Brine Seafood Shack

4.2
253 reviews
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Brine Seafood Shack, located in Alpharetta's popular Avalon retail complex, creates a relaxing vacation-at-the-beach setting complete with succulent seafood selections. The Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica menu was inspired by Taft's time spent on the West Coast and features a variety of sustainable seafood.

The culinary team at Brine follows the sustainable practices outlined by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, the nonprofit dedicated to empower consumers and restaurants to make choices that result in healthy oceans. Much of the seafood will be geo-tagged so Brine chefs know precisely where the fish was caught, down to the captain's name and boat.
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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not the most comfortable chairs, but food was good and reasonably priced. Fairly noisy- why do restaurant designers love industrial so much? No textiles to help absorb sound.

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M
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place! Some of the best seafood I’ve ever had and the service was amazing! I can’t wait to go back.

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K
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hush puppies are outstanding. I’ve never liked them until now. Of course everything we ordered was great but that stood out the most since I’ve never liked them until now; we’ll ONLY at Brine.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mid-afternoon lunch on their patio. Fish tacos and fries were excellent. Attentive service. I plan to return!

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o
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed this place for a casual seafood lunch. I had a Mahi sandwich that was delicious, moist, cooked to perfection. I thought it was a little pricey at 20 dollars with only one side. The Mahi tacos were good too only they could stand to have more fish in them.

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E
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Brine, was just ok. Nothing to write home about. Our server though she was training she was very personable and professional. My wife and I started with soups. The clam chowder and the lobster bisque. Both good not great. My wife ordered the shrimp skewers with rice which came to the table cold. The dish was remade but was over cooked the second time which gives shrimp a rubber texture. Decided not to eat and taken off bill. I had the bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with crab. Was just ok the bacon was a bit over cooked a little too done. My salad with their house dressing was good. I was expecting more from Brine going by their Open Table score. Sorry to say this will be a first and last visit.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, the food was very tasty with good sized portions, and the cocktails were creative and refreshing

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k
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

had fish taco"s maybe 1oz of fish on each taco. Broccoli side was raw.

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a
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat outside so noise level was moderate. But our cocktails and food were delicious. Service was prompt and friendly.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great location, right in the middle of Avalon! Food and service were perfect! Highly recommend!

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

While the food was decent, the service was a struggle. The hostess didn't recognize that we had a reservation. They sat us at the only table without utensils which we asked 5 times for. The appetizers that my husband ordered arrived after the meals because the server never put the order in. I never received the glass of wine that I ordered. Our water glasses were never refilled...and they were tiny glasses. We would ask and it was a crap shoot on whether or not they would get refilled. Overall, it was quite a frustrating experience and I do not believe we will be back.

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l
Atlanta
100 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have eaten at Brine many times and it has always been consistently good, not so much this time. The service was incredibly slow. We waited 30 minutes to receive our oysters on the half shell. We were told that the restaurant was swamped from 3-6 that day and the kitchen couldn't get caught up. It was 7:00 when we sat down and the restaurant was only half full, so not sure why the kitchen was still backed up. My husband had to spit one oyster out as he said it was a spoiled one. We told our waiter, Brian about it and my husband asked him to replace the one bad one. My husband asked 3 times for the replacement and never received it. Then it was another 30 minutes before we got our meals. We finally asked that the one bad oyster be removed from our bill, but it wasn't. As much as we liked Brines previously, we will not be going back anytime soon. The food did not seem as good as on previous occasions.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and the price was reasonable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating, oysters and service were amazing!

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was busy but got seated right away with my reservation. Level of service was good and presentation and quality of meal was excellent. I will go again. If you are looking for a quiet and romantic restaurant this is not for you.

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AR
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, there service was just ok and way too fast. This was the second time I visited and both times the entree was served before we were done with our appetizer.

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KE
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The service was good. The food was average not anything special. We would go back for drinks and/or appetizers but pass on dinner.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great oysters!!!!

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AD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was adequate...not much of a variety. Cool vibe but very noisy.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and staff was helpful and friendly. Seating is very close to you neighbor and noise level is high. Overall a very pleasant experience. We will be back !

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ME
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of oysters on the half-shell, and always enjoy the sparking Pino Noir

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YD
Adelaide / SA
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place too have a late Valentines Day dinner.

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H
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant!

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C
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Brine has the friendliest people working there that I have come across in some time. Everyone was pleasant and all said hello in passing, held doors, etc...I enjoyed all the staff here.

We sat outside on the patio because it was a delightful warm evening. Service was excellent of course.

Started with crab cakes, and finished with fish tacos. All good and filling, nothing overly fancy. Creamy shells were a good side accompaniment.

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KC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outdoor seating on the upstairs patio during sunset was the real winner of this restaurant. Drinks were fantastic. Food was decent but nothing special or memorable. Will do again and again for the patio and drinks.

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MC
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The oysters were the best I ever had. NO Tabasco Sauce!!

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a
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

If they are going to use open table they should take the time to report that you showed for reservation.

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KL
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 of us went for dinner and sat at the bar. They also have an oyster bar. It's bright and cheery. Friendly and helpful staff. Shrimp and Fish was ginormous. All was great.

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L
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did dine here today - host checked me in at 12:25pm. Open table was not updated but we do have receipt from our lunch. Thanks !

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Shrimp basket was phenomenal

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We were really disappointed. I had the Lobster Roll and the roll was soggy with butter and the lobster was rubbery. My wife had the mahi mahi tacos and we make better tacos at home. The tortillas tasted store bought and the fillings were minimal with over cooked fish. The hush puppies were the only bright spot. When you don’t have many date nights it’s disappointing to spend good money on below average food.

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l
Atlanta
100 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Brine many times and it was excellent as always.

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CH
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was great, service was also great...but it's REALLY LOUD! Went there for a dinner w/ 3 other family members and was not a great environment. Not sure why, but sounds like people at tables near you are yelling. Probably great for an energetic gathering, but for whatever reason, NOT good as a place for casual conversation.

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NC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely worth going out in the rain!!!! Miserable weather outside was more than made up for with our date at Brine. The host was smiling and welcoming and brought us quickly to our table. The place was packed so definitely make a reservation. Our server was happy, engaging and quick to take our drink order after offering up several suggestions for both food and drink. The drinks came promptly and we loved them. The fall fling had great grapefruit notes and effervescence. Our appetizer came and we devoured the calamari (from Rhode Island) and the oysters. If you love oysters then this is definitely the spot for you. We got an assortment of east and west coast and they delivered in flavor. The mignonette sauce with the oysters was divine. We couldn't decide on entrees so we ended up splitting the fish tacos and the shrimp basket. Both were lovely and actually quite a bit of food. The mahi fish tacos had a slight spiciness to them which was great and the shrimp were perfectly fried. All in all, we had a lovely time and we will definitely be back as soon as possible.

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always.

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M
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place and go back again and again. Outstanding fresh seafood.

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B
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place in Avalon. Food was very good, good service. Very pleasant experience

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F
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Something has happened to Brine. Food is okay, but down a notch or so from previous visits. Very few customers and they seem to be out of more wines on their list than they have. Staff could use some better training.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good but a little expensive for what you got. Staff was very friendly but ambiance was fair and not really Avalon worthy

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TA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

I came in from NY to celebrate my birthday here, I stated this in my initial reservation. I also called and confirmed. Upon arriving the restaurant was a mess, everyone was scrambling. My table was not ready so I was offered the chance to sit upstairs. As my party walked to the upstairs it was a mess, food and tissue all over the floor and tables. The hostess did not have any sense of urgency, not even an apology.

Aside from that, our waitress was very pleasant and accommodating, the food was also super delicious. This is not a place I would recommend to celebrate a birthday or have reservations but for lunch or anything like that it’s perfect.

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