West Row Cafe & Bar

4.2
86 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
West Row Cafe & Bar is your neighborhood, American Bistro style eatery.

Located in the beautiful and historical Market Square in downtown Newburyport, MA. We are located steps from the waterfront, the Firehouse Center for the Arts, close to The Screening Room movie theatre and many other local area attractions.

Our Executive Chef Nick Peters Bond has created a seasonal menu that is sure to please any palate. Come enjoy our warm hospitality, lively bar, craft cocktails and creative bistro style cuisine.

All of us at West Row Cafe & Bar look forward to serving the Newburyport community and beyond.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday Brunch/Dinner
Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(978) 572-1471
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nick Peters Bond
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Intersection of Merrimack St., Water St. & State Street
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Parking details
Three hour metered parking ($1.00 per hour) is available in the Green Street and State Street parking lots. All day metered parking is available in the Waterfront parking lots. Paid parking lots are free after 8PM. Two hour street parking is available on the surrounding State, Merrimack and Pleasant Streets.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 86 People Are Saying
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4.2
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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic evening with great ambiance, terrific service and excellent food

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time to west row. Food and service were outstanding. The noise level was a bit loud but I think they plan to address the issue. Would highly recommend.

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M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Like the food and drinks at West Row, and the service is good; However, it is very noisy. My husband
wears hearing aids and is unable to hear the server. We will dine here if it is just the two of us but
will not go with a bigger party. Loved eating outdoors during the summer. Have mentioned the
noise each time we've gone here and get the same answer every time: "we're working on it".

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Specifically asked to make sure they checked us in to our reservation and got home to an email from open table saying we didn’t show up

The flatbread was just okay, but the Farro that was with the chicken was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bathrooms extremely clean

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

2 members of our party arrived a few minutes early and were given a table - but it took a long time for a server to ask if they wanted something. Otherwise, the food was good. It’s very loud when the restaurant is full which makes conversation difficult.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Disconnect between our waitress and the kitchen. Table of 4 and 2 orders were wrong. They took both away and when after 1 came back correct, it needed salt badly and the waitress was nowhere to be found. The 2nd order was shrimp tacos which took then the better part of 20-25 minutes to get a new order. It was obviously they were not expedited like they should have been. The waitress finally showed her face blaming the kitchen and when I mentioned the lack of attention she came back with a bad attitude and very abrupt answers. Bad experience all around and the food when we got it was not worth it.

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JL
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to West Row and we will be going back soon. The brunch menu is creative, trendy and modern. The Lunch menu is equally great; the burgers are awesome and the calamari is really, really something worth getting.

We have only eaten outside in the café, which is perfect for a summer day in Newburyport, plus the Locust Trees provide shade while allowing just enough sun through. The flower boxes spilling over into the courtyard only add to the experience.

Lastly this is perhaps the best restaurant in Newburyport, which is a great town that is close, but "away" at the same time.

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O
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the most consistently good restaurants in Newburyport!

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b
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall a very good time. One meal was incorrect. Fish taco should have been cod but was shrimp, luckily no allergy. Although the server was gracious and offered to reorder, we declined (the order was put correctly into the kitchen, so perhaps someone else also had the wrong meal). It was not overly busy so not sure what happened.

I will go back again since it is convenient.

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Decided to try West Row to celebrate a friend's birthday. We had reservations but lucked out with an outdoor table. Great atmosphere on the patio especially in the nice weather. The wine selection is great! The menu could use more choices as we had some picky eaters in the group. Sadly, our waiter was stretched thin and not very attentive. We had a very long dining experience. Overall the food was good but the service could use some upgrades.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very young waitress seemed new to role served our salads and meals at the same time meal was cool when we ate it and the steak special was not a good cut very fatty. This was my second time and I brought friends and was very apologetic to them . I think if I should go back it would be lunch only.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The bartenders are amazing... one of the pasta dishes was a Little gloppy.. but come to find out they are taking it off their menu...great vibe... a little noisy... but love it!!

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SS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a little over priced. We got the Kona crusted rib eye which was just okay. At $38.00 it was average.

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FE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, the meal and service were very fine. The noise level makes the experience less desirable -- not a deal breaker, though. The pork disk is outstanding.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was kind but very slow. Took about 20mins to put in drinks. Very loud inside. Hard to have any conversation. Ordered a ribeye medium rare. Came well done, no steak knife. For a 38$ steak they should be more attentive and the quality should be at least on par with what we can do at home.

