Brine

4.5
1038 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
IT’S OUR GRAND RE-OPENING

BRINE, known for fresh oysters, crudo, and prime cut chops, is Caswell Restaurant Group’s second foray into the eclectic and innately New England dining scene of Newburyport, MA. Proprietor Nancy Batista-Caswell’s appreciation of the local harvest and her affinity for European classics results in a restaurant devoted to flavorful seafood—ceviche, crudo, sashimi, and beyond—and butcher chops, with a healthy dose of Spanish and Italian influences throughout the menu. The main attractions at BRINE are backed up by soups, salads, Po-Boys, and “off the page” daily specials to provide plenty of variety.

This neighborhood hangout welcomes all and leaves pretension at the door. The low-key design and elevated standards of service allow the food to speak for itself, and Manager Gissele Tache and her staff are always on hand to recommend an adventurous catch, a fine bottle of wine, or a sweet after-dinner treat.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1038 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Many of the menu items were out which was a bummer but what we did have was delicious!!! Great energy. A fun and modern spot that feels like you could be in the city. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipG152
New England
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service start to finish. Friendly staff were extremely knowledgeable about menu and attentive. We will be back (frequently).

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Catherine
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food and personable, knowledgeable staff. I very much look forward to returning!

MJ
MJDorcy
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Interesting food excellent preparation, presentation and service. The place is too loud for a restaurant. The prices are a bit high even for Newburyport and I understand rotating the menus but why totally rotate the signature cocktails menu? Especially if you do not offer the last "signature" drinks. Change is critical but too much rapid change has helped close downtown restaurants often over the years

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vipNatickDiner
New England
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with great ambiance inside and out. Food terrfic.

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Rolo
New England
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

For buck a Chuck be prepared! The oysters are no bigger than a dime
Beautiful new interior, noise level really needs help

LC
vipLibbyC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great Food! Love the new space and look forward to dining outside soon! Thanks for a fabulous evening.....So fun to be back!

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Chuckster
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time back since the restaurant expanded,well done but a tad loud,but it was Saturday night.
Wait staff made an extra effort to ensure one of our allergies was accomodated.
Swordfish milanese was an interesting preparation,very good.
We will be back!

KD
KimberlyD
New England
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Lovely greeting by hostess, Seated at high top near bar. Our server Paul was awesome.
We ordered a few apps and for dinner choices we selected all seafood options: swordfish, lobster fried rice & branzino.All meals were delicious and cocktails were tasty. We will be back soon!

ME
vipMEOtheLeo
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meghan is an all star! ⭐️ We sat at the bar, and her personality and her clear enthusiasm for the food, the wine, and the experience really made everything so enjoyable!! The food as always was flavorful and executed flawlessly! I had a relatively new menu item, which was cooked perfectly—please enjoy the Swordfish Milanese if you go—the flavors are perfect!

TM
vipTomM
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent selection of crudo, including tuna, hamachi and salmon. Eggs and bacon dish with fried oysters was very creative.

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vipAlanS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unquestionably and consistently the best restaurant in Newburyport. Oysters, crudo, entrees and wine choices are all superb, as is the service. We ate outdoors on a beautiful night, but they promised to seat us indoors if it rained. We've never had a bad experience in all the years we're dined there! It's our go to!

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michaels
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music was to loud. Hard to carry on a conversation.

TG
ToughGrader
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Delicious but stingy portions sting at this price level.

I think it was $36 for 7 oz of steak. Really. That would be $72 for a normal size steak. My medium rare steak arrived rare, I mean mostly raw. They serve it cut it for you so it's plain to see. We sent it back and after some time got the same pieces a little more done but cold. I guess it sat around for a while after some more cooking.

Clam chowder with pork belly was a good concept but for $9 you'd expect more than 4 clams and 3 little cubes of pork belly in a big cup of cream soup.

We were still hungry for dessert, but balked at paying I forget how much for what would probably be a thimble-full of ice cream or flan. We went round the corner had had some gelato and all was well in the world.

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KarstenF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Menu for dinner was very limited , portions of food very small , glass of wine was 1/4 filled , $15 . Below average experience

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vipOwlette
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice food. the serve went out of her way to make us happy!

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Stella
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Loud! Too loud.
Slow service. Inconsistent: hurrying us early on in the evening, stopping by less & less as we waited for the main course, & waited some more.
Small plates were the highlight, both interesting & delicious.

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VanessaF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service from our server! Food was very good but small portions. Lobster fried rice was delicious but was skimpy on the lobster. Wine was delicious but all very expensive. Had appetizers, main, split a dessert and was hungry later. Atmosphere fun and busy.
Nice but expensive.... not sure I would strongly recommend.

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Alex
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch! We got the octopus, burrata, beef Tatar and chowder. We liked all of the dishes except the burrata. I felt like it lacked flavor. Also I felt like the price was a little bit steep for the amount of food you received. I also got the tequila drink and that was delicious. Our waitress was very sweet.

