Service was friendly and comfortable. Food was excellent and top notch. It was a Monday evening with a very thin crowd which made for a relaxing meal.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly a brilliant addition to Newburyport! Well done!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall great experience
It was our first time at Brine and we all loved it! There were three of us and we wanted to try everything. We sampled three type of oysters to start and they were all delicious and fresh. Fish tacos, bacon&egg with fried oysters, crudo Halibut and the mushroom crusted Scallops were amazing (you could really taste the truffle). Food, drinks, service, atmosphere were all perfect.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brine is a super find
Great ambience, clean minimal decor & young energetic staff. Sat at the bar which was great, but I don't think the bar was designed for the chairs or for the space. Not enough room for our knees. But the food was fantastic. Didn't have the oysters, but had the little necks which were great. Very creative menu and exquisite food presentation. Will be back!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food was excellent and
the food was excellent and so was the presentation. The restaurant itself is very noisy even on a weeknight. Suggest making reservations because place is small. Bar area seemed very popular.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brine has it all........it's cozy small venue is perfect and its crudo plates rival any in the U.S. ....and just when you think they cannot possibly top their raw creations- you taste their cooked to perfection steak entrees. The staff is upbeat, energetic and knowledgeable. The manager and the owner are attentive and personable.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
That says it all! My husband and I eat out frequently. We enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience- the waitress was personable and knowledgable, the menu had so many creative choices, the food was prepared perfectly. We cannot wait to return.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, though the
Excellent food, though the portions are on the small side. The waitress was attentive without overdoing it. Expensive, but worth it for the fine dining.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brine Is Real Fine
Loved the salad with pine nuts, etc. The scallops were outstanding--great mix of flavors with perfectly pan seared scallops with a dusting of truffle. Great beer selection too. I don't like summer type ales but my friend had ome with overtones of grapefruit and a slight Belgian style tang that was outstanding. Service was great.
The lobster small plate dish was bland. Tasted like it just came out of the fridge. I would not get it again. The soup with clams and pork belly had a great texture and intriguing flavor. Was just slightly over salted; could have used more flavor from the excellent pork belly that was in the soup. The smoked clams had excellent flavor but were a little chewy.
The wine and beer selection was great.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Big city restaurant in a small town
The food was really great. Sat at the bar and had a great evening.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The monkfish entree and salmon
The monkfish entree and salmon special were outstanding. We first enjoyed the halibut appetizer recommended by the waitress - also top notch. Am looking forward to going back!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of Newburyport's Best
Brines has some of The Port City's best Seafood. If you can get by the short wine pours, the food is nothing short of fantastic. Don't miss this on your next trip to Newburyport.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last minute choice
I was stuck in traffic going home to Boston from Hampton beach & thought I'd be clever & avoid it by taking rt 1.... Nope!
I was on my way to meet a friend for dinner, so I called to cancel.... But then he suggested that I just pull over & we'd eat up there!
So I hopped on open table to see what was near buy & found "Brine"! I got a reservation instantly, met my friend, & sat outside on a lovely night! The food was amazing: oysters, citrus fennel pine nut salad, steak tar-tar, ginger desert with THE most AMAZING basil ice cream!!!! What a gem!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great raw bar and some interesting small plate selections. Portions were the perfect size. Since Ceia moved across the street the decor was changed - looks a little bit like Neptune in the city which is what it reminds me of. Very loud but delicious food and wine list!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fabulous Lunch!
We sat at the bar for lunch. Our server was very professional, helpful, and good-humored which contributed to making this an enjoyable experience. Highlights of our food: the crudo named "Halibut - Valencia Orange • Pineapple • Sesame • Smoked Peanuts • Cilantro" was fabulous; the fish entrees, monkfish and halibut, were excellent; and the desserts scrumptious. Loved the wine list and, in particular, the bottle of Gruner Veltliner we ordered was a delicious bargain. We will return.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
In the short time this restaurant has been open we have never had a bad experience. The food is always of higher quality than I expect and the service is friendly and appropriately attentive.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oysters to die for...
Actually, everything we ordered was delicious, original, and perfectly prepared. The oysters are exquisitely fresh, but so were the tuna and scallops. The clam chowder is not really a chowder - smoky and creamy, but not heavy or filling. Heavenly! Newburyport is not on our way to anywhere, but we will probably make a point to return soon to eat at Brine again!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
holy smokes amazing
This spot is the best! Stumbled upon it and fell in love. Food was delicious and so imaginative. Wine was so different and I tried 2 different types and service was so on point. Will absolutely return
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another Success for Nancy!
