Brine
Brine

Brine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://brineoyster.com/
  • Phone: 9783588479x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 12:00 – 11:45PM
    Monday: 12:00 – 10:30PM
    Tuesday: 12:00 – 10:30PM
    Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:30PM
    Thursday: 12:00 – 11:45PM
    Friday: 12:00 – 11:45PM
    Saturday: 12:00 – 11:45PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Corey Marcoux
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Essex St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brine
BRINE is the newest of Nancy Batista-Caswell’s inventive restaurant concepts. With BRINE, her hometown retains the buzz from two exciting eateries that she’s brought to New England through picturesque Newburyport.

BRINE’s sleek, stainless and Carrera marble bar, industrial lighting and ample galvanized furnishings make the fresh fish and butchered meats the stars of the show. Drop by to chose from a daily smorgasbord of Ceviche, Crudo — fresh Bivalves, Tartare, Sashimi, Carpaccio — Cotton, Brandade, and Espumas in addition to select prime cuts and butchered chops. Carpet Baggers, Daily Dock specials and Po’boys will round out a menu of Italian and Spanish influences.

Fans of our sister restaurant Ceia will find operational and culinary fluidity between these two hometown Caswell Restaurant Group establishments. Cheers!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Brine reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (37)notable wine list (28)hot spot (21)romantic (20)vibrant bar scene (18)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (13)great for brunch (6)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Superb
    kitcat1019
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere and creative, delicious apps and main courses. So glad we chose to have our anniversary dinner here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute and happening
    HavenF
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Cozy little restaurant, good food and great oysters! Nice wine list!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    MrsHaugh
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation for Brine on a Wednesday night and had a wonderful experience! My husband got the wine and brine dinner and I had the sirloin. Everything tasted wonderful and our server was knowledgeable and friendly. My only recommendation is that you make a reservation before you arrive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased!!
    Bunbunboston
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We made our reservation same day through Open Table, couldn't be easier, had a 5:30 spot! Bar was happening, restaurant 2/3 full. Immediately upon seating we were approached by our server Mac! She was absolutely wonderful, answered all our questions gave us proper space but never kept us waiting!! She was fabulous, food was inspired! Eat the provided bread as the portions are small, but please savor them, you don't get this quality of food everyday (if you do you are blessed!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Visit
    WayCat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was our second visit and everything was just as good as the first. The staff was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. Like most gourmet restaurants the menu is limited but changes often. On our first visit we enjoyed duck and swordfish, the second visit was arctic char and monk fish. Presentation and preparation were perfect. The reason we first tried Brine, however, was for oysters. Although selection was limited to 6 types they were sweet and delicious. Price is on the upper end, but you get what you pay for. Overall a great place for casual dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as great the second time!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great oysters, a bartender who provides wonderful food and drink recommendations, never feeling rushed, always feeling welcome, and experiencing delightful culinary combinations that you are not likely to find elsewhere... put it all together, and it's another evening at Brine! Can't wait to come back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • big disappointment
    liv2dine
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    chowder was horrible, thin & very salty. risotto cold & soupy. fish portion very small.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rick
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We dined at Brine in Newburyport. This was a great place to find for for our dining choice. The food selection was classy and unique, but for a seaport town, it offers a wonderful variety of fresh seafood and some meats. All of the offerings let you have the size and flare for the meal you're looking for. We enjoyed fresh salmon and swordfish, both were great. Good for drinks and appetizer, or small meal, or a full dinner. We are already planning our next visit with friends!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lazy summer day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Visited Newburyport on a weekday to escape the crowds. We happened upon Brine after a quick check through OpenTable. Very quiet time of day. Waitstaff of Ann and Andrew were attentive and engaging. Wife and I enjoyed the oyster po'boy and the fresh oysters. My only negative was no Jack Daniels. Other than that would go back again to try dinner
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fresh, flavorful, creative all across the menu. Our server was attentive and friendly and able to recommend the right wine to enjoy with our seafood. Halibut crudo is heaven on a plate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Conflicted
    Westwoods
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A place to be seen and heard. High energy on a Sat night with very high noise level. Can be great for those who want that. Not a place for comfort. Very close/tight quarters and upright seats. Service person was very good and did not rush despite the energy. Menu seemed limited to me. The quality is very good for what is served. The steak filet and char were hits. Rib-eye was end piece and overly fatty. Cod on level of fish and chips. The place has a lot of life and is in the middle of everything. It will work for a lot of people. Know what you're getting into first, before spending a good amount!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good vibe!
