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About Michelle's On Market Square
Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Open for brunch Friday-Sunday 9-2pm. Please call us if you have any questions.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Michelle's On Market Square Ratings and Reviews
True neighborhood gem
Surprised the crew with our arrival but they accommodated us before closing up for the holiday! Everyone was really hospitable and we enjoyed the quiet restaurant scene and didn't feel rushed. This spot really gives you an insider feel to downtown Portsmouth - people watching is prime at 2nd floor window spots. Menu is well-rounded and yummy with good portions (brunch that fueled us for hours without feeling engorged!!). Appreciate their laid back vibe!
I can see dinner being a more formal affair but want to come back soon to see myself!
Even though we were late due to traffic ...
Even though we were late due to traffic , the staff was very accommodating . Great food , Great service . Seat by the window allowed for great people watching on Market Square . Highly recommend giving it a try for brunch .
Really nice place. Decor was lovely. O ...
Really nice place. Decor was lovely. Our waitress was knowledgeable and adept. She was there when we needed her, but didn't hover or interrupt. The food was quite good, and there was enough diversity on the limited menu to make all bellies content. We were celebrating a couple UNH graduates and this was an ideal place for a special night.
The food was overall okay. My French toa ...
The food was overall okay. My French toast was cold. The poached eggs were excellent, however. Wish I had a few more roasted potatoes, they were good. The ambiance was nice, very eclectic. It was a bit crowded upstairs, so the volume and conversations were pretty loud. Our server was very nice and attentive. I would recommend coming again. Maybe to try dinner.
We had been to Michelle's before and lov ...
We had been to Michelle's before and loved it, so we were eager to get back. Overall great food and service. They did recently change their menu to a more limited selection that changes every week. This caught us a little off guard, as we were not able to order some of the previous items we loved. But the new specials we tried were great. Would definitely recommend trying Michelle's!
The staff from hostess to waiter did a f ...
The staff from hostess to waiter did a fantastic job. With a last minute reservation on Mother's day they sat us upstairs at the bar in a high top, was my favorite idea as we had our 2 year old daughter with us, but it did have a lovely view of the square from the window we sat in front of. The food was very good. I felt very welcomed multiple people stopped by our table and interacted with our daughter 1 woman even brought us books for her to read. I can't say enough about the staff, everyone was fantastic.
This is a weird little place with an open kitchen when you walk in the door and then most of the dining is up the stairs. We where there on a Sunday and there was a women making eggs in the front window and then they would sit on a counter for everybody walking into the restaurant to pass by. Then, they would go into the little open kitchen to have the added items put with it before serving. The food was tasty, it just seemed strange having the food out in the open like that. Everything tasted good and everybody seemed to like their food. We where seated in a back dining room when you come up the stairs and it was dark and their where no windows. The was very laid back and relaxed.
Nothing popped out at me as being outsta ...
Nothing popped out at me as being outstanding. We were put in a corner, which was good from the stand of traffic, but they put us at a bar table, which we did not request, the table was tiny and it was a noisy area. The bar tender was our waiter, so service was minimal. The food was nothing special
Small, intimate space right in the heart ...
Small, intimate space right in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Excellent food and service! Everything we had was delicious (highly recommend the French onion soup and the Veal). Would definitely recommend Michelle's to other diners. We will be back!
First time there . . . not anxious to go back!
The food as "pretty good". My haddock was delicious, except it was served in a broth with a thick spaghetti. You couldn't pick it up with a fork. a friend had a steak which was also very good. The wine just OK - very pricey.
Excellent Restaurant Week Option
We have returned to this restaurant for every Portsmouth restaurant week. Their offering is for any appetizer/salad or entree on their regular menu and a choice of 3 desserts - which is a great deal in a wonderful restaurant. This time my husband had the Lamb and Wild Boar Cassoulet (he loved it!) and I had the Haddock piccata (a special) for entrees. For appetizer, I had the French Onion Soup (delicious!) and he had the fried ham and cheese sandwich (croque monsieur) which he found both very generous as well as deliciou . For dessert he had the creme broulet and I had the brownie with melted vanilla ice cream drizzle. The desserts were the only mundane part of this dinner, but we highly recommend it to others.
Had the roasted rabbit
Michelle's is open Wed- Sun for dinner. no lunch. We were there on a rainy late winter night, so it was quiet. I had the rabbit which was excellent although the sausage that came with it was pretty dry. The mustard spaetzle (sp?) was an excellent choice to go with the rabbit. Bread was great. Did not have dessert.
We appreciated that the chef came out to check on our satisfaction.
It was a very pleasant evening and we would return.
Great place for brunch
This small little place right on Market Street is cozy and friendly. We had a table in a corner upstairs which was comfortable although the overall feel is a little tight if you're not near the front windows. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was delicious! I had the lobster benedict-generous serving of lobster and eggs cooked just the way I like them. The duck fat roasted potatoes did not disappoint, either! The French Toast was generous and very good, with real maple syrup on the table. The mushroom and truffle oil scramble was also very good. The orange juice tasted canned as opposed to fresh, but the coffee was very good.
