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Fat Belly's Grill and Bar

Fat Belly's is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Portsmouth. We feature two floors, with two unique atmosphere's. The Upstairs Lounge is a contemporary cocktail lounge featuring New Hampshire's only Ice Bar. Downstairs is a casual dining atmosphere with bar. Our menu is served to patrons on both floors. The Grill features the best burger in town, sweet potato fries, and other delicious American food.
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30 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
(30 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 30 reviews
5 stars
(8)
4 stars
(15)
3 stars
(3)
2 stars
(3)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.5 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for lunch(13)
  • good for groups(12)
  • late-night find(8)
  • neighborhood gem(8)
  • vibrant bar scene(8)
  • hot spot(6)
Fat Belly's Grill and Bar Reviews List
Review 1 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Terrific Lunch Spot

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Brought some friends from out of town and had a terrific lunch ... awesome burger, cold beer and really good service. It's a gem of a spot."
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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Review 2 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2015
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Review 3 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2015
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 4 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Poorly run

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Dined on 3/05/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We arrived at 4:30 and were seated at a table for 4 in an area of the restaurant that should have been a table for 2. Waited about 10 minutes and no one came to our table. We were about to leave when he spoke with the inexperienced hostess. She explained to us the she forgot to tell out waitress that she seated us. Never once offered us anything for the inconvenience, but told us not to take it out on our waitress. Apps were Luke warm at best. Food was ok for the type of restaurant this was. When we left there was no one around."
Dined on 3/05/2016
 2016
Special Features: late-night find
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Review 5 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2008
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2008
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 6 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 7 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 8 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
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Review 9 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 10 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 12/19/2015
 2009
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Review 11 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Been waiting to stop in and me and wife had the opportunity recently. Make it better it was on a Thursday so they had the $.49 chicken wings!! Advertise their wings And with good reason.. The wings were large and quite tasty! Teriyaki were excellent! I had a burger and it was very juicy and cooked right. I recommend a visit if you're in the area as there are many weekly deals provided."
Dined on 12/09/2015
 2012
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Review 12 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2012
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Review 13 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 11/14/2015
 2013
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Review 14 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/31/2015
 2005
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, late-night find
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Review 15 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great find!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our daughter heard about Fat Belly's and we went one evening when we visited her at UNH. Great place, great service. Wings are the bomb---yummy!! Nachos were delicious too. Our burgers were tasty and inside were done well, but the outside was a little overdone for our liking. Everything else was good and we'd definitely go there again!"
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 16 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/16/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/16/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/16/2015
 2015
Special Features: hot spot, great for lunch, late-night find
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Review 17 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food portions are enormous, hence the name!"
Dined on 10/15/2015
 2011
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Review 18 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/26/2015
 2011
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 19 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Top notch manager! Awesome nachos!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We ate at Fat Belly's on a busy Saturday night. We new this was a casual, family friendly restaurant. Unfortunately we were seated next to a table of pound and unruly toddlers. The mother's had no control over the two boys. As this disruption continued for about 20 minutes, the manager checked in with us and apologized and offered us a round of drinks. This simple gesture is a display of great customer service. The waitress was truly attentive and the nachos and burgers were awesome!"
Dined on 9/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 20 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/04/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/04/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/04/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 21 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 8/08/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/08/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 8/08/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 22 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 7/30/2015
 2007
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2007
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2007
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Review 23 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

yum!!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"casual and relaxed! made reservation on open table...always a plus!"
Dined on 7/03/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 24 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

First time there. Food was excellent, service also

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/21/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 25 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/24/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 26 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Rough

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I will temper my reaction somewhat because this day was the first day in approximately four months n which people were out and walking about - it was a looooong winter, folks. AND it was the start of Restaurant Week in Portsmouth. Having said that, our reservation was for 5pm because we needed to leave by 6:30 to attend a nearby concert. Let me just say, we barely made it there on time. Service was s l o w and felt chaotic. Food was okay, but it was difficult to enjoy ourselves because of the very slow service, even though 5pm is hardly anyone's idea of "prime" meal time. Nerve-wracking."
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2009
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Review 27 for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/06/2014
 2014
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The good was excellent and our service was very good. All the staff was very friendly. Definitely a fun bar scene. We would absolutely go back to this restaurant."
Dined on 12/06/2014
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Fat Belly's Grill and Bar
Based on the average of (3) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
2 out of 2 recommend this product
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Ambiance 
2.5 / 5
(Good) 2.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.5 / 3
Energetic