Sea Level Oyster Bar- NBPT

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$30 and under
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Seafood
A staple in Salem now opening in Newburyport in the historic Firehouse Theater. Offering front patio and deck dining overlooking the Merrimack river
Featuring fresh seafood, raw bar, pizzas and sandwiches, 20+craft beers and cocktails.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was underwhelming. Dirty tables sat unattended when there was no one in the restaurant, flies everywhere. Staff were yelling and laughing loudly at a video game they were playing in full view of the customers. Disappointing.

MA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, good food good service enjoyable evening

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to visit my daughter at Endicott College for Parents’ weekend & we drove to Salem for lunch. We had a table overlooking the marina. Everything was great! Thank you..

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Portions were too small for the price. Acoustics were ridiculously loud. Waiter was good. Won’t go back.

S
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed dining here. I had the scallops and they were scrumptiously prepared. I already have gone back for a second time. 😊

ED
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Portion is to small for price

h
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and were well cared for. Enjoyed a dozen cherrystones. I had the trout with coconut rice and it was fantastic! My sister had the salmon with lemon risotto which she said was excellent.
Will definitely return!

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Staff very friendly. Outstanding service

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

R
New England
187 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A couple of "hits and misses" that the staff PROMPTLY addressed, but in general, good food and Damon was SUPERB! OUTSTANDING! Bring your poochie! They love dogs and you can have them on the outside fence next to you. Plenty of water for your four legged friend. LOVED the "decomposed" sushi. The coconut rice cake is FABULOUS! Looking forward to our next visit!

M
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were seated as a group of two and more than twenty minutes went by without a waiter or waitress stopping at our table to check in with us. I couldn't even get a waiter or waitress to make eye contact with me to wave them over. It wasn't busy as it was around 7:30 and many parties were emptying out at that point. We got up and left and no one asked us why. The same thing happened to the party that was seated right before us in a table right near us. They left even more quickly then we did.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to sit outside, and the weather was gorgeous. The food and the service were excellent.

KT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was a beautiful night to sit outside on the back deck overlooking the marina, unfortunately, the bees liked it also. Perhaps time of the year, end of August?

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming place, great food, EXCELLENT Service!

L
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for what you get. Service was slow. The haddock was good, but the mashed potatoes were terrible. Tasted liked the old instant mashed potatoes. Sat outside and it was a beautiful evening. I would recommend only for a drink or an app...not really a good dinner place.

AB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was ok. Tuna was great but salad was really light on strawberries and goat cheese - mostly greens - which was disappointing. Server was fantastic to start but then it took way too long to get the bill. We waited to get his attention for at least 20 mins. Might try it again but won’t take out of town guest next time.

G
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience at Sea Level. Ryan the manager was very helpful and accommodating.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was great

CA
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere - can bring kids who can eat then play on the green. Beautiful view from back patio is hard to beat! Delicious food!

f
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice location central to Market Square in busy touristy Newburyport. Front patio is dog friendly, with your pooch leashed outside the wrought-iron fence and planters. Sadly this area becomes too buggy after dusk, making swatting mosquitos a bigger priority than enjoying your meal. The grilled octopus was not too chewy, minimal smoke, nice whipped feta dressing and greens with roasted tomatoes and red peppers. The kitchen was really slow, over an hour before we got our simple dinner orders of a shrimp burger with pesto- a novel burger with some large pieces of shrimp served "protein-style", which would be better understood if they just said- no bun - lettuce! Did make this dish much more of a fork and knife affair. Shrimp enchiladas tasty, not so many shrimp, but they were not overcooked, lots of cheese topping, not so much spice.
Overall, food was good, our server excellent but he could only serve when the kitchen was ready. Not so attentive to empty water glasses. Surprised that front door staff did not check that I came in on Open Table as I identified myself as an Open Table reservation!