    Scott
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We brought friends of ours here from Chicago. We all enjoyed the evening! Catherine the waitress gave us great service. The oysters on the half shell were excellent as was the oysters Rockefeller. My monk fish dish was cooked just right and the sauce was delicious. Two of us had the haddock entre and were quite pleased. The Pain Killer cocktail brought me back to my fun time in Saint Thomas......! The seating is a little tight, but, we dealt with it. All-In-All a nice experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most eclectic menu!
    Bella
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Brine is nestled in the wonderful main street area of Newburyport. Excellent farm to table choices including some of the most "healthy" cocktails I have ever had...love the martini menu. Seafood is excellent, service is outstanding, atmosphere is casual and inviting. Venue is small, so it is best to make reservations for a weekend evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go again!
    Anthony
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great bar scene, wonderful seafood and shellfish, prepared perfectly. Great Steaks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely, creative menu but...
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love to use Open Table to try new restaurants and with my husband's travel, the points quickly add up to cash in for a meal. While we totally enjoyed our experience with regards to our food at Brine, we were put off by their inability to process our gift card (which I called to find out that it was fine) and their unwillingness to consider the problem might be theirs. Not sure if I will go back again, but I hope they work out the kinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Prices for Small Portions
    LSR155
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a mixed experience. Some items were excellent (oysters, bluefish pate), others were surprisingly bland (swordfish, halibut crudo). The fish portions were quite small, (about 4 oz for the main courses) for $26+. The waitress was friendly and knowledgable but the kitchen was very slow.
    • Food
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  • Very well executed
    Tony
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was my second visit to Brine in 1 week. My first experience was so tremendous, I had to go back right away. It was equally as good so the owner is running a tight ship! All the staff are pleasant and warm. The food is prepared perfectly and the flavors are deliciously blended. Personally, I am not able to eat shell fish unfortunately, but my friend did and he said they were outstanding and super fresh. Also really nice that the menu has some other choices for those that may not enjoy fish. The bartender Drew is very well spoken about the wine and makes a superb cocktail! Well done Brine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently perfect.
    NewburyportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to Brine about half a dozen times since moving to Newburyport, and each time I have had a perfect dining experience. This is my go-to restaurant for a special occasion, entertaining an important client or treating an out-of-town friend. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectible.
    MaineDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Oysters. Yummy. Beer selection... adventurous and full of variety. Cod entree & house made sausage entrees were perfect. Service is very knowledgeable and wants to help you make the best selections. Actually the Cod was one of the best preparations I have ever had. Brine is now one of my fav restaurants in Newburyport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!! :D
    Luv2play10Us2VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This place is absolutely phenomenal! My husband had been resistant to try this place but I finally won out and he's happy I did. The place is small which for me is absolutely perfect. I had oysters (choice of 3 sauces/mignonettes), the smoked blue fish pate' (heavenly) and the dinner special (petite sirloin cooked to perfection). My husband had the clam chowder (awesome) and a sausage sandwich. Unfortunately we didn't have room for dessert but that can be for another time. We can't wait to go back! :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food, slow service
    jonesdljsfVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was outstanding. We had the swordfish and the cod, both great, cook to perfection. The asparagus soup was good, but didn't know it was going to be cold. Sometimes restaurants can use too much jargon and it doesn't tell you in direct terms what it really us, which was the case in point. The service, however, was quite slow, we went through 3 baskets of bread waiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food & Service - always
    AmandaLeigh
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have been here 3-4 times now, on special occasions and random nights. Always exceptional service, very knowledgeable staff, food and presentation and timing of the food / apps is always perfect. Waters were refilled so many times (that is usually my pet peeve when water is not refilled!) Just A+ all around, love this place, will definitely be back, and recommending to everyone.... FAVORITE restaurant in Newburyport. My other half agrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    Rick23VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Picked Brine for a special night and was not disappointed. Had a great table by the window, good wine list and innterestimg menu. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    Weave
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went for our anniversary and everythign was superb. fresh seafood, great wait staff, awesome place all around. This place is the real deal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brine? Divine!
