Brine

4.6
718 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Oyster Bar
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Oyster Bar, Steak, Seafood
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Sunday: Noon – 10:30PM*
Monday: Noon – 10:30PM*
Tuesday: Noon – 10:30PM*
Wednesday: Noon – 10:30PM*
Thursday: Noon – 11:45PM*
Friday: Noon – 11:45PM*
Saturday: Noon – 11:45PM* *Raw Bar-Only 3-4
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(978) 358-8479
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Paul Callahan
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Essex St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 718 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great, although a small restaurant, it was a fun atmosphere. Some of the sauces were pushing the envelope and we think would have been fine if left a bit more simple. Still very good and will certainly be going back again to try more!! Thanks for a great evening

Report
Helpful
N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Oysters outstanding. Likewise crab-dish in the small plate section (heavenly,really). Naturally friendly, welcoming waitress. A great experience on a rainy day.

A&B

Report
Helpful
a
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had never been to Brine prior to this visit although the 3 other women I was with had been a few times. The waitress was nice, and knowledgeable of the food served. It is truly a great place if you are and oyster fan (hence the name!) The food was inventive fresh and tasty. However the menu lacked in cocktails possibly because ?lunch all in all would go again....

Report
Helpful
n
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might be the best meal I had in 2018. You can tell the chef knows what to do with the ingredients. Nothing is over done. Flavored and seasoned perfectly. Oysters, Clam Bacon Chowder, Filet Mignon, Angel Food Cake for dessert. All four were outstanding. Make a reso, you won't be sorry.

Report
Helpful
KC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Buck a Shuck night, hence the 5/5 stars for Value. Interesting and great beer choices. Sausage of the day was absolutely delicious and paired beautifully with herbed mashed potatoes, chestnuts and mushrooms. Server was personable and efficient. All around a great place.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Great food, great ambiance, small space.

Report
Helpful
TB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are new to Newburyport and Brine is quickly becoming one of our favorite places. Inventive and interesting flavors without trying too hard. Wait staff is always welcoming and responsive. Highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, nice location , good lunch time venture

Report
Helpful
EH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They accommodated for our 9 year old but I would like to see a few more kid-friendly items (e.g. hamburger).

Report
Helpful
HL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful place with a absolutely delicious meat. Expensive, but i liked it so much, that it doesn‘t matter.

Report
Helpful
MK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal as was the entire staff. The setting was typical of Newburyport. The restaurant feels just the right size. I would absolutely recommend dinning here.

Report
Helpful
MH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall the restaurant was good. We found the Oysters outstanding, but all of the other food was so- So. We ordered the really expensive caviar, and it was average. The steak tartare and the crudo also lacked flavor. The ingredients were fresh and the descriptions sounded amazing, but the flavors were really bland. We asked for lime, salt and pepper just to give them some interest.

Report
Helpful
FJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at Brine recently - our first time to the restaurant. There were not many people there, so it was relatively quiet and very comfortable. The service was excellent, and everything we tried from raw bar to dessert were delicious, perfectly prepared, and very nicely presented. The only small disappointment is that a few things we saw on the menu that we were interested in trying were not available that night. We will definitely be returning to Brine.

Report
Helpful
MO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious oysters. I could eat a bucket of the habanero creme fraiche. Good beer selection. Would definitely recommend.

Report
Helpful
JK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were outstanding. We liked to have different options to try.

Report
Helpful
MM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Brine and were blown away with the food, service and overall hospitality!

Report
Helpful
HG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great staff fun night out in downtown Nbpt!

Report
Helpful
JC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If your looking for fine food carefully prepared ...this place is a special treat!

Report
Helpful
LR
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It was OK, but nothing to brag about. I don’t think the food lives up to the hype or the price. Cute spot for a drink if you’re in the area, but so many good restaurants I don’t know if I would choose to have dinner here!

Report
Helpful
AL
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've gone to Brine at least a dozen times and it never disappoints! The Bacon and Egg is ridiculously amazing. Also, I have yet to have a bloody mary better than Brine's. Great location, friendly staff, overall awesome atmosphere and experience.

Report
Helpful
PD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too noisy, overpriced, limited menu. Took 1.25 hours to get our meal. Others walked after us, were served and left before we got our main course. Steaks were over salted.
Waitress was very pleasant.

