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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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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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Healthy (5)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Very pricey, small portions. Didn't care for the plating. Ingredients were piled on top of each other, and the combination of ingredients didn't work for me.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great as always! Keep the creative food and cocktails coming.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

One of our favorites in Newburyport. Wonderful fresh seafood. We would go more often but pricing is too high.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The unique cocktails were tasty. The food was high quality and well prepared with unique aspects. The service was excellent. The restaurant is quite loud and does not have a relaxed atmosphere at all. The prices are at least 20% higher than they should be. I expect to pay more for high quality well prepared food, and I do not look for enormous servings, but Brine was just too expensive and I am unlikely to return. Go have a cocktail there some evening, sit at the bar, look at the menu and watch the food coming out of the kitchen before you commit to eating dinner at Brine!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

It was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The vibe here, on a Saturday night, was wonderful and the food was amazing. Love Brine!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This is a very good dining option in Newburyport. It was a bit noisy however for an up-price, good service eatery.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Best oysters in Newburyport -- intimate and fun! -

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great place on the coast.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Best oysters on the North Shore!! Never go to Newburyport without stopping in!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I was there

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Always a great experience-simple(allowing the food to shine without over dressing it!), creative, great presentation and super fresh.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Everything was great as usual

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

First of all, we made a reservation for 6:00, but then we were called to come at 6:30 instead. When we arrived at 6:30, we were told they would like to get our order in because the kitchen was staying open for us!?! So, we felt rushed right from the start. Food was ok, but honestly, I can make better at home. Mine was very salty, and my daughter's salmon was dry as a bone. The food and service did not warrant the price.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I brought my mom there for Mother's Day dinner - I had the filet and she had the spring leg of lamb - both were outstanding. Seasonal ingredients were used including fiddleheads for spring. I would definitely visit again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on May 8, 2017

This was our first visit and we loved it. Clean and fresh seafood at its finest, with some creative flairs as well. Highly-recommended, though a bit pricey at times.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was excellent - which was good since the meal had a rough start. While we had reservations they almost gave the last table to a walk-in couple even though we were there on time. Fortunately this was corrected after we spoke up. For a fairly early (7:30) dinner reservation we were surprised that they were already out of their lamb chop special. The wine-by-the glass selection is quite limited - and like the lamb chop special they were already out of two of ones listed by the glass. This left us with one choice for my rib eye and my wife was limited to just one choice for a wine with her meal as well. This can happen to a small restaurant but what they should have done was offer a substitute wine by the glass from ones that are normally sold as full bottle only. (if you are paying $44 dollars for an entre you should be able to pair a wine without purchasing an entire bottle. One word of caution is that this is not a restaurant for a quiet intimate dinner. It is a narrow space with brick walls so when it is filled to capacity it is VERY loud. We do like the creative and changing menu and will be back again. (but please address the wine-by-the glass selection issue).

