We were staying in Newburyport over a Monday night and found that our first choice restaurant, Center Street was not open on Monday's. We had driven by the Mission Oak restaurant on our way into town and decided to give it a try. As mentioned by many other reviewers, it is in a converted church. When we got there around 6 PM we noted that it was not very busy, not surprising on a Monday evening. There is a large bar area just off the center of the room, a large number of bar height tables and stools, and quite a few tables and booths. The interior is black paint and dark wood. Very contenporary and chic but quite a contrast from the sunshine we had just left. The hostess seated us in a booth by one of the large church windows which gave us a view outside as well as more light. Both the wine list and the menu were quite extensive. Prices were what I would have expected at a nice restaurant, with entrees from the mid teens to the high twenties.
My wife chose the salmon with a shallot and mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes (we don't remember the vegetable) and I chose the seared ahi tuna special with sunomono and asparagus. My wife loves salmon but was a little suspicious about the mushroom and shallot sauce thinking it seemed odd with salmon. Both of our meals were delicious. Surprisingly the sauce worked very well with the salmon. My tuna was excellent, a generous amount, very tender and just seared lightly. The asparagus was baby and cooked very lightly so it remained crunchy and full of flavor. The service was very friendly and very prompt. As we were eating the place filled up somewhat. Probably 30-40% of the tables were filled by the time we left, not bad for a Monday night. In all, a very pleasant dining experience. We would certainly return if we were in the Newburyport area again.
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