Scenic New Hampshire – Statewide ideas on how to spend your next New Hampshire vacation. Travel Ideas, Lodging, and year-round activities for your enjoyment in New Hampshire.

From sweet downtown patios to decks with breathtaking views of the water, the Seacoast towns of New Hampshire and Maine offer a variety of options when it comes to outdoor dining!

Take a peek at some local spots we love that offer memorable al fresco dining experiences!


Nestled in the heart of Ogunquit, Maine, the Leavitt Theatre has created a lovely outdoor setting for guests to enjoy innovative food, craft cocktails, and good company. Dine under the twinkle lights, enjoy a weekend lunch, or order takeout on the go! The Leavitt Theatre is open every night from 5pm-12am, and for Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm.

If you love history, we invite you to read the story of the Leavitt Theatre, which has been serving the town of Ogunquit, Maine for 97 years!


Located along the Piscataqua River, The Old Ferry Landing offers the ambiance of casual waterfront dining, with a large outdoor deck featuring incredible views of Portsmouth’s tugboats. This downtown summer spot serves 100% fresh lobster meat, a variety of fresh seafood dishes, and, of course, its famous Jimmy Juice! The Old Ferry Landing is open 7 days a week staring at 11:30am!


Botanica is an intimate, upscale restaurant and gin bar located in the heart of Portsmouth’s West End neighborhood. Cozy up inside for intimate indoor dining or opt for a casual outdoor setting on the patio! If you’re in the mood to gather, Botanica welcomes reservations outside for up to 10 guests, and the full patio can be rented for full or partial evenings for up to 28 guests. Concerned about weather or parking?? Botanica’s patio offers a brand new retractable awning, and electric heating, to keep the elements at bay when needed. There is complimentary parking on-site!


Nestled in a less-traveled pocket of Portsmouth and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Market Square, Earth Eagle Brewings is a local brewpub open Wednesday through Saturday! Its outdoor patio is cozy and welcoming, with umbrellas, picnic tables, and tea lights to create a casual, laid-back ambiance. In addition to offering its own craft beer, Earth Eagle offers creative cocktails, food, and live acoustic music. Check out Earth Eagle’s new Somersworth location too!


Sonny’s Tavern, one of New Hampshire’s most acclaimed restaurants and cocktail bars, is a 70-seat restaurant and bar with a focus on fine-tuned cocktails, inspired “down home” comfort food, and top notch personal service. Visit Sonny’s every night of the week for dinner and on Sunday mornings for brunch!

Moxy | Downtown Portsmouth, NH

Inspired by the fresh produce and deep-rooted culture of New England, along with the energetic spirit of Spanish tapas, Moxy is a hip restaurant and bar that has won countless awards and adoration from the local and national community. Chef Matt Louis was a James Beard Best Chef Northeast Semi-Finalist for the past four years! Enjoy outdoor dining at Moxy Tuesday through Saturday evenings, starting at 5pm!

Northern Union | Ogunquit, Maine

Northern Union Wine Bar is an elegant and comfortable restaurant offering seasonally-inspired dinner and drinks in the seaside village of Ogunquit, Maine. Northern Union is open for indoor and outdoor dining Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5pm, when we can dine al fresco on the deck, lawn, or by the outdoor fireplace! Make your Rezz!

Chapel + Main | Dover, NH

Chapel + Main is a downtown Dover brewpub with a menu that features house-made beers, comfort food, and eclectic dishes! The kitchen and bar are open Wednesday through Saturday. Indoor and outdoor dining available!


Dockside is a family-owned, waterfront restaurant and private event venue in beautiful York, Maine. Join them for classic New England fare, from Maine lobster to ribeye steak, and unparalleled coastal views of the Harbor. Reservations are recommended and dining options include their porch or patio, or picnic style on the lawn overlooking the waterfront.


Relax and revel in panoramic views of York Harbor while enjoying great spirits and food at The Deck at Dockside! This seasonal establishment offers an unparalleled destination in which to anchor, eat, and drink. Wharf dining features salads & proteins, fried & steamed clams, burgers, lobster rolls and weekly rotating specials. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (weather permitting).


Loaded Question is a craft brewery located in Portsmouth’s West End that is dedicated to understanding the infinite possibilities of craft beer, and making memorable moments with fellow beer lovers! This local brewery is open 7 days a week with plenty of patio seating outside, AC inside, and rotating taps to make every experience unique and memorable!

