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About Brine

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.

25 State Street
Newburyport, MA 01957
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Oyster Bar, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: Noon – 10:30PM*
Monday: Noon – 10:30PM
Tuesday: Noon – 10:30PM
Wednesday: Noon – 10:30PM
Thursday: Noon – 11:45PM
Friday: Noon – 11:45PM*
Saturday: Noon – 11:45PM* *Raw Bar-Only 3-4

Cross Street:
Essex St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 358-8479

Website:
http://brineoyster.com/

Executive Chef:
Paul Callahan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Brine Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A nice spot for lunch after an outdoor morning at Plum Island. The hot curried cauliflower soup was especially appreciated.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Brine never disappoints. The food is amazing as is the wait staff. We love the raw bar and the layers of flavor in everything from the apps to the dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It's just very pricy and I am used to expensive...no wines under 11 a glass. Food was very good

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had heard mixed reviews about Brine and were curious to try it out so we thought what better time than during restaurant week. Sadly their fixed price menu was disappointing. It was almost as if they didn't want you to order from it. Our waitress wasn't very friendly and seemed very put out when we asked questions. Someone in our party asked if they could do a surf and turf entree to combine the fillet and scollops. She asked the chef and it was a flat out no. The two men in our parties ended up ordering a fillet each and then an extra entree of scollops which was a good thing because the portions are so tiny they would have been hungry. We ordered one appetizer -- large shrimp cocktail -- which were not very large at all. We all had salads and they were excellent. Overall the food was very good but there just wasn't enough of if. We had 2 cocktails each and the bill ended up being over $450. A friend who had said they didn't care for it noted that the bill for his wife and him was over $200 and they went home hungry. My other friend who loves it eats like a bird. So there you have it. If you're not a big eater and don't mind paying outrageous prices, you may be happy at Brine. It's very small and loud so be prepared. Such a shame...I was hoping I'd like it more but would recommend Poynt or Sea Level over Brine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent service and food. Stepped up a notch w crudos, roasted bokchoy, waffle topped scold crab meat. Not your normal offerings. Not cheap either. Enjoyed the small plate size.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

In a 30-seat restaurant, it should not take 30 minutes to get a cocktail. Table was wedged by door and host stand. Can't imagine how that must feel in the winter. Crudo was delicious. Scallops well over seared. Wine refill also took much too long. Manager comped it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great food and good service I would defiantly go there again

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We were there for our anniversary and it was awesome!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I've never been disappointed eating at Brine. Fantastic food. Seasonal ingredients, made and presented beautifully. At this most recent visit, we sat outside (lovely weather) and I enjoyed the mussels (very fresh, delicious broth!) and panisses (great flavors, texture -- slightly crispy exterior, soft interior). Great wine list. Service was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal. The oysters were delicious!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The staff is terrific. The food was first rate -- my wife said that the salmon was the best she has ever had. We loved the place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had been for lunch a few times and this was our first time for dinner. My husband had the duck special, which was fantastic. I had the salmon with mushrooms. I think it was the best mushroom I've ever tasted and the salmon was perfect. Started with delicious mushrooms. Service was friendly and very good. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great staff, always great food. Will return next time I'm in town and I always send friends visiting the area to Brine!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Brine is a good small restaurant, unfortunately you pay for it in $$$$, which is why I gave it 3 stars overall. Prices are way too high for what you get. I would not find myself ever going back because at their prices there are so many other places to go and get more for the money.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We went for our anniversary dinner. Made reservations on line and was offered a tiny table for 2 near the door. A couple came in after us who also had a reservations and they sat at a four top . I guess they said they were a paty of three and the third person cancelled. Not sure if they figured out the system and knew how to get a bigger table. We opted to wait for seats at the bar. The bartender Molly was amazing. The food presentation was beautiful and the staff were kind just not sure we would make the trek again for dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We had a few small plates and oysters. Everything was fresh and fantastic. Our server was in her second week but did a wonderful job.

Everything was awesome.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Ali was an awesome server. Great wine list. Fresh seafood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The noise level was so uncomfortable for everyone in my party including 17 year olds and 40 year olds. We waited an extraordinarily long time to get our entrees. Wait staff clearly uncomfortable and avoiding eye contact while rushing back and forth across thiis narrow crowded seating area. All around very disappointing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

One of the best meals we have ever had. Seriously.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Loved the food and the ambiance!

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I was looking for a foody experience, and that is what we got. My wife and I never had caviar before, and the waitress was so helpful. Oysters were great both fresh and fried. The dining experience left us both satisfied.

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Cozy, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We keep going back to Brine and we keep loving it. Another great meal of well-selected oysters, remarkable crudo and delicious entrees. Only regret this time was having to race home before dessert for a family issue. Always a winner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Nice small place with great food.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was excellent. Unfortunately, we found the serving size to be unusually small.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was good but seafood - salmon and swordfish - were quite undercooked. Salmon went back. We don't like our seafood well done but we real don't like when it's gelatinous like. We liked the vibe. It's small and casual with nice little bar. Overall we were a little disappointed with extent of main entree selections. However, great selection of oysters and nice wine list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My husband and I love it here!!!

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Drew was awesome!
Caviar and really everything was delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The food and the service were outstanding! We were celebrating an anniversary and they surprised us with a delicious dessert on the house.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary! Food, service and atmosphere were great! Would totally recommend it! We will be going back!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The servers were nice but the place was busy and we waited quite awhile for each course. Two of the items we wanted were out of stock, so they comped an alternate dish which was a nice touch. Wine list excellent, oysters very good and nicely plated. We liked it and would return. The room is very loud, however.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

brine is our favorite newburyport restaurant - great menu, good vibe and delicious, nicely presented food - generally 4 stars for me. last night i perceived the service to be unfriendly. it is also my 5th or 6th experience in the past 2 weeks where i felt hurried. i am not sure if it's just summer help or if it is the way servers are being trained but generally i like to order an appetizer and then decide on what's next. where small or sharing plates are involved i like to decide as i go along and i let this be known upfront. with the exception of restaurants with a perfect expediting service (for instance hugo's)

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Brine never disappoints. The food & drink is outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent, creative dishes. High quality seafood, marvelous crudo.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Bar Seating, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Delicious oysters, salads, and creative cocktails Brine has something for everyone! The lamb was incredibly tender, my steak was fabulous and especially, they have very good prices on wines. Definitely worth a stop for a lovely meal

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Had a great meal at Brine with one exception--the beef tartar wasn't great. It definitely didn't taste fresh and we actually had a hard time finishing it. Everything else was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Great oysters. However, elitist attitude of staff was condescending. Out of some items on menu in early evening. Linguica bland and average. Given the high prices, both service and food should have been first rate.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great as always, thank you!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always a great dining experience! Awesome oysters and my husband is always impressed with their homemade sausage!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great seafood. Oysters were outstanding. Not impressed with the steaks. My daughter asked my why I ordered steak in a seafood restaurant . Good question we will try again and stick to seafood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with an excellent staff. The food was delicious and was well priced. We ordered oysters, salads and several small plates, all of which were great. I will be going back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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