Blue Mermaid swims across the river. After 23 years of operating the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, we are pleased to announce we have made a bitter/sweet decision to move the Blue Mermaid to Kittery. We will continue to do food and beverage off-site catering throughout the summer as well as acquire a food truck to keep Blue Mermaid flavors available to the public.

Food star Rachael Ray films at the Blue Mermaid

blue mermaid rachel rayFood Network headliner Rachael Ray was in Portsmouth Thursday, tasting some of the local cuisine and dining atmosphere of some local restaurants for an upcoming edition of “Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels.”

Rachael Ray lights up the Blue Mermaid

One of the Food Network’s biggest stars chose Portsmouth’s Blue Mermaid to highlight during an upcoming edition of “Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels.” read the full story from The Wire

Blue Mermaid gets TV spot

The Blue Mermaid Island Grill, located on The Hill in the city’s downtown, will be featured on the Food Network as part of Rachael Ray’s “Tasty Travels.” That episode is scheduled to be broadcast Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. read the full story

The Blue Mermaid was recently featured in NH
To Do Magazine in an article titled “Playing It Cool”.

Voted as one of the top restaurants on the Seacoast and a runner up for best caterer by Taste Magazine

Featured in TASTE Magazine as Portsmouth’s “Best Kept Secret”

“Great Ate” rating from the Phantom Gourmet as Phantom’s favorite choice for Summertime Dining

Chosen by New Hampshire Magazine Best Fusion Cuisine and one of NH’s “Best Seafood Restaurants”

of the (FIRA) Favorite Independent Restaurant Association

Selected as a New Hampshire Restaurant Neighbor Award winner by the NationalRestaurant Association


Blue_Mermaid_113e“I just wanted to write to tell you about the wonderful dining experience my wife and I had at the Blue Mermaid this past Saturday night. The food was tremendous as was the service! We started with the Spring Rolls and for dinner I had the Chicken Skewers and my wife had the Bimini Chicken, both of which were delicious. Our server, Becca, suggested an incredible dessert (Can’t recall the name, but it had fig and chocolate) and we loved it!

After dinner we headed downstairs to listen to some live music and to have a couple drinks. Your bartender did a great job of handling a pretty good size crowd on her own I didn’t wait long for a drink once the whole time we stayed. I can’t recall the name of the guy who was playing, but his band did a great job of not playing so loudly that you were blown out of the room. We were able to carry on our conversation while we listened, which was nice.

Having two children, the oldest being 2, we don’t get out much, so when we do, it’s a pretty special thing. Thank you for making our first night out in over 2 years a night to remember!”


Chris & Jen Chirco

“I was quite impressed with the Blue Mermaid. It’s a little out of the way of the heavy pedestrian traffic, but it is quite a good find. I went for lunch and was delighted with my experience. The unique and compelling flavor combinations offered on the menu inspired me to start experimenting in my own kitchen. The homemade sweet potato chips are right on. Warm atmosphere and friendly staff complete the dining experience at Blue Mermaid. I will be going back.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and loved the food! The atmosphere is a bit eclectic but it was warm and welcoming in a Caribbean style! We were seated right away and the service could not have been better. The chips and homemade fire roasted salsa were fantastic with a bit of heat and a great peppery finish. I ordered the Braised Beef Short Ribs and was not disappointed, it was one of the best tasting meals that I have had in a great while, tender and flavorful, served with mashed potatoes and green beans. I was full when done , the portion was fine! My girlfriend ordered the grilled Mahi Mahi with Grilled Mango Vinaigrette and Mango Chutney, the fish was cooked perfectly and the vinaigrette was not too spicy or strong. I will most certainly head back to Portsmouth if only to stop here again, the trip will be well worth it!”

“Amazing food, superb service. Wasabi Salmon was the best salmon combo I’ve ever had. Saw my fish delivered fresh. Best complimentary homemade salsa and chips around!”

“Terrific place….one of our favorites in Portsmouth. Unique menu and atmosphere!”