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Very good food especially the lamb special and the sage panna cotta!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Our second time back and not disappointed. Wonderful food! Great spot for oysters!! The oysters are perfectly shucked and the options are excellent. The service was impeccable. My husband has health issues which requires a special diet and they were very accommodating. We will be back!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We have been to Brine at Avalon many times and have always been impressed with the food and the service. The manager, Paul, is very friendly. The staff is knowledgeable and the food is delicious. It is our new favorite restaurant at Avalon! We love everything about Brine and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great meal in Alpharetta. Our only complaint is with Open Tabe, actually. We confirmed our reservation online but there was a glitch in the system. The staff had difficulty finding our reservation and then we got an email notification from Open Table that we had missed our reservation (we didn't miss it! We ate at Brine and it was awesome!). We will definitely be back to Brine soon!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Healthy, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Food was mostly good: loved the tartar and the sausage sandwich, gnocchi was pasty though. Far from pillows of heaven they are supposed to be! Service was fine until they got slammed, then they forgot about us, but, it happens! We had better food experiences on this trip (including their sister restaurant across the street) in Newburyport, but I am sure there are far more worse experiences!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great as always! Never had any dish less than outstanding here. Will return soon!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great imaginative food. Ingredients were fresh and top quality, and preparation was delicious.Loved it.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Healthy, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Food was great. Highly recommend the cured salmon and the bacon and egg dish. Service however was immensely slow. ~25 min between each dish.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a reservation for Easter which included their brunch and main menu. The food was very good but the servings small, and prices high for what we got.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Enjoyed an Easter Brunch at Brine.
Sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather along with some good food.
The eggs and lobster were wonderful, tasty combination. The fried oyster and pork belly hash was also good.
Our waitress was helpful, attentive and knowledgable.
Would recommend Brine to others.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This gem of a restaurant in Newburyport has simply delicious food in a casual, friendly setting. The menu, consisting a small plates and entree sized dishes is quite extensive with a wide variety of choices, creatively prepared and presented. It is a seafood-centric place, but there are choices for everyone. The cod entree was as good as any I have ever had.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The food was excellent. My husband had raw oysters and I had ravioli with a lobster claw. The wine is a little pricey, and there weren't many wines I was interested in, but the one we chose was good.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Straight up delicious. Kitchen and waitstaff are VERY competent. Creative cuisine, well trained service, delicious cocktails. As an industry person, I was very impressed with the entire evening.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Back in Newburyport after 27 years. So built up, but Brine came highly recommended. My husband had
East Coast oysters and I had West Coast. We both had the cod and everything was exceptioal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Painfully slow from the kitchen.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I ALWAYS love Brine. The cocktails are unrivaled! They very graciously accommodated our reservation even though one of the attendees was late. We offered to sit at the bar so we didn't disrupt the next reservation.

The food and oysters were amazing, as always. The service lacked even though we were right in front of the 2 bartenders the majority of our visit. We will definitely return but prefer to sit at a table.

Also, an important note if you are new to Brine, there is only 1 unisex bathroom shared by guests and staff and the cleanliness level is what you'd expect of a community bathroom, not at an upscale establishment such as Brine

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Went here on a Friday around 6 and was seated right away with our open table reservation. Pretty quite when we got there but it got very busy within an hour. Can get a bit loud when busy, but not annoying loud. We tried many items on the menu...small plates, salads, and a main meal. All were amazing. Nothing disappointed us. I even tried one of their speciality drinks and it was delicious. They use a lot of fresh citrus taste with their seafood plates and it really makes the flavors pop. We had many different staff members deliver food items, as well as the manager stop to chat with us so we felt like VIP's. Everyone was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive at all. We will for sure be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Exceptional service, dishes are beautiful created and taste exquisite. Great atmosphere and nice people.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Lamb dinner was simply one of the best meals in years. Service was impeccable.
Nice vibe all around. Great oyster selection.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2017

I am never disappointed in the food at Brine. One of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Enjoyed everthing about it!!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

we requested and got a window table which was wonderful. The service was truly exceptional with lots of information without hovering - our waitress made great suggestions. The cheesecake desert was remarkable with beautiful presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2017

For some other special occasion, I'd love to go back. The Clam and Crispy Pork Chowder was outstanding. We treated the small plates tapas-style and were delighted to sample all the different flavors.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2017

It is impossible to write about Brine without gushing about the food--just exceptional! Inventive, fresh and full of wonderful spices and flavor, and beautifully presented in a delightful space. This was not a first visit as we go whenever we are in Newburyport and went twice during this visit. Fresh focaccia is homemade, but too easy to fill up on. Among the small plates, I highly recommend the egg and bacon with fried oysters, the mussels, the lobster tartine, and the salad with kale and pumpkin seeds. The soup of the day is generally delicious, but the Beef Bourgognon on our menu was terrific (and we live in France). Grilled scallops with crisp char belly were also excellent. We shared one dessert as we had eaten very well-a chocolate expresso soup with homemade Grand Marnier marshmallows and ice cream--scrumptious,
As our last reservation was early, we were almost alone in a very quiet space. But when full, the room can be noisy. Our waiter was helpful but not hovering. Best to reserve, and there are nice tables in the window looking out on scenic State Street.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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