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Welcome To Brine! Newburyport's First Oyster, Crudo and Chop Bar! We have differant oysters available each and every day, the freshest seafood selections, and prime beef selections from the butcher. Enjoy live shucking behind our bar as well as intriguing seafood preparations created daily by our Chefs. Brine serves dinner until 10:30pm Monday- Wednesday, and 11:45pm Thursday- Sunday. We are also open for lunch Saturday & Sundays 12:00-4:00pm. The interior is beautifully decorated with notes of stainless steel and a beautiful marble bar as the focal point. Come enjoy a delicious meal with us at the bar or a table and relax a bit, in our fun, upbeat cozy spot right in the center of State Street
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We actually just happened upon this restaurant on a rainy Thursday just after we got into Newburyport. It was excellent, our waitress told us it was a constantly changing menu, so we know we’ll go back.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 12, 2020 via mobile

Pricey but tasted amazing, I got the gnocchi and my husband had the smoked mussels hurt our wallet a little but will always be a memorable night

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

BRINE REVIEW 3/8/20 What a MAJOR Disappointment I really thought we were going to have a great meal here but the whole food experience was flawed from beginning to end. The menu had a choice of 3 oysters and none of them came from north...of Ma. I sampled one but it was way too briny. I had been assured that the oyster shucker knew what he was doing, but, oh no, he did not cut the foot so that it was part of the oyster; he left it on the shell. What a waste. The clam chowder had an unctuous base but the pork belly/bacon was served in 1 inch cubes, and had to be cut up for a flavor balance with the clams and creamy base. The beet salad was delicious and clean but Brine doesn’t have salad forks! Now THAT is a new one- a restaurant that serves caviar and $33 entrees and has a menu section called Salads, but has no salad forks… And lastly, what a travesty was that $33 entrée. It was so enticing- Hamachi poached in an onion broth with Jerusalem Artichokes and, per our request, mushrooms and celeriac puree [borrowed from the arctic char entrée].All the components were well prepared, but the fish? Hamachi is one of the marvels of the fish world- rich, fatty, full of flavor and usually seen on sushi counters. What ever gave the chef the idea to cook it into a piece of cardboard?? We will definitely never return.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 3, 2020

Went last night with a friend for a casual small meal. The atmosphere was attractive typical upscale bistro. Our server and staff were friendly and engaging. We ordered crab over cornmeal johnny cakes with shaved apple and fennel. Could have been a fun dish but...the flavors were off. The overly sweet background of maple just made the crab taste fishy. Overpriced and a little pretentious. Not sure I'll be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020

Small restaurant specializing in oysters, which are a dollar a piece on Thursdays. Fish & chips was plentiful and very well done. Menu is not extensive, but features seafood and is adequate but on the pricey side. The service on a beautiful Sunday afternoon was...a little brusk. Patrons with children were present.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 31, 2019

A small group of us stopped in for pre-dinner oysters. As a vegetarian I imagined I'd be able to get a salad or some other small plate while the others scarfed their oysters. Sadly, I discovered there was very little on the menu for a...vegetarian to choose from - in the end I decided upon the butternut squash and quinoa salad. The butternut squash was shaved and raw, and lacked any flavor of butternut squash. In fact, the entire salad was very bland and tasteless, except for the whole raw cranberries sprinkled on the top. Those were quite tart indeed! The included goat cheese amounted to only a few crumbles - maybe a teaspoonful in total. All this for 15.00! I also didn't care for my "craft" cocktail - a rum, and ginger beer concoction. I ended up giving half of it away. Unless you love oysters (I can't comment on those) you can give this place a miss.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019

I started off with 3 Oysters from Buzzards Bay. My wife ordered the Clam Chowder and a Salad (I forgot which one). I ordered the Halibut. Both all 3 were excellent and well presented.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 3, 2019

It was difficult to write a fair review here, because I had no experience with New Age Cuisine and expected this to be a seafood restaurant. (For those unfamiliar with New Age, it is basically epicurean appetizers disguised as main courses.) Portions are very small,...and the menu is very pricey (example: shrimp cocktail costs 4 dollars per shrimp). With that said, the food was presented in a very artistic manner, and the flavor was excellent. If you are a connoisseur of New Age dining as it applies to seafood, this is your restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

There is a well-earned stereotype: often the more expensive the restaurant, the smaller the portions. That applies here. If you order a lobster roll at Panera in Newburyport, for example, it will contain over twice as much lobster meat, equally good, and still cost considerably...less than the one here. Each piece of shrimp at Brine cost $4.00. And so on. To be clear, the food was fresh and tasted good. The presentations had an artistic flair; definitely photogenic. Service was great. If you get a kick out of this sort of thing, Brine will likely please you.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 22, 2019

We were visting Newburyport, MA for the day and made reservations at Brine for dinner. as It is rated # 1 in Newburyport , Therefore wanted to make it special for my wife's 75th birthday. We began our dinner by ordering 10 shrimp cocktail along...with oysters. The shrimp was absolutely the most disgusting shrimp we have ever eaten.. The color was a light grey, not whte. The taste was mealy, and texture slimy. At 4$ a pop..or ($40.00) total for the shrimp, it was a disaster. I wanted to return the entire order, but due to the fact it was my wife's 75th birthday celebration I did not want to rock the boat. Dinner was served. I had a 12 oz. steak which was tender, but served tepid. My wife and son ordered a Lobster Bake with clams. Only 1 clam was served with their portion. Without going into further detail, this was, by far, one of the worst dinners that we have ever experienced. This restaurant should be rated 0. If I could make it less than that I would. Edward D SternMore

Date of visit: August 2019
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