket  GF- Your choice of seafood served with french fries, lemon, cole slaw, and tartar sauce. 

Haddock Basket  22  |  Shrimp Basket 20 |  Haddock & Shrimp Basket  21 |  Clam Strips MKT price |  Combo plate (clam strips, haddock, shrimp) MKT Price 


Oreo Cannoli – Cannoli shells filed with an Oreo cookie ricotta cheese filling. 8

Raspberry Cheesecake- Raspberry cheesecake in a graham cracker crust topped with raspberry filling and donut crumbles.   9


(Children’s menu for kids 12 and under only)

Grilled cheese with fries
Hot dog with fries 
Fried chicken tenders with fries
Fish and chips
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with fries


Pomegranate Mule Grainger’s Vodka, pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer 12

White Ukrainian Skrewball Peanut Butter Whisky, Kahlua, milk   12

Apple Cider Margarita El Jimador Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and apple cider   13

Winter Old Fashion Old Forester Bourbon, maple syrup, bitters, and orange zest   13

Cherry Apple Bomb Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, apple cider, ginger ale, grenadine, and cherries   12

RH Lemonade Absolut Citron, strawberry puree, lemonade, and soda water   12

French Harvest Hendricks’ Gin, apple cider, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup  13

Headed South Captain Morgan Rum, Drambuie, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and grenadine   12


Espresso Martini Stoli Vanil, Allen’s Cold Brew Coffee Liquor, Kahlua, and Frangelico sweet foam   14

Pistachio Martini Disarrono, Bailey’s, Blue Curacao, and Stoli Vanil   14

Salted Karamel Martini Stoli Karamel, Bailey’s and Stoli Vanil   14

Maple Manhattan Old Forester Rye, sweet vermouth, maple syrup, and bitters   14

Thin Mint Martini Bailey’s, Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao, Stoli Vanil, and Hershey’s  14

Rubu Red Cosmo Deep Eddy Ruby Red, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice   14


Gunner Jameson, Bailey’s, Kahlua, and coffee or cocoa   12

Firey Toddy Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, apple cider, hot water, honey, and fresh lemon juice   12

Nutty Irishman Bailey’s, Frangelico, and coffee or cocoa   12

Caribbean Goslings Dark Rum, Kahlua, triple sec, and coffee or cocoa   12

RH Coffee CB Brandy, Grand Marnier, and coffee or cocoa  12


Cupcake Prosecco
Aromas of white peach, honeydew, and grapefruit that lead to a toasted brioche finish
Glass 9 Bottle 34

Stemmari, Italy
White peach and pear, notes of dry yellow flowers.
Glass 10 Bottle 38

Zenato Pinot Grigio, Itlay

Delicately scented and soft on the palate with classic citrus and floral notes.
Glass 11    Bottle 42

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 
Fresh and juicey with ripe, tropical flavors of passion fruit, lemon, and stone fruit. 
Glass 14   Bottle 54

13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Vibrant aromatics of citrus and lychee with refined acidity and a clean finish
Glass 10   Bottle 38

Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, California
Full-bodied with tropical fruit flavors, toasted vanilla and honey
Glass 14   Bottle 54

10 Span Chardonnay, California
Rich creamy flavors with tropical fruit flavors, toaste vanilla and honey.
Glass 9  Bottle 34

Chloe Rose, California
Delicate notes of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon on the nose and palate.
Glass 9  Bottle 34

Kendal Jackson Chardonnay, California
Citrus and pear aromas followed by lush peach, melon, green apple, and mineral flavors with toasty oak finish.
Glass 12   Bottle 46


Firesteed Pinot Noir, CA
Aromas of red cherry, strawberry, and mocha with hints of rhubarb.
Glass 11  Bottle 42

Meomi Pinot Noir, Sonoma, CA
Medium-bodied with berry notes, spice & nicely balanced tannins.
Glass 14   Bottle 54

Coppola Claret-Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise.
Glass 14    Bottle 56

Trapiche Malbec, Argentina
Sweet aromas of blackberries and plums with an elegant touch of smoke and vanilla
Glass 10  Bottle 38

Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Red Blend, California
Bold fruity forward blend, flavors of cherry and raspberry with some sweetness
Glass 14    Bottle 56

10 Span Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
Medium body with juicy flavors of berry and black cherry with soft tannis.
Glass 9  Bottle 34

Rebellious Red Blend, California
Abundant aromas of dark cherry and strawberry jam, brown sugar, dark chocolate and sola with hints of cardamom, black pepper, sandalwood and licorice.
Glass 10  Bottle 38



River House Brew, Boston, Mass   7
Bud Light, St Louis, MO   5
Stoneface IPA, Newington, NH   8
Allagash White, Portland, ME   8
Great Rhythm Tropical Haze, Portsmouth, NH   8
Moat Mountain Czech Pilsner, North Conway, NH  8
Earth Eagle Piscataqua Lager, Portsmouth, NH   8
Shipyard & Friends, Portland, ME   8

Cans & Bottles

Budweiser, MO ABV 5%
Bud Light, MO ABV 4.2%
Coors Light, CO ABV 4.2%
Miller Lite, WI ABV 4.5%
Michelob Ultra, MO ABV 4.1%
Corona, Mexico ABV 4.6%
Stella Artois, MO  ABV 5%
Sam Adams Seasonal, MA

Great Rhythm Squeeze IPA, NH 16OZ ABV 6.0%
Moat Mountain Ms. V’s Blueberry, North Conway, NH ABV 4.9%
Citizen Cider Unified Press, VT ABV 5.2%
White Claw, IL ABV 5%

Aroma Joe’s Coffee Porter, Berwick, ME ABV 5.6%

Lord Hobo Boomsauce DIPA, Woburnn, MA ABV 7.8%

Northwoods Pale Ale, Northwood, NH ABV 6.5%

603 Black Cherry Pom Seltzar, Londonderry, NH ABV 5%

Leinekugel’s Summer Shandy, WI ABV 4.2%


Coca Cola   3
Diet Coke   3
Sprite   3
Ginger Ale   3
Lemonade   3
Iced Tea   3
Cranberry Juice   4
Apple Juice   4
Orange Juice   4
Milk   3
Poland Spring   3
Eli’s Root Beer   4
Coffee, Decaf, Tea   4


Dinner Menu
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