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vipSometimegourmet
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there midweek. Branzino dish was very well executed. I had not seen the Banana leaf prep done before, and the “Nardello” peppers were a nice touch.

Ask for the warm potato salad - we had it w/o any mayonnaise- was really outstanding without the mayo.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We’ve been here roughly five or six times and every meal great. Last night was different. Seated at 7pm and waited about 10 minutes for service in which we ordered drinks and oysters. No complaints - both were great. Then we ordered our entrees and it took close to 45 minutes for them to arrive. I had the branzino which was excellent but not hot. My husband had the lobster bake which was a deconstructed dish with corn chowder in a bowl. It was tepid in temperature, which ruined the dish. We told the server and she said it’s supposed to be that way. No thank you, a chowder should be hot. Then we asked for bread for my husband to finish the dish with, aka sop up all the chowder. No bread! They were all out. How as a restaurant do you run out of bread? The server deep apologized and did offer us a free dessert but it was already after 9 pm and we were exhausted. I’m so sad, I used to love this place. And I know right now it’s hard with a small workforce and messed up supply chains, but for the love of god, if your going to charge over 30 dollars for a tepid chowder dish have bread. It may take a while to want to go back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Ended up at the bar. Oyster prices high, but to be expected.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
103 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, our experience was exceptional. The staff was gracious, the bartender was very friendly and the manager stopped to see how we were enjoying our evening.

MB
MaryB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu choices were eclectic and excellent! Front desk was beyond accommodating, service exceptional and food was ‘lick your plate clean’
Pricey but well worth it.
Next, we will be back for Thursday’s dollar oysters and plan more family events in the future.
Thank you.

CF
CeltsFans
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent yellow tail crudo and sardine & avocado toast and some of the best bronzino we’ve every had. Drinks also were a hit. Ambiance and service made it a complete experience that was worth the splurge.

BS
BeachSpring
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We sat outdoors next to the building in which the restaurant is housed. this placed us on the sidewalk where pedestrians walked. There was additional outdoor seating nearer to the street which wasn't as exposed to the pedestrian traffic. The outdoor atmosphere was fun on a busy Friday night but the tables next to the buildings seemed 'in the way" of pedestrians, baby strollers, dogs and walkers making the area seem cramped and congested.
The food was good and the menu was not-your-ordinary-seafood selections. Service was quite good--prompt and attentive without being intrusive. Restaurant was described as $$$ which it was.

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vipGripper
New England
37 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We took friends. We like the new location, pleasant, airy, comfortable. We shared the sweet bread (okay) and the warm potato salad (a real hit!) as appetizers. I had the bluefish, which was excellent, fresh, beautifully prepared and presented. The others had a special, a Wagu beef burger, which received good reviews. The drinks were excellent, and the wine list is extensive. We definitely will go back.

Brine
Responded on August 25, 2021

Gripper thank your for taking a second out of your day to offer such a glowing review.

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jafstime
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was fabulous! Highly recommend. It was busy and service was just a tad slow. We requested outside seating and got the smallest table imaginable on the sidewalk, hence the low ambiance rating. Aside from that it was a great dinner. Dinner, sides, drinks, and dessert were all wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience5

Great drink. Not impressed with menu or food

JC
JohnC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was ok. Not great. Should have and could have been better. Very loud.

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vipdebygerv
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!!

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robirob63
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is amazing! We come every year on annual visit to the Northshore area. Wouldn't miss it for the world!

Brine
Responded on August 25, 2021

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Tallgirl
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A One from start to finish! A very special anniversary dinner .
Packed house but we still had great service and delicious food!
Thank you Nancy and the staff. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Brine
Responded on August 25, 2021

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CiciP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the Brine!!! We even extended our short stay in Newburyport to be able to dine there.

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Luv2dineout
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Well?? The noise level is almost unbearable. We were told by the server that the owner is working on it, which is fair. We suggested they stop the piped in music, place cushions on the benches .
My son placed an entree order and at 6:30, they were out of it. He then ordered something else with a side veggie and again the waitress came back and told him they were out of the vegetable. My halibut entree didn’t have a lot of taste , pretty bland.
This was our first visit to the new restaurant and noticed a difference from their last location. This new spot appears to be geared toward tourists and isn’t as gourmet as it was prior.
Not sure we will rush back…

TK
TerKT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic
Christa was a fantastic and personable server
We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome, great team, they were excited and treated guests like royalty. Food and beverages were great!!

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Tina
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Worth the price of the food, with a really unique menu that makes your mouth water. My husband and I shared several small plates so we could try as many things as possible.

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CathyB
New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ! Sat at bar! Bartender polite and courteous . Food and drink great!! Love it there!

FAQs

Brine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 358-8479.

Brine is rated 4.5 stars by 1038 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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