Brine
Brine

Brine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://brineoyster.com/
  • Phone: (978) 358-8479
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Brine reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (36)special occasion (33)notable wine list (21)romantic (19)hot spot (18)great for lunch (9)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Just right
    WNewburyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We wanted a dinner where we could relax, talk and enjoy something special without being assaulted by culinary oddities that were too distracting. We've been the Brine before so it seemed a good choice. We were right. The service was personally attentive, creative and deferential. The food sublime. Few serve oysters as well as Brine. They are well cleaned, shucked, and chilled. The soup was outstanding though we suspect a bit salty. The raw beef appetizer had a decent amount and a wide variety of flavors. The fish was perfect and overall we had a wonderful evening. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brine Newburyport
    katieinnbptVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The good was amazing. It is pricy, but it's completely worth it. I have never had a better filet than I had at Brine! The pork belly and clam chowder was literally the best thing I have ever had in my life. All around great experience. Just be prepared, it's loud in there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great evening there!
    3and3makesamillion
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Brine the other night. Starting with a seafood assortment and moving on to the seared sea scallops and finishing off with a salt-caramel souffle! Everything was cooked to perfection, served with a smile and simply delicious! I would highly recommend Brine to anyone, especially seafood lovers, looking for a wonderful dinner in Newburyport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters and beef and veggies oh my
    newbie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good place to go for oysters and fresh seafood and veggies. Portions are very small so you can eat lots of courses without feeling full. would go again for special occasion but make sure to have reservations especially on weekends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Brine was a fantastic restaurant! My sis and I had a lovely time and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I went to Brine for the first time. Waitress was friendly and attentive. Food was great. My friends raved about the Oysters, saying they were the BEST they've ever had. While pricey, they were worth the money. My friend ordered swordfish and loved it. I had a short rib special, which was very different, but delicious. There were a few different barley accompaniments on the plate, which were very good. I had them omit the bone marrow something or other. My husband ordered the halibut, which he said was just OK. After dinner, I had the best decaf cappuccino I've had outside of Italy. I plan to go back for cappuccino and dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great meal and excellent service. Took out of town guests and they were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time...
    RigsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    was a charm! Everything was fresh, well prepared, and tasty. The Bacon & Eggs appetizer with the addition of fried oysters was delicious. My wife raved about the heirloom tomato salad, so that's a good thing! The cod dish was done to perfection and my steelhead trout made me very happy. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The next time we are back in Newburyport, it will be difficult not to go back to Brine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters
    AntietamCreeker
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Got a dozen oysters and bowl of mussels with frites and slaw. Oysters were excellent (4 varieties from the Cape and Maine). Mussels were very good, but could have been served hotter. Broth was excellent. Good beer menu and some good wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Brine continues to be one of our favorites. The combination of food, service and energy never disappoints! The menu is always changing, the staff is so knowledgeable - their recommendations are always winners! You leave feeling like you just had dinner with your friends! Did I mention the food? Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot in a fabulous town
    DessertloverPA
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Rather sophisticated menu that listed ingredients rather than describing the selections but the wait staff was very helpful. Pretty small venue with tightly spaced tables and fairly high noise level. Food was well prepared and presented. While unique combinations worked well for most courses, dessert was a disappointment. But cappuccino was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    LuvMyRumbinTummy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Third time here. Fantastic arrangements. House made sausage to die for. Wonderful dinner service barside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best food
    diningoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    its more then just an oyster bar that's for sure. Its seafood main dishes and steaks are crazy good. beef was so tender and flavorful. the tartar of beef out of this world and their tuna entrée mushroom broth was ridiculous. Best spot north of boston. no doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brine is delightful
    tastesbytwoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As usual, we enjoyed Brine thoroughly. The spiced bacon with poached egg and fried oysters is my favorite order!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Second visit and was just as great as the first! The only down side is the noise. Walls are brick so no sound absorption. Difficult to have a conversation. The food, wine and service were all superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Eclectic Dining
    quipquot
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Dining at Brine is a real treat - oysters are always freshly shucked, the habanero creme fraiche pushes it over the top, creative tartars with culinary accoutrements are top notch, small plates, martinis, fresh seafood choices, plenty of variety beyond seafood, constantly evolving menu, desserts are not an after thought - but fit right in with the eclectic and inspired approach. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very disappointed. Out of a lot items including French fries on Sunday night. Beautiful weekend and restaurant had not planned for it. Chairs don't fit high tables very difficult to get in and out of the table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very creative menu
    BostonCBG
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Brine has become a regular stop for us whenever we pass through Newburyport on the way up to Maine, and it's our favorite way to mark the beginning of a long weekend. The menu is always changing, the dishes are very creative and delicious, and the oyster selection is very good. The waitstaff is friendly and accommodating. On our last visit the beet-cured Arctic char was deemed the best dish of the summer. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Simply delicious. Well worth the reviews. I'll go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virg
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Oysters were awesome, hard to get good raw bar and horse radish and we loved it- service was great and entrees to die for....would go back in a second...Oh and the pre-dinner cocktail was amazing - some vodka berry concoction. Want to recreate it at home. Can we have the recipe?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dollar oysters !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Thursday night dollar oysters are the way to try this rather expensive place. Of the dollar oysters we got 40 spectacularly clean and fresh oysters and two glasses of 12 wine, four 4 dollar oysters - the bill came to almost 90 dollars for two. With that said, I'd expect service from the wait staff, drinks were no topper off, 20 mins to get a try of oysters, repeated time had to ask for sauces, our waiter was just not interested. The oyster special isn't to be missed I just hope the service and care by the wait staff improves. The vibe and feel were great, a little yuppie scean but nice feeling. The service was unrefined and common like that of their sister resturant. Even with the best food in town poor service kills it everytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed an amazing meal here, would recommend to anyone who loves seafood raw or cooked, and oysters!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    Ambers221
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Brine has a very guest friendly atmosphere. Although it's a bit noisy, it's just part of the charm. The food is unbelievable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Interesting blends of flavor
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Awesome spot in downtown Newburyport!! Great oysters, unbelievable steak and amazing, unique and flavorful combinations. Your taste buds & stomach will be happy, however your wallet will be the bearer of bad news.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lazy summer day
    LittleOff
    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 2007VIP
    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
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 183 reviews are from the Brine reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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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
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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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.