Open for Easter Brunch with an alacarte menu for your enjoyment with Classic Spring menu items.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Every time I visit Brine, the food is always fresh and creative. Oysters always top rate. Small plates to share with the table is a great way to taste everything.
This is the first time that we ate ate Brine and enjoyed the experience immensely. Although we have passed the restaurant many times in the five years they have been at this location, we never went in and regret not having tried it sooner. The hostess and wait staff are very friendly and helpful and are quite good in timing the various courses. They ensure that everything is alright without being intrusive.The food is superb. The serving sizes are not "massive", rather they are perfect for the incredible culinary experience that they provide. You will find a marvelous and innovative collection of dishes from the appetizers and crudos through the entrees. Bon appetit !!!
Amazing Soups and Crudo all day.
We dined at Brine Friday night for the first time, had a lovely waitress and loved the atmosphere. At times it was very loud but the music was great and we enjoyed the energy.
While the food presentation was stunning, I found the prices extremely high for what was plated. I actually left hungry. I also felt the wines by the glass were steeply priced at $15.
I work in the hospitality business so I am not unfamiliar with food costs and pricing. There are many dining options in downtown Newburyport. I would recommend Brine to a friend but would first suggest they look at the menu and recommend having a snack first.
Always amazingly delicious. Chef Paul is a culinary genius
We had a perfect meal. Great selection of oysters, a terrific salad and 2 fabulous entrees. This has become our new North Shore favorite.
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.
Excellent dinner with attentive service in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
Delicious. Life changing lobster croque monsieur!!
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.
Great neighborhood restaurant with original and quality entries
First time. Great service and lots of interesting menu items. Everything was fresh and the place was very clean.
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.
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.
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.
Outstanding as always, food is to notch. Drinks are always fun and creative.
Great wine and small plates.
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.
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!
Planned on going for last 4 months...didn’t disappoint.
We had a delicious meal and enjoyed the lively, celebratory atmosphere.
Enjoyed our dinner thoroughly. Such a wonderful presentation of foods and so many lovely flavors.
Excellent oysters and creative crudo. Server was attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
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.
Family celebration the night before Thanksgiving
Superb as always
A nice spot for lunch after an outdoor morning at Plum Island. The hot curried cauliflower soup was especially appreciated.
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.
It's just very pricy and I am used to expensive...no wines under 11 a glass. Food was very good
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.
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.
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.
Great food and good service I would defiantly go there again
We were there for our anniversary and it was awesome!
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.
Really enjoyed our meal. The oysters were delicious!
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.
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!!
Great staff, always great food. Will return next time I'm in town and I always send friends visiting the area to Brine!
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.