    marnee
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What an unexpected find in a little brick-lined pocket in Newburyport--delicious fresh oysters, raw fish entrees, exceptionally inventive small plates (bacon, eggs and fried oysters with spicy chile sauce or green and white asparagus salad with tiny quiche slices), and superb main courses (perfectly cooked fish, filet mignon, and a personal favorite,duck breast with sausages). Don't miss the cocktails--especially the beet-infused vodka "Up Beat", though there is also an extensive list of hand-crafted beers and an unusual selection of fine imported wines. In a word, fantastic--we returned 5 times and took everyone we knew during our brief visit to the town and we were never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch al fresco
    drrob
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    A great relaxed lunch venue...there was a good variety of oysters and four different sauces as accompaniments; the rest of the menu is innovative and my tuna tartine was a great choice. Some nice wine choices as well. The service was very attentive and it was not a problem when we moved inside because of the sun. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    CeltsFans
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Fantastic place to go if you love a great raw bar and sumptuous small plates (beef tartare, bacon&egg) The Atlantic char was outstanding; we'll get that again. We were celebrating our anniversary and Briana (owner/ manager) made it memorable with her friendly manner and 2 complimentary glasses of champaign. Add to that a notable wine list and the result was a superb evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I went with my wife for our birthdays, and it was a memorable experience. The food was amazing, the server attentive and knowledgeable. It's a tight space and a bit loud, but a vibrant atmosphere. We asked for a good table in our reservation because of the occasion, and the hostess obliged with a romantic window seat. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Certainly reminded us of Neptune Oyster, but with a much more laid back vibe. Creative food, perfectly prepared. Would go back in an instant and would certainly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great , but skip the dessert
    joshVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We've eaten at Brine a couple of times, once last summer, and again last night. The meal was mostly terrific but was marred by the deserts. We started with oysters and the grilled octopus, they had a wonderful selection of Massachusetts oysters, all of which were wonderful. The octopus was also excellent. For our main courses we had the monkfish and the duck, both of which were brilliant. Now for the bad news, the desserts were awful. I had the souffle Grand Marnier, it was practically inedible because they topped it with an incredibly salty raspberry sauce. My wife had a frozen yogurt mousse which wasn't terrible like the souffle but it also wasn't very good. We had the same reaction last year, we loved everything except the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not bad but don't come hungry...
    HungerHappy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was good but if you're hungry don't bother with the small plates. Dollar for dollar I really didn't see the value compare to what we got. I'm willing to spend coin for good food but not drop a house payment for a decent portion.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative
    GreatBlue
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Imaginative small plates, array of oysters, and expansive craft beer list (alas, only in bottles) are highlights. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the food, wine, and beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb food
    LewH
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Excellent and very creative food. A brief menu, but everything is really, really interesting and excellent. The restaurant "presents" as a neighborhood bistro (which is fine) but the food is really quite extraordinary and at a much higher level than what one would expect in a high-quality bistro.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mkbresVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our second visit to Brine and we were just as pleased as the first time. The service is great and everyone is both friendly and helpful. My daughter and I shared a selection of oysters which were delicious. For lunch I ordered the Oyster Po Boy which is excellent and flavorful but really needs a few more oysters in the sandwich. My daughter had the Shrimp BLT wrap which was packed with shrimp and flavor! She really loved the combination of flavors and the seasonings used in it. Would recommend Brine if you are in Newburyport!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Brine was closed
    korzoVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    When we arrived for our reservation at 12:15, Brine was closed for a photo shoot & we were told to return in 1 hour. So we went to 10 Center Street around the corner, which was excellent.
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  • dine at brine
    arnie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Raw Oysters very good...fresh; salade special good; soup, so-so; Crudo ...terrible, they forgot the horse radish and size was teenie, tastless and not competative for such a simple sushi dish.....cannot understand how they screwed up. Told waitress she said "sorry".....souflay fair. Waitress genuinely concerned.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So slow but delicious
    lrco
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The service was great from our waitress, but the lunches took so long to be cooked. We waited over 40 minutes for crudo to arrive(it's raw!). Not sure what was the backup.
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  • Great spot!
    Wendy51998
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    What a great spot for celebrating our 10 year anniversary! The food was top notch, especially the oysters! The service was great and we had a perfect little spot right in the front window! Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • consistent
    paulVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Four visits and no disappointments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exciting menu and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This is a great find for anyone who is visiting Newburyport (locals too!) My husband and I have been here 5 times and the food consistency and quality is superior. We took our parents for a Bday dinner and were treated to 4 glasses of champagne with our desert- Brianne- Restaurant Manager is the best too!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate