Brine

4.5
913 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
IT’S OUR GRAND RE-OPENING

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 913 people are saying
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anonymous
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Server was nice but made errors. Chef said food was safe for food allergy but it wasn't, and we only noticed after starting to consume it. The manager was not appropriately responsive or compensatory.

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DD38
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner. Great wait staff, wonderful decor, incredible food!

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vipRICo
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new space! Very loud. Excellent food and service!

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ChristineB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had the Halibut and my husband had the Short Rib. We got the Grits to go with both and it was delicious! It was not a cheap meal but you get what you pay for right?

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vipMajabrucie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I'd recommend Brine to everyone, especially on Thursday nights after 8 PM.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful right across the board!

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ChristopherM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. We had dinner outside, but would have been equally happy inside.

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RenaM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brine has always been wonderful but even better in its new larger space.

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ChristinaP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience3

The food was good but be prepared to spend a lot of money for not a lot of food. To put it into context we had eaten a lunch BEFORE coming here so we didn’t leave hungry. The interior and exterior is very trendy and pretty. The volume inside was extremely loud mostly due to the blaring music. We could not hear our waitress or each other speaking. We are also a young group so can’t blame it on age just yet 😂 overall ok for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Son’s high school graduation

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vipChristineG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

The music was deafening!! Why would an upscale foodies place blast an 80's playlist when the acoustics were already really loud. I have been coming here for yours and love the new digs but the noise- level - both music and customers was awful. Please please please stop the loud music and do something about the acoustics.

MJ
vipMJP2558
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

New location, very noisy, tough to share conversation with your guests. Food was ok, portions small for price, generally overpriced for what you get. Remodel space is upscale. Not a steak house and they serve your steak (very good) on a plate with a small portion of steak sauce (nothing else,looks strange). Sides are extra, for the same cost better off going to a real steakhouse. Desserts were good, service was very good. I think they are going for tourist crowd and not looking for us local patrons. Many other great choices in Newburyport. Try Loretta (seafood) Mission Oak Grille (steak) Paddle Inn (creative menu) for excellent food and drinks at a more reasonable price point.

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AnnO
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had four small plates and sides which were imaginative and good, though the salad was forgettable. The eggs and bacon, seafood pate and roasted greens were great. It was ridiculously loud and the prices were on the high side, both of which were expected.

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AngelaA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious! It rained just before our reservation so they had a bit of overflow inside but they made it work for our party of four. The music was very loud so we were yelling at each other all night. Food was very good so we made do

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

While we were excited to dine at Brine in their new location having adored the original experience of dining at this restaurant, we were a bit disappointed by our experience. The cocktails were great and the food itself— though portions tiny for for the price—was overall quite delicious. However, the ambience of the former location is nowhere to be found. The restaurant is extremely, extremely loud, to the point that the two of us had to shout across the table at each other. The servers also seemed completely overrun. Our waitress returned every few minutes to ask us to place the remainder of our order, and she even warned us how long it would take for certain items on the menu to be prepared (essentially telling us that we were taking too long to order our main entrees). We were not lingering or taking excessive time by any means, so this really made us feel like we were just being rushed through so the next table could be seated. Unfortunately, the lack of personalized experience of dining and the noise level seriously detracted from our meal; and—unless dining can be guaranteed to be outdoor— I don’t know that we will hurry back for round two.

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PamelaW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Great food, service and seating. Poor acoustics had to yell loudly to have a conversation with my husband.

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TeriBolduc
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration! Love EVERYTHING about Brine!

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KathleenG
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were very good. The Octopus appetizer was tiny for $22.00 but everything was well prepared and the server was very friendly and helpful.

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JenniferJ
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing oysters, delicious entrees, exceptional service. Such a beautiful new space and great atmosphere. A favorite place in summer for us. Wine list is great too.

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Bentley
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd visit since opening and it just keeps getting better, great new offerings!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Thursday night and it was great. Inside was quite loud w music and echo but would be fun for girls night out. My short ribs were delicious, side of fries very good, perfectly salty and hot. Also the cauliflower side was delicious. My husbands oysters were great but his 12oz sirloin seemed much smaller than 12oz to us. Like the size of a deck of cards. He said it was tasty but especially since it was a la carte, left him wishing for more. Always very tasty food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Brine to celebrate my wife’s 50th Birthday. Overall it was an excellent experience. The food was amazing and the service was fast, efficient, and polite. Before Brine moved in this use to be our go to breakfast place in Newburyport. The renovation is very tasteful and I liked that it echoes the look of the original place. Overall a really great experience!

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vipLuv2play10Us
New England
95 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back. The restaurant has a great build out and the foot is superb!!

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RBDL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, delicious oysters. Tasty cocktails. And a fun, relaxed environment. Will visit again and recommend to friends and family as well.

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CharlieHustle
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Delicious, fresh and creative seafood! I would highly recommend!!!

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vipLouisG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good fresh seafood!!

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JFisher
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food is good. The renovations fabulous. Service is outstanding but omg, the music is so loud it makes it impossible to hold a conversation with anyone at your table. I seldom walk out of a restaurant but since my table mates and I were interested in hearing each other we began to leave. Fortunately, the waitress was able to seat us outside and we had an excellent meal. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. I loved the old Brine and hope that the management will consider reducing the music level so I can continue to list Brine among my favorite Newburyport restaurants. Until then, I can't recommend it unless you don't care about eating with really, really loud music.

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TomL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoors. Fresh seafood. Excellent preparation.

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AnnM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t wait for Brine to reopen and it did not disappoint! The new decor is clean and beachy bright. The food was delicious as always👏Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the owner and team did an amazing job with the decor of the space and the food was unique and so flavorful.

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Cath
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Re-opening of Brine in new space. Loved the atmosphere & food! Wait staff was attentive & energetic. Outdoor space looks very inviting. Overall, a wonderful experience!

Brine
Responded on May 24, 2021

thank you for the kind words and venturing back out

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cameron was awesome. 20 mins before oysters arrived, but wine service/wine was great, and dinner fabulous. A bit on the loud side - acoustic-wise...

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vipSimina
New England
69 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Really like Brine and very excited to get back…new space, different vibe, fun! Food was really good…we had oysters (a little on the small side comparatively, pricey but shucked perfectly), shrimp, chowders and a couple crudos to start. Enjoyed the cod and halibut entrees as well….all delicious! Service had some hiccups (chowders served and had to ask for spoons, entree sides served with the oysters) but know those will be resolved as everyone gets back into the groove. Looking forward to going back, very energetic!

Brine
Responded on May 24, 2021

thank you for understanding that staffing is difficult at this time. But we are doing our best in our new digs.

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TomD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to have Brine open again! Halibut Crudo was amazing, Caviar biscuits were delicious. The Tuna special was one of the best seared tuna dishes that I have ever tasted, love the crispy potato strip wrap! Cannot wait to go back again!!

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TY22
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great to be back!

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RHonG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our party of 3 ordered 3 small plates, focaccia bread, cocktail, beer and wine. We dined in the outdoor seating. The menu is pretty small. Some positives were my fried oysters & egg were light and crunchy but the salsa verde did not really work well with the dish. The focaccia bread was good and the grilled avocado salad was good. The outdoor seating is on a busy Street so was noisy, but that was not under their control. Service was good, timely but our waitress was not very friendly and actually seemed a bit cold. We felt like she was a bit irritated that we were not ordering more rounds of food. Prices were on the higher side and there was also a $3 Covid surcharge. The 90 minute window is still in effect. We had to wait a long time for the shrimp cocktail to arrive as for some reason it was not ready yet for the diners. This was puzzling. Overall it was a good experience but not great. It is a very eclectic menu so I may not be for everyone.

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TMOL
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Was excited to try Brine’s new location for my birthday. We sat right down for our 7:30 reservation. Ambiance was great but way too loud. We waited forever for our round of drinks and even longer for oysters that were just dropped off without even telling us which were which. Waiter never came over to ask how they were or take our dinner order. All and all, an hour and a half at the table and we never even had dinner. Left and went to Tuscan Grill.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. We were shocked to hear this was the official opening in the new space. The service and food was flawless. The food is fresh and interesting, the space is fun and sophisticated. Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy this restaurant is back bigger, brand new & beautiful! Very friendly staff & every bite was delicious!

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Timmy
New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is fantastic.
Our server was knowledgeable and friendly.
They were clearly understaffed so the service was slow. We waited 10 minutes before even seeing our server.
It was WAAAYYYYYY too loud.

FAQs

Brine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 358-8479.

Brine is rated 4.5 stars by 913 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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