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Black Cow Tap & Grill

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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 112
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 22
    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
Date Night With My Hubby

Parking was easy no waiting we got to sit right at the bar and enjoyed the strawberry field margarita's with the fried calamari. Bartenders were attentive and friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Jesstephen S
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Busy but only 10 minute wait for a nice outdoor table overlooking the water. Shame that such a venue would have simple meals on the menu like burgers and pasta. Nothing creative whatsover, staff did not seem super motivated either.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We took a couple of friends for lunch at The Black Cow while we were visiting there. The setting, on the water was great. We ordered a variety of different food which was all good but the mussels were better than good and a huge portion too. The service was pretty good considering that the place was mobbed. I was... More 

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Cape Cod
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55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Yum! Sit out back and watch the boats, take in a cocktail or two. Excellent snacks and nice vibe. We liked this place very much. Good for couples, families and special events/small groups.

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Although I have never had a bad meal or bad service at The Black Cow, I have to report that after my last visit there a few weeks ago there was an incorrect charge on my credit card that was submitted by this restaurant. Apparently, our server got my charge and my friends charges mixed up. When I looked at... More 

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I had visited here a few months back with a friend of mine and liked it so much I brought my husband back when we were in Newburyport this summer. The food was excellent once again and the wait staff was very attentive. The menu has a variety of items to choose from and if you can get a table... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It was a nice place for a happy hour beverage. Dinner was ok yet expensive, Service staff was all over the board from grumpy to super nice.

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We rented a house on Plum Island and drove into Newburyport to go the Black Cow. We went twice and had a great experience both times. The food is casual fare which was reasonable. We were travelling with teenage kids and they were able to get burgers, nachos etc... while the adults usually had seafood. The atmosphere is lovely, right... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Parking was easy no waiting we got to sit right at the bar and enjoyed the strawberry field margarita's with the fried calamari. Bartenders were attentive and friendly.

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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Every town in America should have a Grill like this. We were warmly welcomed by the greeter and our waitress was sweetness itself - thank you. On a day when the air was literally sucked out by humidity we enjoyed the waterside views from the cool spaciousness inside and the chowder hit the spot. Great place to go - inside... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My fiance and I stopped in on a hot sunday afternoon hoping to get a seat outside. She arrived first and put our name in and she was quoted about a 20-30 minute wait for the patio, not bad given the weather and amount of people about. I arrived shortly after and we were seated within 10-15 minutes outside. We... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Bar scene
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?