Report
Helpful
KW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious, chef driven offerings in a cool, small space.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

They were out of MANY items on the menu including one variety of oyster, an appetizer, and two entrees. The menu felt a bit over priced for the portions served. The menu seemed a bit more monotone than it has in the past with not many different options to choose from which may have been also related to the missing items. This is my third time dining at this restaurant and by far the most disappointing.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

It was our first time and we sat at the bar. Our service was great and food was wonderful.

Report
Helpful
OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We have eaten at BRINE many times. Our dining experience is usually good but this time it was well below our expectations. From the availability of the table to the inattentive waitress to the 4oz piece of fish, half of which was dark, veiny and inedible, it was not acceptable. And to top it off, once we pointed out the poor fish cut, the restaurant offered a complimentary dessert to make up for it, which we did not ask for or want.

This restaurant must do much better to justify its price.

Report
Helpful
EH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too many mosquitos in the restaurant. It would be better to install screen window/door.

Report
Helpful
BM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divine as always!

Report
Helpful
JD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! We love this restaurant. !

Report
Helpful
RH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Brine a couple of times, and each time have been so impressed with the quality of our meals. Every flavor is balanced just right, and everything is cooked to perfection. Ingredient combinations you never would have thought of turn out to be just made for each other. The fact that the restaurant is open later than most others in the area is nice, especially if you have been out doing some sunset birding on the nearby Parker River Wildlife Refuge. I happily look forward to more visits. My only little quibble would be that I would have liked to have seen more local beers on the menu, but on the other hand, I tried a brewery from CA that I'd never heard of, so there's something to be said for expanding one's horizons.

Report
Helpful
JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Stripe Bass was nicely seared on outside, moist and delcately flavorful inside, with delicious thin sliced potatoes au gratin and greens that were perfect companions on the plate. Outstanding chefs special carrot soup with spices from India to start. Finished with delicious panna cotta desert. One blemish in the experience was that a second round of oysters we ordered to start did not arrive. We were told kitchen was busy but that’s not a good excuse. Overall, Brine does a very good job of delivering high level cuisine in a pleasant, intimate space. The wine list is not terribly extensive but is more varied than usual, a plus.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Small portions, big prices, not many choices and a waitress that seemed bored. Our party of 4 left hungry and spent over $200. Won't be back.

Report
Helpful
r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second time and just as great as we remembered! Super fresh seafood and very inventive cuisine.

Report
Helpful
D
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Limited menu, food was disappointing given its reputation, and pricy for a restaurant out of Boston. Service was very good, and pleasant

Report
Helpful
O
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, Creative perfection. The perfect storm of Service, Ambiance, and Food.

Report
Helpful
TK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

outstanding food. had dinner here before and always good but Brine seems to have upped their game and menu lately. this was the most creative menu by far. OUTSTANDING!

Report
Helpful
b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice fresh ingredients, interesting menu, great service and delicious lunch.

Report
Helpful
JR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Table of 4 and everyone enjoyed their choices. Seated as we arrived. A little pricey but all in all a very good experience!

Report
Helpful
c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Brine for the first time on Saturday night, and we loved the place! Small, fun, energetic atmosphere. Our waitress was a bit too perfunctory at times, but all the staff, and especially the hostess, were very helpful and friendly. Great oysters! Loved the tasting size for the caviar. The Maine Lobster Bake is incredible, as is the Clam & Pork chowder. Very nice steak tartar, and the fried oysters that came with it were the best I've ever had. We liked the small portions, which left room to split a dessert (lavender ice cream with angel food cake and strawberries -- wow!) and an after dinner drink.

Overall, just a great restaurant!

Report
Helpful
SG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. The employees, Shelley behind the bar was great and did an amazing job. She makes a mean whiskey drink! Kim and Sully were also fun to talk too. Julian who manned the Oyster bar was great and chef Paul was very friendly. Highly recommend this place. Seafood was fresh and well prepared. You get what you pay for and the service from the staff here really put it over the top

Report
Helpful
d
New England
200 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our annual trip ton Newburyport and we always hit up Brine. This has got the be the best seafood restaurant in New England. It’s better then most places we visit in Portland. We love the space and the staff. Everyone is so gracious. Food is imaginative, fresh and tasty. Oyster presentations are exceptional

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
18

Tweets by Brine