53 Bow St.,
Portsmouth, NH
FRI & SAT: 11AM-9:30PM


Thanks for your interest in booking your event here with us at Atlantic Grill!
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about hosting your event with us.
What type of events does Atlantic Grill host?
All kinds!! We have hosted all sorts of events including weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, business dinners, workshops, retreats, retirement parties, birthday parties, bar/ bat mitzvahs, bereavements, dinner theatre, comedy shows, and the list just goes on and on!
How much does it cost to rent the space at Atlantic Grill?
It really depends. Room fees vary quite a bit based on the size of your group, the duration of your event, time of day, the day of the week, and time of year. If you contact our Sales Office, a team member would be happy to get you a quote.
How do I secure my date?
A signed contract and deposit in the amount of the room fee are required to secure your date.
I want to host an event off your regular business hours. Can I do that?
Absolutely! We host events from 7 am – 11 pm, 7 days/ week.
When are my final counts due?
Final guest count and meal selections are due 10 days prior to your event date unless prior arrangements have been made with your event contact. If a final count is not received, the expected count as written on your initial contract will be used.

We ask that event hosts try to be as accurate as possible when submitting their final counts so our team can be prepared for your event. For this reason, if the guest count on the date of your event exceeds the guarantee by more than 10%, an additional fee of $20/ guest applies.

What are acceptable forms of payment?
We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, or cash at any time. Checks may be used for deposit payment if submitted 10 days prior to the event date.
If I have to cancel my event, can I get my deposit back?

Once the contract is signed and the deposit is paid, the following cancellation fee applies. All this being said, if we are able to re-book your date with a party of equal or greater value, we are happy to refund your deposit.

More than 1 year prior to your event date:

-Room Fee and any paid deposits will be 100% refunded

6 months – 1 year prior to your event date:

-Room Fee is nonrefundable, any additional deposits paid will be refunded in full, and no balance is due.

3months – 6 months prior to your event date:

-Room Fee is nonrefundable and 50% of the estimated value of the event is due.

Less than 3 months prior to your event date:

-Full balance of the event is due.

Can I decorate the space?

Yes! Of course! Hosts are welcome to come in 1 hour prior to their event start time to decorate with just a few stipulations.

  • Live candles must be contained in votives that are at least 2 inches taller than the top of the candle. (We don’t want anyone’s hair on fire!)
  • Please no confetti, glitter, feathers, etc. If you think it would be hard to get out of your carpet, it will be hard to get out of ours too!
  • Items may be hung on the walls but we ask that a member of Atlantic Grill’s staff hang them to avoid any damage to our walls.
  • If you aren’t sure if it is ok to bring in an item, just ask!
I see you have a preferred vendor's list. Can I hire someone not on your list?
Definitely! We love meeting and working with new vendors!

The only requirement we have of vendors that are not on our preferred vendors list is that they provide a certificate of insurance at least 30 days prior to your event date.

I am reading this but don't know how to find your preferred vendors list! Where can I find it?
It is the back cover of our Event Menu or a member of our team would be happy to send it to you.
Is your facility handicap accessible?
Yes! Our facility is fully handicap accessible including automated front doors, single level dining, extra handicap parking spot right out front, and handicap accessible bathrooms.
Do I have to worry about parking?
Not here! We have ample free on-site parking with over 100 parking spots in our main lot as well as an auxiliary lot just across the street. Valet may also be available for your event for an additional fee if you would like to provide that as an additional service for your guests.
How many people can I invite?
Our full event space can accommodate 300 guests for a cocktail style reception, 160 guests for a seated dinner, and 120 for a seated dinner with a dancefloor.

Depending on your date, buy-outs of our patio and restaurant may also be available to add capacity.

Can I take leftovers home with me?
Unfortunately, due to NH Food Safety guidelines, we are not able to allow any leftovers to be taken home for our events. That being said, if we have a large number of leftovers, we always make sure to bring them to a local shelter.
Are there any additional fees I need to keep in mind?
9% NH Tax and 20% Service Fee are added to all final bills. Other than this there are only a few things to think about and they are all ‘add-ons’.

We offer specialty cakes services but if you would like to bring in a cake from outside, we require that it come from a licensed bakery and a $2/person cake plating fee applies.

If you are ordering a plated meal you are required to provide name cards with meal selections for all your guests. You are welcome to hire a professional, do them yourself, or our team is happy to provide simple black and white cards for $1/person.

If you would like a Cash bar set-up in your room there is a $150 set-up fee. This fee can be avoided for groups of 40 or less by opting for cocktail service (instead of a physical bar). For larger groups, if a welcome beverage or toast is provided for guests, we are happy to waive this fee.

Ivory linens with a wide variety of napkin colors are provided at no additional cost for your event but some guests may prefer alternative colors. AG is happy to provide additional linen rentals at an additional cost. Please check with your event contact for an exact quote.