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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.
Newburyport, MA 01957
Oyster Bar, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: Noon – 10:30PM*
Monday: 3:00 – 10:30PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 10:30PM
Wednesday: 3:00 – 10:30PM
Thursday: 3:00 – 11:45PM
Friday: Noon – 11:45PM*
Saturday: Noon – 11:45PM* *Raw Bar-Only 3-4
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Brine Ratings and Reviews
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.
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)
Nice presentation, but very, very small portions for pricing. The halibut entree was overcooked & may have been 3-4 oz before cooking, raw peas & root veggie garnish. I had the beet salad, which might've had a 1/2 beet & 4 tiny pcs of frisee. Also had lobster tartine, that was tasty but again almost two bites. We treated our experience here as our $90+ 'appie stop' & went on for dinner elsewhere.
Our party of four had lunch here today. When we arrived we were the only party. We ordered wine and placed our orders, which the waiter read back to us. Two lunches were served first and then the other two. One diner's lunch was not correct. It took ten minutes to get the replacement meal, an oyster roll with only 4 oysters in it. The waiter apologized for his error. Also, one diner's lobster roll was not cooked- the meat was still translucent. We would not dine here again. Very disappointed.
The food at Brine is just superb, the menu is inventive and the combinations of flavors so original and exciting that a meal is always an experience. Fried oysters with caviar, chocolate ganache with green tomatoes, cherry mousse with black sesame and hickory cake--each as delicious as it could be! Fish and chips with flaky haddock that is so fresh and tasty in a perfect batter.
First time in Newburyport and we couldn't have asked for a better meal and enjoyable dining experience. Our server was extremely friendly and helpful and the food was perfectly prepared. Loved the tuna crudo & the bacon-eggs w/fried oysters. We will definitely return if we are anywhere in the vicinity!
We were thrilled to see a new restaurant, for us anyway, in Newburyport. With a name like Brine and featuring oysters it called to us. I must say the prices were a little off putting for a late lunch but we had to try it. The bread is to die for. You only get two pieces and there is a charge for another order. I only had a taste as I don't eat gluten and would have happily paid for another order if that weren't the case. The oysters and salmon crude were superb as was my husbands beet salad. We veered from fish for the main course with lamb and sausage...also wonderful. I loved the sausage but find it to be more a winter item. Most main course items were $30+ and I felt a bit overpriced. The desert was the only bust...it was touted as cherry mousse but in my opinion was not. There were several flowerettes of mousse which really wasn't mousse and plated with a chocolate sponge cake which was dry and rather tasteless. Better luck next time with that. Overall we enjoyed dining at Brine and will definitely return next time we are in town.
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