Welcome to The Grill at the Gas Light. Built in 1837, this building is the former home of the city’s first utility, the Portsmouth Gas Light Co.


We offer a variety of traditional American style menu items, such as homemade clam chowder, wood-fire grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches. Our entrees include grilled chicken pasta and lobster stuffed haddock. We offer locally brewed draft beer and a boutique style wine selection, as well as national favorites.





HAPPY HOUR: 1/2 draft pints, glasses of wine and select appetizers every Monday - Friday from 2:30 - 6pm!

MARGARITA MONDAY: 1/2 off all margaritas every Monday from open - close!

TINI-TUESDAY: 1/2 off all martinis every Tuesday from open - close!

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY: 1/2 off bottles of wine every Wednesday from open - close!

ASK HOW YOU CAN BECOME A FREQUENT DINER MEMBER: Exclusive deals, discounts and more.


Saying that Newcomer's creations are marvelous is an understatement. Their design and coloring are reminiscent of the real McCoys. He's carved marlin, tuna, bluefish and whales, and now he's doing trout, redfish, snook and mackerel. Often, it's conversation around the waterfront that inspires him to carve. Newcomer carves his creations from mill slabs. He finds the raw materials from mills throughout the northeastern states.

  • Artist image
  • Artist image
  • Artist image
  • Artist image


  • “We had the mussels and they were excellent. We ate at the bar and had great service. It was a Wednesday night so our bottle of wine was half off. Everything about our dinner experience there was very good. Atmosphere was comfortable.” – Yelp, 5 Stars

  • “Gas Light is one of my favorite restaurants in Portsmouth because of the atmosphere. All of the employees are great, the food is great, and in the summer I recommend sitting outside on the deck. Overall, I recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Portsmouth!” – Trip Advisor, 5 stars

  • “Good Food, Great time!” Food was good and friendly staff. Clam chowder was one of my best. We had a large booth and was very comfortable.” – Trip Advisor, 5 stars

  • “Travel to Portsmouth frequently for work and have always wanted to eat here. I wasn’t disappointed. Great server Kyle was very attentive. Had a pita with chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and Swiss. Delish. Nice decor and had a lovely seat at the window next to a beautiful huge jade where I could people watch. I’ll be back next time I’m in town!” – Trip Advisor, 5 Stars

  • “Food, staff, ambiance and everything else was perfect. The food was delicious. The prices very reasonable. The wait for tables was immediate. I can’t wait to go back and have the ribs again. Everyone in our party raved about the food and the drinks.” – Yelp, 5 Stars