The Old Ferry Landing (OFL) has been a staple on Portsmouth’s waterfront for more than 40 years.
We offer the ambiance of casual waterfront dining with a large outdoor deck nestled next to the tugboats on the Piscataqua River. In addition to daily lunch and dinner specials, our menu features a variety of fresh seafood dishes. Entrees include traditional New England favorites such as lobster in the rough, lobster rolls, haddock, scallops, grilled shrimp caesar, grilled tuna, swordfish, broiled salmon, fried clams, fresh salads, burgers or fresh roasted turkey sandwiches. Be sure to try our famous “Jimmy Juice” cocktail or a cold locally brewed beer on tap. Enjoy the scenic view at this popular family restaurant in downtown historic Portsmouth. Open for lunch, dinner and cocktails seven days a week.
“The Old Ferry Landing” takes it name from the part it played in Portsmouth’s history. Before the turn of the Century when there was no structural link-up between the coastal areas of New Hampshire and Maine, the building now housing this restaurant was erected as a ferryboat terminal. A regular means of public transportation was thus provided across the swift current of the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth to Badger’s Island, in Kittery, Maine. The operation, known as the Portsmouth, Kittery and York Street Railway, continued until progress voided its need with construction of the first of three bridges now spanning the river.
But the old ferryboat station did not lose its usefulness. The same building remained a viable element in the city’s commercial life throughout most of its years, having been adapted to a variety of functions. In turn it has served as a bottling works for soft drinks, a lobster pound and a gift shop, among other uses. The property was acquired in 1973 by the Blalock family, including the well-known professional golfer Jane Blalock. They opened it as a restaurant on June 10, 1975 under its present name.
As a note to the curious, it should be mentioned that the large wooden beams supporting the roof are original with the building, and they deserve attention as a salutary example of the character of building methods in the 19th Century.