Where to Dine
With a large dining deck overlooking the Merrimack River, Michael's is a great place to dine in the sun on warm summer days. Known for their lobster roll and burgers, Michael's features sports and trivia nights, live entertainment, and family-friendly dining.
Metzy's, our favorite Mexican food truck, has expanded and now includes a physical location in Newburyport. Try out the new restaurant, or for a beachside lunch, find the truck where it's usually parked at the Plum Island airfield.
Joppa Fine Foods
Curated selection of fine items, both locally sourced and from abroad. Featuring cheeses, cured meats, wines, craft beers, and hard-to-find pantry items. Stock up for a stay in the Blue Suite!
Plum Island Grille
Closeby and a solid high-end dining choice, Plum Island Grille features seafood favorites and classic dishes, such as coq au vin, lobster ravioli, and a grilled veal chop. Try the Thai seafood stew for a spicy spin on a New England staple.
Port City Sandwich Company
When you are in the mood for a simple sandwich or salad, Port City has you covered. For a more original option, try one of the specialty wraps, like the Jamaican jerk chicken or the super veggie, featuring feta and tzatzki.
With cuisine and service that is truly “on point,” you’re sure to have a great dining experience. If you’re a meat lover, try the ancho rubbed short ribs. Cocktail enthusiasts can’t go wrong with The Steve McQueen, a masterpiece of vanilla infused rye and pear liqueur.
The Paddle InnBuzz-Worthy
Locals love this cozy neighborhood favorite that features tiki-inspired cocktails and comfort foods from coastal communities around the world. Don’t leave without trying the Tea Smoked Ribs or the chef’s take on Choco Tacos for a sweet treat. Veteran bartenders from Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Somerville know how to make a great drink, so belly up to the bar and enjoy.
Purple Onion Cafe
At the Purple Onion, you can find wraps, salads, fajitas and paninis, all made quick and fresh. A great fast-casual option for when you're in a hurry.
Dos Amigos Burritos
If you're looking for a quick lunch or to grab and go, Dos Amigos is a great option— customize your burritos, bowls, or tacos with tons of add-ins like fresh vegetables and all-natural, hormone-free meat. There are also plenty of options for both vegans and vegetarians.
Dos Amigos Burritos
Sometimes you just wanna grab a burrito and go. This local chain offers up a crisp, natural, hormone-free alternative when you are in the fresh Mex mood.
Anchor Stone Deck Pizza
Whether grabbing a pie on your way back to the beach at Blue or settling in for a cozy meal, Anchor Stone offers delicious pizza complemented by an impressive selection of beer and wine.
Agave Mexican Bistro
Locals love this casual spot for its mix of light and hearty entree options. Try the shrimp and avocado salad with honey-lime dressing or go classic with a chile relleno, stuffed with chicken and cheese. And don't miss the guacamole to start—it's prepared tableside and served in a traditional lava stone. Tequila fans will love the selection of over 125 different varieties.
Agave Mexican Bistro
Toss back some tequila and dine on Mexican fare at this local fave. Agave’s sopa de tortilla –a spicy chicken-tomato broth served with crispy corn tortilla strips, diced avocado, queso fresco and sour cream –is a nice, light lunch option after hitting the shops in downtown Newburyport.
Black Cow Tap + Grill
The interpretation of a lobster roll here involves a soft, buttery croissant packed with sweet lobster meat that has been augmented by the addition of chopped tarragon, while classic dishes like baked haddock stay true to New England tradition, down to the Ritz cracker crumble.
Also a bit closer to Blue, Bob’s is a one-stop shop for fried seafood, clam chowder, and a classic New England lobster dinner. Stop by and pick up a clam bake to take to the beach, or eat at one of the no frills picnic tables. Bob’s also serves Richardson's Ice Cream, so swing by for a scoop.
Ceia Kitchen + Bar
Featuring an award-winning wine list and fresh, farm-to-table food, Ceia is cozy and welcoming –the epitome of comfort dining. Ceia means “supper” in Portuguese, and the chefs take pride in reviving old world cooking techniques from Portugal, France, Spain and Italy.
Sister restaurant to Ceia, Brine is an oyster bar but oh so much more. Steaks, swordfish, and even caviar, grace the broad yet select menu. Sidle up to the sleek stainless and marble bar and enjoy freshly shucked bivalves, an inventive crudo, or a bone-in prime rib. Terrific wine and cocktail list.
Just about the best bagels north of Boston (in our humble opinion), this tried and true local joint has served Newburyport for almost 20 years. Try the asiago with avocado spread.