Keith Prince and his business partner, Brook Gassner, opened Rudi's Portsmouth in 2007 in the eatery ediﬁce whose legacy boasts The Jarvis Tea Room and Metro. Prince had been very successful with Colby’s on Daniel Street (breakfast and lunch) for many years, but the early hours left him wanting a change. “I enjoy working the later hours of the day, so I wanted to open a place with good nightlife,” Prince says. With live jazz in the bar four nights a week and during Sunday brunch, he and Gassner have succeeded in that endeavor. But Prince did not leave a great lunch reputation behind at Colby’s; Rudi’s offers a quiet and sumptuous lunchtime respite six days a week.
Great hotel restaurants appeal to an eclectic clientele, including locals, weekend guests, and business travelers alike. With several indoor seating options and a varied, regionally inspired menu, Salt Kitchen & Bar is Wentworth by the Sea's new restaurant, located in the renovated dining room, and was voted Best Hotel Restaurant in this year's Best of Taste awards. The staff, under the direction of Executive Chef Ken Lingle and Food and Beverage Director Gabe Cogley, is focused on executing their motto, "Fresh, Local, and Lively."
Walk into Hagan’s Grill and the first thing you’ll notice is a surfboard mounted horizontally across the barrier wall. There is no doubt you’ve arrived for dinner in a beach town. And that town is Hampton, New Hampshire, home to the well-known tourist attraction known as Hampton Beach.
From waterfront dining to urban eateries, regional to global cuisine, casual to upscale, we have it all here on the Seacoast when it comes to restaurant options. Plus there are the places we like to go for a cold one, cocktails and wine, or a good cup of coffee, and for sweets, treats, and the freshest produce. Everyone has their favorites, and we asked you to get online and vote, choosing the places you like best on the Seacoast for eats and drinks. The voter turnout was impressive (and overwhelming!). We’ve tallied the numbers and determined the best in over 75 categories, including many new choices, from al fresco dining to comfort food, soup to sushi, martinis, cupcakes, nightlife, gourmet markets, and much more. And now—the Best of Taste 2013!