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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 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!
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.
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).
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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