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Jun 30, 2009 09:50 AM

Dinner in Newburyport

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?


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

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

      1. 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.)

        1. 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

          2 Replies
          1. re: Northshoregirl

            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

              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. 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.