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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: 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

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very nice restaurant in a busy street. Excellent seafood, well prepared and original. Excellent service. A little pricey but it's Newburyport!

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Service and menu were great. Nevertheless, we felt that it was completely overpriced and loud. $12 for a glass of wine, $30 for an entrée and $3-3.25 per oysters. We will not return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We wanted a nice lunch of great seafood and we're not disappointed - excellent oysters and lobster rolls made for a wonderful meal in clean low key surroundings. Enjoy!!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Beautiful, creative tastes on menu. Deliciously unusual. Artistic gorgeous presentation. Amazing service!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Plan on having an actual dinner (to leave you satiated) afterwards. Food is quite tasty but it's neither earth-shattering nor worth the price.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Everything was perfect. Lobster cooked to perfect and very creative flavor mix for the dishes

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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We have eaten here for our anniversary the last four years. We're already looking forward to our next anniversary! It is absolutely delicious! Come hungry and eat several courses!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Delicious meal, and friendly, attentive service. Lobster tartine was amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Brine in the heart of downtown Newburyport is worth the drive. Excellent staff, chef and OYSTERS!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Outstanding service and and interesting blend of flavors with the Crudo's. Oysters and Caviar are on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Food was good although service made us feel rushed (Sunday @ 8p).

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

delicious oysters and wonderful waitstaff. Main courses also tasty and interesting - though portions a bit small for the price. Would definitely return!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 5, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We chose Brine b/c of the great reviews. We drove 1 1/2 hours and it was worth it. Our server helped us pick out oysters, which were delicious! Great service and food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great and creative menu and wine list. Best food in Newburyport. Great service

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Healthy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

So delicious! Worth the drive for fresh oysters and not your average menu items.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great!! Every plate I had was GREAT!!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Amazing interesting food. Unique and flavorful ingredients. Fresh and fun!!
Love the bacon and egg appetizer.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent! The chowder was amazing, the service was exceptional.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Lovely selection of oysters and caviar. Best grilled salmon I've ever had. My husband had a carrot cardamom soup that was superb. Incredible goat cheese cheesecake. One of the best meals I've had in my many travels around the world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Went again to Brine again to celebrate a new job with my wife. Enjoyed very much their Special seafood appetizer sampler. Their fish entrees are always fresh and they have a good but not extensive craft beer and wine list.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

First time trying this place - sat at the bar. Ordered a variety of small plates- delish and bartender was very helpful. Would definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great evening with attentive service. Food selection was quite enjoyable and good presentation. Love the environment and it keeps us coming back!

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