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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Brine reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (35)notable wine list (22)romantic (20)hot spot (19)great for lunch (9)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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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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    • 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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  • 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
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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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    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
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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.
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    fit for foodies
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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
    arnieVIP
    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.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So slow but delicious
    lrcoVIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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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
  • Fabulous Meal
    Midge
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food at Brine is unusual and amazing. I am not an oyster person but there is plenty on the menu for other choices. I love the cauliflower salad. My husband and daughter had the lobster on a baguette with fresh peas. They raved about it and the scallops.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food service awesome
    diningoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food and experience here is awesome. Continues to be consistent and provided us with some of the best meals we have ever enjoyed. Staff is genuine. Owner is really nice. Nice to see managers and owners working hard to meet their guests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mixed feelings, limited options
    bostonDDVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    cute place with marble top butcher style tables. was there for lunch, very limited options if you don't like raw or fried seafood-- love seafood, just not raw but my husband loves raw. excellent local beers, hard cider. Cold pea soup was exceptional. Muscles were the only cooked option that were not fried. While the preparation itself was fine,though very small portion, the muscles were large and very strong tasting-- so much so my mom was worried they were bad-- not the nice, sweet local muscles-- which is the reason I like muscles. It was like eating dark fish, kind of gamey. Neither my mom nor I could eat them. my daughters salad had a lovely description but was only lettuce, cheese and literally the dust of nuts. We left hungry.
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  • Different menu options, romantic
    AmandaLeigh
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Different menu options, romantic- always enjoy the apps and dinners there. Souffle dessert takes 20 mins to prepare, so delish!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    No need to elaborate. Brine is outstanding. Really.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More Than Just a Raw Bar
    Scotth01833
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've been to Brine twice now and both times enjoyed great food and cocktails. I highly recommend checking out their take on Bacon & Eggs as an appetizer, which includes perfectly fried oysters. What a creative combination of flavors and textures! The scallops came highly recommended by our server and did not disappoint. What a great entree! Everyone at our table was happy with the quality and creativity of all the food. The seafood is off-the-boat fresh and the pork and beef selections are just as fantastic. There are some great cocktails too... Like tequila? I highly recommend the Rusted Root then. You will not be disappointed! I will be back very, very soon!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Pricey food and iffy ambiance
    ccsplurges
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We had a nice dinner, the server was very good but when someone brought out the trash before we had finished (It thought it was low tide :) ), it kind of ruined it.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just missed
    thoughts4food
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The menu is not large but most of what we tried was very good. They would have gotten an excellent rating except for a couple items that arrived at a temperature that wasn't quite right. The server was very personable but the service was inconsistent. Oysters ordered with drinks arrived with the appetizers. Then it was 45 to 60 before our dinners arrived, and this was later in the evening, after the dinner rush. Our server came by a couple times asking if we wanted more drinks, then disappeared for a long period while we wondered when our dinners would arrive. Lastly, although the meal was very good, you are paying for every bit of it. Except for the small plate, prices seemed high for the portion size.
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  • Can't wait to revisit Brine
    YummyMummy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Fabulous... The friendly service and fresh food makes Brine a must if you're in the area...
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters and more
    revcallan
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Loved this - second time here - not in town often; but this is a place I go back to because oysters are a favorite and the service is excellent and the martinis are to die for!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Brine does shine
    hailtopitt
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    really cool spot - if you have not been...go, it will not disappoint. service, food, wine list, space all great!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Newenglandfoodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I had been to Brine before and always thought it was awesome BUT this meal was outstanding! Fresh Belon wild oysters from Maine (had dinner, dessert and more oysters at the end so we could eat even more of the Belons!) along with a great local oyster list started the meal. Next tapas in the form of a Scottish salmon with a delicate cucumber sauce and incredible beef tartare in lettuce cups. Dinner was fresh caught grouper for my husband and swordfish steaks (at a fantastic price) for me. Everything was incredibly fresh and the subtle flavors made us want to keep ordering all night!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive
    JS67
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Driving from Maine to meet up with our daughter from Massachusetts, we were so pleased we chose Brine. Our wait person was so great! So knowledgeable, friendly but professional. The food had just the right amount of "edge". Oysters are a must!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my second trip to
    Bubba
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was my second trip to Brine. Food was really great and our server was excellent. For my next trip to Brine, I think I will suggest that our party just order a bunch of the small plates as they were amazing. (Not that the entrees weren't also great.) Baby octopus was particularly delicious as was the brown buttered cauliflower salad. My only complaint was that the noise level was exceptionally loud and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. The poor acoustics and the annoying "house music" in the background was distracting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go if you're hungry
    dinewithfriends
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Nice décor, small restaurant with intimate atmosphere. Servers were excellent, knowledgeable and attentive. Unfortunately the food was just ok, very small portions and not enough sides on the plate to make up for the small amount of main dish. My husband had the scallops. They were ok but only 3 on the plate. I had the swordfish, slightly overcooked, 2 small pieces, a small amount (1/4 cup maybe) of spinach and a few pieces of swiss chard stems (I think?) Desserts were not good either. Caramel soufflé tasted like an omelet, Chocolate mouse looked like a cookie and was frozen solid. Way too expensive for what it was. We went across the street for nachos after dinner...we won't be back.
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  • What Newburyport was missing
    CapeAnn
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Brine fills a need for an excellent seafood place in Newburyport. Too many restaurants in town think they're in Thailand or Tuscany, not a seaside town. A beautiful small space, with brick walls and a small bar. It was very busy, but the service was top notch. Nice selection of oysters, presented beautifully. They pay attention to their "small plates" menu, which suits my wife and me. They had just released their spring menu. We could taste the ingredients! Steak tartare in lettuce cups was our favorite. Brine also has a "from the butcher" section, and while we didn't have anything from that menu, we saw several attractive dishes walking by. This chef clearly cars about freshness and simplicity.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.