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Brine

4.5
4.5
1127 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar

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.

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Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (978) 358-8479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Justin Horyn

  • Private party contact

    nancy@caswellrestaurants.com: (978) 358-8479

  • Neighborhood

    Newburyport

  • Cross street

    Essex St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,127 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LD

    LukeD

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and good vibe to enjoy Newburyport

  2. ME

    MEHF

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've eaten at Brine many times. The food here is always creative and tasty. And my server was outstanding.

  3. RM

    RayM

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience4

    Oysters are solid Shrimp are beyond over priced and sadly frozen market basket shrimp are tastier - not being sarcastic - (6) shrimp with cocktail sauce was $36 Ribeye was paper thin and over Cooked. By the time they re- cooked another ribeye - the side dishes that came out with the original meal were cold (they did not offer fresh sides - bizarre). Very disappointing cut of meat and would never order again If interested in only having some oysters it’s a descent option. If you are looking for a sit down meal for two with a couple drinks (and I mean a total of two) - it falls far short. For $250 it was a very disappointing experience. To each their own and every experience is personal but to me it’s not remotely on the same level as other fine dining restaurants in the upscale world. Surprised by the quality of food and service but that’s why every day there are new options to explore

  4. c

    cheryld

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good but entrees do not come with veggies and a bit pricey. Might try again if the noise level was a little lower…

  5. J

    Jenna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This lunch was AMAZING! We went for my husband’s birthday and everything was absolutely perfect.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Delicious meal, superb service. We love coming here to relax and unwind.

  7. BA

    BillA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  8. r

    ryburke13

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Brine is our favorite in town but after a disappointing Mother’s Day brunch I’m feeling compelled to share a review.

  9. s

    sweetlife

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was outstanding last night, great wine list. Food is very good, and sometimes I would like to have some menu items not quite as dressed. A little overdone on sauces, etc. Give us some things that are mixed in that are just good as good but with a bit more simplicity.

  10. S

    Siliconsister

    New England

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibe. Excellent food choices and cocktails. Server was friendly and helpful. Great experience.

  11. AT

    AlysonT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always such a great experience every time. We had Mike tonight and we had him back in July when I was first introduced to Brine. And he remembered my boyfriend and I and remembered about an allergy as well. They are always on point when it comes to food and drink. So props to the bar staff as well! Our starters and steak and sides were absolutely delicious. And we finished with dessert which was devine.

  12. D

    Daisy

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Our waiter was so nice and attentive without being over the top. He was helpful pointing things out on the menu, making recommendations and was fun too. A total pro. The hamburger is delicious ~ please don’t change! Only complaints: it was very, very loud, maybe install soundproofing? And the overhead lights above the small tables on the side are a little bright and directed right down at the folks at the table.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious monkfish and oyster shooters! Attentive service. Not inexpensive….

  14. HM

    HenryM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The lamb was overcooked and over salted. The fish was excellent. The chowder was not as good as it use to be- not as rich... a bit thin. Drinks were great.

  15. KS

    KimShoe

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter brunch/lunch was amazing! Great service from Skylar and all of the rest of the staff. Conscious of one of our allergies, much appreciated. The place to be, for sure!

  16. LD

    LukeD

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brine is so good, a lively bright atmosphere, with excellent food and drinks.

  17. S

    Simina

    New England

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Overall great experience on a lovely Easter day! Great to see the restaurant busy, Nancy greeted us and took off to a great table by the window. Madeline our server was very sweet , professional and attentive. You started our brunch with a dozen and a half delicious oysters and then got into the savories lobster Benedict and duck/oyster hash… Very good! Lots of great vibes from one of our local favorite spots…see you soon!

  18. CR

    ClarissaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved it, will definitely come back again

  19. JS

    JackS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The only things preventing 5 stars all around were the noise level which made conversation a little difficult. It’s a small space in an older building with brick walls. Not much to do about that. Also 2 members of our party ordered the broccoli side. One of them liked how it was cooked and the other hated it. It was char grilled and one thought it was way too tough. Service was very good. Attentive enough without being intrusive. And the food quality and portion size was very good as well.

  20. B

    Bentley

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brine as always never disappoints it was Good Friday and the seafood was flowing from the oysters to shrimp cocktail to scallops to a variety of fishes it was another amazing evening of culinary delights!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always wonderful!

  22. O

    445Ocean

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Brine offers outstanding raw Oyster options, fresh and innovative Crudo as starters. Both the small plate and mains sections offer fresh and creatively prepared seafood and meats. Some of my favorites are the Halibut Crudo, The Octopus and the Scallops. If you have meat eaters in your group the bone in rib-eye will not disappoint. You will find the drink, wine and beer list stacked with well paired options for all of the plates offered. The Staff is well trained on the menu and can offer excellent suggestions to make the visit outstanding.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The scallop dish is out of this world. Perfection. Will absolutely return to eat through the rest of the menu

  24. CH

    ColleenH

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for an early date night with our twins in the stroller and the staff was so wonderful and accommodating! Food was incredible too.

  25. l

    lovetodine

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Mike was knowledgeable, personable and made the evening super enjoyable. The food was great. Fish was very fresh!

