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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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Romantic (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Always amazingly delicious. Chef Paul is a culinary genius

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a perfect meal. Great selection of oysters, a terrific salad and 2 fabulous entrees. This has become our new North Shore favorite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Disappointing. This place used to be really good (although they continue to charge the “really good prices”). Clam chowder was incredibly salty. Octopus was terrible - the consistency of rubber bands. The cod was OK but really bland. The filet was good, but the meat was a bit mealy. I don’t know what happened, but this place is not what it used to be.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent dinner with attentive service in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

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 (London)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious. Life changing lobster croque monsieur!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Just a really great meal. Everyone was warm and accommodating. All if the food was perfectly cooked and presented. The cocktails were outstanding as well as the service. Will definitely enthusiastically return.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant with original and quality entries

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

First time. Great service and lots of interesting menu items. Everything was fresh and the place was very clean.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great. We were pleasantly surprised to have a dessert on the house in honor of my husband's birthday. The music was a bit too loud, which was the only drawback.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Reason for low ambiance rating— Biggest problem was that we were seated in the very leaky window nook on a frigid night. Made for a very uncomfortable experience and cold (expensive) meal.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I had an early New Year’s Eve dinner here and enjoyed it very much. The hostess was extremely pleasant and offered us a choice of the front window table or in the back. We chose the back as it was a particularly cold night. We shared a variety of oysters, beet salad, carrot soup, and the sausage of the day - all very good. Also tried and liked the Left Handed Milk Stout beer.
Service was attentive and friendly. Definitely will go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding as always, food is to notch. Drinks are always fun and creative.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great wine and small plates.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I was expecting a lot more for the hype on this place. While the environment and staff were great, for the prices I was expecting more. Got decent fish and chips plus an oyster roll which was on a massive bun with only 3 (yes 3!) fried oysters on it. I was expecting at least double that amount.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Went there with a large group as we were visiting friends- they accommodated us no problem. Everyone is just so kind here. Food is delicious - their steaks beat most of Boston steak houses. We each tried a different cut. Wine list was moderately priced. Worth every penny!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Planned on going for last 4 months...didn’t disappoint.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a delicious meal and enjoyed the lively, celebratory atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Enjoyed our dinner thoroughly. Such a wonderful presentation of foods and so many lovely flavors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent oysters and creative crudo. Server was attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I was surprised to be able to get an 8pm Saturday night reservation at the last minute. Then we found out why. The restaurant was about 1/2 full and lacking ambiance and activity you'd expect for a prime time slot. The menu was certainly local but hadn't seemed to change much from the summer and needed a more seasonal makeover. We didn't order wisely for sure, but there really wasn't much comfort food for a colder November night. Raw bar, caviar, beet salad was all okay but the Power Tower of seafood was stingy and overpriced. The servers were knowledgeable but the food took a long time to come (odd given how empty it was) I may try again, but will wait for next summer.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Family celebration the night before Thanksgiving

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

Superb as always

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 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 3, 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 2, 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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