P
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and great location. Excellent view of the rive on a sunny day!

h
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I have eaten at Sea Level in Salem and had a better experience there. This was my first time at the Newburyport location and I wasn't impressed. I had lunch with my parents and it was too noisy in there to have a normal conversation. With the back side of the restaurant being made up of all windows there's not much in there to absorb the sound bouncing off the rest of the stark walls. My mother and I both ordered the fried scallop plate and it only had six scallops that were overcooked. I will not be going back to the Newburyport Sea Level. The only good part of our experience was our waitress. She was nice and did a good job.

LR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Sea Level Oyster Bar was a very nice seafood dining experience for four of us. Located in the Newburyport Harbor and park. New place and modern. Food was prepared well and served elegantly. This is not your common ocean side fried seafood place providing deep fried greasy dishes. Food options are upscale with decent good variety of options. I enjoyed the my rare Cajun seared tuna that was sushi grade. A friend got a specialty burger and loved it. The have a good draft beer menu and their mixed martini drinks were very good.

AR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, seats were good and waitress was pleasant. Portions were okay but food was to die for. Would recommend to others

GE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I came to Sea Level for a business lunch that and it was recommended by one of my guests that used to live in the area. Food, drinks, service were all great. I would go back if I were in the area.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was not very good. Clam chowder was sour, baked scallops too salty and lobster roll undercooked. Oysters were excellent. Service was great and waitress very pleasant.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations. Fresh seafood cooked perfectly. Not oily and over salted like most restaurants.
Highly recommend.

l
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, location. We loved everything we had - from nachos to steak to halibut!

W
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time visiting, hostess could be more inviting, waiter was good although he dropped a tray of glasses next to a couple tables and never asked if anyone was ok, glass did break. Oysters were ok, peel & eat shrimp was terrific, crab legs (cold) ok. Salmon entree was outstanding as was the seared Tuna ( Best I ever had actually). Nice ambiance we definitely will be back.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Flavorful dinner with excellent presentation and portions.
Excellent value
Adding SeaLevel to my short List of goto seafood restaurants.

B
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Visit was on 7/22/19. Our lunches were delicious, the best lobster roll I had all week. My guests had burgers and even a turkey burger (with a request to add bacon). The fries were tasty but the the homemade chips tasted like they were cooked in old oil. The cole slaw (with pickles, a creation we hadn't tasted in ages) was crisp and refreshing a nice plus. The negative was 1 guest asked for club soda with lemon and got 7-up with a lime, and our water glasses were not refilled, and although we lingered to talk and catch up after lunch plates were cleared, the server never came back to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee - which we all would have ordered given the choice. We'll be back though since the menu had so many great choices.

J
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice views of the waterfront. Open air area was nice however let some annoying flies in. Lots of hard surfaces so fairly noisy - hard for conversation for a table of six. Enjoyed the food.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The vanilla bean curry mussels were absolutely AMAZING! Will be going back soon!

MF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations which were high to begin witho

JR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It doesn’t not appear that good customer service is a goal
of this establishment. Despite making a reservation 2 weeks ago with a request to sit outside in back we were seated indoors. The hostess tells us there is a wait for outside and I said I requested it 2 weeks ago, if it was an issue reserving the outside you had my phone number to call or email letting me know this. So we sat inside next to the window as we watched 2- 4 tops sit empty while we ate our dinner.

C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but not the service. I ordered ice tea and got lemonade. My friend ordered clam platter and never got the coleslaw. Waitress did not check on us.
Clams were mediocre compared to my last visit.

LK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussels with Vanilla bean and curry sauce were to die for!!! The drinks were creative. Love the table by the outside view, without being fully outside. Wish they had oyster happy hour!

LT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was top-notch, Zach our server was friendly and attentive! Patio seating on a summer day at its best!

KN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This is a cool restaurant in a great location. Great variety of fresh oysters, seafood towers in three sizes, unusual cocktails. My husband and I both had baked stuffed lobsters, which were good, not too dry, plenty of stuffing and butter. I would have preferred something other than dry roasted red potatoes on the side. Food generally very good here, but it’s quite noisy. Fast service.

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outdoor seating in the back was great!

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