Black Trumpet Bistro

This refined, romantic locale serves up swoon-worthy small plates.

By Catherine Smart

Black Trumpet resides on hallowed Portsmouth restaurant ground: the former site of nationally-acclaimed Blue Strawbery. Chef Evan Mallett—a four-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef, Northeast—carries on the torch with small plates infused with global flavors: try Tequila and Beet Cured Sockeye Salmon with nigella seeds, and delicate Quail Adobado. Black Trumpet is where locals and in-the-know tourists go for date night. Food is thoughtful, service is warm, and the cozy exposed brick building, peering out onto the water, feels haunted by all the best ghosts of Portsmouth past.

Black Trumpet Bistro

29 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH


  • Must Have

Cheese, Cures & Charcuterie

Start with a taste of house-made charcuterie and accoutrements; whether it’s bacon, rillettes, or pâté, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Insider Tip

Ask about the chef’s meze of the day to get a sampling of three kitchen favorites.

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