  26. ML

    MelissaL

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brine is one of my factories. Always good food and excellent service.

  27. JR

    JRWw

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Food was simply amazing (Tuna & Monkfish entrees). Our sever Mike was simply outstanding. We’re seated in one of the two-tops along the wall which are somewhat cramped. Overall a wonderful experience!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The monkfish was fantastic. Very subtle. Rare to have fish so well prepared in this country.

  29. DH

    DianeH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great food and cocktails. Good service as well.

  30. J

    Jack

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    From beginning to end this experience was a disappointment. The oysters were tasteless to begin with. And the follow up main entrees were so small we had to order dessert which we normally do not do. Do not order the grilled octopus or monkfish……both disappointing. My only positive remarks are we had a lovely waiter and service was good.

  31. DK

    DionysiosK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks are phenomenal. Paul is an amazing and caring waiter/host.

  32. NS

    NorthShoreGalMA

    Caribbean

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server, Maeve, made the evening delightful for our dinner for two. And while there were some hiccups with the appetizer special, the manager was quick to remedy any errors. The space is lovely. Be prepared for a boisterous noise level.

  33. B

    Berny

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Noise level was Too high! Couldn’t hear people across the table. Food was excellent service a bit slow but friendly

  34. RO

    ROFE

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We did the Birthday menu (Brine 10th bd) and it was delicious. The wine pairing was spot on too. The server was so helpful and charming. She explained everything and didn’t rush us at all. I hope they’ll include at least the fluke seafood dish in their regular menu.

    BrineResponded on February 27, 2022

    Hello and thank you so much for your review. I’ll be sure to pass along your compliments to your server and to our kitchen team. New themed nights coming soon!

  35. V

    Visitor

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    The restaurant was clearly overbooked for the “birthday tasting menu” experience and reservations were poorly handled leaving staff stressed, cranky, and taking it out on customers. If not for the hostile service I would have considered returning for non-special occasions, but the misplaced contempt and frustration towards customers unfortunately is hard to shake off. I left feeling confused, weirdly guilty, and disappointed for what should have been a celebration. I hope the management takes note of our and others’ experiences to improve what could be a great spot. I’m sure other reviews will follow. Our experience for those interested - Seated 20 mins after our reservation time, first course did not arrive until an hour after our reservation time (40 mins after being seated) with no bread offered. The second course appeared literal seconds after the first course was placed on the table before we had taken one bite. We had to ask them to hold it until we finished the first course. Food arrived partially cold and/or over seasoned. Service was inattentive, unfriendly and borderline hostile with no apologies for long waits or acknowledgment of the special occasion. I asked if we could have a certain oyster (on the menu, mid-range) for the oysters in the tasting menu and was told, harshly, that there was no choice for the oysters before walking away. While the server and staff were clearly overwhelmed and stressed, it should not be taken out on the customers and effort should still be made to ensure we have a pleasant dining experience. We tried to be gracious and understanding but we honestly had an awful dinner and were made to feel like a burden (for asking two questions), for what should have been a celebration.

  36. S

    Siliconsister

    New England

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect spot for before concert cocktail and apps. The space is very cozy but airy and the service and food options are amazing!

  37. CR

    CharlesR

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    Everything was superb except for the noise level caused mostly by the volume of the music which was so excruciating loud that one had to yell in order to converse with my table mate. The owner simply refuses to lower the music volume. Sad.

    BrineResponded on February 27, 2022

    Hello Charles. Thank you for taking a moment to write your review. We understand that the noise level and acoustics are difficult in our new space for both the music and loudness of general conversation. We are diligently working on getting approval for our new operable windows which will act as a great buffer towards the noise. From there we aim to add more sound barriers as needed. The music can always be adjusted by request.

  38. GY

    GregoryY

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Maeve was our waitress and was outstanding. Friendly, organized, watchful demonstrated in quick clean up of dishes, filled water glasses and checking in to evaluate our level of need and contentment. We love the dollar oysters and partook of many. The crudo was tasty but expensive! The burger was delicious and delightfully surprising on flavors; the crab with wontons to share was very flavorful. We will return again.

    BrineResponded on February 27, 2022

    Hello Gregory. Thank you so much for your review. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to Maeve and our kitchen team.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and overall experience!

    BrineResponded on February 27, 2022

    Thank you so much for your compliments and 5 star review!

  40. MB

    MarciaB

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1

    The food is excellent, however, if you go at night and need to read or see anything, the lighting is dimmed after 630-ish. Asking for light failed so I resorted to using my flashlight to see the splendid food/read the dessert menu.

    BrineResponded on February 27, 2022

    Hi Marcia. Thank you for your review and concerns. We are always looking at ways to improve the guest dining experience and we are diligently working towards correcting some of these concerns in our new space.

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

FAQs

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

Brine is rated 4.5 stars by 1127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Brine

17 State Street Newburyport, MA 01950

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Essex St.

  • Neighborhood

    Newburyport

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Justin Horyn

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (978) 358-8479

  • Private party contact

    nancy@caswellrestaurants.com: (978) 358-8479

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