I would come back for brunch again without hesitation.
Had another wonderful brunch here. I had the Cuban sandwich, which was delicious! It's one of my go to's on the menu, when it's available. My friends had the crepes of the day and the breakfast sandwich, both were tasty. Service/staff were great! Looking forward to my next visit.
Small Euro Bistro, food ok, overpriced
Ambience and service were excellent. Food was OK. The tuna was blackened with enough pepper to basically be inedible. Two of us had it and had the same response. The remainder of the food was good. Wine list was sparse. The big price tag brought the value way down.
We really enjoyed Brunch on Sunday at Michelle's. The eggs benedict was fantastic. The Bloody Marys: the BEST! Service was very good. A cute spot.
Only down side is that they ran out of the home made sausages and one of us had to change our order.
Not as good as on previous visits. Momk ...
Not as good as on previous visits. Momkfish wth grits kind of 'one note', although grits were very good. Wines by the glass very limited, and pricey. Service was good, but table behind us very noisy. Probably our last visit there, as there are plenty of other restaurants in area.
Also, one dish had a lower price listed on menu than what we were charged.
Very accommodating to our infant. Food w ...
Very accommodating to our infant. Food was delicious. I had the shrimp and grits which while not quite like what I had in the South, was still delicious. My wife has a seafood crepe which was a great balance of sweet and savory. The drinks were good as well though a little weak.
Some entrees great, others are just o.k.
Superb french onion soup and creme brulee. Both were on the top of our list for all time favorites. My wife loved her steak dish but my deconstructed chicken pot pie was not great- the popover was somewhat burnt, and the dish was not delivered hot and in fact was barely warm. The tables are very close and lead to a lack of privacy. The upstairs could also use some decorating.
great brunch on weekends
We ate brunch here on a Saturday morning (for my husband's birthday weekend)- had a great window seat in the bar upstairs which was fun to view the square below and people watch. We enjoyed the cozy seat in the sun considering it was a cold February morning! Started off with a mimosa and coffee while trying to decide from the amazing choices on the menu. Everything looked good! My husband ordered the quiche (with side salad and fruit) which was delicious and rich with the gruyere cheese. I ordered the Eggs Benedict (with ham), the breakfast potatoes that accompany it were cooked perfectly and were delicious! We noticed the bar does have an excellent beer list- we just weren't ready for a beer at 10am but would love to return for lunch , or a later brunch, sometime. Would definitely recommend this spot!
A local bridal shop suggested this resta ...
A local bridal shop suggested this restaurant for a brunch planned with my daughter and her bridesmaids. The food selection was good and everyone was very happy with their meal. I was surprised that there was not one entree-size salad or gluten free breads on the menu. That being said, the server was happy to recommend gluten free options as the food is cooked to order. The eggs, hash browns and quiche were reported as delicious.
The restaurant is quaint with brick exposed walls and lace curtains in the windows. We felt the service was very good.
NOTE: The restaurant is not handicap accessible. We had brunch upstairs and the ladies room is in the basement which was not a problem for us but may be for others.
The food was outstanding. All four of us dining had excellent meals. The menu selection is not huge, but there is always a pasta dish and a fresh fish, so the offerings are always a little different. Our server was very attentive! Only difficulty was parking in Portsmourh on a snowy eve!
Make sure you are not in a hurry
My husband and I went to Michelle's for Brunch. After a little over an hour our server came over and asked if we were ready for the bill, we had not received our food yet. When the food finally arrived it was excellent. If you go to Michelle's keep in mind you could be waiting for awhile.
Amazing food at Michelle's
We were very please with our experience at Michelle's. The food was amazing and unlike most places these days the portions were big enough to have leftovers!
This is a place to sit back and enjoy your meal. Not the fastest service so I would not plan a show afterwards but well worth the wait
Despite reservation-no table -we had to leave
We arrived and they seemed surprised with had a reservation making a comment on how odd the time was. We then were taken into the bar to the very back table, which was a high top, in front of the AC and outside of the kitchen or dishwashing room (maybe even storage). We asked if we could actually wait for a table in the restaurant, since we reserved for restaurant dining-she said how about sitting at the bar. Again, we wanted to wait. We were sitting at bar to get a drink and had not service for about 10+ minutes. At that time we got up and just decided to leave when hostess said, wait, how about you sit here and pointed to a couch and coffee table. We thought she meant sit there and wait for a table. We found out when server showed up she expected us to sit at a couch and chair leaning over to a coffee table that had an ashtray on it. My husband made a phone call to the Italian restaurant across the street and told them what was happening. They were amazing and said come right over we'll make something work for you. We left immediately, went across the street and had a fantastic meal and evening.
I WOULD never return to this establishment again.
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