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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Brine reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (36)notable wine list (32)hot spot (23)romantic (20)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (15)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (12)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the Brine reviews archive.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    No need to elaborate. Brine is outstanding. Really.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best chowder we've ever
    john
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    the best chowder we've ever had but the overall atmosphere is too ramped up and so the dining experience is not relaxing. The music is too loud and the high top tables are pretty uncomfortable. That said, there appeared to be others who were having a good time. Just not us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great to celebrate
    OystersAmore
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We always come to celebrate at Brine- birthdays, anniversaries, and more.... Not only is the food exceptional, but the whole team is fantastic and knows to make everything fun and special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oysters on North Shore
    foodnerdVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Came for the Oyster "bracket" and stayed for a delightfully inspired meal. Extremely fresh seafoood with excellent prices on shucked oysters every night. Wonderful steak tartare and crudo of fluke beautifully presented. Knowledgeable wine service with offers of tasting open bottles make it a pleasure to try a new wine. Must save room for dessert - the salted caramel souffle is a great warm way to finish off an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails
    diningoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Still remains my favorite. It's simply outstanding. The feel, the vibe, the food, the staff. Worth the drive outside of city. The owner does such a great job. She's kind and always present when we have dined.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Failed Opportunity to Excel
    FoodieHBVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our evening at the restaurant started off with an almost 1 hour wait for our 7:30 reservation, which then turned into another 45 minute wait for our salad once we were seated. The lobster newburg had great flavor, it just lacked enough of the main ingredient "lobster" I had two very small pieces in my serving. The restaurant is very small, with barely enough room to move around, the table we were seated in would be amazing during the warmer months, but a table next to the front door when it is opening and closing all the time was freezing. All in all, it was an experience that we will not subject ourselves to again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brought my wife for her birthday.
    grinchlady
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Brought my wife for her birthday. We were both pleased with the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate restaurant with great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This is a small venue with a dozen or so tables in an old brick building in downtown Newburyport. The ambience is very nice and the food was excellent and creative. They specialize in raw oysters, which neither my wife nor I enjoy, but the menu was diverse and both our entrees and appetizers were excellent. The noise level is a little high and the table spacing a little tight to describe it as romantic, but it is a very nice restaurant at which a couple can enjoy dinner together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    DanH
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Loved the location, but it is important to get a table at least a few feet from the door in cold weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well satisfied.
    likesfood
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    My wife and her friend left the choice of a restaurant up to me. We were visiting from central MA, in Newburyport to attend a concert/dance at Belleville Church Hall. We arrived early for an early reservation. It was bitterly cold outside and we were finished with strolling. They were happy to accommodate us and allowed us to pick a table. Our waitress was engaging and attentive. Two of us relished the oysters. I really enjoyed the lobster soup, which was broth like and probably not for everyone, but was for me. I thought my salmon with mussels was wonderful. My wife raved about her braised cauliflower salad, but only found the scallops good, not great. Her friend had a salad and a beef dish that she rated very good. I hope to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEWBURYPORT DINING GEM
    SAMMIE
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    BRINE IS GREAT. We have had the pleasure of dining at fine restaurants all over the world. For example, In Paris our favorite for the past fourteen years is 3 star Michel Rostang. Five of us enjoyed a four hour lunch (NO kidding). The service was excellent. Never felt rushed. Food is eclectically GREAT. Not inexpensive but they offer very unusual FARE such as Kale Salad--delicious. Beef Tartar was wonderful. Filet steak was very good. Wine list well thought out. Dessert was WONDERFUL. Bryanna the manager is a very, very wonderful host and very attentive. Makes you feel special. Ian our server is outstanding. We like lunch there and try to get the window seat overlooking Newburyport's main street, State Street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The food was good, but we felt they were trying to do too much with each dish. The service was friendly, but SLOW.
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  • We have been here a few times
    Sheila
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have been here a few times and love it. Great atmosphere , attentive and knowledgeable staff and amazing food. The oysters were outstanding but the steak was the best we've had in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great special occasion spot
    AmandaLeigh
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentine's Day, it was amazing. Food was perfect, presentation was amazing. Wine was SO good! I am definitely going back soon. Service was also very friendly, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceeds expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had heard the buzz about Brine so I thought to give it a try. The staff was very attentive and informative. The menu was diverse witha fantastic wosome list
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for oysters. They
    SAMMIE
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great place for oysters. They do them very well, no shell fragments. Four kinds to choose from. Excellent service. Background music (NOISE) A little too loud for a romantic ambiance. We actually would prefer no background "music" or as we call it NOISE. We like to hear each other talking. Food excellent and creative. Excellent Kale salad, very unique. They are flexible-- baked our fish instead of frying and another time provided a salad that we asked for that was not on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome service
    cusegirl
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The service was really what makes this place stand out. They were very attentive and really knew the menu items well. We would absolutely go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    JoePasta
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My wife and I live in New Hampshire and were craving Brine for a while... (Had been there several times over the summer) Saturday night did not disappoint. Our table was perfect...every course of food was literally better than the next. We are in the restaurant business and are very hard to please....but I have to say we were thrilled. The staff at Brine was absolutely spot on. From the 4 delicious crudo to the monkfish and the prime ribeye...everything was honestly flawless. Our server was tremendous. Knowledgable, comfortable and prompt. We love Brine. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What it is, is what it is
    Gloucesterchildmomma
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    First time, Sat afternoon. Small place. A bar, high tables one side and low tables the other. High tables and chairs not comfortable We had 3 doz mixed oysters. Very fresh & good. Presentation of the three sets varied. We had Bacon and Eggs (2) which were good yet, differing amount of bacon and fried oysters on each. One bacon strip was burnt. The Steak tartar was ok. Kate Salad very good. Deviled eggs were so, so, quality was fine, they simply fell flat, to bland. Drinks were fine. Special cocktails were not worth the extra couple of bucks BUT, the Bourbon and Ginger was good. The request for a mild Bloody Marry failed ... too spicy for my mom. All in all, I would go back maybe one more time. I recommend you try it once
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious meal, but quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    A delicious meal, but quite noisy. We were only two people and could hear each other, but it would be more difficult with four, especially if one is of a certain age.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Find in Heart of Newburyport
    Takefive
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Only a small storefront on State st in Newburyport, but tucked inside is great neighborhood find with big city flavor. Lobster newburg was excellent with fresh lobster. May had the sirlon which was grilled perfectly to her request. Wine choice was excellent and service was great. Highly recommend Brine for you next dinner on the North Shore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.