Where to Dine
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.
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.
Purple Onion Cafe
Wraps, salads, fajitas and paninis -- Purple Onion makes them quick and fresh. A great fast-casual option for when you are in a hurry.
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 Cambridge know how to make a great drink, so belly up to the bar and enjoy.
A favorite of Lark Hotel's CEO, The Poynt is one of the newest and hottest restaurants in town. 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.
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.
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 with someone special, Anchor Stone offers delicious pizza complemented by an impressive selection of beer and wine.
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 for when you are hitting the shops in downtown Newburyport.
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 in on the no frills picnic tables. Bob’s also serves Richardson's Ice Cream, so it’s a nearby spot for a scoop.
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.
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. It shows!
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.