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Dinner in Newburyport

anais_in_waiting Jun 30, 2009 09:50 AM

Any suggestions for dinner in Newburyport on Friday night? My friend is not a fan of seafood, so Michael's wouldn't be the best choice.

We would like somewhere that we could hang out for a bit after dinner, if possible. Also- something moderately priced (entrees not much more than low-20s.)

Are 10 Center Street or Joseph's Winter Street Cafe my best options? Are there any new spots that might not yet be highly publicized that you could suggest?


  1. opinionatedchef Aug 10, 2009 02:14 PM

    ooooh, Agave is just bad, bad, bad.
    glenn's is always an interesting innovative menu with robustly flavored food; many asian and latin and cajun influences. Great music always; fun space. Only thing is- it's surprisingly expensive for non-Boston dining.

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      momoftwo Aug 9, 2009 03:41 PM

      ok, so its not technically Newburyport but if your in the area, travel over the bridge to Salisbury, oposite Michaels across the river is Striper's Grille. All the entrees are really reasonably priced, there is a salad bar and live music, usually a duo or trio playing top 40/popular music. the bar is a fun hang out and they free pour. They've got rooms if you drink too much ;)

      1. ScubaSteve Jul 6, 2009 06:15 PM

        i've founf 10 Center to be very good as long as there is not a function going on. seems that they lose their focus during functions.

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        1. re: ScubaSteve
          jendavis05 Aug 9, 2009 10:52 AM

          I'm a huge fan of Agave, food and drinks! I've been going there since it opened on a regular basis and it's always been great food, service and drinks! The new Portsmouth, NH location is good but has a different feel and clients. I will admit, it's a little pricey for mexican but it's authentic and not tex mex, which I love, but their mole is wonderul!

          Another suggestion is the Plum Island Grill. It's a little pricey but the food is great, the setting is beautiful at sunset looking over the marshes and the drinks are made with care. The best mojito around! Perfect date night in the summer and fall.

          Plum Island Grille
          2 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury, MA 01951

          Agave Mexican Bistro
          50 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950

        2. ipsofatso Jul 1, 2009 10:30 AM

          Glenn's is nice and I have had great meals there; they just reopened and they may have an online link to their menu. I have to disagree with Agave being anywhere near good if you are a true mexican food fan it is to be avoided at all cost. I do like 10 Center St judging from the 1 time I was there it is a definite 'go back' again place.

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          1. re: ipsofatso
            jjbourgeois Jul 6, 2009 05:53 PM

            I've found the Agave in Portsmouth much better than Newburyport. Most of the restaurants cater to tourists, so quality is usually mediocre.

          2. Ali G Jul 1, 2009 09:36 AM

            I have not been back in over a year, but I've had some good steaks at the Black Cow in Newburyport. Very nice beer selection too if I remember correctly. I don't remember the prices since I wasn't paying, but I don't think it was too high.

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              Northshoregirl Jun 30, 2009 12:54 PM

              I'm a big fan of Agave. They have great margaritas, a hopping bar downstairs, and the prices are reasonable.


              Agave Mexican Bistro
              50 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950

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              1. re: Northshoregirl
                ScubaSteve Jul 6, 2009 06:13 PM

                not a fan of the food at Agave, the last three times we ate there we were not happy.
                the bartending, on the other hand, was Very Good.

                1. re: ScubaSteve
                  Northshoregirl Jul 7, 2009 05:21 AM

                  Thanks for letting me know. Perhaps their food quality has gone down since I last visited. Or maybe I just had a few too many margaritas and didn't notice the food wasn't as good!

              2. Small Plates Jun 30, 2009 12:40 PM

                We were up at Plum Island checking on our summer rental in April (that 75 degree day) and ambled through down town Newburyport after and landed at Rock Fish. I was a bit skeptical when we came in (it was that awkward time between lunch and dinner) but we ended up having a fantastic meal of oysters, lobster, and sirloin steak. True, they are primarily a seafood restaurant, and that is probably what they do best; however the steak was great - and they *do* have menu offerings besides fish and shellfish. There is a back patio, if I am not mistaken, and the bar (which is open to the street - big windows) is lively for the after meal festivities. This is by no means a high end place, and I would not necessarily characterize the food as truly spectacular, but it is good and serviceable, and the staff was a delight. (I also think there is an upstairs bar scene, but we did not venture there to find out.)

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                  Newburyport John Jun 30, 2009 11:46 AM

                  You might try The Port Tavern on State St. They've been open a few months now.

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                    treb Jun 30, 2009 11:33 AM

                    Neither are great but, I 'd take Joseph's first. Another choice in the same line would be the Grog.

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