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Black Cow Tap & Grill

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54R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Danvers, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Normally I really enjoy this restaurant, especially in the summer when you can sit on the outside deck along the Merrimack River. Today, the food was good, the Bloody Mary was excellent, but service was slow and the waitress less than cordial.

Thank BigGuy01923
central, ma.
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130 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Got off the catamaran tour right next to the restaurant. We were starving and went in for lunch. Food was good and service was excellent.

Thank cronar66
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant is a destination location sitting right on the river and adjacent to the lovely river walkway. Food is good, menu is not extensive but it's a good choice for us when we have out of town guests. It's really is all about the location...it's easy to park, dine, stroll along the water then rest on one of the... More 

Thank Dijon37
West Hartford, Connecticut
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77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch outside on the deck, near the bar. What a pretty setting. Staff was friendly and efficient. I had a fish sandwich w fries and it was cooked and seasoned very well. All other food was good as well. Would definately go back.

Thank alisa62
New Hampshire
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Friday night was busy, and we were glad we made reservations! One of the best things about our experience was that we were not rushed! Our table was inside as that is the only area that accepts reservations. That was perfect because it was too hot outside for me;) We sat at a large booth which still had a beautiful... More 

Thank Diane F
Bolton, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, but just an average meal that is somewhat overpriced. My wife had the fish sandwich which was very bland. My son had a pasta dish that was decent. The salad was mediocre at best.

1 Thank pug12
Somers, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

lovely place, very busy yet accommodating, but I foolishly ordered the lobster croissant which tasted like it had a touch of a cleaning agent, more likely a tarragon OD, also possibly undercooked or maybe a shedder. companion's swordfish special was well prepared and delicious .p.s. also beware the cucumber/mint martini- undrink-ably bad combo. MY choices bombed at this place but... More 

1 Thank Andromeda10598
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a nice view for a romantic or casual dinner go for it. The food here is just ok. (Average). Our appetizer was perfect. But the main entrée was not cooked right (asked for a medium burger, got a well done one) the service was great. Our waitress was kind and attentive answering all the questions... More 

1 Thank Kalliman G
Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only thing special for me about the Black Cow is the view. We have lived in Newburyport for over a decade and this place has not changed at ALL. It is filled with tourists, which isn't a bad thing but wow...does it need some updating. The menu along with the mauve toilets and sinks have not changed in fifteen... More 

1 Thank ropqsr
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to enjoy the harbor for lunch. Food was excellent and very fresh. Service was also very good. My husband had the salmon with potatoes and love it. I went for the haricot & greens salad with chicken. Very satisfied with our meals.

1 Thank Marcel D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54R Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: 978-499-8811

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