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54R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
978-499-8811
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 130
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Off-season dining at a local restaurant.

I met an old friend for lunch in February. The dining room was only about a third full which was fine as we had our choice of good seating with a nice view of the harbor. The service was friendly- we had a nice young lady who was probably new but trying hard to please us. The menu in mid-winter,... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
freeskiier
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Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I met an old friend for lunch in February. The dining room was only about a third full which was fine as we had our choice of good seating with a nice view of the harbor. The service was friendly- we had a nice young lady who was probably new but trying hard to please us. The menu in mid-winter,... More 

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Thank freeskiier
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We know this restaurant a long time ago. It's the same pleasure to take a lunch in this place. The food is good, the pricing correct, and the service is professional.

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Thank gil421
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You will enjoy the view of the River & watching the boats come & go while having cocktails in the summer months. It's one of few restaurants on the water & people flock to it for that reason. Take away the water & all I can find is mediocre menue, mediocre food at a high price. Very small bar inside... More 

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Thank Nicole V
Newbury, MA
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can always rely on this restaurant for good food, clean and elegant atmosphere and professional staff. Water view and bar.

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Thank Connie H
Haverhill, Massachusetts
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199 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Great clam chowder for a state known for its chowda. Good service, good bar section and nice casual sit area. Its one of two places with a view of the harbor, and the owners own this and the Harborside. Good place for sandwiches or major entrees. In the summer you have a great covered deck and in the winter you... More 

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Thank Brian D
Annapolis
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110 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Was very crowded on my visit. Food was good. Bar was jammin. Hear they may be moving?? Was a bit pricier than other options but seemingly worth it.

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Thank GianniB
Boston, Massachusetts
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We stopped here after a day at the beach to quench our thirst and have something light. Our table on the porch by the Merrimack River was delightful. Unfortunately there was a mix-up in our order and we had to wait an unusually long time for the food to arrive. The waitress and manager apologized sincerely and comped us the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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140 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Been here lots of times in the patio but this was the first visit in winter. Super service in a busy friendly bar scene. Delicious start with the crab cake. Perfectly cooked with a nicely spiced sauce and corn relish. Great wedge salad with Med rare steak tips-delicious!

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Thank NuclearMamma
Massachusetts
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I have been here several times over the past few years and I always come away with the same thought: great location, great ambiance, mediocre food.

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Thank freeskiier
Georgetown, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The food at this restaurant is excellant and very famous for it. In the summer you can eat outside on a huge verander above and on the water. On a moon-lite night it can be very romantic, with little white candle lights , and a warm breeze. It's very nice, and you will enjoy this. Inside is very nice also,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 54R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: 978-499-8811

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?