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Park Lunch

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Seafood, Pub, Bar
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181 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2245
+1 978-465-9817
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place. Many specials on the white board. Very reasonable prices. I have fried large shrimp. They were delicious. My husband ordered fried clams and said the best he has ever had. The service was excellent. This is a small place and is very busy. We will definitely be back.

Thank MaryS001
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Park lunch is an old-fashioned Diner that has been in business for many many years. It is slightly outside of town on Merrimack Street but across from Cashman Park and Merrimack River. When you are through with your dinner just walk across the street and down to the park and enjoy the beautiful Parkway from one end of Cashman under... More 

Thank Patty K
Newburyport, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We, and many other Newburyporters,, have been going to Park Lunch for decades. An honest unpretentious place enjoyed by young and old, sports enthusiasts, families and all types of locals. While not a seafood restaurant as such, it delivers an excellent menu of fish and shellfish cooked just right. Fried clams and scallops are my favorites. There are daily specials... More 

Thank brianjcox
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best clams in Newburyport. In a pub feeling local lore kind of place. The Food is great and the selection has something for everyone. Love it.

Thank pblanchette
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For the past few years my wife and I have been taking food out from the Park Lunch about once per week. Most of the time we get a cheeseburger deluxe and a regular cheeseburger. The burgers are extremely fresh with 6 ozs. of lean beef on a fresh bulkie bun and are close to gourmet quality at the extremely... More 

Thank tripster999
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great fried clams....scallops and fried fish, tooI I'm sure everything else on the menu is just as good, but those were the only three things the four of us ordered. The service was also first-rate.....our waitress could not have been any nicer. Really frosted glasses for draft beer....so cold and just the way beer should come! It is a small... More 

Thank Mannster
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Ipswich MA is known for it's fried clams. These are better. These are the best fried clams in NewEngland. This place is a joint. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it is damn good on the inside!

Thank Paul F
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133 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

This place was really crowded when we visited. I am glad we had reservations. Based on the quality and quantity of the entrees, I am sure they are always crowded. So make a reservation if you can. Though the move a lot of people in and out, we did not feel rushed at all. Our food was perfectly prepared and... More 

Thank William O
Hiram, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

excellent food and decent prices for seafood. Time your visit as it is a small place with limited parking and it gets very crowded. will definitely go back when I'm up north

Thank paboody
Boston, Massachusetts
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137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

The Park Lunch is a local's place. We had a pizza with onions, fresh peppers and tomatoes. It was a nice crispy crust and very tasty. We have had other things on the menu and everything has been good

Thank Vanderneucker

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Seafood, Pub, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2245
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: +1 978-465-9817

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