Though meals tend to bring friends together, meals peppered with magnets can push them apart. Enjoy an attractive repast with today’s Groupon to Blue Mermaid Island Grill in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get a Caribbean dinner for two (up to a $92.86 total value). The dinner includes the following:
- One small plate (up to an $11.99 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $24.99 value each)
- Two drinks (up to an $11.95 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $6.99 value)<p>
- For $69, you get a Caribbean dinner for four (up to a $185.72 total value). The dinner includes the following:
- Two small plates (up to an $11.99 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $24.99 value each)
- Four drinks (up to an $11.95 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $6.99 value each)<p>
- For $99, you get a Caribbean dinner for six (up to a $278.58 total value). The dinner includes the following:
- Three small plates (up to an $11.99 value each)
- Six entrees (up to a $24.99 value each)
- Six drinks (up to an $11.95 value each)
- Three desserts (up to a $6.99 value each)
The chefs at Blue Mermaid Island Grill have earned a feature on Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels for their menu of traditional Caribbean island creations, including fresh seafood and steak seared on a wood-burning grill. A smattering of small plates includes the Pork and Mango Tango, a deep-fried wheat wrap enclosing chipotle-barbecue shredded pork, roasted corn-red-pepper salsa, and jack cheese with a mango hot sauce. Burning wood grills entrees such as mahi-mahi and sea scallops, which can be customized with a veil of sauce such as jalapeño-pesto or grilled mango vinaigrette, and roasted poblano mashed potatoes soak up the braised beef short ribs’ guava-soy reduction like a discerning sponge.
Blue Mermaid complements meals with sweet or sudsy accouterments that include a house-made dessert such as white-chocolate banana-bread pudding bedecked with spiced-rum caramel sauce. Diners can imbibe locally brewed beers or sip wines plucked from across the globe. A fleet of creative cocktails offers a selection of nine margaritas, such as the Fire & Ice, constructed with jalapeño-infused tequila, sour mix, cranberry, and liquefied flames. Live local and regional entertainment bolsters the eatery’s atmosphere, as do eco-friendly practices that include using recycled materials and befriending lonely ivy leaves. Customers can call the restaurant upon arrival to access a gated, onsite parking lot.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill
You would think that a restaurant inside one of The Hill's 200-year-old historic homes would have a menu steeped in traditional American cuisine. But that's not the case with Blue Mermaid Island Grill, which instead serves the sweet, spicy food of the Caribbean. Popular dishes include everything from guava-braised short ribs to a New World paella with chicken, shrimp, mussels, and sausage in curried rice. Chefs can prepare many menu items vegetarian or gluten-free.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill also has full bar service, including eight rotating craft-beer taps and margaritas in nine flavors. Cocktails contribute to an upbeat vibe—which landed it a feature on Food Network's Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels—as does live music four nights a week with both professional and local musicians. The indoor and outdoor dining areas are decorated with pieces from local artists, adding to the grassroots vibe and relieving owners Scott and Karen Logan of trying to pull off a major museum heist.
116 High St.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801Get Directions