There was no check in after food was served or opportunity to make fixes. Never even came back to see if we wanted a second drink. Again the server was nice but didn't even give a name. They were not even half full yet. The place looks nice but unfortunately we had a very poor experience.

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SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at West Row, and like the first time, the food was excellent. We were both in the mood for something light, so I had the quinoa salad with grilled salmon added and my dinner companion had a spinach said with steak tips added. Both were good sized and delicious. I also had the cucumber cosmo, which was a nice twist on a cosmo. It was a slow night, so it was not noisy. We will be back!

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Food was good but the noise was so loud that it was extremely unpleasant. Would not go back here again.

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1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were a party of 6 on a Saturday night. The restaurant wasn’t busy yet. We were seated right away. The food was very expensive for what we ordered. The burgers were tasty but overdone ( we ordered medium rare and they came medium well) the fries were limp and room temp. The waiter never came back to refill our waters. We had one person who needs a gluten free meal- I can’t say the waiter was very helpful. The kitchen could not modify a meal that she had asked about. It was extremely loud. We won’t go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They are still working out the “kinks.” With a full restaurant it is quite loud...at least for us.

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GD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here and it exceeded our expectations greatly. It’s a place we will frequent again & again.

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SM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a very pleasant and delicious meal there. The only drawback was one very loud woman at the bar -- however the manager came by our table and apologized and said that they were about to install new materials in the restaurant that would considerably help keep the noise level down. The cocktail menu was interesting and I had a delicious "cosmo" using cucumber infused vodka. We shared a grain salad that was very good and I had the salmon and my friend had the steak tips, which were both excellent. The salmon was grilled and was accompanied by julienned vegetables and very tasty asian-flavored sauces.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthdays.. everyone was so nice and accommodating.. even the other patrons!

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DP
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a quiet meal. The view lends itself to watching the world go by, even on a rainy Saturday.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

At West Row the food was fine, but not exciting. The service was very good but the restaurant is so loud conversation is a struggle.

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1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service was not. Restaurant was not at capacity and yet waiter was not attentive at all. Took over 20 minutes for us to receive our check after informing him we were ready for it.

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MF
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fabulous. My only complaint was the noise level got a little crazy and it was hard to listen to friends(there were only 4 of us).We ate at 6:30 and the noise level was fine then. But, the closer we got the 8:30 it got very noisy. We got a table away from the bar to decrease the noise level.That did not really help.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best new eatery in Newburyport!

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service friendly clean accommodating, will definitely be back. Thank you

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great foods. Fun atmosphere. Outside seating is opening soon!

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My friend and I went to this restaurant for lunch based on an in-law's recommendation. When we arrived there were two window tables available, but instead, they seated us in the middle between two other couples against the far wall. So much for making an early reservation. We both enjoyed our meals and had a very personable waitress, but my meal was mostly lettuce (curry chicken salad wrap) with a little bit of chicken salad. I literally forked lettuce out of my wrap to find the chicken salad. In the end, it really was delicious. It was just very skimpy. I was also surprised to get a bag of chips on my plate as the look of the restaurant led me to believe that I would get the chips on the plate without the bag. LOL Would I go back? If I was in the area, perhaps. Would I make a special trip out of my way like I did this time? I doubt it.

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b
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great addition to the Newburyport restaurant scene - not big but comfortable, nice artwork, great view of Market Square, and excellent service. Nice menu and great-tasting meals

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our food, I had the seared tuna special. Cocktails are fantastic, love the ambience and decor and the staff are super friendly.

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very mediocre food, at best. Limited menu, what we had was not what we had hoped for.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the tuna tartar and the sliders. Both were delicious, but I especially loved the tartar. That will definitely be my go-to app in the future. My husband had the spicy shrimp with penne and that also was delicious. We've had lunches there as well, that have been consistently good.

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. Great salads. Wine is very good. Menu is not overwhelming with nice selections and options but not too much. Recommend. Good decor. Comfortable.

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MJ
New England
37 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Third time dining at West Row, food, service, and ambience above average. Noisy place hard to talk with friends and family during dining experience. Drinks were good !!

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EB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was my second time at this rest. Sat at the bar the first time. Service and food was good the first time but this time food was ok and service was lacking. Could not get her attention for drinks water.

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New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been here a few times for lunch and always have. Great time. The food is fresh and delicious. The decor beach and beautiful. A great spot!

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!! First time eating there and we had a wonderful server and amazing food!!

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