Pretty cocktails, delicious food, nice wine options-another win for Nancy and for Newburyport!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated our 25th anniversary here and from start to finish an excellent dinner experience. Staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgable, food was superb. Intimate, but full of energy. We'll go back for sure.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was perhaps the very best lunch Ive eaten in my life. And Ive eaten a lot of lunches across the world. From the automatic addition of lemon to the tap water, to the balanced and complexed affogatto desert and everything in between, BRINE consistently exceeded our expectations. The oyster special of thai basil, cilantro, pickled ginger and chili was sublime, as was the salmon crudo. The only problem was that every single item on the menu was tempting so after ordering, there were palpable feelings of regret. Dont even question yourself - book now and go.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brine is a tiny restaurant so it is a bit crowded. But the food was fabulous. Fresh, tasty, imaginative!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The range of Oysters available and the quality of the food in general was excellent. The presentation of the food was wonderful as well.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service. Oysters were delicious. In addition to usual sauces they have a great little creme fraiche with habanero that was really nice. Everything was excellent, the cold mussels, the ceviche, and the " bacon and eggs" we're highlights. Desert ( I had a fig and pudding thing that was wicked good). Our waiter was very good, he anticipated our needs and knew the food. ( did not catch his name but he had those ear stretch things)
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
superb food and service, noisy room
My wife and I went to Brine for our 10th anniversary. The food was exceptionally good - excellent fresh ingredients, interesting and creative preparations, perfect execution, very nice presentation. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, made excellent suggestions as far as food and wine pairings, was prompt and present at all the right times and left us alone at all the right times.
We like to eat outside if possible, and Brine accommodated us with a nice two-top on the sidewalk. That was fortunate, because the noise level inside the restaurant is very loud. That may or may not bother you, however be advised.
The one and only other issue we had was that the tap water doesn't taste very good. Go for the mineral water.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Day Trip Must
Nestled in the busy Market Square District, Brine is a true palate pleaser for any foodie. The menu is small, yet it would appear deliberately so as to not mask the charm of the menu stars. Great service and well-chosen wine list made for an exceptional weekend destination spot.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
My 5th time and it keeps getting better! this time we came in to celebrate our anniversary. Not only was the wait staff so wonderful in helping us celebrate, make great rec's, and have fun with some wine choices, Chef Marcoux never ceases to amaze. He had some beautiful specials on the menu that night including a watermelon gazpacho on the half shell with some east coast oysters. Not only is it creative, it was delicious! The crudo, our entrees, and dessert were all simply fantastic.... I would highly recommend getting into Brine ASAP.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brine is top notch
Just tried Brine this weekend. Oysters were excellent - nice selection. I had the Tuna for my entree and it was very good, would recommend. Love the drink menu, great selection of different infused vodkas (beet - who knew it would be so good).
Would definitely go back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brine does not disappoint.
Brine does not disappoint. Has become a favorite of ours! We try something new each time. The waitstaff is incredible; attentive but not overbearing. You never feel rushed. They can always answer your questions about the menu!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great selection of oysters!
Great selection of oysters! Outstanding service! Our new favorite spot!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I keep dining here and wishing it was closer to me in Boston. The food is unlike anything I ever ate before. My husband and I still talk about our meal. There steak is out of this world. Its not just about oysters! Alana the server was just awesome! I will definitely return and recommend to friends.
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice place to relax not feel pressured to be rushed through a meal. Great vibe and food was outstanding.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One word - Fantastic
One of the best meals we've had in a long long time. Oysters were fresh and beautifully presented. 5 kinds to choose from, not "just what we got a deal on today". Tuna with chicken liver was a treat. Don't think of these two together but wouldn't hesitate to get it again. Halibut Crudo with beet purée was perfectly balanced with salt ...fabulous!
We will be back, sooner than later.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, the music
Food was excellent, the music was too loud, had a hard time understanding each other.
The high chairs were very uncomfortable!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this restaurant!