Mr. Kim’s | Downtown Portsmouth, NH

Mr. Kim’s is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving up cocktails, beer, wine, sake, and delicious Asian-inspired comfort food. Indoor and outdoor dining are available—Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm-9pm.


From appetizers and salads, to burgers and adult milkshakes, we can always count on BRGR Bar for a flavorful spin on the classics! Located in downtown Portsmouth, BRGR Bar is committed to using quality ingredients and offering professional service with a smile. BRGR Bar is now open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner (and for brunch on Sundays)!

Jumpin’ Jays | Downtown Portsmouth, NH

For over 20 years, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe has been serving up modern seafood in an upscale and comfortable setting in downtown Portsmouth. Fresh is the name of the game here, with local fish offers extensive raw bar selections and a beautiful outdoor dining area. Open Monday through Saturday starting at 5pm.

Pepperell Cove | Kittery, Maine

Pepperrell Cove not only has stunning views; it also offers a variety of options for outdoor dining—morning, noon, and night! Start your day with coffee at Provisions General Store, enjoy lunch on the rooftop deck of The Ski Club, and watch the sunset fade over the river while enjoying dinner at Frisbee’s Wharf! Outdoor dining at Bistro 1828 is also available. P.S. If you have a boat, you’re welcome to dock it at Pepperrell Cove!


Batson River boasts a unique dining experience in the heart of Kennebunk, Maine. The menu features a range of cocktails, each crafted with house distilled spirits, along with a full list of Batson River craft beers. Between the food, cocktail and beer selections, and stunning interiors, no detail is overlooked at Batson River!

STREET | West End Portsmouth, NH

STREET is an eclectic, casual restaurant and cocktail lounge that satisfies both your hunger and wanderlust. From falafel and phở, to burgers and bibimbap, STREET serves some of the world’s most flavorful street food in one lively place. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and on Sundays for brunch!

The Franklin | Downtown Portsmouth, NH

Since opening its doors in downtown Portsmouth in 2015, The Franklin has been crafting a steadily-changing progressive menu using local, sustainable ingredients from across the Seacoast. Known for the vast selection of oysters and craft cocktails, The Franklin restaurant offers flavorful drinks and unique dishes for everyone! We highly recommend the fresh cut Franklin Fries! Open Wednesday through Sunday at 4pm.

Corner Point Brewing Company | Berwick, Maine

Corner Point Brewing Company is located right along the Salmon Falls River in beautiful Berwick, Maine. The brewery serves unique craft beer that fuses the best of Maine and New Mexico flavors. Experience a new “point of brew” at Corner Point’s tasting room—now open indoors and outdoors on the daily!


Bandaloop is a locally sourced, globally inspired, organic eatery located in beautiful Arundel, Maine. This casual, fine dining restaurant offers indoor seating in a renovated barn from the early 1700’s, and plenty of space for outdoor dining on the patio! Bandaloop offers an ever-changing menu, featuring local ingredients that are in season. Open Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 4:30pm, and for Sunday brunch from 10:30am-2pm.

Luigi’s West End Pizzeria | West End Portsmouth, NH

Luigi’s West End Pizzeria is a neighborhood Italian-American restaurant serving New York style pizza, fresh pasta, and hearty sandwiches 7 days a week! Luigi’s offers outdoor patio dining, indoor dining, takeout, and delivery!

Vida Cantina | Portsmouth, NH

Vida Cantina is a chef-driven restaurant that celebrates modern Mexican cuisine every day of the week (11am-9pm)! Inspired by Chef David Vargas’ Mexican heritage, Vargas takes each dish to the next level with superb technique, product, and creativity. Located near the Portsmouth Green Plaza, Vida Cantina offers plenty of complimentary parking.

Blue Mermaid | KITTERY, MAINE

Blue Mermaid Island Grill is a laid-back restaurant oasis that serves up Caribbean-inspired food. Just off the beaten path in Kittery, Blue Mermaid offers great local seafood, craft beverages, and grilled meals for outdoor and indoor dining and takeout! Visit for Trivia Night every Monday from 6pm-8pm, on Sundays for brunch, from 10am-2pm, and weeknights, for happy hour, from 2pm-5pm! Open Thursday through Monday.

Ore Nell’s BBQ | KITTERY, Maine

Ore Nell’s is a casual, welcoming restaurant that serves barbecue with a view! Enjoy picturesque scenes of the Piscataqua River from your picnic table, while indulging in the tastes of authentic central Texas barbecue—oak smoked low and slow! Ore Nell’s is open for indoor and outdoor dining 7 days a week!