I love this restaurant and the atmosphere. We had great service and great food. You can eat all raw if you want to, and they go way beyond the same old raw bar items. Service is prompt and friendly. Our server was very engaging. We will definitely return.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
very nice lunch
nice setting, attentive service and fresh seafood made for a very nice meal.
10/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Brine is great
Brine has become our new favorite diner destinations in Newburyport. Everything about the place just works. The atmosphere is casual yet urban and stylish. The staff are all very friendly and professional. The kitchen is incredably accommodating to special dietary needs. And the dishes that come out of the kitchen are a delicious (and often surprising) blend of flavors, smells and textures. Bring your sense of adventure and forget about your wallet for an evening. It's worth it.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting combinations of ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal tastes (Saturday was very autumnal). From a beet infused vodka martini to monkfish medallions with little strips of pork shoulder on them, there was a lot of taste on the plate. I'd like to rate service higher--our server was great, graciously working with a member of our party who has food allergies--but it took a lot of time for drinks to come from the bar and for food to come from the kitchen. We were catching up with each other, and were in no hurry, but if you're on a tight schedule, be careful.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I thought the food was very good and inventive; interesting taste choices. Wait staff attention a bit hard to get in space with only 4 tables filled.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hello? What did you say?
This was our second trip to Brine. The seafood & raw bar are first class. The place is compact with hard brick walls, making it one of the loudest restaurants I've ever been to. It's difficult to carry on a conversation without yelling, adding to the din.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Poor seats
The food and service were great. My wife and I loved the cocktails, wine, and all the courses. The only thing we will not do again is sit at the bar. Not because of the service, but because of the seats. I would have been more comfortable standing the entire time. The bar has no overhang so you can not pull up to the bar without your knees being pressed into the base of the bar. The seats are an 9 inch metal square. The bartender was very knowledgable and prompt. The food was great. We will definitely be back just unfortunately not at the bar.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brine has the perfect combination of great, fresh food prepared in an interesting way (like the cockled clams with leeks and chorizo served in a little cast iron skillet over yummy toasted bread....and really awesome and differnt kale ceasar salad. I have to say the Ribeye was one of the BEST steaks I'd had in quite a while -- so flavorful -- New York City steak house quality. Our waitress, Tammy, was so attentive and helpful with describing things that we asked to be explained on the menu and was an overall great, positive, delightful person. And must mention the oysters which were so fabulous....love the dipping sauces...very different and special. The decor was great...loved all the light fixtures and the bar!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real surprise...really good food
Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor which I trust. We were early diners, so service was excellent. Instead of standard entrees, we ordered their small plates which was more than adequate. We each had soups which were really food and tasteful. We then had 3 small plates. The combination of spices and presentation was excellent. It was pricey, but I feel I received fair value. I'd go back
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Brine, and we were very pleased. Food and service were top-notch. We'll be back!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brine was a great find. From the helpful hostess, who had our table ready early, but did not rush us, to our friendly helpful bartender, to our wonderful server (Elizabeth maybe? Sorry I forget), Brine was terrific. It embodied all that we loved about Newburyport. Brick walls, solid menu that was very well executed, casual yet extremely classy ambiance. Do try the Cruda, if you like raw. Yep. Put Brine on your list.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brine has a unique menu. The oysters were fresh and briney. The tuna tartare was delicious, as were the cockles. My wife's pork osso buco was also delicious. Friends enjoyed the cod and the scallops. The wine list includes some interesting options not usually seen on most lists. The only thing that keeps me from giving 5 stars is the cost of dining here. For me, it is a special occasion venue. Having said that, if you only have an appetizer and small plate along with a glass or two of wine, you can get out reasonably.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very special birthday treat!
What a nice birthday celebration! Son & hubby took me here and we feasted! Freshest oysters we've enjoyed in a long time, and a very good selection. Everything we tasted was fresh and presented beautifully. The service was outstanding, friendly, helpful and all around wonderful. Tuna crudo was spectacular; fresh, flavorful. Chowder was delicious, short rib with polenta also rocked. I could have sat there and eaten fresh oysters all night - we will definitely be back for Thursday after 9PM $1 oyster night some day. Highly recommend! Go and enjoy this gem.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Smaller portions but eclectic
Smaller portions but eclectic combinations of food and tastes,very yummy.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at Brine and the food was wonderful, very inventive and delicious! We will definitely be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wine & Brine a treat
What a treat to get out for a double date; and have great food and room for conversation!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM